Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, and Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, visited properties in the Barossa Valley to see Landcare and resource management projects in action.
The projects included sustainable vineyard management in Keyneton, a trial of soil moisture monitoring to help graziers make early decision about pastures, and a watercourse revegetation project at a dairy farm to prevent soil erosion.
“For more than 25 years, the Landcare movement has been protecting, restoring, and sustaining Australia’s soils, water, and diversity of Australia’s unique plants and animals, and its threatened species,” Federal Minister Hartsuyker said.
“These projects are a prime example of the benefits natural resource management can provide to both agricultural industries and the environment.
“Farmers are some of our nation’s best environmental custodians and have most at stake when it comes to protecting our precious soils, water, and vegetation.
“The future of agricultural industries, their continued productivity and strong contribution to our economy relies on a commitment to long term effective natural resource management.
“The Australian Government has—and continues to be—a strong supporter of Landcare, committing $100 million in new funding to this important work.”
The visit included:
- Henschke’s Winery in Keyneton, to demonstrate how native plants grown between vine rows can host a range of beneficial insects that assist the control of pest insects
- the Keynes sheep production property in Keyneton, to see the Soil Moisture Monitoring in Pastures project that aims to allow graziers to make informed and early decisions through the season around fodder purchase and stock numbers
- Klemm dairy property, a Landcare–funded watercourse revegetation project, which is helping identify solutions to address erosion along watercourses using different local native plants.
“It is great to see firsthand the local Landcare and natural resource management projects making a real difference,” Mr Pasin said.
“They support productivity at the farmgate, and help create better environmental outcomes at the same time.
“We have community members, farmers, and other landcarers across Australia forming Landcare groups and committing their support to an integrated, productive and sustainable approach to land management.”
For more information on the National Landcare Programme, visit nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-programme.