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Key Criteria

In 1989, Bob Hawke declared that 1990 would initiate the decade of Landcare and asked the community to join in efforts to achieve an ecologically sustainable future.

This 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 Bob Hawke Landcare Award is open to nominations for individuals who are a:

Landcare Champion

  • Champions the Landcare ethic
  • Shows a remarkable commitment to caring for the land
  • Has an outstanding commitment to local communities and drives community activity

Remarkable Leader

  • Inspires, educates and encourages others to take action on their own properties or through a Landcare group
  • Champions the uptake of more sustainable agricultural practices and can demonstrate the adoption of improved practices among landholders as a consequence of this action

Sustainable Farm Practice Innovator

  • Actively pursues, introduces and shapes innovative farming systems to improve productivity, profitability, sustainability, and the quality of our natural resources.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • be an individual
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be actively involved in Landcare or sustainable agriculture
  • have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.
Advisory Panel

The Advisory Committee for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award is made up of members including various representatives from Australian, state and territory governments to rural industries, including various Landcare stakeholders.

Acknowledgement

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesLandcare Australia will manage and administer the Bob Hawke Landcare Award on behalf of the department.

Frequently Asked Questions
Who can nominate for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award?
The Bob Hawke Landcare Award is open to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.

To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • be an individual
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be actively involved in Landcare or sustainable agriculture
  • have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.

The award is not open to groups or organisations.

What types of nominee activities will be considered for the award?
Nominees must demonstrate a remarkable commitment to caring for the land, champion better practices and give their time to share knowledge with others so that they too can prosper.

The winning finalist will be a:

Landcare Champion

  • Champions the Landcare ethic
  • Shows a remarkable commitment to caring for the land
  • Has an outstanding commitment to local communities and drives community activity

Remarkable Leader

  • Inspires, educates and encourages others to take action on their own properties or through a Landcare group
  • Champions the uptake of more sustainable agricultural practices and can demonstrate the adoption of improved practices among landholders as a consequence of this action

Sustainable Farm Practice Innovator

  • Actively pursues, introduces and shapes innovative farming systems to improve productivity, profitability, sustainability, and the quality of our natural resources.
What is the prize?

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award prize package is worth $50,000. The recipient will be given an opportunity to further develop and champion their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management and Landcare.

How do I nominate for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award?
You can nominate someone using the online entry form here. You may save your work as you go along, just in case you lose your internet connection. Please note we will not be accepting postal entries.
When do nominations close?

Nominations close 11.59pm EST Sunday 10 July 2016.

How will award nominations be assessed?

All award nominations will be assessed and shortlisted by an independent advisory panel.

This panel includes representatives from Australian, state and territory governments, rural industries and Landcare and natural resource management stakeholders.

When will I hear about my nomination?

Only nominees that are shortlisted will be contacted. The finalists will then be invited to the National Landcare Awards gala dinner on Thursday 22 September in Melbourne.

Where and when will the award be presented?

The award will be presented at the National Landcare Awards gala dinner on Thursday 22 September in Melbourne.

Why is the award named after former Prime Minister Bob Hawke?

Former Prime Minister Hawke offered strong government support through the National Landcare Program and declared that 1990 would initiate the Decade of Landcare.

The award recognises his role in elevating Landcare from a grassroots community movement to a national initiative.

What about the McKell Medal?

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award supersedes the McKell Medal in line with the Australian Government’s renewed commitment and focus on Landcare and sustainable agriculture under the Caring for our Country initiative.

The establishment of the Bob Hawke Landcare Award will see a stronger focus on individual leadership and contribution to Landcare and sustainable agriculture practices in Australia.

Past McKell Medal recipients will continue to be acknowledged for their enduring legacy and contribution to sustainable agriculture.

How is the award funded?

The award is funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Landcare Australia Limited has been engaged to administer the Bob Hawke Landcare Award on behalf of the Australian Government.