Joint Media Release with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon David Littleproud MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Territorians are among the first to benefit from Coalition Government investment under the Regional Land Partnerships component of the National Landcare Program’s second phase.
The Federal Coalition Government announced that it has selected 47 organisations across Australia to deliver on-ground environment and sustainable agricultural projects under the Regional Land Partnerships programme.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said that this signals the start of Regional Land Partnerships under the second phase of the National Landcare Programme.
“These 47 successful tenderers have demonstrated that they have the knowledge, capability and experience to deliver the services as needed by the community, at a price that provides the best value for money for the Government,” Minister Littleproud said.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, welcomed the announcement as great news for the NT, with funding of $8.7 million over 5 years for the Northern Territory Management Unit.
“I wish to congratulate Territory Natural Resource Management (Territory NRM) Incorporated as the successful tenderer chosen to help the Coalition Government deliver its natural resource management priorities in the NT,” Senator Scullion said.
“I’m pleased to say that Territorians will be among those who will benefit from the first wave of new and exciting projects to be delivered under the Regional Land Partnerships programme.”
“While Labor remains intent on shutting down the live export trade and hurting all of our rural industries, the CLP remains committed to supporting our farmers and their future. I am delighted to be part of a government that is delivering for the bush.”
Ms Price said Territory NRM had two projects planned for the first year of funding, with more projects to follow.
“The first project will protect the extraordinary natural values of the Northern Territory’s Top End. We are also looking forward to a second project that will protect the native vegetation and biodiversity as good pastoral business,” Ms Price said.
“It is worth pointing out that community engagement is a major component of the service delivery, with at least 20 per cent of project budget dedicated to supporting small, on-ground projects that are delivered by, or directly engage with, the local landcare community.”
Senator Scullion said that the Government looks forward to working with successful service providers and the community to deliver projects that will benefit, not only our environment, but also our economy and our towns and cities.
“The Coalition Government is proud to continue its long-standing commitment to natural resource management by investing $450 over the next five years in local and regional-scale projects that will help deliver national priorities,” Senator Scullion said.
“Through the Regional Land Partnerships programme, the Government is investing in projects that will help us meet the needs of our local communities and deliver on our international obligations and national priorities.”
For further information on the Regional Land Partnerships, visit: http://www.nrm.gov.au/