In 2017, Landcare Australia partnered with Hawke’s Brewing Co., an independent, Australian-owned beer company, to which former Australian Prime Minister, the late Bob Hawke agreed to lend his name with the proviso that 100 per cent of his royalties be donated to Landcare Australia. Mr Hawke’s estate generously continues this arrangement.

Mr Hawke was integral to the creation of the not-for-profit Landcare Australia in 1989, remaining a strong supporter of the landcare movement throughout his life his estate.

Since 2017, contributions to Landcare Australia from Hawke’s beer sales have helped fund numerous projects, including 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.

In 2020, the partnership expanded the 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 provided long-term watering points at key Regent Honeyeater breeding locations within the Valley that did not have a permanent water supply. Read a case study about the impact of this fantastic project.

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 saw the installation numerous 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 Kersbrook Landcare Group grew 7,500 local indigenous plants which were planted by the local community and landcare groups to help restore the Charleston Conservation Park. This revegetation will provide critical habitat for the Western Pygmy Possum, Ringtail Possum and numerous other bird and fauna species.

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