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2003 Category Award Winners and Finalists

2003 Environmental Leadership in the Community
2003 Business Environmental Responsibility & Leadership
2003 Government Leading by Example for a Sustainable Future
2003 Environmental Leadership in the Rural Sector
2003 Sustainable Development Leadership in the Minerals Industry
2003 Environmental Leadership in Protecting Bush, Land & Waterways
2003 Environmental Leadership in Protecting Coastal & Marine Environments
2003 Environmental Leadership in Infrastructure & Service
2003 Leadership in Sustainable Product Design
2003 Leadership in Sustainable Buildings
2003 Leadership in Socially Responsible Investment
2003 Environmental Leadership in Communications

Environmental Leadership in the Community

Presented for
An individual or community group that has demonstrated leadership, commitment and excellence in protecting or enhancing the Australian environment.


WINNER
Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve

Gluepot Reserve is Australia?s largest community owned and managed conservation reserve. Situated 64 km from the River Murray in South Australia?s Riverland, the reserve is managed and operated entirely by volunteers. Some 54,000 ha in size, it is part of the largest block of intact mallee left in Australia and is home to 17 nationally threatened species of birds. There are few areas in the world that support such a concentration of threatened species. By combining the three elements of: biodiversity conservation, enhancement and management; scientific research and monitoring and sustainable ecotourism, Gluepot has taken conservation management into a new era, by providing an international model to show that sustainable multi-use of the landscape is both feasible and desirable.

A Journey of Belief, Making ICM Work, Pat Hart

Pats qualifications for Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) are community leadership, commitment to the environment. Pat's environmental leadership includes 4 years on local government, 6 years on the Board of the Swan River Trust, 4 Chairing the Swan Catchment Council, 8 Chairing Catchment Coordinating Group and 1 Swan Avon Integration Catchment Management group. Pat has demonstrated how an individual can make a difference. She has almost single-handedly nurtured and guided the creation of a metropolitan Natural Resource Management industry. Her involvement extends from the smallest community catchment group to the Swan River Trust Board. Pat's journey involved gaining the commitment of local and State Government, involving industry and inclusion of community.

Alex Campbell

Alex Campbell has been instrumental in guiding public policy for salinity management and natural resource management at a national and state level for over fifteen years. Since he began farming in 1963 he has seen the importance of using sustainable practices across the cleared land, water resources and bush areas. Alex is a committed environmentalist with a realist base. He has strong beliefs in the possibilities of combining economic drivers with sound environmental management, and the importance of involving all levels of government and the community in the development of policies and strategies that will achieve this aim. Alex Campbell has made a difference nationally by tirelessly fostering, indeed inspiring, the essential collaboration of communities, industries and government working together towards a better environment for future generations of Australians.

Beenup Interactive Community Consultation
Through the commitment of its members over a 14 year period the Beenup Consultative Group has been actively engaged in the operation, closure and more recently, the rehabilitation of the BHP Billiton Beenup Mineral Sands Mine site in south western Australia. Representing all sectors of the Augusta-Margaret River community, this strong and unique group has also been a communication conduit between the community and BHP Billiton. The Group has been forward thinking, honest and resolute in addressing a range of diverse environmental challenges. Their vision is being realized as a functioning, self-sustaining ecosystem containing rare flora species and is being created as a legacy for future generations.

Denmark Greening Plan, Denmark Environmental Centre
The Denmark Greening Plan is one of the most ambitious community environment projects undertaken in WA. Over three years we collated a digitised database providing a comprehensive map of Denmark Shire?s vegetation types, land uses, and other information relevant for effective and efficient management of the Shire?s natural environment. The Denmark Greening Plan provides the basis for more autonomous regional planning and the overview gained has generated new conservation goals. Denmark Shire is within one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. This project grew from a grass roots passion to care for this exceptional environment.

Business Environmental Responsibility & Leadership

Presented for
A business or government business enterprise that has demonstrated leadership, commitment and excellence in protecting Australias environment and contributing to a sustainable future.

WINNER
VicSuper Contributing to a Sustainable Future

VicSuper Pty Ltd (VicSuper) is leading the superannuation industry in protecting Australia?s environment and contributing to a sustainable future. In an industry not traditionally concerned with reducing its environmental impact and acting in a socially responsible manner, VicSuper?s proven commitment to sustainability truly demonstrates its leadership position. Examples of VicSuper?s commitment to the environment and sustainability can be seen: On the Ground: VicSuper has made sustainability its central operating principle; Integration of sustainability into general operations including recycling, purchasing, staff sustainability committee; Staff sustainability training, education, development and performance review. Through its investments: Sustainability Investment Option; World-leading 10% of all listed equities invested in Sustainability Leaders; Incorporation of environmental and sustainability improvements into properties in the Direct Property Investment Fund. Through participation and membership in a variety of working groups: United Nations Environment Programme ? signatory to the Finance Initiative and member of the Australasian Advisory Committee on Operational Management and Reporting; Working with the Victorian Environmental Protection Authority to establish the world?s first Sustainability Covenant.

Atlas Dry Cleaners
Atlas Dry Cleaners is a family business operating in East & West Perth for over 35 years. In 1997, the directors decided to turn Atlas into a market leader by re-developing the East Perth factory site. The factory was totally re-fitted with a strong emphasis on cleaner production, energy efficiency and waste minimisation. Thus resulting in waste reduction by seventy per cent and annual running costs by $8000. Senior staff members participated in the inaugural Cleaner Production club for Dry Cleaners facilitated by the Centre for Excellence at Curtin University. A code of practice was developed and implemented, making the working environment one of the safest in Perth. Personalised valet bags have also been introduced to reduce the use of plastic and support the environment. A wastewater re-use project is about to be implemented with anticipated 80 percent savings in water usage and cost savings in dollar terms of $7000 per annum.

Collex, Exploration to Restoration
Since its inception in 1969, Collex has progressed from a small organization simply collecting garbage to a large, fully integrated environmental services provider with strong links throughout Australia and overseas. Through Project Antarctica, Collex developed a program which binds the eight strands of its Sustainable Development policy and set a benchmark for working in partnership with stakeholders to promote an innovative, workable and sustainable solutions for restoring the ecology of Antarctica. In addition, Collex takes a leadership position in promoting sustainable development by a series of sponsorships throughout the community and environment management industry.

St John of God Health Care Subiaco
St John of God Health Care Subiaco has recently introduced an Environmental Management System, which through caregiver participation, has succeeded in reducing energy, water and waste costs, and as a result, has helped preserve the environment. St John of God Health Care Subiaco is the first health care organisation to become a signatory to the WA Cleaner Production Statement, is a signatory to the Greenhouse Challenge, and proud to be awarded joint winner of the WA Environment Award 2002 by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage ? the Hon Dr Judy Edwards. It is an exemplary case study of innovative and sustained organisational change.

Sydney Royal Easter Show, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW was established in 1822 to pursue excellence in sustainable agriculture. The Sydney Royal Easter Show at Sydney Showground is the largest event in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts 1 million visitors. The Olympic environmental success and the RESOURCE NSE ?Waste Wise Events? strategy inspire Showground events. Show waste diverted from landfill averages > 89%, peaking at 95% during 2000. Consistency has been achieved in partnership with specialist event cleaning contractors and packaging suppliers. The NSW EPA celebrates the 2002 and 2003 Royal Easter Shows as ?Green Events.? Our commitment to the environment is setting new standards by our extensive Educational Programmes, reaching 20,000 students in 2002.

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited
Reading the signs ?.and taking action. Toyota recognises the need to balance the environmental issues raised by the automobile with society?s demand for efficient, cost effective and enjoyable mobility. Toyota has endeavoured to take the lead on environmental issues and we are implementing best practice innovations throughout the vehicle lifecycle. Toyota has very strong senior leadership commitment and specific environmental objectives for each business division. The key project Environmental Affairs and the Sustainability Committee ensure the integration of sustainability at all levels of the organization. Some examples of Toyota?s leading edge initiatives include: introduction of Prius hybrid vehicle, $350 million investment in the new Camry, water based cartridge painting process, supply chain innovation, and pro-active involvement with community.

Visy Industries
Visy Industries has pioneered the notion of environmentally friendly manufacturing in Australia. The business is unique, in that it combines the collection and re-use of enormous volumes of recyclable materials with a powerful commercial business-all framed by the principles of sustainability and environmental best practice. Visy remains at the forefront of both manufacturing and recycling technology and is arguably Australia?s pre-eminent example of a business that successfully integrates environmental and sustainable considerations into every facet of its operations. The business has consistently led the Australian ? and global ? packaging industries in setting new performance benchmarks, developing new techniques and developing industry-wide standards for environmental and sustainable considerations ? from both operational and reporting perspectives.

Government Leading By Example For A Sustainable Future

Presented to
A government organisation for leadership, commitment and excellence in protecting Australias environment and the sustainable management of the environment or natural resources.


WINNER
Solar in Schools - Sustainable Energy Development Authority
Solar In Schools brings clean energy to schools in NSW. Each school receives their own solar power system, and teaching resources that reinforce the relationship between energy and the environment. More than 20000 school children in 43 NSW Solar Schools are now learning about renewable energy, energy efficiency and global warming in a way that is fun, easy and hands-on. Think Global, Act Local ? Solar in Schools provides a local solution to the global problem of climate change in a way that benefits the community and local businesses. Leadership ? Students in Solar Schools lead the community by example by encouraging the sustainable production and use of energy. The Future ? Solar in Schools educates the energy users of tomorrow to make informed choices that care for the planet.

Beyond The Norm & A New Standard (Townsville State of Environment) - Townsville City Council
Townsville City Council over the past 15 years has developed and implemented a range of innovative programs and policies based on ESD principles often in partnership with schools, Landcare and industry designed to protect Townsville?s nationally significant environmental areas (eg World Heritage Great Barrier Reef). Townsville?s newly released State of Environment Report brings together all aspects of these initiatives and programs, reporting on the environment in accordance with the Commonwealth?s SOE (pressure:condition:response) Model; Themes; and Core Environmental Indicators 2000 and provides the opportunity for involvement. The SOE report incorporates technological advances in document management, presentation, and environmental promotion, which go beyond normal practice and set new environmental management standards.

City of Fremantle
The City of Fremantle is committed to preserving, caring for and improving total environment. In so doing, we are mindful of the need to incorporate sustainability principles into all our activities, to take account of not only the needs of current but also future generations and to work with other organizations to preserve precious and limited resources to achieve the vision for Fremantle. The City of Fremantle as a local government authority, is well placed to lead responsible environmental management, working closely with Fremantle?s environmentally aware community in such forum as the Precinct System, the only such system in WA. It is not possible to fully detail all the City?s initiatives in the area of conservation and environmental management. The City is particularly proud of Living Smart, Shed Your Car Day and the creation of Booyeembara Park being just three of a long list of Council?s achievements. The City of Fremantle has a plan to progress sustainability that is built on incorporating sustainability principles into our decision-making and operational processes. It is this incorporation of sustainability into all of our activities that is testimony of our ?Government Leading by Example?.

Hume City Council Environment Initiative
Hume City Council has recently developed a Framework and Implementation Plan to address the issue of Sustainability within the local community and Council operations. A key feature of the framework and plan is a commitment by Council to undertake annual State of the Environment (SoE) Reporting, to provide information and feedback to the community on environmental issues and progress.

Sustainable Living at Home Program - City of Port Phillip
Sustainable Living at Home (SLAH) is a community based environmental program, which is defined by and thrives on community involvement. This program builds on the need expressed by residents that they wanted to build better relationships with their neighbours as well as be more ?environmentally friendly?. The program is structured so that teams of households meet once a month to learn from each other and to utilise practical solutions to environmental problems from the SLAH workbook. This resource provides easy to follow guidelines on environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Schools Program - NSW Department of Education & Training and Resource NSW
Two state Government departments, within NSW and Environment Australia, have combined their resources and skills to implement the Sustainable Schools Program. The program guides schools through three phases of developing and implementing a school environment management plan, finally leading them to a stage where they meet a set of criteria that accredits them as a sustainable organisation. The program employs the resources of numerous government and non-government organisations as well as involving communities and local councils in its implementation. By becoming a sustainable organisation, schools are taking on projects to improve their local environment, educate their communities and prepare today?s students for a more sustainable future.

Environmental Leadership in the Rural Sector

Presented to
An individual, group or an enterprise within the rural sector that has made an outstanding contribution to the protection of the environment and sustainable management of Australias natural resources.


WINNER
Plumbago Station
Twelve years ago, Plumbago Station introduced a fundamental change in its approach to the management of a pastoral production enterprise to promote the protection and recovery of the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, Petrogale xanthopus, and to ensure the sustainability of the natural resource base. Major achievements have included the recovery of the wallaby population from the brink of local extinction to now being considered secure, with evidence of expansion back through its former range. Successful management of total grazing pressure has allowed the recovery of native vegetation communities, with an associated improvement in biodiversity values. Plumbago has demonstrated conservation goals can be achieve in conjunction with pastoral production.

Charlie Carp
Charlie Carp is a story of commitment. It is a story of a group of individuals dedicated to restoring the health of Australia?s inland waterways. Their target ? to control the most significant, environmentally damaging pest ever introduced into the Australian water system ? the European Carp. Charlie Carp has adopted an innovative commercial approach to a problem, turning an unwanted pest into a resource capable of being used to further improve the environment. The reduction in carp numbers will allow native fish numbers to increase and underpin wide efforts to further improve our river systems. The company has led the way informing strong partnerships to deliver real results an encourage others to become involved in addressing the issue or provide support for the efforts of Charlie Carp through the purchase of a range of natural, environmentally friendly products. The mission of Charlie Carp is to manufacture innovative products which provide our customers with superior results and benefit the Australian environment.

Liverpool Plains Land Management Committee
Since its inception in 1992, the Liverpool Plains Land Management Committee (LPLMC) has been at the forefront of research, planning and natural resource management in the Liverpool Plains Catchment of northwestern New South Wales. Their most notable achievements include: research forums; the Liverpool Plains Catchment Investment Strategy and the trial of market based Land Management Tenders and Small Grants programs targeting biodiversity, salinity and water quality. LPLMC has strived to look beyond traditional boundaries, by forming successful partnerships to access information, finance and resources for landholders and the catchment community. Through this constructive collaboration they are achieving their goal of A Healthy Catchment for a Productive Future.

Stanbroke Sustainability Project - Stanbroke Pastoral Company Pty Ltd
Stanbroke Pastoral Company Pty Ltd is the largest single landholder and beef producer in Australia. With a landmass more than one and a half times that of Tasmania, spread across a wide range of catchments and bioregions, Stanbroke has an unparalleled opportunity to achieve results in environmental protection and stewardship. In 2002, the company initiated an overarching Sustainability Project. The first step in the project was the development of an Environmental Strategy that is the product of an extensive research and consultation process. The strategy is implemented through an EMS process designed to satisfy the ISO 14001 standard. The strength of this EMS is not the process standard, but the natural resource management and environmental protection standards set by the company, that go well beyond legislative, regional or industry standards. Stanbroke is committed to on ground improvement in natural resource and environmental management and is in a unique position to make a real difference to the environment in which we live and work.

Sustainable Grazing Systems (SGS) - Meat & Livestock Corporation
Australian farmers are proud environmentalists at heart, but 200 years of agriculture were starting to take their toll. The Sustainable Grazing Systems (SGS) program was established to assist farmers understand and improve their operations in a sustainable and profitable manner. What makes this program unique is the cooperation and enthusiasm that developed between producers, researchers, industry and government departments, working together to make a real difference, towards a very real goal of improving the environment. After 5 years, the results were outstanding. ABARE reported that 10,000 producers were involved in SGS, and of these, 81% had made changes to their grazing systems and helped others to become more sustainable also due largely to SGS.

Sustainable Development Leadership in the Minerals Industry

Presented to
A company in the minerals industry that has demonstrated leadership, commitment and excellence in contributing to Australias sustainable future through the effective integration of wealth creation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
WINNER
BHP Billiton - Transforming Policy into Sustainable Outcomes
BHP Billiton, the world?s largest diversified resources company, is committed to enhancing its contribution to sustainable development. To this end, health, safety, environment and community (HSEC) responsibilities have been integrated into every aspect of the Company?s business. From the highest level down, policies and processes have been implemented, through a systems-based approach, to incorporate sustainability considerations into business strategies and everyday decision-making. Operating under an integrated HSEC Policy and mandatory HSEC Management Standards, the Company?s aspirational goal is ?Zero harm to people and the environment?. By putting policy into practice, BHP Billiton is at the forefront in developing and implementing initiatives for sustainability in the minerals industry.

Sustainable Development - Global Concepts with Local Practices - Hamersley Iron
When developing its Sustainable Development policy, Rio Tinto recognised there was no blue print solution for its diverse global business. Instead it sought locally derived responses to sustainability issues. In Western Australia, Rio Tinto's Hamersley Iron is at the forefront of implementing sustainable development practices across its many Pilbara operations. This proactive approach has lead to the development of a unique methodology that measures, evaluates and embeds the economic, social and environmental criteria of sustainable development into the early stages of corporate decision-making for capital and operating processes. It has been successfully tested on two business decisions for operations in the Pilbara.

Sustainable Leadership by Newmont Australia
Newmont Australia endeavours to demonstrate leadership, commitment and excellence in contributing to Australia's sustainable future through the effective integration of wealth creation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Our strategy for sustainability adopts an integrate approach that recognises the equal importance of employee safety and wellbeing, environmental stewardship and community benefit through wealth creation and partnership projects as key factors contributing to our financial performance. Without the alignment and integration of all of these elements, Newmont Australia assumes long-term sustainability is unlikely. We don't claim to know it all, particularly is such a complex and challenging issue that is sustainability, but Newmont believes it is learning each day, influencing others to join in the debate and heading in the right direction towards achieving results that will benefit Australia for years to come. Our submission to the Banksia Awards 2003, in the category of Leadership in Sustainability in the Minerals Industry, aims to share our learnings and encourage others in the minerals industry to join in the pursuit towards a sustainable future.

Environmental Leadership in Protecting Bush, Land & Waterways

Presented to
An individual, group or organisation for outstanding achievement and leadership in protecting Australias flora, fauna and ecosystems and contributing to a sustainable future.
WINNER
Control of the Yellow Crazy Ant on Christmas Island - Parks Australia and Monash University
Biological invasions are one of the greatest environmental issues of our time. Christmas Island?s greatest environmental threat is invasion by the yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes). Parks Australia and Monash University designed, developed, and delivered a program to research and control this ant and mitigate its impacts ? in close cooperation with industry, Commonwealth and state government departments, academics and the local Christmas Island community. In 2002, these efforts culminated in a aerial control campaign that devastated crazy ant supercolonies on Christmas Island. This ground-breaking program stands as a model for effective partnerships in invasive species management in Australia and elsewhere.

Biodiversity - Our Living Future - Coffs Harbour City Council
In Coffs Harbour 93 species of plants and animals are recognised as being either endangered or vulnerable. Coffs Harbour City Council recognised its role as a leader in the community and understood it was in a position to make a difference by leading the community to protect biodiversity and ecosystems in the area. As such, in September 2000 Coffs Harbour City Council made a formal commitment to actively pursue the path to sustainability. This commitment has lead Council to develop both its Biodiversity Action Strategy and Environment Awareness Strategy. These strategies set the way for Council, the community and other organizations to work together to learn more about biodiversity and to actively participate in enhancing and preserving biodiversity and their ecosystems. By treading this path, we can be certain that Coffs Harbour will continue to be a great place to live ? for all species.

Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary
In 1975 the late Gordon Clarke, a Linton pastoralist and philanthropist, donated land and endowed a Trust to establish an entity structured to fulfil his vision to optimise, manage and create habitat at Linton to increase the diversity and population of native birds in perpetuity. Situated 30km southwest of Ballarat, the Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary of 535 hectares is on land owned by the Bird Observers Club of Australia and Trust for Nature together with adjacent Crown Land designated as Flora and Fauna Reserve. The Committee of Management, appointed by BOCA, has created a strong network of partners working to fulfil his vision. The successful transformation of cleared pastures, degraded mining areas, and depleted bushlands, all previously invaded by weeds and vermin, has resulted in many stable and diverse ecosystems that now support an increasing range and number of woodland native birds. The project continues to be an inspiration to visitors and a source of great pleasure and satisfaction to those who have been involved over many years.

Fencing Incentive Scheme - Tasmania - Greening Australia Tasmania
Greening Australia (Tasmania)'s Fencing Incentive Scheme Tasmania (FIST) has been one of the most successful Tasmanian conservation initiatives. Over the past four years FIST has supported 329 private landholders fence and manage 26,300 ha of important native vegetation in 701 sites, by providing fencing grants and negotiated management prescriptions for each property. The project has enhanced environmental values and protected priority vegetation communities and threatened species for less than $100 of public money per hectare. FIST is more than fencing. It is also about promoting the many values of native vegetation and highlighting the importance of integrating conservation into sustainable agricultural practices.

The Arid Recovery Project
The national significance of the Arid Recovery Project's achievements are evident by major conservation successes, including removal of key threatening processes and reintroduction of 4 nationally threatened or endangered mammals to a landscape-scale region of arid Australia. These achievements, in only 6 years since the project's inception, have been facilitated by unique partnerships, applied research, adaptive management and persistent and concerted on-ground works. The widespread applicability of Arid Recovery's successes have been and will continue to be the focus of a comprehensive education and awareness campaign designed to improve public and stakeholder awareness of conservation issues and land manager capabilities to remedy major threats in the arid zone.

River Resurrection - Pasminco & the West Coast Council
The ecological health of the severely degraded Stitt River on Tasmania a West Coast has dramatically improved over the last year following an innovative partnership between Pasminco and the West Coast Council. Levels of potentially harmful nutrients have fallen by more than 95% since town sewage & effluent, which previously entered the Stitt River directly, was diverted into two non-operational mine tailings dams. These dams operate as wetlands or biological filters to treat the effluent. The encouraging results have been maintained throughout 2002, indicating that this project has established a long-term sustainable solution to Stitt River water quality issues. This project demonstrates a rare use of mining infrastructure to achieve a community environmental goal, and one which has received active support from the community and every level of government.

Leadership in Protecting Coastal & Marine Environments

Presented to
An individual, group or organisation for outstanding achievement and leadership in protecting Australias marine flora, fauna and ecosystems and contributing to a sustainable future.

WINNER
The Marine and Coastal Community Network
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.

Clive Easton
Tweed Shire Council has nominated Clive Easton, for 20 years of innovative work in the coastal environment. Clive brought the major coastal issue of acid-sulfate soils and their effect on coastal ecosystems into the public arena in the late 1980s, pursuing the issue with initially reticent affected landholders and instigating collaborative applied research. Clive also pioneered environmentally focussed salt marsh mosquito management techniques such as runnels and developed Australia's first Local Government mosquito and biting midge Development Control Plan. Clive's work has helped improve environmental awareness, protection, biodiversity and public health in many coastal areas of Australia.

The Northern Shoalhaven R.E.M.S. - Shoalhaven City Council & NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation
REMS is one of the largest and most complex water-recycling schemes undertaken by an Australian local government water authority to beneficially re-use up to 80% of reclaimed water (effluent) from six Shoalhaven Wastewater Treatment Plants. Costing $64.5M REMS will ultimately irrigate 750 hectares of dairy farms, golf courses and recreation areas and serve a population of 58,000.
REMS is significantly helping to protect the Shoalhaven coastal and marine environments by stopping discharges into Jervis Bay National Marine Park; improving water quality and reduce releases to the Shoalhaven River.


Williamstown-Altona Coastal Parklands - Hobsons Bay City Council
The Williamstown-Altona Coastal Parklands is composed of 11 parcels of public land along the industrialised inner western coast of Port Phillip Bay. They include a former tip, a former explosives reserve and a sewerage plant. The Strategic Directions Plan for the parklands, developed in 1997, aims to conserve and enhance the habitat and heritage values of the coast whilst integrating recreation. Local residents and industry have been directly involved in the planning and implementation of the parklands, resulting in the establishment of three new parks, protection of migratory wading bird sites, stormwater improvements and a heightened awareness of the values of the coast.

Environmental Leadership in Infrastructure & Services

Presented to
An individual, group or organisation which has demonstrated leadership in protecting Australias environment and contributing to a sustainable future through the design, construction and operation of infrastructure and services, including water supply, wastewater treatment, energy supply, waste minimisation, telecommunications and transport.

WINNER
Douglas Shire Council
The Douglas Shire Council is a working example of an organisation seeking to be sustainable by aiming at maintaining a healthy economy, vibrant communities and a thriving biophysical environment. The Douglas Shire Council is a small rural region on the coastline of North East Australia. It is the only place in the World where two World Heritage areas meet: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. Nearly 80% of the Shire is World Heritage listed. Its economy is built on a relatively new tourism industry and an established agriculture sector. The Shire accommodates a million visitors a year and produces a million tonnes of sugar cane, cattle and a variety of fruit crops. It also has one of the oldest intact surviving indigenous communities in the world ? the Kuku Yalanji. The Shire Council demonstrates how a partnership between community, industry, science and government can create a sustainable region and deliver local, national and global goals. Accordingly, the DSC is widely recognised as a leader, through its forward-looking and innovative initiatives, demonstrating excellence in environmental management in a world-class environment.

Carrara Catchment Urban Stormwater Initiative - Gold Coast City Council
The Carrara Catchment Urban Stormwater Initiative (USI) is the Gold Coast City Council's first whole  of  catchment approach to improving the quality of stormwater run-off in a typical urban catchment draining into the Nerang River. USI engaged several innovative solutions including installing a bio-retention system, upgrading a lake and wetland and restoring stream banks to improve stormwater quality. The works were complemented by a comprehensive education program. USI was unique in south-east Queensland in its collaborative approach involving multiple tiers of government and research agencies as well as private enterprise and the general community.

Muller Industries: Utilising An Environmentally Responsible Approach In Reducing The Risk Of Legionella Outbreaks in Air Conditioning Systems

Muller Industries 3C Cooler reduces the risk of Legionella outbreaks in Australia by using an environmentally responsible approach in air conditioning systems. It can directly replace existing cooling tower and maintain similar efficiency without the use of harmful chemicals to the environment. Furthermore, it uses less water, does not emit aerosols and has the potential to use recycle water. Due to its closed circuit design, scaling and corrosion in piping and equipment is minimised. Installation of 3C Cooler avoids the problems of high capital costs involved in the replacement of cooling tower with air-cooled equivalent and increased energy consumption.

The Sustainable Built Environment - Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

Western Australia's Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) has established a milestone in Australian public infrastructure with its revolutionary solution to the pressing problem of household waste reduction and recycling. Designed to divert more than 85% of municipal waste from environmentally damaging landfill, the system is one of the first in the world to successfully marry community behaviour with advanced processing technology and commercial product sales in one holistic strategy. Its centrepiece is a multi-million dollar Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRC), in suburban Canning Vale, which is the second largest of it's kind in the world. It comprises and advanced materials recovery technology green waste mulching and a state-of-the art in-vessel composting facility to transform putrescible waste into high quality organic compost.

The Marina Hindmarsh Island

The Marina Hindmarsh Island is a multi-faceted, world class, working marina and waterfront residential tourist attraction that is currently being developed on a 1000-acre property on the south-western end of Hindmarsh Island, adjacent to Goolwa in South Australia. In the planning of The Marina Hindmarsh Island, environmental considerations have always been of the highest importance. The Marina Hindmarsh Island has formed partnerships with our Boaties, Residents, Landowners, Suppliers, Local Service Clubs and other Organisations as part of an ongoing program to ensure that we protect the environment we have the privilege to boat in.

Leadership in Sustainable Product Design

Presented to
Outstanding achievement in the design and manufacture of products that contribute to the protection of the environment and to a sustainable future.

WINNER
The Orbital Combustion Process 2-Stroke Motorcycle Technology- Orbital Engine Corporation Limited
Orbital Engine Corporation's innovative direct fuel injection technology allows two stoke motorcycles to meet the world's most stringent exhaust emissions regulations with more than an 80% reduction in noxious emissions and up to 40% reduction in fuel consumption. Europe?s largest scooter producers, Aprilia, Piaggio and Peugeot, have adopted the technology. Between them they will have on the market this European summer eight different motor scooter models in volume production using the innovative Australian technology. Market success as an emissions solution has also been achieved in the marine outboard and personal watercraft sector. The technology relies on a patented direct injection system that is manufactured in high volumes by Synerject in the USA, a joint venture between Orbital and SiemensVDO Automotive. Orbital?s activity in India and other parts of Asia bodes well for a large uptake of the technology in these markets where pollution from two stroke motorcycles is a major problem.

Hot Press Project - Amcor Spearwood Paper Mill
Amcor Spearwood Mill operates a paper mill in Spearwood WA and recycles 65000 tonnes of wastepaper annually into world-class packaging grade papers and boards. This volume recycled saves resources and diverts material from landfill thus reducing waste. The grades of product made at Spearwood are used in the corrugated box industry to protect and distribute goods efficiently all over the world. The site has both ISO 9000 and 14000 series accreditation. The Hot Press Project has developed the technology to improve process and product design so that less energy, water and other resources are used to manufacture the paper products at the Spearwood Paper Mill whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Freshwater Systems Biobaffle - Freshwater Systems
Freshwater Systems, a Tasmanian environmental company, recently patented an Australian environmental innovation called the Biobaffle. It enables native fish and other aquatic fauna to swim through concrete culverts. The several hundred thousand road culverts on Tasmanian streams act as barriers to fish movement due to excessive water velocities inside them. The Biobaffle is designed to restore fish passage at existing culverts. This product is rapidly being adopted: forming the basis for a new Tasmanian fish passage policy; being incorporated into the Forest Practices Code and DIER major road culvert tenders; and culvert rehabilitation in the Derwent catchment (Tasmania) has begun.

Leadership in Sustainable Buildings

Presented to
A group, organisation or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection of the environment through the design, construction and operation of buildings.
WINNER
60L Green Building, Spowers Victoria, Green Building Partnership, Lincolne Scott
A ground breaking project, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton ('60L') represents new standards of Environmentally Sustainable Design. Designed in accordance with ecological sustainability principles within a commercial context, conversion of the building involved refurbishment of an existing 3 storey brick, timber and concrete office building and integrating the construction of a new 4 storey concrete structure. Produced to a commercial budget, 60L challenges the preconception that 'green' buildings cost more. 60L was significantly let at commencement of construction and provides massive savings in energy and water consumption.

Ecological Sustainability in Capital Projects ? Department of Sustainability and Environment
The Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment has developed and implemented a comprehensive ecologically sustainable design and construction (ESDC) program, which has been introduced into our capital works activities and is already applied or being applied, to 12 sites across Victoria. By embedding this process into all design and construction procedures, it ensures the approach to future works will also strongly focus on environmental considerations. The process is being shared with other Government Departments, the building and construction community, and building owners and occupiers through a range of processes, including:
  • Development of comprehensive ecologically sustainable design guidelines and supporting software
  • An informative video and
  • Workshops with building professionals.

ESDC principles include; Energy efficiency; Water efficiency; Waste reduction; Preservation of natural habitat; Use of environmentally friendly construction and it-out materials and practices; Indoor environmental quality; and Reduction of the lifecycle impact of the construction and occupancy process.

George St Apartments, Fitzroy - Contemporary Green Design
Developed by Contemporary Green Design, designed by Gregory Burgess Architects and built by Sightlines, the project aims to lead the way in ecologically sustainable development (ESD). Residents will cut their impact on the environment, save money and live in comfort. ESD achievements include:
  • Five-star energy rating
  • Solar hot water
  • Rainwater harvesting and re-use
  • Use of environmentally appropriate material in construction
  • Ongoing environmental management
  • With nine of eleven units sold and new owners moving in, the George Street Apartments have achieved design and commercial success.
Kogarah Town Square - Kogarah Council
Urban centres are both a threat to the natural environment and an important resource in their own right. The challenge of sustainability is to solve both the problems experienced within cities themselves (the result of action in the past) and the problems caused by the city itself. Kogarah Council recognised this challenge through the Kogorah Town Square Development; a mixed-use residential development in the Kogarah Urban Centre. This development exercise provided Kogarah Council with an opportunity to design a model of sustainability which could act as ?catalyst? for the incorporation of environmentally sustainable design principles in other developments, while establishing a benchmark for wider Sydney. The project as successfully established new sustainability targets in construction through its holistic implementation of ecological sustainable development principles and policy. It?s innovation in sustainability extends from the planning process adoption, the scale of the development, the close proximity to public transport nodes, and, most noteworthy, the following urban and environmental design considerations:
  • Building integrated photovoltaic cells which form Australia?s largest solar powered medium density residential development
  • Inclusion of a sophisticated tertiary treatment stormwater system and
  • Provision of a suite of other energy and water conservation measures within architectural layout and fittings supplied.
  • To ensure that other developments in the municipality follow the same sustainability principles, in 1998 Kogarah Council took the opportunity to create a Development Control Plan for the Kogarah Urban Centre. These building guidelines ensure that developments in Kogarah achieve the sustainable outcomes which are vital for the management and preservation of our fragile urban environment.
Murdoch University - Environmental Technology Centre
The Waalitj Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) at Murdoch University is made up of 1.7 hectares of permaculture garden and state of the art buildings to experiment, demonstrate and motivate those interested in Environmentally Sustainable Technologies (ESTs). The ETC is a nexus between Industry, University, Government and Community. The Waalitj Buildings are evolving and changing to suit the needs of occupants, visitors and researchers alike. Comprising innovative construction techniques, which consider the entire production and deconstruction process, computer controlled climate systems, solar panels, the Waalitj Complex is a major demonstration of new millennium building techniques.

Leadership in Socially Responsible Investment


WINNER
VicSuper: Sustainability Investing for a Sustainable Future
VicSuper Pty Ltd (VicSuper), with more than $1.6 billion in assets, leads the Australian superannuation industry with its unique and innovative sustainability investment strategy in two key asset classes:
Listed equity  By investing in the largest companies in Australia and internationally that rate well against their peers in terms of sustainability, VicSuper is making a considerable contribution to the protection of Australia?s environment and to a more sustainable future for everyone.

Direct Property - VicSuper has initiated sustainability criteria to be considered in the management of its direct property portfolio ($130 million). VicSuper is not aware of any other large investor that is actively engaging their investment property manager to take sustainability considerations into account in the management of commercial properties.

VicSuper has integrated sustainability considerations into its operations by making sustainability its central operating principle, thereby integrating environmental, social and economic considerations into its decision-making frameworks, operations, staff learning and developments, and investment strategies.

AMP Henderson Global Investors
AMP Henderson manages over $4.5 billion in Socially Responsible Investment funds globally. It combines investing in industries of the future and leaders within traditional sectors, together with actively engaging with business on social and environmental issues. AMP Henderson has shown its commitment and sought leadership in the area of SRI as evidenced through a range of Australian initiatives. These include releasing major position papers, conducting a climate change survey of Australian business, raising public awareness through SRI performance studies, engaging extensively with broad stakeholder groups, and creating educational material for consumers and business building tools for financial planners.

Australian Ethical Investment Limited
All Australian Ethical Trusts and Superannuation Investments are selected in accordance with the Australian Ethical Charter ? the principles guiding a portfolio of some 80 investments. For over a decade it has been dedicated to social and environmental criteria, frequently at grass-roost level ? a framework unique in Australia and unusual overseas. The trusts and superannuation strategies have often been among the top quartile of financial performers when included with conventional funds. There is consensus that Australian Ethical is the ?deepest green? of any SRI fund in Australia. Australian Ethical Investment exists to give investors a choice of fund that combines both financial and ethical considerations.

Investa Property Group: Responsibility In Property Investment
Investa Property Group is an established leader in the application of sustainability principles within the listed property trust sector of the ASX. With funds under management of $2.8 billion, the Group has been responsible for elevating the fundamentals of sustainability among its institutional investor base, highlighting and increasingly delivering on the opportunities and outcomes afforded by the comprehensive application of sustainability principles across its business platform. Investa Property Group has been rated by international ratings group, Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) as a leader among real estate investment groups in Australia. It was the first Group to embrace the Sustainable Energy Development Authorities (SEDA) Australian Building Greenhouse Rating System across its portfolio, and has made substantial investment in energy management systems and OH&S programmes. It is a foundation member and participant on the Green Building Council of Australia and is presently developing the framework for ensuring direction to its sustainability platform.

Rewards Group Limited
The Rewards Group is a boutiquie agribusiness funds manager that owns and operates commercial plantation Sandalwood operations in the West Australian wheat belt. This submission for the Banksia Awards in the category of Environmental Leadership in Socially Responsible Investment is based on the company?s contribution to the reversal of land degradation and regional economics in Western Australia. Over the past 3 years, the company has injected over $8M and established an 1100 hectare resource of Australia?s most valuable timber, Sandalwood (Santalum spciatum) in Western Australia. External capital investment in rural Australian is typically concentrated in the high rainfall or irrigated agricultural regions. However, the majority of the degradation issues such as salinity and rising water tables are occurring in the low to medium rainfall landscapes of rural Australia. The establishment of the high valued Sandalwood timber industry is the first large scale investment opportunity that addresses the environmental issues crippling Australia and produces a commercial returns for investors. The Rewards Group have successfully developed and commercialised this native species and is delivering exceptional benefits to the degraded landscape of the nation?s wheat belt.

Environmental Leadership in Communications


WINNER
'Your Home?' Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, The Australian Greenhouse Office
Your Home is a comprehensive and highly accessible guide that encourages and supports a mainstream Australian audience to take a more sustainable approach to the design, renovation and operation of their homes. Its objective is to reduce the significant detrimental impact of the Australian housing sector on the natural environment. Your Home consists of two linked parts:
  • Introductory Consumer Guide
  • Technical Manual

The package has been extraordinarily successful since its launch in August 2001, with over 125,000 copies distributed to the general public and 17,000 copies distributed to building industry members. By December 2002 the Your Home website had received over 1 million hits. Your Home has received mainstream media coverage and has been adopted by building industry organisations and tertiary institutions as an integral component of the training they provide.

Filbert's Place Environmental Interpretive Centre - Thiess Services Pty Ltd
Filbert's Place Environmental Interpretive Centre and Swanbank Environmental Education Experiences (SWANEEE) offer an environmental educational experience which is unique in Australia, and possibly the world. Based at Swanbank Landfill, near Ipswich, the programme is the result of a partnership between the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (Qld) Inc and the members of the ReOrganic Energy Swanbank consortium. Targeting schools in the local area and increasingly across Brisbane, response to Filbert's Place has snowballed in the past year, with 2003 bookings to date standing at 16 schools with 659 children. In addition, Filbert?s Place has achieved a high profile in the local community through effective media releases and events, features on television shows, and personal appearances by the 'Filbert the Frog' mascot.

Greencycling Campaign - Parramatta City Council
There has been a significant increase in the amount of garden waste recycled in the Parramatta area which has been achieved through an extensive education campaign involving local residents. Contamination of garden waste bins with non-recyclable materials has significantly decreased as a direct result of the campaign. The garden waste recovered through the kerbside collection service is recycled into garden products such as mulches and soil conditioners, creating a sustainable and practical solution to the issue of waste minimisation and efficient resource use.

Return To Eden - Artemis International
A fifty-minute documentary, follows Project Eden, an ambitious counter-attack on feral animals and the return of native animals, on the brink of extinction, to the remote wilds of the Peron Peninsular in Western Australia. In a world first, it documents the bilby lifecycle and the efforts of volunteers who breed them in captivity to secure the species. The film took four years to make, has won Australian and international awards and has been broadcast to over 30 million people. It has helped inform bilby captive breeding centres by giving insight into previously unknown bilby behaviour.

The "Wipe Out Waste" Program - Gold Coast City Council
The ?Wipe Out Waste? (WOW) Program is an initiative of the Gold Coast City Council. The program, officially launched in May 2000, aims to raise awareness and develop skills for the minimisation and responsible management of waste on the Gold Coast. Since its inception the program has involved over 50,000 students in waste minimisation activities and learning. The centrepiece of the program is a mobile education facility that provides a unique learning environment for students. Extensive evaluation of the program indicates that the majority of participants raise awareness of waste issues in the family environment and increase their participation in recycling and other waste minimisation measures. The ?Wipe Out Waste? Program has also contributed to a significant increase in the recovery of recyclable materials through the kerbside collection system.

Waste Wise - Gould League of Victoria
The Waste Wise Schools Program is an exciting initiative that assists Victorian schools minimise waste and reduce litter. The Program shows schools how they can save money, create opportunities for worthwhile learning outcomes while helping the environment. The program was developed through extensive consultation with teachers and waste educators and integrates easily into the curriculum. It operates in 830 schools throughout Victoria and is equally relevant to primary schools, secondary schools and special school settings. The Program is funded by EcoRecycle Victoria and managed by the Gould League. Evaluation has shown



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