Landcare heroes recognised in Australia Day Honours

5 FEBRUARY 2019: Landcare Australia congratulates the following Australia Day 2019 Honours recipients who are, or have been, active members of the Landcare movement:



Banduk Marika, Yirrkala NT

Rex Wild QC, Larrakeyah NT



Lester Burgess, Warrawee NSW

Dr Ian Galloway, Newstead QLD

Timothy McKinnon, Moss Vale NSW



Glenys Bowtell, Kleinton QLD

John Bruce, Barooga NSW

Susan Chapman, Marcoola QLD

Frederick Fawke, Dunlop ACT

Michael Gandy, Mount Rumney TAS

Mary-Lou Gittins, Goomburra QLD

John Ive, Flynn ACT

Gloria Malseed, Portland VIC

John Malseed, Portland VIC

Robert Myers, Birdwood SA

Glenys Patluny, Kambah ACT

James Renkin, Benalla VIC

Ailsa Ripper, Stratford VIC

Michael Tichbon, Argyle WA


The hard work and dedication of these people, who give their time and resources to care for our country’s land and water assets, exemplify what it means to be a Landcarer. In particular, we’d like to acknowledge Mary-Lou Gittins who was recognised for her service to conservation and the environment, which includes her work as a board director of Landcare Australia from 2001-2005.

To the recipients – we celebrate your outstanding achievements and thank you for your invaluable service!

Landcare Australia also congratulates ‘Captain Rural’, Leigh Radford, on being awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the broadcast media in rural and regional areas. Leigh has always been a dedicated and passionate supporter of the Landcare community. We celebrate this recognition of his enormous contribution.

Bob Hawke gives a hand to Protect our Aussie Species

As part of his 88th birthday celebrations, former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke, has called on the Australian public to put their hands in their pockets to help the Landcare groups working to save the future of our endangered Aussie species.

In an Australian first, Landcare Australia partner, Hawke’s Brewing Co., collaborated with Madame Tussauds Sydney to remould the wax hand of former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke so that he can hold a can of his own beer, Hawke’s Lager. The birthday gift was revealed at an event to celebrate Mr Hawke’s 88th birthday in Sydney, where wax Bob and real Bob Hawke shared a cheers!

While Mr Hawke was ‘given a hand’ for his birthday, he encouraged all Australians to give him a hand by donating to Landcare Australia’s “Protect Our Aussie Species Appeal”. The appeal funds projects that help protect the future of Aussie species, like vulnerable koalas in the Port Macquarie region of New South Wales.

“I hope this gesture will help Landcare raise awareness and support to safeguard the future of Australia’s vulnerable and endangered species”, said Mr Hawke.

Donate to the “Protect Our Aussie Species Appeal”

A New National Landcare Organisation – Talks Progress

24 November 2017: The boards of the NLN and Landcare Australia met in Canberra on 23rd November to re-affirm their commitment to move forward with the formation of a new national Landcare organisation. They agreed on the next steps to make this happen, with the due diligence to be completed by Christmas and the new entity to be established before the end of this financial year.


Once formed, a new organisation will give the Landcare movement a single national organisation working on its behalf, which will combine and build on the representative capacity and voice of the NLN and the marketing, education, fundraising and program delivery skills of Landcare Australia. Both organisations are committed to doing what is best for community Landcare and recognise that they will have a greater impact together.

A sip is a quid for Landcare

A new beer named after former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, will see funding for community Landcare projects through a new partnership.
A percentage of profits from the sales of Hawkes Lager will go to Landcare Australia, which has entered into a partnership with Hawkes Brewing Co.  Mr Hawke will also kindly donate his royalties to the grass-roots movement which was launched as a national initiative by the Hawke Government.
Following a joint submission to government from the Australian Conservation Foundation and the National Farmers Federation, the Decade of Landcare was launched by Mr Hawke in Wentworth, New South Wales, in 1989.
On the day he said:

“Ladies and gentlemen when the earth is spoiled, humanity and all living things are diminished. I give my commitment to you, kids, that my generation will hand to you a better county and a brighter future.”
This initiative catapulted Landcare to the national stage and the movement has since grown to encompass more than 5,000 groups working on a variety of local environmental issues across the country.
Hawke’s Lager is currently on sale in a number of venues in Sydney and Newcastle.

Hawke's Brewing Co

08 March 2017 – Pioneering Landcare Women #BeBoldForChange

On International Women’s Day, we would like to commemorate two pioneering Landcare champions, the late Joan Kirner, (former Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands) and Heather Mitchell, (former President of the Victorian Farmers Federation).

The name ‘Landcare’ evolved in Victoria through an initiative of these two remarkable women, and with the generous support of community members, farmers and departmental officers, Heather and Joan were able to launch ‘Landcare’ in a small town in central Victoria in November 1986. As we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, let’s remember these two bold, inspirational women. #BeBoldForChange