Issue 10
Monday, 07 December 2020
Charles Darwin University
RIEL Co-Director Dr Jenny Davis congratulates category winners Manyallaluk School
RIEL Co-Director Dr Jenny Davis congratulates category winners Manyallaluk School

CDU researchers named as champions at awards

By Leanne Miles

Charles Darwin University researchers and students have been recognised as the Northern Territory’s champions of natural resource management after sharing in several Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) Awards.

Teams and representatives from CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) were honoured at the awards, held in conjunction with the 2020 TNRM Conference, to celebrate the inspirational achievements of natural resource managers across the Territory.

The EnviroCollective CDU run by environmental students Brittany Hayward-Brown, Justin Bott, Jay Padamata and Erica Smith won the Environment and Conservation Award for their ‘Conservation on Campus’ program. The program aims to connect people with their local environment and inspire conservation-focused behaviours. Activities are held at the Casuarina campus in remnant savanna bushland, home to endangered species such as the black-footed tree rat.

Shorebird expert Dr Amanda Lilleyman has been working with the Larrakia Land and Sea Ranger Group on the ‘Migratory Shorebirds Monitoring Project’. The rangers have collected data to contribute to the knowledge about the risks to shorebirds. The team won the Indigenous Natural Resource Management Award.

A 16-year collaboration involving Associate Professor Alison King and Associate Professor Dave Crook, along with University Professorial Fellow at RIEL, Professor Michael Douglas, won two Territory Natural Resource Management Awards.

The CDU researchers were part of the team that won the Best Collaboration in NRM Award, and the Research in NRM Award for the project "The Tjuwaliyn-Wagiman Aboriginal Corporation/Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) Water Conservation Collaboration". 

Additionally, the RIEL sponsored Next Generation Natural Resource Management Award was presented by RIEL Co-Director Dr Jenny Davis to Manyallaluk School. The Manyallaluk School is using STEM subjects to develop literacy and skills for potential employment, teaching students about the impact of buffalo and plastic waste, and how to conduct surveys using drones and cameras to record, graph and analyse data. Their findings were presented to the community using outlets like the school’s YouTube.