01 February 2016
The Australian Government welcomes today’s Northern Agricultural Region announcement that seven local groups will share in $52,691 in grants under the National Landcare Programme.
The Northern Agricultural Region’s projects include a range of activities that will support land managers and community groups to undertake on-ground land management to enhance community skills and knowledge in rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the region’s animals and plants.
“National Landcare Programme funding is supporting local landcare networks and other community-based groups to help restore local ecosystems and protect natural assets so the local community can enjoy the long-term benefit of a healthy and livable environment,” Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said.
“The Government is ensuring that funding is invested locally to deliver real change that is targeted on and off farm to safeguard productive capacity in the land for the future and to safeguard our environment,” Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce said.
“This is crucial because farmers, landcarers and community groups know what works best for their properties, environment and their communities,” Mr Joyce said.
“Over the coming months, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council will support local groups to carry out important on-ground works to address some of the crucial environmental issues facing the region,” the Federal Member for Durack, Ms Melissa Price said.
“The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver good environmental outcomes in the Northern Agricultural Region,” Ms Price said.
The Australian Government is investing $1 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme. This includes more than $450 million directed in regional funding through to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.
The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council’s announced funding is part of its commitment to invest over 20 per cent of its National Landcare Programme funding to help support local projects as well as other local community engagement activities.
For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to www.nrm.gov.au
Click here for the Biodiversity Community Grants – List of successful recipients.