Local winners announced at the NSW Landcare Awards ceremony

Winners for the NSW Landcare Awards have been proudly announced, recognising the outstanding contributions by locals from across the state to the environment conservation, sustainable farming, and our community.

The NSW winners have been acknowledged during a ceremony at the Sergeants Mess, Chowder Bay Mosman, on 3 June 2024.

The Landcare Awards honour the remarkable accomplishments of individuals, groups and organisations, dedicated to protecting the NSW natural resources and building resilient landscapes for the future. The award winners and their projects are diverse, including climate innovation, community partnerships, sustainable agriculture, youth, and collaboration with First Nations.

Quote attributed to Minister for Agriculture, Tara Moriarty:

“Landcarers make important and lasting contributions to communities and these awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those efforts.

“I congratulate all nominees for achieving great things for their local communities and thank them for their ongoing commitment.

“Events like this remind me of how proud I am that the NSW Government committed a record $59 million to support Landcare through the NSW Landcare Enabling Program.”

Quote attributed to Local Land Services Acting CEO, Rob Kelly:

“The Landcare NSW and Local Land Services partnership is one we value and one that delivers important outcomes for the environment, agriculture and communities.

“I congratulate the finalists along with all Landcare staff and volunteers for the positive role they play in communities.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Landcare NSW to deliver positive outcomes across this state into the future.”

Quote attributed to Landcare NSW CEO, Turlough Guerin:

“These awards are one of the highlights of our Landcare calendar and are our chance to celebrate and recognise the amazing work that the Landcare volunteers do. It’s such a privilege to be part of this phenomenal community.”

Quote attributed to Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish:

“The NSW Landcare Award finalists have shown an exceptional level of commitment to landcare activities by restoring and protecting the natural environment where they live and work. Their achievements benefit not only our land and water assets but are helping to create partnerships and build community resilience across Australia. As we come together to celebrate and acknowledge their efforts, we also find inspiration in their hard work, and a reminder to us all that landcare is a collective effort.”

Winners of the State & Territory Landcare Award categories will represent NSW at the 2024 National Landcare Awards to be held in late 2025.

  • Australian Government Climate Innovation Award
  • Australian Government Sustainable Agriculture Landcare Award
  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
    • Winner: Ran Mitchell
  • Australian Government Community Partnerships Landcare Award
    • Winner: Lake Macquarie Volunteer Landcare Network
  • Greyhound Coastcare Award
    • Winner: Wallabi Point Coastcare
  • First Nations Landcare Collaboration Award
    • Winner: Waybali Murruway
  • Women in Landcare Award
    • Winner: Nell Chaffey
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Award
  • NextGen Landcare Award
    • Winner: NPWS Penguin Warden Taylor Springett

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our nominees, judges and to Landcare Australia Limited for providing the funding to host these awards.

NSW Landcare Awards

NSW Landcare Awards update

Judging is now complete for the 2023/2024 Landcare Awards and we are pleased to share the finalists – in alphabetical order. These are the 32nd chapter of the awards and it will be fantastic to celebrate the amazing work that is happening out there on the ground.

For those of us involved in the judging process, it was so uplifting to see such dedication and passion. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which will be held at Sergeants Mess, Chowder Bay, Mosman on the 3rd of June (2.30-6.30pm).

This event can be viewed via live stream: Watch Live

After much deliberation, we are delighted to share with you our finalists across the nine categories:

Climate Innovation:

  • Mulloon Institute
  • Wallabadah Community Association
  • SouthEast Climate Innovators (Hovells Creek, Boorowa and Yass Area Network of Landcare Groups)

Community Partnerships

  • K2W Link Inc
  • Lake Macquarie Landcare Volunteer Network Committee

Individual Landcarer

  • Bev Debrincat
  • Ran Mitchell
  • Greg Thompson

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Jodie Michelle Viccars
  • Little River Landcare Group

First Nations Partnerships

  • Waybali Murraway – Weaving Paths
  • Worimi LALC and Tilligerry Landcare (Partnership)


  • NPWS Penguin Wardens
  • Wallabi Point Coastcare Group
  • Clean4Shore

Next Gen Landcare

  • Jayden Gunn
  • Taylor Springett

Women In Landcare

  • Janet Heffernan
  • Nell Chaffey

Woolworths Junior Landcare

  • Delungra Public School
  • St Marys Catholic College
  • Wilsons Creek Public School
Delungra Public School students

Delungra Public School Students

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our nominees, judges and to Landcare Australia Limited for providing the funding to host these awards.

2019 NSW Landcare Awards celebrate outstanding Landcare champions

Winning Landcare projects were announced this evening at the NSW Landcare Awards at Broken Hill Civic Centre, where Landcare champions from across NSW came together to celebrate impressive achievements in the Landcare community.

Hosted by Chris McCulloch, Business Partner for Landcare at Local Land Services, the awards celebrate incredible efforts to protect NSW land, water and biodiversity.

Last night’s ceremony saw award winners from diverse categories, including farming, Coastcare and Indigenous land management, announced by representatives of award sponsors and NSW Landcare community champions/stalwarts.

Stephanie Cameron, Chair of Landcare NSW together with Richard Bull, Chair of Local Land Services paid tribute to award finalists and champions.

“The Landcare Awards Gala Event in Broken Hill is a great celebration of Landcare in NSW. The awards recognise individuals, groups and partnerships across the state as well as, and most importantly, First Nations custodians caring for country,” Mr Bull said. 

“On behalf of the Landcare NSW community, I congratulate all the nominees and recipients of the awards. Landcare is about communities working together to create positive outcomes for the environment and the agricultural landscape across NSW.  It has never been more important that we continue to support and recognise the dedication and commitment of our Landcarers and recognise their tremendous efforts,” said Mrs Cameron.

Grand champions of the NSW National Award categories will go on to represent the whole NSW Landcare Community at the 2020 National Landcare Awards in Sydney.

Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish, commended recipients of the NSW Landcare Awards on their outstanding accomplishments.

“It’s an honour to be able to recognise the great work being carried out by our Landcare champions in NSW,” Dr Norrish said.

“The Landcare Awards program provides landcarers the ideal opportunity to get together and celebrate the individual and collective achievements of landcare in the community.

He added: “Landcarers across Australia deserve to be acknowledged and we’re looking forward to seeing NSW winners represent their community at the National Landcare Awards next year”

2019 NSW Landcare Award winners:

Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award – Nerida Croker

Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award – Floating Landcare

Australian Government Landcare Farming Award – Amarula Dorpers

Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award – Land to Market Australia

Virgin Coastcare Award – Take 3 Ltd

Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award – Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare Inc

Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award – Megalong Valley Public

Indigenous Land Management Award – Aunty Francis Bodkin

Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award – Richie Benson

BCF Give Back to Fish Habitat Award – Gunning District Landcare

For more information, contact:

Stephen Milton, Landcare Australia – PR and Communications P: 02 8440 8803 M: 0423 584423

E: stephen.milton@landcareaustralia.com.au  

Samantha Stratton – Landcare NSW – Marketing Coordinator

e: sstratton@landcarensw.org.au