More than $67,000 in Landcare grants for the New England Electorate
16 Sep 2016
11 projects in New England Electorate worth more than $67,000.
Relating to sustainability, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity projects.
All projects will be completed by May next year.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce has welcomed more than $67,000 in Landcare grants for Tamworth, the Liverpool Plains and other parts of the New England Electorate.
The grants are part of a devolved funding program conducted by North West Local Land Services from funding made available by The National Landcare program.
Tamworth Regional Landcare Association awarded 14 projects of which 11 are in the New England Electorate and relate to sustainability, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity projects.
“The Government is ensuring that funding is invested locally to deliver real change that is targeted on and off farm to safeguard productive capacity in the land for the future and to safeguard our environment,” Mr Joyce said.
“This is crucial because farmers, landcarers and community groups know what works best for their properties, environment and their communities,” he said.
Tamworth Regional Landcare Association’s, Stephanie Cameron said there is a good mix of quality in the projects receiving the funding. The grants were allocated by a competitive process and ranged between $2,000 and $30,000 each.
All projects will be completed by May next year when invitations to another round of funding will be made.
The North West Local Land Services’ Shane Green said he was pleased to see some fantastic community projects get up and running.
“Landcare is a great community enabler,” Mr Green said.
“It has the ability to engage a wide range of people from our local communities to get involved with improving our environment – having fun, enjoying good company, learning new skills and gaining a great sense of achievement.
The following projects were successful:
The Pub Angling club: $5,000 for the Tamworth Regional Carp Muster of Keepit/Peel Carpathon
Holistic Management International/Liverpool Plains Land Management: $2,050 for Regenerating Grasslands for Profitable Livestock Production
Upper Mooki Landcare: $5,000 for Profitable Production in the 21st Century – Transition Practices
Tamworth Regional Landcare Association: $6,350 for Adventure Landcare Tamworth
Macdonald River Landcare: $5,000 for Macdonald River Regeneration/Weed Control
Friends of Barraba Trees: $3,341 for Revegetation Project No. 1
Tamworth Mountain Bikes Inc: $4,100 for Parkland Restoration
Galala Land and Rivercare: $5,000 Galala Cultural Tours
Galala Land and Rivercare & Tamworth Urban Landcare Group Partnership: $17,100 for willow removal on the Peel River
Tamworth Regional Landcare Association: $3,580 for Beezotted Workshops
Peel Wetlands Group: $4,950 for the Ecofestival 2017.
Tamworth Mountain Bike Club’s Rebecca Mair, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Felicity Steel and Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce.