Government delivers $1 billion for National Landcare Program
THE Federal Government announced this week it is investing more than $1 billion for phase two of the National Landcare Program, which will be delivered from July 2017 until June 2023 as announced in the budget.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said phase two of the National Landcare Program recognised the vital role Australia’s farmers played in land management.
“Our farmers manage 61% of Australia’s landmass and can make a significant contribution to the protection of vital assets such as our soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity,” Mr Joyce said.
The phase two investment includes:
$450 million for the Regional Land Partnerships Program to deliver natural resource management on a regional scale
Funding for additional biosecurity measures to support the eradication of the red imported fire ant
$47.4 million for the management of our treasured World Heritage sites
$24.7 million towards delivering the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan
$93 million for the ongoing support of existing Indigenous Protected Areas plus $15 million new funding
$5 million for an environment small grants program that local groups can access (up to $50,000) for local natural resource management activities.