FEDERAL Member for Wright Scott Buchholz is applauding the work of local Landcare volunteers as National Landcare Week ramps up across the country.
National Landcare Week, which goes from September 5 to September 11, is an annual celebration to acknowledge the valuable work carried out by more than 100,000 Landcare volunteers.
For more than 25 years Landcare has shown vision and commitment, becoming one the country's our most enduring and successful environmental movements.
Today, Landcare continues to support local communities by helping farmers keep their land healthy and productive and taking practical action to look after and restore their local environment.
The strong partnership between Landcare and the Australian Government was cemented three years ago with the introduction of the National Landcare Programme.
The Coalition’s National Landcare Programme is based on the principles of simple, local and long-term and supports communities to take practical action to protect our local patch.
More than half a million volunteers have participated in National Landcare projects to date, and this has been a huge contribution to the success of the program.
Each of those volunteers has given their time to help make their local environment healthy and keep their farms sustainable and productive.
Across the country, Landcare volunteers control pests and weeds, improving soil health, protecting vegetation and sharing information on better ways of doing things.
The Coalition’s National Landcare Programme is investing $1 billion over four years to help support better natural resource management across Australia.
This includes more than $450 million directed to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations, including SEQ Catchments, which does a great job working with local communities to protect the environment and support sustainable agriculture in Wright.
For more information about the National Landcare Programme visit www.nrm.gov.au