Dear Member Groups,
The FTLA committee and staff would like to wish you and all our members a Merry Christmas, a wonderful New Year and Happy Landcaring in 2016!
We would also like to congratulate a number of our members who were recognised in this year’s Fire Awareness Awards including Kiewa Catchment Landcare, South West Goulburn Landcare, and Upper Maribyrnong Catchment Landcare plus the many landcarers involved in similar projects. Our thoughts are also with landcarers in the fire affected regions with our best wishes that for the best possible Christmas under the circumstances and we wish them and everyone a happy, healthy and safe new year.
In 2015, the FTLA welcomed 26 new Member Group, ten reactivating groups, and a new committee member Belinda Brennan from South Gippsland. It has been a busy year, with the government review of the Victorian Landcare Program and the Local Landcare Facilitators Initiative occupying the minds of many – plus the usual grant rounds and member support including over 750 phone calls and thousands of emails!
Thank-you to our new and existing members and friends for your support and involvement in 2015: for the conversations, conundrums, curly questions and laughter that makes working in Landcare so enjoyable.
The FTLA office will be closed until 11th January 2016.
Have a wonderful break and Kelly and I look forward to talking you in 2016!
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR FIRE-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
The Victorian government announced disaster relief funding would be made available. The funding is predominantly available to residential dwellings.
The following assistance is available to the impacted local government areas of Ballarat, Bass Coast, East Gippsland, Indigo, Moorabool, Murrindindi, Surf Coast, Whittlesea, Wodonga and Yarra Ranges:
• For affected individuals and families—assistance with the demolition, rebuilding and removal of debris from damaged residential properties, and personal and financial counselling.
In addition, residents in the worst-affected local government areas of Ballarat, Moorabool, Indigo and Wodonga can apply for the following emergency grants to relieve personal hardship and distress:
• Emergency Relief Assistance, which provides payments of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1,300 per household) available to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items.
• Emergency Re-establishment Payments, which provide up to $32,500 per eligible household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents.
For more information on disaster relief contact 1300 799 232 or by visiting the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and through Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria www.recovery.vic.gov.au
CALL for FODDER DONATIONS: Indigo Valley
A fodder drop off point has been established in the Indigo Valley following the recent fires. The community are asking for weed free grass, lucerne, clover, rye and cereal hay. Round bales, big and small squares are welcome.
Contact: Shaun Jones
Phone: 0428 446607
1076 Indigo Valley Rd, Indigo Valley
Comments: Please ring Shaun prior to arriving on the drop off site to confirm unloading
Deliveries welcome at any time. Hay donations are required immediately and will be required longer term until the autumn break.
For more information and regular updates please refer to the Indigo Shire council: the Indigo Shire facebook page has regular posts with contact information regarding agistment, immediate hay, wildlife rescue, contacts at the department health and human services, legal advice and VFF contacts.
GO TO: https://www.facebook.com/indigoshire Or contact Indigo Shire on 1300 365 003
Please forward relevant items to your members who may be interested.