Leading Partnership For Landcare Wins Top Honour

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Australian Association of Bush Regenerators wins Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award 

25 August 2022 | The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) was announced winner of the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award held at the prestigious National Landcare Awards in Sydney last night.

One of eight finalists in the running for the award, the AABR was recognised for its outstanding efforts around its First Aid for Burned Bushland (FABB) initiative. Supported by a range of sponsors, the AABR developed resources, including a series of engaging videos and webinars, to provide guidance for assisting in the recovery of bushland post fire. The resources address a range of topics from assessing priorities for post-fire bush regeneration to techniques commonly used by bush regenerators for controlling weeds after fire.

“Many ecosystems across Australia were severely impacted from the 2019-20 bushfires due to the effects of a drying climate. While extensive areas of vegetation are recovering well, others remain in trouble,” explained Peter Dixon, President of the AABR, which promotes the study and practice of ecological restoration, and fosters and encourages effective management of natural areas based on sound ecological principles.

“Being nominated for this award has reaffirmed our contention that Landcare groups play a critical role in managing Australia’s ecosystems and can undertake very technical and complex projects,” he added.

“Our secret to success in forging partnerships can be put down in great part to engaging with people and groups in a way that recognises their knowledge and intelligence, trying to understand their needs while we communicate ours, and recognising that in a partnership, everyone is important,’ said Peter.

Minister for Agriculture Senator Murray Watt applauded the efforts and initiative of the AABR.

“The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators have highlighted the range of ways we can support one another when it comes to taking timely and meaningful action to restore and care for our local environments,” Minister Watt said.

“With the impact of a changing climate, extending knowledge around ecological restoration and engaging others to ensure our bushland recovers well, and is resilient in the face of future threats, have never been so important. By working together, we can ensure our natural assets are effectively managed and protected for generations to come.”

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