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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

 

DANDENONG RANGES COMMUNITY GRANTS: LAST CHANCE FOR ROUND 2!

Closing 5pm Monday 11th April 2016.

 

Supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, the grants will enable local groups and partnerships in the Dandenong Ranges to reduce the impact of pest animals, improve habitat through revegetation and reduce the fuel load by removing woody weeds and other invasive plants.

 

There are three types of grants available:

•             Small Projects - under $10,000 for short-term, smaller projects

•             Medium Projects - up to $50,000 for longer-term projects delivering multiple activities across one year

•             Large Projects – greater than $50,000 for projects that plan to address multiple threats or issues in a staged process over one year at a landscape scale

 

For more information or to apply, visit http://www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/funding-grants/dandenong-ranges-wildlife-recovery-weed-management-and-fuel-reduction-programme/grants.aspx  

 

THREATENED SPECIES PROTECTION INITIATIVE

The Victorian Government has announced $5.2 million for the Threatened Species Protection Initiative to support immediate action on threatened species and habitat protection

 

Interested volunteer based local community groups and networks, schools, indigenous groups and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for these grants.

 

    • Expressions of Interest for Crowdfunding opportunities – Closing Date 13th 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.

 

    • Round 2 - Community Volunteer Action Grants – 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

 

FRRR – FOUNDATION FOR RURAL & REGIONAL RENEWAL GRANTS

Community Group Futures  - Closing Date 15th April 2016

This is the second round of this program, funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund specifically for not–for-profit organisations working in and for the benefit of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires, with a view to supporting future viability and sustainability.

For more information or to apply, visit -  http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/Community-Group-Futures

 

Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) - Round 9  - Closing Date 15th April 2016

Program with the specific focus of providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to build strength and capacity for the future.

For more information or to apply, visit - http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/GRW_Round9.php

 

BANK AUSTRALIA 2016 SMALL INVESTMENTS ROUND – Closing Date 15th April 2016

Bank Australia invests up to 4% of its after-tax profits in projects that contribute to the mutual prosperity of people, our communities and the planet.

 

The 2016 Small Investments Round will support projects run by Bank Australia customers. Funding of up to $10,000 is available for projects focused on:  Environmental sustainability, Non-profit/ social enterprise capacity building, Gender equality, Reconciliation, Disability, and Educational disadvantage

 

For further information including eligibility requirements and how to apply click here -

Successful applicants will receive funding for their projects in financial year 2016-17.

https://bankaust.com.au/impact

 

DROUGHT RESPONSE PACKAGE - FARMERS STOCK CONTAINMENT FUNDING BOOST ROUND 2

Closing Date – 14th May, 2016

Grants of up to $2000 per stock containment area are available to assist farmers implement this valuable drought management tool, delivering a range of benefits including good livestock management, minimising soil erosion, enabling faster pasture recovery,  as well as limiting the spread of weeds. Farmers can apply for a maximum of three stock containment areas per farm business to the total value of $6,000, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria. Successful applicants from the first round of funding can apply for a second or third stock containment area.

 

Drought Response Package program information, including eligibility criteria, are available at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/drought

 

NORMAN WETTENHALL SMALL ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT SCHEME

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for groups or individuals undertaking biodiversity conservation projects in Australia. Projects of up to $10,000 can be about one or more of the following: monitoring, recording and sharing data, delivering community education, providing community capacity building (training), research and science, or landscape restoration and education (Victoria only).

For more information or to apply, visit: http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/

 

ONE TREE PER CHILD PROGRAM - NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS 

The Australian Government’s new One Tree Per Child program is an opportunity for Landcare groups/networks and councils to receive funds for planting projects this coming planting season. Note: The guidelines and application form only mention councils as possible applicants, however applications are also welcome from Landcare groups/networks and any other organisations that can deliver planting projects.

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.onetreeperchild.com/#about

 

MAKE THE SWITCH TO A RESPONSIBLE LENDER & GET A BONUS FOR YOUR LOCAL LANDCARE GROUP!

Landcare Australia has partnered with Bank Australia to provide vital funding to local Landcare groups whose supporters take out a new home loan or refinance their existing home loan to Bank Australia.

This special offer is open to members of Landcare Groups, family and friends, or any Landcare supporter, or anyone who mentions Landcare when registering their interest in applying for a loan before 31 May 2016, have a unique opportunity to support your local Landcare Group.

And the best bit... Landcare will receive 0.4% of the home loan value from Bank Australia, without affecting your interest rate, fees, or loan structure in any way. For an average $250,000 home loan, this equates to $1,000.

Even if you aren’t personally in the market for a home loan, be sure to pass this deal on to anyone you know that might be interested, and lend Landcare a helping hand and make sure to tell them to mention the local Landcare Group.

For more information go to: https://bankaust.com.au/landcare

 

SERRATED TUSSOCK LANDCARE FIELD DAY GRANTS

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) has developed a Landcare Field Day Grants program that aims to help groups host a serrated tussock-related field day. This program offers Landcare groups/networks the opportunity to receive a one-off grant of up to $500 to sponsor the convening of serrated tussock focused field days. For further information go to: http://www.serratedtussock.com/landcare-grants-tussock-field-days

 

MOMENTUM ENERGY OFFER

If you are a supporter of Landcare, and you live in Victoria, NSW or SA, Momentum Energy will donate $50 to Landcare Australia per each new gas and electricity account. To take part in this exclusive environmental offer, contact Momentum Energy on 1800 794 824 and mention ‘Landcare’ at sign up, or find out how you can signup at http://www.landcareonline.com.au/Momentum-Energy-offer  and assist Landcare.

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

REVIEW OF THE NATIVE VEGETATION CLEARING REGULATIONS

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

 

WATER FOR VICTORIA - COMMUNITY FORUMS
Over the past six months the State Government have been working with stakeholders to prepare a Water for Victoria Discussion Paper. Public consultation is taking place from now to 29 April 2016 to:

• Provide a platform for Victorians to hear about and contribute to the future of water management.

• Capture feedback on key elements of the Water for Victoria Discussion Paper and on key local and regional issues.

• Enable community members and groups to provide submissions.

Forum details:

• Tuesday, 12 April 6-8pm, Keilor (Melbourne Western Region)

• Wednesday, 13 April 6-8pm, Ballarat & Epping (Melbourne Northern Region)

• Thursday, 14 April 6-8pm, Bendigo & Warrnambool

• Monday 18 April 6-8pm, Geelong & 7-9pm Maffra

• Tuesday 19 April 6-8pm, Horsham, Morewell & Shepparton

• Wednesday 20 April 6-8pm, Leongatha & Wodonga

• Thursday 21 April 6-8pm, Mildura & Dandenong (Melbourne South Eastern Region)

• Tuesday 26 April 6-8pm, Kerang

• Wednesday 27 April 6-8pm, Echuca

For more information or to register, visit: http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/water-for-victoria?tool=news_feed#tool_tab

 

PROTECTING VICTORIA'S ENVIRONMENT - BIODIVERSITY 2036

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

Hamilton - Monday 11 April

Horsham - Tuesday 12 April

Ballarat - Wednesday 13 April

Bendigo - Thursday 14 April

St Albans - Friday 15 April

Geelong - Monday 18 April

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

 

VOLUNTEERING VICTORIA: EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER MATCH

 

Volunteering Victoria has made its very first spontaneous emergency volunteer match through our HelpOUT pilot program in Geelong and surrounding regions.  In support of fire recovery efforts in Wye River, they matched Wye River Landcare to a local holiday maker and volunteer who helped to deliver 50 bird boxes built by a high school VCAL program in Monbulk for installation in the bush around Wye River.  If you, your friends, colleagues or family are interested in volunteering to support community recovery following a disaster, please register your interest through -http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/helpout/

 

 

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR THE PREMIER’S SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Closing Date Monday 27th June

 

Now in their 14th year, the Awards continue to recognise leadership and innovation in sustainable practices, and reward those who have driven change by reducing their environmental impact.

 

Categories for this year’s awards are:

•             Built Environment

•             Community

•             Education

•             Environmental Justice

•             Environmental Protection

•             Government

•             Health

•             Innovative Products or Services

•             Large Business

•             Small and Medium Enterprises

 

In addition to these awards, the Premier of Victoria will select two overall winners in the Premier’s Recognition Award and the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award.

Entries are open to all businesses, community groups, local government, and individuals who are committed to a better environment for Victoria.

 

For more information and to apply, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

 

 

EVENTS

 

JUSTICE CONNECT - NOT-FOR-PROFIT LAW TRAINING WEBINARS

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.

 

Getting Started Webinar for NFPs: Wednesday 27 April

Not-for-profit Law's free introduction to starting a not-for-profit. This webinar is for groups that have not yet incorporated, and are considering their options.

 

OH&S & Insurance Issues for NFPs: Wednesday 11 May

This essential webinar will outline relevant laws and legal issues related to OHS and Insurance for NFPs.

 

Working with Other NFPS: Wednesday 15 June

This webinar will outline the legal options available for working with others, top key legal issues your organisation should consider and the pitfalls that can arise from poorly-planned collaborations.

 

Registering for each webinar is essential. For more information or to register click here - http://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/webinars

 

VOLUNTEERING VICTORIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK – 11-17TH MAY
More than 6 million Australian volunteers give happiness to others each year. And research says that that those volunteers are happier as a result. So this National Volunteer Week (11-17 May 2015), help make Australia the happiest place on earth. Spread the word and #givehappylivehappy!

To nominate an organisation, program or individual for our Inaugural State Awards or to learn how you can participate in National Volunteer Week click here - http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/campaigns/national-volunteer-week/?gclid=CKL6_LLV-csCFVgjvQodCc4OsA

 

PROFITABLE REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE - PRESENTED BY COLIN SEIS

Tuesday 26 April - TALLANGATTA (Old Courthouse)

9.30am - 12.30pm, RSVP by Wed 20th April.

 

Colin Seis is a 4th generation farmer in the Gulgong district of NSW. In 1979, the 2000 acre familly farm was destroyed by bushfire. With the loss of the house, the farm infrastructure and 3/4 of the stock, Colin had to develop new low input farming practices that were a major shift from his father’s industrial farming methods.

 

Colin will be sharing his story of resilience and adaptation - the development of his innovative regenerative farming method, known as ‘multi species pasture cropping’, and the changes he has witnessed on his property. These include improved soil health, increased water infiltration, improved pasture quality, reduced insect attack, enhanced ecological function and increased profitability. Colin has also diversified his income streams, including grazing merino sheep and cattle, a merino stud enterprise, harvesting of native grass seed, and one of the largest kelpie studs in the world.

 “We’ve got agriculture wrong. We should be looking at ways to farm that feed people and generate a profit, but also regenerate the land.” - Colin Seis

 

A light lunch will be provided so please RSVP by Wed 20th April. Click here to register online

 

SWIFFT VIDEOCONFERENCES 2016

This year, the following SWIFFT videoconferences will be held at 9.45am at a variety of venues:

Thursday 28 April 2016 - Threatened species management by local government

Thursday 28 July 2016 - Threatened species - population enhancement

Thursday 27 October 2016 - Learning from indigenous knowledge of ecology For a full list of event locations, please visit the SWIFFT website at:  http://www.swifft.net.au/cb_pages/video_conferencing.php

 

BUSHCARE’S MAJOR DAY OUT  – EVENT REGISTRATIONS OPEN

In 2016, Bushcare's Major Day Out will be held during Landcare Week, i.e. on Sunday 11 September. Note: in 2016 Landcare Week is being held from 5-11 September.

 

Bushcare's Major Day Out is designed to recognise and celebrate the work done by volunteer groups to rejuvenate bushland around Australia. Bushcare's Major Day Out are inviting groups to participate by holding an event (eg a planting day, a clean-up day or whatever that group would like to do) on 11 September, or if this date is inconvenient, then to organise an event on a day about a week either side of 11 September.  To register an event and for more information about the day go to www.bushcaresmajordayout.org or if you want more information contact Chris Lewis via: chris.lewis@bushcaresmajordayout.org or 0422 392 984

 

2016 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE - MELBOURNE

Wed 21st - Thu 23 Sep 2016

 

Celebrating from the state where Landcare began, the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The National Landcare Awards ceremony and gala dinner will this year feature 69 finalists, nominated across nine categories, from all parts of Australia. Further information about the call for abstracts, event registration, and conference program will be announced shortly and these details will available on the Victorian Landcare Gateway.

 

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NEWS, RESOURCES

Invasive Species In Focus

 

WILDLIFE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR LONG-TERM RABBIT BIOCONTROL STRATEGY

 

The importance of a long term rabbit biocontrol strategy is clear with a recent study showing a number of Australian threatened small mammals and flora are making a comeback in the South Australian desert due to ongoing rabbit management, including biocontrol.

 

The results found three threatened mammals have staged dramatic recoveries in the past 20 years, predominately due to the release of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) in 1995. RHDV reduced rabbit numbers, with associated reductions in their main predators, cats and foxes, leading to native mammals having less competition for food and less predation pressure.   

 

Andreas Glanznig, CEO of the Invasive Animals CRC is now looking ahead to the future. In consultation with rabbit experts from around Australia, a 20 year rabbit biocontrol strategy has been developed which will complement and improve existing biocontrol agents and investigate the suitability of new biocontrol agents.  

 

Click here  for full PESTSMART article

For more information about the Invasive Animals CRC current research in this area please visit – http://www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/european-rabbit/

 

FEDERAL PARLIAMENT PASSES AMENDMENT TO BIOLOGICAL CONTROL LEGISLATION

 

There is now certainty around the use of viruses in controlling pests, such as the European Rabbit and Carp, after an Amendment to the Biological Control Act 1984 was unanimously passed in record time during the Parliamentary sitting last week.

 

The Biological Control Amendment Bill 2016 arose out of an ongoing scientific debate as to whether a virus can be classified as an organism and as a living entity. As such, the bill has amended the definition of ‘organism’ to specifically include viruses and subviral agents. It also omits the term ‘live’ from references to agent organisms.

 

The amendment now provides greater certainty for stakeholders who research, deliver and benefit from biological control programs, including scientists, farmers, land managers and the community. The bill also supports the Australian government’s commitment to support the rollout of our RHD Boost project.

 

The bill does not change the existing basic scientific, technical or safety features and standards applying to biological control. Biological control agents will continue to be subject to considerable testing prior to release in Australia. However, the amendment now gives legal certainty to the Australian Government in relation to the proposed release of RHDV K5 to boost rabbit management and Australia’s first potential carp biocontrol agent – Cyprinid herpes virus 3. The act is part of a mirror legislation scheme, and the Commonwealth will continue to work with the states and the Northern Territory to ensure that there is a nationally consistent approach.

 

Click here for full PESTSMART article.

 

Further information regarding the proposed release of RHDV K5 - http://www.pestsmart.org.au/boosting-rabbit-biocontrol-rhdv-k5-national-release/

 

To stay up-to date with latest information on the release, please click here to subscribe to RHD Boost update. http://www.pestsmart.org.au/subscribe/

 

LOCAL VICTORIAN SOLUTIONS PROVIDE A SPOTLIGHT ON AUSTRALIA’S MOST DESTRUCTIVE PEST

 

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in collaboration with the Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre are piloting a new initiative in Victoria to improve rabbit management.

 

Michael Reid, the National Rabbit Facilitator said, “Rabbits are Australia’s most invasive pest, threatening over 300 species of flora and fauna. We are looking forward to the release of RHDV K5, however it is not a silver bullet and an ongoing, community led response will be imperative if we are to make headway into rabbit management in Victoria.”

 

The initiative aims to bring together community, industry and government to support local based solutions through the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN).

 

VRAN are currently piloting a Small Grants Program, investing in ten Victorian communities to support local innovation.

 

For more information on the community led approach, visit the Victorian Rabbit Action Network’s website - http://rabbitaction.com/

 

To read the full media release click here.

 

NSW COMMISSION SUPPORTS SUCCESSOR OF INVASIVE ANIMALS CRC

 

The NSW Natural Resources Commission urges a need for continued innovation of pest animal management in Australia and supports the proposed successor to the Invasive Animals CRC, the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, to maintain this national momentum. Released on the 31st March 2016, the draft pest animal report outlines recommendations for its state-wide review of pest animal management. The Commission highlights the importance of a national approach and collaboration to pest animal management and acknowledges that the NSW government should lead advocacy for and invest in the creation of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.

 

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions is currently being formed with industry, government and research partners, to take over from the Invasive Animals CRC once it ceases in mid-2017. More information about the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions can be found at www.invasives.com.au . The Commission is now seeking public feedback on the draft report before finalising its recommendations to the NSW Government in June.

 

To access the full draft report, or to find out more on making a submission or how to attend a public meeting, go to www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/pest-animal-management.

 

HELP STOP EXTINCTION CAUSED BY FERAL CATS

FeralCatScan is a new project by the Invasive Animals CRC and Australian Government Department of the Environment, and is supported by communities Australia-wide to improve knowledge about feral cats to help protect Australia's threatened wildlife.

Landholders can help cease wildlife extinctions by logging sightings of feral cats via a new, easy-to-use phone app or the Feral Cat Scan website. The data feeds back to the Australian Government to help build a national picture of what is happening and what needs to be done.

To find out more or to download the app, go to http://www.feralscan.org.au/feralcatscan/default.aspx

PESTSMART FERAL FLYER – SUBSCRIBE FOR LATEST UPDATES

The Feral Flyer is the fortnightly e-newsletter of the Invasive Animals CRC

Latest update available here - Feral Flyer #293 – 7 Apr

Click here to subscribe.

 

THE WEEDS NEWS

To read the current Weed's News Digest regarding current weed research go to: http://weedsnetwork.com/rs/::WeedsNews%20newspage

 

 

PARK WATCH – NEW ISSUE AVAILABLE

March 2016 Edition Available here - http://vnpa.org.au/page/publications/park-watch/park-watch-march-2016-_-no-264 . Features include the Great Victorian Fish Count, Leadbeater’s Plan and Victoria’s Best Walks.

COPIES OF PAST MAGAZINES AVAILABLE

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.