25 Nov. 2016


The Victorian Landcare Program today acknowledged Alice for her outstanding contribution to Landcare, the Woady Yaloak catchment and the communities she has served by awarding her the Joan Kirner Landcare Award at the 30 Year Landcare Celebration. This award is given to an individual who has championed the Landcare movement in Victoria, has contributed significantly to Landcare over a long period of time, and has demonstrated a commitment to forging partnerships and working closely with the community. Alice is only the second recipient to achieve this pre-eminent state award.

The need to care for the land was instilled in Alice from her parents nearly six decades ago, when they purchased 25 additional hectares of significant remnant vegetation to ensure the conservation values on the land were preserved.

This connection shaped the way Alice thought about the land, how it should be managed, and how individuals taking responsibility and caring through their actions was the only way to ensure the land’s prosperity for future generations.

Alice lived the landcare ethic long before the emergence of Landcare. Alice, and her brother Kevin, were one of the first farming businesses to start applying what is now recognized and accepted as whole farm and catchment planning on their sustainably productive farm. They showed leadership and led by example.

The greatest test of Alice’s commitment and ability to encourage participation is demonstrated in the impressive statistics of the Woady Yaloak Catchment Project. This is a testament and legacy to the inclusive culture Alice has helped create among landholders who are involved in the project.

In being presented the award in Parliament House Alice said “ I am humbled to receive this award in front of a room filled with people who are as passionate and committed to Landcare as I am.

I also thank the Woady Catchment Group who have taught me so many skills and from whom I have learnt so much about Landcare and how people can make a real and positive impact on their land.

All my work with Landcare couldn’t have been achieved without the support of both my brother Kevin Knight and Cam Nicholson from the Woady Catchment Group, and their ongoing focus for getting the best for our community.

I am thrilled that my successes of landcare are acknowledged with this award, particularly as both Joan Kirner and Heather Mitchel have inspired me with their leadership and passion for the environment.”

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