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Louise GILFEDDER OAM

Year of Award: 2006 Award State: Tasmania Environment > Conservation
Farming > General
To investigate partnership models that encourage farmers to incorporate conservation into farming practices - USA, Canada
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Louise Gilfedder investigated partnership models that would encourage farmers to incorporate biodiversity conservation into farming practices. A key learning was that maintaining healthy rural economies and keeping famers on the land has significant nature conservation benefits. When she returned from her Fellowship Louise contributed to the development of the Tasmanian Government’s Private Land Conservation Program, which has protected 100,000 hectares with about 800 conservation covenants.

Louise met many inspirational professionals and individuals passionate about preserving rural landscapes and biodiversity. Subsequent study exchanges between the US-based Carrus Land Systems and Tasmanian farmers led to the creation of the Tasmanian Rangelands Group, three families working together towards profitable conservation. This group was pivotal in the establishment of the Midlandscapes Project, a partnership between the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and two environmental not-for-profits (Bush Heritage Australia and Tasmanian Land Conservancy), with a goal of ensuring that 10% of the Tasmanian Midlands Biodiversity Hotspot is conserved by 2020. Midlandscapes, with ongoing input from Carrus, pioneered the establishment of the Midland Conservation Fund, a partnership between Bush Heritage Australia and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. The Midland Conservation Fund won the Natural Capital category of the Banksia Awards 2014, and was a finalist in the Tasmanian Community Achievement awards.

A Churchill Fellowship provides an ongoing legacy to the community, often quietly and in the background, long after the completion of the study tour; it is the germ that sparks change, collaboration and innovation in our community.

Louise has worked as an ecologist with the University of Tasmania and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment DPIPWE), and is active in community Bushcare. She loves bushwalking and the outdoors. In 2012 Louise was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to conservation and the environment in Tasmania. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

Awards and Honours

  • 2012 awarded Medal of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment, particularly in Tasmania. 
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