East Gippsland Landcare Network receives inaugural Sure Gro Tree Max Landcare Grant

With its project, “Beating Back the Browsers”, the East Gippsland Landcare Network is the recipient of the inaugural $5,000 Sure Gro Tree Max Landcare Grant.

“The project’s goal is to increase the survival rates of newly planted native seedlings on  Landcare revegetation sites, said Natalie Jenkins, Project Coordinator of the East Gippsland Landcare Network.

“We’ll accomplish this by reducing the pressure of browsing animals (particularly Sambar Deer) as the current levels of browsing pressure are resulting in very high mortality rates of new seedlings.”

For over 30 years, Sure Gro Tree Max Australia, a family-owned company providing quality products for land management, soil erosion control, revegetation, landscaping, civil, agriculture and nursery industries, has worked closely with Landcare, Coastcare and Bushcare groups throughout Australia.

To formally recognise the loyalty these groups have shown their business and the importance of the work they do, in 2018, Sure Gro Tree Max partnered with Landcare Australia to inaugurate the Sure Gro Tree Max Landcare Grant Program.

“It’s our way of giving back to the thousands of communities and volunteers that carry out important environmental projects across Australia,” said Sure Gro Tree Max’s Josh Isman.

This grant program is being funded through a cause-related marketing initiative, with Sure Gro Tree Max donating 5% (GST exclusive) to Landcare Australia from all orders it receives from Landcare, Bushcare and Coastcare groups that are listed in the National Landcare Directory.   For information about this initiative and to obtain the code to ensure 5% donation from orders goes to Landcare Australia to fund these grants, visit: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/sure-gro-tree-max-landcare-grants-program

Rescue Project gives citizen storytelling a platform

The goshawk with injured toes, our greatest challenge, received a foot massage to get the tendons working…” – but did he fly again? – find Susie Sarah’s story out at the Rescue Project.

Landcarers have long been ‘rescuing the land’ and while doing so, telling tall tales and true. The formal Landcare movement is now over 30 years old, and a new citizen storytelling website is giving Landcarers an opportunity to share their stories of what it’s like to tend to tired earth, conserve a stand of trees or look into a creature’s eyes as they rescue it from harm’s way.

The Rescue website calls for 500 word stories of restoration, protection and rehabilitation of riverbanks and tracts of bush or eroded beaches, waterways, gardens, farmland and native animals.

Along the way it gives a unique insight into Australian lives around the country, and what drives us to keep doing this work on the places we love, in the face of drought and landscape change.

“My boy has been planting with me since he was three. In the early years he worked steadily alongside me nestling tree after tree into its new home with his miniature trowel. Now seven, he darts back and forth to fit in time with the grey bearded ‘watering crew’, sitting up front of the ute yarning with Don, leaping towards me over the furrows from the far off horizon to regale stories of refill adventures from the dam. Such joy and expanse in that run, freed from the constraints of inner city fence lines and roads.” – Kate Read.

Rescue is an excellent opportunity to ask your audiences what they have rescued, how, and why – a classic talk back topic about a classic tradition. Project director, Gretchen Miller has over 20 years’ experience as a presenter, interviewer and documentary producer on ABC Radio National. Gretchen is available as a guest to discuss this very Australian habit, some of the stories told, and encourage your audience to do the same on your network!

“Over time the frogs became welcome at my neighbours’ on both sides, who also created spaces for them. They became the focus of our friendship for the years to come. In restoring their landscape we also discovered a place where time slowed, the beauty that comes from a healthy landscape and a sanctuary for ourselves.” – Kate Clarke.

Rescue is also a PhD research project from UNSW, looking at citizen storytelling for environmental communication.

To find out more about Rescue Project or to read some of the inspiring stories, visit https://landcareaustralia.org.au/rescue/

Biodynamic farmer and grazier wins Bob Hawke Landcare Award

A New South Wales, biodynamic farmer and grazier last night won the prestigious Bob Hawke Landcare Award.

Charlie Arnott was honoured at the National Landcare Awards in Brisbane, where other finalists, Simon Falkiner from Victoria and Dr Graeme Stevenson from Tasmania were also recognised for their outstanding accomplishments and contribution to Landcare.

The award acknowledges a person who has; demonstrated a remarkable commitment to caring for the land, champions better practices, and gives their time to share knowledge with others so that they too can prosper. Charlie was awarded a $50,000 prize package to further develop his knowledge and skills in Landcare and sustainable land management practices.

Charlie was ecstatic to win the prestigious award. “The other finalists, Graham and Simon, have made such huge contributions to Landcare, and both have had a positive impact working with their local communities. I was completely surprised when I heard my name being called out,” Charlie said. “It’s a real honour to have what I do for a living, my passion, being acknowledged and celebrated. I hope that by winning this award, I can inspire more famers to adopt organic and biodynamic practices on their properties so they too can also benefit from enhanced landscape biodiversity, healthy plants and animals, just as we do. Being able to facilitate more on farm workshops and training for farmers and others interested in biodynamics is another opportunity this award presents.”

Charlie practices; regenerative farming, organic, biodynamic and holistic grazing principles on his 5000 acre mixed farming property, Hanaminno, at Boorowa, NSW.

Charlie has won several agricultural industry awards for leadership, resource management and conservation. He has been an active Landcarer since the inception of the Landcare movement in 1989, with previous roles in all levels of Landcare, from district groups to the Sustainable Farming ambassador for Landcare Australia.

Charlie is passionate about growing clean healthy meat, which he sells direct to customers and butchers under his brand Charlie Arnott Natural Grass Fed Meat.

Charlie’s approach and practice of biodynamic and holistic principles demonstrate every aspect of the Landcare ethic.

 

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award was delivered by Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network in partnership with the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

For more information on the 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award visit bobhawkelandcareaward.com.au

Public votes Clean4Shore as Australia’s favourite landcare project

Clean4SHore won the coveted People’s Choice Award last night at the National Landcare Awards in Brisbane. Clean4Shore was chosen above 64 other national finalists by receiving the most votes from the Australian public in an online poll in the lead-up to last night’s award ceremony. It is the only award among all 11 handed out that is voted on by the public and not a judging panel.

Clean4Shore leads up to 70 field trips a year, engaging the community, schools, disability, indigenous and business groups in the removal of plastic and polystyrene around the Hawkesbury River, Brisbane Waters and Tuggerah Lakes in New South Wales.

Graham Johnson was very excited to win this esteemed award. “I’m very proud that Landcarers have voted for litter management. I have a great support group from my Facebook page, and from people that follow our program and are willing to get out there and do something about the litter in our waterways,” Graham said. “So for us this is a pretty big achievement. It makes it all worthwhile.”

Volunteer groups led by Clean4Shore remove garbage from waterways while simultaneously educating themselves about the Central Coast foreshores and mangroves. Corporate partners attending Clean4Shore field trips have also learnt about the effects of marine litter. This growing awareness has been reflected in evaluation reports, corporate feedback and fundraising. In 2016, 554 volunteers participated in 67 field trips, with 182,800 litter items removed.

Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish commended the People’s Choice Award winner and acknowledged their hard work and triumphs.

“It’s an honour to present the People’s Choice Award as it showcases who in the Landcare community has made the biggest impact on the Australian public,” Shane said. “To be selected as the winner amongst 65 finalists is a huge feat and incredibly inspiring.”

The National Landcare Awards are part of this year’s three-day National Landcare Conference, which finishes today, 12 October 2018. The conference provides the Landcare community with an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and share knowledge. For more information on the National Conference and Awards go to
nationallandcareconference.org.au.

Winners across nine diverse categories from sustainable farm practices to Junior Landcare, were announced at the National Landcare Awards gala dinner last night, which was emceed by ABC Landline host, Pip Courtney.

All finalists case studies and photos by category are available at nationallandcareconference.org.au/awards.

The National Landcare Awards is delivered by Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network in partnership with the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Inspirational Boorowa grazier lands national Individual Landcarer Award

Boorowa grazier David Marsh took out the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award last night at the 2018 National Landcare Awards which were held at the Brisbane Conference & Exhibition Centre.

This award celebrates a Landcare volunteer who has demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to improving land management practices through practical on-ground or community awareness activities. The award was presented by former Governor-General Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery.

David is acknowledged for alerting primary producers to the fact that a healthy catchment and long-term profitability go hand in hand. He was pivotal in the early establishment of the Landcare movement, and David’s property Allendale has long been a proving ground for sympathetic land management.

David’s on-ground practices have been hugely influential in educating other landholders, and since 1989 the Marsh family has hosted thousands of visitors to their property. David was one of the first people in the Boorowa district to use direct seeding techniques for planting trees. Other landholders noticed that early revegetation work was reducing salt scalds and preserving the biodiversity of the land. The Canberra Ornithologists Group carries out bird surveys onsite, evaluating the success of plantings to create habitat for threatened species.

David Marsh was delighted to win the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award. He said, “Receiving this award is very humbling but also makes me feel very proud to be recognised in a roomful of peers who are all doing wonderful things.”

Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish, commended the National Landcare winners on their outstanding accomplishments.

“It’s an honour to be able to recognise the great work being carried out by our Landcare champions,” Shane says. “The national Landcare awards offers landcarers the ideal opportunity to get together and celebrate the individual and collective achievements of the community. Landcarers across Australia deserve to be acknowledged and praised”.

Winners across nine diverse categories from sustainable farm practices to Junior Landcare, were announced at the National Awards gala dinner last night, which was emceed by ABC Landline host, Pip Courtney.

The National Landcare Awards are part of this year’s three-day National Landcare Conference, which finishes today, 12 October 2018. The conference provides the Landcare community an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and share knowledge. For more information on the National Conference and Awards go to
nationallandcareconference.org.au.

All finalists case studies and photos by category are available at nationallandcareconference.org.au/awards.

The National Landcare Awards is delivered by Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network in partnership with the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.