Victoria’s dedicated Landcare and environmental volunteering champions were celebrated at the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony for their outstanding work in caring for the state’s environment and biodiversity.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas congratulated the recipients of the Victorian Landcare Awards, which recognise individuals and groups across the state for their outstanding contributions to preserving Victoria’s incredible landscapes.

The awards celebrate the incredible efforts of individuals and groups, of all ages, to protect the AREA’S natural resources, stewarding a more resilient landscape for the future.

The 2021 Victorian Landcare Award winners in Macedon include:

ACM Landcare Community Group Award

  • Newham and District Landcare Group has achieved significant environmental outcomes, with a focus on waterway health and protection of remnant vegetation.

The group’s main project has been the Cobaw Biolink which connects habitat for native species on both public and private land between Mount Macedon and Cobaw State Forest.

Environmental Youth Action Scholarship

  • Students from years 9 and 10 at the Alice Miller School will work with the Landcare facilitator from Upper Campaspe Landcare Network to create habitat for indigenous pollinators on the school grounds at Macedon.

The Victorian Government is providing $51.9 million over the next four years to deliver ‘unique biodiversity protection through community-driven action’, which includes the Victorian Landcare Program.

The vital work of Landcare and environmental volunteers contributes to meeting the targets of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037. This is the state’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment.

For more information about the awards, visit www.landcarevic.org.au

Quotes attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“The Landcare Awards are a great celebration of the breadth of Landcare and environmental volunteering in in the Macedon Ranges with the awards recognising individuals, groups and partnerships, importantly including First Nations custodians caring for Country.”

“We are seeing real and substantial outcomes from the dedication and commitment of community Landcarers, and it is so important that we continue to support and recognise their tremendous efforts.”

Feature Image by local photographer Bruce Hedge