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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.

Thank-you to everyone for helping to make 2013 an enjoyable and satisfying year. Please note that the FTLA office will be closing on the 24th December and reopening on the 2nd of January. Best wishes for the festive season and happy Landcaring in 2014!

 

2014 FTLA ANNUAL FORUM AND AGM

Wednesday 26th February 2014

 

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.

 

Invited speakers will include 2013 Heather Mitchell Fellow Anthony Dufty on Analog Forestry and Lisette Mills from Basalt to Bay Landcare Network on their Native Shelterbelt project.

 

WHERE & WHEN?

Wednesday 26th February 2014 at Level 16, Marland House, 570 Bourke St, Melbourne.

 

SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL GROUPS: EOI

 

We are very pleased to have received funding via the Community Landcare Grants for a further five sessions of the Secrets to Successful Groups program we ran last year. Three areas have expressed interest in hosting sessions in March and April, being the Mallee, Lakes Entrance and Rutherglen. The two other sessions are currently unallocated.

 

As previously, we will be running full day session, either on a weekday or weekend, with two or three modules out of a larger selection including:

 

•           Legal Duties of Committee Members

•           Volunteer Recruitment

•           Succession Planning

•           Legal Issues in managing volunteers

•           Effective Decision-making

•           Managing the Books

•           Employment & Employer Responsibilities

•           Top legal tips for community organisations

 

We will be assisted by with practical legal expertise from PILCH and recruitment expert Kim Boswell. Feedback from the 2012 program was highly positive, with many participants being surprised by which topics were most useful to them.

 

We are currently looking for five groups or networks who would be interested in ‘hosting’ a session before 30 June 2014. We will seeking to go where there is the most demand so locations will be chosen on anticipated participant numbers, timing and availability of trainers, and spread of locations. Preference will be given where the host organisation can contribute to the cost of running the program (including in-kind) as we would love to be able to stretch the funding to more sessions.

 

If you would be interested in hosting a session, please let us know and include:

  • Estimate of participant numbers

  • Preferred location & timing

  • Preferred session topics

  • Where applicable, cash or in-kind contribution

     

    WEEDTECHNICS GRANT

     

    Weedtechnics 50 In 50 community grant program is now open! Community groups can receive up to $5000 or 30% off the price of a SW package!

    To request an application form, email your name, organisation and contact phone number to 50in50@weedtechnics.com

     

     

    VICTORIAN PUBLIC LANDS STUDY: ONLINE SURVEY

     

    Help shape the future of our parks! Parks Victoria is conducting a study about what the community values or would like to change about public lands in Victoria including national parks and reserves, state forests, marine parks, and other public lands. The survey takes 10-15 mins.

     

    You get a chance to have your say on issues such as grazing and mining in parks, and at the end of the survey you can choose to receive a $10 gift voucher or donate the $10 to the Victorian National Parks Association!

     

    Go to http://www.landscapemap2.org/pvictoria/

     

     

    NATIONAL LANDCARE WEBINAR: “LANDCARE FARMING – MAKES SENSE AND MONEY”

     

    The next National Landcare Webinar will be with Cam Nicholson from the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group in Victoria on the 12th February 2014 at 12.30 pm (eastern daylight saving time).

    “Landcare farming – makes sense and money: The Woady Yaloak Story”

     

    For more information and to register for this FREE webinar at:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5563444528868622849

     

     

    LANDCARE AUSTRALIA LTD: ANNUAL REPORT

     

    Landcare Australia’s highlights of the 2013 financial year are featured in the annual report, including the Landcare L.I.F.E campaign, the National Landcare Awards, and an overview of some of the 463 projects funded throughout the year. Available at: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/AnnualReport2013-online1.pdf

     

     

    FUTURE OF THE ACNC

     

    The Federal Government has advised that it will reduce the size and scope of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and its proposal to create a new Centre for Excellence in its place. This will have implications for groups with deductible gift recipient (DGR) and income tax exemption (ITC) status in term of who will be responsible for regulation and reporting. We await developments in the new year.

     

    The new Charities Act, which adds the environment among others to the list of purposes that are considered charitable, is set to be implemented from 1 January 2014

     

    platypusSPOT

     

    Spotted a platypus recently? Report your sighting on platypusSPOT and become a

    contributor to the ongoing conservation and research of this iconic Australian species. PlatypusSPOT is an online group wanting to involve more people in reporting platypus sightings. More information (and a great photo) at http://platypusspot.org/

     

    NEW 3RD EDITION OF IN SAFE HANDS TOOLKIT & WORKSHOP SERIES (FREE)

     

    Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Conservation Skills Centre are pleased to inform you that the REVISED and UPDATED In Safe Hands Toolkit (3rd Edition) is now available. Go to www.insafehands.org.au  where you can DOWNLOAD the In Safe Hands Toolkit - FREE.

    If you have previously downloaded In Safe Hands Toolkit then you are recommended to download the 3rd Edition with NEW inclusions.

     

    2009-2013 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT AVAILABLE

     

    Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability has released the State of the Environment 2013 Report. Available at  http://www.ces.vic.gov.au/victorias-environment/state-of-environment-victoria-2009-2013

     

    CAMERA TRAPS FOR WILDLIFE MONITORING

     

    PestSmart and the Invasive Animals CRC have a ready-to-go database and data sheet template available that you can use at http://www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/monitoring

     

     

    RABBIT MANAGEMENT REPORT

     

    A project undertaken at Ingliston in 2011 has highlighted the effectiveness of a 4 step program in the long term-maintenance of rabbit control. PPWCMA Environmental Projects Coordinator Tim Bloomfield has now prepared a report on the project and its results.  Tim’s report on best practice rabbit management can be found at http://www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/Resources/PublicationDocuments/99/Best%20Practice%20rabbit%20control%20in%20Upper%20Werribee%20catchment%20(4).pdf

     

     

    FREE AGDATA OFFER FOR LANDCARE/FARMING SYSTEMS GROUPS

     

    After the recent National Landcare Webinar on “Little River Landcare – why it works” Stephen Dummett from AGDATA has kindly made the Landcare/farming systems groups the offer of a free download of an accounting package called “Phoenix Lite”.

    “On the recent National Landcare Webinar on Little River Landcare “why it works”, Pip Job described that having sound business processes and tools in place was one of the key elements that helped reinvigorate Little River Landcare Inc. into one of the most dynamic Landcare Groups in the country. AGDATA Australia was on that webinar and thought that here was an opportunity to help these not for profit groups by providing their Treasurers with an accounting tool that could easily be moved from one Treasurer to the next with ease and was simple to use. Under their Community Involvement Program, AGDATA Australia is offering your group a free download of Phoenix Lite.

     

    To take advantage of this offer, send your Group and Treasurers contact details to stephend@agdata.com.au  quoting Little River Landcare offer. You will then be sent a download URL and an activation code.

     

     

    LANDCARE IN FOCUS MAGAZINE

     

    The quarterly national Landcare publication will be in all the Rural Press weekly publications including The Land (NSW), The Stock & Land (VIC) on but the next edition of Landcare in Focus will be published on February 14th. The deadline for submissions from Friday, 10th January 2013.

     

    Complimentary copies are posted to any group or organisation who would like to circulate the magazine to their volunteers. The current issue came out in early August and features stories from across the country.

     

     

    BUSINESS PLANNING- NEW VIDEO CASE STUDIES

     

     

    The Office for the Community Sector, in partnership with Small Business Victoria and the Small Business Mentoring Service recently delivered the 'Business Planning for Not for Profit Organisations Program'. The Program featured business planning seminars and individual business mentoring sessions to support not for profit organisations improve business practices. Video and written case studies have been produced to provide examples of improved business planning practices, such as sound governance, strategic planning and income generation: