Regional Sustainability Award

This award recognises the outstanding achievements of an organisation, project or individual who have overcome unique challenges in regional or rural areas to deliver innovative and successful project outcomes.

All nominations from the ten open for nomination categories located outside greater metropolitan Sydney automatically qualify for this award.

Meet your winners

This year the judges believed that there should be two winners of the Regional Award, as both winners demonstrate a 'bricks-and-mortar' approach to sustainability and a 'roots-and-branches' attitude to collaboration for change.

Charles Sturt University

Winner: CSU

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's largest regional university and is also the first in Australia to officially achieve certified carbon neutrality status. This has been reached through a combination of carbon reduction programs and offsetting projects. CSU also has a structure and vision to integrate sustainability principles across its curriculum, research, and operating practices and with its internal and external community. Professor Andrew Vann, Vice Chancellor and President, says the University hopes 'that we can inspire other organisations, both regional and national, to reduce their carbon footprint and do their bit for the planet'.

Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance

Winner: Jaliigirr Biodiversity

Established in 2012, the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance is an alliance of 20 natural resource management stakeholders. It is the only successful voluntary partnership operating at such a large regional scale. A partner of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, the alliance carries out numerous large, multi-partner projects across a region spanning 337,000 hectares on the Mid-North Coast of NSW.

The alliance is unique in that it provides leadership and equity between individual stakeholders and promotes a collegiate, collaborative partnership. Autonomy has allowed the alliance to be proactive, but independent, in applying for project funding and ensuring that long-term conservation helps people re-connect to each other and to the land.

Widespread interest has been expressed in the Jaliigirr model with several other networks following their lead.

Page last updated: 07 February 2017