National Landcare grants start to flow across the Murray region

National Landcare grants start to flow across the Murray region

The Australian Government welcomes today’s Murray Local Land Services announcement that 21 local groups will share in more than $300,000 in grants under the National Landcare Programme.

The Murray Local Land Services projects include a range of activities that will increase the knowledge and skills of the community in conservation and land management, increase Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and skills and increase well-being and practice change within the Aboriginal communities in the Murray region.

“Over the coming months, the Murray Local Land Services will support local groups to deliver projects that promote profitable and sustainable land management practices on farm, skills and training to enable Aboriginal people to connect to and work on country and to address crucial environmental issues facing the region,” the Federal Member for Farrer, Ms Sussan Ley said.

“Murray Local Land Services has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver good social, economic and environmental outcomes in the Murray Region,” Ms Ley 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,” 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, 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.

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 Murray Local Land Services’ commitment to invest over 20 per cent of their 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

A full list of projects is attached.

A full list of projects is attached.2015 1201 Landcare grants – specific funding