28 September 2017

Government invests $450m in Landcare regional delivery

The Coalition Government is continuing its longstanding commitment to strong natural resource management by investing $450m in regional delivery component of the National Landcare Program, as part of the more than $1 billion investment in the second phase of the program.

The Government’s investment in phase two of the program will help Landcare groups and Indigenous communities continue their valuable work of delivering on-ground biodiversity and sustainable agricultural outcomes that benefit both our communities and our environment.

The next phase of investment under Landcare will be more targeted and focused on delivering measurable benefits to our communities and our environment which are aligned with national priorities.

Under the $5m Environment Small Grants component of the program, our local community and environment groups can access small grants for local natural resource management activities that protect and conserve Australia’s biodiversity.

Over the next few weeks, the Government will be providing more details on the regional delivery component of the program through the National Landcare Program website: www.nrm.gov.au.

This will be followed by a public consultation period to give the community the opportunity to provide their feedback on program’s regional delivery component.

During the public comment period, interested groups and members of the community can provide the feedback through the following ways:

  • Information sessions: Government officials will hold a consultation session in each state and territory to provide further information, answer questions and seek the community’s views about the Regional Land Partnerships Program and the next steps in its roll out.
  • Online feedback: Detailed information on the Regional Land Partnerships Program will be made available on the National Landcare Program website (www.nrm.gov.au), providing interested parties a way to submit their views.

I encourage the people of Corangamite who are interested in the management of our environment and natural resources to familiarise themselves with the information on the next phase of the National Landcare Program and take part in the upcoming public consultation period, either in person or online.

The agriculture component of the new Landcare program is being finalised and will be announced in coming weeks.

28 September 2017