NRM South today announced it will receive $5.03M under the regional stream of the National Landcare Programme (NLP) for the benefit Southern Tasmania’s natural spaces.
NRM South is one of 56 regional bodies within Australia contributing to delivering the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. These funds are critical to the future of natural resource management, building on more than 10 years of work in Southern Tasmania.
It also acknowledges the pivotal role that regional natural resource management organisations have in working with, and distilling the needs of, communities to deliver programs with strong partnerships that make a difference on the ground and create long-term sustainable agricultural and environmental benefit.The regional funding will reach the community via partnership programs and through the annual Naturally Inspired Grants which offer targeted grants to groups, schools and landholders to undertake positive practical NRM actions and activities.
The program will be delivered through to 2018 in partnership with numerous members of the community, including farmers, fishers, the Aboriginal community, volunteer groups, councils, NGO’s, business, industry, research, education and government partners and it is this mechanism that ensures success.The main areas of activity under the National Landcare Programme are:
- Supporting High Value species, places and communities and promoting Biosecurity: NRM South will assist land managers and the community to implement actions that conserve, improve the management of, and protect valuable threatened species. It will also build on past work and the efforts of the statewide biosecurity network to reduce the spread and impact of pests and pathogens on Tasmania’s important natural places.
- Supporting Waterways and Coastal Areas: NRM South will work with the community and key partners to deliver a regional program focused on increasing awareness and generating positive NRM outcomes for Southern Tasmania’s coasts, catchments and waterways and the species they support.
- Working on Country with the Aboriginal Community: NRM South recognises the importance of Aboriginal cultural values and knowledge in contributing to effective and practical long-term NRM solutions and will continue to support the development of Aboriginal enterprises, training, capacity building, knowledge transfer, land and sea planning and on-ground works in Southern Tasmania.
- Building Knowledge and data in the region: NRM South will continue to build and share knowledge and data to underpin good natural resource management and support the implementation of the NRM Strategy for Southern Tasmania through activities such as sustainable practice trials, monitoring of works and research.
NRM South CEO Donald Coventry has welcomed the funding.
“NRM South welcomes this commitment to the delivery of regional programs within Southern Tasmania and we look forward to continuing our strong support for the community. This funding will allow NRM South to build on the great work that has already been done with our partners for the benefit Southern Tasmania’s natural spaces. The Australian Government’s continued commitment ensures that the achievements of NRM South and its partners will create a long-term positive impact on our natural landscapes,” Mr. Coventry explained.