A shortlist of four has been announced for the GSDC Medal. The finalists are Darryl Outhwaite, Dr Harriet Paterson, Bill and Jane Thompson, and Ian Walsh. The four were shortlisted for the award following the initial assessment of nominations.
Darryl Outhwaite was nominated for his contribution to managing timber resources and instigating the formation of WA Biofuels. The company aims to develop new markets for the region’s plantation forest biomass.
Plastics crusader Dr Harriet Paterson is a marine scientist who has developed programs to monitor the impact of plastic fragments and pellets (nurdles), an international issue which is affecting beaches on the south coast.
The Thompsons are former orchardists from Queensland who took up a 1500-hectare property near Ongerup and have dedicated it to conservation values connecting the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Parks.
Ian Walsh has taken innovative approaches to addressing salinity on his property near Cranbrook. He has built a healthy farm ecosystem by using salt-tolerant plants to reclaim land degraded by rising salt.
The 2018-19 GSDC Medal will be presented at a gala dinner on Friday 7 June.
The story of the GSDC Medal goes back to 2002, and winners have included scientists, community leaders, environmentalists, educators and farmers.
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