Regional Sustainability Award

Celebrates an exceptional person or organisation making a difference in regional NSW.

This award is a ‘Best of the Best Award’ that celebrates the outstanding achievements of an organisation, project or person who has come up with an original and successful sustainability or environmental initiative in regional or rural areas within New South Wales.

All nominees from the 12 open-for-nomination categories located outside greater metropolitan Sydney are automatically considered for this award.

2018 winner

Lord Howe Island Board: Lord Howe Island Weed Eradication Project

Lord Howe Island weed eradication project team'We were impressed by this outstanding regional initiative driven by the community and using local time and resources to achieve world heritage outcomes – reclaiming the island not just for nature but for all of New South Wales.'

Green Globe Awards Judging Panel

Lord Howe Island Weed Eradication ProjectThe judges commended the Lord Howe Island Board for this community-driven initiative that uses local time and limited resources to achieve outcomes worthy of the island's World Heritage listing.

Halfway through a 30-year program, the project has achieved an 80% reduction in target weeds and 10 species have been completely eradicated, with 20 more close to elimination. Many hours have been spent removing more than 2.4 million weeds.

The island community is vital to the project. They receive information on weed issues, updates on progress and training and assistance with control methods. It has united the community, celebrating achievements and building knowledge to apply to other islands and ecosystems.