Support Sue in national awards

LANDCARE FINALIST: People are being encouraged to vote to help Sue Haseldine win the People s Choice in the National Landcare Awards.

LANDCARE FINALIST: People are being encouraged to vote to help Sue Haseldine win the People s Choice in the National Landcare Awards.

LOCAL Landcare hero Sue Haseldine has been nominated for the 2014 National Landcare Awards, which celebrate the passion and diversity of Landcare.

Ms Haseldine is one of the 69 finalists and the communities of Ceduna and surrounding districts are encouraged to vote for her to show their appreciation for all the work she has done.

She has been nominated for the People's Choice Awards as part of this year's awards celebration and members of the Ceduna community can have their say on who should be the winner.

The National Landcare Awards are a grass-roots movement of farmers and community volunteers who protect and restore Australia's land and coast.

Thousands of Landcarers and groups across Australia, just like this year's finalists, are contributing to the productivity of agricultural lands, food and the sustainability of food and water supplies and are providing a future for generations to come.

Ms Haseldine was the winner of the Indigenous Land Management Award in the 2013 SA Landcare Awards and as a result, joins six other state and territory finalists in that category.

By keeping the surface waters clean, controlling and monitoring weeds and feral animals and monitoring biodiversity, Ms Haseldine and the West Mallee Protection Group have taken responsibility for the sustainable management of surface waters and soaks, and the country and animals that rely on this natural resource.

It is through this guardianship that the group's succession plan has been put in place, which aims to strengthen the condition of the country and people who use it.

Ms Haseldine is delighted to be a finalist in this year's National Landcare Awards.

"I am very appreciative of being nominated for this award; to me, this nomination brings hope of raising awareness about caring for the land and the water for future generations to enjoy," she said.

Landcare Australia chief executive officer Tessa Jakszewicz said the awards - part of this year's National Landcare Conference - were a key event in the celebration of 25-years of Landcare as a national initiative.

Landcare has grown from a concern for soil by farmers, industry, conservationists and the government to a movement embraced by tens of thousands of volunteers, and operating in every landscape from the centre to our coastal fringes.

"Ceduna and surrounding districts can be proud to be represented by Sue Haseldine at this level, and locals can show their support by voting in the People's Choice Award - which will be determined entirely by the way Australia votes."

Residents can vote online until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 17 at landcareonline.com.au