The Coalition Government has underlined its support for Landcare by investing more than $1 billion in the National Landcare Programme.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the programme was a key demonstration of the Coalition’s commitment to supporting strong natural resource management and the environment in the Territory.
Senator Scullion said the programme continued to focus on practical, on-the-ground ways to improve issues like soil health, erosion management and water quality, making it relevant to all land managers, especially farmers.
“Our farmers manage about 53 per cent of our landmass and with global demand for food and fibre set to double by 2050, it’s important that we keep Landcare front and centre to assist them to manage our natural resources,” Senator Scullion said.
“Every farming family I know wants to pass on their land in better shape than when they got it and our investment through the 2017 budget will help them achieve those goals.
“The National Landcare Programme will focus on applying well researched and innovative land and water management techniques and tools on the ground, including an agricultural small grants programme and ongoing investment in regional delivery.”
Senator Scullion said that for more than 25 years, the Landcare movement had been protecting, restoring and sustaining soils, water and the diversity of Australia’s unique plants and animals and its threatened species.
“The $1 billion in funding we have delivered is further evidence of the Coalition Government’s commitment to continue this important work of looking after our environment,” Senator Scullion said.
“We will continue to support on-ground community projects that harness local know-how and deliver practical and tangible results.”