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Goulburn Broken CMA celebrates 25 years of Landcare

Wednesday 6 July, 2011
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is celebrating 25 years of Landcare this year. As a part of these celebrations, the Goulburn Broken CMA is hosting the Regional Landcare Awards. This year the awards for both the Dryland and the Irrigation parts of the catchment are being combined for a "whole of catchment" celebratory award ceremony.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is celebrating 25 years of Landcare this year. As a part of these celebrations, the Goulburn Broken CMA is hosting the Regional Landcare Awards. This year the awards for both the Dryland and the Irrigation parts of the catchment are being combined for a "whole of catchment" celebratory award ceremony.

The Goulburn Broken Landcare Awards have a number of categories recognizing the achievements of both individuals and groups to the improvement of our natural resources in the Goulburn Broken Region. These categories are;

Sustainable Farming Award: This award will be made to a primary producer or enterprise (i.e. an agricultural cooperative, network, agricultural industry association, research group, private business or primary producer) involved in primary production who implements innovative practices or activities to improve natural resource management and productivity outcomes.

Community Group / Network Award: This award will be made to an outstanding community group that has adopted best management practices on public or private land and is working towards enhancing or protecting an area on behalf of the community.

Education Award: This award will be made to a primary or secondary school or youth group – either as a whole class or special group. The award is for the contribution to raising an understanding of the Landcare ethic amongst students and/or the community, and for implementing Landcare practices on its own property or within the local community.

Hubert Miller Perpetual Trophy: This trophy is recognizing an individual for their outstanding contribution to Landcare and Catchment health in the Goulburn Broken region.

Hubert Miller OAM (Order of Australia Medal) is a living legend in waterway and catchment management. Hubert joined the Seymour River Improvement Trust when it formed back in the early 60's and was a Member and Chairman of that body until its amalgamation with the Shire of Alexandra and King Parrot Creek River Improvement Trust.

Hubert was Chairman of the Association of Victorian River Improvement Trusts before he was Ministerially appointed to the State of the Rivers Task Force which promoted the integrated approach to the current day whole of catchment management approach. He was progressive, a leader in his field and widely acknowledged.

Hubert was Chairman of the Mid Goulburn Catchment Coordinating Group and oversaw the development of the first whole of catchment plan through dogged determination to engage and work with other authorities and disciplines (soil, biodiversity, in stream ecologists). He was a member of the Upper Goulburn Waterways Authority before it was amalgamated into the Goulburn Broken CMA.

Goulburn Broken CMA CEO, Mr. Chris Norman expressed his anticipation around this event, "We are both very proud and excited to be celebrating 25 years of Landcare in the Goulburn Broken region and the achievements made during this time. The Goulburn Broken region covers 2.4million hectares and Landcare continues to be a critical partner in the delivery of catchment health over the entire region. I look forward to celebrating the Landcare achievements with our passionate and valued Landcare volunteers. "

The event is being held on Friday 22nd July 2011 in Nagambie and there are still a few places available. Landcare members wishing to attend this event are encouraged to contact Karen Brisbane on 03 5820 1100 for more details.

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