Local Leaders | Landcare: Major parties commit to future

With the Landcare coordinator program coming to an end in June, it is heartening to know that both major parties have made pledges towards Landcare in the upcoming state election.

The Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair announced in February that in government they would commit $22.4 million over four years to the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative program, and NSW labor made their own announcement pledging a further $10 million to $32.5 million to continue and expand the current Landcare program to include local and regional Landcare coordinators and a newly developed Aboriginal Landcare initiative.

On the back of these announcements, our local Landcare leaders have been meeting to develop programs to continue to grow Landcare in the region, with a mini-muster held in February bringing out some great ideas, including the seeds for the future program and regenerative agriculture on top of the agenda for 2019.

Over the summer, landcarers have enjoyed some great events with the Sustainable Farms field days, focusing on dams, windbreaks and creeklines. A winter series is currently being developed.

Matt Doyle and Bowning Landcare had a wonderful field day at GlenRyan, highjacking Valentine's Day for National Regenerative Agriculture Day, with a strong message of loving your land.

And coming up, find out about dung beetles and why we should love them, get some native plants at upcoming autumn sales, and join the pest animal roadshow.

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Local landcarers recently met with NSW Labor candidate Ursula Stephens and the Hon Mick Veitch in Goulburn to discuss Labor's commitment to supporting Landcare. From left: Mary Bonet, Matt Doyle, the Hon Mick Veitch, Bill Wilkes, Ursula Stephens, Ashley Mahoney and Ruth Aveyard.

Local landcarers recently met with NSW Labor candidate Ursula Stephens and the Hon Mick Veitch in Goulburn to discuss Labor's commitment to supporting Landcare. From left: Mary Bonet, Matt Doyle, the Hon Mick Veitch, Bill Wilkes, Ursula Stephens, Ashley Mahoney and Ruth Aveyard.

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