FTLA News Update - September 2015

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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.

 

LAST CHANCE: VICTORIAN LANDCARE SURVEY CLOSES Tues 15th SEPTEMBER!

If you haven’t already completed the survey, please spend 10-15 minutes giving your feedback and encourage others to do so at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VictorianLandcare

 

If you’re happy with aspects of Landcare and want to keep them then let the government know that you value the grant programs, the landcare magazine in your mail box or online, the facilitators and regional landcare co-ordinators, the Landcare Gateway etc! Or if you want changes let them know!

 

The input provided during the consultation will be used to inform recommendations for the Victorian Government's support for Landcare into the future. This is your opportunity to contribute, and any decisions made will only be as good as the information we provide!

 

RENEWAL REMINDER

FTLA Renewal and insurance notices were due 30th June 2015. Membership & Insurance certificates are available for financial Member Groups. If you are unsure whether your group is currently covered please call the FTLA on 9207 5527 or email ftla@vff.org.au.

 

A NOTE ON AUSPICING BY FTLA MEMBER GROUPS

Please note that FTLA Groups cannot extend their insurance cover through the FTLA to an external group. We have had a number of FTLA Member Groups offer to auspice or insure separate independent organisations this way, and as a result those organisation have been falsely comforted with a promise of insurance coverage that can’t be provided.

We’ve also had a number of groups auspice separate independent organisations for grants, which is problematic if the auspicing group is operating under the FTLA incorporation.

If you are at all unsure about whether your current arrangements are valid please call the FTLA on 9207 5527 or email ftla@vff.org.au ASAP!

 

GRANTS & OPPORTUNITIES

 

HELEN MACPHERSON SMITH TRUST

 

Helen Macpherson Smith grants support the needs of the wider community of Victoria across a range of targeted program areas including:

    • Rural and Regional Victoria
    • Land Stewardship
    • Culture & Heritage

 

Only Victorian groups with Tax Concession Charity status can apply (check your ABN record at http://www.abr.business.gov.au/Index.aspx  to confirm you are endorsed as a charitable institution).

Applications for Community One-off Grants of up to $30,000 close 15 Sept 2016. For more information go to: http://hmstrust.org.au/grants or call (03) 8370 2699

 

20 MILLION TREES COMPETITIVE GRANTS ROUND TWO

 

The Australian Government is seeking applications from eligible groups or individuals interested in undertaking a tree planting project as part of the 20 Million Trees Programme. Applications are invited for projects seeking funding between $20,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive). This is the second 20 Million Trees Competitive Grants Round. Round Two projects must commence before 30 June 2016 and must be able to be completed by:

•30 June 2017, for Projects seeking grant funding of $20,000 to $59,999 (GST exclusive); or

•30 June 2018, for Projects seeking grant funding of $60,000 to $100,000 (GST exclusive).

 

Applications close: 2.00pm AEST (Canberra time) 16 September 2015

 

RACV 2016 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM

Applications for the 2016 community partnerships program in the area of Environment and Sustainability is now open. Each year RACV supports not-for-profit community organisations, providing financial and in-kind assistance to organisations to implement specific programs which benefit RACV members and their communities. The program is a component of RACV’s wider corporate social responsibilities.

Applications close 5pm Friday 18 September

 

2015 FIRE AWARENESS AWARDS        
 
The Fire Awareness Awards are a collaborative venture between Victoria’s fire agencies DELWP, CFA and MFB. Victoria’s fire agencies recognise that Landcare groups and networks make a significant contribution to prevention, preparedness and recovery from fire and encourages entries for the 2015 Fire Awareness Awards.The RACV Insurance Award for Excellence provides a $10,000 prize to the most outstanding project.  The award categories include: access and inclusion; community-led prevention and preparedness; innovation and design; and recovery.Entries close 30 September 2015. For further information go to www.fireawarenessawards.com.au

 

THREATENED SPECIES COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTION GRANTS

The Threatened Species Protection Initiative’s Community Volunteer Action Grants provides $2 million for  Grants between $2,000 and $20,000, which will support local groups to undertake grassroots threatened species projects such as revegetating areas, building fences, species monitoring and establishing suitable habitats.

Closes:  22 September 2015

For more information go to http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/funding/threatened-species-protection-initiative

 

FRRR SMALL GRANTS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES (SGRC) - ROUND 28

Not-for-profit community based organisations can apply for grants up to $5,000 to support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in small rural, regional and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural development. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority. Closing Date:  5pm Monday 5th October 2015

For more information go to http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round28.php  or freecall 1800 170 020 or email info@frrr.org.au

 

LANDCARE GRANTS FOR SERRATED TUSSOCK FIELD DAYS

The VSTWP have developed a Landcare Field Day Assistance 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 more information go to http://www.serratedtussock.com/landcare-grants-serrated-tussock-field-days

 

Applications close: 30th April 2016

 

NEST INCENTIVE SCHEME FOR RED-TRAILED BLACK-COCKATOO

Birds Australia will continue the scheme to reward landholders for discovery of ‘new’ nest sites of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. The Nest Incentive Scheme, which offers a reward for the discovery of new nest sites of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, is again being offered to landholders and members of the public over the 2015 breeding season. From now onwards be on the look-out for nesting pairs! Nesting can occur year round, but typically begins from spring to mid-summer.

 

An incentive of $500 will go to landholders for each ‘new’ nest found on their land. A ‘new’ nest is one that has not been recorded in our database. The same amount will be paid to local community members who report a ‘new’ nest on public land. A $100 one-off payment will be made for each eligible nest site that is on our database but found to be in use again.  Guidelines for the nest incentive scheme and information on Red-tail nesting behaviour are available at www.redtail.com.au.

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

RELEASE OF THE NEW STRAIN OF CALICIVIRUS: CALL FOR TEST SITES

Get involved in the release of the new strain of calicivirus to control rabbits!  An additional strain of calicivirus (rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus – RHDV) is going to be released into Australia’s rabbit population in an attempt to improve biological control.  The strain, called K5, is expected to perform better than our current strain, particularly in the cool-wet regions of the country.  The project team is looking for additional broad-scale release sites and are calling on Landcare to help identify and facilitate these sites.  We are asking for groups to coordinate their landholders into release sites (where landholders are interested in releasing the virus).  More information on the requirements for release sites and how groups can get involved will be made available on the pestsmart website in the coming weeks (http://www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/european-rabbit/ ) but in the meantime, group coordinators can contact the project leader directly for more information (tarnya.cox@dpi.nsw.gov.au ).

 

FERAL PHOTOS COMPETITION 2014

The competition is now open once again the organisers are looking for the best images of Australia’s pest animals and the impacts they have on biodiversity and agriculture. We accept photos from all locations across Australia and remote camera photos are also accepted.

 

You can enter up to five (5) images for the chance to win some great prizes. The competition closes on 30th September 2015. For more information go to: http://www.pestsmart.org.au/feral-photos

 

NSW INVASIVE SPECIES PLAN CONSULTATION

 

A review of the NSW Invasive Species Plan 2008-15 was recently undertaken to ensure invasive species in NSW continues to be managed by objective and successful programs. An updated NSW Invasive Species Plan 2015-22 has now been drafted by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in collaboration with public land managers (Local Land Services, Crown Lands and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service), and is open for public consultation. Public consultation on the draft plan closes on 2 October 2015. For more information go to: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/pests-weeds/nsw-invasive-species-plan

 

SCIENCE & INNOVATION AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES & FORESTRY

Grant applications are now open for the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.  Applications close 5pm AEDT Friday 09 October 2015. For more information go to: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/conferences-events/scienceawards

 

 

IA CRC ANNUAL AWARDS 2015

Nominations are now open for the Invasive Animals CRC Awards 2015! Recipients of the awards will be recognised for their significant contribution and the Dave Choquenot Science Prize, Participant’s Award and Chief Executive’s Award winners will also pick up a $2,000 cash prize for professional development. Nominate your champion of invasive animal management and acknowledge the significant contributions they have made.  Nominations Close: 5pm Friday 16th October 2015. For more information go to: http://www.invasiveanimals.com/about-us/corporate/awards

 

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR VICTORIAN RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD

The Rural Women’s Award honours the efforts of emerging leaders and creates opportunities for women to effect change in agricultural industries and rural communities. The Victorian finalists will be celebrated at a ceremony at Parliament House in March 2016, with the winner to receive a bursary of $10,000 to implement their project vision and participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

 

Staff at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources are available to help prospective nominees through the process (contact Jon Graftdyk on 03 5772 0225 or Jon.Graftdyk@ecodev.vic.gov.au). Applications for the award are open until 30 October 2015. For more information about the award and to obtain a nomination form, please visit, the RIRDC Rural Women's Award website, www.rirdc.gov.au

 

 

NEWS, RESOURCES

 

EFARMER SHUTTING DOWN SOON

Due to a combination of the technology to support e-farmer now being out of date and no further funding from DEDJTR to continue its maintenance, the Efarmer web-based farm mapping system is being shut down on 16th September 2015.

If you are a user of Efarmer and you wish to save your Efarmer data, there are now instructions on the website here. If you wish to save your map data before eFarmer is shut down, the instructions describe how you can export your map data and load it into Google Earth. You must complete this by Tuesday 15th September.

 

LANDCARE EMPLOYMENT CHECKLIST NOW AVAILABLE

The FTLA and the VLC have collaborated on creating a checklist as 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. It is available at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/ftla/documents

 

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 available at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/funding/victorian-landcare-facilitator-program/useful-links-on-the-employment-of-landcare-support-staff/view or contact the FTLA on 03 9207 5527 or ftla@vff.org.au

 

 

LANDCARE AWARD WINNERS

 

The State Landcare Awards were announced recently at Government House. Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended nominees, including Lyn Coulston for the inaugural Joan Kirner Landcare Award and Lisette Mill for the Heather Mitchell Fellowship, commemorating the co-founders of Landcare.

Congratulations also to those who made the effort of nominating either on their own behalf or someone else’s and helped to promote the wonderful work of Landcare!

Landcare Award Winners:  Tom Abbotsmith Youl, Matthew Bailey, Simon Brady, Lyn Coulston, Rob  Fallon, David McAninly, Lisette Mill, Trevor & Ann-Marie Mills, Graeme & Gillian Nicholl (Montrose Dairy), Karen O'Keefe, Alan Stephenson, Josh Walters, Justin Weaver, Kate Williams, Project Platypus, Yarram Yarram Landcare Network, Far East Victoria Landcare Inc, and the Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group.

 

Highly Commended & Commended: Graeme Brown, Brian Enbom, Gio Fitzpatrick, Val Lang, Callum Nicholson, Peter Ronalds, Jacqui Salter, Kevin Sparrow, Bass Coast Landcare Network, Friends of Braeside Park, Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network, and Wallan Environment Group.

 

For a full list of winners and the winners booklet go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/2015-victorian-landcare-awards-winners-announced 

 

UPDATED VERSION OF NATIVE SHELTER BELTS REPORT AVAILABLE

The Basalt to Bay Landcare Network  has updated its report on The Economic Benefits of Native Shelter Belts Report  which is now available at http://basalttobay.org.au/index.php/download-reports . Farmers can use this information to more effectively utilise the landscape to potentially increase productivity, while conserving and enhancing critical resources such as soil health, water quality, and protection from environmental stressors (wind, heat & cold impacts). The plan has wide industry support and is updated on an ongoing basis  adding and adjusting based on additional feedback received from  the community.

 

AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS WHITE PAPER

The Federal Government has released the long awaited Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, which it had promised to deliver within 12 months of the 2013 election.

There's also money for pest control: $50 million to manage established pests and weeds, and another $50 million "for increased emergency eradication and national response capability" in the event of a biosecurity emergency, such as the outbreak of a serious exotic disease

The White Paper also makes a broader commitment of $200 million to boost biosecurity "surveillance and analysis" nationally. For more information: http://agwhitepaper.agriculture.gov.au/white-paper/white-paper-at-a-glance

 

LANDCARE IN FOCUS: FOCUS ON SOILS

To commemorate the 2015 International Year of Soils, soil is explored as a special focus for this edition of Landcare in Focus. Some of the issues we look at include how farmers are conserving and restoring soils – that's the question that Soils for Life seeks to answer by collating outstanding land management practices from around Australia. You can also read about Queensland's Scott and Melissa Dowling's use of laser-levelling to redistribute flood-affected topsoil across the damage zone of their 300ha farm to recover from Tropical cyclone Oswald. 

After Australia's first Threatened Species Summit last month, there is a report on the impact for Landcarer and talk to a Victorian group working to protect the threatened Loddon Curlew, at risk of survival due to loss of habitat and redundant survival strategy. 

Plus, there's a tribute to Joan Kirner, Green Army and 20 Million Trees updates, information about the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and more!
Read the August e-magazine online

 

PEST ANIMALS IN PERI-URBAN AREAS: CHECK THE LABEL!

Rabbits and foxes are pervasive problems including in peri-urban areas and any efforts to eradicate them are to be applauded. However, some groups have had problems due to small property sizes as some products have a minimum property size of 1000 sqm. The FTLA is currently advocating for reducing the threshold size, but in the meantime please check the label conditions before starting control activities!

 

STATE OF AUSTRALIA'S BIRDS 2015

The report's surprise finding was that it was the country's "common birds" that weren't faring so well. Produced by BirdLife Australia, the report found that since 1999 the odds of seeing a laughing kookaburra have almost halved, to 10 per cent, in south-east mainland states. "We're seeing declines in a bunch of species that are considered common," BirdLife Australia head of research James O'Connor said. "And the south-east region is the dramatic zone for the laughing kookaburra, which includes the major cities on the east coast." Magpie sightings also dropped to 22.5 per cent on Australia's east coast, although they increased in arid parts of the country and in Tasmania. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/sightings-of-australias-common-birds-are-on-the-decline-study-finds-20150714-gibmar.html#ixzz3fvKwammn

 

HELP TO COMBAT PEST ANIMALS IS ONLY A CLICK AWAY

A new online pest animal toolkit from the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) is a one-stop shop of practical knowledge to arm farmers and land managers with the information and connections they need to combat pest animals. The website also links to the FeralScan website and app which provides people with the capability to map pest animal sightings and damage and then to use this information to track and control the problem. The PestSmart Connect website features pest animal species that are a having a major impact on biodiversity and agriculture in Australia including wild dogs, foxes, feral cats, rabbits and carp. There are handy glovebox guides, videos about trapping and baiting, case studies and links to assistance. Go to: www.pestsmart.org.au

TWO NEW PRACTICAL FERAL PIG GUIDES ARE NOW AVAILABLE VIA THE PESTSMART CONNECT WEBSITE

The Glovebox Guide for Managing Feral Pigs is a practical resource designed to assist Australian landholders (farmers, public land managers and indigenous groups) in the control of feral pigs. A large part of tackling a feral pig problem depends on the landholder’s awareness of the situation and their ability to make informed decisions about how best to take action to reduce feral pig damage.

This guide aims to:

•             enhance understanding of feral pig biology and ecology

•             outline the options for control

•             outline management tools and strategies

•             assist in the development of a cost effective pig management plan

 

Feral Pigs: a field guide to poison baiting  provides an overview on the key components of an effective feral pig baiting program, such as timing, site selection, monitoring and pre-feeding. Field signs to look for that indicate feral pig activity are also covered. Although this guide mainly focuses on poison baiting, there are several aspects covered that may be helpful for other control techniques, such as trapping.

Both guides are available to download at: www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/feral-pig/

 

EVENTS

 

PATHWAYS AUSTRALIA - HR MANAGEMENT …..THE ESSENTIALS FOR COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS! 
We refer to them as “our most valuable assets” but how well do we support and manage our employees? This program has been specifically designed  for the community sector managers and will provide you with a “toolkit” of practical, effective tools, techniques  and ideas that will help you produce a happier, more motivated, committed and results driven workforce.

Dates:   21 September 2015, Time:   9:30am to 4:00pm
Venue: Angliss Conference Centre, Level 5, 555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC
Cost:    $320 ex GST

 

 

2015 AWMS Annual Conference: Wildlife Management in a Changing Environment

23-26 November 2015, Mercure Hotel, Perth WA. Official conference opening by the Western Australian Minister for the Environment at the Ice Breaker function Monday 23 November starting at 5pm! Early bird registration closes - September 30 2015. For more information go to https://awms.memberclicks.net/conference

 

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

http://www.environment.gov.au/about/media/events/index.html

       

ISSUE 64 VICTORIAN LANDCARE AND CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE AVAILABLE ONLINE

To read or download the current issue of the magazine visit http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vlcm/current-issue/64_all_pages/view

 

 

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.

 

THE WEEDS NEWS

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

 

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