Landcare award nominations closing

BIG JUMPSTART: Winner of the 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award, Charlie Arnott. Photo - supplied.

LANDCARE Australia has announced nominations for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award will close on June 5 following a recent deadline extension due to the recent floods in Queensland and New South Wales.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious national award celebrates and recognises individual excellence in sustainable agriculture.

The winner will be awarded a prize package to the value of $50,000 for further development of their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management to enable an even stronger contribution to Landcare.

Biodynamic farmer and 2018 award winner Charlie Arnott used his prize money to establish his podcast ‘The Regenerative Journey’ which has received critical acclaim.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to spread the message about the importance of partnering with nature and encourage others to discover the benefits of regenerative farming principles and practices,” Mr Arnott said.

“Australian farmers are global innovators in agricultural sustainability, and ‘The Regenerative Journey’ has helped us share their insights with a global audience.”

Landcare Australia chief executive officer Dr Shane Norrish said Mr Arnott was an example of how the prize can help winners spread the message of the importance of Landcare which supports Australia’s flourishing sustainable farming movement.

“The Bob Hawke Landcare Award provides an opportunity for Australia’s Landcare leaders to not only be recognised for their amazing achievements but to be supported to continue their hard work,” Mr Norrish said.

“With nominations for the award rolling in, I am excited that we will be announcing this year’s winner at the National Landcare Awards and to see how the Bob Hawke Landcare Award can help build on their success.”

Nominations can be submitted on Landcare Australia’s website.