It’s time to recognise the commitment of those Australians working to protect the environment and delivering more sustainable agriculture.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker urged all Landcare groups and volunteers to nominate those hard working, passionate people for recognition in the 2017 Landcare awards.
“Landcare is an important part of the Australian Government’s billion dollar plus investment in improving the condition of our natural resources, including soil health, and it’s vital we acknowledge those individuals, partnerships, and organisations that are carrying out this essential work,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Landcare has more than 6,000 groups and more than 100,000 volunteers. As we head into National Volunteer Week, these awards are not only a timely reminder to encourage people to get involved in their local community, but also an opportunity to acknowledge the many significant environmental and agricultural outcomes being achieved.
“We can’t have a sustainable agricultural industry without looking after its productive base—soil management; weed, pest, and disease management; water management; and biodiversity.
“Agriculture relies heavily on the health of the natural environment and the Australian Government is proud to acknowledge those dedicated to protecting it for future generations.”
In 2017 there are nine categories in the state and territory Landcare awards including sustainable farming, indigenous land management, young landcarers, coast care, and innovation.
The Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will sponsor the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award, Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award, Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award, and the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award.
Tessa Jakszewicz, CEO of Landcare Australia, encouraged everyone to get involved and nominate deserving Landcarers.
“Recognising our Landcare champions is vital for sustaining Landcare and its future,” Ms Jakszewicz said.
“The awards are a mechanism to celebrate all that the Landcare community do and can learn from each other.
“Importantly it provides an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of individuals and groups, enables us to share knowledge, and serves as an inspiration for the next generation of Landcarers.”
All winners at the state and territory level will go on to be finalists at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.
Anyone interested in finding out more or submitting a nomination can visit https://e-award.com.au/2017/landcareawards/newentry/about.php.