About the Award
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 will open soon for the 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award.
2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award
Esteemed Queensland conservationist and farmer, Stephen Burgess, won the coveted Bob Hawke Landcare Award at the 2016 National Landcare Awards. Stephen Burgess was awarded $50,000 to further develop his knowledge and skills in Landcare and sustainable land management practices.
Stephen has run Wurraglen Nature Refuge in Dagun, Queensland for almost 20 years, developing the property which combines sustainable market farming and light grazing. His love of bushwalking around the country instilled a strong commitment to caring for the land and he encourages others to share these values. Stephen is a long-time member of Gympie and District Landcare and a former high school teacher, who ran a weekly Landcare awareness project with his students. Currently a part-time project officer at the Mary River Catchment Resource Centre and coordinator of the community Waterwatch program, Stephen has previously worked in Western Australia with the Department of Agriculture, where he developed a program called “NPDecide” which was widely adopted throughout the WA Wheatbelt. The program improves the efficiency of fertiliser use, reduces leaching losses, and introduces explicit consideration of soil organic nitrogen pools into fertilizer decisions.
2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award
The 2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner was Colin Seis. Colin owns the 2000-acre property Winona in the central tablelands of NSW and is known as the pioneer of ‘Pasture Cropping’. 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 providing 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 speaks at many workshops and seminars around Australia and internationally.
2012 Bob Hawke Landcare Award
Inaugural Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner, Lynne Strong, has had extensive involvement and success in sustainable agriculture through her award winning dairy enterprise, Clover Hill Dairies, where she produces six times the industry average of litres of milk per hectare. She has significantly contributed to the local community through involvement in organisations such as Landcare Illawarra, Dairy Youth Australia and the Australian Land Management Group. She has also worked closely with the University of Sydney to conduct experimental work on her family’s Lemon Grove Research Farm which has attracted visitors from all over the world. She has been the recipient of several awards including the 2010 National Landcare Primary Producer of the Year and has proactively encouraged youth involvement in Landcare through the Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champions program.