2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards

Welcome to the 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards - Nominations Open

Landcare has played a leading role in changing Australia’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, conservation of land and waterways, coastlines, biodiversity and landscapes.

The 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards profiles individuals and groups from urban and rural communities who are working together to care for our country.

From the coast to the country, and from cities to the outback, Landcare’s greatest asset is its people - all motivated by a shared vision to restore and protect the environment in their local community.

For over 20 years, the Landcare Awards have recognised and celebrated the achievements of groups and individuals in the landcare community who have made a significant contribution to the environment, sustainable farming practices and natural resource management.

This prestigious awards program acknowledges landcare projects that are focused on sustainable farming, biodiversity and conservation, community and wellbeing, Indigenous land management, Coastcare, youth participation and leadership.

In 2019, Landcare celebrates its 30-year anniversary. Over the past 30 years, Landcare has evolved into a powerful movement of volunteers who donate their time, skills, and expertise for the benefit of the environment, and the communities that seek to protect it.

To nominate, please click on your state or territory to submit an entry. You will need to set up an account to do submit a nomination, this account will assist you with submitting your entry. But first, please read these simple instructions to help get you started.

For any questions relating to the Awards, please contact your state or territory awards coordinator.

Key Dates

The 2019 State & Territory Awards nominations will close at 11:59pm as follows:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) - Monday 12 August 2019

New South Wales (NSW) - Wednesday 10 July 2019

Northern Territory (NT) - Wednesday 31 July 2019

Queensland (QLD) - Friday 04 October 2019

South Australia (SA) - Friday 26 July 2019

Tasmania (TAS) - Monday 16 September 2019

Victoria (VIC) - Sunday 07 July 2019

Western Australia (WA) - Wednesday 10 July 2019

Who can enter?

We encourage nominations from anyone involved in protecting and improving the environment and natural resource management, they include individuals, groups and organisations:

  • Landcare individuals, groups and networks
  • Sustainable farmers and professional farming systems groups
  • Indigenous landcare groups and individuals
  • Urban landcare groups including ‘Friends of’ and bushcare groups
  • Coastcare, Rivercare, Dunecare groups and individuals
  • Environmental groups
  • Natural resource management agencies
  • Local government
  • Research agencies
  • Agricultural co-operatives, industry associations, suppliers or individual primary producers
  • Junior Landcare (including day care centres, primary and secondary schools)
  • Youth groups including Scouts and Girls Guides

Categories

The 2019 State & Territory Awards have nine national award categories. In the ACT, there is no Coastcare category available. To further promote the great work of individuals and groups, selected states and territories also run other environmental award categories that you may nominate for on this website.

About the Category

The Australian Government Individual Landcarer Awards acknowledges the significant contribution made by an individual volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to landcare. There are many people who, through their actions, have had a positive impact on improving land management practices through practical on-ground activities, and/or by creating awareness of landcare in their local community.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe who is being nominated
  2. Provide examples of the individual's contribution to landcare and explain why they should be recognised as an outstanding 'landcarer' including information about how the individual has implemented landcare activities in their local area or the region
  3. Describe how the individual has implemented landcare practices that have encouraged others in the community to be involved in landcare. (e.g. by speaking about landcare to schools, training, workshops, media promotions, creating partnerships with groups, councils, Indigenous land managers, local businesses and NRM organisations etc.)
  4. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards.

About the Category

The Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award acknowledges a partnership of individuals, groups, or organisations that has demonstrated leadership and achievement in landcare related activities as a result of the partnership. Nominations are open to partnerships that include National Resource Management regional organisations, research organisations, local government, landcare and environmental groups, farmer groups, schools and youth groups.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe who is involved in the landcare partnership that you are nominating
  2. Explain how the partnership was formed and the purpose, including if this partnership is responding to a natural resource management issue
  3. Describe why the partnership has led to outstanding natural resource management outcomes; please include the benefits to the community impacted by the landcare project
  4. Provide examples of how the partnership used a multi-disciplinary approach to develop their partnership and provide supporting documents (e.g project plan, communications plan, community engagement strategy, environmental plan, budget, media reports, testimonials and any other supporting documents that will support the submission)
  5. Describe how has the partnership has involved other groups or programs in landcare activities as a result of the partnership, these may include other agencies, businesses, organisations, neighbours, schools and community groups
  6. To help with your application, please consider including a letter of support from a landcare group or a landcare network that acknowledges how the partnership has involved them to improve capacity and increase participation in on-ground projects
  7. Describe any key challenges the nominee partnership has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  8. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this partnership should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards.

About the Category

The Australian Government Landcare Farming Award acknowledges an individual, group or organisation that has demonstrated excellence and leadership in implementing integrated land management practices on a farm property, or properties, that protect soils, water and vegetation.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Provide information about who you are nominating
  2. Explain what the natural resource management issue is and how the individual, group or organisation has demonstrated excellence and leadership in implementing integrated land management practices on a farm property or properties that protect soils, water and vegetation. The following are examples of activities that could be used to demonstrate success:
    1. Activities that improve any of the following: soil condition, water quality, native vegetation, weed and pest management. Integrated projects will also be considered, e.g. increasing the growth of native grasses to reduce soil erosion, the loss of soil nutrients and improved productivity. For aquaculture, activities could include those targeting improvements in water quality and environmental health.
    2. Other activities could be used to demonstrate success: a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; increased biodiversity; increased ground cover particularly during periodic seasonal feed gaps, reduced soil erosion, improved management and handling of stock to provide both animal welfare and improved natural resource management outcomes.
  3. Give examples of how the individual, group or organisation has gone beyond usual practice and demonstrated leadership and encouraged involvement of others in sustainable and integrated land management practices.
  4. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual, group or organisation should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards

About the Category

The Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award acknowledges a primary producer or enterprise for their leadership in the discovery and/or application of innovative farming practices. It also recognises practices that deliver improved natural resource management and farm productivity outcomes. Nominations are open to research groups, agricultural co-operatives, industry associations, suppliers or individual primary producers.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Provide information about the individual, group or organisation you are nominating
  2. Explain how the nominee has gone beyond usual practice and set a new standard in the application of an innovative farm and/or land management practice. Improved productivity, commercial outcomes and natural resource management should have been delivered through this practice.
  3. Give examples how the activities of the nominee have led to improved productivity outcomes on commercial scale operations. This can be demonstrated through any of the suggested methods outlined below:
    • 3.1. Use of techniques not previously applied in the geographic area or to this type of primary production
    • 3.2. Application of practices on a commercial scale that were previously only undertaken on a research scale, or
    • 3.3. Development of techniques that have significantly improved productivity outcomes while improving natural resource management outcomes.
  4. Give examples of how the nominee has demonstrated leadership and encouraged the involvement of others in sustainable/innovative farming and/or land management practices that improved natural resource management and farm productivity outcomes (e.g. field demonstration days, radio interviews, blogs etc.)
  5. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual, group or organisation should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards

About the Category

The Virgin Coastcare Award acknowledges a community group or network that has contributed to the significant improvement of a coastal or marine environment. This may include estuaries, coastal and marine wetlands, river systems and salt marsh ecosystems. The Coastcare activities may include sand dunes restoration, the protection of threatened species, removing invasive species that are imposing on native flora, plastics and waste removal, education and volunteer engagement, and mitigating urban impact on marine environments like storm water pollution or the control of access to sensitive and vulnerable areas.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe the group/network that you are nominating
  2. Explain what coastal environmental issue the group/network is responding to and the cause and symptoms of the issue
  3. Describe the project activities of the group/network and what improvements have been made to the natural resource management of the area and the impact on the community.
  4. Provide examples of how the project activities have increased community awareness and engagement with coastal environmental issues
  5. How has the group/network developed local and/or regional partnerships for Coastcare activity? For example, with local councils, businesses, schools, other community groups, academic institutions etc.
  6. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  7. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this group/network should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards

About the Category

The Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award acknowledges an outstanding community group that is working towards sustainable land use and/or is undertaking on-ground action to protect, enhance or restore an area on behalf of the community.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe the group you are nominating
  2. Explain what natural resource management issue the group is responding to with their landcare project activities
  3. Explain how the group has repaired and prevented degraded land or environments, including any community benefit from its on-ground project activities
  4. Explain how the group has sought advice, worked with and involved the wider community, other Landcare/community groups, government, local business, NRM agencies, schools and youth groups, and Indigenous land managers in the development and implementation of its plans
  5. Provide examples of how the group has shared and communicated its ideas, plans, skills, and results to encourage others in the community to increase engagement and participation in landcare (e.g. field days, school visitation program, community education campaigns, training workshops, online or media promotions, creating partnerships)
  6. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  7. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this group should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards

About the Category

The Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award acknowledges a school, youth organisation or young community landcare team that contributes to raising awareness, sharing knowledge and promoting participation of landcare amongst young people. The award recognises Junior Landcare teams who implement landcare practices within the local community. Open to young people aged 18 or under, eligible groups include primary schools, secondary schools, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe the group you are nominating
  2. Explain what natural resource management issue the group is responding to with their Junior Landcare project activities
  3. Describe how the group's activities have led to an improved understanding among their team members and the community about landcare, the environment and natural resource management issues
  4. Provide examples of project activities that the team has implemented that have inspired their school, group or community to extend their learning and skills-development into practical on-ground activity
  5. Explain how the team has formed partnerships, created environmental resources or events that have helped to increase participation in Junior Landcare in the community
  6. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  7. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this team should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards

About the Category

The Indigenous Land Management Award acknowledges an outstanding Indigenous community group or individual that is working towards improving land use and/or enhancing or protecting an area on behalf of the community.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe the group or individual you are nominating
  2. Explain how the nominee looks after country, including land and/or sea, including some key examples of the type of work that has been undertaken
  3. Explain if/how the group or individual used Indigenous ecological knowledge, traditional or other land management practices in their work
  4. Describe the impact the group or individual has had in the community by looking after country (e.g. has the work created jobs for Indigenous people in the community, have young people learned new skills or had traditional ecological knowledge passed on to them?)
  5. Explain how the group or individual has worked with others on the project (e.g. with community elders, landcare groups or networks, government, NRM organisations and others within the community)
  6. Explain how the group or individual has shared Indigenous land management practices and techniques with the wider community
  7. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  8. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards

About the Category

The Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award acknowledges an individual or group* between the ages of 15 - 35 years who promote excellence in landcare through on-ground projects and/or awareness raising activities. The award is open to landcare champions who can demonstrate their capacity to lead and encourage the wider community to engage and participate in managing the environment and natural resources in their local area.

Nomination Expression of Interest

You may like to nominate for an individual, group or organisation that you are not directly involved in and may not have all the supporting evidence for the project activities. However, we encourage you to please provide us with as much information as possible to help with the judging process.

If the nominee meets the criteria, we will contact them and advise they have been nominated for a 2019 State & Territory Landcare Award and request further information for the judging panel.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe the individual or group that is being nominated
  2. Explain how the individual or group has displayed leadership and excellence in landcare practices and how they have encouraged others (particularly their peers) in promoting or implementing activities that improve natural resource management outcomes; (e.g. school visitation programs, training workshops, media promotions, creating partnerships with groups, involving councils, working with landholders, Indigenous land managers, local businesses and NRM organisations etc.)
  3. Provide examples of the ways the individual or group has communicated about environmental and natural resource management issues, or raised awareness about landcare to a wider audience (e.g. the use of media and social media, events, speeches or presentations, posters, letters etc.)
  4. Describe any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this nominee should be recognised for outstanding achievements to landcare.

This information will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards.

*The majority of the group's membership must be between the 18-35-year age range.

ACT Awards Categories


About the Category:

An award which recognises excellence in citizen science which supports Landcare, by an individual or a group.

This award will be made to a group or an individual that can demonstrate excellence in citizen science in the natural/biophysical sciences in the ACT and broader region with application to Landcare.

Guide to address Selection Criteria:

  1. Describe the citizen science program or project undertaken by the group or individual.
  2. Describe the level of citizen/community/volunteer involvement in the development and delivery of the citizen science program or project.
  3. Describe the degree to which the program or project results are reliable, accurate and useful and inspire confidence in end users.
  4. Describe the extent to which the results from the citizen science has been communicated to and adopted by potential end users, such as Landcare groups, farmers, or natural resource managers

The Award recipient also receives a trophy

About the Category:

This award recognises the outstanding work of a long-time volunteer working in community Landcare, Parkcare or other related on-ground environmental volunteering.

This award will be made out to a long-time ACT volunteer and is designed to recognise the efforts of Landcare volunteers in the ACT.

Guide to address Selection Criteria:

  1. Has a long and consistent track record as an environmental volunteer in the ACT working in the Landcare or Parkcare or related volunteering sectors.
  2. Has demonstrated leadership, encouragement and support for other environmental volunteers working in the Landcare or Parkcare or related volunteering sectors.
  3. Has demonstrated personal commitment to Landcare initiatives, either by supporting, implementing or developing Landcare projects.
  4. Can provide examples of either personal or community Landcare projects (or both) preferably with evidence such as photographs, media clippings, posters etc.

The Award recipient also receives a trophy

Victorian Awards Categories


About the Category:

This award will be made to an outstanding Landcare network that has fostered sustainable land use through the adoption of improved land management practices and/or has undertaken on-ground works to protect, enhance or restore a significant area on behalf of the community.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Provide a summary of the network's plan that demonstrates how the network has developed and used comprehensive planning as a basis for its physical, strategic and management activities.
  2. Demonstrate how the network has protected, enhanced, or restored environments on a significant scale. Please provide a map showing the location and scale of the works undertaken.
  3. Demonstrate how the network has formed partnerships and collaborated with other groups, agencies, government, business and the wider community to plan and deliver projects.
  4. Demonstrate how the network has engaged the wider community and other stakeholder groups to encourage participation in the network's projects or implement Landcare activities e.g. field days, community forums, producing educational materials, etc.
  5. Describe the challenges the network overcame in the development and implementation of its projects and plans, and outline the strategies used to address these challenges.
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this network should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.

About the Category:

The Dr. Sidney Plowman Travel and Study Award will be made to a staff member of either:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP).
  • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).
  • A Victorian Catchment Management Authority.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Outline their field of expertise and experience in land management.
  2. Demonstrate how their role and methodology has influenced and improved land management practices.
  3. Demonstrate how they have contributed to practice change among farmers that has led to long-term protection and/or improvement of natural resources, and which has had significant benefits for farmers and/or the community.
  4. Describe any challenges faced to bring about change in land management practices among farmers and the strategies used to overcome these challenges.
  5. Provide an outline of the proposed travel or study to use the Award, which must include:
    • Purpose or intent of travel/study.
    • Proposed destination and/or course.
    • Itemised costing forecast and itinerary.
    • Describe the impact the Award will have on their professional development.
    • Describe the planned methods for knowledge dissemination to the farming community and broader Landcare community after completion of the travel/study.
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.

Conditions of the Award:

  • The prize must be used during the financial year in which it is awarded (2019/20).
  • A report on the use of the Award must be submitted within three months of the completion of the travel/study.
  • Using the template provided, the report must be a minimum of 2,000 words and must detail the following elements:
    • What was the purpose of the travel/study?
    • If travel, why was this geographical area selected? Provide details of location(s) where the travel occurred.
    • If study, why was this topic selected? Provide details of location(s) where the study occurred.
    • When was the travel/study undertaken?
    • Who were the main people consulted and engaged with during the travel/study?
    • How has or will the area of travel/study lead to long-term/permanent protection or improvement of natural resources?
  • Provide a detailed financial report (with copies of receipts).
  • Provide a minimum of four high resolution images (with photo consent and captions).
  • Please note the report (or extracts of) may be used by the Department, and/or Landcare Australia, to promote the State/Territory Landcare Awards, in printed and electronic formats.

About the Category:

The Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship is open to community Landcarers and Landcare support staff, such as Landcare facilitators, coordinators and, project officers working for Victorian Landcare groups or networks. The Fellowship is not open to State Government employees.

Selection Criteria:

The VFF/Landcare Victoria Inc. Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship Award will be awarded to an individual who has:

  1. Demonstrated involvement and effective contribution to Victorian community Landcare at a group or network level.
  2. Provide examples of the instrumental role played in planning, development and delivery of Landcare projects and outline the environmental and social impacts of these projects.
  3. Describe any challenges overcome in the development and implementation of Landcare projects and the strategies used to address these challenges.
  4. Provide an outline of the proposed use of the Fellowship, which must include:
    • Purpose or intent of the study/travel.
    • Itemised costing forecast.
    • Itinerary/course schedule.
    • Describe the impact the Fellowship will have on their professional development.
    • Describe your planned methods for knowledge dissemination to the Landcare community after completion of the Fellowship.
  5. How will the benefits derived from the Fellowship contribute to the future of Landcare?
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.

Conditions of the Fellowship:

  • The Fellowship is for travel, study or another form of professional development.
  • The Fellowship must be used during the financial year in which it is awarded (2019/20).
  • The Fellowship is not to be used for the purchase of capital equipment.
  • A report must be submitted within three months of the completion of the Fellowship.
  • Using the template provided, the report must be a minimum of 2,000 words and must cover the following elements:
    • What was the purpose of the study/travel?
    • If travel, why was this geographical area selected? Provide details of location(s) where the travel occurred.
    • If study, why was this topic selected? Provide details of location(s) where the study occurred.
    • When was the study/travel undertaken?
    • Who were the main people consulted and engaged with during the study/travel?
    • What were the main learnings from the study/travel?
    • How has or will the area of study/travel lead to long-term/permanent protection or improvement of natural resources.
    • Provide a detailed financial report (with copies of receipts).
    • Provide a minimum of four high resolution images (with photo consent and captions).
  • Please note your report (or extracts of) may be used by the Department, and/or Landcare Australia, to promote the State/Territory Landcare Awards, in printed and electronic formats.

About the Category:

The Joan Kirner Landcare Award will be made to an individual who has championed the Landcare movement in Victoria, has contributed significantly to Landcare for at least 10 years, and has demonstrated commitment to forging partnerships and effectively engaging the community in Landcare.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated ability to establish successful partnerships across the community.
  2. Displays an outstanding commitment to local communities and encourages community participation in Landcare.
  3. Champions and advocates for Landcare in the broader community.
  4. Shows a remarkable commitment to caring for the land.
  5. Inspires and encourages others to take on-ground Landcare action (either on their own property or through a group).
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.

About the Category:

This award will be made to a group, network or individual who has delivered projects or initiatives that have inspired and involved an urban population in Landcare. Projects may include on-ground works and/or community education campaigns, but must have achieved demonstrable natural resource management and environmental outcomes in an urban area.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrate how greater awareness and understanding of natural resource management and environmental issues amongst an urban community was generated. Provide examples of media, events and numbers of people reached through these activities.
  2. Generated significant partnerships, supported and increased an urban community's involvement in projects that have enhanced, restored or protected natural resources in an urban environment. Demonstrate how this was achieved and what partnerships were developed.
  3. Generated improved long-term natural resource management and environmental outcomes for an urban area as a result of the projects undertaken. Provide examples, such as before and after photographs, media clippings, testimonials, etc.
  4. Describe any challenges overcome in the planning, development and implementation of urban Landcare projects, as well as the strategies used to address these challenges.
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this group, network or individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.

About the Category:

2019 Theme for volunteering is Making a World of Difference

This award will be made to an environmental volunteer group or individual who works on public and/or private land who has made an outstanding contribution to protect, enhance or restore Victoria's environment through fostering increased participation and awareness.

We are especially looking for those who work with limited resources and have engaged members of the broader community in their work in particular community members who have not typically been involved/engaged in environmental volunteering.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrate how the individual or group has made a significant and positive impact on Victoria's environment through their volunteering involvement and commitment.
  2. Describe how the individual or group has increased community participation in environmental volunteering projects. Provide examples of successful projects and the number of people involved and who was engaged from the community. Specify which of the groups engaged are not usually involved in environmental volunteering, Please include photos and/or newspaper articles etc.
  3. Demonstrate how the individual or group has increased community awareness and knowledge of environmental issues. Provide examples of media, events and numbers of people reached through these activities.
  4. Describe any challenges faced in the development and implementation of their environmental volunteering projects, and the strategies and innovative/creative solutions used to overcome these challenges.
  5. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this group or individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to Landcare.

NSW Awards Categories


About the Category:

Without healthy fish habitats such as estuarine vegetation, freshwater aquatic plants, instream snags, intact and vegetated river banks and varied river beds, and without clean, adequate water and fish access to habitats used at all life stages, there are less fish.

Nominees can be organisations or groups that have achieved significant outcomes for the betterment of fish habitat in NSW and must have:

  • Demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, sustained or significant on-ground rehabilitation actions to improve the state of fish habitat in NSW; and/or
  • Actively facilitated and promoted industry or community participation that has resulted in increased support, resourcing and/or understanding of the importance of fish habitat in NSW.

Award Selection Criteria:

  1. Background; Please provide a brief introduction/overview of the nominated individual, group or organisation.
  2. Challenge; What environmental or social challenges did you or your organisation face? Please ensure you address the key problems these challenges posed for fish habitat.
    • Describe the specific fish habitat challenges and issues the nominee faced.
    • Demonstrate how the nominee's activities have targeted the causes and symptoms of local fish habitat issues.
    • Describe any challenges they had in the development and implementation of their project and the strategies they used to overcome these challenges.
  3. Innovation; How did you or your organisation tackle these environmental or social fish habitat challenges? Please discuss the various aspects of the implemented solution.
    • Demonstrate the extent to which the nominee has developed a cutting-edge approach to achieve outstanding on-ground fish habitat outcomes; and/or,
    • Describe the extent to which the actions of the nominee have engaged with others and increased community awareness in innovative ways to support or address its priorities.
    • Provide examples of the extent to which the nominee has gone beyond usual practice and has become a champion for fish habitat, and set new standards through their achievements.
  4. Impact; How effective has the nominee been in addressing the initial environmental or social fish habitat challenges and who or what will benefit from their actions? Please highlight how effectively the implemented solution addressed the key problems faced.
    • Demonstrate the extent to which the nominee has developed a cutting-edge approach to achieve outstanding on-ground fish habitat outcomes; and/or,
    • Describe the extent to which the actions of the nominee have engaged with others and increased community awareness in innovative ways to support or address its priorities.
    • Provide examples of the extent to which the nominee has gone beyond usual practice and has become a champion for fish habitat, and set new standards through their achievements.
    • Describe how the nominee is utilising their work in fish habitat to promote the message of sustainable fishing
  5. Commitment; What steps have been undertaken to ensure on-going maintenance of achievements or a continued solution to the initial challenges? Please outline the ongoing initiatives or plans in place to ensure these results are maintained/improved.
    • Describe any identified requirements for maintenance or on-going community involvement.
    • Provide details of any on-going agreements and/or funding sources to maintain or increase on-ground works and/or community involvement.
    • Provide examples where this has or is occurring now.

In NSW each of the celebrated champions in each category will have access to a bursary in order to support their attendance at the Awards Ceremony at the 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference in Broken Hill on the 22-24 October 2019 - details to be confirmed with each selected award champion - conditions apply

About The Landcare Awards Events

The Landcare Awards program runs over a two-year cycle.

In 2019, the State & Territory Landcare Awards are hosted with the support of State Ministers.

There are eight unique awards events and they are often held during a state or territory Landcare conference.

The winners from the 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards go forward to the 2020 National Landcare Awards, held during the 2020 National Landcare Conference.

There are nine national award categories; the National Landcare Awards ceremony also includes the Bob Hawke Landcare Award sponsored by the Australian Government.

The 2020 National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner event expects over 800 guests including Federal Ministers, landcare ambassadors, government representatives, corporate partner and sponsor representatives, awards finalists and the landcare community.

2019 State & Territory Landcare Award Sponsors

This prestigious national awards program is made possible with the support of the Australian Government, state and territory governments, corporate sponsorship, and with in-kind support from the many volunteers who are working to help the state and territory award event coordinators.


How to Nominate?

Are you aware of an individual or group that needs to be recognised for their contribution to caring for our country? We encourage you to please nominate them for one of our nine national award categories.

To nominate, please click on your state or territory to submit an entry. You will need to set up an account to do submit a nomination, this account will assist you with submitting your entry. But first, please read these simple instructions to help get you started:

Nominations should be submitted via this online portal, following the steps outlined below:

  1. Click on the Begin your Nomination button below to access the online portal.
  2. Follow the instructions to create your account – be sure to save your email address and password so that you can log in at a later date.
  3. Select the award category that you wish to submit an entry for – please ensure you select the correct state or territory for your nomination.
  4. Please read the entry requirements, rules and conditions.
  5. Ensure you read the selection criteria, take a note of any supporting documentation required before commencing your nomination.
  6. Complete the online nomination form – this can be saved along the way and completed at a later date if you need to find more information. You will need to log back in to complete it.
  7. Upload material to support your nomination – the details are provided in the entry requirements.
  8. You will receive a confirmation email that your nomination has been received.

Before you get started, please refer to the entry requirements and entry rules and conditions documents for detailed guidelines, terms and conditions relating to all entries.

Contact Us

Technical support - for any technical issues please contact eAwards at 1300 95 95 55 or email info@eawards.com.au

Awards nomination and event support – if you have any questions about the 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards, please contact your state or territory awards coordinator for more information Here.

Media Enquiries - for any media enquiries please contact Melissa.higgins@landcareaustralia.com.au