Nearly 70 Landcare groups across the North are expected to benefit from an investment of more than $1billion in the National Landcare Program (NLP) in this year’s Budget.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the NLP was a key demonstration of the Coalition’s commitment to supporting strong natural resource management and the environment across Northern Australia.
“The Landcare program continues to focus on practical, on the ground ways to improve issues like soil health, erosion management and water quality, making the program relevant to all land managers, but especially farmers,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Our farmers manage about 53 per cent of our landmass, and with global demand for food and fibre set to double by 2050, it’s important we keep Landcare front and centre to assist them to manage our natural resources.
“Every farming family I know wants to pass on their land in better shape than when they got it and our investment through this Budget will help them achieve those goals.”
There are approximately 67 Landcare groups across the North, Senator Macdonald said, working with local communities to improve land management practices and the health of the environment.
“The NLP will focus on applying well researched and innovative land and water management techniques and tools on the ground, including an Agriculture small grants program and on-going investment in regional delivery.”
Senator Macdonald said that for more than 25 years, the Landcare movement has been protecting, restoring and sustaining soils, water and the diversity of Australia’s unique plants and animals and its threatened species.
“The $1billion in funding the Federal Coalition has delivered is further evidence of its commitment to continue this important work of looking after our environment,” Senator Macdonald said.
“We will continue to support on-ground community projects that harness local know-how and deliver practical and tangible results.”