Golden Secateurs and Trackcare Legend awards


Every year the City of Hobart recognises an outstanding Bushcare volunteer who has made a positive and lasting contribution to the conservation of Hobart’s bushland reserves and who inspires others to do the same.

These conservation heroes are given a Bushcare Legend Golden Secateurs Award and go into our Golden Secateurs Hall of Fame.

2020 award winners

Namkheang Ly is one of Bushcare's strongest advocates and a great champion of Hobart's bushlands. He was truly deserving of our 2020 Golden Secateurs Award.

In just 18 months he has gone from an environmental novice to one of our strongest advocates for nature.

“Volunteering with Bushcare lets me be part of a movement that is protecting wildlife habitat by getting rid of environmental weeds, planting native trees and shrubs, and getting others to join our cause,” Mr Ly said when receiving his award.

Over the past few years our Trackcare program has gone from strength to strength because of volunteers like the Johnston family, who won the 2020 Trackcare Legend Award.

The whole family – Mark, Anna, Lucie and Ollie – has been with Trackcare since early 2018. They have worked on the North South, Slides, Stumpside, Pitfall, Drops and Yellow Hippo tracks.

They bring fun and enthusiasm to every single dig day they attend. They also nabbed this year’s Trackcare prize, a fantastic Stumpjumper mountain bike generously donated by Roll Cycles Tasmania.

Nominations for this year's legend are now open and must include: 

  • how the Bushcare volunteer has made a positive and lasting impact on Hobart’s bushland 
  • how they have inspired others to contribute to caring for Hobart’s bushland. 

Nominations can be emailed to or posted to Bushcare GPO Box 503, Hobart 7001 and must be submitted by Friday 8 November, 5 pm. 

About the awards

The awards began in 2008 and our first Golden Secateurs Legend was Antony Ault, a stalwart of the Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare group who was recognised for his role in helping to rid Knocklofty Reserve of gorse and other environmental weeds.

Antony has always been meticulous about documenting the work carried out at Knocklofty Reserve, a skill now considered best practice for managing the health of our bushland reserves.

Bushcare will always be deeply grateful for the work of its Bushcare Legends.

Golden Secateurs award winners

2020 –  Namkheang (Bryan) Ly  

2019 – Rodney Arnold 

2018 – Janet Stone

2017 – Gavin Wright

2016 – Astrid Wright

2015 – Ingrid Colman

2014 – Greg Summers

2013 – Andrew Hingston

2012 – Greg Kidd

2011 – Sue Gillespie

2010 – Peter Franklin

2009 – Sue Drake

2008 – Antony Ault


Trackcare Legend award winners

2020 – The Johnston family

2019 – Jeff Thomas