The Landcare Hero Honour Roll
The Landcare Hero Honour Roll seeks to promote, acknowledge and celebrate the considerable contributions of those who have been involved in Landcare for 25 years or more. If you would like to share your experiences or know someone who deserves to be celebrated, make your nomination today.
Tom Dunbabin started the Bangor landcare group in the mid 1980s and established the Bangor landcare shed around 1990. This evolved into a great focal point for landcare in the region and, visible from the highway, helped lift the profile of landcare. The group soon swelled to take in the broader Tasman region. In 1996 Bangor won the national landcare award, and soon after the name of the group was changed to the Tasman Landcare group. Tom was very selfless in not hanging on to what was essentially his own creation in the interests of developing landcare in the Tasman region. Tom was one of the first large successful graziers in Tasmania to bridge the gap between primary production and recognition of the importance of caring for our environment. In 2005 he was a recipient of the prestigious McKell Medal for excellence in natural resource management. He is a person that the local community can identify with and this has helped get other farmers involved. With a solid, down to earth, no nonsense approach to all things landcare Tom has helped lead the Tasman Landacre group to achieve great success.