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Three wins for local Landcare

Landcare in the South East region recently celebrated three wins at the 2015 NSW Landcare Awards ceremony, held as part of the annual NSW Landcare Conference at Orange.  Andrew Britton and Bill Pigott were recognised for their outstanding contributions to Landcare over the past decade.

Andrew Britton took out the Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator category for his work initiating and running the award-winning Small Farms Network in the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

Bill Pigott won both the inaugural Gerald Carnie Memorial Award and the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award. Bill's involvement in Landcare ranges from his local Bushcare site at Moyen Hill, near Berry, to leadership roles with district and regional Landcare networks.  He has also represented the region on the NSW Landcare Council.

South East Local Land Services Regional Landcare Facilitator, Peter Pigott said Andrew and Bill are worthy winners.

"Andrew works closely with 600 Small Farms Network members for sustainable land management outcomes in an area that attracts many new small landholders seeking a rural lifestyle," Peter said.

"Andrew has led the establishment of four active networks:  South Coast Beef Producers, South Coast Sheep Network, Croobyar Road Farming Group, and more recently, the Shoalhaven Beekepers Association.  Through his coordination, these groups have received 35 environmental grants to fund network activities."

"Andrew recently joined the South East Local Land Services team at Berry.  He will continue to provide support to the Small Farms Network and Landcare.

"Bill has planted over 5,000 native plants and has volunteered 2,000 hours rehabilitating his local reserve.  Bill is an effective advocate for Landcare issues and actively promotes the 'Landcare is for everyone' ethos in his community.

"He can often be spotted at local shows and field days engaging landholders and sharing his Landcare passion," Peter said.

South East Local Land Services and South East Landcare provided financial assistance to 11 volunteers to attend the conference, allowing them to bring back new ideas, networks and motivation to their local Landcare groups.

South East Local Land Services supports more than 300 Landcare groups and networks and provides information, advice and on-ground assistance to over 3,300 volunteers through staff time, devolved grants and communication networks.

Please contact your nearest Local Land Services office or visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au for information about Landcare, producer groups and other community natural resource management groups.

Media contact:
Debra Thompson
02 4224 9707
Debra.Thompson@lls.nsw.gov.au