Three leaders and innovators who are collectively helping to address climate change and show farmers across Australia new ways to manage their landscapes, crops and animals have been announced finalists by Landcare Australia for the prestigious 2022 Bob Hawke Landcare Award.
They are making a national impact on grape growing, regenerative farming and animal welfare practices with strong links to addressing climate change and sustainability.
Winners will be announced at the 2022 National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner on August 24, and awarded a prize package to the value of $50,000 for further development of their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management to enable an even stronger contribution to landcare.
Dr Mary Retallack (SA) has dedicated her life to the pursuit of environmental stewardship, helping with ecological restoration in vineyards throughout Australia. She is actively influencing the wine growing practices of more than 6,000 grape growers that collectively manage more than 146,000 hectares of wine grapes throughout Australia.
Bruce Maynard (NSW) is an agricultural innovator with a focus on regenerative agriculture practices and animal welfare. He invented the No Kill Cropping System, a revolutionary technique minimising external inputs, and has also developed the Stress Free Stockmanship competencies.
Geoff Bassett (NSW) is a nationally recognised specialist in regenerative agriculture and soil health and the founder of Farm Mojo, where he supports broad acre farmers across Australia to transition to working with natural systems. A farmer for more than 40 years, Mr Bassett champions enhancing on-farm soil fertility through mineral balancing, microbiology, carbon sequestration and promoting biodiversity to increase net profitability and ensure long term environmental resilience to climate change.