More than 85 local Landcarers attended the annual Lake Macquarie Environmental Excellence in Landcare (EEL) Awards on Friday 30 November. The event was held at the Landcare Resource Centre in Booragul and celebrated the accomplishments of all local Landcarers throughout 2018.
Mayor Kay Fraser presented the awards alongside State Members Greg Piper and Jodie Harrison, and Federal Members Joel Fitzgibbon and Pat Conroy.
Lake Macquarie Landcare Coordinator Jason Harvey said Landcarers have made an outstanding contribution to the local environment in 2018.
“The Environmental Excellence in Landcare Awards shine the spotlight on some of the most outstanding achievers across our organisation, but they are also an opportunity to show our appreciation for every single one of our wonderful volunteers.”
Redhead Bluff Landcarer, Brian Hilton, received the John Hughson Soaring with Eagles Award. The award represents the pinnacle of the Lake Macquarie Environmental Excellence in Landcare awards, being awarded to an individual who has achieved all of the previous awards and who makes a regionally significant contribution to Landcare.
“Brian is a champion of caring for the land and encouraging younger generations to follow in his footsteps,” Mr Harvey said.
“His leadership, mentoring and campaigning have led to countless schools, community groups and local businesses contributing to the landmark Redhead Coastal Corridor Project.
“This project is creating a new vegetation corridor to connect Redhead Bluff with bushland further south, helping the migration of native fauna between these two areas.”
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the growth of Landcare in Lake Macquarie demonstrated the close connection so many people in the community had with their local environment.
“A total of 10 new Landcare groups have been formed in the past year alone,” Cr Fraser said.
“We are so grateful for all their hard work, passion and commitment.”