The Limestone Coast (LC) Landscape Board has previously partnered with the Australian Government to deliver positive environmental and agricultural outcomes in the Limestone Coast. This was primarily delivered through the National Landcare Program which concluded in June 2023.

In early 2023, the LC Landscape Board put forward its submission to be considered as the Regional Delivery Partner for the Australian Government to 2028. An initial Expression of Interest (EOI) was released during this process to gather information about the organisations and people that may wish to partner and participate in future phases.

The anticipated timeframes for the appointment of Regional Delivery Partners and commencement of project co-design was significantly delayed from what had been advised at that time, with the evaluation and negotiation process extending into October 2023.

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DETAILS

  • The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) investment priorities under the Natural Heritage Trust include:
    • Species and Landscapes – to mitigate new and established threats (such as feral pests and weeds) and restore habitat to support our international and domestic priorities, including the Threatened Species Action Plan 2022-2023.
    • World Heritage Protection – To support conservation activities in World Heritage listed properties such as predator control, revegetation and managed fire regimes.
    • Ramsar Wetland Protection – to support conservation activities in wetlands recognised under the Ramsar Convention such as eradicating and managing invasive species. Priority actions at targeted Ramsar sites will reduce threats, restore or maintain ecological character and increase climate change resilience.


  • The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) outcomes and investment priorities under the Climate - Smart Agriculture Program include:
    • The agriculture sector is adopting practices to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.
    • The agriculture sector is supported to harness carbon and biodiversity incentives and implement industry sustainability frameworks.
    • Farmers are supported to drive agricultural growth, while adopting sustainable natural resource management practices that protect and conserve natural capital and biodiversity.
    • Sustainable Agriculture Facilitator (SAF) to support delivery of these outcomes.

PROJECT CO-DESIGN

Further information on the co-design process and timeframes are anticipated by December 2023.

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