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SA climate change leaders celebrated

Wattle Range Council won the prestigious 2018 South Australian Climate Leaders Award at the Premier’s Climate Change Council ceremony held last night (31 Oct).

SA climate change leaders celebrated
SA Environment and Water Minister, David Speirs - Wattle Range Council Manager Environmental Services, Lauren Oxlade - Premier’s Climate Change Council Chair, Bruce Carter.

Wattle Range Council - located on South Australia’s Limestone Coast - was awarded a $10,000 prize as the overall winner for developing a coastal adaptation strategy for the township of Southend.

Wattle Range Council developed the Southend Coastal Adaptation Strategy with their local community to preserve the coastal environment. The strategy adapts to the changing climate including risks of erosion and sea level rise, and puts into place actions to safeguard the area for the future.

Premier’s Climate Change Council Chair Bruce Carter said the SA Climate Leaders Awards recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations who take action to address climate change in South Australia.

“The judging panel was extremely impressed with the calibre of entries received this year, and we applaud all individuals, businesses and organisations taking action to address climate change in our state,” said Mr Carter.

The awards covered four categories, as well as an overall winner. The winners recognised last night included:

  • Community category - CORENA - community energy trailblazers who are making a difference for not-for-profits in accessing renewable energy.
  • Industry and business category - 2XE - an Adelaide-based consulting firm who are helping Australian businesses achieve their ‘net zero carbon’ goals.
  • Individual category – Associate Professor Seth Westra - a leading researcher from the University of Adelaide who is inspiring future leaders in sustainability and climate risk.
  • Government category - Wattle Range Council – for the development of the Southend Coastal Adaptation Strategy.
  • Overall Climate Leaders Award - Wattle Range Council – for the development of the Southend Coastal Adaptation Strategy.

For more information and case studies of the winners and finalists visit: www.climatechange.sa.gov.au/climateaward