The message about the need for continued Government funding and a clear policy framework for Landcare support is cutting through thanks to the hard work of local Landcarers.
Landcare groups across the State have written to their local Member of Parliament about the positive impact of the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative and the need for the partnership with Government to continue.
While Landcarers accept the need to diversify funding and find new avenues to fund Landcare infrastructure and projects, the widespread view of the Landcare community remains that Government funding is fundamental to match the enormous voluntary, financial and in-kind contribution of the community.
The Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon Niall Blair, has indicated a willingness to discuss future funding. Landcare is on the radar but we don’t know what the future holds. The Minister is a strong supporter of Landcare, as is the Chair of Local Land Services, Mr Richard Bull. This unity has been critical to the momentum that has been built over the past three years.
The LLCI concludes in June 2019 and Landcare NSW has emphasised the importance of maintaining continuity and momentum. The new arrangements under the National Landcare Program are not yet known however it appears the picture across the State varies greatly.