14 July 2015

Landcare grants start to flow across Corangamite

The Australian Government welcomes the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority’s announcement today of $1.17 million for on-ground activities to protect the Corangamite region’s natural environment.

These grants are supported by Australian Government funding provided under the National Landcare Programme.

Eleven local landholders were successful in gaining funding through the catchment authority’s Plains Tender Project.

The investment of $1.17 million will improve native vegetation and condition for 1164 hectares of the threatened Victorian Volcanic Plain bioregion.

“National Landcare Programme funding is being used to support 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 Hunt said.

“This is crucial because farmers, landcarers and community groups know what works best for their properties, environment and their communities,” Minister Hunt said.

“Over the coming months, the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority will support the eleven landholders to carry out important on-ground works to address some of the crucial environmental issues facing the region,” the Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson said.

This National Landcare Programme investment will support projects that manage and enhance native vegetation in some of our most high value habitats across the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

The landholders will undertake a range of actions, including managing environmental weeds, controlling pest animals, fencing sensitive areas for stock management and supplementary planting.

“The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver good environmental outcomes,” Ms Henderson said.

The Australian Government is investing $2 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia.  As part of this commitment $1 billion will be invested through the National Landcare Programme, including more than $450 million directed in regional funding through to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.

This funding is part of the catchment authority’s commitment to invest over 20 per cent of their National Landcare Programme funding to help support local projects such as these as well as other local community engagement activities.

For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to www.nrm.gov.au

14 July 2015