NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR VICTORIAN LANDCARE AWARDS
Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging locals in Werribee to nominate for the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards which recognises individuals and groups in Victoria for their outstanding contributions to environmental volunteering and preserving the unique Australian landscape. Faced with the devastation of bushfires, the impact of the drought and floods, and the COVID-19 pandemic, landcarers across Victoria have rallied in the wake of unparalleled challenges. Landcarers have been locally active rebuilding communities with on-ground projects including habitat restoration for threatened species, bushland regeneration, wellbeing and mental health activities, as well as engaging volunteers who want to contribute. The 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards is an opportunity to celebrate and honour Landcare champions from urban and rural communities excelling in sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, conservation of land and waterways, coastlines and biodiversity.
Mr Pallas says the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards is a chance to celebrate the achievements of those leading the wider community to engage and participate in managing the environment and natural resources in their local area, while faced with unprecedented challenges.
“Volunteers play a vital role in restoring and maintaining our environment in Werribee, and these Landcare awards are a terrific opportunity to acknowledge their efforts and celebrate their achievements.”
The Victorian Government encourages nominations from groups, networks and individuals involved in protecting and improving their local environment.
Seven Victorian-only award categories are now open for nominations:
• Joan Kirner Landcare Award
• Landcare Network Award
• Environmental Volunteering Award
• Urban Landcare Award
• Dr Sidney Plowman Travel and Study Award
• VFF/LVI Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship • Environmental Youth Action Scholarship
Eight national award categories are now open for nominations:
• Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
• Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
• Australian Government Landcare Farming Award
• Coastcare Award
• Landcare Community Group Award
• Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award
• KPMG Indigenous Land Management Award
• Young Landcare Leadership Award
Victorians can nominate for both the Victorian-only and national award categories. Victorian winners from the national categories will go forward to the 2022 National Landcare Awards held during the 2022 National Landcare Conference.
The 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony will be held this September. This year Victorian Environmental Friends Network’s Best Friends Awards will join the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony, to commemorate their awards’ 30th anniversary. Nominations close Wednesday 30 June. For more information, go to www.landcarevic.org.au.