In 2017, Landcare Australia partnered with Hawke’s Brewing Co., an independent, Australian-owned beer company, endorsed by former Australian Prime Minister, the late Bob Hawke.
Landcare Australia holds a long history with Mr Hawke, whose government was instrumental in helping to launch Landcare Australia in 1989. Throughout his life, Mr Hawke remained a strong supporter of the Landcare movement and, through the work of Hawke’s Brewing Co.; his estate continues to donate his royalty share from the company to Landcare Australia, with contributions from beer sales supporting Landcare projects.
Hawke’s donated $32,000 to the Landcare Australia Bushfire & Natural Disaster Recovery Fund. Through this donation and others, in March 2020, Landcare Australia was able to fund 23 wide-ranging regeneration projects through a bushfire recovery grants round focused on rainforest revegetation, nest boxes for decimated native species and feeding programs for endangered wildlife. This grants program is supporting farmers, Landcare groups and other community groups to overcome the impacts of the 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfires. Key issues for the community groups involved include restoring essential wildlife habitat, getting on top of invasive weeds, erosion control and protection of our waterways and aquatic habitat.
In September 2020, the partnership expanded with the first ever Hawke’s Brewing Landcare Threatened Species Bushfire Grants. A total of $40,000 in funding was awarded to three local groups in New South Wales and South Australia to help with post-bushfire recovery and resilience-building projects for threatened species.
2020 Hawke’s Brewing Landcare Threatened Species Bushfire Grant Projects:
Capertee Valley Landcare Group (NSW) The Capertee Valley is a Key Biodiversity Area supporting over 240 species of birds including a number of threatened and declining Woodland Birds. It is also one of the most important breeding locations for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. The Group’s Water for Woodland Birds project is providing long-term watering points at key Regent Honeyeater breeding locations within the Valley that currently do not have a permanent water supply.
Native Animal Rescue Group (NARG) NSW The January 2020, bushfires destroyed the nesting dens of thousands of arboreal mammals, like the Greater Gliders and Squirrel Gliders (both Threatened Species) as well as nesting hollows for birds in the Southern Tablelands. The future of these species depends on providing homes for them and their offspring. This project will see the installation of hundreds of nesting boxes across NARG’s area of operation to act as dens for arboreal mammals and nesting boxes for birds so native animals can return to the fire affected areas and play a vital role with bush regeneration.
Kersbrook Landcare Group (SA) Charleston Conservation Park in the Mount Lofty Ranges provides valuable habitat for the Western Pygmy Possum, Ringtail Possum and the Brush Tail Possum along with 76 recorded bird species. In December 2019, an uncontrolled fire broke out in Cudlee Creek resulting in the burning of over 25,000 hectares, including several ecologically important areas of Charleston Conservation Park. The project is engaging Kersbrook Landcare Group to grow 7,500 local indigenous plants in its nursery with the Friends of Charleston Conservation Park doing the planting. This revegetation will provide critical habitat for the Western Pygmy Possum, Ringtail Possum and numerous other bird and fauna species.