This award recognises conservation leadership striving to protect and preserve NSW’s precious natural environment, including our ecosystems, threatened species (both plants and animals), natural habitats, land and soil and water resources.
Natural Environment Award
Recognises those who are committed to conserving the unique natural environment of New South Wales.
2019 Green Globe Award winner
Fujitsu Australia: Digital Owl – Detecting Endangered Species with Technology
Fujitsu developed the ‘Digital Owl’ AI-enabled drone to monitor Mt Dangar plant life as part of the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species conservation project. The remote area is home to endangered species of Acacia and native daisy found nowhere else in the world. The Digital Owl precisely pinpointed the plant populations, faster, cheaper and more cleanly than conventional helicopter surveys, freeing up money and manpower to use elsewhere in the project. Further uses for the technology include weed control and research applications.
Hovells Creek Landcare Group
The once common Superb Parrot is under threat due to land clearing of its nesting trees. Hovells Creek Landcare Group (HCLG) is a key partner in the NSW Government’s Saving Our Superb Parrot project. Using scientifically robust methods, HCLG has undertaken extensive paddock revegetation to extend the woodlands that provide a habitat for the Superb Parrot and other threatened species in NSW’s Central West region. HCLG’s groundbreaking natural resource management method has seen it achieve significant biodiversity outcomes and double its membership.
K2W Link: K2W – A Corridor of Effort
The Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala link (K2W) connects and protects 2400 native plant and animal species over 320,000 hectares, from the Blue Mountains to Wyangala in the Central Tablelands. K2W’s 30 organisational members work with a wide range of conservation groups, citizen scientists and volunteers to safeguard the wildlife corridor. Nest box monitoring, barbed wire removal, tree planting, weed whacking and fire management plans have seen the return of 270 species to the area, including five previously unrecorded threatened species.