2021 National Landcare Award winners
More than 2000 people from across the country came together online to watch the 2021 National Landcare Awards last Thursday. ABC TV presenter and Landcare champion Costa Georgiadis hosted the event, which celebrated 75 state and territory nominees for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape.
At the ceremony, winners from 11 diverse national environment categories were announced, including the Australian Government Landcare Farming and Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award, the Coastcare Award, the KPMG Indigenous Land Management Award, the Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award, the Austcover Youth Leadership Award and the ACM Landcare Community Award.
The KPMG Indigenous Land Management Award went to Wunambaal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation for their work on Wunambaal Gaambera country, which covers 2.5 million hectares of key cultural and ecological land in the Kimberley region.
Floating Landcare in NSW landed the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award for its program to restore weedy hotspots within national parks and on other public lands along the Hawkesbury estuary, Pittwater and waterways of the Central Coast in NSW.
A leading University of Western Australia academic won the inaugural General Jeffery Soil Health Award. Emeritus Professor Lynette Abbott, an expert in the field of soil science and soil biology, scooped this award, dedicated to Australia’s first National Soils Advocate, the late Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery.
The prestigious Bob Hawke Landcare Award for 2020 was awarded to Victorian grazier Andrew Stewart for his environmental and sustainable agricultural advancements on Yan Yan Gurt West Farm, a regenerative sheep farm nestled in the foothills of the Otway Ranges. His work on this 230-hectare grazing and agroforestry property includes the establishment of 50,000 trees and shrubs, increasing woody vegetation across the farm from three percent to 18 percent. Stewart was presented the award, along with a $50,000 prize, by Minister for Drought, Agriculture and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.
The 2021 National Landcare Award winners:
Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award: Basil Schur, WA
Australian Government Landcare Farming Award: Amarula Dorpers, NSW
Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award: Redbank Farm, Tas
Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award: Floating Landcare, NSW
Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award: Newham Primary School, Vic
Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award: Dhani Gilbert, ACT
ACM Landcare Community Group Award: Red Hill Bush Regenerators, ACT
Coastcare Award: Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, NT
KPMG Indigenous Land Management Award: Wunambaal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation, WA
Bob Hawke Landcare Award: Andrew Stewart, Vic
General Jeffery Soil Health Award: Professor Lynnette Abbott, WA
For more about the winners of the 2021 National Landcare awards, head to nationallandcareconference.org.au