Awards night celebrates Landcare heroes

24 Nov 2017 - 4:00pm to 1 Feb 2018 - 9:00am

People ranging from ‘the frog lady’ to local college students to longtime farmers are among the 10 winners of this year’s ACT Landcare Awards. 

“The ACT Landcare Awards is a biennial event that celebrates Canberra’s volunteer ecowarriors and their tireless efforts to protect our bush capital,” Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman said.

“With over 50 local Landcare and Parkcare groups, the ACT is bursting with stories of these unsung heroes and their important work protecting and restoring Canberra’s land and water.

“Landcare groups across the ACT work to combat land degradation, invasive weeds and pest animals, vegetation loss, stream bank erosion, and improve water quality. It was fantastic to gather with the ACT Landcare community and recognise these amazing volunteers, farmers and Aboriginal land managers who are not afraid to get their hands dirty and put in the long hours for our environment.

“Our winners this year showcase a diverse array of environmental activities underway in the region. The awards acknowledge sustainable farm practices, young Landcare leaders, citizen science projects, Indigenous land management and even junior Landcarers.

“The awards have highlighted the work of some amazing individuals in our community, from Anke Maria Hoefer (a.k.a. ‘frog lady’) for her efforts coordinating the Frogwatch census program to Sally Moylan, a Wiradjuri woman supporting Indigenous land management efforts in the ACT.

“As our region’s farmers play an important role protecting the environment, it not surprising to see farmers prominently represented amongst the winners. Dave Boorman has been recognised for his long term efforts combating the invasive weed African love grass and John Ive has been recognised for his innovative approach to combating dryland salinity and increasing soil carbon and biodiversity on his farm.

“I would like to congratulate not only the winners but also the whole ACT Landcare community, who can be proud they have made a positive contribution to the ACTs natural environment,” Minister Gentleman concluded.

ACT Landcare Award Winners for 2017

Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award: Dave Boorman, “Cypress Springs”, Tharwa

Dave Boorman is recognised for his long term efforts combating the invasive weed African love grass on his property and in the ACT region. His efforts conserving native grassland diversity have helped prevent the spread of African love grass into ACT parks and reserves.

Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award: Green Army Program Partnership 2015-2017

The ACT Catchment Group/Conservation Volunteers/Landcare Green Army Partnership 2015-2017 is a shining example of a smart community partnership between a number of Landcare organisations which has engaged young Green Army recruits in protecting the environment. The program delivered over 250 water quality surveys, 650 ha of weeding, planting of 14,500 native plants and over 100 ha of erosion management in the Canberra region.

Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Highly Commended: Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach

The Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach (UMDR) is a partnership initiative to support the recovery of native fish populations in the upper Murrumbidgee catchment. Partners include Australian River Restoration Centre, Bush Heritage Australia, Murray Darling Basin Authority, ACT Government, NSW Government, Waterwatch, University of Canberra, Willow Warriors and Capital Region Fishing Alliance.  

Australian Government Innovation in Agricultural Land Management Award: John Ive, “Talaheni” Canberra and Yass

John Ive and family have been recognised for sustainable farming practices which have combated dryland salinity and improved biodiversity, increased carbon sequestration and managed soil moisture issues on their property, “Talaheni”, while improving farm productivity and income.

Junior Landcare Team Award: Lake Tuggeranong College 'Sustainability Unit'

The Sustainability Unit at Lake Tuggeranong College is a student organisation that focusses on helping the local community and the school to become more sustainable through targeted campaigns and education programs and their work with Southern ACT Catchment Group.

ACT Government Environment Community Support Award: Anke Maria Hoefer, ACT and Region Frogwatch Program

Anke Maria Hoefer, affectionately known as ‘the frog lady’, has coordinated the ACT Frogwatch Program since 2011. As part of this role she has doubled the number of frog surveys conducted each year, undertaken riparian restoration projects with volunteers, and rolled out extensive community education projects in the ACT.

ACT Government Environment Community Support Highly Commended: Karissa Preuss, Ginninderra Catchment Group

Karissa provides leadership and support to 16 Landcare Groups, as well as the ACT and Region Frogwatch and Ginninderra Waterwatch Programs. Her community engagement expertise has increased the number and diversity of Landcarers in her catchment.

ACT Government Citizen Science Award: Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch

Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch engages over 200 local volunteers to monitor water quality and biodiversity and raise awareness of Canberra and region waterways. Running for over 20 years, the program covers the Murrumbidgee River and Yass River catchments upstream of Burrinjuck Dam – an area of more than 11,400km2. The Waterwatch database is home to over 23,000 water quality records which help inform land management in the region through the annual Catchment Health Indicators Program and Report.

Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award: Lenore Hodgkinson North Belconnen Landcare Group

Lenore Hodgkinson has been recognised for her role engaging young people in Landcare activities through her junior landcare work and her extensive work with with the North Belconnen Landcare Group since its inception in 1995. Her efforts have increased young people's environmental awareness, improved the conservation value of grasslands and achieved important social outcomes for the north Canberra community.

Australian Government Individual Landcarer Highly Commended Linda Beveridge, Friends of Black Mountain

Linda was the driving force in resurrecting the once defunct 'Friends of' group in 2012, and has led the group with enthusiasm and purpose ever since. Prior to the formation of FoBM, there was no particular group caring for or promoting Black Mountain

Rio Tinto Indigenous Land Management Award: Sally Moylan, ACT Parks and Conservation Service

Sally Moylan is a proud Wiradjuri woman who is an asset to the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. She plays an instrumental role in the Grassland Restoration Project and the Murumbung Ranger Network working to regenerate native grasslands, support the enhancement of threatened species and engage Traditional Custodians.

Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award: Miranda Gardener, Southern ACT Catchment Group and the National Landcare Network

Miranda Gardener, Chair of Southern ACT Catchment Group, has been instrumental in helping improve the governance of local Landcare organisations and engaging the community with Landcare projects. She is recognised for her work with multiple ACT Landcare and Parkcare groups as well as her role in the award winning ACTEW Water and National Landcare Network Source Water Protection Program.

Fairfax Landcare Community Group Award: Ginninderra Catchment Group

Ginninderra Catchment Group is a community-based natural resource management organisation with more than 20 years’ experience in supporting and coordinating community Landcare activities in the north-west ACT region, with many successes to its name, including grassland and riparian research and restoration, its waterwatch and Frogwatch programs and its strong engagement with Traditional Owners.



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