Great Eastern Ranges Landcare Grants announced to mark 25 years
The NSW Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker acknowledged the 25-year anniversary of Landcare with the announcement of $100k in grants at a cake cutting ceremony near Maitland today. The grants recognise the critical contribution that Landcare makes to conservation and land management, and are being made available to help deliver one of Australia’s most ambitious conservation programs, the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative.
“In the 25 years since its formation Landcare has built an enviable reputation for enabling community based action to address land degradation “, said Minister Parker at the event today. “By supporting Landcare in NSW and teaming its efforts with the bigger framework provided by the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative we are supporting the best opportunities for the restoration and preservation of our natural assets.”
The grants program is available to Landcare and groups focussed on sustainable agriculture for projects that fall within the NSW section of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) corridor area. The aim is to align land management efforts with the GER vision of an ecologically connected landscape along Australia’s eastern mountain ranges and adjacent lands. Eligible projects cover a broad range of activities including restoring natural habitat connections, weed and feral animal control and fire management.
GER CEO Rob Dunn also congratulated Landcare on its 25th birthday and acknowledged the critical support of the NSW government both in the establishment of the grants program and its ongoing support for the GER.
“You need three things to come together for effective conservation to take place. The science and planning to know where to act and what to do, the community support and army of people to do the work and the funding to enable it all to happen,’’ said Dunn. “By GER working together with Landcare NSW and with the generous support of the NSW government we see those three elements coming together.”
Landcare NSW Council member and chair of the Hunter Region Landcare network John Hughson attended the event and thanked Minister Parker. “Landcare and GER share a lot of values with how we work with the community”, Hughson said. “These grants will help us to strengthen and build on our partnership with GER in the communities we both work in.”
GER is based on a model of partnerships with collaboration across organisational boundaries and focused on common goals. GER comprises the Central Team, GER Lead Partners, GER Regional Partnerships and over 180 organisations across the length of the corridor.
The Lead Partners provide high level vision, governance, strategic planning and policy to the GER. The GER Lead Partners are Greening Australia, National Parks Association of NSW, Nature Conservation Trust of NSW, Office of Environment & Heritage and OzGREEN.