Eight NSW finalists have been named for two awards for outstanding efforts in managing Crown Land on behalf of their local communities.
The finalists have been selected for the Crown Land Manager Excellence Award and the Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award as part of the 2020 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey congratulated the finalists for their commitment to making regional NSW a better place to live.
“Crown land is the public’s land, and makes up about 42% of the State, so we owe a great debt of gratitude to the many dedicated volunteer community land managers that help keep our public land in good shape for recreation, the environment, and to support community organisations,” Minister Pavey said.
“I congratulate all the finalists on their nominations and wish them the best of luck at the final awards on 20 November.”
NSW has more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 3.1 million hectares. Crown reserves are diverse and contribute to the social, economic, environmental and cultural features of the state. They include showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, parks, sporting venues, foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and halls.
The Crown Land Manager Excellence Award will be provided to a volunteer Crown Land Manager board that exemplifies outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities.
The Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award will be provided to an individual volunteer involved in the management of Crown Land.
The finalists in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Crown Land Manager Excellence Award are:
- Bobin School of Arts
- The Cobargo Showground Land Manager
- Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc
- Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc.
The Finalists in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award are:
- Barry Cumpstay, Lillian Rock
- Neil Rose, Norah Head
- Kim MacDonald, Bobin
- William West, Bribbaree
As well as acknowledgment of their community work, finalists in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards are in the running to receive $2,000 and a trophy when the final winners are announced on 20 November.
All finalists will also go into a People’s Choice Award run through the Facebook where members of the community can vote for their favourite finalist.