Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Tasmanian Landcare Awards!
Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
Winner: Todd Dudley
Todd has been involved in Landcare activities in Tasmania since 1991 and has demonstrated long term commitment over the past 30 years to inspire and educate the community. Inspired by his great love for the Australian bush he is passionate about the protection, maintenance and restoration of our unique and irreplaceable natural heritage.
Some of his achievements include; leading the Northeast Bioregional Network, a community conservation group; establishing the North East Bioregional Network and the North East Tasmania Land Trust; campaigning against inappropriate commercial developments in sensitive coastal areas, advising individual landholders, councils and state government on native flora and fauna, weed control and fire management, revegetation of native bushland on degraded landscapes and the development of over 60 Land For Wildlife registrations.
Highly Commended: Dr. Vishnu Prahalad
Dr. Vishnu Prahalad's involvement with Landcare began with his Masters Project in 2008 (Environmental Studies) on wetlands management in Tasmania. He went on to do a thesis on saltmarsh ecology and conservation in Southern Tasmania and his work, alongside his engagement and participation has been instrumental in providing a better understanding for wetlands and saltmarsh care, conservation and protection.
Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
Winner: Derwent Estuary Program
The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) is a regional, not-for-profit partnership between the Tasmanian Government, local governments, industry, scientists and the community to share science to improve the health of the estuary. The DEP partnership has done invaluable work towards tackling pollution in the estuary and improving the overall health of the Derwent.
Thank you to everybody involved for your great work!
Australian Government Landcare Farming Award
Winner: Tim Reed of Wenlock Enterprises
Congratulations Tim Reed, Wenlock Enterprises!
Tim and his family live on their beef farm is Rosevale, Tasmania. Tim has been working on regenerating the property that was previously managed under conventional farming practices, through a mixture of holistic, sustainable and regenerative farming. Tim is an innovative and enthusiastic farmer, thinking outside the square and working towards building a healthier and more sustainable farming structure.
Highly Commended: Leap Farm
Iain and Kate Field started Leap Farm in 2012. Since then they have been sharing their love of cheese and nature, focusing on quality not quantity and striving to meet the three elements of sustainability; financial, social and environmental.
Andy Jackman of Red Cow Organics
A family operated farm Located on the north west coast of Tasmania. Shifting from conventional farming practices to holistic farming practices in 2010, Red Cow Organics produces organic cheeses and recycles farm waste back into their pastures.
Friends of Bass Strait Islands
The Friends of Bass Strait Islands (FoBSI) is a Wildcare group that manages invasive plant species on the offshore islands in the Furneaux Islands and coastal areas of Flinder's Island. Weeds on these islands pose a great threat to native vegetation, bird species and habitat. FoBSI do some important, hard, rewarding work, and are dedicated to restoring vegetation, seabird habitat and human amenity in these island areas.
Highly Commended: Sea sPurge Remote Area TeamS (SPRATS)
SPRATS are a self managed team of volunteers working in partnership with Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Their primary focus is to control and ideally eradicate the weeds; sea spurge, marram grass and blackberry from the coastline of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and adjacent west coast, two areas of extreme ecological significance! SPRATS have achieved some amazing results through their ambitious weed control program.
KPMG Indigenous Land Management Award
Winner: Rosny mob - Rosny College Indigenous Students
Congratulations Rosny mob from Rosny College!
The group Rosny mob is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Rosny College and provides activities for students to create and grow connection to country, culture and people. It is a great project allowing people to connect with their environment, culture and each other through spending time on country, caring for country and ultimately working towards healing it.
Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award
Winner: Seymour Community Action Group Inc. (SCAGI)
SCAGI are a community group, bringing together people of all ages, dealing with different environmental matters in the Seymour area such as invasive species management, trapping of feral cats, native tree planting and wetland management. SCAGI collaborate with a range of other stakeholders to effectively address conservation and land management practices as well as strengthen community connections.
Highly Commended: Mt Roland Rivercare Catchment Inc.
Mt Roland Rivercare Catchment Inc. (MRRCI) have been caring for the area around Sheffield and Mt Roland since 1999 and in more recent years have expanded their area of focus. MRRCI members are dedicated to protecting Mt Roland and surrounding areas through extensive weed management, feral animal and biodiversity studies and management, river works and community education.
Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award
Winner: Wynyard High School
The Green Team from Wynyard High School is a volunteer group of students that was crated by students in 2019 to raise awareness and educate community about climate change and the environment. Students, with the support of school staff, have since successfully created a number of initiatives for the school and broader community and increased awareness and engagement around climate change awareness and sustainability.
Steadfast Young Landcare Leadership Award
Winner: Yanti Winoto-Lewin
Yanti is a 24 year old ecologist from Tasmania who started the Friends of Franklin Forest group in 2020. She has done amazing work in connecting communities to local areas and fostering a love and respect for our natural surroundings and environment.
This incredible evening was hosted by Young Dawkins and held at the Tailrace Centre, Launceston, supported generously by Landcare Australia and the Australian Government National Landcare Program.