Our land is in good hands

Deputy mayor Ross Bartley and Landcare chair Andrew O’Dea present Christine Dolley (middle) with the Landcare Education Award for Central School.
Deputy mayor Ross Bartley and Landcare chair Andrew O’Dea present Christine Dolley (middle) with the Landcare Education Award for Central School.

REFERRED to as the Landcare Logie Awards, a presentation ceremony recognising organisations and individuals for their valuable contributions became a major highlight at this year's Condamine Headwaters AGM at the Criterion Hotel last Friday night.

The evening kicked off with the River Recollection photography and writing competition prize awards, followed by the president's and treasurer's reports and a talk delivered by guest speaker Ecofund group manager Kate McBean.

Miss McBean enlightened the group to the opportunities and implications regarding environmental offsets.

After dinner incoming chair Andrew O'Dea had the pleasure of presenting the annual awards and stressed how important community involvement is to Landcare.

"We rely completely on government grants and volunteers to deliver projects in the area," he said.

"This is why the following award recipients are invaluable to the continuing success of Landcare," he said.

The Landcare Education award was received by Warwick Central State School, who have continually showed initiative in applying principals consistent with the Landcare ethics.

Landcare co-ordinator Catherine Potter said it was a fantastic experience to partner with the school for the Sustainability Day run in conjunction with World Environment Day in June.

"The school has some really dynamic teachers," she said.

"The children are lucky to have their own vegetable garden and composting and recycling programs."

Known as a very self-motivated group, Allora Landcare was presented with the Community Group award, with members recognised for their re-planting and weed control on Dalrymple Creek and also the establishment of the Friends of Allora Mountain project.

Susan Savage was the recipient of the Individual Landcare award for her dedication as co-ordinator of the Killarney Bush Care group and true advocate of Landcare principals, John Armbruster took out the Landcare Appreciation award for his tireless work.

Following the presentations, Mr O'Dea revealed to the crowd that Condamine Headwaters Landcare would host the 2013 State Landcare conference here in the Rose City next year in September.

"This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our achievements and innovations and a great boost for the Warwick economy with over 300 people expected to attend," he said.

"We would love to hear from the general public in regards to what interests you and what you would like to see on the agenda for the conference."

Topics:  condamine environment landcare