by Chris Jackson of Wollombi Landcare
The Landcare NSW Muster and Conference was recently held in Broken Hill. Three of the HRLN committee had the privilege to attend an excellent few days.
The Hunter’s very own Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare group deservedly won the community champions award.
Daintry Gerand of Manning Coastcare was a finalist in the Gerald Carnie Memorial Award for Keeping the Landcare Flame Alive. The Award was established by Landcare NSW to recognise Gerald’s special individual contribution to the Landcare movement.
Thornton Public School were finalists in the Junior Landcare category.
These are statewide awards and both our winners show what can be achieved in our own backyard. Grand champions of the NSW National Award categories will go on to represent the whole NSW Landcare Community at the 2020 National Landcare Awards in Sydney.
It was a dry long dusty drive through the outback but it was well worth the effort. The Western Landcare region put on an excellent conference and along with Broken Hill itself made everyone feel welcome. It is different in a very good way in The Hill. Just a word of warning, if you ever get the opportunity to go to Drag Bingo, be afraid and sit up the back.