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BANKSIA GOLD AWARD

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Winner

Kalleske – Sustainable Pioneers in Organic Wine
Kalleske Wines Pty Ltd, SA

Kalleske Wines is a producer of certified organic and biodynamic wines, situated at Greenock in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.  Established in 2002, Kalleske utilises grapes from the family property which has been owned and operated by the family since 1853.  It is the oldest and largest certified organic/biodynamic grape-growing and winemaking operation in South Australia.

Kalleske are sustainable pioneers in organic wine.  Their farming methods are environmentally and socially friendly.  Soils are healthy, no chemical residues, more carbon retention and more biodiversity.  It is a healthy vineyard environment for vineyard workers and the naturally made wines are chemical free, healthier to drink.

Kalleske is economically viable, an important aspect to allow it to be sustainable environmentally.  The winery is ultra efficient in energy and water use.  It is a net exporter of electricity and consumes half the industry benchmark for water use.  Innovators in the winery, Kalleske utilise smart barrel storage, efficient clarification and cutting edge analysis to reduce energy use, inputs and consumables.

Kalleske export to twenty markets and their wines and business have gained national and international awards.  They are twice winners of the Sustainability Award, South Australian Regional Awards (2013 & 2012) and more recently in 2015 were awarded the 2015 Telstra Small Business of the Year (SA) and Producer of the World’s Best Bio Wine – China Wine & Spirit Awards.

The future is bright for Kalleske Wines as they continue to seek and share knowledge to remain an innovative, leading edge sustainable wine company.

 

THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER’S AWARD FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMNET

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Winners

Allen Riseley, VIC

Landcare Coordinator, Sport Coordinator and Community Break-out team member, teacher Allen Riseley is a busy man fostering the growth of Mirboo North Secondary College’s students and trees!

Allen Riseley set out with a vision to supply cost price trees to those who couldn’t afford to plant trees on their land. His goal was to teach students how to take a tree from seed to forest- propagate, grow, then plant on the farm and run the operation as a business.

Allen partnered with Mirboo/Mardan Landcare Group to provide 10,000 trees to a koala habitat project. This was the catalyst for the growth of MNSC Enviro Team and Landcare Cadets program. Through mass tubing out sessions led by Allen, students were able to hone their skills and efficiency over time and Allen secured further contracts with South Gippsland Water and private land holders.

All money raised from the sale of the trees is being spent on student driven initiatives within the Mirboo North Secondary College.  The environment, students involved, and landholders all receive great benefits from the project and they are the main stakeholders involved in the project.

 

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, NSW

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury conservation-based resort located 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney and situated within the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region. Set on a private 7,000 acre carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the secluded resort intertwines ultra-luxury and comfort with a quintessentially Australian rugged bush experience.

Much awarded, the resort has built its success upon operating at the highest level of environmental credibility and integrity. The philosophy centres on creating a delicate balance between growth and preservation and this is achieved across all aspects of operations, including sourcing food regionally, supporting local crafts people and is proudly certified as carbon neutral each year since opening in 2009. Protecting the natural environment and conservation of native wildlife is also central to the resort’s vision.

The former grazing property is now being actively managed for biodiversity conservation outcomes. Historically, the property experienced heavy grazing of livestock, widespread clearing of vegetation and significant erosion damage to waterways. Routine conservation work includes revegetation of wildlife habitat and stream banks as well as an on-going program aimed at controlling feral predators and invasive noxious plant species.

The resort is deeply committed to the protection of native wildlife and a major focus for 2015 and 2016 is directed towards the eradication of Sarcoptic mange, a condition with potential to threaten the survival of Australia’s native wombats. Guests are actively involved in the conservation work conducted and the resort works closely with numerous government, community and educational organisations to achieve our conservation objectives.

 

BANKSIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD

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Winner

Paul Polman
Unilever CEO

Paul Polman has been CEO of Unilever since January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has an ambitious vision to fully decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of the B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee.

Paul has been closely involved in global discussions on action to tackle climate change and the Post-2015 development agenda. He served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, whose flagship report ‘New Climate Economy’ demonstrates that lasting economic growth can be achieved at the same time as reducing the immense risk of climate change. At the invitation of the UN Secretary-General, Paul also served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on the successor to the Millennium Development Goals.

Paul has the business acumen to run Unilever in a profitable manner, but at the same time keep humanitarian and environmental responsibility forefront of its strategy.

 

BANKSIA EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

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Winner

ResourceSmart Schools
Sustainability Victoria, VIC

ResourceSmart Schools is fostering strong links between schools and their communities, encouraging student leadership and stimulating parent involvement in sustainability. This Victorian Government initiative, proudly managed by Sustainability Victoria and delivered by partners across the state, is Victoria’s umbrella framework for sustainability education in schools. It is attracting interest from around the world because of the way it delivers measurable environmental benefits and provides young Victorians with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to make sustainable choices for the rest of their lives.

Participating schools work through five modules: the Core module to plan, vision, engage the school community and set baseline data; and four resource modules (water, waste, energy, biodiversity) where they undertake activities in curriculum, operations and community engagement, track their improvements and are recognised for their efforts via Sustainability Certification.

Between 2011 and 2015, ResourceSmart Schools provided more than 50% of Victoria’s schools (government, Catholic and independent) and 400,000 students with support, tools and resources that helped them – through education, behaviour and infrastructure changes – to reduce their environmental impact and save $17 million in reduced resource use.

This comprehensive sustainability education initiative helps build capability and confidence of teachers and educators via a professional learning program and it recognises and celebrates Victoria’s most inspirational sustainable schools via the annual ResourceSmart Schools Awards.

Finalists

Global Water Cooperation – A means for educators to address local and global environment issues
Bentleigh West Primary School, VIC

Grown and Gathered – Educating from the ground up towards sustainable food systems and a bright future!
Grown and Gathered, VIC

Kamila Krauze
Glen Huntly Primary School, VIC

Mirboo North Secondary College Enviro Team and Landcare Cadets
Mirboo North Secondary College, VIC

 

BANKSIA FOOD FOR SUSTAINABLE THOUGHT AWARD

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Winner

Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework: Making dairy food sustainable for the long term
Australian Dairy Industry Council, VIC

The Australian dairy industry is worth $13 billion to the Australian economy and directly employs 43,000 people. We seek to be recognised worldwide as a responsible, responsive and prosperous producer of healthy food.

Increasingly, our customers and the community are demanding proof that we are doing the right thing by people, animals and our planet. In response, we have taken a whole-of-industry approach to sustainability through the creation and adoption of the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework.

To develop it we consulted widely with industry (farmers, manufacturers) and stakeholders (customers, retailers, interest groups, suppliers, government). It centres on three themes – enhancing livelihoods, improving wellbeing, reducing environmental impact – with 11 targets and 41 measures reported annually.

The Framework underpins the industry’s reputation as responsible managers of natural resources in the production of everybody’s favourite dairy products, including cheese, yoghurt and icecream.

Targets are set for profitability, community resilience, OH&S, skills, product safety, nutrition, animal care and environmental impact. In particular, manufacturers are working to reduce water use by 20%, greenhouse gas intensity by 30% and waste to landfill by 40%. They also work closely with their suppliers to encourage sustainable practices on-farm.

The Framework is a strategy that will keep the Australian dairy industry in business longterm. Don’t just take our word for it – Ian McConnell, Global Commodity Leader, WWF says: “To have those goals outlined and some time-bound commitments around them means they are well down the path towards achieving what is a truly sustainable dairy industry.

Finalists

Saffrron
Saffrron, NT

 

BANKSIA INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

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Winner

Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation
LIRRWI YOLNGU TOURISM ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, NT

Lirrwi Tourism was formed in 2010 to develop a new economy and travel destination in Arnhem Land through cultural tourism. Lirrwi has experienced rapid growth, and from a small start in 2010 running a few tours to two homelands, will in 2015 deliver 52 tours to corporate groups, schools and consumer tours in 10 homelands. In 2014 a 20-year Masterplan was launched. It has been acclaimed as a visionary new model for Indigenous economic development. The Masterplan is available on Lirrwi’s website lirrwitourism.com.au and is attached to this submission.

Lirrwi has a staff of six Yolngu people working under Manager, Matt Grooby. He reports to a Board of six influential Yolngu leaders, Chaired by Djawa Timmy Burarrwanga. Three non-Indigenous people also work for Lirrwi in the operations, office management and technology areas. Lirrwi is advised by John Morse AM, former CEO of Tourism Australia and an Advisory Panel comprising four prominent Australians Geoff Dixon, Professor Andrea Hull, Jane Madden and Bill Wright. The 20yr Masterplan took two years to develop, and a significant amount of time in consultation with Yolngu people across Arnhem Land. It was developed with assistance from a Strategic Tourism Investment grant of $825,000 from the Dept of Tourism under then Minister, Hon Martin Ferguson. This has been supported by Partnerships with the Corporate sector, and Northern Territory Govt, plus a number of Government Business Enterprises and NGO’s. Lirrwi’s 20 year plan is to create 50 new businesses on homelands, and employment for up to 1,000 people.

Finalists

Tiwi fire ant eradication program
Tiwi Land Rangers in partnership with CSIRO and Tiwi Plantations Corporation, NT

 

BANKSIA INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

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Winner

The Perth Wave Energy Project
Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, WA

Carnegie Wave Energy is a Fremantle-based, ASX listed wave energy developer focussed on developing its CETO wave energy technology. The CETO technology is capable of producing zero-emission power and directly desalinated freshwater using the energy generated from the ocean’s waves. Carnegie have progressed the technology using advanced computational simulations, wave tank testing, 1/3 scale testing, onshore testing and, most recently commercial scale deployment.

Carnegie’s proprietary innovation, CETO, is capable of producing zero-emission power and freshwater. CETO is a unique, fully submerged pump-based technology, whereby a submerged buoy moves with the ocean’s waves, 1-2 metres below the ocean’s surface. Sustainability was one of the main drivers behind the creation of the CETO technology as it works to address two global issues – emissions created by traditional forms of power generation and the availability of freshwater. The CETO technology aims to provide a sustainable alternative that has a benefit both to the environment and to society.

In 2015, the CETO technology became the world’s only currently operating grid-connected wave energy array through Carnegie’s flagship project, the Perth Wave Energy Project.

Finalists

Sky News: ‘Smart Money with Jon Dee’
Sky News, NSW

UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift
UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift, NSW

Planet Ark & GreenChip – Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP) 
Planet Ark Environmental Foundation in partnership with GreenChip Pty. Ltd, NSW

Ferrero Australia in partnership with BioGill
Ferrero Australia Pty Ltd, NSW

ecostore Carbon Capture packaging
ecostore Australia, VIC

Data analytics in the built environment
CIM Environmental Group, NSW

 

BANKSIA LARGE BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

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Proudly sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Winner

Australia Post – embedding environmental sustainability across the business to help our people, customers and community build a better environment
Australia Post, VIC

At Australia Post we recognise that we have a unique opportunity as one of the most highly valued and trusted services in Australian people’s lives, with one of the most significant number of touch points across the country – to not only reduce our impact, but to help our people, customers and community build a better environment.

This includes our operational decisions and initiatives, contributing better efficiencies and productivity outcomes, as well as delivering real value for the community and the environment through products and services that help solve environmental challenges, as well as driving revenue for Australia Post.

Every day we reach more Australians than any other business in the country –

– 11.4 million delivery points,

– We help over 1 million Australians across our retail network.

–  4,406 Post Offices,

– 15,591 street post boxes

– 200 parcel lockers

– 35,000+ workforce located in 3,832 communities across Australia

We are never far away – making it easier for our customers and the community to and engage in environmental practices such as recycling of difficult materials including printer cartridges, cigarette butts and mobile phones.

Our Environmental Sustainability Framework (ESF), endorsed by the executive leadership team in October 2013, demonstrates our understanding that our actions are important to our customers and community, as well as to our business outcomes, and facilitated the enterprise-wide transition from a strong foundation of carbon management to a value-driven perspective.

Finalists

Qantas
Qantas Airways, NSW

IAG – creating safer, stronger and more confident communities
IAG, NSW

The Kathmandu Effect
Kathmandu Ltd, VIC

De Bortoli Wines: The journey to becoming ‘The Zero Waste Winery’
De Bortoli Wines, NSW

 

BANKSIA MINDFUL MOVEMENT AWARD

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Proudly sponsored by RACV

Winner

UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift
UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift, NSW

We at Sunswift are a team of undergraduate students at the University of New South Wales who build and race the world’s most advanced solar cars. We aim to push the boundaries of solar technology in order to inspire interest and action in sustainability. We are all volunteers who work tirelessly to redefine the possibilities of sustainable transport.

In 2012, we set out to design a solar car that would be more practical than traditional solar cars. We wanted to lead the shift from concept cars to real cars people can drive. In 2013, we raced this vehicle across Australia in the World Solar Challenge, achieving 1st across the line. In 2014 we broke a 26-year-old FIA World Record for the fastest electric vehicle over 500km. We proved that electric vehicles could travel for long distances at high speeds and achieved a viral level of media success as a result.

Now in 2015, we’ve redesigned eVe to become the first road legal solar car in the Southern Hemisphere. eVe is arguably the only “road-legal” solar car globally to be manufactured to commercial vehicle standards, as all road legal vehicles in Australia must comply with the stringent Australian Design Rules.

Our aim is to demonstrate the viability of solar cars so the technology can one day be commercialised. On this journey, we interact with the general public through events and media to inspire further development and innovation in sustainable technology.

Finalists

Sustainable Fleet Program
City of Sydney, NSW

RAC Electric Highway(R)
RAC WA, WA

BANKSIA NATURAL CAPITAL AWARD

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Winner

Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, TAS

Between 2007 and 2015 the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service undertook the world’s largest island eradication project to remove all rabbits, ship rats and mice from World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island.

Located in the Southern Ocean halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica and 1,500 km from Hobart, Macquarie Island presented numerous challenges in terms of logistics, weather and field operating conditions. Rabbits and rodents had enormous impacts on the fragile environment of Macquarie Island, causing massive loss of vegetation, increased erosion on the steep coastal slopes, and predation on the eggs and chicks of burrowing seabirds.

Funding from the Tasmanian and Australian governments of $24.6M, and a donation of $100,000 from WWF-Australia and Peregrine Adventures, allowed implementation of the plan to eradicate the three invasive mammal species on Macquarie Island.

Intensive planning from 2007 to 2010 was required to obtain all regulatory approvals and complete the complex operational planning and procurement aspects required. After an initial release of the Rabbit Calicivirus, four helicopters spread rodenticide bait in the winter of 2011 across the entire island. This successfully eradicated mice and rats and removed the majority of surviving rabbits. Hunting teams using specially trained dogs then covered the island intensively for the next two and a half years, searching for and removing the few rabbits that remained. In all, hunting teams covered 92,000 km to ensure no rabbits or rodents survived.

Recovery of vegetation has been dramatic and seabird populations are now re-establishing on the island.

Finalists

Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s Ramsar Initiative
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, WA

Gluepot Reserve – A reserve With a Difference
BirdLife Australia Gluepot Reserve, SA

Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework: Enhancing livelihoods, improving wellbeing, reducing environmental impact
Australian Dairy Industry Council, VIC

Tweed Byron Koala Connections
Tweed Shire Council, NSW

BANKSIA SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

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Winner

Kalleske – Sustainable Pioneers in Organic Wine
Kalleske Wines Pty Ltd, SA

Kalleske Wines is a producer of certified organic and biodynamic wines, situated at Greenock in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.  Established in 2002, Kalleske utilises grapes from the family property which has been owned and operated by the family since 1853.  It is the oldest and largest certified organic/biodynamic grape-growing and winemaking operation in South Australia.

Kalleske are sustainable pioneers in organic wine.  Their farming methods are environmentally and socially friendly.  Soils are healthy, no chemical residues, more carbon retention and more biodiversity.  It is a healthy vineyard environment for vineyard workers and the naturally made wines are chemical free, healthier to drink.

Kalleske is economically viable, an important aspect to allow it to be sustainable environmentally.  The winery is ultra efficient in energy and water use.  It is a net exporter of electricity and consumes half the industry benchmark for water use.  Innovators in the winery, Kalleske utilise smart barrel storage, efficient clarification and cutting edge analysis to reduce energy use, inputs and consumables.

Kalleske export to twenty markets and their wines and business have gained national and international awards.  They are twice winners of the Sustainability Award, South Australian Regional Awards (2013 & 2012) and more recently in 2015 were awarded the 2015 Telstra Small Business of the Year (SA) and Producer of the World’s Best Bio Wine – China Wine & Spirit Awards.

The future is bright for Kalleske Wines as they continue to seek and share knowledge to remain an innovative, leading edge sustainable wine company.

Finalists

Carbon Neutral Ice Cream
Serendipity Ice Cream, NSW

Australian Ethical Investment -“Sustainability Leadership Award application”
Australian Ethical Investment, NSW

carboNZero Certified
Tahbilk Winery, VIC

Sustainability – a Small Rural Health Service Response
Kooweerup Regional Health Service, VIC

 

BANKSIA SMART TECHNOLOGY AWARD

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Winner

A New Generation Flood Emergency Decision Support System – Integration of Natural Hazards Management in Sustainable Growth
Gold Coast City Council, QLD

Principles of sustainability are embraced in a number of the Gold Coast corporate strategies and plans, most notably, Corporate Plan Gold Coast 2020, City Plan 2015, Sustainable Flood Management Strategy.

Over the past two decades Australia has experienced an upsurge in the level of destruction caused by natural hazards and indications are the situation will only get worse. The escalation of severe disaster events is increasingly threatening our sustainable growth. There exists a critical question: how can we grow sustainably? The presented project in this submission is part of the City’s response to this question.

Indeed, in high-risk areas, sustainable growth is only possible to the degree that related decisions address the destructive potential of natural hazards. The Gold Coast, like many other coastal cities in Australia, is susceptible to flooding and its sustainability as a prosperous city depends on its ability to managing flood risk, both catchment-based and arising from Sea Level Rise.

This submission describes a technologically advanced decision support tool, developed by the City of Gold Coast, which uses an automated real time two-dimensional flood modelling for timely and accurate flood surface forecasting. The development team undertook a literature review and could not find any indication that similar system has been developed or is in operation anywhere in the world.

Finalists

Sustain Me Group
Sustain Me Group, VIC

Robotics for sustainable row crop farming
ACFR, The University of Sydney, NSW

Southern Oil Refining: Northern Oil Refinery
Southern Oil Refining, QLD

BANKSIA SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN, BUILD AWARD

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A. BUILDINGS, LANDSCAPES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

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Barangaroo Reserve by Lendlease
Lendlease, NSW

Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest and most spectacular public space.
The sprawling six-hectare headland park is set amongst naturalistic bushland and features a spectacular sandstone foreshore, designed the mimic the original 1836 headland.

The challenge of recreating a naturalistic headland has rarely been attempted anywhere else in the world, let alone in a city the size of Sydney and on the world’s best known harbour.

From the outset, Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) and Lendlease committed to providing a development that would be a world leader in sustainability. The design includes the utilisation of innovation solutions which produce zero carbon, zero waste, sustainable transport and materials and the minimisation of potable water.
A major facet of meeting these requirements included the reuse of 98 per cent of material excavated on site, the reuse of rainwater and seepage/stormwater for irrigation, the planting of more than 75,000 plants native to Sydney in specially manufactured soil and the incorporation of State significant heritage elements into the final design.

Lendlease’s project team also applied a socially responsible attitude to the environment during the four year construction period, with monitoring of dust, air quality and asbestos, as well as turbidity control in place throughout the entire project.

The opening of the park in August 2015 represents the return of the site to the people of NSW for the first time in more than 100 years. The end result is a magnificent public space that accurately references the site’s original form and rich Indigenous history.

Finalists

Bairnsdale Library
NOWarchitecture, VIC

Canberra Airport’s Airvolution
Canberra Airport, ACT

Regional Rail Link
Regional Rail Link Authority, VIC

 

B. PRODUCTS FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Winner

Fieldtech Solutions
Fieldtech Solutions, VIC

The over use of plastic is a serious problem in almost all parts of our economy. Within the Contaminated Land industry, considerable plastic waste is generated during groundwater and soil sampling. The irony is the industry is adding to this environmental plastics problem while trying to be stewards of our lands. Many of the products are used only once for a few minutes then land filled. These one‐off‐use products will still be here in three hundred plus years. Our philosophy is to not leave the plastic products used by this generation for future generations.

Fieldtech Solutions (FTS) was started to redesign and remanufacture these
same products using more responsible or sustainable materials. We now manufacture both in Australia and overseas, most of the one‐off‐use consumable items using biodegradable plastics that will biodegrade in a landfill. While traditional plastic items will last many hundreds of years once thrown away, products made by FTS will biodegrade 95% faster. For some products this equates to only a few years.The industry also uses products which require a longer service life where biodegradable materials are not suitable. FTS makes these products from recycled plastic, and saves resources by avoiding the need for new plastic from fossil fuels.

Finalists

Polystat
Casafico, VIC

 

BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AWARD

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Winner

Grown & Gathered – Empowering Community Through Sustainable Food Systems and a Bright Future
Grown & Gathered, VIC

Through their business Grown and Gathered, Matt and Lentil Purbrick are providing innovative and multifaceted community programs. Matt and Lentil have taken it upon themselves to educate and demonstrate to people from all walks of life what it really means to eat, farm and live sustainably by connecting with their food community.

On their farm in Tabilk, Victoria, they grow over 500 different varieties of heirloom and wild fruits, vegetables and flowers; raise animals; hunt; forage wild food; make natural preserves, ferments and food – all without generating waste. They deliver their produce, returning with food waste from restaurants and customers to compost and return to the land – which they call closed-loop farming.

Matt and Lentil teach concepts of near-lost pre-industrial principles and waste-free living proven environmentally sound for thousands of years. Techniques they have researched extensively, trialled and tested. Their passion and dedication to sustainability, influences not only today’s change making chefs and media but just as equally, everyday people.

They utilise a multifaceted education program to empower the community, including: on-farm internships, face-to-face workshops, off-site consultations; seasonal charts; speaking events; magazine columns; a blog and extensive plans to expand their education in the future.

Overall, Matt and Lentil believe that sustainability begins with the individual. Their education programs have directly engaged approximately 88, 464 people since the project began in August 2013 and they will continue to reduce waste, promote sustainable and regenerative farming practices, connect community and inspire better food systems long into the future.

Finalists

ClearSky Solar Investments
ClearSky Solar Investments, NSW

Moreland Energy Foundation
Moreland Energy Foundation, VIC

Avoid Island Project
Queensland Trust for Nature, QLD

Overcoming barriers to effective household kerbside garden and food organics recovery
Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group, VIC

 

BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT AWARD

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Winner

Managing the Swan River During the Development of Elizabeth Quay
Leighton Broad, WA

Leighton Broad (LB) brings together two specialist organisations Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd and Broad Construction to deliver the inlet and public space development works for Perth’s iconic Elizabeth Quay foreshore development.

The Project involves the construction of an inlet, island, pedestrian bridge, ferry terminal, short stay jetties, and public realm that includes a water feature and food and beverage outlets.

Elizabeth Quay is situated on the Swan River foreshore, just west of Barrack Street Jetty – an area of land that was reclaimed from the river throughout the early 1900’s. Since that time the river has been subjected to pre-existing and complex ecological stresses including nutrient run off, increased sediment loads, rubbish accumulation and increasing development along the river way.

To protect river water quality and ecology LB developed  rigorous monitoring programs, adopted industry best practice, scientific review and the drive to implement environmentally sensitive methodologies during construction.

Environmental requirements onsite have been diverse, including the management of Acid Sulphate Soils (ASS), European and Indigenous heritage, marine fauna and seagrass communities, groundwater, waste management, contamination and remediation and disposal and re-use of bulk excavated material.

While consideration of all of these environmental aspects has been fundamental to environmental management on site, the most significant to date has been implementing sustainable water management;  maintaining river water quality surrounding the Project area during dredging of the Swan River, inlet excavation and connecting the inlet with the Swan River and dewatering management.

Finalists

Getting things done in South Australia – the evolution of South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS)
Primary Industries and Regions SA, SA

Protecting the Health of the Gippsland Lakes – “Macalister Nutrient Reduction Program
Southern Rural Water, VIC

Farm Water Program
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, VIC

 

THE RICHARD PRATT BANKSIA CEO AWARD

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Proudly sponsored by Visy

Winner

Mark Ryan
Tassal, TAS

Mark Ryan is a respected business leader and an economic visionary for Tasmania. Mark is a proud and passionate Tasmanian with a significant belief in the state and its many natural attributes.

One of Mark’s core values is ‘Zero Harm for Everyone, Everywhere’ and his success as CEO of Tassal has been achieved with a strong focus on sustainability.

Environmental sustainability is central to Tassal’s business. It is core to planning and decision making to help further benefit the Tasmanian economy and Tassal’s employees. This focus has contributed meaningfully to the culture of the company and has supported operational excellence and pride in the workplace.

In 2012 under Mark’s leadership, Tassal partnered with WWF-Australia, part of the world’s largest conservation organisation. The partnership with WWF, along with Mark’s passion for sustainability, led Tassal to become the first producer of farmed salmon in the world to achieve full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across all sites in November 2014. ASC certification is the highest standard for responsibly-farmed seafood in the world and provides credible, third party validation to consumers that they are purchasing seafood from farms that limit impacts on the environment.

As CEO of WWF-Australia, I am extremely proud of our partnership with Tassal, and the many accomplishments made to date under the leadership of Mark Ryan. I am delighted to nominate Mark for this award and I look forward, personally to continuing to work with him and Tassal in the future.

Finalists

Amanda McKenzie – The Climate Council
The Climate Council, NSW

Robbert Rietbroek – Driving Excellence in Sustainability
Kimberly-Clark Australia, NSW