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A horticulture project from the Roper Gulf Shire Council has received major recognition, winning the Local Government Landcare Partnership Award at the 2011 Northern Territory (NT) Landcare Awards.
The Landcare Awards recognise Territorians who have demonstrated excellence in caring for land and water resources.
One highlight of Roper Gulf Shire Council's now award-winning environmental initiatives has been the Horticulture and landcare project. This project involved the development of sustainable nurseries, market gardens, green landscapes and orchards. These not only encourage good environmental practices and engagement, but also bring fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables into local communities.
As well as focusing on improved nutrition, the project also involves landscaping and dust suppression initiatives to improve environmental conditions. These can help reduce the onset of trachoma and other health problems.