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Apply now for the 2015 NSW Landcare awards - Individual Landcarer

The Australian Government Individual Landcarer award will be made to an individual volunteer who carries out and promotes Landcare through practical on-ground or community awareness activities.

Three finalists will be selected in 2015, with one of the finalists being selected to become the NSW nominee for the 2016 National Landcare Awards.

In 2013 the following Individual Landcarers were the NSW Finalists.

  • Eric Hurn (pictured)

Eric Hurn is a fat lamb producer and potato grower with properties near Goulburn and Crookwell in NSW and was 85 when he became a finalist. A highly successful farmer, Eric has also left a legacy of improving the productive and environmental value of his properties. He has been a long term committed landcarer, and was undertaking landcare works before the word even existed.

  • Kath Wray

Kath Wray founded Citizens Wildlife Corridors (CWC) and has been the organisation’s main driver. Kath continues to write and submit funding applications to provide financial support to land managers implementing wildlife corridors throughout the Northern Tablelands. Kath also provides support to land managers through on-site visits, assistance with planning projects and regular contact throughout the implementation process of on-ground works.

  • Susan Somerville

Susan Somerville is a member of the Kyogle Landcare Group and the Bell Miner Associated Dieback Working Group. For 30 years Susan and her husband Wayne have worked to restore their native forests. About 10 years ago they became alarmed by the rapid invasion of lantana and the spread of dying eucalypts throughout Toonumbar’s forests.  They were involved in initially alerting National Parks to the ecological crisis now known as Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD). With the help of National Parks, Northern Rivers CMA and Landcare, Susan embarked on an ambitious program of lantana control and adaptive management to combat BMAD.

The selection criteria for the Individual Landcarer Award in 2015 are:

  1. Demonstrate how the individual has implemented Landcare activities and has helped others to implement Landcare activities in their area.
  2. How has the individual encouraged others to be involved in Landcare activities? (e.g. by speaking about Landcare to schools, media, landholders, groups, councils etc)
  3. How has the individual assisted in training and helping others in the development of skills for the Landcare activities undertaken?
  4. Provide examples of how the individual has been a champion for Landcare, either through their achievements with Landcare projects or in a primary role in the planning and organisation associated with Landcare projects.
  5. Describe any challenges the individual has faced in the development and implementation of Landcare projects and the strategies they used to overcome these challenges.


Please click here to submit an online nomination on the Landcare Australia website.

Applications for all NSW award categories close 31 May 2015. Don't miss out!