Australian Government continues support for Landcare
19 March 2014
The Australian Government is continuing support for the Landcare movement by providing funds for a number of key activities designed to raise awareness of Landcare and its achievements.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today announced that the Australian Government would back the annual National Landcare Conference and National Landcare Awards.
“Landcare Australia Limited will be provided with $4 million over the next four years to continue their important work of promoting the Landcare ethic, recognising and celebrating the achievements of the Landcare movement and encouraging participation in Landcare-related activities,” Minister Joyce said.
Landcare Australia will deliver the state and territory Landcare awards in 2015 and both the National Landcare Awards and Bob Hawke Landcare Award in 2014 and 2016. They will also continue raising community awareness and involvement in the Landcare movement.
“The Landcare movement is about real people making a real difference to our natural environment – whether that’s adopting minimal tillage to improve groundcover, working with your neighbours to manage pests and weeds or more accurately applying fertiliser,” Minister Joyce said.
“We are committed to working with the Landcare movement to ensure Australia continues to enjoy a vibrant, innovative and competitive agricultural sector.
“We’re also providing a separate $561,000 for Landcare Australia Limited to deliver this year’s National Landcare Conference; the conference is particularly special in 2014 because it celebrates 25 years of Landcare.
“There are thousands of volunteers around Australia who are passionate about the Landcare ethic – farmers included; the conference recognises and celebrates the largely volunteer efforts of the Landcare community.”
This year’s National Landcare Conference, to be held on 17–19 September 2014, will be based around the theme of ‘Celebrating our History, Growing our Future’. The three day conference will take place in Melbourne and includes a day of relevant field trips.
The funding is part of the National Landcare Programme which will make positive, practical differences in the environment and to the long-term productivity of our agriculture and fisheries sector.