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Harriet Shing MP:
Supporting the Landcare Jobs that Protect Eastern Victoria’s Environment
8.967 million to support the Victorian Landcare Program and environmental volunteering.
By Portal Admin - 30th November 2020 - Back to News
The Victorian Government will provide $8.967 million to continue supporting the Victorian Landcare Program and environmental volunteering.
This includes funding for the continued employment of Landcare facilitators who play a valuable role coordinating the efforts of volunteers across the state and here in Eastern Victoria.
Amongst the Eastern Victoria Landcare projects are Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network, Southern Ranges Environment Alliance, Yarra Ranges Landcare Network and West Gippsland Landcare Sub Network.
The funding is included in the upcoming 2020-21 Victorian State Budget and supports the contract extension of Landcare facilitator and coordinator roles. An application process for organisations that want to employ a Landcare Facilitator beyond 30 June 2021 will be run in early 2021.
These contract extensions for existing Landcare Facilitators and Regional Landcare Coordinators (RLCs) will ensure continuity of employment for the facilitators and coordinators in Eastern Victoria.
Facilitators build community capacity by supporting the grass roots work of local Landcare groups, encouraging effective participation in Landcare activities and enabling groups to become self-supporting.
Landcare makes a great contribution towards protecting and improving the environment and improving farm productivity, here in Eastern Victoria and across Victoria. It also provides significant social benefits.
Victorian Landcare is helping to implement the Government's long-term biodiversity plan – Protecting Victoria's Environment – Biodiversity 2037.
More information on the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program is available online.
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing
"The Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program has brought new energy, ideas and approaches to Landcare across Victoria, and this funding is an important part of supporting the positive momentum and progress of the program so that communities, and the environment, continue to benefit."
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