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Helen Edith Geard

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Helen Edith Geard

Awarded for service to the Community, service to the Environment

Born: 28 January 1971

Entered on roll: 2008

Helen Geard was born in Hobart and has been a dedicated advocate for the environment all of her adult life. Helen’s active participation in her community began at an early age with the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania. She held a range of positions with the organisation and was a part of the Rural Youth Agfest organising committee for 15 years. Helen took on the role of Chairman for Agfest 2001 and 2002, using her communication, technical, facilitation and leadership skills for which she is so highly regarded. During her time on the Agfest Organising Committee she played a role in the development of a vegetation and property management plan for Quercus Park, the home of Agfest.

Helen spent four years as the voluntary President of the Tasmanian Landcare Association. During her tenure she was a key spokesperson for Landcare in Tasmania, promoting the value and importance of sustainable agriculture and resource management. As well as her role as spokesperson, Helen actively supported groups throughout the State in the implementation of their projects. She successfully negotiated on-going Landcare Action Program funds from the Tasmanian Government to support groups with their administration costs and was also instrumental in establishing the Tasmanian Landcare Fund. The fund has since provided assistance for the implementation of more than 20 natural resource management projects across the State.

Since 2001, she has been a member of the Greening Australia (Tasmania) Board, providing input into the setting of strategic visions and project implementation. Helen has been an active member of the Midlands Tree Committee and has been integral in the distribution and planting of thousands of plants in the Midlands.

Helen has worked part-time as a Landcare Officer with the Southern Midlands Council since early 2000. She has worked with five Green Corps teams during that time and has proven to be a supportive mentor. Helen was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for her services to the community through involvement with agriculture and as a role model.

In 2003, Helen was elected as a Councillor with the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania. In this role she assists with the organising and running of the Royal Hobart Show each year.

In 2007, Helen became the State Commissioner for Girl Guides Tasmania, leading a vast volunteer network. In the same year Helen received the Wattle Award from Girl Guides Tasmania for unusually good service to the State Girl Guide Association. She represents Tasmania’s views on the Girl Guides Australia Board.

Helen has also been a regular Lifeline volunteer since 2007. She completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2005.

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