Vote for Belinda
LANDCARE stalwart Belinda Brennan is one of 88 finalists in the 2012 National Landcare Awards, which are taking place in Sydney on September 4.
Belinda was the winner of the Australian Government Local Landcare Facilitator Award in the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards.
As a result, she joins six other finalists in that category from across the country, all vying for top honours at the biennial celebration in Sydney.
Gippsland locals can join in the celebrations by going online and voting for their local hero in the 2012 People’s Choice Award.
Voting is open until 6pm (EST) on Tuesday, September 4, and the winner will be announced at the 2012 National Landcare Awards gala dinner that night.
With over 20 years of Landcare experience in both Western Australia and Victoria, Belinda has spearheaded a wide variety of both on-ground natural resource management projects, as well as awareness-raising and volunteer recruitment programs.
Belinda’s work as co-ordinator with the South Gippsland Landcare Network has seen membership of the network grow and widespread community engagement with projects that provide environmental benefits to the region including a Community Carbon Program and the Friends of Strzelecki Koalas projects.
“Why am I still involved in Landcare after 20-plus years? I believe in Landcare. I believe we are all making a difference and our landscape is better for Landcare being part of it. I love the people, I love the enthusiasm, I love the ideas. I love Landcare!” she said.
CEO of Landcare Australia, Heather Campbell, believes the National Landcare Awards to be an excellent way of showcasing the breadth and diversity of the amazing work being undertaken by Landcarers across the country, from sustainable agriculture to coastal restoration projects and everything in between.
“The National Landcare Awards are about celebrating all aspects of grass-roots environmentalism, irrespective of geography, age or gender,” she said.
“Gippsland can be proud to be represented by Belinda Brennan at this level, and I hope that locals will show their support by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”
To find out more about the finalists, get involved, and have your say by voting in the 2012 National Landcare Awards People’s Choice Category, please visit www.landcareonline.com.au/nationalawards
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