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NATIONAL LANDCARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE Report on operations 1 July 1994 to 30 June 1995

Commonwealth of Australia

NATIONAL LANDCARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

R eport on o p e ra tio n s 1 Ju ly 1994 to

30 J u n e 1995

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Commonwealth of Australia

National Landcare Advisory Committee

Report on Operations

1 July 1994-30 June 1995

Australian Government Publishing Service Canberra

© Commonwealth of Australia 1995

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From the Chairman : D r J o e B a k e r O B E F T S Tel : Canberra (06) 207 2629 — Townsville (077) 534 241 Fax : Canberra (06) 207 2630 — Townsville (077) 534 285

S e c r e ta r ia t — PO Box 4133 K ingston A C T 2604 T e l: (06) 295 2914— Fax : (06) 295 2940

NATIONAL LANDCARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(NLAC)

Senator the Honourable Bob Collins Minister for Primary Industries and Energy Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Minister

In accordance with the provisions of Clause 27 of the Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992, I have pleasure in submitting to you the Report of the National Landcare Advisory Committee (NLAC) for the period 1 July 1994 - 30 June 1995.

I would like to express my appreciation of the help and support from NLAC members, observers and Departmental officers for their efforts and energy during the year as we continue to work in community to achieve sustainable natural resources management.

Yours sincerely

Joe Baker

4 October 1995

cc: Senator the Hon John Faulkner Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

NATIONAL LANDCARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

REPORT OF OPERATIONS

1 JULY 1994 - 30 JUNE 1995

Table of Contents

Section Page

PART 1 BACKGROUND

1.1 Functions 1

1.2 Membership 1

1.3 Appointment 2

1.4 Remuneration and Allowances 4

PART 2 FUNCTIO NS

2.1 Role 5

2.2 Local Government 6

2.3 Aboriginal Involvement in Natural Resources Management 7

2.4 Evaluation of Landcare 7

2.5 Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council

Community Advisory Committee 8

2.6 Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council (RASAC) 9

2.7 NLAC Advice On Sustainable Natural

Resources Management 9

PART 3 OPERATIONS

3.1 Meetings 12

3.2 Ministerial Contact 13

3.3 Interaction with State/Territory Peak Landcane Organisations and State/Territory Coordinators 13

3.4 Contact With Other Groups and Organisations 13

3.5 Other Activities by the Chairperson 14

3.6 Finance 15

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Part 1

National Landcare Advisory Committee — Background

1.1 Functions

The Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992 established a National Landcare Advisory Committee (NLAC) the functions of which are:

(a) to make recommendations to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy and the Minister for Environment, Sport and Territories on:

(i) matters concerning natural resources management;

(ii) priorities and strategies for natural resources management; and

(b) to investigate and report to the Commonwealth Government on matters concerning natural resources management referred to it by either of the Ministers.

In his Second Reading Speech on the Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992, the then Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (the Honourable Simon Crean) stressed the importance of NLAC in providing a forum for the views of the wider community to be brought to the Government. This aspect of NLAC’s role has also been emphasised by

the current Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator the Honourable Bob Collins) who said in a speech to the Australian Farm Management Society Conference in Canberra in March 1994, that the establishment of NLAC demonstrates the Government’s awareness that Landcare is essentially a community-based movement and that the wider community

needs to be involved in the development of policies and programs.

1.2 Membership

The Act specifies that:

(a) NLAC must consist of at least twelve members, appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy on a part-time basis, including the independent Chairperson who must not be an officer of the Commonwealth Public Service; and

(b) the majority of members must not be employed by the Commonwealth or State Governments.

In 1994-95 NLAC comprised an independent Chairperson, five community members and members nominated by:

. National Farmers’ Federation; . Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission; . Australian Conservation Foundation; . Australian Local Government Association

. Commonwealth Department of Primary Industries and Energy;

Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories; the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand (ARMCANZ); and Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC).

Under the Act, Committee members, with the exception of the Chairperson and the members nominated by the Departments of Primary Industries and Energy and the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, are appointed for periods not exceeding three years. The Chairperson and Departmental nominees hold office as members during the pleasure of

the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy.

When the Committee was established, the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (the Honourable Simon Crean) appointed some members until 31 December 1994 and some until 30 June 1996 to ensure continuity of membership.

1.3 Appointments

As required under the Act, Committee members are appointed on a part-time basis. During 1994-95 NLAC membership included:

Appointed 7 July 1993 — 30 June 1996

Dr Joe Baker Senior Fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science

(Chairperson) in Townsville; and

Commissioner for the Environment in the Australian Capital Territory;

Cr Ann Bunnell

Mr Rick Farley*

Mr Donald Saunders (Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council). Resigned 25 November 1994

Community representative (Queensland)

Executive Director, National Farmers’ Federation

Director of National Parks and Environment Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Victoria

As a consequence of his resignation as Executive Director of the National Farmers’ Federation Mr Farley offered to resign from NLAC on 25 May 1995. Mr Farley accepted the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy’s subsequent invitation for Mr Farley to withdraw his resignation and continue as a member of the Committee until 30 June 1996.

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Mr Clive Thomas Resigned 31 December 1994

Community representative (New South Wales)

Appointed from 7 July 1993 until 31 December 1994

Mr Jock Douglas (Appointment extended to 30 June 1996)

Community representative (Queensland)

Mr Arthur Dyster Chief Executive Officer

Australian Local Government Association, Canberra

Mr Ian Purse Community representative (Western Australia)

Mrs Pam Robinson (Appointment extended to 30 June 1996)

Community representative (Victoria)

Appointed from 4 September 1993 until 30 June 1996

Mr Roger Wickes ARMCANZ representative

General Manager Sustainable Resources Department of Primary Industries

South Australia

Appointed from IS November 1993 until 30 June 1996

Mr Tracker Tilmouth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

representative

Director Central Land Council Alice Springs

Appointed from 21 May 1994 for an unspecified period

Mr Geoff Gorrie First Assistant Secretary

Land Resources Division Commonwealth Department of Primary Industries and Energy

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Mr Phillip Toyne Executive Director

(Originally appointed Environment Strategies Directorate as the ACF representative Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories until 30 June 1996)

Appointed 7 July 1993 for an unspecified period

Appointed 12 January 1995 to 31 December 1997

Mrs Sheila Donaldson

Mrs Biz Nicolson

Mr Graham Sansom

Community representative (New South Wales)

Community representative (Tasmania)

Chief Executive Officer Australian Local Government Association

Mr Charlie Nicholson Senior Environmental Officer ANZECC representative Policy and Strategies Division Department of Environmental Protection Western Australia

Ms Jacquie Shannon Yulara, Northern Territory Australian Conservation Foundation representative

Executive Officer Mrs Jill Tukian Canberra

Appointed 1 November 1994 — 31 October 1997

The National Landcare Facilitator and observers from Landcare Australia Limited (LAL), Greening Australia (GA), and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency attend all NLAC meetings.

1.4 Remuneration and Allowances

The Act specifies that each Committee member who is not employed by the Commonwealth, State or Territory Governments:

is to he paid such remuneration as is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal, but if no determination o f that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, is to be paid such remuneration as is prescribed.

As no specific determination has been made by the Remuneration Tribunal in respect to NLAC members the former Minister for Primary Industries, the Honourable Simon Crean, agreed that NLAC members be paid the sitting fees and allowances determined by the Remuneration Tribunal for Officers Not Specified at the Category 2 level.

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Part 2

National Landcare Advisory Committee — Functions

2.1 Role

The Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992 makes provision for funding and administrative arrangements, managed by the Primary Industries and Energy Portfolio, relating to natural resources management in Australia with the primary object of the Act being:

to facilitate the development and implementation o f integrated approaches to natural resources management in Australia that are:

(a) for the purpose o f achieving efficient, sustainable and equitable management o f natural resources in Australia; and

(b) consistent with the principles o f ecologically sustainable development.

Clause 3(2) o f the Act states that the Act also has the following objects:

(a) to promote community, industry and governmental partnership in the management o f natural resources in Australia;

(b) to assist in establishing institutional arrangements to develop and implement policies, programs and practices that will encourage sustainable use of natural resources in Australia;

(c) to assist in enhancing the long term productivity o f natural resources in Australia;

(d) to assist in developing approaches to help resolve conflicts over access to natural resources in Australia.

The Act defines "natural resources management" as

(a) any activity relating to the management o f the use, development or

conservation o f one or more of the following natural resources:

(i) soil;

(H) water;

(Hi) vegetation; or

(b) any activity relating to the management o f the use,

development or conservation of any other natural resources for the purposes o f an activity mentioned in paragraph (a).

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Although the objects of the Act provide NLAC with a wide jurisdiction the Ministers have emphasised, in discussions and correspondence, their expectation that the Committee provides an important conduit in bringing the views of Community Landcare and the wider community on natural resources management to the Commonwealth Government.

The Ministers have also indicated the need for NLAC to utilise existing networks in consulting widely to identify natural resources management trends and needs in encouraging the sustainable development of Australia’s soil, water and vegetation resources.

As NLAC members have other employment which makes it impractical for them to devote large amounts of time to matters between Committee meetings an independent Executive Officer (Mrs Jill Tukian) has been appointed to NLAC (1 November 1994) for a three year period, in the first instance.

Agency officers, in particular those from the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency, also provide valuable on-going assistance to NLAC throughout the year.

2.2 Local Government

The role of Local Government in natural resources management has been highlighted in a number of forums including NLAC. In 1994 the Committee established a working group on the role of Local Government in landcare and as a result of its work with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) a proposal was submitted by ALGA to employ a

Local Government Landcare Facilitator under the National Landcare Program (NLP) National Component.

In January 1995 a Policy Liaison Officer, Natural Resources Management was appointed to the Australian Local Government Association and that officer works closely with NLAC on its National Landcare Program and Land Management Working Groups.

Other NLP National Component activity relating to the involvement of Local Government in landcare in which NLAC participated includes:

(a) A National Workshop (19 August 1994) in Canberra which provided an opportunity for Commonwealth agencies and other national organisations to:

(i) share their experiences in seeking to increase Local Government involvement in national programs of natural resource and environmental management; and

(ii) identify and discuss opportunities and constraints which are perceived to influence such involvement.

(b) A National Workshop (15-17 February 1995) in a Regional Setting, Getting Together: Local Government, Natural Resources Management and the Wide Bay-Burnett, Gympie, Queensland

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This National Workshop in Gympie enabled participants to:

(i) achieve a greater and more common understanding of the complexity of approaches being undertaken by all stakeholders in managing the natural resources of a region, using the Wide Bay-Burnett Statistical Division as a case study;

(ii) examine the prospects for coordinating the shared goals embedded in these approaches as one way to strategic planning for this region’s resources;

(iii) build scenarios in which Local Governments in the region would have clear, agreed, effective and appropriately supported roles in environmental planning and management; and

(v) consider what actions the Commonwealth could take in working towards this ideal.

NLAC participants at the National Workshop were Chairman, Dr Joe Baker; Executive Officer, Mrs Jill Tukian; community representatives Mrs Biz Nicolson (Tasmania), Mrs Pam Robinson (Victoria), Mr Graham Sansom (Australian Local Government Association); and the National Landcare Facilitator, Ms Helen Alexander.

2.3 Aboriginal Involvement In Natural Resources Management

NLAC endorsed and referred recommendations from the Aboriginal Landcare Facilitator Working Meeting (Glen Helen Northern Territory, 30 March 1994) in relation to Aboriginal participation in natural resources management programs to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy and to the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories.

NLAC had a presentation at its seventh meeting (1 December 1994) on the Contract Employment Program for Aboriginals in Natural and Cultural Resource Management (CEPANCRM) by Dr Peter Coyne, Acting Executive Director, Landscape Biodiversity, Australian Nature Conservation Agency.

In May 1995 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commissioner David Ross addressed NLAC on Aboriginal involvement in natural resources management and outlined some of the experiences and problems of Aboriginals, in reaching agreement on natural resources management, between Aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities.

2.4 Evaluation of Landcare

The Decade of Landcare Plan calls for reviews in 1994, 1997 and 2000. NLAC has been closely involved in evaluation of the National Overview of the Decade of Landcare Plan, which was undertaken by a working group established by the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand (ARMCANZ) Standing Committee on

Agriculture and Resource Management (SCARM)l; and of the Commonwealth Component of the Decade Plan, undertaken by DPIE with oversight by the Landcare Liaison Group.

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On 15 November 1994 NLAC held a workshop, Evaluation of the National Decade of Landcarc Plan, which was attended by State representatives from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory together with several NLAC members and Department of Primary Industries and Energy officers. The workshop reviewed progress in relation to the National Decade of Landcarc Plan and identified priority issues, outcomes and performance indicators for the latter half of the

Decade of Landcare.

2.5 Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council Community Advisory Committee

Following Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council Meeting 14 (29 June 1994), the Ministerial Council Community Advisory Committee (CAC) forwarded proposals on cost sharing arrangements for natural resource programs to NLAC. The proposals focussed on the principles and processes by which additional resources could be provided to stimulate the development and transition of natural resources management action plans to on-ground activities.

NLAC agreed with the proposed principles and processes and advised Ministers accordingly.

NLAC has since noted that the Murray-Darling Basin Commission commissioned a project to accelerate the implementation of plans through the introduction of objective frameworks for determining levels of public and private benefits of works. The project Discussion Paper, Cost Sharing For on-Ground Works June 1995, prepared by AACM International is to be considered by NLAC, early in 1995-96.

2.6 Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council (RASAC)

The RASAC Chairman, Mr Neil Inal! addressed NLAC Meeting 6 (6 September 1994) on regional adjustment and NLAC continues to interact with the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council to ensure efficient information exchange between NLAC and RASAC in addressing regional adjustment.

NLAC’s Executive Officer participated in the RASAC Colloquium on Exceptional Circumstances Drought (Canberra 9 November 1994) which reviewed the need for drought exceptional circumstances support under the Rural Adjustment Scheme. The Colloquium, which sought input from experts in the field of agriculture, considered requests for drought support from the Northern Territory, Tasmanian and Victorian Governments.

2.7 NLAC Advice On Sustainable Natural Resources Management

Introduction

NLAC fully supports the object of the Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992 to encourage the development of integrated approaches to natural resources management in Australia that achieve efficient, sustainable and equitable management of natural resources consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

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NLAC receives regular briefings from the Primary Industries and Energy and Environment, Sport and Territories portfolios which are directly responsible for the administration of the various elements of the National Landcare Program. The Committee commends the

increased cooperation between these portfolios in achieving the objects of the Act.

NLAC believes there is an on-going need for agencies involved in natural resources management to work together in developing and refining an effective framework for the coordination and delivery of integrated natural resources management programs for the

purposes of sustainablility.

National Landcare Program

During 1994-95 NLAC provided advice to Commonwealth Ministers on:

(a) The relative benefits (and the optimum mix) to be obtained from supporting the existing and possible new activities such as a strengthened regional/catchment focus and agroforestry;

(b) Streamlining NLP assessment and administration procedures with a view to implementing changes for the 1996-97 funding year and how more effective institutional structures might be achieved in the context of the Commonwealth/State partnership approach; and

(c) Ways in which the current NLP State Assessment Panels could provide advice on the relative merits of regional initiatives and priorities for particular regional initiatives within a State program.

NLAC has reviewed the possible approaches to undertaking sustainable natural resources management on a regional scale and determining priorities within and between regions. The Committee has advised that it believes there are considerable gains to be made by accelerating regional scale activity and that it should be a key focus of the NLP; such moves

should be closely linked to and build on other regional approaches being taken by the Government. NLAC is of the view that the opportunity is there to encourage more proactive and responsive arrangements at the regional level in conjunction with the devolution of NLP assessment and administration procedures.

Vegetation Management

NLAC is of the view that the clearing of native vegetation is still excessive in some areas of Australia and that an appropriate balance needs to be found between government regulation of land clearing and the education of land managers in the principles of sustainable resource use.

The issue of how the State/Territories and the Commonwealth can be encouraged to examine land clearing practices as they relate to land degradation is being considered by NLAC’s Land Management Working Group.

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NLAC is developing advice to Ministers on a more strategic approach to vegetation management across Australia, based on a coordinated approach between all levels of government to develop:

. programs to assist the protection and management of native vegetation;

. incentives to retain and establish native vegetation; and

. policies for control of clearing of native vegetation.

Weeds Management

NLAC recognises the environmental significance of weeds in Australia and the Committee has raised this issue on several occasions with the Commonwealth Government.

NLAC is aware that in exceptional circumstances direct Commonwealth funding may be allocated to control specific weeds. In this regard NLAC welcomed the Commonwealth allocation of $175 000 under the Drought Landcare Program for the management of Parthenium in Queensland.

NLAC is being kept informed of progress in the development of the National Weeds Strategy which is being developed under the auspices of ARMCANZ and ANZECC. The draft Strategy has been endorsed by the Standing Committees on Agriculture and Resource

Management, Conservation and Forestry. NLAC’s views and those of community and peak industry organisations will be sought before the strategy is submitted to ARMCANZ and ANZECC for Ministerial endorsement.

Urban Ijindcure

Following NLAC Meeting 8 (23/24 February 1995) NLAC provided advice on what role the Commonwealth Government and in particular the Primary Industries and Energy Portfolio should play in urban Landcare.

In view of some of the urban natural resources management issues NLAC raised being relevant to the Housing & Regional Development Portfolio, the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy has forwarded a copy of NLAC’s recommendations and his reply to the Minister for Housing and Regional Development (the Honourable Brian Howe).

Commonwealth Coastal Policy

On 28 May 1995, the Federal Environment Minister Senator John Faulkner, launched (Kiama, New South Wales) the Commonwealth Coastal Policy which will guide Commonwealth decision making and improve the management of Australia’s coastline.

At Meeting 9 (22/23 May 1995) NLAC endorsed the Coastcare Program which is to be established as a new community program within the National Landcare Program thus facilitating coordination with other natural resources management programs. The Coastcare Program will increase the level and effectiveness of community involvement and increase cooperation in and between all spheres of government and the community in coastal

management.

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Part 3

National Landcare Advisory Committee — Operations

3.1 Meetings

The iormer Minister lor Primary Industries and Energy, the Honourable Simon C'rean, in his Second Reading Speech on the Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992, stated that a significant aspect of NLAC’s work was to provide the means through which community views on Landcare related issues can be provided to government.

In tuitilling this functional aspect of its charter NLAC holds some of its meetings in areas outside the Stale/Territory capital cities.

In 1994-95 NLAC held four meetings as follows:

Meeting 6 Meeting 7 Meeting 8 Meeting 9

6 September 1994 30 November/1 December 1994 23/24 February 1995 22/23 May 1995

Hobart, Tasmania Yass/Canberra Rockhampton, Queensland Canberra

When meetings were held outside Canberra, field trips were held in conjunction with the meetings to enable Committee members to meet some of the landholders and agency personnel involved in landcare in the regions visited and to enable members to experience, first-hand, some of the practices involved in natural resources management.

On the field trip associated with NLAC Meeting 7 (30 November/! December 1994) the Committee was jointly hosted by the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan Catchment Management Committees as it inspected a number of properties in the Upper Murrumbidgee region. Later at an evening Community Forum at the Yass Bowling Club NLAC met some of the people

involved in land and water management from the region and shared views on natural resources management issues.

The field trip (21/22 February 1995) held in conjunction with NLAC Meeting 8 (23/24 February 1995 in Rockhampton) provided the Committee with an insight into different farming practices and some major challenges facing land managers in Central Queensland. The Committee was welcomed to Central Queensland by the Emerald Shire Mayor, who explained over dinner with a number of landcarers and their friends some of the successes

and problems the Shire had experienced in managing natural resources issues. On 22 February 1995 NLAC visited the Brigalow Research Station at Theodore and properties in the Isla Gorge Area to view well advanced property management plans and practices.

Each NLAC meeting outside Canberra is usually well publicised to encourage public interaction with the Committee and to provide community members with an opportunity to voice their views and raise issues of concern in regard to natural resources management.

In line with the Ministers’ view that the Government looks to NLAC as a principal source of advice on the scope, direction and effectiveness of its broad Landcare policies and programs the Committee offered observer status on NLAC to the Australian Nature Conservation Agency (ANCA).

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ANCA is the principal adviser to the Commonwealth Government on nature conservation matters and manages programs in cooperation with the States and Territories to maintain biological diversity in Australia. ANCA’s observer at NLAC meetings is the Executive Director, Landscape Biodiversity, Ms Alison Russell French.

In broadening the base for NLAC consideration of natural resources management issues, a number of organisations have observer status at NLAC meetings; these include the Chief Executive Officers from Landcare Australia Limited (Mr Brian Scarsbrick), Greening Australia (Ms Winsome McCaughey), and the National Landcare Facilitator (Ms Helen Alexander).

In addition to NLAC’s formal meetings, the Chairman, Committee members, the Executive Officer, the National Landcare Facilitator and official observers hold and attend appropriate working group meetings and Landcare activities where they interact with a range of community and agency representatives involved in natural resources management. NLAC

members in their individual capacities also meet with community groups involved in Landcare and natural resources management.

3.2 Ministerial Contact

Under the Act, NLAC reports to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Senator the Honourable Bob Collins and to the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, Senator the Honourable John Faulkner. Following each meeting the NLAC Chairman submits a report, to each Minister, outlining the major issues discussed and conveying specific recommendations from the Committee. In ensuring an effective working relationship the NLAC Chairman also meets with the Ministers to discuss natural resources management issues.

3.3 Interaction with State/Territory Peak Landcare Organisations and State/Territory Coordinators

NLAC draft agendas, communiques and minutes of meetings are circulated to the Chairpersons of the State/Territory Peak Landcare Organisations and to State/Territory Landcare Coordinators to enable community members and agency personnel to raise issues and contribute to NLAC’s consideration of natural resources management issues.

The NLAC Chairman and Executive Officer meet with the State/Territory Peak Landcare Organisations twice a year. The Executive Officer also attends State Landcare Coordinator meetings.

3.4 Contact With Other Groups and Organisations

Community Landcare

NLAC places great importance on its function to provide a forum for community views on Landcare-related issues and the National Landcare Facilitator, Ms Helen Alexander attends NLAC meetings and liaises with and informs the Committee on progress with Community Landcare.

Greening Australia (GA) and Landcare Australia Limited (LAL)

NLAC believes that liaison with Greening Australia (GA), Landcare Australia Limited (LAL) and other organisations involved in Landcare and natural resources management is essential. The NLAC Chairman has observer status at Landcare Australia Limited Board meetings and

National Greening Australia Council meetings.

Greening Australia is contracted to deliver the promotional, education, information and extension aspects of the Federal Government’s One Billion Trees Program which forms part of the National Landcare Program and to manage the River Murray Corridor of Green

(RMCOG) Program.

Landcare Australia Limited’s key role is in changing attitudes and behaviour and improving knowledge to enable all Australians to contribute in achieving sustainable natural resources management. LAL’s other important role is to work with the corporate sector and the community at large to raise funding to support Landcare group activity and conduct

awareness campaigns.

Natural Resources Management Agencies

NLAC also liaises via its Chairman and Executive Officer with other community groups and land, water and environment agencies involved in natural resources management.

3.5 Other Activities by the Chairperson

The NLAC Chairperson attends a number of conferences, meetings and other activities of relevance to the functions and operations of the Committee. The more significant of these in 1994-95 included speaking at and/or attending:

. the Queensland Landcare Conference at Gallon, 6 July 1994;

. St Hilda’s School Open Day, Southport, Queensland, 18 July 1994;

. the 1994 Australian Landcare Conference, Hobart and visits to Landcare Groups in Tasmania 7-10 September 1994;

. Inspection of Flood Impacts NE Victoria - October 1994;

. Farm Forestry Conference in Lismore 26/27 November 1994;

. National Agricultural and Resources Outlook Conference, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) Canberra, 7-9 February 1995;

. the Rural Taxation Forum in Perth, 13 February 1995;

. inspection of Landcare activities and examples of erosion Braidwood, 2 March 1995;

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. activities involving CSIRO and with Parliamentary Secretary, the Honourable Warren Snowdon at Alice Springs 25/26 April 1995;

. meeting of New South Wales flood mitigation authorities Wellington, 17 May 1995;

. consultant and working group member in preparation of papers for

presentation to the Prime Minister and Ministers on Sustaining the Agricultural Resource Base, May/June 1995

. launching of Mt Stromlo Landcare Group, Mt Stromlo, 24 May 1995;

. the Cloncurry Show and related functions, 16-19 June 1995.

The Chairman also participated in the National Strategy For Rangelands Management Working Group meetings in Adelaide (1 August 1994), Sydney (4-6 December 1994) and Darwin 26-28 April 1995.

3.6 Finance

NLAC does not have responsibility for any financial matters. Expenses associated with the Committee’s operations are administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Energy from the Natural Resources Management Fund established under the Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992.

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