Hobart sustainability stars up for National Landcare Award

A WEST Hobart primary school and a local resident have both been named finalists in the running for the People’s Choice Awards in the 2014 National Landcare Awards.
As the overall winner of the Junior Landcare Team Award in the 2013 Tas Landcare Awards, students from Lansdowne Crescent Primary School (pictured) now join seven other state and territory finalists in that category.
At the same time, Chris Johns, of Hobart, will also contest at the national level on 18 September 2014.
Lansdowne Crescent Primary School’s Land to Sea leadership team developed a bilingual interpretive trail of Hobart’s Knocklofty Reserve (KR) – adding value to both a real and virtual visitor’s experience of the site.
The project has allowed visitors to access information about the reserve by using their iPhones to scan the Quick Response (QR) codes which directly link to the Land to Sea app developed by the team. In addition, virtual visitors such as Lansdowne’s Indonesian sister school, Kaliasin 1SDN can access information about KR using the Land to Sea website.
Lansdowne Crescent Primary School teacher Jenny Dudgeon said she was delighted to be a finalist in this year’s National Landcare Awards.
“Bridging the geographical and language divide between Tasmania’s Lansdowne Crescent Primary School and its Indonesian partner school, Kaliasin SDN1, became the catalyst for the innovative bilingual Land to Sea project where Lansdowne students wanted to learn about their local Knocklofty Reserve and share this unique bushland environment with their Indonesian peers,” she said.
The winner of the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award in the 2013 Tas Landcare Awards, Mr Johns recognised early that the issues faced by other Coastcare groups were very similar to his own local group and yet that each group was unique.
Chris understood it was onerous for local groups to keep informed of the latest issues, policies, priorities, frameworks and opportunities and that it required a lot of administration to work to best practice, seek funds and manage projects.
Now as president of the Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania (SCAT), and while remaining active in his local group for two decades, Mr Johns helped develop regional project ideas that brought local groups together to work on regional priorities in their local patch.
“I have found over the years that I have been involved in Landcare that the word ‘care’ really embraces how volunteers give of themselves to our environment,” Mr Johns said.
Landcare Australia chief executive officer Tessa Jakszewicz said Hobart could be proud to be represented by Lansdowne Crescent Primary School and Chris Johns at this level.
“Locals can show their support by voting in the People’s Choice Award – which will be determined entirely by the way Australia votes,” she said.
Hobart residents can vote online for their local Landcare leader in the 2014 People’s Choice Award at landcareonline.com.au.
Voting is open until 6pm on Wednesday 17 September. Winners will be announced the following day at the 2014 National Landcare Awards gala dinner in Melbourne.

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