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Landcare trotting out returns in Stromlo



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Landcare trotting out returns in Stromlo

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, and Senator for the Australian Capital Territory, Zed Seselja, have seen first-hand how the Australian Government’s billion dollar plus investment in the National Landcare Program is achieving tangible results on the ground in the nation’s capital.

Minister Hartsuyker said Landcare was a demonstration of the Australian Government’s significant commitment to sustainable agriculture as he toured a family-owned property 16 kilometres out of Canberra, with Senator Seselja.

“Landcare applies well-researched and innovative land and water management techniques and tools on the ground, harnessing local knowledge to deliver practical and tangible environmental and financial benefits to communities and farm businesses,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

“That is why we invested more than $1 billion in Landcare through the 2017 Budget.

“Riverview is a 250 hectare horse agistment and cattle property in Stromlo, on the beautiful Murrumbidgee River. With the help of Landcare funding, the King family has undertaken a significant tree planting project—with more than 600 trees planted in a single morning!

“Tree planting in areas of erosion caused by trampling from horse hooves, reduces soil loss, creates more shade and shelter from inclement weather and improves biodiversity.”

Senator Seselja said the Kings’ efforts reflects the impressive sustainable agricultural expertise present in the ACT, and are a prime example of what is possible when the government works together with local landholders.

“In conjunction with ACT Natural Resource Management, the Kings have fenced off particular areas on the property where sheet erosion was occurring due to horses congregating at water points.

“Erosion management has included paddock subdivision to change stock water access, and improved herd and grazing management which allows pastures and groundcover to rest and recover.”

For more information on the National Landcare Programme, visit nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-programme.

Media contact: HARTSUYKER: Simeon Lawson 0423 962 872 SESELJA: Veronica Hayes 0401 815 853