On Saturday the 14th of October 2023, we held the Landcare Tasmania's Recognition Awards ceremony at Spring Bay Mill during our Conference weekend. The awards dinner was one of the highlights of the Conference, where five award categories were presented to honour significant achievements and lifelong commitments to enhancing Tasmania's ecosystems.
We were honoured to have the Premier's representative, the Honourable Mark Shelton MP presenting the Tasmanian Premier's Landcare Award, he also graciously accepted the task of drawing the Raffle Prizes!
The Banksia Room at Spring Bay Mill was buzzing with atmosphere and excitement as guests enjoyed an amazing array of beverages kindly donated by local vineyards and breweries.
Roll of Honour: Celebrating Local Legends
Local Landcare community contribution. Recognising people who have made significant contributions through their Landcare work within their local community. Recipients will receive special recognition for their achievements
- A person who has made a significant contribution to their local landscape, or to the community Landcare movement, over an extended period of time.
- Contributions can include hands-on, administrative, planning or logistical work.
Honorary Life Membership: Unwavering Commitment
Recognising unique contributions to Landcare through their work with Landcare Tasmania. Recipients are awarded a Lifetime Individual Membership that includes all membership benefits
- A person who has made a long standing or significant contribution to Landcare Tasmania, or to the community Landcare movement may be accepted for Honorary Life Membership.
- Contributions can include hands-on, administrative, or logistical work.
Tasmanian Premier’s Landcare Award: Celebrating Innovation and Inspiration
This prestigious award recognises innovation, inspiration or community building in Landcare and land management.
Criteria: a member of the Landcare Tasmania community who:
- Is well recognised as an innovator or role model in changing management practices; or
- Has provided inspiration to the community to adopt environmental management practices; or
Has built widespread engagement, knowledge or understanding of Landcare in the wider community.
Tasmanian Landcare Group Award: Collaboration for Positive Impact
A significant recognition designed to celebrate and honour exceptional achievements within the realm of environmental conservation and sustainable land management.
This award category highlights the collaborative efforts of Landcare groups operating in Tasmania, showcasing their dedication, innovation, and positive impact on the local environment.
Criteria: a member group of Landcare Tasmania who fulfils one or more of the following criteria:
- Environmental Impact: measurable positive impact/s in areas such as habitat restoration, native species and native vegetation community recovery, soil erosion prevention, water quality improvement.
- Community Engagement: increased level of engagement with the local community, through outreach, education, and/or involvement in Landcare activities. This could be an increase in the number or diversity of participants or leaders, such as diversity of cultural or economic backgrounds or broader ages or geographical reach. This could also be about the social/behavioural changes resulting from the group’s advocacy and awareness raising activities, such as limiting waste & consumption, changes in the use of rodenticides, responsible pet ownership, ethical photography and much more.
- Social: community resilience and adaptability, facilitating behaviour/social changes and transformation - e.g. adopting traditional land management practices
- Environmental: adoption of sustainable or regenerative land and water management practices, and the incorporation of principles like reducing waste and minimising resource consumption (from linear to circular systems)
- Economic: Success in ensuring the long-term viability of your group through innovative strategies or funding models
- Partnerships: collaborations with other community groups, organisations, government bodies, or businesses that enhance the impact and reach of Landcare efforts.
Young Tasmanian Landcarer Award: Future Leaders
To recognise, encourage and celebrate the efforts of a young individual who is actively engaged in Landcare and environmental conservation activities in Tasmania.
This award specifically targets younger generations, acknowledging their commitment, enthusiasm, and innovative approaches to addressing environmental challenges.
Criteria: is not required to be a member of Landcare Tasmania. A Tasmanian resident aged 13-25 who fulfils one or more of the following criteria
- Demonstrated engagement with a proven track record of actively participating in Landcare and environmental conservation activities. This could include involvement in tree planting, habitat restoration, clean-up initiatives, or other relevant projects.
- Passion and dedication evident through their actions and engagement in environmental conservation and Landcare activities.
- Impact. Nominees' contributions have made a positive impact on the environment or the local community. This could involve measuring outcomes such as improved biodiversity, reduced pollution, or enhanced public awareness.
- Leadership and initiative where nominees have taken roles in organising and mobilising others for Landcare efforts.
*Are you looking for the National State & Territory Landcare Awards? These awards are run by Landcare Australia and have been postponed. We anticipate that the National awards will be offered in 2024. In response to this situation, we have expanded our local Tasmanian Landcare Awards this year.