The Central West Catchment Management Authority (CMA), is one of 88 finalists in the 2012 National Landcare Awards, which are taking place in Sydney on September 4.
Central West CMA was the winner of the Australian Government Natural Resource Management (NRM) Award in the 2011 New South Wales Landcare Awards and as a result, joins five other finalists in that category from across the country, all vying for top honours at the biennial celebration in Sydney.
Members of the local community can now go online to vote for their local finalist in the 2012 People’s Choice Award until 6pm on Tuesday, September 4, and the winner will be announced at the 2012 National Landcare Awards gala dinner that night.
Working towards sustainable management results across 85,000km², the Central West Catchment area covers the Macquarie, Bogan and Castlereagh Rivers.
Over the past seven years, the organisation has invested more than $70 million in the delivery of over 3200 on-ground projects designed to improve catchment health.
The CMA works in partnership with Landcare, local government, Aboriginal communities, industry, and the wider community.
“The Central West CMA is delighted to have the work we do with our community recognised and acknowledged at this year’s National Landcare Awards,” chair of the Central West CMA Tom Gavel said.
“The Central West CMA is an innovative organisation that works in partnership with government, industry and the community to conserve and manage the vast natural and cultural resources of our region and we look forward to sharing our success stories with other like-minded organisations in Sydney in September”, Mr Gavel said.
CEO of Landcare Australia, Heather Campbell, said the National Landcare Awards were a chance to showcase the diversity of the amazing work being undertaken by land carers 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.
“Central West locals can be proud to be represented by Central West CMA at this level, and I hope they’ll show their support by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”
To find out more about the finalists, go online to www.landcareonline.com.au/nationalawards