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New Landcare projects support local communities

Regional and local communities across the nation have received a significant boost after the Federal Government announced 195 new projects will be delivered under its $450 million Regional Land Partnerships program.

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said natural resource management groups across the country will receive funding to deliver the new phase of projects, harnessing local knowledge and expertise to deliver real outcomes in their communities.

“These projects will focus on recovering vulnerable ecological communities, protecting threatened species, and reducing threats to our globally significant wetlands,” she said.

“Three management units in Durack are among the successful tenderers and will oversee 14 projects in their areas.

“We believe working in partnership with local communities delivers the best results, and this funding allows individual organisations to deliver projects tailored to the specific needs of those communities,” Minister Price said.

In the Avon River Basin, Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management will undertake the following projects with funding of up to $11,089,964:

  • WA Wheatbelt woodlands: where the wild things are - under the Threatened Ecological Communities (EPBC Act)
  • Malleefowl: pick of the litter – under Threatened Species
  • Optimising mixed farming fodder systems - under Improved Soil, Biodiversity and Vegetation

In the Northern Agricultural Region, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) will undertake four projects with funding of up to $9,525,839:

  • Gnow or Never: Supporting communities to save the malleefowl – under Threatened Species
  • Scaly-leaved featherflower project – Threatened Species
  • Securing the future of regionally extinct mammals in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) – Threatened Species
  • Supporting smarter farms: improving land use management in the NAR
    In the Rangelands Region the Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group will undertake six projects with funding of up to $11,734,902 including:
  • Rangelands Threatened Species Forum – under Threatened Species
  • Communities protecting the values of West Kimberley Ramsar sites – Ramsar Wetlands at Eighty-Mile Beach – under Ramsar Wetlands outcome
  • Reducing risks to malleefowl habitat across the Western Australian Southern Rangelands – under Threatened Species
  • Reducing risk to bilby habitat across the WA Northern Rangelands – Threatened Species
  • Creating a community of practice to manage for climate change across the WA Rangelands – under Supporting Agriculture Systems to Adapt to Change Outcome
  • Finding common ground to protect Ningaloo Coast and Shark Bay World Heritage areas – outcome World Heritage Properties

Additionally, the Regional Land Partnerships include sustainable agricultural projects to improve soil quality, assist farmers adapt to climate change, and respond to evolving market demands.

The Regional Land Partnerships is a core component of the Government’s $1 billion investment under Phase 2 of its National Landcare Program.

“Of the investment under this program, $170 million will help protect and recover Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities,” Minister Price said.

“We’re also funding projects that will work towards restoring and managing identified threats to 24 globally-recognised Ramsar wetlands, and reducing threats to seven World Heritage areas across the country.

“It has been encouraging to see our delivery partners actively leading the way by focusing their efforts on regional and local projects that align with our national priorities, such as improving the prospects of plants and animals listed under our Threatened Species Strategy.”

Minister Price said $70 million of the fund would go into sustainable agriculture projects.

“These projects bring good environmental and farming practices together to benefit both nature and agriculture,” Minister Price said.

“We’ve also renewed funding for Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators to get the most out of these projects.”

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