The Bob Hawke Landcare Award celebrates an individual who has been involved in championing the Landcare ethic and inspiring others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group. This award acknowledges an individual who has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to caring for the land; champions better practices; and gives their time to share knowledge with others so that they too can prosper.
The award acknowledges the role that former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, played in elevating Landcare from a grass-roots community initiative to a national movement with strong government support.
The Bob Hawke Landcare Award recipient will be awarded with a prize package to the value of $50,000 for further development of their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management and Landcare.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must be actively involved in Landcare or sustainable agriculture and be willing to promote the Landcare ethos.
All award nominations will be assessed by an independent advisory panel, including representatives from Australian, state and territory governments, Landcare and the natural resource management community.
Nominations are now closed for the 2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award.
Congratulations to this year’s winner Colin Seis, runner-up Sam Archer (NSW) and highly commended finalist Cam Nicholson (VIC).
2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner Colin Seis owns the 2000 acre property ‘Winona’ in the central tablelands of NSW. The property runs around 4000 merino sheep, a Merino Stud, and grows around 500 acres of crops annually to oats using the ‘pasture cropping’ technique. Another important enterprise is native grass seed which is harvested from the property’s native grassland.
Colin is the pioneer - developer of 'Pasture Cropping', which has been adopted across Australia and internationally. Created in 1993, it is a technique of sowing cereal crops directly into perennial pastures, without killing the pasture. It contributes to the development of topsoil, water management, stabilising soil erosion, controlling weeds, increasing pasture plant numbers and diversity as well as great potential for restoring grasslands, increasing soil carbon levels, improving soil health and growing nutrient dense, healthy food.
Colin also runs a farm consultancy business advising landholders and speaking at many workshops and seminars around Australia and internationally.
Watch a video featuring the three finalists.