Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, and Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, today visited a local farm in the Central Tablelands to see Landcare and resource management projects in action.
Minister Hartsuyker said the National Landcare Program was a demonstration of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting strong natural resource management as he toured a first-class example of land preservation and enhancement on the property near Bathurst.
“We are committed to keeping Landcare front and centre to assist land managers and farmers to manage our soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity. That is why we invested more than $1 billion in Landcare in the 2017 budget,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Willowglen is an 800 hectare property grazed by cattle and Merino sheep. With the help of Landcare funding, the Ross family has fenced off more than 125 hectares of remnant vegetation to enhance ground cover and promote native plant preservation.
“By improving ground cover on the land, owner Graeme Ross has gained greater control of stock movement, leading to a reduction in grazing pressure, the regeneration of native plants, and the protection of biodiversity.”
Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said Mr Ross planted 16,000 trees on his property between 2002-2012 as well as 3,000 seedlings, helping bring the country back to its natural state by restoring woodland habitat and native grasslands.
“The trees serve as windbreaks to protect his sheep giving them shelter from the elements and to encourage successful lambing while the seedlings enhance landscape connectivity and wildlife habitat,” Mr Gee said.
“Like many other projects around the country, the Ross family property demonstrates how the National Landcare Program is achieving on the ground results for the environment while also promoting increased agricultural productivity for landowners.”
“For more information on the National Landcare Programme, visit nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-programme.