Conservations Farmers Inc. is contracted by the Condamine Alliance to host the Regional Landcare Facilitator position for the Condamine Catchment. Regional Landcare Facilitators work to support Landcare and production groups to adopt sustainable farm and land management practices and to protect Australia's landscape.
The position is funded until the 30th of June 2018 through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, which will invest $1 billion between 2014 and 2018 to help drive sustainable agriculture and environmental rehabilitation. The National Landcare Programme merges previous funding initiatives into one simple programme that puts land caring activity back at the centre of natural resource management.
The Programme funds one full-time equivalent Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) position in each of Australia’s 56 natural resource management regions.
The RLF role enhances the ability of Conservations Farmers Inc. to support the Catchment community and to network across some of the most productive agricultural land in Australia.
The Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme is being progressively implemented with the recent announcement of Regional funding to regional NRM organisations such as the Condamine Alliance.
The Regional funding is designed to ensure funds are invested locally, delivered through community groups and focussed on on-ground work; recognition of the important role local group’s play in sustainable agricultural productivity and natural resource management.
The Programme requires the allocation of a minimum of 20 per cent of the Condamine Alliance’s annual Australian Government funding to local, on-ground projects and related activities.
The Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) will work with the Condamine Alliance team and local community organisations to help identify opportunities for investment. This means that farmer groups, Landcare and other relevant community groups will have access to funding so that they can continue to undertake important on ground works in local communities.
The priority directions for the National Landcare Programme are:
Contact a local group to see if they can assist you in implementing improved practices on your land.
See the Condamine Alliance website for additional information http://www.condaminealliance.com.au/index.htm
There have been rapid changes in the way that farmers and graziers manage their land over the last 50 years. This has been influenced by generational change, Government regulation, climate, technology and scientific advances and, importantly, community expectations about the management of our natural resources.
The development of the Landcare movement from the early 1990’s provided a boost for improved land management by tackling many of the landscape issues that were difficult to manage at an individual property scale. Both State and Australian Government programmes supported this movement by aligning scientific priorities and programme investments to the issues identified by landholders dealing with these broad scale challenges.
Landcare and production groups such as Top Crop groups and local issues based groups have lead the way in the adoption and implementation of improved natural resource management and production practices.
Landholder groups have developed, resourced and implemented local action plans through partnerships with State and Local Government, industry organisations, research bodies and private companies. Action plans have delivered the latest scientific and technological information, planning support, and project funding.
Successful project funding applications have enabled groups to accelerate the implementation of priority on-ground works which deliver more productive and sustainable farms. Additionally investments in equipment like; QuikSpray units for weed management and tillage implements such as AgrowPlows have been able to be lent to landholders to support implementation of projects.
Conservation Farmers Inc. Regional Landcare Facilitator will work with the landholders of the Condamine catchment to link with both State and Federal Government programs, Universities and other relevant programs to help identify opportunities for investment and access to the latest technology.
The Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme; http://www.nrm.gov.au/home
The Queensland Government’s Everyone’s Environment Grants programme; http://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/funding/everyones/ . The latest call for new projects closed in August 2014.
In the Condamine Catchment, the Condamine Alliance manages programs which support farmers and graziers to implement more sustainable practices. See http://www.condaminealliance.com.au/land
In NSW contact your Local Land Services office http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/
In the Queensland cropping zone:
The Border Rivers and Maranoa/Balonne region; http://www.qmdc.org.au/
The north and south Burnett; http://www.bmrg.org.au/
The Dawson and Fitzroy River regions: http://www.fba.org.au/