The Victorian State Budget for 2016-17
The Victorian State Budget for 2016-17, handed down on 26th April, included some announcements of considerable interest to our landcare community.
- $15 million for the replacement of critical coastal protection assets to increase resilience against storms, flooding and erosion
- $4 million to monitor coastal flooding, erosion and land stability in order to better prepare for emergencies and reduce potential economic losses following a climate change event
- $600,000 to undertake modelling and feasibility studies of the impacts of climate change on the health and the human services system
- The Government will ensure the value of all of our national parks is maintained so that they can be enjoyed by more Victorians and visitors.
- The Budget invests $20 million for critical works to revitalise or replace park infrastructure, to make them more accessible and enjoyable for all.
- $29 million for projects to protect threatened species,improve habitat and reduce threats to biodiversity
- $18 million to increase support for Landcare, including thenumber and coverage of Landcare support in Ouyen, Edenhope,Halls Gap, Cavendish, Mortlake, Stawell, Omeo, Merriang, Swan Hilland Kerang
- $3.1 million to increase the area of private land able to beprotected and rehabilitated by Trust for Nature covenants
- $400,000 to purchase 40 hectares of land to help preservehabitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater, Victoria’s bird emblem
Such announcements demonstrate why the Victorian Landcare Council must not only continue but increase its advocacy for government policies which support the landcare model and the work that the landcare community does.