We have finally have some news on the additional $100 million for Landcare that was announced in the MYEFO in December!
In the last few months the NLN, together with Landcare Australia, has been in discussions with the Australian Government and the Australian Greens to try and ensure that this money is spent in a way which will bring benefits to landcarers and farmers on the ground. We have now had confirmation that:
- The first instalment of the funding will be available this financial year.
- Support for on-ground Landcare projects and small grants for sustainable agriculture will be prioritised in allocating this funding.
- 15 million will be allocated to new Indigenous Protect Areas.
- Money will be available to support Landcare Australia in delivering the State and National Landcare Awards which celebrate the achievements of landcarers.
We have a meeting with the Finance Minister next week, after which we hope to be able to share more information on this funding.
Our thanks to the Australian Government and Australian Greens for their ongoing commitment to Landcare!