FTLA News Update Dec 2011

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2012 FTLA ANNUAL FORUM AND AGM - Friday 24th February 2012


Following on from the success of combining a forum and workshops with our AGM in the last two years, the date has now been set for next year! As an FTLA Member Group you are invited to send a representative to the Annual Forum and AGM. Additional members and observers are also welcome so save the date in your diary.




Friday 24th February 2012 at Level 16, Marland House, 570 Bourke St Melbourne.



You or your members may be interested in the following, apologies for any cross-postings. Please forward this email to any of your members who may be interested as these emails are only sent to the group contact and to Landcare support staff where listed.





I’m pleased to let you know that the online application form for the first grant application round of the Biodiversity Fund is now available.  You can download a copy of the form by visiting the web at Biodiversity Fund - Information for Applicants - Clean Energy Future



Applications for the first round will close 5pm AEDT Tuesday 31 January 2012.


Copies of the Biodiversity Fund grant application guidelines, along with information about how to apply for a grant at www.environment.gov.au/cleanenergyfuture





The Australian Government is providing support to Greening Australia to run a series of workshops around the country in January. 

The workshops will focus on guiding and establishing biodiverse plantings throughout the landscape and providing communities with the most up to date methods for reintroducing and managing biodiversity. Importantly the workshops will help maximise the outcomes of existing and new natural resource management and environmental programs.

The dates for the workshops across Australia in January are listed below.


17 Jan              Portland

18 Jan              Jeparit

19 Jan             Colac

20 Jan             Bairnsdale



17 Jan              Bowral

17 Jan              Yass

18 Jan              Hunter Valley

19 Jan              Tamworth



18 Jan             Darwin 
20 Jan              Alice Springs





$2 million in funding for competitive grants for biochar research has been announced by the Federal Agriculture Minister under the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). The grants will fund the research that is needed to investigate how biochars can reduce carbon emissions, and to support the development of biochar offset methodologies.


For more information go to: www.daff.gov.au/climatechange/cfi/biochar.


Applications close 3rd February.




The Federal Government is seeking applications for grants for natural resource management and sustainable agriculture projects that address the Business Plan targets and can be completed by June 2013.


Funding of $64 million is available under this business plan for projects in the 2012/13 financial year. For more information go to: www.nrm.gov.au. Or by calling 1800 552 008.


Applications Close 9th February 2012.




$99 million over 4 years in Action on the Ground funding (part of the Clean Energy Futures Program) has been announced by the Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig. This funding program is designed to enable on-farm trials and demonstration of practices and abatement technologies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase carbon stored in soil.


This will be achieved by supporting landholders, research, industry, non-government, government and farmer ‘care’ ‘grower’ groups/organisations trial and demonstrate on-farm management practices and technologies that can reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions (such as methane and nitrous oxide) and/or increase carbon stored in soil.


The first funding round of competitive grants will commit up to $25 million between now and 2015. The program is a part of the Carbon Farming Futures Fund under the government’s $1.7 billion Land Sector Package. Funding can be used to help reduce methane emissions from farmed animals and their waste; improve fertiliser use to reduce nitrous oxide emissions; and the planting and rotation of crops and grazing practices to reduce emissions from soils or increase carbon stored in soil.


Grants up to a maximum of $605,000 (inc GST) are available over the four years to June 2015, with funding of between $55,000 and $385,000 (inc GST) available in 2011-12. For more information:www.daff.gov.au/climatechange/carbonfarmingfutures/action-on-the-ground or call 1800 025 005. www.daff.gov.au/climatechange/carbonfarmingfutures/action-on-the-ground.


Applications close 8th February 2012.