Gov­ern­ment de­liv­ers $1 bil­lion for Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - RURAL LIFE -

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.

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