Wimmera to share in $2.1 million Landcare boost

Four local Landcare groups are set to benefit from a $2.1 million funding to boost the number of Victorian Landcare facilitators.

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the funding would be used to deliver 10 new Landcare facilitator positions across the state to increase the effectiveness of the Victorian Landcare Program.

In the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority region, funding will provide one Landcare facilitator to support areas covering Elmhurst, Halls Gap, Moyston and Stawell.

Ms Pulford said the addition of 10 new Landcare facilitators across the state would complement the existing 68 Landcare facilitators.

“Landcare facilitators provide support to Landcare groups and networks, and in turn support for local environmental projects,” Ms Pulford said.

“The Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program has brought new energy, ideas and approaches to long running challenges in Landcare across Victoria, and I look forward to seeing the results of this investment in the Wimmera,” she said.”

“This new position will enhance the geographic coverage of Landcare and provide more support for vital Landcare activities in our region,” Ms Pulford said.

A review of the Victorian Landcare Program and Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program recommended that up to 10 new Landcare facilitator positions be created to increase the coverage of Landcare facilitator support.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has worked with the Landcare Community Advisory Group and the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority to determine the areas for new Landcare facilitator support in the region.

More information on the Victorian Landcare Program and Landcare can be found at: www.landcarevic.org.au