Local Achievers Awards
Kangaroo Island Natural Resource Management Board Local Achievers NRM Awards coming soon in 2017
Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board will soon be looking for nominations for the Local Achievers NRM Awards. Stay up to date with the calls for nominations via our Natural Resources Kangaroo Island Facebook page.
There will be four categories:
- Community NRM Project Award
- Outstanding Individual Award
- Sustainable Primary Production Award
- Sustainable Tourism Award
Read about the previous award winner achievements below.
The winner of the Community NRM Project Award was Agriculture Kangaroo Island.
They have been involved in:
- Water management, weed control, reducing soil erosion, addressing problems of salinity and soil acidity, and encouraging sustainable land management practices.
- They have extensively engaged with the farming community and other stakeholders their email network, regular newsletters, an annual trial booklet, local newspaper articles, conferences and field days.
- Through their engagement they have encourage the uptake of sustainable land management across the island.
The winner for the Sustainable Primary Production Award was Sue and Andrew Bigwood from SnowDragon Wines.
- SnowDragon Wines is a boutique vineyard on the north coast of Kangaroo Island that has been producing fine red wines for nearly two decades.
- The Bigwood family strive to demonstrate that excellence in primary production can go hand in hand with land restoration and diverse wildlife habitat. They believe in a “whole farm approach” with diversity and landcare key to achieving the best produce for the long term.
- The Bigwood’s manage weeds, pests, water, disease and pasture, revegetation of creeklines
The winner of the Sustainable Tourism Category was Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures.
- They have offered more than 10 years of truly natural and unique wildlife experience. They hold eco certification ensuring their product is well managed, and committed to sustainable practices. They have a strong partnership with the Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch, supporting ‘citizen science in action’. They aim to raise awareness of their visitors and the community.
The winner of the Outstanding Individual Award was Richard Glatz.
- He is a nationally recognised entomologist who has worked with industry and government and conducted 18 years of largely self-funded research into the insect ecology on KI as it applies to NRM and conservation.Over 40,000 specimens have been collected.This has led to the discovery of a new moth family on KI.
This year the Board decided that one nomination was worthy of a special Lifetime NRM Achievement Award.
This Lifetime Achievement was won by a couple that has contributed to our community for many years and are a source of great enthusiasm and passion for environmental projects.
The Lifetime NRM Achievement Award this year was won by Bev and Dean Overton.
They have been:
- instrumental in improving the condition of, and knowledge about the Island’s native vegetation for over 35 years
- members of the KI Animal and Plant Control Committee, the Bridal Creeper Control Committee and the KI NRM Board’s Biosecurity Advisory Group
- They are founder members of the Friends of Cape Gantheaume Group and the KI Fauna and Flora Club
- Under taken research and published reports
- Published two editions of “Discover Kangaroo Island’s Native Plants”
- Continue to research the distribution and density of weed species including the South Australian Orchid
- Mentored younger scientists, local students and the community