New Biodiversity Awards to Recognise Environmental Stewardship

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Lismore City Council has launched new awards to recognise the people and groups in the community who are working to protect the local environment.

The Lismore Biodiversity Awards will ‘celebrate and recognise excellence in environmental stewardship, with the winners of the three award categories receiving cash or goods and services to the value of $1,000.

The award categories are:

Soilcare Inc. Primary Producer Award: For primary producers demonstrating best practice managing biodiversity alongside agricultural production.

Individual Rural Landholder: For rural lifestyle landholders demonstrating outstanding biodiversity work.

Community and Schools Group: A community group or school doing excellent biodiversity restoration or species protection work.

Environmental Strategies Coordinator Vanessa Tallon said the awards were part of the Biodiversity Management Strategy, and were aimed at recognising community groups, schools, rural lifestyle landholders and primary producers working to improve biodiversity across Lismore’s diverse landscapes.

‘We’re looking for anyone who is working to protect our local environment and encouraging healthy habitats and places for our flora and fauna to flourish,’ Vanessa said.

‘The type of work Council is seeking to award includes planting diverse local species to restore habitat; controlling invasive weeds and pest animals that impact on native ecosystems; protecting waterways and water quality through keeping stock out of creeks, rivers and wetlands; remediating soil erosion with native plantings; and helping our threatened species and ecosystems.’

The awards will be presented at an event in June, providing attendees with an opportunity to network and hear about the achievements of the first year of council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy from its Environmental Strategies Team.

To nominate a community group, school or landholder go to the Lismore City Council website and click on Biodiversity Awards. Nominations close on 19 May.

Source: Echonet

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