The Natural Resource Recovery Program has been revamped to improve the productivity of Queensland’s land resources while supporting regional jobs.
The $ 40 million Land Resources Grant program will receive additional ongoing funding and was created to create jobs, increase the potential of Queensland’s natural resources and promote economic benefits in regional communities.
“Queensland’s natural land resources make a significant contribution to our agriculture, resource and tourism industries,” Resources Minister Scott Stewart said.
“Funding will go to regional delivery organizations to develop and implement projects that contribute to the state’s soil and vegetation values and demonstrate sustainable economic productivity of the land.
“We want to ensure that our natural resources are maintained for the sustainable growth of the industry, now and in the future. “
The program builds on the success of the Natural Resources Investment Program (PNIR), but with a renewed focus on sustainable lands and regional economic prosperity.
Under NRIP, best management practice projects have been very successful, reducing grazing pressure, improving vegetation cover and increasing soil stability.
Each year, up to $ 10 million of committed funds will be made available to Queensland’s natural resource management organizations, with the ability for other groups to work collaboratively on projects.
“We know from experience that funding community groups to enhance our natural assets delivers tangible environmental and economic results in our regional communities,” said Stewart.
“The delivery organizations and community groups we have worked with in our past programs have supported over 330 jobs located in 33 offices across the Queensland region.
“The new program will allow increased investments and better results for our regions. “
Applications for funding for the new program are expected to be opened in the first semester of this year.