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$106,000 boost for ACT Landcare.

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Senator Gary Humphries Senator for the ACT

Date : Tuesday, 17 January 2006

Subject : $106,000 BOOST FOR ACT LANDCARE

Author : Sen. Gary Humphries

The Australian Government is providing $106,000 from the National Landcare Program to fund the third stage of a project designed to boost agricultural sustainability in the ACT, ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries said today.

The Molonglo Catchment Strategy Rollout (Stage 3) was one of 210 nationwide sharing in more than $15 million from the program's Community Support component.

"Managed by the Molonglo Catchment Group, this project will tackle problems such as soil erosion and dryland salinity, and also rehabilitate 10km of degraded stream and riverbanks. This builds on the $225,000 the ACT has received from the National Landcare Program since 2003," Senator Humphries said.

The project will include field days and workshops at selected pilot sites, and specialist training to boost understanding of sustainable farming systems; highlight the advances in environmental restoration practices; and show cost-effective ways of improving water quality through community action.

"National Landcare Program funds are directed at sustainable practices and productivity improvements through on-the-ground involvement of primary producers and local community Landcare groups," Senator Humphries said.

"Nationally around 75 percent of farmers and land managers are involved in Landcare activities or benefit from knowledge acquired through the Landcare movement.

"The Australian Government is committed to providing communities with support through the National Landcare Program to deal with natural resource management challenges in their area," Senator Humphries said