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Rudd Government to invest $8.9 million in important Landcare projects.



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The Hon. Tony Burke MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Rudd Government to invest $8.9 million in important Landcare projects

20 November 2008 DAFF08/162B

The Rudd Government has announced $8.9 million for 46 Landcare projects across Australia, as part of a major investment in land management and sustainable farming projects under Caring for our Country.

The Landcare projects are among 137 community initiatives to receive grants of between $80,000 and $400,000 through the Open Grants funding round.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the Landcare projects covered all states and territories.

Examples include a project to manage mesquite in the Pilbara, Western Australia; enhancing grazing productivity in the Northern Territory; managing serrated tussock in the Snowy River, NSW; and integrated farm management support in the Burdekin and Bowen regions of Queensland.

“The Rudd Government recognises the Landcare movement is responsible for decades of invaluable environmental work across Australia,” Mr Burke said.

“The Landcare work funded today directly involves farmers or farming industry groups in improving the productivity of their land.

“By investing now in productivity gains, the Government will help to ensure our farming industries are resilient in the face of climate change.”

The funding is part of the $2.25 billion earmarked for the first five years of Caring for our Country, launched in July this year.

The mesquite management projects in the Pilbara will tackle some of the largest infestations of mesquite in three sub-regions of the rangelands of Western Australia.

One infestation alone covers 30,000 hectares of alluvial flood country.

The project is led by a non-profit community group involving state and local governments, industry groups, the CSIRO, Indigenous organisations and natural resource management regional organisations.

Smaller-scale Landcare projects include a group expanding holistic resource management techniques in the Yowrie Valley region in NSW.

The local Landcare group will educate other communities interested in the techniques.

For more information and a full listing of successful grants, please visit www.nrm.gov.au/projects/open-grants.html

Examples of Projects Funded

National or Multistate

Project Title Group Funding

Sustainable Milk Production Model for the Northern Dairy Industry Queensland Dairyfarmers'

Organisation Limited

$152,273

Maximising Nutrient Use Efficiency and Improving Soil Health in the Processing Tomato Industry

Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc

$141,279

Strategic Management of Serrated Tussock - Reducing Threats to Sustainable Farming Snowy River Interstate Landcare Committee

Inc.

$143,460

Australian Wine Industry Stewardship Environmental Assurance Program Winemakers' Federation of Australia

Inc.

$241,982

Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual Rural Directions Trust $192,182

Sustainable Piggery Effluent Utilisation in Australian Farming Systems Australian Pork Limited $127,955

Protecting the Northern Territory from Rubber Vine Incursion Roper River Landcare Group Inc

$158,500

Sustainable Practice - Development of the Horticulture Recognition Framework Horticulture Australia Limited

$239,326

Do It with Dung - from the Mountains to the Murray Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group

$253,023

Enhancing Adoption of Best Practice Grazing Management in Northern Australia: Phase 1 - Integration and Scenario Testing

Meat & Livestock Australia Limited $299,795

A Responsible Lead - Laying the Foundations of the Grains Industry Environmental Plan

Grains Research and Development Corporation

$363,636

Seanet East- the Environmental Fisheries Extension Program for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria

Oceanwatch Australia Ltd $398,545

Developing Sustainable Production Systems, Resilient to Climate Change - Baselining

Avongro Wheatbelt Tree Cropping Incorporated

$399,682

New South Wales

Project Title Group Funding

Yowrie Valley Biodiversity Enhancement and Sustainable Farming Program Yowrie Valley Landcare Group

$82,273

Farmer Targets for Climate Change - New South Wales Mid North Coast Dairy Advancement Group

$131,700

Climate Priorities - Stocktake and Priority Setting for Broadacre Irrigation in the New South Wales Riverina

Ricegrowers Association of Australia

$185,500

Horticulture For Tomorrow - Taking Stock of the Environmental Impacts of Horticultural Production in Australia

Horticulture Australia Limited $93,000

Victoria

Project Title Group Funding

Reducing Wild Dog Impacts on Agriculture through Enhanced Community Participation Wild Dog Management Groups

$157,273

Farming for a Sustainable Future - Demonstrating Best Farm Practices Lake Wellington Landcare Network

$113,273

East Gippsland Soil Carbon Project - Pilot Project Agribusiness Gippsland Inc

$158,455

Compost Use in Sustainable Agriculture William Grant $101,236

Improving the Efficacy of Hydrogen Phosphide (Ph3) Fumigation for Rabbit Control

Frank Gigliotti $135,909

Development of Multi-Dose Ejector for the Control of Foxes Frank Gigliotti $338,068

Queensland

Project Title Group Funding

Integrated Management Practices for Alternating Crops - Burdekin Region Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers

$210,309

Queensland Grow Me Instead Project Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland Industrial Union of Employers

$173,000

South East Queensland Sustainable Trees on Farms Program SEQ Catchments Ltd $106,500

Carbon - What Does it Means for Me on My Property Agforce Queensland Industrial Union of

Employers

$400,000

Transforming Sunshine Coast Caneland into Sustainable Biodiesel and Integrated Farming Enterprises

Maroochy Land Care Group Inc $156,141

Educating Producers in Accessing and Utilising Spatial Information! Agforce Queensland Industrial Union of

Employers

$363,636

Reducing Emissions and Improving Carbon Levels in Southern Queensland Soils

North East Downs Landcare Group Inc. $80,000

Macintyre Brook Sustainability Initiative Macintyre Brook Irrigators Association Incorporated

$131,127

Encouraging Sustainable Farm Practices via Adoption of Grains Best Management Practices in Queensland

Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. $194,778

Burdekin Bowen Integrated Farm Management Monitoring and Support Project

Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Advisory Committee Inc

$300,793

Western Australia

Project Title Group Funding

A Broadacre Approach to Certification of Curtin University of $219,000

Project Title Group Funding

Sustainable Farm Practice Technology

Adopting Innovative Practices to Improve the Resilience of Farming Systems in the Northern and Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia

Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils (Weroc)

$273,182

Sustainable Production and Landscape Repair in Salinity-Affected, Water Supply Catchments

Treenomics $149,718

Good Practice and Better Environmental Outcomes in Vegetable Production WA Vegetable Growers Association Inc

$147,273

South Australia

Project Title Group Funding

Increasing Precision Agricultural Awareness and Adoption in South East South Australia

Mackillop Farm Management Group Inc $86,835

Tasmania

Project Title Group Funding

Soil Biology - the Missing Link for Regenerative Production in Our Farming Systems

L.R Young & R.J Young $94,821

Adoption of Sustainable Water Management on Tasmanian Vegetable Farms

Rds Partners Pty Ltd $123,788

Protecting Tasmania's Sustainable Farming and Biodiversity Assets from Serrated Tussock Invasion

Tasmanian Land & Water Professionals Pty Ltd

$195,662

Using Landscape Ecology to Prioritise Property Management Actions in Tasmania

Natural Resource Planning Pty Ltd $296,264

Northern Territory

Project Title Group Funding

Scoping Future Scenarios and Building Innovative Partnerships for Northern Territory Pastoral Lands

Northern Territory Cattleman's Association $327,602

Integration of Fire, Feral and Weed Management to Enhance Grazing Productivity, Top End Floodplains

Northern Territory Cattleman's Association $75,432

Land Type Specific Sustainable Practice Guidelines for NT Pastoral Lands Northern Territory of Australia

$81,295

Asset Protection Decision Support Tools for Pastoralists in Semi-Arid Landscapes. Barkly Landcare and Conservation

Association Inc

$129,910