Queensland’s 14 regional natural resource management groups see the delivery of the re-elected Labor Government’s $500m Land Restoration Fund as a prime opportunity to build on their strong partnerships and consolidate the solid returns on investment they’ve provided to agriculture and the environment over the past decade.
Chair of Natural Resource Management Regions Queensland (NRMRQ), Stephen Robertson, said his organisation, and its 14 members groups, is looking forward to working with the new Government to achieve an even more sustainable, resilient and productive environment and deliver on the key initiatives of its flagship $500m Land Restoration Fund.
“Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Premier Palaszczuk on two things,” Mr Robertson said, “her recent, historic, election win; and her government’s commitment to a more productive environment through its $500 million Land Restoration Fund.”
“I’d also like to congratulate Minister for Environment, Leeanne Enoch, and Minister for Natural Resources, Anthony Lynham, on their appointments, and I look forward to meeting with them as soon as possible to discuss the details of the Land Restoration Fund.”
Mr Robertson said the State’s NRM groups are not only specialists in natural resource management, they have an unrivaled reputation for working with landholders to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions, leverage financial and in-kind contributions to supplement government investment, and are strategically positioned to deliver the clean water, productive land and healthy ecosystems that the State and the community expects and needs.
“Over the past three years we’ve collectively delivered extraordinary environmental and production outcomes for Queensland on ever-reducing budgets: we’ve worked with 880 farmers across 3.3 million hectares, we’ve protected or restored over 6,000 hectares of wetlands, undertaken 7.7 million hectares of feral animal control and 6,000 hectares of soil restoration, and conducted 3.8 million hectares of weed control,” he said.
“If we want a healthy environment, if we want productive farming and grazing lands, if we want clean water and a healthy reef, then we must have specialist NRM groups working with their feet in the dirt, shoulder to shoulder with land managers to make it happen.”