committee recommends that the Government provide funding to the National
Landcare Programme to the same level as provided under Caring for our Country.
committee recommends that the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants
Programme be maintained as a continuing small grants program over the forward
committee recommends that the further information about Green Army projects be
made publicly available. This information should include project timeframes,
project status, and an assessment of the environmental outcomes both
immediately following completion of the project and after a suitable monitoring
committee recommends that a comprehensive review of the Green Army Programme
and the 20 Million Trees Programme be undertaken by June 2016 to ensure
that the programs are meeting their stated goals and that the Commonwealth
Government is receiving good value for money from its investment.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government consider avenues to
ensure the continuation of landscape scale projects and to foster further
collaboration between stakeholders on long-term landscape scale strategic
planning and action.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government review the funding model
for the National Landcare Programme with a view to reinstating funding for
facilitators and community support staff.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government conducts a review of
factors contributing to disengagement of landholders in NRM activities with a
view to addressing those factors and increasing landholder engagement.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government works to further foster
linkages between regional NRM bodies and industry groups.
committee recommends that reporting be proportionate to the size of a project
or grant. Notwithstanding that accountability and good governance is expected
at all levels, there should be flexibility in reporting so that the
requirements for small-scale projects are commensurate with the size of the
committee recommends that investigation be undertaken to further decrease the
focus of reporting on outputs and increase reporting of outcomes.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government examine the outcomes of
the trial of the national environmental accounting system developed by the
Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, with a view to investigating the
feasibility of implementing that system, or a similar system, and incorporating
it in the MERIT reporting process.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government establish a system of
reporting the social outcomes of investment in natural resource management so
that the full benefits of that investment are identified.
committee recommends that a review be undertaken to investigate any potential
efficiencies of NRM bodies. The investigation may consider adopting a shared
services model using existing resources and ways for NRM bodies to reflect
effective boundaries. This should be undertaken on a state-by-state basis with
due consideration of the importance of community engagement.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government ensures that the National
Landcare Programme incorporate sufficient flexibility and investment mechanisms
to maintain Indigenous engagement in natural resource management.
committee recommends that the Department of the Environment undertake
consultation with Indigenous groups active in natural resource management to
ensure that Indigenous views are incorporated in any modifications of the
National Landcare Programme.
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