Dust storm watchers awarded for 10 years of volunteering

Citizen scientists from rural south-western NSW have been recognised at the inaugural DustWatch Volunteer Awards ceremony for contributing to vital dust storm and wind erosion research in Australia for over 10 years. The awards were presented at the 9th International Conference on Aeolian Research in Mildura.

Dr John Leys, leader of the DustWatch program at the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) who manage and partly fund the program, said DustWatch is the first citizen science wind erosion project of its kind.

'The program relies heavily on the ongoing support of its 44 volunteers. Most of the 39 monitoring stations across the state are set up in extremely remote locations and we could not operate without the dedicated volunteers who collect data during dust events and maintain instruments on a monthly basis,' Dr Leys said.

Recipients of DustWatch Volunteer Awards

Laurence and Helen Barnes

Laurence and Helen Barnes manage a DustWatch station at Lethero on their cropping and grazing enterprise. They have monitored the site since it was installed back in 2004.

Vic Seekamp and her son Angus

Vic Seekamp and her son Angus from Woolcunda station run a grazing enterprise near Coombah and have been looking after the DustWatch site since 2004. Accepting the award from John Leys (OEH) is Angus Seekamp and his partner Chelsee Mason.

Paul and his sister Belinda Hansen

Paul and his sister Belinda Hansen from Kulcurna Station near Lake Victoria are the fifth generation to live and work on the family property and have been managing their DustWatch site since 2004. Accepting the award on behalf of the family is Paul Hansen and his partner Jenny Richards.

Greg and Lorraine Ayson

Greg and Lorraine Ayson are organic sheep graziers from Bidura Station near Penarie and have also been contributing to DustWatch since 2004.

Clive and Fay Linnett

Clive and Fay Linnett, sheep and cattle graziers from Kilfera Station near Ivanhoe, were recognised for maintaining the station in Ivanhoe for about 12 years.

Dustwatch volunteers

Front row left to right: Lorraine Ayson, Helen Barnes, Fay Linnett, Jenny Richards, Chelsee Mason
Back row left to right: Stephan Heidenreich (OEH), Greg Ayson, Laurence Barnes, Clive Linnett, Paul Hansen, Angus Seekamp, John Leys (OEH) 

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Dr Leys said the role of DustWatch and its citizen scientists will become even more important as climate change continues to unfold as some areas, particularly western NSW, become hotter and drier leading to increased soil erosion.

'Large dust storms such as the "Red Dawn" that hit Sydney and Brisbane in September 2009 can cost the NSW economy $300 million. DustWatch volunteers provide rapid information and early warning signals to protect our soil, economy, health and lifestyle from these events.'

'On behalf of DustWatch, we'd like to say thank you for the important work of our volunteers.'

 

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John Leys (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Angus Seekamp, Chelsee Mason - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Angus Seekamp, Chelsee Mason - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Angus Seekamp, Chelsee Mason - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Angus Seekamp, Chelsee Mason - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Paul Hansen, Jenny Richards - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Paul Hansen, Jenny Richards - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Paul Hansen, Jenny Richards - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Paul Hansen, Jenny Richards - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Helen Barnes, Laurence Barnes - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Helen Barnes, Laurence Barnes - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Helen Barnes, Laurence Barnes - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Helen Barnes, Laurence Barnes - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Lorraine Ayson, Greg Ayson - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Lorraine Ayson, Greg Ayson - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Stephan Heidenreich (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards (OEH)

John Leys (OEH), Stephan Heidenreich (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Grant McTainsh (Griffith University), Stephan Heidenreich (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Grant McTainsh (Griffith University), Stephan Heidenreich (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Helen Barnes, Laurence Barnes - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Helen Barnes, Laurence Barnes - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Fay Linnett, Clive Linnett - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Fay Linnett, Clive Linnett - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Paul Hansen, Jenny Richards - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Paul Hansen, Jenny Richards - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Angus Seekamp, Chelsee Mason - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Angus Seekamp, Chelsee Mason - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Lorraine Ayson, Greg Ayson - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Lorraine Ayson, Greg Ayson - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Stephan Heidenreich (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

John Leys (OEH), Stephan Heidenreich (OEH) - International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

International Conference on Aeolian Research: DustWatch Volunteer Awards

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