NSW is set to continue to be a leader and major beneficiary of the next phase of the National Landcare Program (NLP) through the $450 million Regional Land Partnership and $134 million Smart Farms Program.
Speaking at the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, mapped out the integral parts of the next phase of the NLP and congratulated NSW Landcare on their ten year anniversary.
“Agricultural land in NSW makes up over 80 per cent of the state and Landcare plays an important part in ensuring that agricultural land has healthy soils, vegetation and biodiversity,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“NSW Landcare has gone from strength to strength since it began ten years ago. The 60,000 Landcarers and 3,000 Landcare community groups are a testament to your organisation and to the importance of the Landcare in NSW.
“The future of Landcare in NSW is bright following the $1 billion announcement of the second phase of the NLP.
“The $450 million Regional Land Partnership and $134 million Smart Farms Program will play an important role in applying the next generation of innovative ideas to sustainable productive and prosperous growth.
The Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, welcomed the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference being held in Albury over 25–27 October 2017 and thanked the 400 or so delegates who made Albury their home for two days.
“Landcare is an important part of how we look after the land in the Riverina and we have a number of Landcare champions who make it their business to ensure farms in the region will be healthy and productive into the future.
“2017’s NSW Landcare Conference has been an important networking opportunity which will foster partnerships in our region and across NSW and ensure our farm land is sustainable and productive for generations to come,” Ms Ley said.
Source: Australian Government