The annual Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence was last night awarded to a ground-breaking restoration guide produced by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Hanson Construction Materials.
'Banksia woodlands: A restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' is the first-ever comprehensive guide for practitioners, researchers and policy makers who are working to meet the challenges of restoring the iconic ecosystems of Banksia woodlands.
The book is the result of a 22-year research partnership between Kings Park and Hanson (formerly Rocla Quarry Products), which has reaped the rewards of excellent collaboration, significant investment and a high level commitment from each organisation.
It translates leading research outcomes into practical information to help restore the degraded Banksia woodlands of Perth and surrounding regions, including Kings Park’s own bushland.
The Banksia woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain were listed as an endangered ecological community by the federal government in 2016.
Two thirds of Banksia woodlands have been lost on the Swan Coastal Plain. Banksia woodlands are home to more than 1,100 plant species including 20 rare and endangered species.
The Golden Gecko Award has been recognising environmental excellence in the mining and petroleum sector since 1992. Five finalists were in the running for the prestigious award, which is presented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
The gecko is used to represent the awards because of its recognised role as a bio-indicator. Geckos have specialist habitat requirements which take time to develop and their presence in mine site rehabilitation shows progress towards a healthy and functioning ecosystem.
'Banksia woodlands: A restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' is available from Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop and other good bookstores.