Hunter Intrepid Landcare finalists at Landcare Australia awards

Date posted: 12 October 2018

Hunter Intrepid Landcare have been celebrated for their amazing efforts over the past two years at the National Landcare Awards held in Brisbane last night (11 October), with Team Leader, Sophie Robertson being named a finalist for the 2018 Austcover Young Landcare Leader of the Year award.

Sophie was recognised as an individual between the ages of 15-35 who demonstrates leadership and a commitment to improving land management practices through practical action or creating community awareness, in her role as leader of Hunter Intrepid Landcare.

The local environmental group was up against six other finalists from a highly competitive field of entrants, with a representative from each state and territory (not including Western Australia).

Hunter Intrepid Landcare formed following a weekend retreat coordinated by founding partner Lake Macquarie Landcare, and facilitated by Intrepid Landcare co-founders Megan Rowlatt and Naomi Edwards, in June 2016.

Lake Macquarie Landcare Coordinator, Jason Harvey has been an advocate for Hunter Intrepid Landcare from their very beginnings in 2016, and attended the presentation ceremony after nominating the group for the award.

“Two years on from their formation, Hunter Intrepid Landcare are still going strong, regularly running events across the Hunter Valley to support existing Landcare groups while engaging with the next generation by combining conservation and adventure ”, Mr Harvey said.

Sophie was ecstatic to be recognised in such a highly competitive field of entrants from all over the country.

“The opportunity to work with young, enthusiastic people as well as established Landcare groups around the Hunter Valley has been a fantastic experience. I loved soaking up the wisdom and passion of the groups we visited, as well as the getting to know other like-minded people.” Miss Robertson said.

“Being nominated for the national award was such a privilege, and is a nod to our amazing and hardworking committee members that have been with us from the start and those continuing today.”

The National Landcare Awards is a key biennial event which acknowledges and celebrates local Landcare achievements at a national level, and sees 65 finalists from across Australia featuring in nine diverse categories.

Hunter Intrepid Landcare’s purpose is to connect young people with a passion for Landcare and adventure. For more information about the group and upcoming events see their Facebook page facebook.com/HunterIntrepidLandcare.

For more information about volunteering with Lake Macquarie Landcare, visit lakemacquarielandcare.org or call 49210392.

Page last updated: 12 October 2018