Nerida Croker awarded as Individual Landcarer for NSW

Environmental champions have been recognised at the NSW Landcare Awards.

The winners were announced at Broken Hill as part of the 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference.

A leading role: Chief executive Local Land Services David Witherdin, finalist Don Durant, Kygole Landcare, Nerida Choker, Upper Lachlan Landcare and Lindy Davis accepting an award on behalf of Jane Ireland at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards. Photo: Pennie Hall

A leading role: Chief executive Local Land Services David Witherdin, finalist Don Durant, Kygole Landcare, Nerida Choker, Upper Lachlan Landcare and Lindy Davis accepting an award on behalf of Jane Ireland at the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards. Photo: Pennie Hall

Nerida Croker from Fullerton Hadley Landcare and Upper Lachlan Landcare received the Individual Landcarer Award.

She was thrilled to be nominated and receive the award.

"I was honoured to be nominated for this award and to share our story. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Landcare community over the years. It has really been a team effort to keep the Landcare community alive.

"Landcare is not just about planting trees, it's about investing in your community and enabling your community to work towards their own solutions."

Upper Lachlan Landcare co-ordinator Ruth Aveyard, said she nominated Nerida as "she was a perfect example of an individual who had demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment".

"Nerida is a persistent, quietly driven and capable Landcarer. She has been involved with her local and regional Landcare groups for over 18 years and her level-headed approach has enabled her to support individuals and build valuable partnerships across the community.

"My role, and the role of each Landcarer from across our region is richer for Nerida's involvement in the movement," Ms Aveyard said.

"From my first day on the job, Nerida has encouraged me to work with the people who want to work with you. It makes sense to build a community around a common interest and ensures we are relevant. Nerida has been a wonderful mentor for me."

Ms Croker is a foundation member of Fullerton Hadley Landcare.

For the last 18 years, she has held various roles and worked to secure funding for projects that have been vital for the Upper Lachlan. She has ensured the Upper Lachlan has a voice at regional and district discussions.

Landcare NSW chief executive Dr Adrian Zammit said the conference and the awards were a chance for Landcare groups to share their stories and successes with their fellow Landcarers from around the state.

"Our regions are diverse but the state of our environment concerns everybody in NSW, and events such as [this conference] are crucial in ensuring that everyone has the best knowledge and practice to be able to implement changes to ensure we have healthy landcare and healthy communities.

"Landcare is about communities working together to create positive outcomes for the environment and the agricultural landscapes across NSW. It has never been more important that we continue to support and recognise the dedication and commitment of our Landcarers and recognise their tremendous efforts.

"The NSW Landcare Awards highlight the incredible work our Landcare community do. On behalf of the Landcare NSW community, I congratulate everyone for their outstanding efforts," Dr Zammit said.

2019 NSW Landcare Award winners:

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award - Nerida Croker
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award - Floating Landcare
  • Australian Government Landcare Farming Award - Amarula Dorpers
  • Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award - Land to Market Australia
  • Virgin Coastcare Award - Take 3 Ltd
  • Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award - Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare Inc
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award - Megalong Valley Public
  • Indigenous Land Management Award - Aunty Francis Bodkin
  • Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award - Richie Benson
  • BCF Give Back to Fish Habitat Award - Gunning District Landcare