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Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

The Goulburn Broken CMA is proud to host a Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF).

RALFs 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 RALF is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. 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 RALF is:

 Kerstie Lee

Goulburn Broken CMA

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

Phone:    03 5764 7507

Mobile:  0488 196 216

Email:     kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au

 To keep up to date with the RALF 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 kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au.