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The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Minister for Sustainable Population

Rudd Government to invest $8.9 million in important Landcare projects

Media release
20 November 2008

The Rudd Government has announced $8.9 million for 46 Landcare projects across Australia, as part of a major investment in land management and sustainable farming projects under Caring for our Country.

The Landcare projects are among 137 community initiatives to receive grants of between $80,000 and $400,000 through the Open Grants funding round.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the Landcare projects covered all states and territories.

Examples include a project to manage mesquite in the Pilbara, Western Australia; enhancing grazing productivity in the Northern Territory; managing serrated tussock in the Snowy River, NSW; and integrated farm management support in the Burdekin and Bowen regions of Queensland.

“The Rudd Government recognises the Landcare movement is responsible for decades of invaluable environmental work across Australia,” Mr Burke said.

“The Landcare work funded today directly involves farmers or farming industry groups in improving the productivity of their land.

“By investing now in productivity gains, the Government will help to ensure our farming industries are resilient in the face of climate change.”

The funding is part of the $2.25 billion earmarked for the first five years of Caring for our Country, launched in July this year.

The mesquite management projects in the Pilbara will tackle some of the largest infestations of mesquite in three sub-regions of the rangelands of Western Australia.

One infestation alone covers 30,000 hectares of alluvial flood country.

The project is led by a non-profit community group involving state and local governments, industry groups, the CSIRO, Indigenous organisations and natural resource management regional organisations.

Smaller-scale Landcare projects include a group expanding holistic resource management techniques in the Yowrie Valley region in NSW.

The local Landcare group will educate other communities interested in the techniques.

For more information and a full listing of successful grants, please visit 

Examples of Projects Funded
National or Multistate
Project Title Group Funding
Sustainable Milk Production Model for the Northern Dairy Industry Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation Limited $152,273
Maximising Nutrient Use Efficiency and Improving Soil Health in the Processing Tomato Industry Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc $141,279
Strategic Management of Serrated Tussock - Reducing Threats to Sustainable Farming Snowy River Interstate Landcare Committee Inc. $143,460
Australian Wine Industry Stewardship Environmental Assurance Program Winemakers' Federation of Australia Inc. $241,982
Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual Rural Directions Trust $192,182
Sustainable Piggery Effluent Utilisation in Australian Farming Systems Australian Pork Limited $127,955
Protecting the Northern Territory from Rubber Vine Incursion Roper River Landcare Group Inc $158,500
Sustainable Practice - Development of the Horticulture Recognition Framework Horticulture Australia Limited $239,326
Do It with Dung - from the Mountains to the Murray Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group $253,023
Enhancing Adoption of Best Practice Grazing Management in Northern Australia: Phase 1 - Integration and Scenario Testing Meat & Livestock Australia Limited $299,795
A Responsible Lead - Laying the Foundations of the Grains Industry Environmental Plan Grains Research and Development Corporation $363,636
Seanet East- the Environmental Fisheries Extension Program for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria Oceanwatch Australia Ltd $398,545
Developing Sustainable Production Systems, Resilient to Climate Change - Baselining Avongro Wheatbelt Tree Cropping Incorporated $399,682
New South Wales
Project Title Group Funding
Yowrie Valley Biodiversity Enhancement and Sustainable Farming Program Yowrie Valley Landcare Group $82,273
Farmer Targets for Climate Change - New South Wales Mid North Coast Dairy Advancement Group $131,700
Climate Priorities - Stocktake and Priority Setting for Broadacre Irrigation in the New South Wales Riverina Ricegrowers Association of Australia $185,500
Horticulture For Tomorrow - Taking Stock of the Environmental Impacts of Horticultural Production in Australia Horticulture Australia Limited $93,000
Project Title Group Funding
Reducing Wild Dog Impacts on Agriculture through Enhanced Community Participation Wild Dog Management Groups $157,273
Farming for a Sustainable Future - Demonstrating Best Farm Practices Lake Wellington Landcare Network $113,273
East Gippsland Soil Carbon Project - Pilot Project Agribusiness Gippsland Inc $158,455
Compost Use in Sustainable Agriculture William Grant $101,236
Improving the Efficacy of Hydrogen Phosphide (Ph3) Fumigation for Rabbit Control Frank Gigliotti $135,909
Development of Multi-Dose Ejector for the Control of Foxes Frank Gigliotti $338,068
Project Title Group Funding
Integrated Management Practices for Alternating Crops - Burdekin Region Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers $210,309
Queensland Grow Me Instead Project Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland Industrial Union of Employers $173,000
South East Queensland Sustainable Trees on Farms Program SEQ Catchments Ltd $106,500
Carbon – What Does it Means for Me on My Property Agforce Queensland Industrial Union of Employers $400,000
Transforming Sunshine Coast Caneland into Sustainable Biodiesel and Integrated Farming Enterprises Maroochy Land Care Group Inc $156,141
Educating Producers in Accessing and Utilising Spatial Information! Agforce Queensland Industrial Union of Employers $363,636
Reducing Emissions and Improving Carbon Levels in Southern Queensland Soils North East Downs Landcare Group Inc. $80,000
Macintyre Brook Sustainability Initiative Macintyre Brook Irrigators Association Incorporated $131,127
Encouraging Sustainable Farm Practices via Adoption of Grains Best Management Practices in Queensland Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. $194,778
Burdekin Bowen Integrated Farm Management Monitoring and Support Project Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Advisory Committee Inc $300,793
Western Australia
Project Title Group Funding
A Broadacre Approach to Certification of Sustainable Farm Practice Curtin University of Technology $219,000
Adopting Innovative Practices to Improve the Resilience of Farming Systems in the Northern and Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils (Weroc) $273,182
Sustainable Production and Landscape Repair in Salinity-Affected, Water Supply Catchments Treenomics $149,718
Good Practice and Better Environmental Outcomes in Vegetable Production WA Vegetable Growers Association Inc $147,273
South Australia
Project Title Group Funding
Increasing Precision Agricultural Awareness and Adoption in South East South Australia Mackillop Farm Management Group Inc $86,835
Project Title Group Funding
Soil Biology - the Missing Link for Regenerative Production in Our Farming Systems L.R Young & R.J Young $94,821
Adoption of Sustainable Water Management on Tasmanian Vegetable Farms Rds Partners Pty Ltd $123,788
Protecting Tasmania's Sustainable Farming and Biodiversity Assets from Serrated Tussock Invasion Tasmanian Land & Water Professionals Pty Ltd $195,662
Using Landscape Ecology to Prioritise Property Management Actions in Tasmania Natural Resource Planning Pty Ltd $296,264
Northern Territory
Project Title Group Funding
Scoping Future Scenarios and Building Innovative Partnerships for Northern Territory Pastoral Lands Northern Territory Cattleman's Association $327,602
Integration of Fire, Feral and Weed Management to Enhance Grazing Productivity, Top End Floodplains Northern Territory Cattleman's Association $75,432
Land Type Specific Sustainable Practice Guidelines for NT Pastoral Lands Northern Territory of Australia $81,295
Asset Protection Decision Support Tools for Pastoralists in Semi-Arid Landscapes. Barkly Landcare and Conservation Association Inc $129,910
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