Bass Coast,

Local Landcare Coordinator Recognised


Bass Coast Landcare Coordinator, David Bateman, was named as a finalist for the Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award at the Victorian Landcare Awards held at Government House on 28 August.

Bass Coast Shire Council was also recognised for its ongoing support to the Bass Coast Landcare Network.

Council was named a finalist for the Partnerships with Landcare Award at the ceremony.

 “Although neither Council nor David took home awards on the day, David was the only finalist to achieve a highly commended recognition and certificate. This is a great achievement given the vast number of applicants and finalists,” said Council’s Coast and Bushland Coordinator, Derek Hibbert, who attended the awards.

“David has great working relationships with a network of local organisations and groups, has a great deal of passion for his job and loves the opportunity to meet people and help them become engaged in Landcare.”

Council has supported Landcare since 1997, and was pivotal in the formation of the Bass Coast Landcare Network in 2003.

Today with over 1,000 members, the groups in the Bass Coast Landcare Network work with farmers and in urban areas to plant over 140,000 plants and trees each year. They assist Council with pest plant and animal management, providing advice on vegetation management, and delivering programs that promote healthy, cohesive and connected communities.

In turn, Council provides office space, IT support, and fleet management services, as well as making a financial contribution to salaries and programs.