Local, Independant and Effective
August 11, 2014

Indi, have your say on the future of Landcare

Community input is being sought for the design and delivery of the National Landcare Programme as the Federal Government seeks to implement changes to this significant volunteer-based, environmental initiative.

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is calling on Landcare and environmental groups in Indi to provide views and ideas on how this vital program is shaped for the future. Indi has 75 Landcare and special interest groups caring for the environment.

Speaking in Parliament recently, Ms McGowan asked the Government how Landcare groups would remain engaged under the new environmental policy and be involved in the process. Ms McGowan attended the Burgoigee Creek Landcare AGM recently and discussion included the future of the program and the need for Landcare groups to be consulted about changes to the program.

“It is important the Government is holding community consultation on how the Landcare programme is structured. It is equally important the Landcare groups in the North East provide input during this process to tell Government what is needed to keep this program a successful one,” Ms McGowan said.  

Ms McGowan said financial estimates show Landcare groups give great value for the funding provided and create invaluable outcomes for local environments. She also believes there is a definite correlation between strong communities and caring for the environment.  

“People are very passionate about their Landcare group and the environment is an issue close to the heart of everyone. Landcare groups are excellent models of community engagement; the social benefits are very important for rural and regional Australia,” she said.  

A National Landcare Programme community consultation session is being held in Albury next Friday, August 15, from 9:30am - 11:30am at Commercial Club on Dean Street Albury. Ms McGowan is encouraging Landcare representatives to attend and get information to help create a submission. Online submissions can be made at https://environment.au.citizenspace.com/biodiversity-conservation/national-landcare-programme-survey/consult_view until August 29.

Ms McGowan was delighted to learn two projects in Indi, the Parklands Albury Wodonga and Upper Kiewa catchment, have received funding through the Federal Government’s Green Army initiative.

“Congratulations to these groups on attaining funding for these projects, I look forward to seeing them when they’re completed,” Ms McGowan said. “I encourage all environmental groups to access funding opportunities through Green Army and Carbon Farming initiative to ensure land management and sustainability programs continue.” 

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