The National Landcare Awards is a key biennial event which acknowledges and celebrates local Landcare achievements at a national level, and sees 69 finalists from across Australia featuring in nine diverse categories.
Held since Landcare’s inception, the State & Territory and National Landcare Awards ceremonies showcase the achievements and history of Landcare and Coastcare, and above all recognise the invaluable contribution of volunteers to both the initiatives. Funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, with categories sponsored by Fairfax Media, Manpower and Indigenous Land Corp, the Landcare Awards are an opportunity to showcase the projects and partnerships around Australia that continue to strengthen Landcare participation and protect our precious land and water resources.
In addition to the nine diverse categories Landcare Australia will also deliver the Bob Hawke Landcare Award with funding from the Australian Government.
The 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards is proudly supported by the Australian Government and the Victorian Government.
Australian Government & NLP
Victorian State Government
Award Category Sponsors
The 2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award Winner – Stephen Burgess, Queensland
Esteemed Queensland conservationist and farmer, Stephen Burgess, won the coveted Bob Hawke Landcare Award at the 2016 National Landcare Awards in Melbourne on 22 September. Stephen Burgess was awarded $50,000 to further develop his knowledge and skills in Landcare and sustainable land management practices.
Stephen has run Wurraglen Nature Refuge in Dagun, Queensland for nearly 20 years, developing the property which combines sustainable market farming and light grazing. His love of bushwalking around the country instilled a strong commitment to caring for the land and encourages others to share these values. Stephen is a long-time member of Gympie and District Landcare and a former high school teacher, where he ran a weekly Landcare awareness project with his students. Currently a part-time project officer at the Mary River Catchment Resource Centre and coordinator of the community Waterwatch program, Stephen has previously worked in Western Australia with the Department of Agriculture, where he developed a program called “NPDecide” which was widely adopted throughout the WA Wheatbelt. The program improves the efficiency of fertiliser use, reduces leaching losses, and introduces explicit consideration of soil organic nitrogen pools into fertilizer decisions.
The Bob Hawke Landcare Award
The Bob Hawke Landcare Award celebrates an individual who has been involved in championing the Landcare ethic and inspiring others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group. This award acknowledges an individual 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.
The award acknowledges the role that former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, played in elevating Landcare from a grass-roots community initiative to a national movement with strong government support.
The Bob Hawke Landcare Award recipient will be awarded with a prize package to the value of $50,000 for further development of their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management and Landcare.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must be actively involved in Landcare or sustainable agriculture and be willing to promote the Landcare ethos.