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Landcare Australia recognises Wheatbelt NRM

Wednesday, 4th November 2009











Natural resource management group Wheatbelt NRM has taken out a gong at the 2009 WA Landcare Australia awards. Wheatbelt NRM won the Landcare NRM Region Award as a result of the strong partnerships it developed with its community. The group’s chair Glenice Batchelor said it was a credit to the many people who worked so closely with Wheatbelt NRM. “This award would not have been possible without the many partnerships and collaborations we have fostered from landholders through to government agencies,” Glenice Batchelor said. Work with groups like the Saltland Pastures Association has resulted in more than 3000 hectares of saltland pastures planted on some of the most degraded environments in Australia. “We also worked closely with AVONGRO, the Oil Mallee Association and the Australian Sandalwood Network,” Glenice Batchelor said. “This has led to 4.3 million tree seedlings being planted by landholders over 2500 hectares of farming land to address salinity, water logging and erosion.” The 2009 WA Landcare Awards were announced in Geraldton at the State Natural Resource Management Conference ‘Changing Environments’. The region boasted further success with another two winners at the award’s ceremony. Trayning local Linda Vernon won the WA Young Landcare Leader Award. The Toodyay Friends of the River won the Department of Water River Rats Living Streams Award. There were nine state winners in total. Wheatbelt NRM will now go on to represent WA at the National Landcare awards early next year. Media contact: Glenice Batchelor, Wheatbelt NRM chair, 0428 371 224