The Federal Government’s $1.1 billion dollar commitment to the National Landcare Program will help Australia's farm sector continually improve the sustainability of its farming practices.
The National Landcare Program recognises the important role farmers play on behalf of the community as stewards of the environment. It provides the resources to help farmers improve biodiversity, water quality and soil health, and sequester carbon.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said phase two of the National Landcare Program recognised the vital role Australia’s farmers play in land management.
“Our farmers manage 61 per cent of Australia’s landmass and can make a significant contribution to the protection of vital assets such as our soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity,” said Minister Joyce.
“Our investment recognises this vital role, and includes funding to further develop sustainable land practices and build the resilience, competitiveness and productivity of our farmers including additional funding for Red Imported Fire Ant eradication and pest animal and weed management.”
Investment under this next phase will be targeted and delivered against national priorities that will benefit rural communities and deliver environmental and agricultural priorities.
Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy
"The Regional Land Partnerships Program announced today is a new approach," said Tony Mahar, CEO of the National Farmers' Federation (NFF).
"The $450 million dedicated to Regional Land Partnerships is a significant budget commitment and we must ensure that the program delivers meaningful and measurable outcomes – for the environment, for farmers and land managers, and for communities."
Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, said, “This next phase of the program will help landcare, farmer groups and Indigenous communities continue their valuable work of delivering on-ground biodiversity and sustainable agricultural outcomes that benefit both our communities and our environment.”
“Investment under this next phase will be targeted and delivered against national priorities that will benefit rural communities and deliver environmental and agricultural priorities.”
Government must ensure that this investment is properly coordinated and focused on landscape-scale priorities...
Tony Mahar, CEO, National Farmers' Federation
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said the Government will be seeking the community’s views on the delivery arrangements of the Regional Land Partnerships Program over the coming weeks, holding consultation sessions in each state and territory to provide further information, answer questions and seek views.
“I encourage farmers, landcare groups, natural resource management practitioners, scientists, Indigenous and local communities to familiarise themselves with this information and take part in the upcoming public consultation period either through the face-to-face sessions or the online feedback form available at www.nrm.gov.au,” said Assistant Minister Hartsuyker.
Tony Mahar said, "The NFF looks forward to further announcements about the program, including those components of the program that will be focused on sustainable agriculture activities."
"In finalising the program settings, Government must ensure that this investment is properly coordinated and focused on landscape-scale priorities, rather than a scattergun approach resulting in disjointed investments.
"We are hoping that Government will refresh its focus, to enable the agriculture sector to leverage the investment we make in innovation to promote and share ideas and new practices and to encourage their adoption by farmers."