Winners of the inaugural Lismore Biodiversity Awards were announced on August 25th during an awards ceremony at the Lismore City Bowling Club. The new awards night is part of the Biodiversity Management Strategy and a commitment from Lismore Council to thank people in the community who are acting to improve the local environment.
And the winners are:
Soilcare Inc. Primary Producer Award
Robert Hunter owns a 40-hectare cattle property at Corndale. Over many years he has undertaken a series of fish habitat rehabilitation projects along 2.2km of Coopers Creek. His works have included stock fencing and planting more than 4500 native trees and shrubs to improve water quality and habitat for local fish and other native animals.
Individual Rural Landholder
Ken Williams and Adrian George own a 40-hectare rural lifestyle block at Georgica they have painstakingly turned from degraded paddocks into flourishing forest over the last 25 years. The pair have worked tirelessly to restore native vegetation, creek banks and koala habitat, doing everything from seed propagation and weed removal across 22 hectares to planting more than 4000 native trees.
Community Group or School
The Wilsons River Landcare Group has been committed to restoring lowland subtropical rainforest on the floodplain (an endangered ecological community) for more than 20 years. The group works in high-profile areas throughout the CBD such as Pritchard Park, Molesworth Street and Colemans Point (the greyhound track) to improve both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. They have also inspired countless other Landcare groups through National Tree Day and other education events.
Congratulations to all the award winners and to all the other entries. The evening also acknowledged all those in our communities that quietly chisel away at such goals without recognition. There are many!