2008 Port Phillip and Western Port Landcare Awards
Heroes of our local environment were recognised today when the winners of 2008 Port Phillip and Western Port Landcare Awards were announced at a celebration held at Zinc in Federation Square.
The 2008 Port Phillip and Western Port Landcare Awards celebrate the environmental contribution that individuals, community groups, schools and councils make to the environment by not only undertaking activities that might improve the quality of land but also how they influence, educate or inspire others to also make a difference themselves.
The 11 winners and two special commendations were presented by Australian actress Kerry Armstrong and former Young Australian of the year Arron Wood.
The heart of Landcare in Australia is that action makes a difference. The Landcare movement has grown from a group of farmers that came together to address erosion in the 1980s to become both a known brand (Landcare Australia) and a way to care for the land through community action.
It is this action that the Landcare Awards celebrates and the 11 winners embody the difference that positive environmental action on private land, within public parks, to protect native species, within local governments, through cooperation and within our schools can make when people work together for the environment.
These people are Melbourne’s Landcare Heroes. Their actions speak more loudly than words.
Winners of the 2008 Port Phillip and Western Port Landcare Awards:
Caring for Waterways Friends of Chinaman’s Creek
Caring for Nature Bend of Islands Conservation Association
Indigenous Caring for Land Kim Wandin and Dion Bender
Individual Caring for Private Land Penny Roberts
Primary Producer Caring for Land Rob and Carol Tylee
Community Group Caring for Private Land Western Port Slow the Flow Cluster
Caring for Community Groups Brian Bainbridge
Individual Caring for Public Land Julia Davis
Community Group Caring for Public Land Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc
Local Government Caring for Land Manningham City Council
Young People Caring for Land Balnarring Primary School
Highly Commended nominations:
Primary Producer Caring for Land Steve Chapman
Local Government Caring for Land Melton Shire Council
All winners will go on to be nominated for the 2009 Victorian Landcare Awards.
Media inquiries: Anne Gigney – PPWCMA Communications Manager 03 8781 7900