The Baw Baw Shire Council has been awarded the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards Bushfire Recovery Award for its role in the Black Saturday bushfires recovery effort.
The award, announced on the 16th of November in a ceremony at Government House, acknowledges the council’s focus on community partnerships and environmental programs in response to the 2009 Bunyip Ridge bushfires.
Landcare specifically acknowledged the work of the Baw Baw Shire Council Natural Environment team for its role in revegetation and rebuilding infrastructure at Glen Cromie Park, the Nangara, Robin Hood, Picnic Point and Labertouche Flora and Fauna Reserves, the Longwarry Bandicoot Walking Track, and the Jindivick to Nangara Bridle Trail.
The award came with a $5000 prize, which the council will put towards management and maintenance at the tracks and reserves.
Mayor of the Baw Baw Shire Council Councillor Diane Blackwood said in a media release last Thursday that she was pleased with the Natural Environment team’s work.
“The council’s Natural Environment team has worked exceptionally hard identifying and establishing these community recovery projects,” Cr Blackwood said.
There were three prizes in the Bushfire Recovery Award category. The other recipients were the Nillumbik Shire Council Natural Environment Recovery Working Group and the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network.
The awards were held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Landcare.
The Go List, a new online resource for bushfire planning developed in response to the Black Saturday bushfires, was presented to members of the Victorian Parliament earlier this month.
The Go List can be accessed at www.thegolist.org.au.
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