A business that has helped more than 600 broadacre farmers learn more about carbon emissions from farming and how to reduce their carbon footprint has won the $10,000 overall prize in the first SA Climate Leaders Awards.
Climate Change Minister Ian Hunter last night awarded Port Lincoln business Regional Connections the overall prize, as well as winner of the Industry and Business category.
Climate Change Minister, Ian Hunter, said that, “These individuals and organisations prove South Australia has strong, passionate and inspiring leaders who are helping the community prepare for and combat climate change.”
“The agriculture, wine and food industry employs one in five working South Australians, and our farmers are vital to South Australia’s economy, and Regional Connections’ work will help farmers respond to climate change and ensure sustainable agriculture in the future.”
Premier’s Climate Change Council Chair, Bruce Carter, said that, “Our SA Climate Leaders Award winners are to be congratulated for their pioneering actions to address and respond to the impacts of climate change.”
“Their work is helping to build the State’s resilience to climate change, and inspire other individuals, business and organisations to take action to support SA’s transition to a low carbon economy.”
Other winners included Cecilia Woolford for her work pioneering regional climate change action, and Uniting Communities for their commitment to certified carbon neutrality, and leading behavioural change in their organisation and the community.
The awards recognise the achievements of South Australians who lead the way in either adapting to the effects of climate change, reducing greenhouse emissions, supporting South Australia’s transition to a low carbon economy or raising awareness of climate change.
More than 40 award entries were received and the winners were chosen from 11 finalists, who represented a wide cross-section of the community.
Regional Connections’ work has included the Carbon Farming Knowledge project funded by the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Futures Outreach and Extension Program, where 33 independent farm advisers helped improve farmers’ knowledge, understanding and attitudes to carbon farming. As a result, about 70 per cent of the farmer clients surveyed took at least one action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon storage on their farms.
The awards are an initiative of the Premier’s Climate Change Council, the State Government’s advisory body on climate change. More at: www.climatechange.sa.gov.au/climateaward
Mark Stanley from Regional Connections with Ian Hunter, Minister for Climate Change