Victorian Landcare Magazine - Winter 2017, Issue 69

2017 Victorian Landcare Awards

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By John Robinson

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Entries for the 2017 Victorian Landcare Awards are now open.

Michele Bower and Karen O'Keefe at Laughing Horse Farm, Preston USA.

Above: Michele Bower and Karen O'Keefe at Laughing Horse Farm, Preston USA.

The awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the great work done by individuals, groups and networks to enhance, restore or protect our environmental assets and improve agricultural productivity.

If you or your group/network is involved in protecting or improving your local environment, farm, coastline, bushland, wetland, waterway, school, region, or catchment there is an award category to suit you.

The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria (left), congratulates Lisette Mill on her 2015 VFF/FTLA Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship.

Above: The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria (left), congratulates Lisette Mill on her 2015 VFF/FTLA Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship.

2017 National Landcare Award categories:

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
  • Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
  • Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
  • Coastcare Award
  • Landcare Community Group Award
  • Junior Landcare Team Award
  • Indigenous Land Management Award
  • Young Landcare Leader Award

The winners of these nine awards will represent Victoria at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.  

The 2017 Victorian Landcare Awards categories:

  • Joan Kirner Landcare Award
  • Landcare Network Award
  • Urban Landcare Award
  • Dr Sidney Plowman Travel and Study Award
  • Victorian Farmers Federation and Landcare Victoria Inc. Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship 

Past award winners have reported that winning an award helped them to leverage funding for group and network projects, including corporate sponsorship, and provided a welcome boost for members. 

The Urban Landcare Award has been introduced as a new category to recognise the work done by groups, networks, and individuals in our towns and cities. The award will also help to increase awareness of Landcare activities in urban areas.

The next edition of the magazine (no.70), published in spring 2017, will feature stories on the winners of the 2017 Victorian Landcare Awards. 

Entries for the 2017 Victorian Landcare Awards close on 23 June 2017. For selection criteria, entry guidelines, and the awards terms and conditions go to www.landcareonline.com.au/

Horse knowledge returns to Corangamite

The winner of the 2015 Dr Sidney Plowman Travel and Study Award, Karen O’Keefe, the Regional Landcare Facilitator at Corangamite CMA, used her award to study the internationally acclaimed Horses for Clean Water program in the USA.

Karen visited a number of best practice demonstration farms in north-west America. She aims to integrate the findings from her visit into a Horsecare through Landcare program to be implemented in the Corangamite region.

View Karen's video clip on her study trip to the US here.

For further information contact Karen at karen.okeefe@ccma.vic.gov.au

 

Valuable discussions about shade and shelter

Lisette Mill is the Landcare Facilitator for the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network in south west Victoria. In 2015 Lisette was awarded the VFF/FTLA Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship.

Lisette used her fellowship to conduct a survey to investigate why landholders do, or don’t, create adequate shade and shelter on their farms.

Lisette spoke with more than 60 people during her fellowship.

“It was a terrific opportunity to have some frank and valuable discussions. I’m very grateful for the fellowship and to the people who gave me their time and opinions,” Lisette said.

For further information contact Lisette at basalttobay@gmail.com

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