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Media Release Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

5 June 2006


Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year finalists

Four finalists for the Prime Minister's Award for Environmentalist of the Year, Australia's most prestigious environmentalist award, have been announced today by the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator Ian Campbell.

Senator Campbell said he was extremely pleased to see such strong entries for the Award from individuals and groups all around Australia.

The finalists are:

z Kevin Kenneally, the Scientific Coordinator of LANDSCOPE Expeditions, has been nominated

for his important contribution to environmental conservation. LANDSCOPE is an initiative involving more than 900 volunteers that has resulted in 70 research expeditions to identify areas of outstanding heritage value, as well as rare and threatened species and communities throughout Western Australia. z Kuka Kanyini at Watarru - Caring for Country is a successful land management project at

Watarru in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north west of South Australia. The project is setting new standards in its marrying of traditional and contemporary land management knowledge and scientific expertise. z Australian Wildlife Conservancy, an independent, non-profit organisation has established a

network of 14 wildlife sanctuaries around Australia, covering 917,000 hectares. Sanctuaries protect a diversity of habitats including rainforest, tropical savanna, desert woodlands and mangrove-lined lagoons and provide a refuge for some of Australia's most endangered species including Bilbies, Gouldian Finches, Northern Bettongs, Cassowaries, the Princess Parrot and the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby. z Dancing and the Devil Fire - Uncovering the Hidden History of the Alps is an audio-visual

production recording Indigenous cultural values of Victoria's Alps that were revealed after the alpine fires. The project is helping Indigenous communities reconnect with the country and be involved in uncovering its hidden history.

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government was proud to sponsor the Banksia Awards.

“We will continue to support the community and industry in finding solutions to the challenges that face our natural and built environments and heritage places,” Senator Campbell said.

“I congratulate all the finalists for the Prime Minister's Award, and wish them all the best for their

future work, regardless of who is selected as winner.”

The Banksia Environmental Foundation was created in 1989 to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment. The Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year award has been sponsored by the Department for the Environment and Heritage since 2001.

The winner will be announced 22 July 2006.

Media contact: Marianne McCabe 02 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580

Last updated: Monday, 05-Jun-2006 14:16:30 EST

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