Search starts for natural resource hero

GSDC Medal nominations open

Innovation and leadership in the management of natural resources will bring a $12,000 project support package for someone in the Great Southern when the GSDC Medal is awarded in May 2014.

Nominations for the 2014 medal are now open, and will close at 4.30pm on Wednesday 26 February.

Following the close of nominations, a shortlist will be developed by a medal assessment panel, and three fi nalists will be interviewed in April.

The finalists will be celebrated at a gala dinner in May. Each of the three finalists will receive a $2000 grant to further their work, and the winner will receive an additional $10,000 along with the sterling silver GSDC Medal.

Potential nominees for the GSDC Medal include farmers, scientists, researchers, business people, community organisers or anyone else who exhibits exemplary practice in the management of natural resources in the region.

This includes the conservation and sustainable use of natural terrestrial and marine resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

The award is open to people working in the sector that go above and beyond, and to those who volunteer their time and resources.

For the first time, the GSDC Medal has a Twitter presence, at Twitter:@NRM_ Medal, which will provide updates on the nomination and assessment process and the work of the winner and finalists. Upcoming medal events such as field days and the presentation dinner will also be publicised via Twitter.

The immediate past winner is John Moore, a weed scientist with the Department of Agriculture, and passionate Sydney golden wattle eradicator. Other recent winners include native plant agronomist Dr Geoff Woodall, community leader and malleefowl protector Susanne Dennings and Woodanilling farmer Russel Thomson.

The GSDC Medal is awarded every two years, and in alternate years the work of the medallists is featured at a GSDC Medal field day.

Contact: Jessica van der Waag Ph. 9821 3211
Great Southern Development Commission