FTLA NEWS - June 2016

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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.

FTLA Office: May and June have been very busy so far with the Annual Forum and renewals going out and next week the office will only be staffed on three days. So please be patient if we owe you an email or a phone call! We will try to respond as quickly as we can. Please so let us know if something is urgent in the email subject line.

GET INVOLVED! HELP BUILD A BETTER WEBSITE: LANDCARE GATEWAY REBUILD The Victorian Landcare Program has committed to building a fantastic online resource for the Landcare community and its members. The new website will be launched later this year. Register your interest (before June 30) to help build a better website go to http://thick.ly/landcare-project

The 2015 Review of the Victorian Landcare Program recommended the need for improvement to the program’s communication tools, including the Victorian Landcare Gateway, to better inform, share and collaborate with the Landcare community. Our goal is to build an easy-to-use and intuitive website that meets the needs of the Landcare community.

AUSTRALIA’S BIOSECURITY ARRANGEMENTS: HAVE YOUR SAY Stakeholders across the country are being encouraged to have their say on Australia’s biosecurity system and the agreement that underpins it – the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB). To ensure its ongoing effectiveness, Australian agriculture ministers agreed to a comprehensive review of the IGAB and a broader examination of Australia’s biosecurity system. The closing date for submissions is 5pm (AEST) 8 July 2016. For further information on the review, making a submission, or to read the discussion paper, visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/partnerships/nbc/intergovernmental-agreement-on-biosecurity/igabreview

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (PLANNING) BILL 2016 (Vic) Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) is leading reforms to Victoria’s arrangements that apply to planning for emergencies. Effective planning is vital in preparing for emergencies of all kinds that may affect the Victorian community. All submissions on the Exposure Draft must be received by 30 June 2016. For more information go to https://myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/emergency-management-legislation-amendment-planning-bill-2016

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 http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2615961/30-Years-of-Landcare-Photo-Upload30 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

GRANTS & OPPORTUNITIES AUSTRALIAN ETHICAL’S 2016 COMMUNITY GRANTS Closing Monday, 27 June at 10am Grants are for $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000 and will fund small capital items and specific project costs with clear outcomes including protecting the environment, sustainability, biological cultural heritage. For more information go to: www.australianethical.com.au/community-grants.

CANON ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS Applications close on Friday 5 August 2016 Canon Oceania is now appealing for applicants for its annual environmental in-kind grants program. Grants are available to Australian and New Zealand schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations making a positive impact on their environment and community. Recipients will be will be given their choice of $5,000 (retail value) of Canon equipment for use in their project. For more information go to https://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/About-Canon/Sustainability-Environment/Environment/Environmental-Grants

BUSINESS RESOURCE ASSESSMENT GRANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to help Victorian businesses get more out of the materials they purchase and save money. Funding of up to $10,000 is available to eligible small and medium sized businesses to review activities, and identify, and implement resource efficiency improvements. Application due by Friday 5 August . For more information go to: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/resource-assessment-grants

EVENTS 2016 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE: REGISTRATIONS OPEN Registrations are now open for the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 21-23 September 2016. Early Bird closes 31 July. For more information go to: http://nationallandcareconference.org.au/delegate-information CLIMATE ADAPTATION CONFERENCE – 2016 Adelaide, 5-7 July The conference program is now available. For more information go to: http://climate-adaptation.org.au/

JUSTICE CONNECT - NOT-FOR-PROFIT LAW TRAINING Not-for-profit Law regularly runs seminars on a variety of topics that affect community organisations. You can attend this training using your computer from wherever you may be located. 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

Current issues in volunteering: Are you liable for actions of your volunteers? Does your insurance protect your volunteers if they are injured? Are you unwittingly treating your volunteers like employees so that they might have back-payment rights? Are your screening practices up to date?

VIC: When: 9.30am-12.30pm Wednesday 27 July 

NSW: Monday 8 August 2016 Social Media, Privacy and Cyber Resilience for Not-for-profits NSW: 21 Jul 2016 - 9:30am, Sydney

FRRR FUNDRAISING WEBINARS FRRR has teamed up with Our Community to host three webinars specifically designed to help rural, regional and remote community groups access more funding. In a panel discussion format, these webinars aim to demystify some of the funding options beyond grants, and to share knowledge and practical tools to help you get started.

• Planned Giving and Bequests 101 - 1pm AEST on Thursday, 14 July

• Sponsorship 101 - 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 27 July

• Crowd-funding 101 - 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 10 August Registrations for the webinars are now open at http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/training/training_article.jsp?articleId=6924&utm


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

HINDMARSH PLANT-OUTS Greening Australia and the Hindmarsh Landcare Network will again team up for the 2016 Project Hindmarsh plant-out weekend. This year, the plant-out will be on the weekend of 25-26 June instead of the traditional third weekend in August. This is to give the trees more time (and hopefully more moisture) to establish before summer. For more information, email hln@hindmarshlandcare.org.au or phone Darryl Argall on 0428 344 764. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/project-hindmarsh-2016-tickets-23318786117?aff=eac2

PLAN YOUR OWN EVENTS AROUND THE “DAYS”: Remember when linking your event to an official “Day” to register with the appropriate organisation to maximise your promotional opportunities • National Science Week - 13–21 August • Keep Australia Beautiful Week - 22 – 28 August • World Water Week - 28 August – 2 September

NEWS, RESOURCES QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS Congratulations to all FTLA members recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, including - Terry Hubbard, member of Upper Goulburn Landcare Network, Strath Creek Landcare Group, and Victorian Blackberry Taskforce plus VLC Chair - Leila Huebner, Nelson Coastcare Inc

WORK SAFE OUTDOORS WorkSafe Victoria has released a new safety alert in response to recent incidents involving workers being killed and injured when working outdoors, alone and/or in isolation. The Safety Alert lists some basic risk control measures to assist in devising a safe system of work for employees who work outdoors, especially when operating alone or in isolation. For more information go to: http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/info/publications/alert/working-outdoors

LANDCARE EMPLOYMENT CHECKLIST Just a reminder coming up to 30 June about the Landcare Employment checklist. It is a guide to assist landcare groups and networks in employing or engaging staff. It is not designed to cover all issues around staff management but rather to be a starting point for action. If you need more information on any of the items on the checklist DELWP has put together a Useful Links on the Employment of Landcare Support Staff resource or contact the FTLA on 03 9207 5527 or ftla@vff.org.au. Both documents are available at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/ftla/employment-links and have also been circulated with the renewals (they do not need to be returned to the FTLA!)

NEW POISON BAITS for FOXES RELEASED After more than 11 years of thorough scientific testing within Australia and overseas, Animal Control Technologies Australia Pty Ltd (ACTA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Australian government through the Invasive Animals CRC are proud to officially announce that two new poison baits—Dogabait and Foxecute®—are now available for use in Australia. For more information go to http://www.pestsmart.org.au/first-new-predator-toxin-in-50-years-becomes-available/


• Natural Resource Management Planning Portal at http://windsky.com.au/nrm-planning-portal/ The Landcare Groups in the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority region are trialling a planning model which could revolutionise how communities work together to care for our environment.

• Online Farm Trials http://windsky.com.au/online-farm-trials/ Online Farm Trials is a collaborative project putting research knowledge online and linking it to national data, opening up new possibilities for smarter farming and better research. This short documentary film explores the impact of the Online Farm Trials project from the perspectives of key users and researchers.

• Making a Rabbit Bait Station https://rabbitaction.com/2016/06/09/interested-in-making-a-rabbit-bait-station/ Jarod Coote with Connecting Country talks about using Pindone oats with bait stations to control rabbits.

PARK WATCH – NEW ISSUE AVAILABLE Park Watch No 261 - June 2016 This issue of Park Watch includes articles on Co-management with Traditional Owners, Regional Forest Agreements, Nature on Private Land, and Impacts of Fire. Go to: http://issuu.com/vnpa FRIENDSNET NEWSLETTER The most recent issue of FriendsNET, the quarterly newsletter from the Victorian Environment Friends Network is available, including articles on the new biodiversity strategy and tracking volunteer effort. Go to: http://vnpa.org.au/page/volunteer/victorian-environment-friends-network/victorian-environment-friends-network-_-newsletter

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

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. ---

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