Ten recipients have been recognised for their commitment to sustainably managing the land, water, soil, plants and animals within the Northern Territory at last night’s annual NT Natural Resource Management Awards.
The winners were announced at a gala dinner attended by 240 people at Darwin Convention Centre.
Territory Natural Resource Management CEO Karen May congratulated the 25 finalists and 10 award recipients on their outstanding achievements.
“The NT NRM Awards recognise the remarkable work undertaken by Territorians to manage our environment. The diversity of work and commitment of these people is clearly demonstrated and reflected in our landscape,” Ms May said.
“The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel and the process was particularly challenging for them this year due to the high standard of nominations.”
The winners and judges comments are listed below.
Kenbi Rangers and Ventia - Best Collaboration in NRM
This has been an extremely worthwhile initiative taken on by the Kenbi Rangers and Ventia. By rehabilitating contaminated areas the project demonstrates a high public value whilst building capacity and delivering excellent outcomes. The Kenbi Rangers have worked hard to build themselves up and undertake the scale of work that they do.
Curtin Springs - Agricultural NRM
Sustainable agriculture alongside tourism demonstrates a smart move in developing alternate income streams whilst continuing with pastoral production. This is a very impressive initiative and a great example of using the inherent assets of land and lifestyle. The Severin family’s efforts show ongoing commitment to sustainable use of the land in a challenging desert environment.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow - Individual NRM Champion
Denise has been instrumental in bringing conservation into everyday life in the Territory. As a passionate advocate for conservation for over three decades, Denise has encouraged Aboriginal elders to stay on their land and look after biodiversity. She has worked persistently to preserve mangrove environments and has travelled internationally to get the message out about issues threatening the Top End’s natural resources.
Land for Wildlife / Garden for Wildlife, Alice Springs (hosted by Low Ecological Services) - Urban NRM Group
By supporting and encouraging urban native species habitats on private properties, Land for Wildlife gives a great message. It has developed some wonderful initiatives in weed and feral animal control, establishing wildlife corridors and promoting responsible cat ownership. A unique project with a 'make it happen' attitude.
NARMCO - Small Business Initiative
John directs a comprehensive company managing five indigenous groups over a vast region. NARMCO acts as a good go between; searching for opportunities, negotiating contracts and organising training, accreditation and mentoring for workers. Supplying a much needed service in noxious weed control has resulted in good NRM outcomes.
EcOz in association with Thamarrurr Rangers - Research in NRM
This is an excellent example of research being used to inform and manage sustainable use of natural resources, with the benefits being the continued development of an enterprise on country. The strong focus on sustainability and sharing of knowledge is impressive as is the development of livelihoods in remote communities.
Josephine Grant (Central Land Council) - Indigenous NRM Champion
Josephine shows great initiative and is prepared to work hard and travel extensively. A good role model for young people, especially women, Josephine is prepared to gain the skills to get the job done. A great story with strengths in all aspects of NRM and culture. What a champion!
Brian McWilliam - NRM Volunteer
A long-term, hardworking volunteer, across many aspects of conservation, Brian has spent nearly 40 years as a volunteer on the McMinns Lagoon project. Working with other volunteers and organisations, Brian has dedicated himself to the restoration of the Reserve. He is a man with an obvious passion!
Katherine Junior Ranger Program (Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT) - Junior NRM Champion
The Katherine Junior Ranger program is a wonderful initiative for primary school children, involving the community in regular activities such as hiking, navigation, camping, animal tracking and weed identification. The program provides opportunities to learn and experience many aspects of the environment, whilst making new friends and gaining self-confidence.
Outback Helicopter Airwork NT - People’s Choice
Chosen by popular vote