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Linda Anderson wins State Landcare Award for work with weeds

Linda Anderson from the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) is the proud recipient of the Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award for the WA State Landcare Awards.

The 2013 WA Landcare Awards were presented by the Governor, His Excellency Mr Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, at a function at Government House in Perth, on 16 October.

The Landcare Awards, now in their 23rd year, are about finding and recognising the achievements of those dedicated people who give up their time to care for our precious land and water resources.

The ‘Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award’ is awarded to a Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in establishing, linking, supporting and developing Landcare and/or production groups/networks that participate in sustainable farming practices and on-ground natural resource management, or implementation of innovative land management approaches in peri-urban areas.

Linda Anderson, Project Manager of PMMC, is based in Karratha. PMMC is a not-for-profit group which combines the knowledge and skills of government, industry, research, pastoral and community sectors to tackle mesquite, a Weed of National Significance (WoNS), one of the greatest natural resource management enemies in the Pilbara.

Linda is responsible for the overall management of projects which PMMC undertakes. The position is supported by Rangelands NRM and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), with partner organisations providing the remainder of the skills the PMMC committee requires.

As a state finalist, Linda will travel to Brisbane in 2014 for the National Landcare Awards.

Another Rangelands NRM-funded organisation, the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG), managed by Kandy Curran in Broome was also selected as a finalist in the Qantas Landcare Innovative Community Group Award for the State Landcare Awards. This award was made to an outstanding and innovative community group that is working towards sustainable land use and/or is undertaking on-ground action to protect, enhance or restore an area on behalf of the community.

For more information on the PMMC, visit http://pilbaramesquite.com.au/

Caption: Linda Anderson at Government House with her award certificate (©T Belcher)