NSW Landcare Awards 2015
Landcare in the South East is celebrating two wins at the 2015 NSW Landcare Awards, part of the NSW Landcare Conference in Orange this week, with Andrew Britton and Bill Pigott recognised for their outstanding contributions over the past decade.
Andrew Britton won 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. Andrew is a worthy winner, working with close to 600 network members to enable sustainable land management outcomes in a region that has attracted many new landholders seeking a rural lifestyle.
Andrew's efforts are largely responsible for the establishment of four active networks: South Coast Beef Producers, South Coast Sheep Network, Croobyar Road Farming Group and just recently the Shoalhaven Beekepers Association; and his coordination has attracted more than 35 environmental grants to fund network activities.
Andrew recently joined the South East Local Land Services team in Berry where he will continue to provide support to the Small Farms Network and Landcare.
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 on Moyen Hill, to leadership roles with district and regional Landcare networks and representing the region on Landcare NSW's Council.
Bill has planted over 5000 local native plants in his local area and has spent over 2000 hours rehabilitating his local reserve. An effective advocate for Landcare issues in his community, Bill actively promotes the 'Landcare is for Everyone' ethos by working hard to get the Landcare message out to everyone in his community and is often spotted at local shows and field days engaging local landholders and sharing his passion for local trees and landscapes.
In addition to Andrew and Bill receiving awards, two local Landcarers gave presentations at the conference: Megan Rowlatt (Illawarra Intrepid Landcare) brought her passion for youth engagement in Landcare; and John Carter (South East Landcare) gave a presentation on the Landcare Champions of the Catchment event.
South East Local Land Services and South East Landcare were able to provide financial support for 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 Landcare 300 groups and networks, providing information, advice and on-ground assistance to over 3300 volunteers through staff time, devolved grants and communication networks. If you are interested in Landcare in your area, please contact your local office for information about Landcare, producer groups and other community natural resource management groups.