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Celebrating 25 yrs of Landcare Australia

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Sunday, 20 July 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of Landcare Australia and to help celebrate this milestone, Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Greg Hunt and Landcare Australia CEO, Tessa Jakszewicz took part in A Day in the Life of Landcare at Pine Reserve Mornington.

Landcare Australia is a leading not-for-profit organisation responsible for raising awareness for the movement in protecting, replanting, sustaining and restoring our natural environment and relies on local volunteers to continue to keep our environment healthy.

Tessa welcomed Minister Hunt, Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises Director Bob Couchman, Director of Sustainable Communities Rob MacIndoe, Western Port Seagrass Partnership Director Dick Cox, Communications Director of Landcare Australia Trish O’Gorman and other dignitaries to commemorate the national movement.

Bob spoke passionately about the nurturing and work involved in rearing 7,000 Mangrove seedlings ready for replanting to regenerate vegetation in the Western Port area in affiliation with Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises (MPYE), an organisation that assists young people to develop self-esteem, pride and confidence.

MPYE has recently raised the mangrove seedlings for Melbourne Waters’ Western Port and the Western Port Seagrass Partnership’s rehabilitation programs. 
In an interview on the commemorative day, Minister Hunt stressed the importance of looking after the land and coastal areas. He said, “Revegetation is absolutely vital for binding soils together and clearing away invasive non-indigenous plant species and replanting natives provides habitat for our native animals .

A $90,000 grant from the Environment Minister's Office to mark the important milestone, will support a range of activities by the Landcare community over the next twelve months and encourage more Australians to get involved with their local Landcare group.

Tessa explained Landcare Australia plays a vital role in addressing land, soil and water degradation. She said, “Landcare Australia’s importance stems from making government, businesses, industry and communities  aware of land degradation with a focus on bringing communities and volunteers together. Approximately 6,000 groups and 11,000 schools nationally are involved in the Landcare Australia movement,” she added.

To get behind Landcare Australia and your local community visit http://landcarelife.com/

Here's to the 25th Anniversary of the launch of Landcare as a national initiative 

L.I.F.E. Landcare Is For Everyone

Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi

Minister Hunt's interview was played on RPP FM’s program, The Breakfast Table with host Debra Mar and Ange Robinson on Monday, 21 July at 7.20am.

Pictured: Minister for the Envirnoment, The Hon. Greg Hunt  and MPYE Manager, Vanessa Singleton inspecting a mangrove, one of many that will be replanted in the Western Port area with the help of  MPYE, Western Port Seagrass Partnership and volunteers. Bob Couchman spoke of the research around growing mangroves from seedlings in the Pine Reserve Mornington.