Flood creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group has received an encouraging letter from The Honourable Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for the Environment (click link below).
This letter was a reply to our initial contact with Minister Hunt which drew his attention to our existence via this blog. We also outlined the reasons behind our establishment, especially in regard to the need for a reassessment of destructive and counterproductive nativist policies within Australian NRM approaches.
We take heart from Minister Hunt’s acknowledgement of a diversity views in NRM, and his support for healthy debate.
Furthermore, we appreciate Minister Hunt’s explanation of the present National Landcare Programme as a “grassroots process”. This reality is sometimes unclear given the common presumption of authority and expert status which is accorded to our NRM bureaucracies.
We will certainly continue to do as encouraged by Minister Hunt and ensure we are actively involved with our local NRM organisations, so as to contribute our views and help determine local priorities.