2021 Victorian Landcare Awards – Victorian only categories

2021 Victorian Landcare Awards now open. In addition to the eight national award categories, Victoria awards additional categories which are independently sponsored at a state level.

Landcare 2021 awards

About the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards

The State and Territory Landcare Awards are coordinated nationally by Landcare Australia, with each state and territory coordinating their own awards ceremony.  The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning through the Victorian Landcare Program coordinates the Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony.

In addition to the eight national award categories, Victoria awards additional categories which are independently sponsored at a state level.  

The Awards are a celebration of the significant work undertaken by groups, networks and individuals who contribute their time and care to the conservation of Victoria’s land, water and biodiversity. 

The Victorian Government is proud to support and celebrate the efforts of those environmental volunteers who are working to the protect our land, water and wildlife, and the communities who love and depend of them. 

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2021 VICTORIAN ONLY CATEGORIES

  • Joan Kirner Landcare Award ($500)
  • Landcare Network Award ($500)
  • Environmental Volunteering Award ($500)
  • Urban Landcare Award ($500)
  • Dr Sidney Plowman Travel and Study Award ($4,000)
  • Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship ($4,000)

2021 NATIONAL CATEGORIES

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award ($500)
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award ($500)
  • Australian Government Landcare Farming Award ($500)
  • Coastcare Award ($500)
  • Landcare Community Group Award ($500)
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award ($500)
  • Indigenous Land Management Award ($500)
  • Young Landcare Leader Award ($500)
To submit your application – please visit https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcare-awards-2021/  



Victorian Awards Categories

Joan Kirner Landcare Award

About the Category The Joan Kirner Landcare Award will be made to an individual who has championed the Landcare movement in Victoria, has contributed significantly to Landcare for at least 10 years, and has demonstrated commitment to forging partnerships and effectively engaging the community in Landcare. 
Selection criteria
  1. Demonstrated ability to establish successful partnerships across the community.
  2. Displays an outstanding commitment to local communities and encourages community participation in Landcare.
  3. Champions and advocates for Landcare in the broader community.
  4. Shows a remarkable commitment to caring for the land.
  5. Inspires and encourages others to take on-ground Landcare action (either on their own property or through a group).
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.
 

Landcare Network Award

About the Category This award will be made to an outstanding Landcare network that has fostered sustainable land use through the adoption of improved land management practices and/or has undertaken on-ground works to protect, enhance or restore a significant area on behalf of the community.
Selection Criteria:
  1. Describe how the network has developed and used comprehensive planning as a basis for its physical, strategic and management activities.
  2. Demonstrate how the network has protected, enhanced, or restored environments on a significant scale. Please provide a map showing the location and scale of the works undertaken.
  3. Demonstrate how the network has formed partnerships and collaborated with other groups, agencies, government, business and the wider community to plan and deliver projects.
  4. Describe the challenges the network overcame in the development and implementation of its projects and plans, and outline the strategies used to address these challenges.
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this network should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.
 

Environmental Volunteer Award

About the Category (VIC Category only)This award will be made to an environmental volunteer group or individual who works on public and/or private land who has made an outstanding contribution to protect, enhance or restore Victoria's environment through fostering increased participation and awareness.We are especially looking for those who work with limited resources and have engaged members of the broader community in their work in particular community members who have not typically been involved/engaged in environmental volunteering.
Selection Criteria
  1. Demonstrate how the individual or group has made a significant and positive impact on Victoria’s environment through their volunteering involvement and commitment.
  2. Describe how the individual or group has increased community participation in environmental volunteering projects. Provide examples of successful projects and the number of people involved, and who was engaged from the community. Specify which of the groups engaged are not usually involved in environmental volunteering. Please include photos and/or newspaper articles etc.
  3. Demonstrate how the individual or group has increased community awareness and knowledge of environmental issues. Provide examples of media, events and numbers of people reached through these activities.
  4. Describe any challenges faced in the development and implementation of their environmental volunteering projects, and the strategies and innovative/creative solutions used to overcome these challenges.
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this group or individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.
 

Urban Landcare Award

About the Category (VIC Category only)This award will be made to a group, network, or individual who has delivered projects or initiatives that have inspired and involved an urban population in Landcare. Projects may include on-ground works and/or community education campaigns but must have achieved demonstrable natural resource management and environmental outcomes in an urban area.
Selection Criteria:
  1. Demonstrate how greater awareness and understanding of natural resource management and environmental issues amongst an urban community was generated. Provide examples of media, events and numbers of people reached through these activities.
  2. Generated significant partnerships, supported and increased an urban community’s involvement in projects that have enhanced, restored or protected natural resources in an urban environment. Demonstrate how this was achieved and what partnerships were developed.
  3. Generated improved long-term natural resource management and environmental outcomes for an urban area as a result of the projects undertaken. Provide examples, such as before and after photographs, media clippings, testimonials, etc.
  4. Describe any challenges overcome in the planning, development and implementation of urban Landcare projects, as well as the strategies used to address these challenges.
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this group, network or individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.
 

Dr. Sidney Plowman Travel and Study Award - $4,000

About the Category (VIC Category only)The Dr. Sidney Plowman Travel and Study Award will be made to a staff member of either:  
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
  • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).
  • A Victorian Catchment Management Authority.
Selection Criteria:
  1. Outline their field of expertise and experience in land management.
  2. Demonstrate how their role and methodology has influenced and improved sustainable land management practices.
  3. Demonstrate how they have contributed to practice change among farmers that has led to the long-term protection and/or improvement of natural resources and biodiversity, and which has had significant benefits for farmers and/or the community.
  4. Describe any challenges faced to bring about change in land management practices among farmers and the strategies used to overcome these challenges.
  5. Provide an outline of the proposed travel or study to use the Award, which must include:
    - Purpose or intent of travel/study
    - Proposed destination and/or course
    - Itemised costing forecast and itinerary
    - Describe the impact the Award will have on their professional development
    - Describe the planned methods for knowledge dissemination to the farming community and broader Landcare community after completion of the travel/study
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.
Conditions of the Award:
  • The prize must be used during the financial year in which it is awarded (2021/2022).
  • The Award is for travel(adhere to COVID-19 public health measures), study or another form of professional development.
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19)- we ask that you continue to follow public health measures, advice and restrictions when planning your application. Stay informed here vic.gov.au/CORONAVIRUS.
    • As the global pandemic continues it may have an impact on borders and interstate travel. Please note you would be traveling at your own risk and would be required to pay for the quarantine costs or any additional travel costs.
    • A report on the use of the Award must be submitted within three months of the completion of the travel/study. Report due 19 December 2022.
    • Using the template provided (this will be sent after the awards ceremony), the report must be a minimum of 2,000 words and must detail the following elements:
      • What was the purpose of the travel/study?
      • If travel, why was this geographical area selected? Provide details of location(s) where the travel occurred.
      • If study, why was this topic selected?  Provide details of location(s) where the study occurred.
      • When was the travel/study undertaken?
      • Who were the main people consulted and engaged with during the travel/study?
      • How has or will the area of travel/study lead to long-term/permanent protection or improvement of natural resources?
      • Provide a detailed financial report (with copies of receipts).
      • Provide a minimum of four high-resolution images (with photo consent and captions).
      • Please note the report (or extracts of) may be used by the Department, and/or Landcare Australia, to promote the State/Territory Landcare Awards, in printed and electronic formats.
 

Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship - $4,000

About the Category (VIC Category only)The Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship is open to community Landcarers and Landcare support staff, such as Landcare facilitators, coordinators and project officers working for Victorian Landcare groups or networks. The Fellowship is not open to State Government employees.
Selection Criteria:
  1. Demonstrated involvement and effective contribution to Victorian community Landcare at a group or network level.
  2. Provide examples of the instrumental role played in planning, development and delivery of Landcare projects and outline the environmental and social impacts of these projects.
  3. Describe any challenges overcome in the development and implementation of Landcare projects and the strategies used to address these challenges.
  4. Provide an outline of the proposed use of the Fellowship, which must include:
  • Purpose or intent of the study/travel.
  • Itemised costing forecast.
  • Itinerary/course schedule.
  • Describe the impact the Fellowship will have on their professional development.
  • Describe your planned methods for knowledge dissemination to the Landcare community after completion of the Fellowship.
Coronavirus (COVID-19)We ask that you continue to follow public health measures, advice and restrictions when submitting your nomination. Stay informed here vic.gov.au/CORONAVIRUS.
  1. How will the benefits derived from the Fellowship contribute to the future of Landcare?
  2. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.
Conditions of the Fellowship:
  • The Fellowship is for travel(adhere to COVID-19 public health measures), study or another form of professional development.
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) - we ask that you continue to follow public health measures, advice and restrictions when planning your application. Stay informed here vic.gov.au/CORONAVIRUS.
    • As the global pandemic continues, it may have an impact on borders and interstate travel. Please note you would be traveling at your own risk and would be required to pay for the quarantine costs or any additional travel costs.
    • The Fellowship must be used during the financial year in which it is awarded (2021/22).
    • The Fellowship is not to be used for the purchase of capital equipment.
    • A report must be submitted within three months of the completion of the Fellowship – Due 19 December 2022.
    • Using the template provided (this will be forwarded after the awards ceremony), the report must be a minimum of 2,000 words and must cover the following elements:
      • What was the purpose of the study/travel?
      • If travel, why was this geographical area selected? Provide details of location(s) where the travel occurred.
      • If study, why was this topic selected? Provide details of location(s) where the study occurred.
      • When was the study/travel undertaken?
      • Who were the main people consulted and engaged with during the study/travel?
      • What were the main learnings from the study/travel?
      • How has or will the area of study/travel lead to long-term/permanent protection or improvement of natural resources.
      • Provide a detailed financial report (with copies of receipts).
      • Provide a minimum of four high-resolution images (with photo consent and captions).
      • Please note your report (or extracts of) may be used by the Department, and/or Landcare Australia, to promote the State/Territory Landcare Awards, in printed and electronic formats.