A group of traditional Aboriginal landholders
has won a South Australian land care award for its work in reducing
the numbers of feral animals and pest plants, and revegetating with
The combined Aboriginal Lands Trust, Maralinga
Tjarutja and Anangu Pitjantjatjara group has won Landcare's Indigenous
award for its land management document.
The general manager of the
Aboriginal Lands Trust, John Chester, says it is a fitting reward
for increasing the awareness of land management issues within aboriginal
"Aboriginal lands is one of the most severely
degraded lands throughout South Australia due to lack of resources
and we've been working very hard to work with agencies to address
those issues," he said.
A world-renowned conservation reserve
in the Riverland also won a land care award.
Gluepot Reserve, north
of Waikerie, is home to 17 threatened species of birds and a diverse
range of reptiles and bats.
The 54,000 hectare reserve, which is
managed entirely by volunteers, was presented with the award last
Gluepot chairman Duncan MacKenzie says the award
is a reflection of the dedication of its volunteers.
"It's one way of saying a really big thankyou
to every volunteer, to say this is what you've achieved, this is
what you've done, you've again put the reserve on the top," he
"This is great for the Riverland it really
is. There is so much potential for nature based and eco tourism
in the Riverland and hopefully Gluepot reserve can lead the way."