Ongoing support for Australian Landcare
11 May 2017
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the Australian Government's announcement that it will be investing more than $1 billion in the National Landcare Program (NLP).
"The Landcare movement has been protecting, restoring and sustaining our soils, water and unique plants and animals for more than 25 years," Minister Hartsuyker said.
"This funding will help that important work to continue and demonstrates the Australian Government's commitment to supporting strong natural resource management.
"We are continually working to boost productivity at the farmgate, while also delivering better environmental outcomes.
"We can only improve productivity and production if our natural resources are protected and the NLP will help us achieve this.
"Through this additional support for Australian Landcare, we can address issues such as soil health, erosion management and water quality, and this is why this program is so relevant to all Australian land managers.
"It is important that we keep Landcare front and centre to assist our land managers and farmers to manage our important natural resources. This will help ensure our land remains healthy and productive for future generations."
The NLP focuses on applying well researched and innovative land and water management techniques on the ground, including through an agriculture small grants program and a continuing commitment to regional delivery.
"The investment we plan to make through the NLP in eradicating Red Imported Fire Ants from south‑east Queensland also offers a strong return on investment for all Australians, by increasing the intensity of treatment and surveillance for these significant pest ants, to bring the shared eradication and containment efforts to a close," Minister Hartsuyker said.
The Government's investment in the National Landcare Program includes two components: $1 billion from 2018-19 to 2022-23 and $100 million announced in the 2016 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook from 2016-17 to 2019-20.