2009

LANDCARE

FUTURE CONCERNS FOR LANDCARE

October 26, 2009

Earlier this year, Australia commemorated ‘National Landcare Week’ – recognising 20 years of outstanding practical environmental service across our nation.

Landcare was formed by the Hawke Government with bipartisan support and there are more than 4500 community Landcare groups in operation today.

To mark Landcare Week, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry distributed a media release to recognise the fact that more than 100,000 volunteers roll up their sleeves in communities each year to replant vegetation, repair erosion and improve agricultural production.

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BUSHFIRES

DON’T SCARE VISITORS AWAY THIS SUMMER

October 12, 2009

With all the publicity that has been given to the impending fire season, there is a very real risk that some tourists will be scared away from visiting Gippsland’s natural attractions this summer.

This week I met with Gippsland’s Country Fire Authority management team and received a briefing on the extent of the fire risk.

For those of us who have lived in Gippsland for decades – there were no surprises in the message that the CFA was presenting.

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ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDING

GOVERNMENT FAILS TO BACK PRACTICAL WORK

August 17, 2009

The Labor Party makes a lot of claims about its ‘green’ credentials but when it comes to practical environmental works in regional areas, the action doesn’t match the rhetoric.

In Gippsland, we have seen dramatic cuts in support for improvements to the Gippsland Lakes catchment and the funding for Landcare facilitators has been slashed by the Federal Government.

Farmers, other landholders and local volunteers have been the practical environmentalists of recent decades through investment in better technology and land management techniques.

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