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July 25, 2014

The Australian Government is calling on regional communities to share their views about the National Landcare Programme.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said Gippsland residents are encouraged to go online from August 4 and complete a consultation survey at www.nrm.gov.au.

The survey will be available for four weeks, seeking views on the design and delivery of the regional stream of the National Landcare Programme.

Mr Chester, who is a member of Landcare, said it was important local people had a say on how the National Landcare Programme could benefit their local area.

“Landcare groups play a vital role in preserving some of Gippsland’s most important natural attractions, while also bringing people together to help the environment,” Mr Chester said.

“Whether it’s re-establishing riverside vegetation, controlling pest plants and animals, improving the water quality of the Gippsland Lakes or reducing erosion on private property, the work of volunteers and staff provides practical, long-term benefits to our region.

“We want to work with Landcare groups, community organisations and individuals to deliver simple solutions to environmental challenges. To achieve this, we need Gippsland people to have their say.”

The Australian Government will also shortly announce details of funding for future small projects and a one-off grants programme to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Landcare.

Information on the consultation survey and community sessions is available on www.nrm.gov.au

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