Greening Australia named as Banksia Award finalists

Greening Australia welcomed the announcement of two key projects as finalists in the prestigious 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards at a ceremony in Sydney on 26 October.

Our Aboriginal Landcare Education Program was named as a finalist in the Banksia Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability Award category, whilst Tasmania Island Ark is a Natural Capital Award finalist.

Established in 1994, our Aboriginal Landcare Education Program (ALEP) is playing an integral role in helping to empower local communities across Northern Australia by increasing employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people. ALEP Learning Guides are distributed to educational facilities across Australia and have also been used internationally. 

Using the ALEP guides in the field. Using the ALEP guides in the field.

Tasmania Island Ark is one of Greening Australia’s major programs which is creating over 6000ha of new habitat across the Tasmanian midlands to create a stronghold for Australia’s critically endangered animals, including the Tasmanian Devil, Eastern Quoll and Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Tasmanian Devil Tasmanian Devil

“Tasmania Island Ark and ALEP are achieving significant environmental and social outcomes, and contributing to the wellbeing of local communities. We are delighted and honoured that these two significant programs have been recognised in this way,” Brendan Foran, CEO of Greening Australia.   

The Banksia Award winners will be announced at a gala event in Sydney on the 30th of November 2016.