$5 million in National Landcare Programme grants to celebrate 25 years of Landcare
Joint Media Release
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP
Minister for Agriculture
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
6 August 2014
Australian communities will share in $5 million in 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 to help restore local environments in a new initiative as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, were pleased to announce the new 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 as part of Landcare’s 25th anniversary celebrations, saying the grants would be available from mid-September.
“As part of the 25th anniversary of Landcare, I’m pleased to announce the Australian Government is launching the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15. These grants will provide up to $20,000 for local groups to enhance their natural resources and engage their communities in land and environmental management,” Minister Hunt said.
“Local groups like Landcare understand their patch better than anyone and with just a little bit of financial support they can go on to do bigger and better things for their local environment.
“I congratulate the Landcare movement for its successes over the past 25 years, and am excited about the opportunities for Landcare through the National Landcare Programme,” Minister Hunt said.
Minister Joyce said Landcare groups have done an outstanding job improving land across Australia.
“For the past 25 years, Landcare groups have carried out fantastic work to protect and restore land and waterways right around the country.
“The 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 deliver on the Australian Government’s commitment to offer small grants for local projects, giving communities the power to identify local priorities and deliver local solutions.
“Additionally, the Government has asked all regional natural resource management organisations to invest at least 20 per cent of their Australian Government funding into Landcare and other local projects.
“By requiring natural resource management groups to allocate a portion of their funding to local organisations, the Government is ensuring that regions work with their local communities to identify priorities and undertake projects that will deliver long-term benefits for the environment and productive agricultural land,” Minister Joyce said.
The 20 percent investment through natural resource management organisations will ensure a minimum of $90 million over four years is directed towards small projects under the National Landcare Programme. This means that farmers, Landcare and other community groups have access to funding so that they can continue to undertake important on ground works in local communities.
The Government’s total investment in natural resource management amounts to over $2 billion over the next four years.
The 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 are expected to open mid-September. Further information is available at www.nrm.gov.au.