WA takes out three National Landcare Awards

Eleven outstanding winners were announced in the 2014 National Landcare Awards in Melbourne.

Almost 800 people packed Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building for the biennial celebration on 18 September, which was hosted by Landcare ambassador, Catriona Rowntree, and included speeches from former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and the Hon. Ryan Smith, Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Congratulations to WA winners:

Qantas Landcare Innovative Community Group Award - Roleybushcare
Roleybushcare formed to conserve the bush from phytophthora dieback - recognised by governments as a major threat to the biodiversity of the country. They designed and manufactured hydraulic tree injectors, injected over 18,000 trees to protect them and ensured every local bushland reserve had a registered custodian with council.

Westpac Agribusiness Innovative Young Landcare Leader Award - Kate Sputore
Kate Sputore knows the power of volunteer engagement. She is adept at encouraging new generations to join the Coastcare and Landcare movement, whilst also building on and attracting recognition for the invaluable work of our volunteers. Kate coordinated the first Coastcare for Singles event in WA, among other major events.

Coastcare Award - Tangaroa Blue Foundation
The Australian Marine Debris Initiative was created by Tangaroa Blue Foundation in 2004. Since then, there have been over 26,000 public volunteer opportunities and over 2.4 million items of marine debris have been removed from the Australian coastline, including 907,000 items from sites in the State.