John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

John McVeigh MP

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Working together on the Downs to farm smarter, not harder

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships will provide multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million across the Darling Downs to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh called for innovative and talented organisations and individuals in the agriculture, aquaculture and farm forestry industries in Groom to put their heads together and apply for the $60 million Smart Farming Partnerships, which opened last week.

“These Smart Farming Partnerships will support the development, trialling and implementation of next generation farming and forestry practices,” Dr McVeigh said.

“These partnership grants will get behind larger projects and support the formation of relevant and effective partnerships between experienced and skilled organisations and individuals,” he said.

“The grants will help groups of organisations to come up with, or take advantage of the next great idea, the benefits of which can be shared across the community and the world.

“Having healthy and productive soils, biodiversity and vegetation will benefit farmers, communities and consumers. The Darling Downs has always been known for its innovation in the field of agriculture and I am sure the next ‘big’ idea is just around the corner.

“Applying sustainable land and water management practices on the ground and harnessing local knowledge is delivering tangible environmental and financial benefits to our communities and farm businesses—that is why the government has invested $1 billion in the future of Landcare.

“I know first-hand that farmers in Groom are innovators, and the government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local farmers continue to farm smarter, not harder.”

“I encourage interested parties to get in touch with my office to find out more about the Smart Farming Partnerships and how to apply.”

For more information on the grant and how to apply: www.nrm.gov.a

Fast facts

  • The grant round closes December 21, 2017.
  • Landcare is protecting iconic places and threatened plants and animals, with more than 450 projects helping to protect these important environmental assets.


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