Given the May 15th edition of Landcare in Focus went to print before the recent budget announcement, I would like to take this opportunity to put forward Landcare Australia’s position and intent.
This year sees 25 years since Landcare began as a national initiative and as we look to the future, funding from all sectors is hugely important to ensure the resilience of the movement. The issues that led to the growth of Landcare in the 1980s are still relevant today and without funding to support the tens of thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to protecting, restoring and sustaining the productivity of our natural environment, we are going to face serious issues in the future.
It is disappointing to see the recently announced cuts to the National Landcare Program, and although this news is disappointing, we know that it will not curb the spirit and passion of Landcare. Landcare Australia will continue to work harder than ever to secure non-government funding for Landcare, and work with all sectors to relay the importance and effectiveness of Landcare groups if they are adequately funded for essential tools and materials. We will also continue to support the Landcare community by raising awareness, raising funds, sharing stories, celebrating achievements, and working together with all sectors and the community to ensure that Landcare remains relevant, resilient and strong into the future.
Tessa Jakszewicz, Landcare Australia CEO