​​Media Release

Future of $1 billion National Landcare Program secure

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce
Member for Calare, Andrew Gee

16 May 2017

  • The Coalition Government is investing more than $1 billion in the National Landcare Program (NLP)
  • The NLP is jointly administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Department of the Environment and Energy

The Coalition Government is standing shoulder to shoulder with Australia's 100,000 Landcare volunteers by investing more than $1 billion in the National Landcare Program (NLP).

​During his visit to the Yeoval Show the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, joined local Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, to reaffirm the Coalition's commitment to supporting strong natural resource management and the environment.

Minister Joyce said the Landcare program continues to focus on practical, on the ground ways to improve issues like soil health, erosion management, water quality and pest control, making the program relevant to all land managers – but especially farmers.

​"Our farmers manage about 53 per cent of our landmass and with global demand for food and fibre set to double by 2050 it's important that we keep Landcare front and centre to assist them to manage our natural resources," Minister Joyce said.

"Every farming family I know wants to pass on their land in better shape than when they got it and our investment through this Budget will help them achieve those goals.

"The NLP will focus on applying well researched and innovative land and water management techniques and tools on the ground, including an Agriculture small grants program and on-going investment in regional delivery."

Mr Gee welcomed the $1 billion announcement, which he says is further evidence of the Coalition Government's commitment to continue this important work, which has a huge impact locally.

"Groups such as the Little River Landcare Group based here in Yeoval since 1998 demonstrate how important Landcare is to protecting, restoring and sustaining soils, water and the diversity of the Central West region's unique plants and animals and its threatened species.

"We will continue to support on-ground community projects that harness local know-how and deliver practical and tangible results."

Fast facts:

  • In Australia, there are around 5400 Landcare groups and 100,000 active volunteers in those groups.
  • Over 80 per cent of Australian farmers are involved in Landcare.
  • The annual economic cost of managing pest animals in Australia is estimated at about $1 billion. The cost of managing weeds in Australia is four times that, at $4 billion.
  • More than 80 per cent of our mammals and 90 per cent of our trees, ferns and shrubs occur nowhere else on earth.