AGNES River Landcare Group and the South Gippsland Landcare Network put in a great effort in their bid for Welshpool resident Arie Bos carry off the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award and/or the People’s Choice Landcare Award.
However when the judging was announced last Thursday evening in Canberra, Arie was a runner-up.
After winning the State level category last September and polling well in the People’s Choice Awards at the National level, Arie has been a figurehead in raising the level of publicity for Landcare in South Gippsland.
From the Parliament House venue where the awards were held – amid the excitement of the imminent dumping of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – South Gippsland Landcare Network Coordinator Belinda Brennan texted a wide circle of friends, “Arie didn’t win but we’re very proud of him!”
Kayla Groombridge of Tarraville, who was in the running for the National Young Landcarer of the Year Award, was also a runner-up.
Although Arie was well up in the top 10 out of the 88 candidates for the People’s Choice Award, online voting chose Sinclair’s Gully eco-certified vineyard and cellar door at Norton Summit in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, for the final honour.
Pipping Arie and Kayla at the winning post were Kate McLaren of Attunga in New South Wales who won the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award and Erin Rowe from Glossodia in New South Wales won the Australian Young Landcare Leader Award.