John Betts Yass Region Landcare Award
John Betts was a foundation member of the Yass Area Network
of Landcare Groups (YAN). Following John's passing, the Management Committee of YAN,
in consultation with the Betts family, decided that a perpetual Landcare award
be established in John Betts memory.
The Award is intended to stand in perpetuity and is
fashioned into a timber shield constructed from an old strainer post from John Betts'
property. The shield is affixed with the names of the award recipients.
Each recipient is presented a separate small
medallion that they may keep as a personal memento. Their name is affixed
to the perpetual shield plinth.
The Perpetual memorial shield will kept on public display at
an appropriate place determined by the YAN.
The award may be presented to one or more outstanding landcarers
across the Yass Valley, or elsewhere, at the discretion of the YAN management
committee. The presentation of the award would normally be made in consultation
with the Betts family where that is convenient.
The YAN management committee may seek nomination from the
constituent Landcare groups, and/or other bodies considered appropriate. YAN may independently
make nominations for the award each year. Where there are multiple nominations a suitably constituted meeting of the YAN management
committee will determine the number of awards and who the recipients will be.
The intention is that only one award would be made each year
for exceptional service rendered to Landcare across the broad Yass Region.
It is not necessary that an award be made each year if there
are no appropriate nominations. Conversely multiple awards may be made on an
occasion where the YAN management committee determined that this was
The John Betts Landcare Award may be presented
to a candidate who, in the opinion of the YAN management committee:
- Exercised membership, or held an office with YAN
or one of its constituent groups, with distinction.
- Provided leadership or substantial service to Landcare or other associated natural resource management organisations, or other
community based activities not inconsistent with the constitutional objectives
- Provided significant service to the Landcare
Community at some cost to their time or other personal resources usually over a
period of several years.
Generally landcare service in this context would
be more associated with Group or Network activities so as to differentiate the John Betts award from the conventional and general Regional, States or National Landcare awards systems. However YAN is not precluded from nominating any
candidate for the John Betts award for individual on-ground Landcare works where other
award systems are not appropriate.
The power to rescind the award is reserved to the YAN
management committee. This power would probably never need to be exercised and
would only be contemplated in a blatant case of subsequent willful conduct by a
recipient such as to cause considerable discredit to YAN or its constituent
Groups and members or to cause Landcare generally to be disgraced or
Should YAN decide to rescind the award the recipient's
details may be removed from the perpetual trophy and the recipient ordered to
return their individual medal and certificate to YAN.