QWaLC welcome’s the retention of the current NLP funding levels in the current difficult fiscal circumstances.
We also welcome the provision of the $100m MYEFO funds as an additional allocation of funds. With the National Landcare Network we look forward to working with the government and other stakeholders in the near future on the design of the community Landcare streams and projects within the National Landcare Program.
We are pleased to be able to continue our work with Landcare Australia to better meet the needs of the Landcare movement, including delivering the Queensland Landcare awards announced over the weekend. https://e-award.com.au/2017/landcareawards/newentry/about.php.
The Government will provide $1.1 billion over seven years from 2016-17 from the Natural Heritage Trust, including $100.0 million provided in the 2016-17 MYEFO measure titled Green Army Program termination, to continue the National Landcare Programme (NLP).
• $15.0 million for new Indigenous Protected Areas additional to those already declared or already under formal consultation as part of the existing Indigenous Protected Areas Network; and
• $85.0 million to support on-ground projects by Landcare groups; support the work of Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network; and for a Sustainable Agriculture small grants program.
The NLP is the Government’s primary environmental program and operates in five-year tranches with the next tranche to commence on 1 July 2018. The specific application of NLP funding is determined by the Natural Heritage Ministerial Board. The program supports natural resource management as well as local and long-term environmental, sustainable agriculture and Indigenous outcomes.