Federal Government announces $1.1 billion Landcare commitment timetable

Sheep Central September 27, 2017

A $1.1 billion dollar Federal Government commitment to the National Landcare Program will help Australia’s farm sector continually improve the sustainability of its farming practices, the National Farmers Federation said today.

The commitment to phase two of the National Landcare Program will be delivered from July 2017 to June 2023 as announced in this year’s Budget, the government said.

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 percent of Australia’s landmass and can make a significant contribution to the protection of vital assets such as our soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity.

“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,” he said.

National Landcare Program recognises farmers as stewards

NFF chief executive Tony Mahar said the NLP recognised 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,” he said.

The NFF said $450 million announced for Regional Land Partnerships is a new approach and a significant budget commitment, but it must deliver meaningful and measurable outcomes – for the environment, for farmers and land managers, and for communities.

“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,” Mr 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.

“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.”

Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, said the next NLP phase 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.

The phase two investment includes:

  • $450 million for the Regional Land Partnerships Program to deliver natural resource management at a regional scale.
  • Funding for additional biosecurity measures to support the eradication of the Red Imported Fire Ant.
  • $47.4 million for the management of our treasured World Heritage sites.
  • $24.7 million towards delivering the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, in addition to the $83 million already allocated under the Program to implement the Plan from 2018-19 to 2021-22.
  • $93 million for the ongoing support of existing Indigenous Protected Areas plus $15 million new funding.
  • Funding for the establishment of the $20 million Centre for Invasive Species Solutions to drive research, development and extension activities to protect native ecosystems and habitats from pest animals and weeds.
  • $5 million for an environment small grants program which local community and environment groups can access (up to $50,000) for local natural resource management activities.

Mr Frydenberg said guided by findings from the National Landcare Program Review, the regional delivery program will build on the strengths of the previous program and continue to connect and engage with local communities as part of its efforts to protect Australia’s unique environment and natural resources.

“Investment under this next phase will be targeted and delivered against national priorities that will benefit rural communities and deliver environmental and agricultural priorities.”

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,” he said.

Further details on the consultation sessions and the National Landcare Program more broadly will be released via and the National Landcare Program Facebook page over the next few weeks. The key agriculture component of the new Landcare program is being finalised and will be announced in coming weeks.



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