The Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park on the Mornington Peninsula has won the Environmental Protection category in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for its Orange-bellied Parrot Breeding for Recovery Program.
The Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) National Recovery Plan calls for a sustainable captive breeding program of 400 birds to help protect this endangered species against extinction.
Based on learnings from a trial block of five aviaries, Moonlit Sanctuary designed a 20-aviary complex for up to 40 breeding birds and 100 offspring. In 2016, with support from Zoos Victoria, they opened a new OBP breeding facility in time for the 2016-17 breeding season.
Results from 12 pairs was 25 offspring, and supplied birds for Tasmanian breeding grounds and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Melbourne company, eWater Systems, won the night’s top honour – the Premier’s Recognition Award – for developing water splitting technology which is used to clean and sanitise facilities such as hospitals, schools, manufacturing businesses and restaurants chemical free.
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was presented by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Lily D’Ambrosio to Exemplar Health, which developed Bendigo’s new hospital, regional Victoria’s largest.
The project integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of the site’s design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment.
Sustainability Victoria’s interim Chief Executive, Stephanie Ziersch, said the awards showed how management of environmental issues was of growing importance for not just individuals, but businesses.
“Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to discover Victoria’s best and most inspiring Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses which are developing and implementing new sustainable practices.”
“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Your contributions will have positive long-term effects on our society and our way of life.”