Future of $1 Billion National Landcare Program Secure

June 19, 2017

Terrain NRM CEO Carole Sweatman welcomes funding announcement for another National Landcare Programme.

"In last week’s Federal budget, $1 billion in funding over five years has been announced for another National Landcare Program, starting July 2018. This is a great result and I would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian government for continuing to fund this important program," said Ms Sweatman.

There are no details as yet regarding the design of the program, however you can read the joint Ministerial release from Ministers Frydenberg and Joyce for key points, which include:

“The NLP will focus on applying well researched and innovative land and water management techniques and tools on the ground, including an Agriculture small grants program and ongoing investment in regional delivery.“

“We will continue to support on-ground community projects that harness local know-how and deliver practical and tangible results.”

“This funding will put the NLP in an even stronger position to continue to deliver for our nation’s environment, including the Great Barrier Reef.”

“Resources for Indigenous Protected Areas will also be boosted to help provide employment, education and training opportunities for Indigenous people in remote areas while protecting our cultural heritage into the future.”

While it is not clear yet, what opportunities will be provided for input to the design process, we encourage partners and Terrain members to keep up to date on the next steps – we will endeavour to provide timely updates as they come to hand. We are aware that time is of the essence and there may be only a short window to provide input.

Ms Sweatman said, "We are very thankful for the ongoing investment, and the $1 billion is a significant investment for the future. However, the final allocation is over 5 years, where previously this was allocated over 4 years and may have an impact on local and regional allocation funding opportunities. This means collaboration is critical to get the best results in the Wet Tropics as a whole, and Terrain will continue to work hard to do so!"