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New commitments needed to protect Australia's natural resources

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 21 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed today's call from the ACF and NFF for a new decade of action to tackle the challenges confronting Australia's land, water, wildlife and farmland, saying the federal government needs to provide strong, ongoing investments in Landcare, biodiversity and NRM programs.

"For 25 years, people across the country have been working hard to protect and repair our environment, but a lot more needs to be done," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"The Federal Government needs to realise the significant contribution that NRM programs make to this process, and prioritise new investment accordingly.

"Funding is a critical issue for Landcare, environment and NRM groups around the country. Too often, we have seen NRM funding allocations treated like a rainy day account by the government. The Abbott Government has gone so far as to take funding designated to Caring for Our Country and re-direct it to the pink batts Royal Commission.

"I have serious concerns about the current government's attitude to NRM funding, which is vital to help protect our country from growing threats, such as climate change.

"We know that our climate is warming and drying, and that this will transform parts of our nation, especially agricultural industries. NRM has a vital role to play in ensure our agricultural sector remains viable into the future.

"The Federal Government needs to come good on its commitment to Landcare and NRM funding and ensure new investments are made that enables this important work to continue," Senator Siewert concluded.

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