ECO AWARD: Byron Shire Council ecologist Hank Bower, author of the biodiversity conservation strategy, with a National Award fo
ECO AWARD: Byron Shire Council ecologist Hank Bower, author of the biodiversity conservation strategy, with a National Award fo

Ecology map a winner

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL sturnbull@northernstar.com.au

HANK BOWER is a modest man.

The Byron Shire Council has just received a national award for a project Mr Bower spent four years working on, but he said it was an achievement to be shared by the entire community.

"I'm not really one for awards," the council's ecologist said. "It's been a good project to be involved in, and the award is the icing on the cake."

The project the council received the recognition for was its biodiversity conservation strategy, which has mapped wildlife corridors and land of high conservation value in the shire.

The map aims to help the community apply for government funding and identify areas that may need improved land use planning controls.

Mr Bower and mayor Jan Barham were presented with their prize at the National Awards for Local Government in Canberra last week.

Cr Barham said she had also been invited to the State equivalent of the awards in December and suspected the council would receive another gong.

However, she said the national awards were the pinnacle of recognition. "This award is an important recognition of the work the Byron Shire Council has been doing in respecting, preserving and enhancing our significant biodiversity," she said.

The strategy can be viewed at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ pub_commun-ity_plan_studies. shtml#biostudy.



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