Landcare Awards

Landcare Awards recognise passionate and committed Australians who make an outstanding contribution to natural resource management and strive for a healthier, sustainable, resilient and more productive landscape.

The Australian Government supports the:

  • National Landcare Awards
  • Bob Hawke Landcare Award
  • State and territory Landcare Awards.

National Landcare Awards

The biennial National Landcare Awards celebrate and promote the achievements of Australia’s Landcare community. In 2016, the Department of Agriculture sponsored awards in the following categories:

  1. Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
  2. Partnership with Landcare Award
  3. The Individual Landcarer Award
  4. Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award

The winners of the 2016 National Landcare Awards were announced at the National Landcare Awards dinner at the National Landcare Conference on 22 September 2016.

Bob Hawke Landcare Award

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award is a prestigious award that celebrates individual excellence in the promotion and adoption of Landcare and sustainable agricultural practices.

The prize package worth $50 000, provides the winner with an opportunity to further develop and champion their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management and Landcare.

The winner of the 2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award is Mr Stephen Burgess. Stephen runs a combined sustainable market farming and light grazing enterprise in conjuction with Wurraglen Nature Refuge in Dagun, in Southeast Queensland. Read more about Stephen and watch a video featuring the three finalists.

Prior to 2012, the Bob Hawke Landcare Award was known as the McKell Medal.

State and Territory Landcare Awards

State and territory Landcare Awards recognise the highly valued efforts of landcarers across Australia. These awards are presented biennially in partnership with state and territory landcare bodies, with the winners becoming the finalists for their respective categories at the National Landcare Awards the following year.

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