Banksia Awards recognise the best in Australia

lm_env_vision_smHere’s a historical document: Jim Soorley’s ‘Environment Vision’ from the early 1990s.

Yes, I still have a copy. This image includes my scribbles to try to put some baselines around the carbon target, which was totally open-ended, but nonetheless ahead of its time.

As a resident, I was proud of the city’s strong environmental leadership. Later, as an employee, I had the good fortune to work with Jim on initiatives such as introducing natural gas buses, helping to realise this vision.

In 1993, Brisbane City Council won the Banksia Foundation Local Government Award. That’s when I first learned of the Banksia Awards and their significance.

This year, I was honoured to be a judge for the Banksia Foundation’s Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award. My congratulations to Australia Post on its win – to finalists Qantas, IAG, Kathmandu and De Bortoli Wines – and to all Banksia Award aspirants.

Jim Soorley had some great advisors, and I believe Mike Ritchie was the brains behind this vision document. Sadly, one of Jim’s great advisors, Mark Ricketts, is no longer with us. Mike Ritchie runs his own business now, MRA Consulting Group, and Jim Soorley is chairman of CS Energy and Unitywater.

May great environmental and sustainability leadership continue!


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