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Cash boost for Landcare

Friday, 15th July, 2016

Western Landcare NSW’s Executive Officer, Louise Turner, with Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton. Western Landcare NSW’s Executive Officer, Louise Turner, with Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.

Western Landcare NSW has unexpectedly received $55,000 to put towards their forum that will be held in the city in September.

The grant, from the National Landcare Program Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round, was announced yesterday by the Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton.

“Thanks to this support, the Western Landcare Forum 2016 will take place over one and a half days in Broken Hill,” Mr Coulton said.

“This project, like others across the country, will help share knowledge and skills across the sector to boost farm productivity and protect the natural resources that our agricultural industries depend on.”

Western Landcare NSW’s Executive Officer, Louise Turner, said that the size of the grant was a pleasant surprise.

“We didn’t think we would get the whole amount, but that we would apply for it and see what happened,” Ms Turner said.

“We are all pretty excited; it is an amazing amount to receive.

“The forum is biennial and the last one was held in White Cliffs in 2014.

“Without this funding it would be impossible to host.”

Ms Turner said the extra money would enable them to offer more this year.

“We have a large venue and will be able to offer field tours, as well as have a formal dinner at the Palace with all costs covered.”

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