THIRTEEN land managers will share $900,016 in grants to protect 231 hectares of Gippsland’s highly threatened Red Gum and grassy woodland areas under the National Landcare Program.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the funding would support a range of activities, including the removal of grazing pressure by replacing or repairing fencing, removal of woody weeds, re-vegetation and pest animal control.
Mr Hunt said National Landcare Program grants supported land owners to help restore local ecosystems and protect natural assets.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the government was ensuring that money was spent locally to deliver change on and off farm to safeguard productive capacity in the land and to safeguard the local environment.
“This is crucial because farmers, Landcarers and community groups know what works best for their properties, environment and their communities,” Mr Joyce said.
Gippsland MHR Mr Darren Chester said West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority would support the 13 land owners to carry out important on-ground works to address crucial environmental issues.
“West Gippsland CMA has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver good environmental outcomes,” Mr Chester said.
The Australian government is spending $2 billion to help support natural resource management across Australia.
As part of this commitment $1 billion flow through the National Landcare Program, including more than $450 million directed in regional funding through to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.
This funding is part of a West Gippsland CMA commitment to spend more than 20 per cent of its National Landcare Program funding to help support local projects, as well as local community engagement activities.
For more information about the National Landcare Program go to www.nrm.gov.au.