Awards and recognition

We appreciate the army of people caring for and managing Crown reserves, and acknowledge their work and commitment through awards and long-service recognition

Community Achievement Awards

Nominations for 2022 reserve manager awards are now closed

Applications are now closed for the 2022 NSW & ACT Community Achievement Awards. The department values the significant role of people contributing to reserve management across NSW. The awards program is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the role of Crown land managers and other reserve partners. This year's program includes 3 award categories for reserve management, supported by the NSW Government:

  • Council Crown Land Management Excellence Award
  • Crown Land Management Excellence Award
  • Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award

Nominations are now closed

Gala awards ceremony: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, NSW on Friday 25th November 2022

Nominate now: Visit the Awards Australia website

2021 Award winners

Congratulations to Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc. and William West from Bribbaree Showground who are crowned winners in reserve management as part of the 2021 Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW & the ACT.

Both winners awards from a strong field of nominations for the 2021 program.

Find out more about Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc. and William West

2021 finalists

The finalists in the NSW Department of Planning and Environment Excellence in Crown Land Management Award were:

  • Deepwater Land Manager Hall Committee 
  • Byrangery Grass  Reserve Land Manager
  • Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc.
  • Old Bega Hospital Reserve Land Manager

Deepwater Land Manager Hall Committee is small but big-hearted. Composed of four board members, the Committee manages the Deep-Water School of Arts Hall. They handle ongoing maintenance, work health and safety, and security matters, and accessibility. They maintain important documentation and attend regular information and training sessions while ensuring the Hall is compliant in every regard. The Hall has been the epicentre of the rural community for over 100 years. In 2020, the Committee embarked on an ambitious upgrade program. They proactively sought government funding and even trained at Grant Funding workshops. With the help of the Deepwater Community, they were granted $100,000 in funding.

Byrangery Grass Reserve Land Manager near Federal is dedicated to creating a refuge for endangered fauna and flora. The 15-hectare Byrangery Grass Reserve is set aside exclusively for Wildlife Habitat. The Byrangery Grass Reserve Land Manager consists of six local volunteers. They fulfil statutory obligations around meetings and reporting, apply for funding, raise funds, guide interest groups through the Reserve, form collaborations and monitor improvements in the ecosystem. They successfully sorted and received a $650,000 Bush Connects Grant, which helped control exotic species and regenerate native forest through seed bank germination. Over the last six years, they have focused on their Walking Track Project to improve users’ experience.

Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc. has been serving as the proper custodian of the cultural heritage of the Glen Innes & District community since 1968. The Historical Society functions as a community chronicle, recording and informing successive generations through artefacts, documents and records at the Land of the Beardies Museum History House Museum and Research Centre. The Land of the Beardies occupies the former Glen Innes & District Hospital, which is listed as a heritage building. Over the past three years, the Society has been actively engaged in repairing and refurbishing the buildings, storage facilities and display areas. The Society has 255 members.

Old Bega Hospital Reserve Land Manager has committed to restoring a community hub ravished by bushfire. The Old Bega Hospital (OBH) Reserve covers 1.603 hectares. The historical reserve precinct includes the OBH Main Building, which was ravaged by bushfires in 2004. This left a void in the community as the OBH was an active community cultural hub. The OBH Board is the land manager of the Reserve, with Patricia Jones as Chair since 2007. Since the fire, the Board has set the strategic goal of sourcing grant funding to restore and renovate the main building. After 16 years, the OBH received grants totalling $3,421,000 in 2019.

The Finalists in the NSW Department of Planning and Environment Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award were:

  • Patricia Jones of Bega
  • Stephen Thatcher of Muswellbrook
  • Louise Jenkins of Cooma
  • William West of Balmoral

Patricia Jones of Bega has demonstrated sustained practical commitment. In 2007, Pat became Chair of the Board of the Old Bega Hospital (OBH) Reserve, a Community Cultural Centre that is home to community groups and used for markets, festivals and private functions. Before joining the Board in 2003, Patricia was a member of Spinners and Weavers, one of the resident groups at the OBH. As Chair, Pat manages all aspects of board meetings and wrote most of the original funding applications. In 2019, Pat and the OBH Board successfully received grants totalling $3,421,000 to restore the OBH Main Building, which was ravaged by bushfires in 2004.

Stephen Thatcher of Muswellbrook has been the Chairman of the Board of the Lake Liddell Recreation Area Reserve Land Manager since 2004. The Board ensures the implementation of the Draft Strategic Plan which prioritises enabling growth, commercial opportunities and sustainable progress; expanding green space; strengthening and supporting evolving community, and; working with Aboriginal communities to realise the potential of their land rights. Stephen oversees the implementation of the Code of Conduct for the Reserve, manages conflicts of interests and ensures documentation of work health and safety requirements. He was instrumental in having Scouts, Landcare and the community involved in planting 20,000 plants over the years.

Louise Jenkins of Cooma is a member of the North Ridge Reserve Advisory Committee. The Committee manages the North Ridge Reserve, a 123-hectare bushland that supports a large number of native plant species, and mammals, reptiles and birds. Louise helped improve the condition and management of the Reserve, particularly when the Committee was disbanded as a result of Council amalgamations. She initiated the application of a grant for the improvement of the Reserve’s amenities, including the walking tracks, signage, access and parking infrastructure. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she conducted publicly accessible Covid-safe walks within the Reserve to maintain local community physical and mental wellbeing.

William West of Balmoral is ensuring the grounds are preserved for future generations to come. Bill has been a member of the Bribbaree Showground management board since 1982. He became its Chairman in 1984. In 1997, he became secretary/treasurer. For 37 years, Bill has tirelessly worked for the Showground. Now at 72, he vows to continue supervising the Showground, cleaning up the grounds after each event, cleaning the toilets, checking the tanks and doing everything he can to maintain the grounds in pristine condition. With extensive knowledge of the workings of the grounds, Bill has drawn up comprehensive maps of its power and water systems.

Finalists are in the running to win $2,000 in prizes and a trophy.

All Finalists will go into the People’s Choice Award which is run through a Facebook page. Please ensure you like the page and vote for your favourite Finalist. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner.

For further information about our Finalists or purchasing tickets please feel free to contact the Awards Australia Office on 1300 735 445.

Congratulations and good luck to all Finalists.

Previous winners and finalists

2020 winners and finalists

2019  wiiners and finalists

Earlier years - visit the Awards Australia website for details.

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