At a gala presentation attended by more than 300 people in Invercargill, Premier New Zealand tourism company Southern Discoveries was last night (Wednesday July 6) awarded a prestigious Southland Environment Award for its Sinbad Sanctuary Project.
Anita Golden and John Robson from Southern Discoveries with their Southland Environment Award. Southern Discoveries is the oldest and most well-established operator in Milford Sound, and was nominated for the Environment Southland Corporate Award for its role in helping to preserve wildlife at Sinbad Gully, at the base of Mitre Peak.
General Manager John Robson said the company was “delighted” to be recognised for its work in the Sinbad Sanctuary and thanked Mossburn resident Jenny Campbell for nominating the project. “Our Sinbad Gully team of volunteers is extremely passionate about supporting a cause that is integral to protecting the magnificence of Milford Sound for future generations,” he said.
“In February this year we reached a milestone in the project with the release of two more Kiwi into the sanctuary. The fact we were able to do this within the first two years of the project demonstrates our success so far.”
“Fiordland is one of the last true areas of remote wilderness in the world and Milford Sound is such a magical place we simply want to preserve its beauty,” said Mr Robson. “The Sinbad Sanctuary project is right on our doorstep so is incredibly important to us.”