National Landcare grants open across the South West region

23/9/2015

Landcare and community groups in the South West NRM Region are now able to apply for South West Community Groundworks grants, from a total $120,000 to help care for the region's natural environment and support sustainable agriculture.

Grants between $5,000 and $15,000 are available for groups and individuals to undertake projects that protect local biodiversity and ecological values, encourage sustainable agricultural practices and increase the community’s skills and knowledge on how to better manage their natural resources.   These grants are part of the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and managed locally by the South West NRM Region — one of Australia's 56 regional natural resource management organisations.

“This is a great opportunity for local communities to tackle important onground works aimed at addressing local natural resource management priorities,” Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt said.

“Through the South West Community Groundworks grants, communities are invited to deliver simple, local and long-term solutions to improve the productivity of their land and their local environment,” Mr Hunt said.

“It’s also pleasing to see that Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management organisations  are directing more than 20 per cent of their National Landcare Programme Funding to help support grant rounds such as these as well as other local community activities,” Mr Hunt said.

“The Australian Government is ensuring that funding is invested locally to deliver real change that is targeted on and off farm to safeguard productive capacity in the land for the future and to safeguard our environment,” Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce said.

“This is crucial because farmers, landcarers and community groups know what works best for their properties, environment and communities,” Mr Joyce said.

“It is also a key driver in delivering on the Australian Government’s commitment to support productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s primary industries, and good management of natural resources,” Mr Joyce said.

“South West Catchments Council works closely with the local community to reach a shared understanding of the environmental and agricultural issues facing the South West region and what work is needed to address them,” Federal Member for O’Connor, Mr Rick Wilson said.

“By getting involved, landcare groups, farmers and community organisations working in natural resource management can help ensure the grant programme is used to its maximum benefit, targeting local and regional priorities,” Mr Wilson said.

The Australian Government is investing $2 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia.  As part of this commitment $1 billion will be invested through the National Landcare Programme, including more than $450 million directed in regional funding through to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.

For more information on this grant round and how to apply, please visit the website at www.swccnrm.org.au

For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to www.nrm.gov.au

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