Efforts to restore and rejuvenate degraded land throughout Queensland have been recognised with nine people across the state winning key awards, with four sponsored under the National Landcare Program.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, said the awards reflected the outstanding agricultural and environmental improvements dedicated individuals were making for Queensland and ultimately, Australia.
“One of the key challenges that faces our nation is how to continue to ensure productivity at the farmgate while also delivering better environmental outcomes—this is about being sustainable,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“Sustainability has three integrated dimensions: the environment, the economy and society. If we do not protect our environmental resources, we cannot hope for viable and profitable agricultural industries and we cannot hope for vibrant and healthy communities.
“Landcarers stand on the frontline of that work, delivering real outcomes that have a genuine impact not only on the health of our land, but on the prospects of the nation.
“The National Landcare Awards is an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the truly outstanding work being done by these individuals who will now become nominees in 2018’s National Landcare Awards.”
Minister Hartsuyker presented awards to the Queensland winners of four Australian Government sponsored categories:
- Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award – Bob Shepherd (Dalrymple Landcare Committee)
- Australian Government Partnership for Landcare Award – Tim Odgers (Seqwater)
- Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award – Peter Stevens (Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group Inc.)
- Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture and Land Management Award – Ben Chandler (Clover Hills Cluster Group)
“Congratulations to the winners of these four awards and to everyone who was recognised in the Queensland State Landcare Awards,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
Source: Australian Government