Nominations for the 2017 State and Territory Landcare Awards, which recognise Australians who work to protect the environment and deliver sustainable agriculture, are closing soon.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, urged all Landcare groups and volunteers to get their nominations in before the closing dates.
“Landcare is an important part of the Australian Government’s billion dollar plus investment in improving and safeguarding the nation’s precious natural resources of soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity. As a community-based, largely volunteer movement, it is vital we recognise and celebrate those hard-working individuals carrying out this vital work on the ground in rain or shine,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The awards also elevate the profile of improved and innovative sustainable farm practices by recognising and rewarding leadership, and inspiring others to follow suit, leading to more productive and profitable farm businesses.”
In 2017 there are nine categories in the State and Territory Landcare Awards, including sustainable farming, Indigenous land management, young landcarers, coastcare and innovation.
All winners at the state and territory level will go on to be finalists at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.
State and territory nominations close:
- Victoria: 28 June 2017 (closed)
- Western Australia: 10 July 2017
- South Australia: 15 July 2017
- New South Wales: 17 July 2017
- Australian Capital Territory: 31 July 2017
- Northern Territory: 4 September 2017
- Queensland: 4 September 2017
- Tasmania: 15 September 2017
Source: Australian Government