More than 60 Landcare groups around the state will benefit from a $2.1 million funding to boost the number of Victorian Landcare facilitators.
The Andrews Labor Government funding, allocated in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget, will be used to deliver 10 new Landcare facilitator positions across the state to increase the effectiveness of the Victorian Landcare Program.
In the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority region, funding will provide one Landcare facilitator to support areas covering;
- Deans Marsh
The addition of 10 new Landcare facilitators across that state will complement the existing 68 Landcare facilitators.
Landcare facilitators provide support to Landcare groups and networks, and in turn support for local environmental projects.
A review of the Landcare Victorian Program and Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program recommended that up to 10 new Landcare facilitator positions be created to increase the coverage of Landcare facilitator support.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has worked with the Landcare Community Advisory Group and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to determine the areas for new Landcare facilitator support in the region.
More information on the Victorian Landcare Program and Landcare can be found at: www.landcarevic.org.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program has brought new energy, ideas and approaches to long running challenges in Landcare across Victoria, and I look forward to seeing the results of this investment in the Corangamite catchment area.”
“Landcare facilitators are an integral part of the on-ground support that Landcare groups and networks throughout Corangamite need to undertake their all-important work for the environment and community.”
“The Facilitator program has been fantastic in helping shape and support the local environmental activities of Landcare Groups in our region.”
“This new position will enhance the geographic coverage of Landcare and provide more support for vital Landcare activities in the region.”