Public votes Clean4Shore as Australia’s favourite landcare project

Clean4SHore won the coveted People’s Choice Award last night at the National Landcare Awards in Brisbane. Clean4Shore was chosen above 64 other national finalists by receiving the most votes from the Australian public in an online poll in the lead-up to last night’s award ceremony. It is the only award among all 11 handed out that is voted on by the public and not a judging panel.

Clean4Shore leads up to 70 field trips a year, engaging the community, schools, disability, indigenous and business groups in the removal of plastic and polystyrene around the Hawkesbury River, Brisbane Waters and Tuggerah Lakes in New South Wales.

Graham Johnson was very excited to win this esteemed award. “I’m very proud that Landcarers have voted for litter management. I have a great support group from my Facebook page, and from people that follow our program and are willing to get out there and do something about the litter in our waterways,” Graham said. “So for us this is a pretty big achievement. It makes it all worthwhile.”

Volunteer groups led by Clean4Shore remove garbage from waterways while simultaneously educating themselves about the Central Coast foreshores and mangroves. Corporate partners attending Clean4Shore field trips have also learnt about the effects of marine litter. This growing awareness has been reflected in evaluation reports, corporate feedback and fundraising. In 2016, 554 volunteers participated in 67 field trips, with 182,800 litter items removed.

Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish commended the People’s Choice Award winner and acknowledged their hard work and triumphs.

“It’s an honour to present the People’s Choice Award as it showcases who in the Landcare community has made the biggest impact on the Australian public,” Shane said. “To be selected as the winner amongst 65 finalists is a huge feat and incredibly inspiring.”

The National Landcare Awards are part of this year’s three-day National Landcare Conference, which finishes today, 12 October 2018. The conference provides the Landcare community with an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and share knowledge. For more information on the National Conference and Awards go to

Winners across nine diverse categories from sustainable farm practices to Junior Landcare, were announced at the National Landcare Awards gala dinner last night, which was emceed by ABC Landline host, Pip Courtney.

All finalists case studies and photos by category are available at

The National Landcare Awards is delivered by Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network in partnership with the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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