Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Impact Excellence Medal

By July 16th, 2019

Introduced in 2018, the Impact Excellence Medal recognises a team that has created value and impact for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

2019

Atlas of Living Australia – The Tracks App

The Tracks App is a collaborative software development project involving the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Central Land Council (CLC) on behalf of many Indigenous Ranger Groups and communities throughout Australia’s sandy desert regions. The App simplifies the collecting and sharing of standardised field data, enabling a more timely and comprehensive understanding of threatened and pest species across a region of Australia which is generally very data-poor.With smart-features and multi-lingual functionality, the Tracks App is providing Indigenous communities with a means to participate in valuable scientific work using their first language and traditional tracking practices, and to pass on these skills and knowledge to future generations.
Team lead: Peter Brenton. Team members: Sathish Sathyamoorthy and Temi Verghese.

2018

Awarded to enabling successful joint management at Arakwal National Park

This team has showed how Indigenous knowledge can be used with science to negotiate optimal solutions to complex environmental problems such as the care of the significant Byron Bay Orchid (Diuris byronensis) and its clay heath habitat. Supported through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environment Science Program the team has worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to apply the IUCN Green List standard to enable effective, equitable and successful co-management of significant places and habitats.