The State & Territory Landcare Awards, held every year since Landcare’s inception, recognise the valuable contributions of Australians working across the nation to protect the environment and deliver more sustainable agriculture.
Nine national categories are open to Landcare and Coastcare participants in every Australian state and territory aside from the ACT, where there is no Coastcare category. Some regions also have their own additional categories.
“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,” said Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker on 6 May.
“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.
“It’s vital we acknowledge those individuals, partnerships and organisations that are carrying out this essential work,” he said.
“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.”
Assistant Minister Hartsuyker said Landcare Australia currently has more than 6,000 groups and more than 100,000 volunteers.
“These awards are not only a timely reminder to encourage people to get involved in their local community,” he said, “but also an opportunity to acknowledge the many significant environmental and agricultural outcomes being achieved.”
This year, there are nine national categories, open to each state and territory aside from the ACT, where the Coastcare category isn’t available.
They include four Australian Government awards sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources:
- Individual Landcarer Award
- Partnerships for Landcare Award
- Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
- Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
A further five awards categories recognise Landcare and Coastcare volunteers in the areas of indigenous land management; young land-carers; community group conservation and restoration efforts; and care of our coastal areas:
- Coastcare Award
- Landcare Community Group
- Junior Landcare Team Award
- Indigenous Land Management Award
- Young Landcare Leader Award
Victoria and the ACT also have their own additional categories:
Get on board: nominate deserving Landcarers
Landcare Australia CEO Tessa Jakszewicz urges the public and community groups to nominate “deserving Landcarers”.
“Recognising our Landcare champions is vital for sustaining Landcare and its future,” Ms Jakszewicz said.
“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.”
Award-winners at the state and territory level will become finalists at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.
Nominations close on:
- 16 June 2017 – New South Wales (NSW);
- 23 June 2017 – Victoria (VIC);
- 26 June 2017 – Western Australia (WA)
- 31 July 2017 – Australian Capital Territory (ACT);
- 15 July 2017 – South Australia (SA);
- 04 September 2017 – Queensland (QLD) and Northern Territory (NT); and
- 15 September 2017 – Tasmania (TAS).
To download the Landcare Award nomination guidelines, click here.
To submit a nomination via the Landcare online portal, click here.
To learn more about becoming a Landcare volunteer, click here.