Landcare Week 2020: Celebrating sustainability in agriculture

6 August 2020
  • August 3 – 9 is Landcare Week 2020
  • The National Landcare program is a $1 billion Coalition Government commitment to natural resource management
  • Improving the resilience and productive capacity of our soils, water and vegetation helps underpin successful primary industries and regional communities

Landcare’s role in the Australian community has never been more important, with our worldwide clean green reputation placing agriculture at the heart of our COVID-19 recovery. 

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the Landcare movement unites farming communities across all commodities and regions in conserving, protecting, and maintaining healthy lands and waters.

“This year we’re encouraging more communities to get involved in the care and management of their local environment. 

“Landcare Week is also an opportunity to remind ourselves that we farm more sustainably, efficiently and ethically than just about any country on earth.

“This week is also a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the thousands of people who get involved with Landcare every year and work hard to make our country a better place,” Minister Littleproud said.

“As a result of programs such as Landcare, Australia’s clean green image is paying off, helping us send our high-quality, safe and premium food all over the planet. 

“Our $1 billion investment in phase two of Landcare continues the Coalition Government’s long-term commitment to natural resource management. 

“I thank Landcare Australia, the National Landcare Network, local Landcare groups, NRM regional bodies and farming groups for their commitment, dedication and hard work to make Landcare the success that it is – we simply couldn’t do this without you.” Minister Littleproud said today.

For more details about Landcare Week 2020 or to find out how you can get involved in Landcare click here

To learn more about the National Landcare Program, and the Coalition Government’s $134 million Smart Farms initiative follow this link. 

Fast facts:

  • The $134 million Smart Farms program runs over six years from 2017–18 to 2022-23 and comprises:
    • Smart Farming Partnerships - $57.5 million over 6 years to develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools that lead to practice change and more sustainable, productive and profitable agricultural industries and systems
    • Building Landcare Community and Capacity Program - $34.9 million over 6 years to provide ad-hoc grants for initiatives that directly support the Landcare community and farmer organisations.
    • Smart Farms Small Grants - $43.5 million over 6 years that funds organisations and individuals to undertake sustainable agriculture projects and build the capacity and capability of farmers to adopt best practice natural resource management methods.