Landcare NSW is throwing its support behind the National Landcare Network (NLN) policy platform, Building a Resilient Australia, which calls for the government to direct funding to people working on the ground to protect Australia’s environment.
“We are calling for all candidates in the upcoming Federal election to commit to supporting policies to enhance and ensure the sustainability of Landcare.” said Mr Rob Dulhunty, Chair, Landcare NSW. “We also want Landcarers across NSW to ask candidates in their electorates to demonstrate this commitment.”
The NLN is the body which represents Landcare at the national level. It is made up of members from the Landcare peak bodies from each state and territory, each of whom sends representatives to NLN meetings and other consultative forums.
Building a Resilient Australia is a statement from Landcarers from across the country. The document’s focus is on giving the community the capacity to ensure a stable Landcare system in the long term. Key areas where the NLN is seeking commitments from whomever forms government include:
- Quarantining of $120 million in annual funding for community groups doing critical work to protect our lands and waters.
- Increasing the involvement of young people in Landcare, both through direct involvement and through the education system.
- More comprehensive involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples in the management of our lands and waters.
- Building on the social, health and economic benefits of Landcare.
- Supporting farmers to manage their lands to sustain productivity in the face of increased climate variability and extreme weather.
‘Building a Resilient Australia recognises the invaluable contribution that Landcare volunteers to better natural resource management outcomes and is all about securing the Landcare movement for the future.
“We know in NSW how many valuable activities and projects are rolled out on the ground and understand that for this to continue there needs to be a commitment from the Australian government to ensure longevity and sustainability in the Landcare movement.” said Mr Dulhunty
To take action to support Landcare you can:
- View Building a Resilient Australia on the NLN website;
- Find out who is standing in your electorate: Find Your Candidate;
- Write, email or phone candidates in your local electorate to ask for their support for Landcare policies before they go to the polls on 2nd July;
- Follow Landcare NSW and NLN on Facebook and Twitter and share their messages with your networks;
- Talk to people in your community about how candidates in the Federal election can support Landcare.