The Australian Government wants to hear from regional Victorians on how they think the National Landcare Program can better improve their local environment.
Community information sessions will be held nationally next month including at Horsham and Albury-Wodonga.
Senator McKenzie said these sessions will seek feedback, while also informing people of the opportunities the Landcare program has to offer in their area and how they can get involved.
“The community consultation is part of the government’s reforms to the National Landcare Program in which regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups and local communities will play a key role in planning and delivering the projects they identify as key priorities,” she said.
“Landcare is a large and important program but there is scope for improvement and an opportunity to deliver efficiencies.
“We want to hear from all interested parties on how we can deliver simple, local and long-term solutions to environmental challenges.
“To ensure this happens, a consultation survey will also be available online for those unable to make the community information sessions particularly those in remote areas.”
This year’s Federal Budget delivers more than $2 billion for key Coalition commitments in natural resource management and environmental initiatives across Australia.
Senator McKenzie added the government will shortly announce details of funding for future small projects and a one-off grants program to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Landcare.
*The Horsham community information session will be held Wednesday 13th August at the Sports and Community Club in Baillie Street. The Albury-Wodonga session will take place Friday 15th August at the Commercial Club in Dean Street, Albury.
For more information, visit www.nrm.gov.au.