Gold Coast environment workers took out two Queensland Landcare Awards at the biennial ceremony held in Caloundra this month.
Attended by the Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin MP, the night allowed landcare communities from across Queensland to celebrate innovation and dedication to enhancing Queensland’s landscapes.
Nerang Riverkeepers, known for their innovative Gold Coast’s Biggest Tree Planting Day and long-term commitment to restoring critical wildlife corridors and improving the health of the Nerang River was awarded the best Landcare Community Group for the state.
Nerang Riverkeepers coordinator, Mr Mark Tierney, was extremely humble and recognised the wealth of partnerships.
“This award acknowledges everyone that has helped out over the years and the environmental achievements we have been able to achieve,” Mark said.
Naomi Edwards was also acknowledged for her long-term commitment, dedication and passion for the movement, taking out the Young Landcare Leader Award. Naomi is a National Young Ambassador for Landcare and a graduate of Griffith University. She’s actively involved with countless local environment groups as well as the Gold Coast Catchment Association.
Naomi acknowledged Lyn Wright from Friends of Federation Walk for her inspiration and mentorship.
“It’s been almost 10 years since I first started planting trees and caring for the land and if it wasn’t for Lyn’s vision for Federation Walk Coastal Reserve I wouldn’t have experienced a lasting first impression to care for the environment,” Naomi said.
Gold Coast Catchment Association, the umbrella network for Landcare groups on the Gold Coast was also acknowledged for the support they provide to groups like Nerang Riverkeepers, along with the City of Gold Coast’s ongoing commitment Landcare.
The Gold Coast has always been known for its natural beauty and now it is known for its Landcare champions as well. Good luck to Naomi and Nerang Riverkeepers when they go on to the National Landcare Awards to represent Queensland next year.