Award Alumni

2020 Bob Hawke Landcare Award WINNER


Thirty years ago, Corangamite landholder Andrew Stewart developed a whole farm plan and mission statement for Yan Yan Gurt West Farm, a 230-hectare regenerative grazing and agroforestry property. It included the establishment of 50,000 trees and shrubs which has since seen the increase of woody vegetation across the farm from 3 per cent to 18 per cent.

These plantings have been connected to form a web of trees meandering across the farming landscape providing, soil, pasture and livestock protection, nutrient cycling, waterway protection, wild life corridors, improved aesthetics and wellbeing for people who live, work and visit the farm. There is now a 23km interface of trees and shrubs to pasture and 113 bird species recorded.

2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award WINNER


Charlie is a biodynamic farmer and grazier who practices; regenerative farming, organic, biodynamic and holistic grazing principles on his 5000 acre mixed farming property, Hanaminno, at Boorowa, NSW. Charlie has won several agricultural industry awards for leadership, resource management and conservation. He has been an active Landcarer since the inception of the Landcare movement in 1989, with previous roles in all levels of Landcare, from district groups to the Sustainable Farming ambassador for Landcare Australia. He is passionate about growing clean healthy meat, which he sells direct to customers and butchers under his brand Charlie Arnott Natural Grass Fed Meat.

2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award WINNER


Esteemed Queensland conservationist and farmer, Stephen Burgess, won the coveted Bob Hawke Landcare Award at the 2016 National Landcare Awards. 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 WINNER


The 2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner Colin Seis is known as the pioneer of ‘Pasture Cropping’. Colin owns a 2000-acre property Winona in the central tablelands of NSW and 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 globally. 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 WINNER


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.