National Landcare grants set to benefit the Wheatbelt

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has welcomed the Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management’s announcement of their third round of Bushcare Grants, with 32 landholders set to share in $278,462 worth of grants under the National Landcare Programme.

“Over the coming months, Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management will support local landholders to carry out important environmental work – addressing some of the major issues facing the Pearce region,” Mr Porter said.

“Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver excellent environmental outcomes in the Wheatbelt.”

Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management’s projects include a range of activities that will help secure habitats for more than 30 nationally listed species throughout the Wheatbelt region.

The 32 landholders involved have committed to delivering over 80 kilometres of fencing to exclude stock from 330 hectares of important vegetation, improving management through re-vegetation across at least 300 hectares, and controlling feral animals to protect threatened species.

“This funding will support local Landcare networks and community-based groups to restore local ecosystems and protect natural assets in Pearce so that the community can enjoy the long-term benefits of a healthy and livable environment,” Mr Porter said.

“Importantly, the Coalition Government is ensuring that funding is invested locally to deliver real change at a grassroots level, safeguarding the productive capacity of the land for the future and protecting the environment.

“Investing locally is crucial because farmers, land-carers and community groups know what works best for their properties, their environment and their communities.”

The Australian Government is investing $2 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia, with $1 billion to be invested through the National Landcare Programme, including over $450 million in regional funding to natural resource management organisations.

The Bushcare Grants announced by Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management are part of its commitment to invest over 20 per cent of its National Landcare Programme funding to help support local projects as well as other local community engagement activities.

More information about the National Landcare Programme can be accessed at: www.nrm.gov.au.