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We are looking for your ideas for next year’s FTLA Annual Forum and Annual General Meeting. Our 2012 FTLA Annual Forum and AGM was a great success and we are always looking for new ideas from our members to make next year’s even more successful. This could include ideas for speakers, forum and discussion topics, or any idea big or small related to the event.


Send us an email at ftla@vff.org.au if you have an idea for the 2013 FTLA Annual Forum and AGM. We would love to hear from you!





The Richmond Football Club Landcare Grant is a competitive grant worth $5,000 (+GST). There is only one $5,000 grant on offer and the successful applicant will be awarded the grant in May 2012. The applicant must agree to the following terms and conditions;


•    They will attend a presentation ceremony at Punt Road Oval on a date to be advised

•    They agree to participate in publicity related to promoting the RFC Landcare grant

•    They will agree to involve RFC in the activities of the grant

•    The group will include signage & logos acknowledging RFC and Landcare Victoria


To be eligible to receive the RFC Landcare Grant applicants must be;

•    A Landcare group or Landcare network operating in Victoria

•    Incorporated or sponsored by and incorporated organisation



•    Must include On-Ground works

•    Must include participation of children in the project and link to local schools

•    Must be completed by 31st October 2013

•    Must include publicity and signage as approved by RFC

•    May include equipment, materials and event costs


Examples of eligible projects include; planting days, weed control and habitat restoration.


If you would like more information please contact West Gippsland CMA on 1300 094 262.


Applications must forwarded to nzaibak@richmondfc.com.au using the approved application form by 30 April 2012.



Fifteen successful schools and groups will receive a Go Green Grant of up to $5,000 to support innovative projects that bring about education in environmental issues, focus on sustainability, promote recycling initiatives or help improve the school’s or local area’s natural environment.


Further to the grants program, teachers will also have a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree with Corporate Express by entering the Go Green Shopping Spree competition.


Applications for both the Go Green Grants program and Go Green Shopping Spree competition are open until Tuesday 1st May 2012. Further information go to http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/grants-2/corporate-express-grant



Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (June 5), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental initiatives and projects from across Australia through the World Environment Day Awards. The Awards invite nominations from individuals, organisations and businesses that have taken positive steps towards sustainability and demonstrated environmental excellence in their homes, schools, communities and workplaces.


Nominations close Friday 4 May. For information about the Awards, including entry criteria and nomination forms, please visit www.unaavictoria.org.au.



101 schools around Australia will receive grants of up to $1000 from round 3 to assist with the development of various garden projects, not only educating children about fresh fruit and vegetables, but also the importance of looking after the environment.


Schools, kindergartens, day care centres and youth groups looking to start their own garden program can apply for a Coles Junior Landcare garden grant by registering with Junior Landcare. Visit www.juniorlandcare.com.au or www.coles.com.au. 2012 Grants are now open.

2012 Closing dates:

Round 2: Closes Friday 4th May, 5pm (EST)

Round 3: Closes Friday 27th July, 5pm (EST)



Now open for applications and nominations, NEW category recognising effective Indigenous governance in non-incorporated projects or initiatives, $60,000 in prize money. Applications close 31st May 2012. Visit http://www.reconciliation.org.au/iga for more information.



Rural Finance is committed to the ongoing education and skills development of young farmers and agricultural leaders. To this end, Rural Finance's Scholarship program is designed to foster scientific, technical, management and financial excellence in agriculture.


To celebrate the 20th year of the Scholarship Program, Rural Finance is now offering three scholarship opportunities:


Vocational Education Program Scholarships

The Rural Finance Vocational Education Scholarship offers payments of up to $2,000 per annum to two recipients for a maximum two year period, completing a diploma. Students must:

  • Demonstrate Victorian residency over a three year period prior to application date
  • Be in their first or second year of a full-time diploma at an accredited institution in Victoria
  • Be under 26 years of age as at 1 January 2012
  • Demonstrate a career commitment to agriculture


Rural Finance Vocational Education Program Scholarship Application Form: http://www.ruralfinance.com.au/context/Library/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40942.5320222569&versionno=1


Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Rural Finance Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers payments of up to $6,000 per annum to six recipients for a maximum three year period, completing an undergraduate degree course. Students must:


Demonstrate Victorian residency over a three year period prior to application date

Be in their first or second year of an undergraduate degree at tertiary institution in Victoria*

Be under 26 years of age as at 1 January 2012 and an Australian citizen

Demonstrate a career commitment to agriculture

*applications from students studying at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga or Albury may be considered.


Rural Finance Undergraduate Program Scholarship Application Form: http://www.ruralfinance.com.au/context/Library/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40942.5498399769&versionno=1


Ian Morton Memorial Scholarship Program

The Rural Finance Ian Morton Memorial Scholarship offers payments of up to $6,000 per annum to one recipient for a maximum two year period, completing postgraduate studies. Students must:

  • Demonstrate Victorian residency over a three year period prior to application date
  • First year postgraduate students (Masters or above) studying a research project
  • Be undertaking their studies at a tertiary institution in Victoria
  • Be under 40 years of age as at 1 January 2012 and an Australian citizen
  • Demonstrate a career commitment to agriculture


Ian Morton Memorial Scholarship Application Form: http://www.ruralfinance.com.au/context/Library/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40942.5580007639&versionno=1


Applications for all three scholarships will close 31 May 2012.


For further information go to http://www.ruralfinance.com.au/pages/Default.aspx?PageID=26&id=1 or contact Alana O'Shea at Rural Finance on (03) 5448 2600 or email scholarships@ruralfinance.com.au.


The Rural Finance Innovation Award: Applications Now Open!

Calling all INNOVATORS! Want a $1,000 for your GREAT idea?


The Rural Finance Innovation Award is an opportunity for you to turn your great ideas for agriculture and rural and regional communities in Victoria into ACTION!


The Rural Finance Innovation Award contributes to this by providing seed funding in the form of a grant of $1,000. The award seeks to encourage and support the next generation of farmers to promote NEW IDEAS and INNOVATION to improve productivity and farm performance, thereby developing the resilience of agriculture.


For more info visit http://inngen.wordpress.com. The program is continuously open to receiving applications and on 1 June, 1 August, 1 October, 1 February and 1 April an idea will be chosen to receive a $1,000 grant.







Every two years people go batty for microbats and megabats at the Australasian Bat Society Conference.

This year the conference takes on an urban theme but is also welcoming papers on bat ecology, bat health, bat conservation and management.

It will be held April 11-13 at the University of Melbourne. For more information, visit http://ausbats.org.au/#/2012-conference/4558023318.



Meet Farms, Rivers and Markets researchers and discover their findings and recommendations at an end-of-project workshop to be held in Wodonga on 12 April 2012.


Date: Thursday 12 April, 2012

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Location:  Lecture Theatre 6101, University Drive, La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga Campus,

Wodonga, Victoria

Cost: Free



In the face of ongoing environmental change there is increasing emphasis on building 'resilience' into our ecosystems.


But what does that really mean? Find out at this forum, which will hear a range of presentations including a look at long-term planning for the Coorong, understanding changes in vegetation, and testing indicators of change and resilience for woodland birds.

The forum is being held on Thursday 12 April at Deakin University, Burwood Campus. For more information visit http://www.victorianaturally.org.au/documents/File/flyer_Resilience_deakin.pdf.



Friday 13th , Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April, 2012

Project Platypus is inviting interested people to take part in their 2012 Landcare Walk which will showcase the catchment of the Heifer Station Creek which runs from Frenchman’s through Navarre and enters the Wimmera River at Glynwylln. This walk will give participants the chance to see the highly threatened grey box woodland country first hand and appreciate the need to protect it.

The hike begins on Friday 13th April and concludes at mid afternoon on Sunday 15th April. Participants can join in for all or part of the walk but would need to be moderately fit and provide their own camping gear and most of their own food. Project Platypus will provide a toilet at the two camping sites and a support vehicle to ferry gear and participants who may need transport back to their vehicles.


Email admin@platypus.org.au for Registration Forms & Info Sheets or register online at www.platypus.org.au

Contact Project Platypus on 5358 4410 or 0427 881 021 for more information



Healthy debate is good for your organisation, but if internal conflict and disputes are preventing your organisation from achieving its goals then it's time to take action. This new seminar for 2012 will cover disputes and conflict involving members of community organisations and will help you handle these situations effectively AND legally.


Details of the seminar are:

Date: Tuesday 17 April 2012, Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Maddocks Lawyers, 140 William Street Melbourne

$50 per person for small organisations (up to 10 EFT employees)

$100 per person for large organisations (more than 10 EFT employees)

For more information go to: http://www.pilch.org.au/Page.aspx?ID=838



Leadership Victoria's Board Orientation Series equips participants with the real knowledge and skills needed to take that next step into board membership with confidence, knowing they can meaningfully contribute to the ongoing success of a not-for-profit organisation. It is a program for experienced leaders who want to become board members of a not-for-profit organisation, or those who have recently taken up a board role.


When:                Program 1:        18 April & 16 May 2012

Program 2:        5 September & 10 October 2012


For further information visit www.leadershipvictoria.org or contact simone@leadershipvictoria.org or phone (03) 9651.



View all training sessions at http://www.vcoss.org.au/clearinghouse/training.html or select a session from the list below:

Strategic planning (Melbourne) - Wednesday 18 April

Legal issues in managing volunteers (Bendigo) - Thursday 19 April

Legal duties of committee and board members (Whittlesea) - Tuesday 24 April

Strategies for dealing with difficult people and how to have those difficult conversations (Torquay) - Tuesday 1 May

Understanding Financial Statements (Kyneton) - Thursday 3 May

Strategic planning (Ballarat) - Monday 7 May

Strategies for dealing with difficult people and how to have those difficult conversations (Mornington) - Thursday 17 May



Mon 23 April, BENDIGO

A collaboration between Cultivating Community and Slow Food Melbourne, the Growers and Eaters Forum will bring together farmers and food experts committed to healthy and resilient food systems for the future. Food cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, farmers markets, urban agriculture and poly-farming are all on the menu.


Giving the keynote address at the Growers and Eaters Forum in Bendigo, US farmer and pioneering voice in sustainable farming Michael Ableman explains: “We need to work to rebuild the real economy, the one based on seeds and sunlight and individuals and communities growing together."


Information:  http://slowfoodmelbourne.com.au/events/growers-and-eaters-2012/ or contact Peta Christensen at peta@cultivatingcommunity

Gravel Hill, Salvation Army Complex, 65-71 Mundy St    All welcome

Bookings essential        $80 waged $60 conc.

The conference  will include a long, slow lunch featuring produce and wine from the region.



Fri 27 Apr – Sun 29 April 2012, SYDNEY


Opening forum: “BEYOND THE CARBON PRICE” Speakers include:

•           Ged Kearney – ACTU

•           Christine Milne– Australian Greens

•           Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute

•           Simon Butler- Socialist Alliance and co-editor, Green Left Weekly


2012 Summit: draft program now available - The program (which is subject to change) can be downloaded here as a word document. They are still confirming speakers and workshops. We invite climate groups and activists to submit workshops for the conference: contact climateactionsummit@gmail.com .



Do you aspire to be a farmer or food grower but don’t have land?

Do you own under-utilised land?

Do you care about food security and Australia's farming future?


SATURDAY 28th APRIL 2012, 9.30am - 4pm

Valhalla Wines, Wahgunyah, North East Victoria


The forum will be a day of sharing innovative ideas about farming models, hearing forward-thinking presentations and developing mechanisms to connect landholders and food growers.



WESBURN Yarra Valley ECOSS, 711 Old Warburton Rd, Sat 28 April 9am – 5pm


Celebrate sustainable food & living in the Yarra Valley with workshops, food and entertainment, including:  morning yoga; poets & pancakes; local produce plants & seedlings; eco market stalls; scrumptious food; sustainable arts and kids’ activities; edible weed tour; composting; home brewing; backyard chook chat; food preserving; great live music.


We are still looking for stall holders. Info: Donna 0419896350 or yvecossevents@gmail.com





Anglers can have their say about growing fishing opportunities, and learn more about what Fisheries Victoria is doing to improve angling, at 13 recreational fishing forums being held in April and May. See the listing of forums here: http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fisheries/environment-and-community/regional-roundtables.


This is the fourth year they have toured country Victoria listening to anglers’ about new fishing opportunities and updating them about what we are doing. Come along and learn more about developing new fisheries, fish stocking, what local Fisheries Officers have been doing and infrastructure improvements such as fish cleaning tables and fishing platforms in your area.


Recreational fishers from multicultural communities are encouraged to attend, particularly the Dandenong and Melbourne forums while the Darnum forum (near Warragul) will cater for female fishers in particular.


If you can’t make it on the night, send your ideas online at http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fisheries/about-fisheries/fishing-grants-program/fishing-opportunities-in-victoria.



Since 1996 more than 2.8 million volunteers have planted over 17 million native trees, shrubs and grasses at National Tree Day events across the country. Planet Ark would love National Tree Day 2012 to be the biggest and best Tree Day ever! They would really appreciate your help in recruiting Site Coordinators to run Tree Day events and activities by including the information below in your newsletter, website, Facebook page or other communication channel, or passing it onto your networks by email. To download the National Tree Day logo or a photo to go with your story or post, visit http://treeday.planetark.org/media/.


Planet Ark is calling on environment groups, community groups, councils, schools and businesses to get involved in National Tree Day and help inspire people in their communities to learn about their natural environment and do something positive to help protect it for future generations. This year National Tree Day is on Sunday 29 July 2012, with Schools Tree Day scheduled for Friday 27th July – however,you may register a site or activity on any day that suits you. National Tree Day is not just about tree planting – you can register other activities such as follow-up maintenance at a previous planting site, weed control, bush regeneration or seed collecting. Activities like guided walks, gardening workshops, kids activities, and plant or mulch give-aways are also popular for Tree Day, either in addition to, or instead of, tree planting or maintenance activities.


To register a National Tree Day activity or find out more about what’s involved, visit the Tree Day website at www.treeday.planetark.org or call the National Tree Day Hotline on 1300 88 5000.

All public sites are listed on the Tree Day website for volunteers to find.



VIC: For more events in your region go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/events AND / OR http://www.landcareonline.com.au/donate/events-calendar/. For bushwalking activities check out http://vnpa.org.au/page/bushwalking-and-activities/event.


IS: For more events in your state go to: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/donate/events-calendar/






Getting the right person into a job can be a time consuming and difficult task. This

step by step guide aims to make it easy for you. The guide covers the very basics of

recruitment and selection. It includes information on:

 how to develop a good position description

 what you need to know about advertising the job

 how to conduct an interview

 how to go about selecting the right person for the job

 how to support a new starter.

The guide is available at: http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/communitydevelopment/community-sector/workforce-development/recruitment-and-retention



Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment. Whether you’re on a public water system or a private well, whether you are a health care official, policymaker, regulator, or someone interested in water resources or the environment in general — groundwater awareness is important to you.



Landcare Australia will partner with Trees for Mum from this year to provide community groups with resources to help them run their own event on Mother’s Day.


Trees for Mum began in Sydney in 2002, and has since grown into a series of planting events held on Mother’s Day each year to celebrate Mums who have passed away as well as those who are still with us. Groups across the country are able to download a project kit and branded promotional resources from the Landcare Australia website to help them run their own Trees for Mum event on Mother's day this year.


Visit www.landcareonline.com.au for the free resource kit.



As of 2 March 2012, DPI had detected myrtle rust at 25 sites in Victoria, mainly at production nurseries and wholesale outlets in and around metropolitan Melbourne. The most recent myrtle rust detection was at a public park in the south-eastern metropolitan area. This means it can no longer be assumed the disease is confined to a particular area.


Myrtle rust is very easily spread.In Victoria, it has been found on Acmena smithii (lilly pilly),

Agonis flexuosa (willow myrtle), Backhousia citriodora(lemon-scented myrtle), Lophomyrtus x ralphii Black Stallion, Metrosideros carminea (red rata), Metrosideroscollina (Fiji Christmas bush), Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand Christmas bush), Myrtus communis (common myrtle), Syzygium australe (lilly pilly/scrub cherry) and Syzygium paniculatum (dwarf magenta cherry). In Victoria, it is a legal requirement that any suspected myrtle rust detection be reported to DPI.


Phone the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881(toll-free), or email photos of the suspect material, together with a contact phone number and the plant’s location, to plant.protection@dpi.vic.gov.au

To avoid spreading the disease, samples of suspect plants should not be touched, moved or collected.


Contact the office (leighcg@ncable.net.au) for a factsheet or look on notice board outside office and bakers in Buninyong.



Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), through their work on the Human Services Partnership Implementation Committee (HSPIC) has developed four Partnership Practice Guides:

  • Preparing to partner
  • Commencing the partnership
  • Sustaining the partnership
  • New: partnership governance, models and leadership


This guide builds on the content on the first three guides and focuses on partnership governance options and models, including leadership and sustainability.


The guides are free to download at www.vcoss.org.au/what-we-do/community-sector/human-services.htm. For more information contact: lauren.matthews@vcoss.org.au.



The event held on 24 February 2012 was a great success. The booklet,“Establishing and Managing Pastures for a Variable Climate” was launched on the day as well and may be downloaded here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5318777/info%20day%202012/Pasture%20booklet/Establishing%20and%20Managing%20Pastures%20for%20a%20Variable%20Climate%20SF.pdf.


Presentations from the event are available for download:


Managing soils to increase soil carbon and soil nitrogen. Cath Botta, PCB Consulting

Download Audio: http://bit.ly/ynbOTD

Download Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5318777/info%20day%202012/Audios%20and%20presentations/1202%20Cath%20Botta%20Whorouly%202012.pdf


What are the benefits of clover and how can we improve its performance? Nigel Philips, DPI NSW

Download Audio: http://bit.ly/wVs1Zv

Download Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5318777/info%20day%202012/Audios%20and%20presentations/1202%20Nigel%20Philips%20Whorouly%202012.pdf


The use of alternative legumes. Belinda Hackney, DPI NSW

Download Audio: http://bit.ly/yPxA1t

Download Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5318777/info%20day%202012/Audios%20and%20presentations/1202%20Belinda%20Hackney%20Whorouly2012.pdf


Legumes - the future.  Phil Nichols,   Dept  Ag and Food, WA

Download Audio: http://bit.ly/w6G8D1

Download Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5318777/info%20day%202012/Audios%20and%20presentations/1202%20Phil%20Nichols%20Whorouly%202012.pdf


Animal welfare and beef nutrition.  Dr Paul Cusack, Australian Livestock Production Services

Download Audio: http://bit.ly/w6Vifm

Download Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5318777/info%20day%202012/Audios%20and%20presentations/1202%20Paul%20Cusack%20Whorouly%202012.pdf


Preparing paddocks for sowing this year. Tim McNamara, McNamara’s Country Store

Download Audio: http://bit.ly/zTZtc4

Download Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5318777/info%20day%202012/Audios%20and%20presentations/1202%20Tim%20McNamara%20Whorouly%202012.pdf



The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (the CEWH) has released for discussion a paper on the possibility of increased trade of allocation and entitlement as a component of their management of their water portfolio and to adapt to changes in environmental watering requirements for the environment.


This discussion paper will help to shape a further position paper, which is anticipated to propose a set of operating rules under which CEWH trade would be conducted submission to the discussion paper, which is due by the 27th April.



A year after it was launched community science project Feral Scan is now successfully mapping populations of pest animal species across Australia.

It has recorded more than 9000 instances of feral animals by 5000 participants and now has a database that logs populations of feral dogs, goats, pigs, foxes, toads, camels, myna birds and starlings. Visit http://www.feralscan.org.au/ for more information.