The Value Proposition of the Catchment Groups

This paper articulates the value of the local Landcare networks and community NRM organisations in the ACT, Southern ACT Catchment Group (SACTCG), Ginninderra Catchment Group (GCG) and Molonglo Conservation Group (MCG). It outlines their history and success in delivering not only environmental and ecological outcomes for the ACT region but also economic benefits, social resilience and cohesion in the
community.

2019 Landcare ACT Awards celebrate outstanding Landcare champions

At the Landcare ACT Awards on Sunday 17 November at the historic “Lambrigg” property beside the Murrumbidgee River, community landcarers from across the Territory came together to celebrate their impressive achievements. These awards celebrate the efforts of individuals and groups, young and old, to protect the ACT’s natural resources, stewarding a more resilient landscape for the future. The award winners and their projects are diverse, from farming and indigenous land management, to educational and mapping tools. Dr Maxine Cooper Landcare ACT Board Chair and MC for the event, thanked the award judges and sponsors and paid tribute to the award finalists and winners as champions of the Landcare community.
Attendees at the 2019 Landcare ACT Awards gathered on the lawns in front of the homestead. The Landcare ACT Awards were held in the gardens of historic “Lambrigg” property near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.

Sunday afternoon’s Landcare ACT Awards event was a great celebration of the breadth of landcare volunteering in the Territory. The awards recognise individuals, groups and partnerships, importantly including First nations custodians caring for country. On behalf of the ACT’s landcare community I congratulate all the finalists and winners in the award categories. We are seeing real and substantial outcomes from the dedication and commitment of community landcarers. It is so important that we continue to support and recognise their tremendous efforts.” Dr Cooper said.

Photos of the event can be viewed by clicking this link.

Winners in National Award categories (numbered 1-8 below) will represent the ACT at the National Landcare Awards in Sydney in 2020.

2019 Landcare ACT Award winners:

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Ngunawal Aboriginal Elder Wally Bell gives welcome to country ceremony for the 2019 Landcare ACT Awards held in the gardens of historic “Lambrigg” property near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Property owner and event host Peter Gullett welcomes attendees to historic “Lambrigg” property near Tharwa ACT, at the Landcare ACT Awards on 17th November 2019.
Guest speaker David Marsh presenting on his journey to regenerative farming at the Landcare ACT Awards held in the gardens of historic “Lambrigg” property near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Brendan Kelly from the Department of Agriculture presents John Brannan (Friends of the Pinnacle) with Highly Commended for the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Brendan Kelly from the Department of Agriculture presents Rainer Rehwinkle (Kosciuszko to Coast) with The Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award. Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Brendan Kelly from the Department of Agriculture presents Matthew and Sharon Gregory (Willow Vale Farm) with The Australian Government Landcare Farming Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019
Brendan Kelly from the Department of Agriculture presents John and Carol Lilleyman (Amberly Farm) with The Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Kate Gullet presents Ken Hodgkinson (Ginninderra Native Grassland Restoration Group) with Highly Commended for The Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.(Ginninderra Native Grassland Restoration Group) with Highly Commended for The Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award.
Kate Gullet presents certificate accepted by Martin Baijt on behalf of Alison McLeod, with Kathy Eyles representing Park Carers, for The Parkcare Initiative, ACT Government Parks and Conservation Service, winner of the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Dina Tsakiris from the Canberra Times, presents certificate accepted by Kathy Eyles and Glenys Patulny on behalf of Miranda Gardner (Chair Southern ACT Catchment Group), Highly Commended in The Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019(Chair Southern ACT Catchment Group) with Highly commended for The Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award.
Dina Tsakiris from the Canberra Times, presents certificate accepted by Michael Mulvaney on behalf of Ross Kingsland (Red Hill Bush Regenerators) for The Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Woolworths representative Andrew Donnellan presents members of the Radford College Ranger Assist Program with Highly Commended for the Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Woolworths representative Andrew Donnellan presents representatives of the ACT Young Rangers Club with Lori Gould Woodlands and Wetlands Trust with the Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Melissa Higgins from Landcare Australia presents Dhani Gilbert (Aboriginal student leader) with the Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Minister Suzanne Orr presents certificate accepted by Euroka Gilbert on behalf of Jackson Taylor-Grant (Aboriginal Natural Resource Management Facilitator, ACT Government) with The Indigenous Land Management Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Minister Suzanne Orr presents Karissa Preuss on behalf of Anke Maria Hoeffer (Frogwatch Climate Change Project, Frogwatch Program) with Commended for The ACT Government Citizen Science Award.
Minister Suzanne Orr presents Neil Hermes (President Canberra Ornithologists Group) with Highly Commended for The ACT Government Citizen Science Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Minister Suzanne Orr presents Aaron Clausen (Volunteer Developer Canberra Nature Map – NatureMapr) with The ACT Government Citizen Science Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Minister Suzanne Orr presents Lyn Jenkins (Convenor Macgregor Landcare Group) with The ACT Government Local Hero Award, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Catherine Keirnan Landcare ACT CEO presents gift to hosts Peter and Kate Gullett (Cuppacumbalong English Elm cutting board crafted by local artisan Myles Gostelow), at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.
Catherine Keirnan Landcare ACT CEO presents bouquet to master of ceremony Dr Maxine Cooper, Landcare ACT Board Chair, at the Landcare ACT Awards held at “Lambrigg” near Tharwa ACT on 17th November 2019.