Con­nect­ing volunteers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

A gov­ern­ment tree-plant­ing pro­gram could help Wim­mera-mallee farm­ers be­come cer­ti­fied for sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices.

For­mer Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud an­nounced $1.56-mil­lion for three Land­care and nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment projects, say­ing it would help will­ing farm­ers connect with tree-plant­ing volunteers.

“Green­ing Aus­tralia will re­ceive $550,000 for two projects,” he said.

“We’ll invest $350,000 into a web­page putting farm­ers in contact with volunteers who will help them plant trees or do other en­vi­ron­men­tal work on their farms.

“Con­nect­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally-minded farm­ers with volunteers will­ing to help is just com­mon sense.

“We’ll invest $200,000 so farm­ers who re­quest it can trial drones to scout for good spots to plant trees on farms, and to mon­i­tor the health of young trees.”

Mr Lit­tleproud said an ad­di­tional $550,000 would be pro­vided to Con­ser­va­tion Volunteers Aus­tralia.

“This will give Land­care com­mu­ni­ties man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port so Land­care staff can get out of the of­fice and get their hands dirty,” he said.

“A third grant of $460,000 will go to NRM Re­gions Aus­tralia so they can get more farm­ers cer­ti­fied for their sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices.”

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