LANDCARE VOLUNTEER WIN

A 21-year-old Cumberland Reach resident and inspiring young volunteer Richie Benson has won the 2019 NSW Young Landcare Leader Award presented by Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

Richie recently won the regiona l Landcare Award and he is now in the running for the 2020 National Landcare Award.

In 2017 Hawkesbury City Council named the Environmental Volunteer of the Year for his commitment to the restoration of natural areas along the Hawkesbury River through bushland regeneration and revegetation and for his involvement with the Hawkesbury Environment Network.

Richie’s volunteer involvement includes: Revegetation projects along the riverside at Cumberland Reach, Hawkesbury High ALIVE program involvement, formation of Cumberland Reach Landcare. He is a member of Hawkesbury Environment Network and Hawkesbury Landcare Network Committee and founded Koala fest event in the Hawkesbury to raise awareness about koalas and their environment.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert praised Richie for his awards and for the success as a,volunteer and excellent citizen of the Hawkesbury.

“As well as volunteering for Landcare, Richie works closely with Council’s Bushcare staff and volunteers as well as the Hawkesbury Community Nursery volunteers who grow thousands of native plants every year, … Richie has contributed thousands of hours of voluntary work in the Hawkesbury to protect and enhance our natural environment.”

If you want to know more about becoming a Hawkesbury Bushcare or Hawkesbury Community Nursery Volunteer, email mgauci@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or call 4560 4525.