Champion of Landcare
Landcare Australia joins all Australians in mourning his death.
Family and friends farewelled a wonderful champion of Landcare, Geoff Elliott, at a funeral service in Stanthorpe, Qld.
Until very recently, Geoff was the Chair of Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWaLC), and a Director of the National Landcare Network, roles he served for many years.
Following an early career managing large construction projects and his own aviation business, Geoff and his family became graziers in the traprock country west of Stanthorpe.
After getting involved with Landcare, he quickly saw its value for local communities, and became a strong supporter. Geoff put into practice sound land management on his own property, being one of the pioneer participants in environmental stewardship programs to protect areas of high conservation value.
Geoff’s experience lead him to take on leadership roles with Landcare, which extended from his local Landcare group (Inglewood and Texas Landcare Assn.), through to his state and national responsibilities. Geoff was dedicated to promoting Landcare, putting in countless volunteer hours and travelling long distances frequently to meet with Ministers, government agencies and others on behalf of landcarers.
He was particularly committed to ensuring reliable land management information was available to anyone interested in Landcare and served on the Steering Committee of the Landcare Farming program until January of this year.
Dr Shane Norrish, Landcare Australia CEO noted that Geoff will be greatly missed by all who worked with him. Dr Norrish said “Geoff was a great advocate for Landcare and rural Australia and provided very practical insights to better support the Landcare community. Geoff was a pleasure to work with, his sensible and courteous approach was valued by all and he put an enormous amount of effort into building connections between the National Landcare Network and Landcare Australia. We have sadly lost a Landcare champion and a great bloke”.