On the first day of spring, Landcarers from around the state gathered at Government House on the invitation of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, to honour the achievements of those in our community.
Every two years, the State and Territory Landcare Awards are held to acknowledge the success and achievements of community Landcarers, groups, networks and organisations who have been working to protect and restore our environment and improve agricultural productivity.
In 2017, 85 nominations were received from across Victoria in the 14 award categories. The winners of the nine national award categories will go on to represent Victoria at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.
A particular mention should be made for the recipient of the 2017 Joan Kirner Landcare Award, Terry Hubbard. Terry has been involved with Landcare since 1989.
Congratulations to the all winners, listed below, for their outstanding achievements and commendations to all nominees for their efforts and commitment to Landcare.
Joan Kirner Landcare Award
Winner: Terry Hubbard
Winner: Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society
Highly Commended: Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek Inc
Winner: Connecting Country
Winner: Penbank School - Woodleigh School
Highly Commended: Bass Coast Landcare Network's Environmental Detectives Team
Winner: Woady Yaloak Catchment Group
Highly Commended: Simon Falkiner
Winner: Simon Falkiner
Winner: Ian Higgins
Highly Commended: Ian Grenda, Jim de Henin and Kaye Rodden
Commended: Penny Roberts and Ann Robson
Winner: Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation
Winner: Kathleen Brack
Winner: Friends of Beware Reef
Winner: Tarrangower Cactus Control Group
Highly Commended: 3 Creeks Landcare Group
Commended: Yarra Valley Equestrian Landcare Group
Winner: Angela Jeffery
Highly Commended: Waka Walla Land Management Crew
Commended: Windamara Aboriginal Corporation
Winner: Sandii Lewis
Winner: Bret Ryan
Highly Commended: Tony Gardiner and Kate McWhinney