Cranbrook farmer Ian Walsh was awarded the 2018-19 GSDC Medal at a presentation dinner on Friday 7 June. Albany MLA Peter Watson presented Mr Walsh with the medal. As well as the sterling silver medal, Mr Walsh receives a $5,000 grant to further his work.
Mr Walsh has taken innovative approaches to addressing salinity on his property near Cranbrook, using salt-tolerant plants to reclaim land degraded by rising salt.
Three other finalists for the award - Darryl Outhwaite, Harriet Paterson, and Bill and Jane Thompson - each receive a $1,000 grant for further work in their fields.
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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