Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker has urged all Landcare groups and volunteers to nominate for recognition in the 2017 Landcare awards.
“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, and it’s vital we acknowledge those individuals, partnerships and organisations that are carrying out this essential work,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Landcare has more than 6000 groups and more than 100 000 volunteers. As we head into National Volunteer Week, these awards are not only a timely reminder to encourage people to get involved in their local community but also an opportunity to acknowledge the many significant environmental and agricultural outcomes being achieved.
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."
“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.”
This year there are nine categories in the state and territory Landcare awards including sustainable farming, indigenous land management, young landcarers, coast care and innovation.
All winners at the state and territory level will go on to be finalists at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.
More information at the Awards website.
(From Australian Government media release - 7 May 2017)