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The finalists for the 2022 NT Natural Resource Management Awards, which celebrates those
leading the way in sustainability, agriculture, and protecting our natural environment, have
The list includes 24 organisations and individuals across 8 categories, vying for top honours
at the prestigious NT Natural Resource Management Awards Gala Dinner, to be held on
Wednesday, 23 November.
Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) has been the proud host of the NT Natural
Resource Management Awards since 2014.
TNRM Chief Executive Officer Karen May explains that the NT Natural Resource
Management Awards are a chance to recognise and celebrate the exceptional Territorians
who commit their time and energy to looking after our land, water and biodiversity.
“We congratulate all finalists for the 2022 NT Natural Resource Management Awards,
whose impressive work spans the Territory, from the Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers on
Groote Eylandt to Umbearra Station in Central Australia.”
Harvest Hill Orchard is a finalist in the ‘Farmers and Fishers Sustainability Award’ category,
which recognises innovative efforts to create new sustainable agricultural and aquacultural
‘Dragon fruit whisperer’ Vuong Nguyen explains that the responsible growing practices at
the Harvest Hill Orchard’s 42-acre property at Lambells Lagoon are some of the most unique
in Australia and stand the farm in good stead for industry scalability.
“Our outstanding sustainability and natural resource management achievements at Harvest
Hill Orchard have been made possible through a balanced and tailored application of
practices mostly developed on-farm,” Mr Nguyen said.
“We look to create a zero-waste farming system through reusing our own waste to make
bio-char and create a microbe solution similar to compost tea for our crops. We have
developed our own organic fungicides and pesticides, which we have used with great
results. We also look for opportunities to use by-product from other local industries to
reduce waste, such as using commercial fish carcasses to create a fish emulsion fertiliser to
grow our beautiful mangoes and dragon fruit.”
“Ultimately, our farming philosophy can be summed up as less input and more output,” Mr
Berry Springs Primary School’s ‘Growing Green Kids’ program is also among this year’s
outstanding finalists, in the ‘Next Generation NRM Award’ category. The Growing Green Kids program shows how schools can combine sustainable behaviours
with great learning outcomes and facilitator Kate Harden says that sustainability is second
nature to her students now.
“Our students are a new generation of advocates coming through and are learning lifelong
thinking and practices to make real change in their lives and community,” said Ms Harden.
“Recently they realised we were good at recycling but weren’t doing anything about our
hard plastics, so the school was able to use grant funding to purchase several machines to
turn hard plastics into items that can be reused at home and in the community.
“So far we are making tiles to use as coasters and just received our moulds to make
carabiners, combs and giant Jenga pieces for our students to use. We also want to connect
with local community groups and not-for-profit organisations to produce and supply useful
items for their projects.”
“As our students always say, the environment can’t speak for itself, so we need to be the
ones speaking up and leading others to make change and protect it,” Ms Harden said.
The NT Natural Resource Management Awards are the highlight of the 3-day Territory
Natural Resource Management Conference, which brings together landholders, community
groups, primary producers, Indigenous organisations, government and businesses to
network and learn from one another.
For a full list of the finalist of the 2022 NT Natural Resource Management Awards across all
8 categories, please see tnrmconference.org.au/nt-nrm-awards-22
TNRM is the central hub and focal point for natural resource management in the Territory
and coordinates and supports a range of important land, water, soil, flora and fauna
programs and projects.
TNRM is one of 56 regional natural resource management organisations Australia-wide and
is the only natural resource management body for the Northern Territory. TNRM is an
independent not-for-profit community organisation with a dedicated and professional team
of staff who work across the Northern Territory.
More information about TNRM can be found at territorynrm.org.au