GOVERNMENT DELIVERS MORE THAN $1 BILLION UNDER THE NATIONAL LANDCARE PROGRAM
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 27 September 2017.
THE HON BARNABY JOYCE MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP Minister for the Environment and Energy
THE HON LUKE HARTSUYKER MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
The Coalition Government is continuing its longstanding commitment to natural resource management, investing more than $1 billion for phase two of the National Landcare Program, which will be delivered from July 2017 to June 2023 as announced in this year’s 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 play in land management. “Our farmers manage 61 per cent of Australia’s landmass and can make a significant contribution to the protection of vital assets such as our soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity,” said Minister Joyce. “Our investment recognises this vital role, and includes funding to further develop sustainable land practices and build the resilience, competitiveness and productivity of our farmers including additional funding for Red Imported Fire Ant eradication and pest animal and weed management.”
Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, said, “This next phase of the program will help landcare, farmer groups and Indigenous communities continue their valuable work of delivering on-ground biodiversity and sustainable agricultural outcomes that benefit both our communities and our environment.” The phase two investment includes:
$450 million for the Regional Land Partnerships Program to deliver natural resource management at 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, in addition to the $83 million already allocated under the Program to implement the Plan from 2018-19 to 2021-22.
$93 million for the ongoing support of existing Indigenous Protected Areas plus $15 million new funding.
Funding for the establishment of the $20 million Centre for Invasive Species Solutions to drive research, development and extension activities to protect native ecosystems and habitats from pest animals and weeds.
$5 million for an environment small grants program which local community and environment groups can access (up to $50,000) for local natural resource management activities.
“Guided by findings from the National Landcare Program Review, the regional delivery program will build on the strengths of the previous program and continue to connect and engage with local communities as part of its efforts to protect Australia’s unique environment and natural resources,” said Minister Frydenberg.
“Investment under this next phase will be targeted and delivered against national priorities that will benefit rural communities and deliver environmental and agricultural priorities.”
Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said the Government will be seeking the community’s views on the delivery arrangements of the Regional Land Partnerships Program over the coming weeks, holding consultation sessions in each state and territory to provide further information, answer questions and seek views. “I encourage farmers, landcare groups, natural resource management practitioners, scientists, Indigenous and local communities to familiarise themselves with this information and take part in the upcoming public consultation period either through the face-to-face sessions or the online feedback form available at www.nrm.gov.au,” said Assistant Minister Hartsuyker.
Further details on the consultation sessions and the National Landcare Program more broadly will be released via www.nrm.gov.au and the National Landcare Program Facebook page over the next few weeks.
The key agriculture component of the new Landcare program is being finalised and will be announced in coming weeks.
Media contacts: Office of the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP – Megan Dempsey – 0491 222 306 Office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP – Kane Silom – 02 6277 7920 Office of the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP – Jennifer Cahill – 0472 840 320