National Landcare Conference & Awards 2022
Landcarers from across the Northern Territory had a great time at the National Landcare Conference in Sydney from the 23rd-25th August. Hosted by Costa Georgiadis, this event brought together Landcarers from across the country doing great things for the environment and the community in their local areas. The conference presentations were recorded and are available on Landcare Australia's website here: 2022 National Landcare Conference Education Resources (landcarer.com.au)
At the National Landcare Awards, Roper River Landcare Group (RRLG) was named the winner of the 2022 Australian Community Media (ACM) Landcare Community Group Award.
RRLG is a pastoral landcare group, made up primarily of land owners, land managers and residents committed to monitoring, maintaining and improving the Roper River catchment and its natural values. RRLG has been especially committed to controlling the neem tree, a highly invasive tree forming monocultures along the Roper River as well as the Katherine and Victoria Rivers.
Despite a critical shortage of labour and resources, RRLG Secretary Doris Baylis said the group is currently tackling neem trees around the Mataranka township with the aim of declaring it ‘Neem Free 2023’. “This is a long-term project that aims to provide awareness and ongoing education to the general population. Word of mouth is a powerful tool and it is often a simple conversation that keeps the momentum going. There has been a huge ripple effect with people from Katherine, Darwin and Kununurra becoming aware of their surroundings as well as becoming more educated as to what they can do to make a difference,” she added. “Anyone is capable of identifying a problem, however it takes special people to get out there, get their hands dirty and be part of the solution. We are very lucky to have special people!”
ACM chief marketing officer Paul Tyrrell offered RRLG his congratulations “and thank them for their efforts at a time when landcare has never been more important to restore and protect the deteriorating health of the environment.”
Congratulations RRLC from Landcare NT!!