Local ACT Landcare project to help boost Australian agriculture


The Australian Government today announced the first successful applicant from the ACT who will receive funding from the National Landcare Program - Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round.

Senator Zed Seselja said the $55,000 in funding will allow the recipient to undertake a targeted project around the ACT that supports Australia’s innovative and competitive agriculture sector.

The Southern Australian Capital Territory Catchment Group’s "Building Resilience in Productive Landscapes in the ACT region will help share local knowledge to boost local productivity and protect the natural resources that local agricultural industries depend upon," Senator Seselja said.

"This announcement demonstrates the impressive sustainable agricultural expertise that we have right here in the ACT. The innovative ideas people in and around this region are able to use contribute to further strengthening Australian agriculture as a whole."

This project, that will focus on smaller landholders in a number of catchments in the ACT and Natural Resource Management (NRM) region, will help increase the capacity for people living on Canberra’s rural fringe and nearby rural landholders to sustainably manage the natural assets in catchments around the ACT, particularly with regards to weed control, delivering productivity and better natural resource management.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Pitt, said that this Small Grants Round initially had $2.2 million allocated, but after receiving 640 eligible applications from across Australia and the high quality of projects, additional funding of $1.6 million was identified to fund extra projects."

"This local investment is just one of many successful projects in the Small Grants Round that will support the important work landholders and their project partners will now be able to undertake in order to help secure the future of Australian agriculture," Assistant Minister Pitt said.

"This funding also supports the Australian Government’s broader National Landcare Programme which will invest $1 billion over four years in sustainable agriculture practices as well as protect Australia’s unique environment and biodiversity."

It is important for landholders and project partners, no matter how large or small, no matter where they care for their land across this vast country, to keep boosting their sustainability to capitalise on the many opportunities ahead in this competitive global economy."