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23.09.2016

Six of the Landcare best in the west

Six awards are heading west in honour of Western Australian Landcare champions as part of the 2016 National Landcare Awards.

The winners represent the diverse work of the Landcare movement in WA, with natural resource management (NRM) activities ranging from sustainable farming practices to community rehabilitation of an iconic river basin.

The biennial awards ceremony, held last night at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in conjunction with the National Landcare Conference, saw the presentation of nine individual and community volunteer categories plus the People's Choice Award.

Department of Agriculture and Food Acting Director General Mark Webb congratulated the national winners on their outstanding efforts which made significant contributions to the environment in local communities across Western Australia.

"I would like to convey my congratulations to all WA winners and finalists representing the incredible work in NRM across the state," Mr Webb said.

"WA has a proud history in natural resource management and Landcare."

Rhonda Williams of Bremer Bay was presented the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award for her work managing a sustainable and profitable farming enterprise with her husband Ross, including hosting 200 field days and 20 on-farm trials.

Awarded the national Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award, Jill Richardson of Katanning was recognised for 25 years dedication to furthering Landcare in WA, with the Katanning Landcare Conservation District Commission, as a farmer with her husband Adrian, and as a volunteer.

Southampton Homestead of Balingup was presented the Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award.  Their philosophy is that all is connected and interdependent, with owners Jeff Pow and Michelle McManus putting this into practice to grow and process all food on their farm, enhancing animal welfare outcomes and regenerating their soil.

Announced joint winner of the Manpower Young Landcare Leader Award, Ella Maesepp of Katanning, has worked as a Landcare Officer in the Upper Blackwood area for 12 years, delivering projects to protect biodiversity, manage salinity, increase agricultural sustainability and reduce individual carbon footprints.

Blackwood Basin Group at Boyup Brook was presented with the Fairfax Landcare Community Group Award and has been coordinating community-managed Landcare projects across the Blackwood Catchment for over two decades; working with 54 catchment groups, assisting over 500 farming families and delivering more than $16 million of Landcare activities throughout the iconic river basin.

Southampton Homestead also clinched the People's Choice Award.  This award is presented to the finalist with the most votes from the general public in the lead-up to the 2016 National Landcare Awards.

The State and Territory Landcare Awards are run in WA by the Department of Agriculture and Food (WA), supported by Landcare Australia.

In brief:

  • Rhonda Williams, Bremer Bay - Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
  • Jill Richardson, Katanning - Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award
  • Southampton Homestead, Balingup - Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
  • Ella Maesepp, Katanning - joint winner Manpower Young Landcare Leader Award
  • Blackwood Basin Group, Boyup Brook - Fairfax Landcare Community Group Award
  • Southampton Homestead - People's Choice Award