2022 Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award
Roper River Landcare Group
“The secret to Roper River Landcare Group’s success is that we have people who are passionate about their environment and are determined to make a difference. They are all busy, often stretched to capacity and yet still believe in leading by example by digging deep and physically getting out there and getting the job done.” Doris Baylis, Secretary for Roper River Landcare Group.
The Roper River Landcare Group (RRLG) is a pastoral landcare group working to improve land and natural resource management across the Roper River Catchment in the Northern Territory, the group is made up primarily of land owners, land managers, and residents committed to monitoring, maintaining and improving the Roper River catchment and its natural values.
RRLG has been especially committed to controlling the neem tree, a highly invasive tree forming monocultures along the Roper River as well as the Katherine and Victoria Rivers. Despite a critical shortage of labour and resources, RRLG Secretary Doris Baylis said the group is currently tackling neem trees around the Mataranka township with the aim of declaring it ‘Neem Free 2023’.