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Landcare funding shouldn't be cut

The Australian Greens are dismayed that National Landcare program has been targeted for a 50% cut in the Commission of Audit report.

"A 50% cut in funding will put important Landcare, natural resource management, environmental programs and jobs at risk and comes as the movement celebrates the 25th anniversary of Landcare " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"Natural resource management work is essential for landscape repair and sustainable agriculture. It is a crucial part of preparing for a drying and warming climate, and protecting WA's amazing natural environment and biodiversity. Our state has a strong tradition of landcare, and of local and regional NRM groups taking the lead on crucial land management and conservation issues. This tradition will be jeopardized if the sector is punished by Abbott's ideological war on the environment.

"The Commission of Audit has a clear agenda to let big business off the hook, with no mention of the billions paid in fossil fuel subsidies whilst going after the programs that are essential to the environment and community.

"With climate change a threat and challenge to agriculture and our regions, now is not the time to be cutting funding, we should be investing in proven measures to protect our land and our environment.

"The Greens strongly support the Landcare and NRM movement and will continue to campaign to ensure that we have a strong, viable Landcare movement in this country." concluded Senator Siewert. 

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