THE Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has received $10.8 million from the federal government for the Caring for our Country program.
The funding over five years involves $3.2 million for a sustainable agriculture program and $7.6 million for a sustainable environment program.
Glenelg Hopkins CMA chief executive Kevin Wood said the sustainable agriculture program would continue to build the capacity of regional primary producers to make and implement land management decisions to improve soil condition.
“Over the next five years, the CMA program will strive to increase or maintain production and protect the natural resource base, delivered through partnerships with industry, government agencies and community-based organisations,” Mr Wood said.
“Reflecting our strong relationship with the landholders in our region, this program will work closely with farmers to meet the needs of key agricultural enterprises.”
He said the CMA would also continue its indigenous program.
“The Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project has been a highlight over the past four years with numerous outstanding achievements, culminating this year in a program of knowledge exchange between traditional owners and present-day land managers,” Mr Wood said.
The program runs until 2018 and will work with traditional owners to provide further opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and experience.
The funding for the sustainable agricultural program will also continue the position of regional landcare facilitator.
“This is an important role within the CMA, working closely with those in our Landcare community to create opportunities for information sharing, collaborative partnerships and innovation,” Mr Wood said.
There are 125 active Landcare and Natural Resource Management groups in the Glenelg Hopkins region.
The sustainable environment program will help protect and manage nationally significant flora and fauna, ecological communities, ecosystems and land and seascapes.
Specific projects funded from the program are:
n Indigenous partnerships for improved natural resource management;
n Threatened species and communities; and
n Coastal connections.