David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Longreach grazier James Walker recognised for excellence in Landcare

August 6, 2021

Landcare champion from Longreach, James Walker, was recognised at last night’s 2021 National Landcare Awards taking out the runner’s-up spot for the Australian Government sponsored Bob Hawke Landcare Award.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud congratulated his Maranoa constituent for his efforts in driving a more sustainable and productive future for the nation.

“Mr Walker should be incredibly proud of the impact he has made in protecting the natural resources in the Longreach community during these testing times,” Minister Littleproud said.

“It takes selflessness and commitment to get out in all seasons and conditions and help your local community restore landscapes and care for the land and Mr Walker is certainly doing that.

“His work in organic certification agtech and renewable energy is helping to ensure productivity at the farmgate while also delivering better environmental outcomes into the future.

“Mr Walker owns and operates a 20,000-acre organic, global animal partnership accredited cattle station here in Longreach Queensland.

“He created the Agrihive Farmecco digital platform to help other farmers understand and implement sustainable Landcare goals.

“The platform is helping to ensuring the natural systems of the landscape deliver viable and sustainable production outcomes in agriculture.

“He has also developed an innovative ‘Floating Lease’ to reflect seasonal conditions that is being prototyped commercially.

“Mr Walker should be incredibly proud of the impact he has made and continues to make in protecting the natural resources in the Longreach region.

“His tireless efforts are helping us secure the long term future of our environment and our productive agricultural lands – work that is of benefit now and for future generations.”

Minister Littleproud has announced Victorian farmer Mr Andrew Stewart as this year’s winner of the Bob Hawke Landcare Award.

  • The Australian Government sponsored $50,000 prize package for Bob Hawke Landcare Award
  • Held since Landcare’s inception in 1989, the Landcare Awards acknowledge and celebrate local Landcare achievements at state and territory and national levels, all across Australia.
  • Landcare Australia supports 6000 Landcare groups and over 100,000 volunteers across Australia caring for the land.