Environmental volunteers and professionals, community groups and farmers have been recognised for their tireless efforts and significant contributions at the 2015 Tasmanian Landcare Awards, held recently in Huonville.
NRM South CEO, Mr Donald Coventry, said “The high calibre of all finalists in this year’s awards is a testament to the profound achievements and enduring commitment of many dedicated Tasmanians taking care of our natural resources”.
Mr Coventry paid special tribute to professional staff across the Southern NRM region supporting applications to the Awards, with 16 of the 18 finalists coming from Southern Tasmania by adding, “The act of nominating is an important one, many amazing Landcare stories and efforts may not have been shared otherwise.”
NRM South were closely connected to two winners at the Awards.
The Partnerships with Landcare Award was won by The South East Regional Shorebird Alliance (SERSA). SERSA is made up of representatives from; local government, including some co-funded NRM Facilitator positions through NRM South within Sorell, Tasman, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Huon, Kingborough and working with Clarence Councils; Parks and Wildlife Service (including the Discovery Ranger program); key partner BirdLife Tasmania; and key driver NRM South. Multiple coastal community groups, of which many are supported by the alliance staff, support SERSA’s regional aims on a local scale. This approach has been a successful one towards spreading key conservation messages to the broader community.
During the shorebird breeding season, over Spring and Summer, there are challenges around increased visitors to coastal areas across Tasmania, and SERSA aims to minimise impacts through a regional approach. SERSA works collaboratively, bringing technical knowledge and experience, resource sharing and awareness raising across the region. This alliance aims to ensure that beach nesting shorebirds, including the vulnerable Little and Fairy Tern and Hooded Plover, are able to recruit and maintain populations through successful breeding, and into the future to reduce their rapid decline across Tasmania.
Winner of the Landcare Facilitator Award was Holly Hansen, NRM Facilitator at NRM South. Holly has been with NRM South for over 5 years, and is thrilled to have won her award category; Ms Hansen says, “It’s great to have recognition about the important role that all local facilitators have in working with the community. In my role I am privileged to work with the people who matter the most when it comes to environmental works – farmers, community groups and local government.” Holly supported a nomination to another finalist and winner, weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation.
The Tasmanian Landcare Awards were sponsored by Landcare Australia Limited, National Landcare Programme, the Tasmanian Government, Manpower, as well as several local businesses and industries. NRM South activities are delivered through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Winners of 2015 Landcare Awards:
Australian Government Individual Landcarer – Amanda Cole (Understorey Network)
Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator – Holly Hansen
Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices – Robbie Tole
Australian Government Partnerships with Landcare – South East Regional Shorebird Alliance
Coastcare Award – Port Esperance Coastcare
Junior Landcare Team – Huon Valley Roamers
Manpower Young Landcare Leader – Hannah Moloney (Hobart City Farm, GoodLife Permaculture)
Indigenous Land Corporation Land Management Award – weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation
Fairfax Media Landcare Community Group – Tasman Landcare
More information on Shorebird protection activities can be found here
Pictures: Main Picture- Hooded Plover Chick- Paul Gray
“I’m a wet sand walker and I don’t chase chicks” dog lead and Swanick shorebird interpretive signage produced through SERSA
Holly Hansen and Horse Expo (2015 led by Holly)