2019 Victorian Landcare Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards were announced on Friday 30 August at the awards ceremony at Government House.

2019 VIC Landcare Awards

Above: 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards Winners booklet cover

At the invitation of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria, Landcarers from across the state gathered at the awards ceremony on Friday morning (30 August 2019) at Government House in Melbourne, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Victoria's Landcare community.

Every two years, the State and Territory Landcare Awards are held to acknowledge the success and achievements of community Landcarers, groups, networks and organisations who have been working to protect, enhance and restore our natural environment and improve agricultural productivity.


Presentation of Awards 

All the winners were presented with their awards by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria and Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Minster for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, as well as by the sponsors of the sponsored awards.  



In 2019, 73 nominations were received from across Victoria in the 15 Landcare Award categories. 


Winners List & Booklet

Congratulations to all winners, as well as those who received Highly Commended and Commended acknowledgements (listed below) for their outstanding achievements. All 73 nominees are also to be commended for their efforts and commitment to Landcare.


To read about each of the winners download the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards Winners booklet via https://www.landcarevic.org.au/resources/victorian-landcare-awards-recipients/2019-victorian-landcare-awards-winners-booklet


Victorian Categories - Winners

Joan Kirner Landcare Award

Winner: Lanie Pearce 

Highly Commended:

  • Martin Stone


Victorian Farmers Federation/Landcare Victoria Inc. Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship Award

Winner: Belinda Brennan


Dr. Sidney Plowman Travel & Study Award

Winner: Tony Gardner


Urban Landcare Award

Winner: Wodonga Urban Landcare Network


Landcare Network Award

Winner: Bass Coast Landcare Network


Environmental Volunteer Award 

Winner: Jallukar Landcare Group

Highly Commended:

  • Gippsland Intrepid Landcare

  • Samantha Mac Cuaig


  • Lily Irwin


National Categories - Winners

Australian Government Landcare Farming Award

Winner: Fraser Pogue


  • Dick Simonsen & Bob Beveridge


Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award

Winner: Cundare Duverney Landcare Group


Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award

Winner: John Pye

Highly Commended:

  • Ian Grenda

  • Dr. Kaye Rodden


Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award

Winner: Australian Landcare International 


  • Strallahan Family Landcare 

  • Mitta to Murray Blackberry Action Group


Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award

Winner: Newham Primary School 


Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award

Winner: Gippsland Intrepid Landcare

Highly Commended:

  • Mirinda Thorpe


Virgin Coastcare Award

Winner: Victorian Wader Study Group


Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award

Winner: Malmsbury District Landcare Group

Highly Commended:

  • Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group

  • Harcourt Valley Landcare


Indigenous Land Management Award

Winner: Woka Walla Land Management Crew - Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation 


Victorian Landcare Magazine - Landcare Awards Feature

The spring 2019 issue of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, to be published in late September, will feature stories on all the winners of the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards.


2020 National Landcare Awards 

Victoria's winners of the nine National Landcare Award categories will go on to represent Victoria at the 2020 National Landcare Awards.