2016 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists and winners

This year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards were announced at a ceremony in Sydney on 30 November, with John West Australia taking out the ‘Best of the Best’ of the Banksia Award Categories.

With a strong drive to deliver a superior product to the market and communicate the importance of sustainable fishing among buyers, John West Australia has inspired businesses and individuals alike.

The Banksia judges commended John West Australia on having “the courage to talk to, encourage and engage with their consumers”. They all agreed on the importance of effectively communicating the business’ sustainability objectives to the public, ensuring that consumers’ buying behaviour is shaped around sustainability.

This year, ocean conservation and sustainable food production was a theme at the Banksia Awards, with many entries detailing their efforts in these areas, including the winner of The Banksia International Award, sponsored by the Qantas Future Planet program, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg’s desire to communicate science more effectively, partake in research and to find high impact solutions is what is needed on a global scale to ensure our future sustainability.

A full list of finalists and winners (bold) can be found below.













Congratulations to them all!

The Banksia Gold Award

John West Australia


The Environment Minister’s Awards for a Cleaner Environment Award: Science and Research

Sponsored by the Australian Department of Environment and Energy

Advanced Water Management Centre, QLD

FeralScan by Invasive Animals CRC, ACT

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and The Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, QLD


The Environment Minister’s Awards for a Cleaner Environment Award: Community Environmental Leadership

Sponsored by the Australian Department of Environment and Energy

Joshua Gilbert, NSW

Kelly Howlett, WA

Dr Tony Parkes, NSW



Banksia Communication for Change Award

ClimateWorks Australia in partnership with Australian National University, VIC

John West Australia, VIC

Reduce Your Juice by City Smart, QLD

The Get Grubby Project by mememe Productions, NSW

The Ocean Agency, NSW


Banksia Food for Sustainable Thought Award

Sponsored by Closed Loop

Eat Me Chutneys, NSW

John West Australia, VIC

Natural Evolution, QLD

Banksia Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability Award


Aboriginal Landcare Education Program by Greening Australia, NT

AshOil, WA*

Dynamic Exchange in partnership with Napranum Community, QLD

Tiwi Carbon Study by Tiwi Land Council in partnership with CSIRO, NT


Banksia Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award

Sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Inghams Enterprises, NSW

Kathmandu, VIC

Orora, VIC

Teachers Mutual Bank, NSW

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, SA

Unilever Australia and New Zealand, NSW



Banksia Leadership in the Circular Economy Award

Sponsored by Cleanaway

Barangaroo South by Lendlease, NSW

Eat Me Chutneys, NSW

Living Legacy Forest, VIC

NuGrow, QLD

TIC Group, VIC


Banksia Mindful Movement Award

Sponsored by RACV

Lennox Bridge Portals Parramatta by Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, NSW


PACCAR Australia, VIC

Sendle, NSW


Banksia Natural Capital Award

Sponsored by NAB

Big Scrub Landcare, NSW

BushBlitz by Earthwatch Australia in partnership with Australian Government and BHP Billiton, VIC

Greening Australia, TAS

Mungalla Aboriginal Corporation, QLD

Queensland Urban Utilities, QLD

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor by Carbon Neutral, WA



Banksia Small Business Sustainability Leadership Award

Sponsored by Australia Post

AshOil, WA

The Observatory, NSW

The Farmer’s Place, VIC

The Sustainable Salon, NSW


Banksia SMART Award

Sponsored by Mirvac

eWater Systems, VIC

GreenBe Systems, NSW

Infratech Industries, NSW

Junglefy in partnership with UTS, NSW

Lightwork by Demand Manager in partnership with Western Sydney University, NSW

Sustain Me Group, VIC

White Gum Valley by Landcorp WA, WA


Banksia Sustainable Cities Award

Sponsored by City of Melbourne

Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design by RMIT University, VIC

BoxHill Institute Group: Passive House, VIC

City of Fremantle, WA

Melbourne International RoRo Automotive Terminal by CPB Contractors in partnership with Arcadis, Worley Parsons and PLUS Architecture, VIC

Wyndham City Council, VIC

202020 Vision, NSW


Banksia Sustainable and Resilient Communities Award

Sponsored by IAG

Better Business Partnership, NSW

Care for Hedland Environmental Assoc., WA

#Get Sunflowered by ReActivate LaTrobe Valley in partnership with OUTR Research Lab and RMIT University, VIC

Positive Charge by Moreland Energy Foundation, VIC

The Barangaroo Skills Exchange by Lendlease in partnership with TAFE NSW, NSW

The Manymak Project by Power and Water Corporation in partnership with Centre for Appropriate Technology, East Arnhem Regional Council, Charles Darwin University and NT Department of Housing, NT


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