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More than $3 million for landcare facilitators and coordinators in Victoria.



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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

Home Back to Media Releases AFFA02/184M 18 September 2002

 

More than $3 million for landcare facilitators and coordinators in Victoria

More than 100 people will be employed throughout Victoria as landcare coordinators, as part of the Howard Government’s phase two of the Natural Heritage Trust.

The announcement of up to $3.6 million to fund the facilitator and coordinator positions in Victoria in 2002-03 further emphasises the Government’s commitment to landcare and natural resource management, the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, said today.

“As part of the Government’s strong commitment to regional and rural Australia, many of the positions will be based in those areas servicing the wider community.”

The facilitators will undertake many tasks, including arranging work shops, field trips, being a point of information for the local community and stimulating the community to get involved in projects.

Senator Macdonald said the announcement reflects the integrated nature of the new regional delivery arrangements; “it’s particularly pleasing to see that funding includes support for three fishcare facilitators and six farm forestry facilitators in Victoria.”

“While this year is to be a transition period for on-ground facilitators and coordinators, it is an opportunity to continue to support the integration of Australia’s vital fisheries and forestry industries into regional natural resource management.

“The forestry industry has a great deal to offer natural resource management through its expertise in both tree growing and management. Forestry is a key player in addressing water-quality issues in medium-to-low rainfall areas.

“The commercial and recreational fishing and aquaculture sectors provide many flow-on benefits to rural and regional Victoria. Their futures, and the communities they underpin, are critically reliant on sound natural resource management,” Senator Macdonald said.

“It is essential that the contribution made by facilitators and

coordinators in key regional community support networks is not lost in this period. The Federal Government recognises the importance of this support, which helps the community in project planning and implementation.

“The focus of the positions will be to enable input by the fishing and forestry community into the development and implementation of regional plans, to encourage community involvement and industry partnerships with regional bodies.

“This early announcement has been made to allow those working on-the-ground to get on with their important work.”

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Kelly Stevens 0405 191 732

   

  Last updated 19 September 2002

URL: http://www.affa.gov.au/ministers/macdonald/releases/2002/02184m.html Commonwealth of Australia 2002