WALN is pleased to share the news of the formation of a new National Landcare organisation. Merging the strengths of Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network, the new organisation is becoming a reality and recent talks between both boards have been very productive.
Applications are now open for a share in $60 m of Smart Farming Partnerships Grants. Part of the National Landcare Program, the Smart Farming Partnership Grants are offering multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.
The WA State Budget was released on September 7 with some major gaps for landcare. It was immediately apparent that there was a major gap in funding available to metropolitan coast and landcare groups in this budget.
In just over a week WALN committee members and staff will be representing our community landcare members and sharing messages to as many delegates as possible at the 2017 State NRM and Coastal Conference (Curtin University, 29th-31st Sept). We have been working very closely with the planning committees and event organisers to ensure community landcarers can be well represented and have multiple opportunities to attend and tell their stories.
Time for Landcare groups to be heard by the Federal Government
You may well may well have already contacted your Federal Ministers about:
- the $100 Million commitment (this resulted from the National Greens negotiation over the backpackers tax and was announced in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) last year) and
- the proposed delivery of the $1 Billion over the next four years of NLP funding announced in the last budget.
If you have – good on you. If you haven’t, it is time we made our position clear.
Our AGM in April was a roaring success. The crew from SERCUL, Armadale Gosnells Landcare, Bungendore Park, Armadale Wildflower Society and Settlers Common Education Centre laid on a great day with an excellent venue, displays, great food, guided walks and field trips.
WALN Chair Keith Bradby and Contractor Louise Duxbury recently attended a meeting with Federal Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenburg and NLN members. Louise messaged back “Positive Canberra meeting of the National Landcare Network Board with Minister Fydenburg, 24 May.
The state awards are a stepping stone for the National landcare Awards, last year six out of nine national awards went to WA groups and champions. Lets try and keep them heading our way! Nominations close 26th June.