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North Coast Landcarers Recognised

Landcare working on projectThe achievements of landcare groups and individuals from the North Coast have been recognised at the biennial NSW State Landcare Awards Ceremony held last week in Orange.  The Awards celebrate the individual and community volunteer projects that have made significant contributions to the environment in local communities around New South Wales.

Ten groups from the North Coast Regional Landcare Network entered the NSW Landcare Awards and four were selected as winners.

Bob Jarman, President of North Coast Regional Landcare congratulated all the North Coast entrants for their outstanding efforts which have created positive outcomes for environmental sustainability.

"All of the nominees and winners should be incredibly proud of the impact they have made in protecting the natural resources here on the North Coast," he said. 

Bob added "Volunteers play a vital role in restoring and maintaining our environment at a local level, and the Landcare Awards is a terrific opportunity to acknowledge their efforts and celebrate their achievements." 

Group winners included Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare who won a Coastcare Award and Big Scrub Landcare who received a Community Group Award.  Two individuals were recognised; Jeremy Bradley won the Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award and Dr Tony Parkes who received the prestigious Individual Landcarer Award.  Dr Parkes was also chosen to represent NSW in the National Landcare Awards next year.

Other North Coast entrants in the Awards were Richard Cullen and Elizabeth Edwards who were nominated in the Individual Landcarer Award; Tregeagle Public School in the Junior Landcare Award; and Byron Shire Council and Port Macquarie Hastings Council in the Partnerships with Landcare Award.

Celebrating Landcarers "who have a fire in their belly" was the focus of the inaugural Gerald Carnie Award.  Gerald Carnie was an inspiration to Landcare in the Parkes area, demonstrating his commitment to building resilience in communities and landscapes and building equal relationships built on respect and trust.  Those qualities were sought in Gerald Carnie Award nominees.

Bob Jarman said of the Award, "Claire Masters from Tweed Landcare was one of only six people nominated throughout the state, so we are very proud of her achievement.

"The Inaugural Gerald Carnie Award was presented to Bill Piggott from Berry Landcare," Bob concluded.

North Coast Local Land Services and North Coast Regional Landcare have signed a Partnership Agreement, which has now been operating for six months, to help both organisations work collaboratively to achieve outcomes for North Coast communities, landscapes and seascapes.

Royce Bennett, North Coast Local Land Services Manager Land Services said, "North Coast Local Land Services supports a community-based delivery model by partnering with Landcare and other organisations across the region to help the community undertake natural resource management and sustainable agriculture activities.

"It is pleasing to see the hard work that both organisations undertake is recognised in this way.

"The partnership with Landcare allows our two organisations to make a considerable contribution to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture on public and private land, across a wide range of land-uses," he concluded.

Links to more details on each Award winner are available on the North Coast Local Land Services website www.northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au.

North Coast Local Land Services Media Contact:
Royce Bennett, Manager Land Services  Phone 0428 481 907

North Coast Regional Landcare Media Contact:
Bob Jarman, President  Phone 0429 320 012

Photo caption:
Landcare brings the whole community together.