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Western Local Land Management Award Winners Announced

The efforts of local land carers has been recognised with the announcement of winners of the Western Local Land Management Awards. 

The biannual awards highlight the work of individuals, groups and organisations in the Western Local Region that focus on fostering a better environment for the future. 

Western Local Board Chairman, Tom Hynes congratulated the award winners and said they deserved to be recognised for the work they were doing to improve the landscape. 

"Throughout the region, people from all walks of life are rolling up their sleeves to tackle our environmental problems and deserve recognition for their efforts," he said. 

The Western Local Land Management Award recipients are:  

Innovative Community Group: Sunset Strip Progress Association (Lake Menindee Landcare) 

The group has been regenerating 230ha of Crown Reserve for more than 40 years. They are proactive in seeking funding and have partnered with several agencies, sharing knowledge and skills while also providing employment and achieving outstanding environmental gains. 

Individual Land Carer: Des Kennedy (Landcare Broken Hill) 

Des was awarded the Land Carer award for his efforts with the Broken Hill Landcare Group. He is passionate about the environment and motivates others to get involved, while raising awareness of Landcare values. 

Indigenous Land Management: Dwayne Evans (Winterriga Station, Wilcannia) 

Dwayne has been looking after country on Winterriga Station for eight years and is highly regarded by surrounding land managers as one of the best young managers that has ever worked there. Dwayne has improved grazing practices on the property through fencing and cultural burning, engaging local Aboriginal men to conduct the works and is working with support agencies to develop his land management skills. 

Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices: Tandou Ltd (Menindee) 

The agribusiness is exceeding industry standards through continually improving practices in both its irrigation and pastoral businesses. The business has reduced gas and water usage and implemented programs to increase and regenerate the natural resources on the property. 

Winners of the Western Local Land Management Awards are eligible for the NSW Landcare Awards and the possibility of going on to become finalists in the National Landcare Awards. 

Media contact:
Donna Ambler, Communications Officer: 0400 258 690
Kaye Gottschutzke, Regional Landcare Facilitator: 0429 981 331