2021 NSW Landcare Awards Finalists
The Landcare Awards support the sharing of knowledge and achievements while promoting leadership and resilience in communities. Nominations for the 2021 NSW Landcare Award closed 31 October 2021, with winners for each Landcare Award to be announced via and online awards ceremony on Thursday 17th March 2022 after the 2022 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference.
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After an extensive judging process, here are the finalists for the eight award categories:
Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc
Marg has actively restored & regenerated 200 hectares of land by protecting remnant vegetation, managing invasive species, planting local vegetation and completing a connected corridor project.
Thousands of volunteer hours, thousands of tree’s, farmers engaged, an amazing sustainable legacy, Landcare hero Julie Holstegge transformed ‘kikuyu drains & paddocks ‘ to biodiversity hotspots.
Lake Macquarie Landcare
Winsome uses her passion for the natural environment to inspire others, achieving fantastic outcomes for the native fauna and flora she so dutifully cares for.
Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
- Australian Association of Bush Regenerators
- Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services Inc.
- The Protecting Little Llangothlin (RAMSAR) for Future Generation Project
Australian Associaton of Bush Regenerators
First Aid for Burned Bushland, a 42-entity collaboration, supported land-carers to understand the embedded resilience of theirlandscapes to aid recovery from the 2019-20 bushfires.
Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services Inc.
During the 2019-2020 bushfires Sydney Wildlife partnered with multiple organisations to establish triage centres, distribute supplies, and ensure wildlife is included in future emergency responses.
The Protecting Little Llangothlin (RAMSAR) for Future Generations Project
This project models diverse, inclusive and productive partnerships that are increasingly vital for landscape-scale environmental restoration. It is an outstanding example of Landcare-led collaboration.
Australian Government Landcare Farming Award
Wilmot Cattle Company
Better together – an inspired management team who are committed to advancing sustainable agriculture through on-farm stewardship and sharing best practice with their peers.
Martin Royds’ work at Jillamatong demonstrates working, regenerative, future-sustaining farming, modelled on the teachings of theunique Australian landscape, indigenous Elders and leading change thinkers.
They’re aware of the impacts agricultural production has on the environment. They adopt practices to reduce this impact, producing food and fibre ethically and profitably.
Budgewoi Beach Dunecare Inc.
Through their dedication, Budgewoi Beach Dune Care has successfully rehabilitated the Budgewoi Beach dunes and continues to make improvements to allow the area to thrive.
Clean4Shore NSW Inc.
Clean4shore program, duplicating success on the Central Coast, has addressed the issue of many years of litter in the HunterWetlands.
Lennox Head Landcare
Lennox Head Landcare is an outstanding local leader, sharing their love for the Lennox coast through natural area restoration, community engagement and joyful volunteer commitment.
Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award
Mulgoa Valley Landcare
MVLG’s unrelenting efforts over 26 years have transformed the health of Mulgoa Creek, engaged community through hundreds of events, and secured critical new conservation reserves.
Upper Lachlan Landcare Grazing Group
Upper Lachlan Landcare Grazing Group are supporting and empowering their members to implement dependable grazing practicesthat will profitably restore their landscape health.
Upper Mooki Landcare Inc.
UMLC seeks to be a proactive and innovative organisation, challenging boundaries and mainstream thinking by providing educational and networking opportunities for our communities.
Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award
Bexhill Public School
Bexhill Public School transformed an overgrown corner of their grounds into lowland subtropical rainforest, bringing the community together and inspiring the next generation of Landcarers.
Ivanhoe Central School
The Ivanhoe community was brought together. Students now have a greater understanding of their environment, together with a sense of achievement, worth and belonging.
Grose View Public School
The THINK SHARE ACT students are empowered to make change, lead and model best practice environmental steward behaviours both within their school and wider communities.
KPMG Indigenous Land Management Award
Hunter Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team (H.A.R.T)
Connecting indigenous and non indigenous communities back to country through the process of conservation land management.
Nari Nari Tribal Council
Nari Nari tribal council are ensuring the ongoing protection of ecologically vital wetlands and significant Aboriginal heritage sites at Gayini (Nimmie Caira).
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The Gerald Carnie Memorial Award
The recipient champions the development of Landcare as a means to support and engender change in attitudes, which translates to a more cohesive and resilient community that acts to achieve a healthier environment and/or more productive and sustainable farms. Applicants are judged on the impact they have had at the local and regional or state scale to ensure that Landcare can prosper
Brian Hilton | Redhead Bluff Landcare (part of Lake Macquarie Landcare Volunteer Network)
Brian Hilton has been a dedicated Landcare volunteer for over 40 years and has inspired countless people during this time through his work in restoring the coastal dunes and headland environments in his hometown of Redhead, NSW. Brian established Redhead Bluff Landcare where he has coordinated several major projects such as the very successful Redhead Coastal Corridor project, focusing on establishing connective vegetation and restoring migratory routes for native fauna. Brian’s restoration work is also combatting the spread of invasive weeds such as Bitou Bush, Turkey Rhubarb, Lantana and Coastal Morning Glory, and treating the underlying causes of coastal erosion. Brian remains one of Lake Macquarie’s most active Landcare volunteers to this day.
Deb Tkachenko | Clunes Landcare (part of North Coast Regional Landcare Network)
Deb Tkachenko was one of the first professional Landcare Coordinators in NSW employed through the pilot Dunecare in the late 80s and has worked with Landcare at a local, regional and state level in NSW for the past 30 years. Deb has been volunteering with the North Coast Regional Landcare Network for a number of years and has been a consistent force in assisting North Coast Regional Landcare take on a more consolidated role. She is currently on the network executive and a member of the steering committee for the North Coast Regional Landcare Coordinator. Deb inspires everyone around her with her ability to build relationships and positive collaborations including work colleagues, volunteers and fellow committee members.
Louise Turner | Western Landcare NSW
Louise Turner is passionate about the Western Region of NSW, where she has lived and worked for the past 24 years. She has been involved in Landcare not only at a local level, but also at the regional, state and National level. She is actively involved in her local community where she encourages and inspires people around her with her work in protecting native animals and rehabilitating their habitat to controlling and/or eradicating pest animals and plants. Her passion shows through the work on her own property with restoration of habitat, soil rehydration work and the three seed nurseries she has built with her husband Zane.
Steadfast Young Landcare Leadership Award
Macquarie University / Greater Sydney Landcare Network
Elisha is a truly inspirational leader of young people involved with Landcare in Greater Sydney. She has significantly increased the number engaged in this region.
Young Farmers Connect
‘TogetherWeGrow’. ‘We are the generation regeneration’ and our network champions the work, vision and voices of young farmers.
Fern Creek Gully Landcare Group
Gabrielle has the ability to inspire and enthuse volunteers, and an impressive professional capability in managing Landcare activities, in particular in-experienced but willing volunteers.