Salt fight earns GSDC Medal

Peter Watson and Ian Walsh

Cranbrook farmer Ian Walsh was named the recipient of the 2018-19 GSDC Medal at a presentation dinner in June. Mr Walsh received the medal from Peter Watson, the Member for Albany, before an audience of 100 guests.

Mr Walsh was nominated for his innovative work responding to rising salinity on his property, using salt-tolerant plants to reclaim degraded land. He received the sterling silver medal as well as a $5,000 grant to support further work in the field.

He is the thirteenth winner of the biennial award, which was established by the GSDC to celebrate innovation and leadership in the management of the Great Southern’s natural resources. Previous winners have included scientists, farmers, conservationists and community leaders.

In selecting Mr Walsh, the panel of judges for the award also considered the work of three other finalists, each of whom receives a $1,000 grant to continue their work in the management of natural resources. The three other finalists were:

  • Darryl Outhwaite, nominated for his advocacy of renewable energy through biofuels
  • Harriet Paterson, a crusader against plastic pollution who has tracked seaborne plastic pellets called nurdles
  • Bill and Jane Thompson, who have dedicated their property near Ongerup to conservation values connecting the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Parks.

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