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Landcare Awards Nominations Now Open

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price is urging locals to take the time to nominate those people working hard protecting  the environment and delivering more sustainable agriculture in the region for the 2017 State Landcare Awards.

Ms Price said local Landcare groups and volunteers deserved to be recognised for their passion and commitment.

“Landcare is an important part of the Australian Government’s billion dollar plus investment in improving the condition of our natural resources including soil health,” Ms Price said. 

“As a result it is vital we acknowledge those individuals, partnerships and organisations that are carrying out this essential work.”

“I advocated hard for a further round of funding for this program in the Federal Budget, and I am pleased to see we have been successful in retaining the program”. 

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker said Landcare Australia has more than 6000 groups and more than 100,000 volunteers. 

“As we head into National Volunteer Week, these awards are not only a timely reminder to encourage people to get involved in their local community but also an opportunity to acknowledge the many significant environmental and agricultural outcomes being achieved,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“We can’t have a sustainable agricultural industry without looking after its productive base - soil management, weed, pest and disease management, water management and biodiversity.

“Agriculture relies heavily on the health of the natural environment and the Australian Government is proud to acknowledge those dedicated to protecting it for future generations.”

This year there are nine categories in the state and territory Landcare awards including sustainable farming, indigenous land management, young land carers, coast care and innovation.

Details and nomination forms can be found at: landcareaustralia.org.au/landcare-awards/

Nominations for the awards close on the 26th June 2017. 

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