FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government welcomes Northern Tablelands Local Land Services announcement that 13 projects involving eight local groups will share in $49,760 in grants under the National Landcare Programme.
The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services projects include a range of activities that relate to the improvement of river management, native vegetation management, sustainable land management, and threatened species conservation.
Mr Joyce said 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.
“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,” the Member for New England and 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,” he said.
“Over the coming months, the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services will support local groups to carry out important on-ground works to address some of the crucial environmental issues facing the region.
“Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver good environmental outcomes in the Northern Tablelands region," Mr Joyce said.
The Australian Government is investing $1 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme, the Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said.
This includes more than $450 million directed in regional funding to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.
This funding is part of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services 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