Regional Landcare Facilitator

The Goulburn Broken CMA is proud to host the Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) program. RLF’s are located in each of the natural resource management regions across Australia where they promote the uptake of sustainable farm and land management practices. They also establish, assist and develop community Landcare and production groups, so that those groups can help share information and provide support to farmers and other land managers to meet challenges, such as, climate change.

Agricultural production in the Goulburn Broken catchment is a major land use and a significant contributor to the Catchment’s economy. Farmers are under increasing pressure to increase productivity, whilst remaining profitable in the face of the declining availability of water, land, nutrients, oil, technology, skills and finance. For agricultural production to be sustained in the longer-term land management practices need to change, particularly in terms of meeting the challenges of variable trade, climate change, declining biodiversity and food security.

 The Goulburn Broken CMA is proud to host the Australian Government’s Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF). RLF’s are located in each of the natural resource management regions across Australia where they support farmers, land managers and community members to improve their awareness, participation, knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.  They also provide support and assistance to community NRM and production groups so that these groups have improved capacity and connection.

 The RLF is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme until 30 June 2018. Project activities will include: events (e.g. field days and workshops), demonstration trials, publications (e.g. monthly Landcare newsletter) and general Landcare support (e.g. actively attending and hosting meetings, assistance with the delivery of community grants programs). Through adaptive management and an innovative delivery model, project activities will be informed by community feedback and emerging issues.

 Your local RLF is:

 Ashley Rogers

Goulburn Broken CMA

 Address: 89 Sydney Road (PO Box 124), Benalla VIC 3672

Phone:    03 5764 7507

Mobile:  0488 196 216

Email:     ashleyr@gbcma.vic.gov.au

 To keep up to date with the RLF project and the latest Landcare, environment and sustainable agricultural news, including regional events and funding opportunities subscribe to the Goulburn Broken CMA’s monthly newsletter Landcare Links by emailing ashleyr@gbcma.vic.gov.au.

National Landcare Program

The National Landcare Program is a key part of the Australian Government’s $2 billion investment over 4 years in managing our natural resources.  The other elements of this investment include the Reef 2050 Plan, The Green Army Program, Working on Country (now part of the Jobs, Land and the Economy Program), and the Land Sector Package.

The National Landcare Program is comprised of two funding streams: national and regional, that will invest $1 billion of over the next four years (2014-15 to 2017-18) in projects that address environmental and sustainable agriculture issues.

The Regional Stream

The regional funding stream will invest $454 million through Australia’s 54 natural resource management organisations over the next four years.

This funding recognises the vitally important role these organisations play in delivering local and regional activities that protect the environment and make agriculture more sustainable and productive.  Regional NRM organisations will be instrumental in working with their communities to identify and set local priorities for investment, and will be required to allocate a minimum of 20 per cent of their Australian Government funding to Landcare and other small community projects.

National Stream

This stream will be delivered directly by the Australian Government.  It includes a range of election commitments such as the 20 Million Trees Program, as well as continuing commitments such as World Heritage and Indigenous Protected Areas.  It also includes:

25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15

A total of up to $5 million (GST exclusive) is available in 2014-15 through the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15.

http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/25th-anniversary-landcare-grants

20 Million Trees

The Australian Government will work with the community to plant 20 million trees by 2020, to re-establish green corridors and urban forests. The 20 Million Trees Programme has four strategic objectives:

  • 20 million trees – 20 million trees and associated understorey planted by 2020.
  • Environmental conservation – support local environmental outcomes by improving the extent, connectivity and condition of native vegetation that supports native species
  • Community engagement – work cooperatively with the community
  • Carbon reduction – contribute to Australia reducing its greenhouse gas emissions

http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/20-million-trees

Local programs

Through the National Landcare Program, the Australian Government is helping a number of local communities take action to restore their local river and waterways, tackle invasive weeds, stop the cane toad scourge from spreading into the Kimberley’s, and protect our whales and dolphins.

http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/local

Landcare networks

The Department of the Environment will provide state, territory and national Landcare networks with a combined annual funding of $1 million over the next four years (2014-15 to 2017-18). This funding will be used to:

  • Increase the capacity of Landcare networks.
  • Strengthen the links between Landcare groups and regional NRM organisations.
  • Increase the inclusion of Landcare groups in NRM decision making.
  • Support the involvement of local Landcare groups in the Green Army and 20 Million Trees Programs.

Landcare Australia Limited

The Department of Agriculture has provided $4.5 million over 3.5 years from January 2014 to enable Landcare Australia Limited (link is external) to provide strategic support for the Landcare movement.  This funding will enable activities such as the National Landcare Awards, the 2014 Landcare Conference, celebrating 25 years of Landcare, community service announcements, publications such as Landcare in Focus, Landcare week and activities to raise corporate and community awareness about Landcare

http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/landcare-networks

Biosecurity Incursion Management

Australia is fortunate to be free from many pests and diseases found in other countries that could harm the health of animals, people, plants and the environment.

Managing Australia’s biosecurity system is a big job.  The Australian Government works in partnership with other governments, industry and the community to prevent exotic pests and diseases from arriving, and helping to control outbreaks when they do occur.  http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/biodiversity-incursion-management

Pest animal and weed management

Invasive animals and plants cause significant damage to Australia’s natural environment and reduce agricultural productivity. Invasive weeds are among the most serious threats to Australia's natural environment and unique biodiversity.

http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/pest-animal-weed-management

Continuing investment

Target Area Grants - http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/continuing-investment/target-area-grants

World Heritage Grants - http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/continuing-investment/world-heritage-grants

Indigenous Protected Areas - http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/continuing-investment/indigenous-protected-areas

Reef Program - http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/continuing-investment/reef-programme

Environmental Stewardship Program - http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/continuing-investment/environmental-stewardship

Innovation Grants - http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/continuing-investment/innovation-grants

 Carbon Farming Initiative

Through the Direct Action Plan, the Australian Government is introducing a mix of new policies, to efficiently and effectively source low cost emissions reductions and improve Australia’s environment.  This will be done primarily through the Emissions Reduction Fund.

The Emissions Reduction Fund will build on the existing Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and provide ongoing opportunities for farmers and land managers to participate in emission reduction projects.  For further news and updates, please visit the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.

The RLF program in the Goulburn Broken region can assist in providing farmers and land managers with information on:

  • the CFI, to enable them to make informed decisions about it
  • how they might be able to participate in the CFI
  • the productivity, economic and environmental benefits from creating land-based carbon credits.