FTLA News Update - April 2016

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FTLA NEWS: THREATENED SPECIES & OTHER GRANTS + COMMENT ON NATIVE VEG, BIODIVERSITY & WATER + EMPLOYMENT WEBINARS + INVASIVE SPECIES NEWS & RESOURCES + MORE

Dear Member Groups,

               

You or your members may be interested in the following, apologies for any cross-postings. Please forward relevant items to your members who may be interested. These emails are only sent to the group contact, and to Landcare support staff where listed.

 

Please forward relevant items to your members who may be interested. These emails are only sent to the group contact, and to Landcare support staff where listed. Apologies for any cross-postings.

 

GRANTS & OPPORTUNITIES

 

LANDCARE AUSTRALIA SUPPORT GRANTS: up to $1,000 (ex GST)

Landcare groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 (GST exclusive) to support projects and core activities which will improve the health of the land and environment. Applications close: 28 April 2016 (5.00pm EST)

For more information visit: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/?page_id=91

 

SUEZ COMMUNITY GRANTS

The SUEZ Community Grants program will partner with organisations that fit with our core philosophy of supporting local participation in social and environmental projects which help create a more sustainable future and build strong thriving communities. Closing Date 16 May

Please contact SUEZ to check your eligibility and contact the FTLA if you need us to auspice your group.Phone: 02 8775 5535 (9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday)

 

LANDCARE AUSTRALIA SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS: up to $15,000 (ex. GST)

Landcare Australia is offering grants to Landcare and farming groups to undertake projects that protect environmental assets, address priority issues and improve the health of the environment. 

Groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 (ex. GST) to support projects that focus on >   Biodiversity and /or  Sustainable agriculture

Applications close: 20 May 2016 (5.00pm EST)

For more information visit: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/?page_id=91

Email: communitygrants@suez-env.com.au (general enquiries) –

For more information go to : http://suezcommunitygrants.com..au .

 

THREATENED SPECIES - Community Volunteer Action Grants – Reminder!

Closing Date 20th April 2016

 

$2 million dollars will be provided to small-scale, local threatened species projects that build community connections to the local environment. This program recognises the value of grassroots community action in making change happen quickly.

 

For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/conserving-threatened-species-and-communities/threatened-species-protection-initiative?remap=delwp.vic.gov.au/tspi#sthash.QEYJv8H8.dpuf

 

 

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HELP CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF LANDCARE!

 

Landcare in Victoria will celebrate a major milestone – its 30th birthday! DELWP are calling on Landcarers young and old to share their stories through photographs and videos. To mark this special occasion we would like to showcase the array of wonderful Landcare projects, events, achievements and the changes that have taken place over the last three decades.  We’re particularly looking for photos showing the progress of projects over time, milestones for your group/network, people participating in events, and more generally, what Landcare means to you. Photos, videos and consent forms can be uploaded via the following link 30 Years of Landcare Photo Upload

 

The next issue (no. 67) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine is also  feature on 30 Years of Landcare!  If you or your group or network has a long history of involvement in Landcare, especially if you were featured in one of the early issues of the magazine, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact the editor with your story ideas.Contributions for the next issue should be sent to the editor (details below) by Friday 1 July 2016. Carrie Tiffany, Editor - Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, Email: editorviclandcare@gmail.com

 

EMERGING RIVER PROFESSIONAL AWARD – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) is an initiative of the International RiverFoundation, established to recognize and foster early career river professionals who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin, or river-dependent community management. To nominate go to: http://iwcan.org/erpa/

 

NATIVE VEGETATION CLEARING REVIEW: Reminder!

As part of the Victorian Government commitment to review the native vegetation clearing regulations, DELWP has developed a Consultation Paper that sets out proposed improvements to address key issues identified by stakeholders. For further information and to have your say on the consultation paper click here - http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/native-vegetation-clearing-regulations . Close on 29 April 2016

 

 

EVENTS

 

PORT PHILLIP AND WESTERNPORT - KNOWLEDGE BANQUET

The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA are excited to announce that a Knowledge Banquet will be held on Monday 16th May 2016 from 10am - 3pm at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The one-day 'all you can learn' feast will see a range of speakers engage on topics relevant to our region, our environment and our future. Some of these speakers include:

-        Rob Gell AM – Director, bhive Group

-        Justin Madden – Senior Consultant, Arup & Former Victorian Minister for Planning

-        Dr Graeme Newell – Arthur Rylah Institute, DELWP

-        Nadine Gaskill – Knox City Council

-        Nigel Sharp – Owner, Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided. Tickets are $135 per person. Registration is essential. Visit https://register.eventarc.com/33803  to register.

 

NE ENVIRONMENT FORUM: Innovation in Landscape Conservation - Wangaratta

Tue 17 May, 10am - 4pm

The inaugural North East Victorian environment forum 'Innovation in Landscape Conservation' will be held on Tuesday 17 May. This event is proudly presented by North East CMA, Trust for Nature, Charles Sturt University's Institute for Land, Water and Society and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. For more information go to: http://www.necma.vic.gov.au/News-Events/Events/ArtMID/461/ArticleID/235/Environment-Forum-Innovation-in-Landscape-Conservation

 

 

EMPLOYEE, CONTRACTOR OR VOLUNTEER WEBINAR: Reminder!

Not-for-profit Law regularly runs webinars on a variety of topics that affect community organisations. You can attend this training using your computer from wherever you may be located.

 

Employee, Contractor or Volunteer Webinar: Thursday 21 April

Understand the important legal differences between engaging an employee, contractor and volunteer in this vital webinar for NFPs.

 

 

BIODIVERSITY 2036 Community Forums – Reminder!

The biodiversity plan aims to encourage more Victorians to value and protect nature by helping them connect with and enjoy their environment. It also aims to drive action from local businesses, government and people will help to stop the decline of our biodiversity through investment, improved decision making and planning, and through volunteer action.

There are several different ways for the community and stakeholders to get involved including attending a community forum (see list below) or making a submission.

Community Forum Sessions

Frankston - Tuesday 19 April

Traralgon - Wednesday 20 April

Bairnsdale - Thursday 21 April

Wodonga - Tuesday 26 April

Benalla - Wednesday 27 April

Melbourne CBD - Thursday 28 April

Mildura - Monday 2 May

To download a copy of the draft plan, make a submission or register for a community forum click here - http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/biodiversity-plan . Close on Sunday 15 May 2016

 

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NEWS, RESOURCES

 

FriendsNET newsletter

The most recent issue of FriendsNET, the quarterly newsletter from the Victorian Environment Friends Network is available, including articles on sea eagles, relocating reptiles, and gliders in nest boxes. Go to: http://vnpa.org.au/admin/library/attachments/PDFs/Friends%20newsletter/FriendsNET94.pdf .

 

CSIRO: Farming in 2050: storing carbon could help meet Australia’s climate goals

CSIRO research, published in Global Environmental Change, assesses a range of potential pathways for Australia’s agricultural land as part of CSIRO’s National Outlook. Check out the CSIRO blog for an interesting read: https://blog.csiro.au/farming-2050-storing-carbon-help-meet-australias-climate-goals/

 

UNDERSTANDING ACCOUNTS AS a VOLUNTEER

Heading into grant reporting season we’ve had a number of queries around account-keeping, so we thought it might be a good idea to remind everyone, that group and network committees have financial responsibilities – not just the Treasurer!

Every committee member needs to understand the financial position of the group and make sure that the group is able to pay its debts. Never be afraid to ask questions! Whoever is preparing the accounts has a responsibility to help you understand and will be probably be very happy someone is paying attention J

The best assurance you have of making sure your organisation is able to pay its debts is to keep a close eye on the accounts. The following are some basic checks and balances:

  • Regular reports on income, expenditure, assets and liabilities

  • Double signatories / authorisation on bank accounts

  • Spending Limits / Spending within budget

  • Authority to enter into contracts only with committee approval

  • Sometime audits are legally required, but even where they aren’t, if groups are reasonable large or managing multiple grants, sourcing an independent audit can be a good idea and provide valuable feedback on financial processes.

For further information check out some of the following resources or give us a call as needed.

Depending on the size and complexity of your organisation, you may wish to investigate a software package such as Xero or Saasu or Quickbooks, which can track grants and link invoices and receipts to transactions.

 

VICTORIAN LANDCARE AND CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE

66 Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine is now available online and will be shortly arriving in post boxes. This issue is a feature on invasive plants and animals.

Among the stories in this issue include:

  • Tim Bloomfield's story on the recipe for successful rabbit control.

  • David Cummings has found over the past 35 years that the work to control blackberry on his 200-hectare bush block doesn't get any easier.

  • The Upper Maribrynong Catchment Group have used the impact of the 2014 fires to undertake a project to control a decades old gorse infestation across nine properties.

  • Hamilton Field Naturalists Club's experience over the past 10 years of controlling weeds by herbicide wiping.

    To read or download the current issue of the magazine visit http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vlcm/current-issue

    All the other back issues (i.e. from issues 1-65) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine are now on the Victorian Landcare Gateway http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vic/previous-issues

     

    The FTLA has a number of copies of past Victorian Landcare magazines available, including the current issue, if you would like additional copies or to use them for promotional purposes. We are happy to send them out in batches of ten or more. Let us know if you would find them useful.

     

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    These newsletters are compiled from many sources, and thank-you to those who supplied the information.