2016 Joan Kirner Landcare Award
Woady Yaloak Catchment Project stalwart Alice Knight was duly recognised for her committment to landcare by receiving the Joan Kirner award for her outstanding contribution to Landcare, the catchments and communities she has served. The award was presented by Anthony Carbines,Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Energy, Environment and Climate Change at the 30 years of landcare celebration at Government house in Melbourne.
2014 Woady Lifetime Achievement Awards
One reason for the success of the Woady Yaloak Catchment Project has been the dedication of many landholders who have worked quietly in landcare. As part of the 20 year anniversary celebrations, two of these quiet achievers were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards: Lex Hadler and John Carr. These two men have helped to shape the Woady Yaloak Project, changed their landscape and inspired others to do the same.
2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award (Highly Commended)
Cam Nicholson, part time project manager for the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group since 1993, was recognised at the 2014 National Landcare Conference for his landcare ethic and individual excellence in susutainable agriculture.
His award acknowledged the dedicated effort Cam has shown both to the Woady Yaloak Project, the Corangamite region and on his own farm to acheive both improvements in farm productivity and the environment.
2013 Victorian Landcare Network Award
In 2013 the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group won the Victorian Landcare Network Award. This award recognises innovative approaches and wide community involvement in the planning, prevention and repair of the environment resulting in outstanding environmental outcomes. The are 67 Landcare networks in Victoria covering more than half the landcare groups in Victoria.
Woady Yaloak Chairman Daniel Laffan and landcare facilitator Karen O’Keefe accepted the award at Government House from Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Ryan Smith MP and His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria.
2009 McKell Medal
In 2009 Alice and Kevin Knight won the 23rd McKell Medal, the most prestigious Australian award for excellence and achievement in natural resource management.
The award commemorates the outstanding contribution made to soil and land conservation by Sir William McKell, Premier of NSW (1941-47) and Governor-General of Australia (1947–53).
The McKell Medal is awarded annually to recognise outstanding achievements in shaping community attitudes and practices in natural resource management through promotion, education, research or other development activities.
The Knight’s were only the second Victorians to receive the award.
RIGHT: Kevin and Alice Knight receiving their McKell medal award from Tony Burke, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts and the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Small Business, Joe Helper. (Photo courtesy of DAFF website)
2004 National Landcare award
The 2004 Sensis Landcare Catchment Award was awarded to the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group at Parliament House Canberra in September. The award is made every two years to a landcare group, catchment committee or other organisation, for excellence and innovation in creating and carrying out a Catchment Plan.
Landcare Australia Chief Executive Brian Scarsbrick said, ‘Landcare is about people power. When people band together, they can make such an incredible difference and that's very much what the Woady Yaloak Group is all about. They set a plan in motion to manage environmental issues and it's all been about viable businesses, looking after the local community and protecting local flora and fauna.’
"This is Landcare at its most exciting because these people have banded together to build a stronger community and change attitudes and practices. Gross income is improving. Businesses have become more viable. Change is being managed. Flora and fauna is being protected. The environment and the catchment end up being the winners."
Image: Alcoa's Paul Hallam with past chair of the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group, Alice Knight.
2003 Victorian Landcare award
The Woady Yaloak Catchment Group's efforts in sustainable catchment management earned them the Sensis Victorian Landcare Catchment Award for 2003. The award recognises the outstanding achievements of volunteers promoting sustainable management of Victoria's natural resources.
The Woady group received the award based on their strong identification with Landcare and the inclusion of environmental, social and economic factors in their projects. Their plans were noted for being rich in catchment information and their integration efforts sophisticated.
"This has been a whole community effort, with everyone playing a vital part in its success. Congratulations to all involved," said Woady Yaloak Catchment Chairman Michael Rowe.
2003 Australasia Pacific Extension Network / Grains Research and Development Corporation award for excellence in extension
The Woady Yaloak Catchment project was recognised in the experienced professional category of these awards in 2003.
The judges said: This was an excellent example of a community driven and led catchment development project, which is managed by the community for the community. The guiding philosophies are not easy to put into practice and to follow, and we are impressed by the way the community has managed to do that, resulting in continued voluntary participation, for a decade, increased capacity in the community and higher levels of farm profitability.