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Gippsland environment needs critical Landcare funding

The Andrews Labor Government needs to urgently provide clarity on whether Victorian Landcare facilitators will be funded beyond June 30.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said Landcare performs a vital environmental service to Victorians and the state government needs to support the work of facilitators. 

Landcare facilitator funding expired last year, but Landcare groups were given a one year stay of execution, which is about to expire. 

“Our Landcare facilitators are generally paid a very small amount of money for some part time work, but they help coordinate and deliver tens of thousands of hours of environmental work across our landscapes. 

“The Landcare program has been one of the most successful environmental collaborations this country has seen, and our various Landcare branches and networks have done fantastic work throughout Gippsland,” Mr O’Brien said 

“Their works include things such as re-vegetating denuded and eroded landscapes, protecting rivers and streams, improving farm productivity and working with other agencies to deliver practical work on the ground. 

“In Gippsland this even extends to the magnificent work of re-sowing seagrass in Corner Inlet, which is a collaboration between Yarram Yarram Landcare network, local commercial fishermen and other agencies and volunteer groups. 

“So much of this work is only able to be delivered due to the work of facilitators and the Andrews Labor Government must remove the uncertainty about their future.

“We see so much rhetoric from this government about the environment and much of it is posturing - supporting Landcare and its facilitators would give a clear demonstration that the government is committed to on-ground, practical environmental outcomes.

“Gippsland’s Landcare volunteers deserve to be supported and the Andrews Government must urgently confirm funding arrangements for the future.” 

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is calling for ongoing funding for Landcare facilitators.

 

4 May 2020

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