Australian Wildlife Conservancy

EcoFire Wins the WA Environment Award

EcoFire has won the Overall Western Australia Environment Award 2008 and the Award for Community Achievement.

The award ceremony was held in Perth last night to honour individuals, community groups and businesses who have shown outstanding achievement in protecting Western Australia’s environment.

The EcoFire project is contracted by the Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the central Kimberley. Partner organisations include Fire and Emergency Services Authority, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), Kimberley Land Council, and the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA.

EcoFire brings together pastoralists, indigenous communities, private and public conservation groups and government agencies to deliver effective fire management in the central and north Kimberley.

AWC was a finalist in three categories of the 2008 Western Australian Environment Awards: the ‘Bush, Land and Waterways’ and ‘Community Group Achievement’ categories for EcoFire and the ‘’Biodiversity Conservation” category for Restoring the Fauna of Faure Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

EcoFire was selected as the winning nomination above more than 100 high quality submissions from across the State. The Honourable Donna Faragher, Minister for Environment, and DEC Director General Kieran McNamara, presented the awards to the EcoFire team.

The awards recognise EcoFire’s leadership, commitment and excellence in conservation. AWC partners, community members and supporters attended the event at the Hyatt in Perth.

EcoFire Project Manager, Sarah Legge, said, “It’s very exciting to be part of a project that is bringing people with diverse interests together in a positive, outcome-focussed way to achieve something great for conservation. We hope this award will help increase awareness of the fire management issues we face in the Kimberley, and demonstrate that with relatively modest funding, the Kimberley community can improve the region’s fire patterns.”

AWC Chief Executive, Atticus Fleming, said, “the EcoFire project is a great example of the way AWC, by working with neighbours and partners, is achieving conservation outcomes at regional scales. It highlights the role that the private sector can make towards conservation in Australia”.

For further comment contact: Joanna Axford at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary on (08) 91917014 or email: jo.axford@australianwildlife.org.