The National Landcare Program (NLP) helps communities and landholders develop the skills and obtain the information they need to manage their land, water and vegetation resources.
The program funds community Landcare groups to undertake such activities as awareness-raising and training, surveying, mapping, and monitoring degradation, investigations and trials of new techniques, and planning.
Other activities funded under NLP assist individual landholders and include property management planning courses, compiling land resource information and developing new land management techniques.
Many states have developed catchment or regional plans. From next year, the NLP will be encouraging people to develop larger-scale projects in the context of these plans. Improved natural resource management will in turn improve economic and social well-being of communities.
Applicants for NLP funding apply through natural resource management and conservation agencies in each state and territory. Project applications are assessed by State Assessment Panels with representatives of organisations with an interest in landcare, including community, farmer and conservation groups, local government, non-government organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, and state agencies responsible for vegetation, land and water management and nature conservation.
Applications for the next round of NLP projects will be invited in late December 1995-January 1996. To receive guidelines and application forms for the Program when they become available at that time, contact your local catchment coordinator, local facilitator or adviser. To find out who is your contact, call the Countrylink answer line on 1800 026 222.