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$4.21 million for 34 Victorian landcare projects.



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DAFF04/362WT - 15 December 2004

$4.21 million for 34 Victorian landcare projects

Victorian landcare groups will share $4.21 million from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program to fund 34 projects across the State, Australian Agriculture Minister Warren Truss announced today.

The Victorian projects are among 206 nation-wide to receive funding today under the National Landcare Program’s Community Support Component.

Mr Truss said the projects — which he announced at ‘Greenside’, the Piper’s River property in north east Tasmania of landcare farmer Brian Baxter — are designed to boost the profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s primary industries.

“Today’s funding also complements the $4.1 million the Australian Government provided from the National Landcare Program in 2003-04 for projects in Victoria.”

The projects include:

● $37,600 to improve soil health through better viticultural

management in the Beechworth area ● $173,050 for trials in the Glenelg-Hopkins regions to improve the

productivity and sustainability of farming in high rainfall areas through better management of crop stubble ● $96,210 for better management of dispersive soils in the Mid-Ovens

catchment.

Mr Truss said the projects are consistent with the investment strategies developed as part of the regions’ natural resource management plans, and are about finding local solutions to local problems.

“Landcare has been a driving force in encouraging Australia’s land managers to adopt more sustainable practices, and deliver practical on-ground benefits,” he said.

“Up to 75 per cent of Australian farmers and land managers are directly involved in landcare, or are benefiting from knowledge acquired through the landcare movement.

“The National Landcare Program is tangible proof of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to the landcare.

“In fact, a recent review found it was a highly effective and extremely well regarded program.”

For details of the program, visit www.daff.gov.au/landcare

Full details of the funded projects are attached.

Further media inquiries:

Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead - 02 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433

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