Dr Tony Parkes, co-founder and president of Big Scrub Landcare, has won the prestigious Banksia Award for Community Environmental Leadership at a special ceremony at the University of Sydney this week.
The Federal Minister for the Environment & Energy Josh Frydenberg, each year awards an Australian who has shown inspirational leadership in caring for and nurturing our environment.
Dr Parkes said the award reflected the commitment of ‘so many people including the regenerators, stakeholders, and landowners who strive to protect what’s left of our region’s critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and its magnificent biodiversity’.
In other news, Big Scrub Landcare also received first place in the highly regarded Society of Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) awards for Excellence in Ecological Restoration Practice.
The award acknowledges Big Scrub Landcare’s significant and enduring contribution to the practice of ecological restoration over it’s 24 year long Big Scrub Rainforest Restoration Program – aimed to save our region’s critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and its magnificent biodiversity. The recognition has a strong science and environmental outcomes based focus.