Winners – Gold


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2016 Banksia Gold Award

John West Australia: Committed to a sustainable seafood future, VIC


After changing our tuna supply chain to the world’s best standard in sustainability, John West Australia faced another challenge. We had to get Australians to understand what we had done, and see value in the move. Until we did, consumers were unlikely to change their purchasing behaviour. To understand how to best change consumers’ behaviour and attitudes around sustainability, our agency Cummins&Partners looked to consumer psychology and principles of social marketing. The John West Australia MSC campaign launched on the February 3, 2016 and was in market until end April 2016. Market research tracking was in market from March 18 to April 8, 2016 (n=600). John West Australia remains committed to a sustainability framework that will positively continue to help ensure we have health oceans forever. We will continue to lead in investment in agitation and communication to increase awareness of the plight of the oceans, how consumers can make a difference by shopping smarter and raising awareness for MSC. Our sourcing of MSC continues into 2016/17 including moving our Tongal slices to MSC Yellowfin, sourcing MSC Mackerel and as Alaskan salmon moves to MSC our range of MSC products will grow



2015 Gold Award.

2015 Banksia Gold Award

Kalleske Wines, 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.


2014 Banksia Gold Award


ACT Solar Auction – ACT Environment and Planning Directorate, ACT

The ACT’s climate change strategy will reduce the Territory’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, moving towards full carbon neutrality in 2060.
An important element is improving the eco-efficiency of our energy supply. Large scale solar plays a key part of the Government’s strategy for renewable energy with 40 MW of large-scale solar renewable energy generating capacity, across three projects, projected to be online by mid 2015.

The ACT was the first jurisdiction in Australia to use an innovative reverse auction process to award a large-scale feed-in tariff. As it had never been tried in Australia before it was not without risk. By taking that risk, however, the ACT Government has set a new national standard for feed-in tariff allocation and affordable renewable energy.

The now operating Royalla Solar Farm is the largest solar power facility in Australia. When all 40MW is commissioned it is anticipated 71,000 MWh of renewable energy will be produced each year – powering 10,000 Canberra homes. Being host to three of the largest solar power facilities in Australia underpins Canberra’s emergence as a renewable energy investment hub and supports the continuing improvement of our eco-efficiency and the growth of clean technology industries.

2013 Banksia Gold Award

   2013 Banksia Gold Award Winner

Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), QLD

The TSRA’s LSMU has successfully championed an Indigenous community-based management approach to protecting the Torres Strait region’s unique island and marine biodiversity, and the cultural values and customary knowledge governing significant places and species. A Banksia Award in the Indigenous category is well deserved by the LSMU, in recognition of the services it has performed on behalf of Torres Strait Islander people, the Queensland and Australian Governments, and the nation as a whole, to develop and implement culturally appropriate and sustainable land and sea management practices in the region. The TSRA established the LSMU in 2006 to coordinate the delivery of natural resource management programs in the Torres Strait region. The Unit helps communities to access financial and technical assistance and information about the sustainable management of their environments, and facilitates improved coordination, communication and collaboration between communities, all levels of government, research organisations and other stakeholders to achieve improved environmental conservation outcomes. The LSMU strives to ensure that Indigenous customary knowledge and management techniques are appropriately recognised and incorporated in contemporary management regimes, especially for culturally iconic species such as dugongs and marine turtles, as well as areas of high cultural as well as biodiversity significance. It does so by supporting community-based planning and management approaches, acknowledging the critical role of communities in acting as local custodians of their environmental assets, integrating western and customary knowledge in management arrangements, as well as empowering communities in decision-making and priority setting.

2012 Origin Gold Banksia Award


   The Origin Gold Banksia Award

Target 100

Meat & Livestock Australia, NSW

As caretakers of almost half of Australia’s landmass sheep and cattle farmers know firsthand the importance of a healthy environment. Their commitment to a sustainable future is embodied in Target 100 – an initiative by Australian cattle and sheep farmers, along with their broader industry, to deliver sustainable farming by 2020. Harnessing social media and other communication channels, Target 100 revolves around 100 research, development and extension initiatives that aim to make cattle and sheep farming more sustainable and case studies of individual farmers. Target 100 encourages behavioural change by exposing farmers to the practices of other producers and the latest environmental research by leading Australian universities and research institutions. It is inspiring the adoption of sustainable practices on a growing number of farms. It is also about bridging the city-country divide between those who produce food and those who consume it. Target 100 provides the platform that allows farmers and consumers to directly communicate about environmental and other issues in lamb and beef production. With more than 100 farmers sharing their sustainability efforts on the Target 100 website and 17,000 visits to the site since its launch in March Target 100 is well on its way to achieving its goal of engaging farmers and consumers on the sustainability journey.

Comments from the Judges

The program is not about a one-way flow of information, but rather provides platforms for those interested to directly engage with farmers, industry and other people interested in sustainable food production. This appears to be a world first. Judges all agree that “Target 100 is a step in the right direction and highlights the very best of the Australian industry”.

2011 Origin Gold Banksia Award


The Origin Gold Banksia Award

Gippsland Water Factory – A new way to care for water
Gippsland Water, VIC

The Vortex Centre is an exciting and innovative community educational facility based at the Gippsland Water Factory – a world first wastewater treatment and recycling system located at Maryvale in south-east Victoria. Featuring interactive displays, touch-screens and powerful videos, the Vortex focuses on water conservation and sustainable water management; highlighting water as a precious resource at a local, state, national and global level. The Vortex plays a key role in delivering Gippsland Water’s vision to create an environmental and social legacy through its new education program, ‘Water Wonders’; both for students, the local community and water stakeholders. The inspiring building, hands-on activities, engaging programs, and distinctive location combine to promote behavioural change and increased awareness of the need to use water responsibly. Described as ‘the building that teaches’, the centre features sustainable design elements to minimise energy consumption and ensure the Vortex itself practices what it preaches.

Comments from Judges

The Judges were impressed that this project combined the “outer” (environmentally friendly building) with the “inner” (the behaviour change through education) in a highly engaging and innovative program that strategically targeted and provided the respective level of education from primary school to tertiary level. Judges commented on the degree of detail considered in engaging the local public and see this as a real example of a living educational model.

2010 Origin Gold Banksia Award


The 2010 Origin Gold Banksia Award

Yellow Crazy Ant Management Project

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, NT

In partnership with CSIRO, Rio-Tinto Alcan

The Yellow Crazy ant, one of the world’s worst ant pests, is present within  Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, CSIRO ecologist, Dr Ben Hoffmann, said Yellow Crazy ants formed multiqueened ‘supercolonies’ in which ants occur at extremely high densities over large areas. “This makes them a serious pest of agriculture as well as the natural environment”. For the past five years, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, in collaboration with CSIRO and Rio-Tinto Alcan, has been waging a war against this ant, with outstanding success. Yellow crazy ant has now been declared eradicated from 21 sites covering 246 ha. This is twice as many eradications covering five times more area than all ant eradications published globally for the past 100 years. In addition, ecological monitoring at 17 sites has quantified full ecological recovery within 12 months following treatments. “These ants have the capacity to spread from Broome in Western Australia across to Queensland” said Dhimurru senior ranger Daryl Lacey. “We have an opportunity now to do something about them while their distribution is limited”, he said.

Comments from Judges

“Judges agreed that this program demonstrated a clear focus with unambiguous results; excellent partnerships providing a commitment to on-going funding, strong contribution to research and on-ground assessment and action. Providing a template for how a committed community can overcome local difficulties in a global context.”

2009 Origin Gold Banksia Award


The 2009  Origin Gold Banksia Award

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses P/L, VIC

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is 108 years old and we see environmentally sustainable business growth as the primary issue for business and community into the future. Through building our new bakery we saw an opportunity to not only reduce our own environmental footprint but to help create an awareness in our employees, suppliers and customers of how they too can help improve the world we live in.

By harnessing the waste heat from our refrigeration systems, redistributing heat recovered from freshly baked products, employing hybrid vehicle technologies and offsetting the remaining emissions via tree planting we have reduced our carbon footprint by over 5000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

It’s the simplicity of the solutions that encourages us to continue to think green and to believe that we can all ‘do our bit’ to improve the world we live in.

Most importantly: It feels good to do the right thing and it helps the business as well!



Different Cars, Same Colour, mecu GoGreen Car Loan, VIC

mecus goGreen®  Car Loan offers reduced interest rates according to the Greenhouse Rating and age of a vehicle. Additionally, to reduce the environmental impact of the loan, mecu offsets 100% of the cars CO2 emissions throughout the life of the loan by planting 17 native trees annually in the Murray Darling Basin.



Marine & Coastal Community Network , NSW

The Marine and Coastal Community Network (MCCN) is a national, non-government project that has dramatically increased community involvement in marine conservation initiatives around Australia. The project was established 1993 as an initiative of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. The MCCN provides information to, and works with over 10,000 organisations, groups and individuals across government agencies, industry and the community sector. Participants in the MCCN include commercial and recreational fishing interests, scuba divers, the shipping industry, marine science community, conservation interests, and government agencies.


2002 Banksia Gold Award

   2002 Banksia Gold Award

 Protecting Little Penguins on the Summerland Peninsula- Phillip Island, VIC

The protection of Little Penguins on the Summerland Peninsula is an extraordinary success story of one of the longest running seabird research programs in Australia coupled with wise management and ecotourism practices.

The project led to the formation of Phillip Island Nature Park to ensure consistant coastal management across Phillip Island. The Park developed a Management Plan, in consultation with community and stakeholders.

Implementation of the Plan ensures ongoing understanding and protection of little penguins and their habitat as well as the conservation of other marine and coastal species including Short-tailed Shearwaters, Hooded Plovers, Crested Terns and Australian Fur Seals as well as rare coastal plant species.