Announcing the Gerald Carnie Memorial Award Winner for 2024


Stephanie Cameron

Tamworth Regional Landcare Association

The Landcare Awards were held on 3rd June in Sydney to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the committed volunteers who embody Landcare in NSW.

Among the awards presented, was the Gerald Carnie Memorial Award – which is a special award in the name of the inspirational Gerald Carnie, who passed suddenly in 2011.

The Gerald Carnie Memorial Award, sponsored by the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare is awarded once every 2 years to an individual in recognition of their contribution to Keeping the Landcare Flame Alive.

Geralds wife Lorraine and sons Ryan and Jarrod joined the awards ceremony in Sydney to share in the celebration of the incredibly talented award nominees.  David Walker shared a tribute to Gerald and announced the top 2 finalists were:

  • Stephanie Cameron – Tamworth Regional Landcare Association
  • Thomas Baker – Queanbeyan Landcare

Geralds’ son Ryan shared some incredibly moving words of tribute to his late father and the landcare work he was so passionate about, handing over to Lorraine to announce the 2024 Gerald Carnie Award winner was the very deserving Stephanie Cameron from Tamworth Regional Landcare Association.

Congratulations to Stephanie Cameron, well-deserved recognition which was highlighted throughout the nomination received, by the significant heartfelt endorsements sent in by many of her community.

Stephanie received several endorsements from her community in which supported the nomination:

“Steph is courageous and strong. Her steadfast commitment to all the Landcare volunteers has meant she has worked tirelessly to make sure all landcarers are receiving the support they so rightfully deserve. She has a fierce belief in building community capacity which fosters strong landcare networks and an unshakable landcare ethic. Without her, the future of landcare in NSW would be uncertain. All landcarers are indebted to her tireless commitment.”

“Stephanie consistently championed our grassroots landcare groups, emphasising their significance and our unwavering commitment to supporting and advocating for them on every platform.”

“Stephanie Cameron’s unwavering dedication to inspiring individuals and her remarkable achievements in capacity development within the Landcare movement make her an exemplary candidate for recognition. Her passion, leadership, and commitment to sustainability have not only transformed communities but have also paved the way for a brighter and more resilient future. Stephanie’s contributions serve as an inspiration to us all, and it is with great honour that I support her nomination for this well-deserved recognition.”


Landcare NSW would like to formally congratulate Stephanie on her inspiring contribution to Landcare at all levels and acknowledge her leadership within her community and across the state.

Photo taken during the NSW Landcare Awards on 3rd June, 2024: (from left) David Walker, Ryan Carnie, Lorraine Carnie, Stephanie Cameron (Winner), Jarrod Carnie