Our Landcare Champions

Landcare recognizes local champions

The Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee held its inaugural Landcare champions awards ceremony in April. The event which ran over 2 days with an awards ceremony at the beautiful Willovale Mill Restaurant in Laggan followed by a champions tour to visit the work of the Landcare champions at Roslyn and the property of  Margie Fitzpatrick at Currawang.

Nerida Croker, chairperson of the Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee, presented 5 champions awards at the ceremony officiated by MC James Bell with guest speaker Pru Goward MP.


Guests included deputy Mayor, James Wheelwright, chair of South East Landcare, John Carter and Chair of LachLandcare Inc, Charlie Arnott, Landcare NSW Council member Bill Piggot, Aaron Smith from South East Local Land Services, South East Regional Landcare Facilitator, Peter Pigott, and chairs and members from many of the Landcare groups in the Upper Lachlan catchment.

The first award was to John and Mary Walsh, of Mt Pleasant Dalton,for outstanding and long term contributions to natural resource management in the South East Region. John and Mary are founding and continuing members of the Jerrawa Creek Landcare group for the past 22 years and founding and continuing members of the Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc. for the past 24 years. (read all about John and Mary here)

Also winning awards were Roslyn Landcare group and South East LLS for their ongoing schools education program that they have been running for the past 6 years (read all about Roslyn Landcare Schools day out here)

and Fullerton Hadley Landcare for its innovative approach to engaging with new and absentee landholders in the region.

(read all about Fullerton Hadley Landcare award here)

The energetic and dynamic Margie Fitzpatrick of Australind, Currawang, was recognized as a champion in sustainable agriculture (read about Margie here)

and 15 year old Luke Granger, of Blakeney Creek, received a champion’s trophy for his passion and commitment to soil health. (read all about Luke Granger here)

The event was supported by South East Local Land Services and supported by South East Landcare.

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