The Federal Government is investing $450 million for the regional delivery of the National Landcare Program, which is part of more than $1 billion in investment for phase two of the program.
The Government’s investment for this part of the program will help Landcare groups and Indigenous communities continue valuable work in delivering on-ground biodiversity and sustainable agricultural outcomes that benefit communities and the environment.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the next phase of investment under Landcare will be focused on delivering measurable benefits for communities and the environment which are aligned with national priorities,” Mr Entsch.
“Under the $5 million Environment Small Grants component of the program, our community and environment groups in Far North Queensland can access small grants for local natural resource management activities that protect and conserve our biodiversity,” Mr Entsch said.
“Over the next few weeks, the Government will be providing more details on the regional delivery component of the program through the National Landcare Program website: www.nrm.gov.au.
“This will be followed by a public consultation period to give the community the opportunity to provide feedback on the program,” Mr Entsch said.
During the public comment period, interested groups and members of the community can provide the feedback through the following ways:
• Information sessions: Government officials will hold a consultation session to provide further information, answer questions and seek the community’s views about the Regional Land Partnerships Program and the next steps in its roll out.
• Online feedback: Detailed information on the Regional Land Partnerships Program will be made available on the National Landcare Program website (www.nrm.gov.au), enabling interested parties to submit their views.
“I encourage the relevant Landcare groups in Leichhardt to familiarise themselves with the information on the next phase of the National Landcare Program and take part in the upcoming public consultation period,” Mr Entsch said.
“The agriculture component of the new Landcare program is now being finalised and will be announced in coming weeks.”