Caring deals

20 December 2016

The Government has allocated an additional $100 million for Landcare fulfilling its part of the deal brokered with the Greens earlier in December.

But the new money reverses only some of the cuts from 2014, when funding to the Landcare scheme was slashed by almost $500 million over five years to free up money for the new Green Army program.

Two years later, the Government used its 2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) to again scrap the Green Army, and add $100 million to Landcare's $1 billion budget.

According to Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, the move is "further evidence of this government’s commitment to continue this important work."

The Landcare program stems from an initiative by the Victorian Government in 1986, which in 1989 transformed into a national Landcare movement backed by the National Farmers Federation and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

According to the program's website, Landcare groups have formed all across Australia, with similar schemes found in over 20 countries.

The program is community owned and driven, and bi-partisan in nature. Its objective is to encourage integrated management of environmental assets, including productive farmland and a sustainable approach to private land management.

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