Working with government at local, state and federal levels assists Landcare Australia in supporting the Landcare community’s activities and raising awareness of Landcare at a national level.
Australian Government National Landcare Program
The National Landcare Program is a key part of the Australian Government’s commitment to natural resource management. It is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. It includes support for the Landcare networks, 20 Million Trees and Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management organisations. This funding helps support local environmental and sustainable agriculture projects.
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Landcare Australia works in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to deliver the National Landcare Conference, the National Landcare Awards and the State and Territory Landcare Awards programs. We are also funded to publish the Landcare in Focus magazine, deliver the Bob Hawke Landcare Award and the digital community platform Landcarer.
Landcare Australia has been a service provider for the 20 Million Trees Program since 2015. Landcare Australia delivered extensive on ground works in 2018 -2019, with 2192 kilometres of direct seeding and weed management completed across 1096 hectares. The projects also created habitat for threatened species such as the regent parrot and southern hairy-nosed wombat via various vegetation communities including Drooping Sheoak Grassy woodlands and Sand Mallee woodlands.
Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
In 2018/19, the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP), through the Victorian Landcare Program, provided $100,000 to Landcare Australia to leverage corporate and other non-government funding for Landcare projects in Victoria. The support provided by DELWP helped increased the funding available to Victoria’s Landcare groups and schools for a diverse range of Landcare projects across the state.
In addition to the above support, in September 2018, DELWP announced $413,115 in funding to 109 projects from the inaugural 2018 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. The grants, of up to $5,000 each, were delivered in partnership with Landcare Australia. They provided opportunities for schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres, scouts/guides and other youth groups to secure funding to engage young Victorians in outdoor, hands-on, on-ground projects. This includes environmental learning activities that provided both environmental and educational outcomes, as well as health and social benefits. A second round of grants was offered in 2019. Between these two rounds, DELWP has funded 237 projects for a total of over $860,000. A third grants round is being planned for June, 2020.