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Environmental heroes honoured at 2017 WA Landcare Awards

A landcare group working on the edge of the Nullarbor and a Wheatbelt flora expert are just two of the winners of the 2017 Western Australian Landcare Awards presented last night in Perth.

Spinifex Land Management, based in the remote community of Tjuntjuntjara, were awarded the Indigenous Land Management Award for their collaborative work combining traditional and contemporary land management practices to keep Spinifex people, culture and land healthy.

Dowerin nursery owner Rob Boase was presented with the Individual Landcarer Award for his tireless work protecting unique and rare flora and vegetation across the Wheatbelt, and for his contribution to revegetation projects, cultivating a number of plant species through his nursery.

All of the winners will represent WA in their respective award categories at the 2018 National Landcare Awards to be held next year.

The State and Territory Landcare Awards in Western Australia are co-ordinated by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and supported by Landcare Australia with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For more information on the winners and finalists, visit http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said “All of the nominees and winners should be incredibly proud of the impact they have made in protecting the natural resources in their communities across WA.

“Volunteers play a vital role in restoring and maintaining our environment at a local level, and these Landcare awards are a terrific opportunity to acknowledge their efforts and celebrate their achievements.

“Congratulations to all of the winners for their outstanding efforts, which have created a better environment for us all today and for our future generations.”

The 2017 Western Australian Landcare Award winners are:

Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
Rob Boase

Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
Swan Alcoa Landcare Program

Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
Stonemeal Farm

Sure Gro Coastcare Award
Woodside Coastal Guardians program

Rio Tinto Indigenous Land Management Award
Spinifex Land Management

Fairfax Landcare Community Group Award
Moore Catchment Council

Source: Government of Western Australia.