The Champions of Landcare in NSW have been recognised today at the 2017 NSW Landcare Awards. The Awards, announced at the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference in Albury, recognise the dedication, hard work and community leadership of Landcarers from right across the state.
Some of the most competitive categories were; the Junior Landcare Team Award, with Armidale High School Black Creek BushCare group taking the top spot, the Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award has gone to Sophie Robertson of Hunter Intrepid Landcare and the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award has been awarded to David Marsh from Boorowa Community Landcare.
The categories of this year’s awards recognise work in a number of areas, including sustainable farming, Indigenous land management, Coastcare, innovation and protection of fish habitat.
Three Champions are celebrated in each category with one being announced as the Grand Champion and NSW’s representative at the National Landcare Awards in 2018.
Chris McCulloch, NSW Landcare Program Manager with Local Land Services has expressed his excitement in announcing the Champions and recognising Landcarers.
Chair of Landcare NSW, Rob Dulhunty comments; “These awards show how Landcarers across NSW are using their skill, ingenuity and commitment to protect the environment and fundamentally change the way we view and use the natural resources that sustain us.
“The awards show Landcare’s unique strength in achieving innovation and collaboration. I warmly congratulate all winners and nominees,” Mr McCulloch said.
The NSW Landcare Awards are supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, NSW Government, Landcare NSW and Landcare Australia.
The Awards this year featured nine national categories with the addition of a fish habitat protection category specific to NSW.