National award for South Coast NRM after environmental efforts recognised

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SCNRM's Mia Hunt and Mike Wysong.
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South Coast Natural Resource Management has been recognised at a national level for leading the way in efforts to protect flora and fauna.

Presented by Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud at the national biosecurity forum, the organisation won this year’s Australian biosecurity award in the environmental category.

The award recognised South Coast NRM’s broad and long-term role in protecting the region’s environment from a range of threats such as disease and pests that affect the health of local ecosystems.

SCNRM’s Project Dieback was given a special mention, recognising the team’s significant contribution towards managing this devastating plant disease through the development of resources and raising awareness around dieback.

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SCNRM chief executive Justin Bellanger highlighted the role of the community in managing biosecurity threats.

“For us, effective management of pest, weeds and diseases is most easily achieved where the community works alongside government, industry and our research organisations,” Mr Bellanger said.

“WA is a big State with lots of places where things can invade and infect our environment.

“A broad and skilled network of ‘eyes on the ground’, coupled with the experience in professional organisations like South Coast NRM, are an integral part of keeping our animals and plants safe.”

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