Bass Coast Landcare Network Board members, staff and local Landcare Group members proudly display their Landcare Network Award.

A CHILLY start made way to a beautiful day last Friday for the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards, when a bus of 18 people from Bass Coast made their way up to the grand surrounds of Government House in Melbourne.
This group represented a mix of local Landcare Group members, Bass Coast Landcare Network Board and staff members, Westernport Catchment Landcare Network members, as well as Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Group members who were collectively up for eight nominations for the 15 award categories on offer.
After introductions from the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC; and The Honourable Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes, the awards presentation was underway.
After the first few categories were announced, the locals started to wonder if they would be lucky receive any awards, then came the Landcare Network Award, and the winners were, Bass Coast Landcare Network!
Bass Coast Landcare Network Executive General Manager and Landcare Facilitator, Dave Bateman, believes that communication and planning have been the cornerstones of the network’s success.
“Over the past 10 years working together with the groups in our network we have planted more than two million indigenous plants, held hundreds of training workshops and courses, supported farmer discussion groups, school education programs and more.
“We are so proud of how our members are evolving into land stewards that understand their contribution to sustainable, productive landscapes and how that supports a healthy Bass Coast community. This award is really for our community and acknowledges the great efforts they go to in improving our local landscapes,” said Dave.
Sharing in the success were Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Group who won the Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award!
This award acknowledges an individual or group between the ages of 15 and 35 who promote excellence in Landcare through on-ground projects and/or awareness-raising activities.
This group has certainly done all that and more. In just two years they have planted more than 10,000 trees, removed 34kg of marine debris from beaches and removed weeds including sea spurge and dolichos pea from sensitive dune systems.
This group is really inspiring the next generation of Landcarers into action by changing the way they communicate and developing fun, adventurous events that help protect the environment – a winning formula.
These amazing local achievements reflect the hard work and dedication of all involved in the Bass Coast Landcare Network, its member groups and Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Group. What a great way to celebrate Landcare week in style! Congratulations to all involved.