More than $20 million in the New England North West as part of the federal government’s Regional Land Partnerships Program, New England member Barnaby Joyce has announced.
“This is substantial investment in the environment and the productivity of agriculture in the New England electorate,” Mr Joyce said.
Funded over five years, the Regional Land Partnerships program helps deliver local and regional-scale projects that support environmental and sustainable agriculture outcomes across the country.
“Up to 16 projects will be undertaken across the New England aiming to achieve the best balance of both agriculture and the environment, driving a better deal though the farm gate while protecting and restoring our natural assets for future generations,” Mr Joyce said.
Local Land Services (LLS) Hunter has been approved for up $9.8 million in funding, North West LLS $5.6 million, and Northern Tablelands LLS $8.6 million.
Issues include soil carbon and building resilient grazing systems in the Northern Tablelands.
More work will be done to protect Little Llangothlin Lagoon between Guyra and Glen Innes.
The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater has also received substantial funding to protect this threatened species in the North West and the Hunter.
“It’s all helping us meet the needs of our local communities and deliver on our national priorities and international obligations for the environment,” Mr Joyce said.
For further information about Regional Land Partnerships, visit: http://www.nrm.gov.au/