Landcare grants, but not enough…
Posted on Monday, 28 July 2008
Two Pearce organisations, Oil Mallee Association of Western Australia and the Swan Catchment Council will share in $770, 599 funding from the Federal Government for Landcare projects.
The Federal Member for Pearce, Hon Judi Moylan MP said the funding was very much needed for rural and regional Australia.
“These amounts are just a down-payment on what is actually needed.
“The Coalition pledged $112 million for Landcare projects from 2008-2011 in the 2007 Budget – an average of $37 million per year. This funding is $9 million less than that.
“Only $28 million will be spent on Landcare projects by the Rudd Labor Government this year. This does not compensate for the $45 million cut in funding to catchment management bodies, the loss of the EnviroFund and the Environmental Stewardship Programme and the initial 20 per cent cut in Landcare funding.
“The Rudd Labor Government says organisations which missed out this time should consider applying for Caring for our Country Open Grants. Applications for these grants pit local community-based groups against the Universities and the CSIRO and other government agencies, close on August 1.
Mrs Moylan said the announced local projects are important ones.
“The two projects to be funded in Pearce are vital projects, but more funding is needed for other projects to help landholders and land managers deal with the drought and climate change. In particular, the loss of facilitators and coordination officers in Landcare are a serious blow.