The Australian Government has released its $1.1B National Landcare Program (NLP2) Program Overview for funding between 2017 and 2023.
The new program is a total investment of $1.1 billion dollars, divided into a range of programs:
- Regional Land Partnerships (the new regional NRM delivery stream) - $450M
- Indigenous Protected Areas - $15M for new, $93M for support to existing
- Establishment of the Centre for Invasive Species - $16M
- Red Imported Fire Ant - $50M
- World Heritage Site management - $47.4M
- Reef 2050 - $107.7M
- Small environment grants for community - $5M
- Smart Farms Program - $134M (made up of three components including small grants)
- Support for ongoing initiatives (e.g. 20 million trees) – remainder unspecified
Details of each program can be found on their website www.nrm.gov.au
Regional Land Partnerships
Detailed guidelines in relation to the regional NRM component, now called Regional Land Partnerships, are available and the Australian Government is providing the opportunity for comment on this.
Under the current NLP program, this is the funding that enables Terrain to provide community partnerships officers (including the Regional Landcare Facilitator), knowledge, data and GIS services, as well as grants to the community for local priorities, threatened species recovery and Traditional Owner capacity building and engagement.
Under the new program, the opportunity to deliver the Regional Land Partnerships program for the Wet Tropics is open to all organisations that may be interested, through a formal tender. Terrain intends to prepare a tender, in collaboration with our regional NRM-body neighbours, Cape York and Northern Gulf.
For your convenience, we have prepared a summary of the program in an FAQ format (download below). This is drawn from the Australian Government’s paperwork as well as from additional information provided at the information sessions in Brisbane and Cairns. Our summary addresses how the program proposal relates to Terrain and Wet Tropics NRM groups, however we encourage you to read the Australian Government’s FAQ document also.
Terrain is also planning opportunities to engage with our partners and members on priorities and approaches for the new Regional Land Partnerships Program. This will be through a combination of mechanisms:
- A survey (now closed, this was released immediately after the Australian Government consultation period closed);
- Individual meetings with partner/community organisations – preferably “piggy backing” on existing meetings or events you already have scheduled
- A community forum at Terrain’s AGM on the 17th November, where we will workshop the priorities and approaches for the region, based on the feedback we have gathered through the survey and individual discussions.
Although the final tender specifications and guidelines have not yet been released, Terrain sought early input from Members to inform the bid. The results of the members survey are available for download at the bottom of the page.
You can download the set of proposed NLP2 projects that Terrain has compiled, focusing on valued services and building on past successes with partners, but remaining very much within the narrow focus of the NLP2 Regional Land Partnerships program.
Please contact your local Community Partnerships Officer ASAP if you have an opportunity coming up that we could use to have an individual discussion with your group. Otherwise we will do our best to schedule in discussions around the region over the coming 6 weeks.
There are other areas of the new NLP2 that have potential to provide investment for the Wet Tropics, in particular the Smart Farms Program, which is allocating $134 million to support the development and uptake of best practice, tools and technologies that help farmers, fishers, foresters and regional communities improve the protection, resilience and productive capacity of our soils, water and vegetation, in turn supporting successful primary industries and regional communities.
The program will focus on protecting and improving the condition of soil, vegetation and biodiversity and support agricultural systems to adapt to change.
- The first round of Smart Farming Partnerships grants program opened on 19 October 2017 and closes at 2:00 pm AEDT on 21 December 2017.
- The first round of Smart Farms Small Grants opened on 24 October 2017 and closes at 2:00 pm AEDT on 7 December 2017. Information and Guidelines for the Smart Farms Small Grants are available here.
Please let us know if you would like our assistance in pulling together applications for these other components of the NLP2.
Download the following to read Terrain's summary of the NLP2 FAQs.
Download the following to read Terrain's draft survey response.
Download the following to read Member Survey Results.
Download the following to read the Possible Projects Summary.