It’s official. Landcare in the Blackwood River catchment is award-winning stuff! The Blackwood Basin Group (BBG) has taken out top honours in the recent 2015 WA State Landcare Awards, along with two key landcare identities from Katanning at the upper end of the catchment.
Announced at the recent WA State Landcare Conference’s Gala Dinner in Mandurah, the BBG received the Fairfax Media Landcare Community Group Award.
Chairman Dr Per Christensen and Project Officer Joby Rand were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the organisation.
“This award is a fantastic achievement for the BBG and I want to congratulate everyone who has been involved, in particular the staff and committee for your hard work and support, and especially the many volunteers we have had assisting us achieving our goals throughout the year, everyone’s contribution has been invaluable, thank you all,” said BBG Chairman, Dr Per Christensen.
Joining the Blackwood Basin Group in being recognised for their landcare contributions were Jill Richardson, Katanning Landcare’s Program Coordinator, for the Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award and Ella Maesepp who won the Manpower Young Landcare Leader Award.
A core part of the BBG’s recent landcare work has been the Priority Bittern and Waterbird Biodiversity Enhancement Project in Greenbushes, which is creating a wetland haven in a historical mining pit to attract critically endangered waterbirds. The 4-year project has achieved great success so far and is pioneering new methods for wetland rehabilitation.
If you’d like to experience wonderful award-winning landcare hands-on, then come along to the BBG’s Open Day for the WaterBird project being held on Saturday 14th November. For further information, please contact Project Officer Joby Rand on 9765 1555.
“Landcare is about supporting the community that looks after the land, and we are so proud of our community and their achievements which are recognised through this award.” Dr Christensen concluded.
Photo: BBG Chairman Dr Per Christensen and Project Officer Joby Rand at the WA State Landcare Conference’s Gala Dinner in Mandurah.