More than $93,000 funding for Kimberley land care group
August 14, 2018
Seven land care groups across the Durack electorate will benefit from eight, Federal Government, Landcare Smart Farms Small Grants to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable.
Federal Member for Durack and Assistant Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, said she was pleased to announce Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation in the West Kimberley received $93,518 under phase two of the program, to establish a revegetation nursery and develop the community’s capacity to run the nursery.
“The nursery will be used to revegetate degraded areas of the Fitzroy River floodplain and to develop the horticulture skills of youth in the community,” she said.
The Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Community and Nyikina Mangala Rangers will be able to engage in biodiversity conservation and undertake large scale revegetation work on country.
“The Nyikina Mangala elders have identified the need to grow and reintroduce culturally important bush food and medicine plants as a means of maintaining and passing on traditional ecological knowledge to youth in their communities as well as caring for country.
“These community groups have an intimate knowledge of the land they work and live on, so these grants are about giving them tools and technology to be more sustainable,” said Ms Price.
Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation Coordinator, Paul Marshall, said the funding will make a big difference.
“I’m very excited to see this great support for the community’s smart farms project. It will make a big difference to natural resource management and training for community members. I’d like to extend a big thank you to Melissa,” he said.
The Assistant Minister for the Environment said Aussie land carers have a huge job managing 61 per cent of this nation’s land.
“The grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 will support land care groups and farmers through new tools, methods and technology they need for their world-leading sustainable practices,” she said.
“The first round of funding was highly competitive, attracting over 800 applications. I strongly encourage those who missed out under round one, to seek feedback on their application and to apply under future rounds.”