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Strong community response to Landcare Programme survey

Landcare volunteers, organisations and supporters from across Australia have added their voice to the review of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Federal Minister for the Environment, Josh Frydenberg and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker thank all those who took the time to complete the survey.

The community’s feedback is an important part of the review and will help measure how well the programme has performed, and how well it has engaged with the community, industry, the environment and agricultural sectors.

“Australians take a keen interest in the environment and that’s reflected in the level of engagement in the stakeholder survey,” Minister Frydenberg said.

“Each piece of feedback will be considered as part of the review, ensuring Australians have their voice heard in shaping the future of Landcare.”

Over 900 responses were received from across the nation between 15 September and 14 October 2016, with nearly a third of responses coming from local groups working to improve natural resource management in their local area.

Federal Minister Hartsuyker said the National Landcare Programme has helped land managers to deliver more sustainable agriculture while protecting Australia’s natural environment.

“The level of interest in this survey demonstrates that you share this government’s recognition of the importance of sustainable and effective land management and how it continues to underpin our valuable and world-class agriculture industries,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

Findings from the review are expected to be presented in 2017 and will help guide decisions about future investment in natural resource management.

The Federal is investing $1 billion over four years to support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme.

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