Have your say on our National Landcare Programme
Joint Media Release
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP
Minister for Agriculture
20 July 2014
The Australian Government will hit the road in August to talk to Australian communities about getting involved in the National Landcare Programme.
Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said from 4 August, community information sessions would be held in capital cities and regional centres across the country telling people about the opportunities on offer in the National Landcare Programme and how to get involved in local projects.
Minister Hunt said the information sessions would be held in every capital city as well as ten regional centres, so that farmers, environmental groups, local Landcare bodies and natural resource management organisations could have a say about how the National Landcare Programme could benefit their local area.
"We're keen to get as many views as we can so a consultation survey will also be available online for all Australians to have their say on the National Landcare Programme," Minister Hunt said.
"We want to work with regional natural resource management organisations, Landcare groups, community organisations and individuals to deliver simple, local and long-term solutions to environmental challenges."
Minister Joyce said the online consultation would make it easier for those in regional and remote Australia to have their voices heard.
"The Government is committed to empowering local communities to undertake projects with long-term benefits, based on local and regional priorities."
"The consultation survey is a great opportunity for communities to help shape the programme in their region and I encourage people to participate in this process," Minister Joyce said.
The Government will also shortly announce details of funding for future small projects and a one-off grants programme to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Landcare.
Information on the consultation survey and community sessions is available on www.nrm.gov.au