NRM Excellence Award to non-profit managing Calperum and Taylorville Stations

Date posted: 12 September 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

The Premier’s NRM Excellence Award has been awarded to the Australian Landscape Trust (ALT) for its management of Calperum and Taylorville Stations in the Riverland.
ALT is a non-profit organisation supporting improved management of Australia's natural resources for the benefit of regional communities and the environment.
The two Riverland properties cover 335,400 hectares and support a range of nationally threatened bird species including the endangered Black-eared Miner. Calperum Station also includes the western portion of the internationally important Riverland Ramsar wetlands.
The award –comprising a trophy, cheque for $4000 and certificate – was presented at the 2017 Community Landcare Conference in Clare on Tuesday night by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC.
The key management vision for the ALT in the Riverland is “to promote the conservation and sustainable development of Calperum and Taylorville Stations through community involvement, local capacity-building and innovative approaches to land management”.
Background

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources sponsors the Premier’s NRM Excellence Award.
The award recognises excellence in managing natural resources, highlighting achievements across the state by community organisations, industry and government working together.
Each NRM Board was asked to nominate a project from their region that exemplifies achievements aligning with the vision of the South Australian Natural Resources Management Investment Strategy.
Further information about the South Australian Natural Resources Management Investment Strategy is available here: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/managing-natural-resources

and information about the Australian Landscape Trust is available here: http://www.austlandscapetrust.org.au/ .

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

I congratulate the Australian Landscape Trust (ALT) for winning the 2017 Premier’s NRM Excellence Award and also congratulate the other award nominees for their contributions to natural resources management in South Australia.
Together we are striving to support more prosperous businesses, community well-being, and protecting valuable natural assets.
The ALT’s Riverland programme is notable for forming strong links with the local Aboriginal community, playing a significant role in Aboriginal employment and capacity building in the region and working with Traditional Owners on a number of heritage-related research and management projects.
The vision and approach by the ALT has seen outstanding achievements across Aboriginal leadership, partnerships, innovation, community leadership, integrated landscape management, and landscape scale outcomes.
All of Calperum and Taylorville Station’s programs rely on the willingness of community members to volunteer their time and effort in support.
Significantly, for more than a decade of shared management responsibility, volunteers have consistently donated around 10,000 hours a year to looking after Calperum and Taylorville Stations.