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Western region shines in 2015 NSW Landcare Awards

Local Land Services Western would like to congratulate Dwayne Evans from Weinteriga Station near Wilcannia and the Sunset Strip Progress Association for their recent success at the 2015 NSW Landcare Awards.

Mr Evans won the Indigenous Land Management category while Sunset Strip Progress Association received a high commendation in the Landcare Community Group category.

Western Local Board Chair Tom Hynes said Mr Evans is highly regarded by surrounding land managers as one of the best young managers that has ever worked at the station.

 "Mr Evans has made remarkable progress with transforming the severely degraded landscape at Weinteriga Station into productive land," Mr Hynes said.

"His unique approach of combining traditional practices like burning with modern practices like setting up Total Grazing Pressure Hingejoint fencing and gyrocopter mustering is really paying off".

"His passion for the country and dedication to managing it is an inspiration for us all and I wish him luck with in his nomination in the national awards."

As announced yesterday at the 2015 NSW Landcare Conference, Mr Evans has been selected as the NSW nomination for the National Landcare Awards, which will be judged next year.

The Sunset Strip Progress Association has been conducting land conservation works at the Sunset Strip village, a 230 hectare Crown Reserve, for over 42 years.

Local Land Services Western Region Acting General Manager Erlina Compton said the association is extremely passionate about conservation and regeneration and deserving of this recognition.

 "Over the years they have achieved an incredible amount – established five kilometres of rabbit proof fencing, built a new nursery, planted thousands of trees, removed mistletoe and cactus plants – which is amazing," Ms Compton said.

"The association has a long history of using innovative approaches, such as partnering with Work for the Dole programs, to share their knowledge and skills and get a bit of extra manpower for large physical activities.

 "They are now working to obtain Deductable Gift Recipients status to be able to receive tax deductible gifts from trusts and foundations for conservation purposes."

The Landcare Awards have been running for 25 years and celebrate the many achievements of Landcare across a number of diverse areas, including sustainable farming, Coastcare, Junior Landcare, Indigenous land management, and more.

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