It was my pleasure to be part of the 2019 NSW Landcare Awards and Gala Dinner in Broken Hill on Wednesday evening.
A special part of the evening is the presentation of the Gerald Carnie Award, given to an individual in recognition of their contribution to the development of ‘the philosophy of Landcare’.
Lorraine, Ryan and Jarrod Carnie, along with Gerald’s brother Trevor Carnie joined us to present the Gerald Carnie Award, deservingly given to Mr Robert Dulhunty in recognition of his local, regional and statewide contribution to Landcare over 30 years.
Rob has been a passionate member of the Landcare movement since his initial involvement through the Furracabad Landcare Group in 1989. He was an active participant of the district Landcare network for the Glen Innes area – GLENRAC – from 1989 until 2009. After helping to found Landcare NSW in 2007, he was Chair from 2011 to 2018 during a period of phenomenal growth that saw the organisation develop as the peak body for Landcare and community NRM.
Landcare NSW CEO, Dr Adrian Zammit said, “Rob’s depth of knowledge and vision for the Landcare movement demonstrates the ‘fire in the belly’ he has for Landcare. His efforts have resulted in a strong and sustainable Landcare community in NSW and this award is well-earned recognition for his contribution over many years.”
The Gerald Carnie Memorial Award for Keeping the Landcare Flame Alive was established by Landcare NSW to recognise Gerald’s special individual contribution to the Landcare movement. The award is proudly supported by the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Landcare (PFL) as the official partner and sponsor.
The recipient champions the development of Landcare to support a change in attitudes, which translates to a more cohesive and resilient community that acts to achieve a healthier environment and/or more productive and sustainable farms.
Applicants are judged on the impact they have had at the local and regional or state scale to ensure that Landcare can prosper. The finalists for the Award for 2019 were: Harry Bentley (Berridale Rocky Plains Landcare); Nerida Croker (Fullerton Hadley Landcare); Daintry Gerrand (Manning Coastcare).
In June 2011, Gerald Carnie, a committed Landcarer from the Parkes area, died suddenly at the age of 46. Gerald is recognised for his contribution to Landcare with this special Award.
Thanks to Landcare NSW for contributed information for this article.