FEDERAL Member for New England and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce said 21 projects throughout the New England Electorate will enjoy a share of more $364,000 under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
He praised the work of community groups in the Tenterfield district including the Mingoola Progress Association which received $20,000 to remove Cats Claw Creeper and to restore and protect riparian biodiversity, while the Tenterfield Wild Dog Control Group received $20,000 for a strategic, cross-border pest animal control management project.
Tenterfield Community Gardens will also receive $10,000 for a project titled, principles and practices of sustainable food production.
East of Tenterfield, a group working to restore the Bunyip Creek, a tributary of the Cataract, will receive $13,167 for fencing, installing batters and tree planting.
Mr Joyce and Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt announced the successful projects sharing in the $5 million of funding under the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants.
“We all have a part to play in caring for the land. These projects are one way we can ensure that our agricultural practices are sustainable and our natural environment is healthy for future generations,” Mr Joyce said.
“It’s great to see so many Australians getting involved in projects to protect and restore their local environment.
“These grants are focused on engaging the community to deliver local projects which will have lasting benefits for the environment and productive agricultural landscapes,” he said.
Further information about the National Landcare Programme can be found online at www.nrm.gov.au