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Friday, 27 March 2015

FUNDING TO HELP LOCALS PRESERVE THEIR ENVIRONMENT

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, today welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s $3.2 million commitment to ensure the funding of Victoria’s 68 Landcare facilitator positions for another four years.

Facilitators perform the vital role of building community capacity, assisting communities to deliver local action, facilitate effective participation in Landcare activities and enable groups to become self-supporting.

Through the support of facilitators, more than 2,500 on-ground projects have been undertaken, almost two million native plants planted and more than 400,000 hectares have been revegetated, protected or enhanced.

The Andrews Labor Government will evaluate the Landcare Support Program over the next twelve months, in particular the Facilitator Initiative, to find opportunities to strengthen the role and scope of these positions and develop the best possible long term arrangements for Landcare.

Nominations for the 2015 Victorian Landcare Awards are also now open. The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of volunteers and Landcarers across the State and the importance of the environment to our communities.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ms Edwards

“The Facilitator program has been fantastic in helping shape and support Connecting Country and Mid-Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group local environmental activities, and this funding ensures they can continue their work.”

“The 2015 Victorian Landcare Awards are an opportunity to recognise the work volunteers and Landcarers do in our community to protect the environment.”

 “A healthy environment provides the best quality of life for our communities. Landcare facilitators support local groups, projects and initiatives across the state to preserve the environment.”

“Local volunteers know what needs to be done to get the best outcome for their region. We are supporting facilitators to empower locals to act for their environment.”

“We will work to improve and extend the coverage of this great program, making sure that facilitators can continue to grow their role in our communities.”

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