Natura Pacific, a Burleigh Heads-based environmental consulting firm, just took out a Highly Commended award at the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s annual Sustainability Awards 2016.
Natura Pacific provides ecological and sustainability consulting services across Australia and internationally.
The company uses 100% of net profits from this work to deliver nature-based learning programs to more than 26,000 young people every year. Their inspiring social enterprise model has led Natura Pacific to become a renowned name in ethical and environmental sustainability.
The pre-eminent 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards raise awareness about environmental issues while rewarding and motivating Queensland’s community groups and businesses that take positives steps towards sustainability excellence.
Company director Kieran Richardt – who is also a member of award-winning Gold Coast band Leopold’s Treat – talked about how it felt to be recognised at the awards.
“I feel like we’ve ended 2016 with a big success. In honesty, I feel honoured and humbled,” he continued.
“It’s incredible seeing what so many other organisations and businesses are doing for our state, and the future of its people and environment. To be chosen out of that group in the small business category is a real delight.”
Kieran said Natura Pacific has delivered environmental education programs to over a quarter of a million children in Queensland and northern New South Wales since the company was set up in 2006.
“Our team recognises the incredible importance of our environment in Queensland, and that we really have to safeguard what remains and replenish what we have lost if we are to continue to successfully coexist”.
This year, Natura Pacific was also a finalist in the Healthy Waterways Awards for their waterways guides, developed with the support of City of Gold Coast and released through the City’s Waterwatch Program, and won the 2016 Peter Doherty STEM Education Partnership Award and the 2016 United Nations World Environment Day Sustainable Business Award.