Jim Knight was a man enthused with life and energy who made many contributions to peace, social justice and the environment. He was a member of the original Clarence Landcare Executive Committee and was Chairman for many years. He was also an active hands-on member of his own local Kangaroo Creek Landcare group. The Jim Knight Memorial Award goes to a Clarence Landcare Group or Individual of the Year.
Past winners from left: Wendy Plater, Maclean Landcare (2017); Dennis Milne, Yuraygir Landcare (2016); Peter Turland, Yuraygir Landcare (2018); Lauren Noble, Clarence Valley Landcare in Action (2015).
Laura leads the Indian Myna education and control program as well as working tirelessly with the Clarence Native Bee Group. Her involvement includes dealing with the public seven days a week.
An active Landcare member, Laura lives on a 67.5 hectare rural property with 700 metre frontage to the Orara River which she has restored and managed.
Laura has worked tirelessly with Roads and Maritime Services and the highway upgrade contractors for native bee recovery, and with Bunnings Hardware, the Townsend Men’s Shed and disability groups for bee box construction.
2016 Dennis Milne, Yuraygir Landcare Group
Dennis Milne was a member of the Clarence Afforestation Association since 1970 and principal supplier of seeds and plants for the Minnie Water Restoration project.
He has navigated a large number of funding applications for Caring for Country , National Trust and environmental projects, spending many hours on education and training of Work for the Dole recipients.
Wendy Plater was instrumental in the formation of Maclean Landcare Group and with her leadership skills has generated more than 2,000 volunteer hours each year since 2008, in bush regeration at Pinnacles Reserve, and at Maclean Landcare Nursery.
Wendy is passionate about Aboriginal engagement and has made significant connections with Yaegl Land Council.
Peter Turland spent eight years growing a cross-section of native riverine vegetation in Weeping Paperbark Reserve at Tucabia, representing pre-agricultural conditions of the Clarence Valley.
Peter is noted for his dedication, hours of work and research, and his ability to obtain funds and goods from Clarence Valley Council, as well as public education through local schools and TAFE.
Other projects Peter has been involved with through Yuraygir Landcare include the Sandon-Wooli Community Nursery at Minnie Water and Maclean Landcare Community Nursery.