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National Landcare grants start to flow across Goulburn Broken

The Australian Government welcomes Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's announcement that 20 private landholders will share in $400,000 in grants under the National Landcare Programme.

The Goulburn Broken projects will involve a range of activities to protect 272 hectares of box-gum grassy woodlands, grey box and buloke grassy woodlands and seasonal herbaceous wetlands. Activities undertaken by landholders will include fencing, planting and controlling pest weeds and animals.

“National Landcare Programme funding is supporting local landcare networks, private landholders and other community-based groups to help restore local ecosystems and protect natural assets so the local community can enjoy the long-term benefit of a healthy and livable environment,” Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said.

“The Government is ensuring that funding is invested locally to deliver real change that is targeted on and off farm to safeguard productive capacity in the land for the future and to safeguard our environment,” Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce said.

“This is crucial because farmers, landcarers and community groups know what works best for their properties, environment and their communities."

“Over the coming months, the Goulburn Broken CMA will support private landholders to carry out important on-ground works to address some of the crucial environmental issues facing the region,” Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone said.

“Goulburn Broken CMA has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver good environmental outcomes in Gouburn Broken region.”

The Australian Government is investing $1 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme.  This includes more than $450 million in regional funding to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.

Goulburn Broken CMA’s announced funding is part of its commitment to invest over 20 per cent of its National Landcare Programme funding to help support local projects as well as other local community engagement activities.

For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to www.nrm.gov.au