13 January, 2022
Land resource program to boost regional recovery
A REVAMPED $40 million land resource grant program with further ongoing funding will improve the productivity of Queensland’s land resources while supporting regional jobs, according to the State Government.
Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the new Natural Resource Recovery Program would generate jobs, increase the potential of the state’s natural resources and promote economic benefits in regional communities.
“Queensland’s natural land resources are a significant contributor to our agricultural, resources and tourism industries,” Mr Stewart said.
“Funding will go to regional delivery organisations to develop and implement projects that contribute to the state’s soil and vegetation values and demonstrate sustainable economic productivity of the land.”
The program builds on the success of the Natural Resources Investment Program (NRIP), but with a renewed focus on sustainable land and regional economic prosperity.
Under NRIP, great success was achieved by best management practice projects that resulted in reduced grazing pressure, improved ground cover and increased soil stability by investing in initiatives such as wet season spelling; rotational grazing; construction of additional watering points; and fencing off degraded lands.
Up to $10 million of the committed funds will be made available to natural resource management organisations across Queensland on a yearly basis, with the potential for other groups to work in collaboration on projects.
Applications for the new program funding is expected to open in the first half of 2022.