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2009 Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence Winners

About the Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence

The Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence recognise and reward those Tasmanians whose actions enhance, preserve and protect the Tasmanian environment.

2009 marks the 11th year of the Awards, each year highlighting the best of Tasmania's innovation and commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship.

The Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts is proud to coordinate these Awards on behalf of the State Government.

Applications closed on 31 March 2009.

Environment Minister's Dinner

The 2009 Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence were announced at a formal dinner on June 5 2009 - World Environment Day.

The dinner was hosted by the Minister for the Environment.

2009 Award Winners

All entrants are congratulated for their commitment towards a sustainable future.

Special congratulations to Award winners.

Large Business Sustainability: Tasmanian Alkaloids

Tasmanian Alkaloids is committed to environmental sustainability and recent agricultural and manufacturing innovations have resulted in significant environmental improvements in raw material and water use, wastewater treatment and waste management – all while production outputs have increased. Reductions in the environmental footprint of agricultural and manufacturing operations include a 6% reduction in water use per unit production compared to 2007 (and a 45% reduction since 2002) and an estimated 50% reduction in fertiliser and pesticide use in the field since 2006.

Small Business Sustainability: Driftwood Strahan Villas

Driftwood Strahan Villas is the first accommodation business in Strahan to obtain AAA Tourism "green stars" and the only property in Strahan to be recognised through the Golden Chair "Environmentally We Care" program. Owners Dennis and Helen White had a goal to create accommodation in Strahan that was affordable, centrally located in peaceful surroundings, self-catering and able to supply all necessary items and facilities. Driftwood Strahan Villas is also actively involved with tourism group Destination Strahan, which aims to work closely to encourage tourists to visit the West Coast of Tasmania.

Community: Sea Spurge Remote Areas Teams (SPRATS)

Sea spurge and marram grass devastating coastal ecosystems across southern Australia including Tasmania's World Heritage listed south and west coasts. Enter SPRATS (Sea Spurge Remote Area Teams), a volunteer group with a ten year plan to remove these weeds from the coastline between Cape Sorell and Cockle Creek. In the past three summers the group has surveyed this coastline with 350 of its 600 km being mapped as susceptible to invasion. To date they have treated 315 km (91%) of susceptible areas. Their remote area weeding techniques are highly practical and effective, with the potential to remove >99% of weeds following two or three treatments. By the end of the 2012/13 field season SPRATS is aiming to have controlled all infestations of these weeds, and be concentrating on surveillance and follow-up of minor infestations. SPRATS has also formed close linkages with the Parks and Wildlife Service as well as other groups doing similar work.

Education: Mackillop Catholic College

MacKillop Catholic College seeks to instill students with different concepts of sustainable living through physical works, curriculum and community outreach. The college's "Do what YOU can!!" motto highlights recent initiatives, including a Federal Government Community Water Grant project, landscaping with native plants and fruit trees, a food garden and animal studies, an Aboriginal Reconciliation Garden and proper e-waste disposal. MacKillop is also the first Tasmanian school to implement a photovoltaic (solar power) project – making electricity from sunlight.

Local Government: Hobart City Council

Over the past decade, the Hobart City Council has achieved impressive results in greenhouse gas emissions reductions. It committed to, and succeeded in meeting, the most progressive emissions target of any participating council in Australia (70% emission reduction from 1996 to 2010). Innovative strategies include cogeneration to convert methane into electricity from its landfill, heating the Hobart Aquatic Centre through heat-exchange from the sewage main, supporting households through rebate schemes, and informing local communities on how they can be more energy efficient. A new strategic framework focuses on five core platforms: abatement, advocacy, adaptation, accounting and awareness that apply across the council's activities.

Environmental Stewardship: Tasmanian Land Conservancy

A landmark partnership between a conservation organisation and a farming family has resulted in the perpetual protection and active management of the Vale of Belvoir – grassland in the northwestern highlands of Tasmania supporting habitat for a diverse array of fauna and flora. The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that successfully negotiated the acquisition of the Vale of Belvoir in 2008, including a long-term management partnership with the Charleston family. This partnership will see the co-operative management of the diverse and unique conservation values of the valley, and will ensure the protection of the valley's nationally significant conservation values.

Premier's Award for Climate Action: Clarence City Council

The Integrated Assessment (IA) Climate Change Impacts on Clarence Coastal Areas Report is the most detailed of its kind ever carried out by a Tasmanian council and one of only five of its kind in the nation. It developed detailed hazard lines for erosion, inundation and estimated levels of storm surge for 18 locations in Clarence and highlighted a range of adaptation and mitigation responses for each. The Report also provided specific proposed amendments to the planning scheme and presented a policy framework to address increasing risks to existing development. The Report is among the leading resources for climate change mitigation in Tasmania.

Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence: Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Vale of Belvoir partnership

See Environmental Stewardship Award.

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