Northern rivers macadamia producer Brookfarm and Lismore City Council have won prestigious awards for their environmental initiatives.
Brookfarm won the Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the annual Green Globes awards, and also took out the Small Business Sustainability category.
Founded in 1999 by Pam and Martin Brook, Brookfarm is today Australia’s leading producer of premium quality Macadamia products.
Lismore MP Thomas George praised both winners.
‘Brookfarm has installed 288 solar panels on its bakehouse, saved 160 kilolitres of water a year through rainwater recycling and created a tree planting program on the farm with 30,000 trees which have stored over 2,310 tonnes of carbon,’ Mr George said.
He also congratulated Lismore City Council for winning the Local Government Sustainability category and the Regional Sustainability Award for a series of environmental projects and initiatives.
‘The council has established Australia’s first council run solar farm and setting the challenge to generate all its electricity from renewable sources by 2023.
‘Lismore now has a $3.65 million state-of-the-art materials recovery facility to process recyclables from Lismore and four neighbouring local government areas,’ Mr George said.
‘The Council is also leading the way in landfill innovations – it was one of the first to use a new landfill technique which caps the landfill waste with diverse native vegetation instead of clay and gravel.’
An independent panel of leading environmental experts helped select this year’s winners. The awards are considered the leading environmental awards in NSW and have been running for 16 years.