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TAS Country : June 23rd 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 24, 2011 News Budget boost for Landcare KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE Tasmanian Landcare Associ- ation will no longer be forced to close its doors after a last minute funding commitment stemming from last week's State Budget. The TLCA was facing insolvency after a two-year funding package expired and the group would have been forced to stop operating with- out a commitment from the State Government to help fund its core expenses. The Government will now pro- vide $70,000 annually for the next four years to support the organis- ation. An additional $50,000 will also be provided for the Landcare Assist- ance Program which supports care groups throughout the state with administration and insurance costs. TLCA president Matthew Pitt welcomed last week's Budget an- nouncement. ''I commend the State Govern- ment for recognising the import- ance of the Landcare movement, the valuable contribution that it makes to Tasmania and the role of the TLCA,'' he said. ''Considering that every dollar the Government invests in Landcare is estimated to return $4-$6 due to the hard work of local volunteers, this is a clever invest- ment in a tough economic climate.'' Mr Pitt said while the Govern- ment contribution covered just one third of the organisation's overall operating costs, it would provide much needed relief and prevent the TLCA from financial collapse. He said the core funding would also enable the TLCA to attract other funding for ''on ground'' projects. ''The TLCA has also attracted and rolled out more than $620,000 during the past two years for significant Landcare projects that enable care groups and individual landowners to control weeds and improve soil condition, water qual- ity and native habitat,'' Mr Pitt said. ''Ultimately this will benefit all Tasmanians.'' Mr Pitt said the funding was vital for the TLCA to be able to continue its work as well as supporting projects around the state and at- tracting investment for the state's Landcare movement. To find out more about the TLCA go to www.taslan- dcare.org.au. Cutting to the heart of country COMMUNITY CENTRE: The Mole Creek school. KAROLIN MacGREGOR RURAL communities across Tasmania are vowing to fight the State Govern- ment's plans to close their schools. There are 20 schools statewide on the Government's potential closure list, as revealed last week as part of cost cutting measures to slash Government spending by $1.4 billion over the next four years -- 16 of the schools listed are in rural areas. There are fears that closing the schools will have a devastating effect on local rural communities and could force many residents to leave small country towns. The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has hit out at the State Government's plans, saying closing rural schools was not the answer to Budget issues. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said the Government needed to look at more than just school numbers before making any decisions. ''Primary and district schools through- out Tasmania are more than just the place where farmers send their kids,'' she said. ''They are an integral part of the community. ''If you take them away, you take away perhaps the very reason that people decide to settle in the country and pursue farming as a career. ''Local schools are integral to rural communities and the businesses that support them.'' Schools identified for possible closure by Education Minister Nick McKim stretch from Stanley and Edith Creek in the North through to Meander, Bracknell, Westbury, the Fingal Valley, and down to Glenora, Collinsvale and Dover in the state's South. Another school on the State Govern- ment's hit list is Mole Creek Primary School which is currently attended by about 75 students from the local area. On Tuesday night, more than 100 local residents turned out in support of the school at a meeting organised by the Mole Creek Primary School Association. Local dairy farmer Janene Hingston and her husband Phillip have three children who have attended or currently attend the Mole Creek school. Mrs Hingston said parents and mem- bers of the local community were deter- mined to fight against the closure which she said would have a devastating affect on all aspects of the local community. ''We will do whatever it takes to fight this because I for one do not want to see our community and our wonderful town turn into a ghost town, which is exactly what will happen if the school is closed,'' Mrs Hingston said. 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