Glebe Hill sustainability champion up for National Landcare Award

GLEBE Hill Bushland convener Adam Holmstrom has been nominated for a National Landcare Award, an honour which celebrates Australia’s most inspirational landcarers.

Mr Holmstrom is one of seven finalists in the Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award and is also in the running for the People’s Choice Award alongside 64 other national finalists.

Landcare Australia chief executive officer Dr Shane Norrish said the National Landcare Awards were an exciting opportunity for the Landcare community to recognise the achievements of its peers.

“This is a wonderful chance for us to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our amazing landcarers,” he said.

“There are so many farmers and community volunteers who are dedicated to protecting and restoring Australia’s land and coastlines, and they deserve recognition.”

Upon learning of his nomination, Mr Holmstrom said he felt “overwhelmed” and “very appreciative” of the honour.

As convener of the bushland reserve, Mr Holmstrom is always willing to roll up his sleeves and get the job done.

Over the past two years, he has helped build new alliances with other groups and schools in the local community.

In an agreement with Howrah Primary School, Mr Holmstrom has arranged a series of excursions for grade four students to the bushland reserve.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Howrah Primary School and see the interest and passion of the students in learning about sustainable environment care,” Mr Holmstrom said.

During excursions, a range of visitors have talked with the students about the environment.

Wildlife specialist Mick Mooney hosted classes on the wildlife, birds in reserve, and which Tasmanian native species need to be protected.

Mr Holmstrom said Mr Mooney also taught the children how to identify different types of animal scat.

Mr Holmstrom continues to work with Howrah Primary School and other community groups in the area to promote the importance of the hilltop reserve.

His endless energy and dedication to his work has resulted in Glebe Hill Bushland Reserve becoming a hub of activity with the installation of interpretive trail signage, school field days and community planting days.

Local residents have the opportunity to support Mr Holmstrom and the awards by casting a vote in the People’s Choice Award.

Mr Holmstrom will find out the results of the award in October.

For more information or to vote, visit www.nationallandcareconference.org.au/awards.

Caption: Adam Holmstrom leading groups on tours around the Glebe Hill Bushland Reserve.

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