MICK VEITCH MLC SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL NSW AND AGRICULTURE
PENNY SHARPE MLC SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
LANDCARE’S FUTURE ASSURED WITH RECORD $59M FUNDING BOOST FROM LABOR
The future of Landcare has been assured with the announcement that a Minns Labor Government will boost its funding to a record $59 million over the next four years to support the 60,000 volunteers, 3000 local groups and 84 full time coordinators across NSW.
Today’s announcement will ensure the grassroots volunteer organisation can get more boots on the ground to restore natural environments; expanding their program to attract and coordinate more volunteers, increase engagement with young people, and more quickly identify and tackle local environment issues.
Economic modelling shows this investment will generate $218 million in benefits for NSW with $3.70 of value for every dollar spent. The funding will enable Landcare to employ more than 84 community leaders mostly in rural and regional areas, including at least 13 positions for First Nations people, covering land management services for more than 60% of the State.
Through thousands of local groups across NSW, 60,000 Landcare, Bushcare, Rivercare and Dunecare volunteers have worked to care for land and restore ecosystems for 34 years. In recent years, this work has included restoring landscapes after unprecedented fire and flood. This has been essential to protect threatened species and defend against pests, while at the same timebuilding strong and lasting community connections.
Funding for the current Landcare Program is due to finish in NSW on 30 June 2023. Today’s record funding announcement will ensure this crucial environmental restoration program can continue and expand throughout NSW, benefiting both agricultural sectors and the natural environment.
Quotes attributable to NSW Shadow Minister for Regional NSW and Agriculture, Mick Veitch:
“For 34 years, Landcare has brought communities together with purpose to protect their local landscapes.”
“We can’t afford to lose the essential work Landcare does in building community partnerships while restoring soil and water, and defending against invasive species.”
“Today’s announcement continues Labor’s proud legacy of supporting Landcare in NSW and across Australia.”