National Landcare grants open in the Wheatbelt
16 December 2015
Landcare and community groups in the Wheatbelt area are now able to apply for up to $150,000 in the fourth round of Bushcare grants to help care for the region's natural environment.
Individual Bushcare Grants of up to $15,000 each are available for community groups and landholders to undertake practical activities such as fencing off bush from stock grazing, controlling weeds and pest animals and regenerating patches of native vegetation within important bush areas.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Australian Government's National Landcare projects are managed locally by Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management — one of Australia's 56 regional natural resource management organisations.
“Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management works closely with the local community to reach a shared understanding of the environmental and agricultural issues facing the Wheatbelt and what work is needed to address them,” Mr 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.”
Environment Minister Greg Hunt said this is a great opportunity for local communities to tackle important on-ground works aimed at addressing local natural resource management priorities.
“Through these Bushcare 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 engagement activities.”
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Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce 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.
“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.”
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 to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.
For more information on this grant round and how to apply, please visit the Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management website at www.wheatbeltnrm.org.au.
For more information go to www.nrm.gov.au