Charlie Arnott talks about his win over Bob Hawke Landcare.
The nominations for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award 2022 close in less than two weeks.
Landcare Australia news follows the closing date being extended to June 5 due to catastrophic flooding in Queensland and NSW.
Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious national award celebrates Landcare and recognizes individual excellence in sustainable agriculture.
Numerous nominations have been submitted for Landcare champions who inspire others through their involvement with their local Landcare group and community – and Landcare Australia hopes for even more.
The winner will receive a $50,000 prize package to further develop their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management to enable an even stronger contribution to Landcare.
The 2018 winner, pioneering biodynamic farmer and grazer Charlie Arnott, Boorowa, NSW, used his prize money to launch his highly successful podcast “The Regenerative Journey”.
The podcast was subsequently shortlisted in the Best Interview category for the 2020 Australian Podcast Awards.
“I’ve always wanted to spread the word about the importance of working with nature and encourage others to discover the benefits of regenerative farming principles and practices. The Bob Hawke Landcare Award gave me the tools to do that,” Mr. Arnott said.
“Australian farmers are global innovators in agricultural sustainability, and The Regenerative Journey has helped us share their insights with a global audience. We have listeners from the US, Europe and even South America.”
Shane Norrish, CEO of Landcare Australia, said Mr Arnott is a great example of how the award can help winners spread the word about the importance of Landcare and support Australia’s thriving sustainable agriculture movement.
“The Bob Hawke Landcare Award is an opportunity for Australian Landcare leaders to be recognized not only for their great achievements, but also to be supported to continue their hard work,” said Dr. norris.
“What Charlie accomplished with The Regenerative Journey shows how the award can support winners to expand their work and make an even stronger contribution to Landcare.
“As nominations for the award roll in, I’m excited to announce this year’s winner at the National Landcare Awards and see how the Bob Hawke Landcare Award can help build on their success.”
The winner will be announced at the National Landcare Awards 2022 to be held in Sydney at the end of August.
To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be an individual actively involved in land care, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture. Nominations close on June 5.