FTLA News Update April 2011

Explore other news about

This news is missing similar interests
If this is your news, log in to add focus tags



Caring for our Country’s business plan for 2011-12 was released this week. Up to $178 million is available from Caring for our Country to invest in projects that can be completed by June 2013. This year’s business plan has been adjusted to take account of community feedback.


Applications for regional base-level funding close on 16 May 2011 and open-call applications close 30 May 2011.  Details on the application process and eligibility guidelines are on the Caring for our Country website www.nrm.gov.au 





The Otway Agroforestry Network’s Farm Tree Expo 2011 highlights the diverse range of products and benefits agroforestry brings to our landscapes from native foods to timber, shade & shelter to bees. This year’s expo will focus on Native food plants and their uses in specific recipes and high quality local timber used for musical instruments among all the other multiple uses/products of useful vegetation on farms.




The federal Government is currently introducing the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) - a voluntary carbon offset scheme for the agriculture, land use and forestry sectors. If you own or manage land or livestock, this scheme offers you the chance to reduce carbon, improve biodiversity and make money all at the same time. But will it? If not, what can you do about it?


The Environment Defenders Office (Vic) is holding a seminar on the Carbon Farming Initiative at Bendigo on 20 April at 5.30pm.  The seminar is aimed at landcare and other groups working on the land, and tries to help them understand how the CFI will work, how it might not work, and how it might need to be changed. 



• Eliza Murray — Special Advisor, Carbon Farming Initiative, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

• M. Corey Watts — Regional Projects Manager, The Climate Institute

• Genevieve Ackland — Carbon Development Officer, Greening Australia


There is no charge for this seminar however BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL RSVP: EDO Victoria (03) 8341 3100 or edovic@edo.org.au (Venue: RL Campbell Theatrette, Bendigo Library, Bendigo)


Further information on the CFI is available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website at: www.climatechange.gov.au/cfi.




Nominations are now open for the 2011 State and Territory Landcare Awards, giving everyone across Australia the opportunity to honour the people who make a positive difference to their local environment. Nominations for the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards will be open from the 2nd of May until Friday the 1st of July 2011. Please go to http://www.landcareonline.com.au/?page_id=4244 for more information.


The prestigious Landcare Awards recognise the invaluable work done by committed volunteers across the country on a daily basis protecting and restoring our natural resources. All winners from the 2011 State and Territory Awards will go forward as nominees in the biennial National Landcare Awards which will take place in 2012.


Partnerships Role Available At Landcare Australia Ltd (Vic)


Landcare Australia Ltd is looking for a new Partnerships Manager in Victoria. The purpose of the role is to support Partnerships team to deliver upon Corporate Partnerships; develop and manage key partnerships with Landcare and other voluntary community groups; achieve company objectives and ensure sponsorship revenue streams are optimised through careful management of relationships and delivery of funds to groups.  The role will be based out of the Melbourne Office. If anybody is interested in the role they should send their CV to recruitment@landcareaustralia.com.au




$1 billion has been provided to the Regional Development Australia Fund (with $573 million of this being subject to the passage of the Minerals Rent Resource Tax). The Regional Development Australia Fund will fund projects that support the infrastructure needs, and will enhance the economic and community development, of Australia’s regions.  Program funds will maximise outcomes through effective partnerships across all levels of government, and the business and not-for-profit sectors.


Regional Development Australia committees will play a key role in identifying projects to be supported, and confirming that proposed projects align with their Regional Plans.  The first round closes on 13 May 2011.  Funding from $500,000 - $25m is available.  Please go to http://www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/rdaf.aspx for further information or contact RDAF@regional.gov.au or contact the Department’s Infoline on 1800 00 5494.


To obtain a copy of your RDA Regional Plan please contact your local RDA Committee by accessing the contact details via this link http://www.rda.gov.au/states/ 


STRATEGIC AUDIT REPORT: Structures for sustainability - Environmental management systems in the Victorian Government 2011


The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Prof Kate Auty has released her 2011 Strategic Audit report. The report addresses leadership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resource efficiencies and their co-benefits. Characteristics of organisational structures and cultures are explored which underpin and guide practical environmental efforts. Case studies provide examples of good and improving practice.


The report can be viewed online at www.ces.vic.gov.au Kate invites any feedback or comments you may have on this report.  


Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine  

Issue 51, Autumn 2011: Managing Water


Issue 51 is a feature on managing water and includes great practical tips on creating and restoring wetlands, an aquatic and semi-aquatic weed alert and a story on how e-tag technology is shedding light on the movements of endangered fish species in Corangamite. This issue also highlights a new Indigenous Landcare group in the North East, which is connecting local Indigenous people through an innovative mixture of on-ground and cultural projects. Issue 51 is now available, along with past issues, on the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine page via http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vic/vic-magazine-out-now






The Caring for Our Country, the major national funding program for Landcare, is halfway through its first five years and the Australian Government Land and Coasts Team is conducting a review. 


The Australian Government is currently conducting a review of the Caring for Our Country program. There is a forum at http://caringforourcountryreview.com.au/ for your views, ideas and suggestions.  A discussion paper has also been released, available at http://www.nrm.gov.au/review/review-submission.html  and written submissions are due by 20 May 2011.


The FTLA has already made representations regarding guaranteeing continued funding for Landcare, particularly with regard to community engagement and capacity building, simplifying application processes and valuing volunteer contributions.  We are aware of other items such as alignment to regional planning and scientifically based targets that have also been raised.


In addition to the discussion paper we are asking our membership to give us further feedback and to let us know of any issues that we might have missed large and small. Let us know what you like about the Caring for Our Country program as well as what you don’t, as positive feedback is important for retaining desirable elements. Dot points are fine, but please do respond quickly as we only have a limited window to pass the feedback on the Australian Government. Please send all feedback to ftla@vff.org.au.




The FTLA has been talking to a number of insurance companies to negotiate a bulk deal for property insurance, to add to the current public liability, voluntary workers and association liability package.


We are looking for fifty groups who might be interested in property insurance. The insurance would cover a trailer with a market value of up to $3,000 plus contents of the same. The premium would be approximately $250 per group, depending on how many groups are interested. If this sounds like something that would be of value to your group please email us at ftla@vff.org.au