GSDC Medal History
In 2002, the GSDC established the GSDC Medal to celebrate innovation and leadership in the management of the Great Southern’s natural resources.
Originally an annual award, the GSDC Medal is now awarded biennially. In alternate years, the work of the medal winners is showcased at a field day.
The recipient of the inaugural award was Gairdner farmer Ross Williams, nominated for his advocacy of best practice natural resource management. Medal winners have come from throughout the region and represent diverse contributions to natural resource management:
- 2002: Ross Williams, a farmer and community leader from Gairdner who was instrumental in the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
- 2003: Jean Webb, a farmer and community leader from Narrikup with a focus on landcare
- 2004: Clive Malcolm, a saltland agronomist from Denmark
- 2005: Keith Bradby, a landcare and conservation advocate, from Albany, leader of the Gondwana Link project
- 2006: Louise Duxbury, a landcare and environmental restoration leader from Denmark
- 2007: Geoff Bee, a farmer from Jerramungup with a focus on sustainable practices
- 2008: Russel Thomson, a farmer from Woodanilling who pioneered landscape drainage work
- 2009: Susanne Dennings, a community leader from Ongerup who was instrumental in malleefowl preservation
- 2010: Geoff Woodall, from Albany, a research biologist and farmer who focuses on biodiversity, native plant industries and native food cultivation
- 2011: John Moore, a scientist from Albany with innovative approaches to weed management
- 2014: Gary Muir, an innovator and educator from Walpole, with a focus on dieback control
- 2016: Geoff Bastyan, researcher from Albany who pioneered seagrass restoration techniques
- 2018-19: Ian Walsh, a farmer from Cranbrook who displayed innovation and leadership in using salt-tolerant plants to reclaim land degraded by rising salt
A $5,000 grant is awarded to the recipient of the sterling silver medal, and the two runner up finalists for the medal each receive a $1,000 grant. The grants support the recipients to continue further work in their field.