Big Scrub Landcare co-founder wins Major Australian Environmental Award

Dr Tony Parkes co-founder and President of Big Scrub Landcare won the prestigious Banksia Award for Community Environmental Leadership at a special ceremony at the University of Sydney, recently.

The Federal Minister for the Environment & Energy Josh Frydenberg, each year awards an Australian who has shown inspirational leadership in caring for and nurturing our environment.

The prestigious Banksia Award recognises the tireless work of Dr Parkes, he commented, “this award reflects the commitment of so many people including the regenerators, stakeholders, & landowners who strive to protect what’s left of our region’s critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and its magnificent biodiversity.”

Big Scrub Landcare was founded in 1992 and is today one of the largest Landcare groups in the country with over 400 members. The Big Scrub Rainforest was once a vast sub- tropical rainforest covering 75,000 hectares that stretched from Lismore in the South to Byron Bay in the East. Today there is less than 1% remaining.