FTLA News Update - February 2014

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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.

 

Our thoughts are with the communities who have been affected by fire this season. We hope that all our landcare communities are and continue to be safe.

 

We have had a number of requests from people seeking to provide support or donations: we are aware of the following appeals, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please keep in mind that those affected may not yet be ready to assess their needs and the need for support will be ongoing:

 

LANDCARE WORKSHOPS

 

The workshops will be attended by Landcare support staff, as they are part of a package of workshops that are being held from February to June 2014, which have been organised by the Victorian Landcare Program to support the training of Landcare facilitators/coordinators.  

A limited number of places are available for community Landcarers at the workshops in March. Workshop sizes: each workshop can accommodate a limited number of attendees. Book ASAP, as bookings will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings: contact Karen Brisbane (Landcare Corporate Partnerships Facilitator) via email karenb@gbcma.vic.gov.au or phone 5820 1134 to book your preferred workshop. Karen will confirm your booking and provide details about the venue etc.

 

Media - Workshop         

Wednesday, 5 March, 9am - 4pm             Hopetoun          

OR Thursday , 27 March, 9am - 4pm, Ballarat      

Includes ways to generate more media coverage via developing story angles and pitching to journalists, utilising social media, including Twitter and Facebook, and using email marketing.  To be delivered by Brett de Hoedt from Hootville

 

Strategic Planning & Action Plan Development  - Workshop      

Thursday, 13 March, 9am - 4pm Pakenhan           

Will cover the essentials in developing a strategic plan that links organisational objectives with project activity. Will work through real project examples to highlight best practice in action planning. Groups and networks will gain insightful information and practical tools to maximise their on ground activity.  To be delivered by Jane Stewart from Sustain Ability International

 

Negotiation & Conflict Resolution - Workshop

Thursday 20 March          8:30am for 9am start to 4pm      Ouyen 

You will learn about the practical application (in a Landcare context) of mediation and negotiation processes that enable parties to reach their own agreements.  To be delivered by Dave Munday & Liz Brown from Future Creations


Catering: lunch will be provided at workshops. When booking provide details for any special dietary requirements.

Cost: Free. However, participants will have to cover any travel and accommodation costs that they may incur to attend the workshops.

 

AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS – CONSULTATION

 

Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, announced an issues paper on Agricultural Competitiveness. Submissions close 17 April 2014. For more information go to: http://agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au/

 

The taskforce will hold roundtables in rural and regional centres with invited farmers and other agricultural representatives. Others who are interested can also make an appointment to meet one-on-one when the taskforce is in your area:

 

VIC

4 March Traralgon (VIC)

5 March Bendigo (VIC)

6/7 March Warrnambool (VIC)

10 April Albury (NSW)

11 April Mildura (VIC)

4 April Melbourne (VIC)

9 April Shepparton (VIC)

 

GETTING STARTED - LEGAL ISSUES WEBINAR

 

Not-for-profit Law is excited to be piloting a new online legal education project. Over the next year we will explore different ways of delivering legal information and education to charities and not-for-profits. Our initial focus will be on groups getting started, as these groups often struggle to find pro bono legal assistance. Our first webinar will be held in March (with a tentative date of 19 March). If you are interested in participating in this free lunchtime webinar covering legal issues when starting a not-for-profit, email nfplaw@justiceconnect.org.au .

 

 

SEED COLLECTING AND PROPAGATION FREE WORKSHOPS (INDIGENOUS PLANTS)

Come and find out how to grow your local indigenous plants with Dan Frost from Seeding Victoria.
Join in one or both sessions .
Saturday 1st March 9.30-1.00 at the Smart Living Centre in Lydiard Street (next to Mining Exchange) Ballarat.
Sunday March 2nd 1.30 -4.00 at the Community Nursery in Gillies Street , Wendouree with Roger Thomas.
Funded through a Leigh Catchment Group
Communities for Nature grant -'Back from the Brink'
Book your place by emailing Jenny Ryle on
leighcg@ncable.net.au or leaving a message on 53412364. First come first served.

 

 

7TH CARBON FARMING CONFERENCE & CARBON COCKY AWARDS

 

The National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo 17-20 March will be in Canberra at Rydges Lakeside. Speakers include the Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt,  the Minister responsible for the New Expanded Carbon Farming Initiative - as well as the major players in the science - with explanations about soil carbon measurement by Dr Jeff Baldock, and farmers who have shifted their carbon who will present as well.  For more details go to: www.carbonfarmingconference.com.au  

 

Nominations for the 2014 National Carbon Cocky Awards are now open, closing 5.30pm Monday 3rd March 2014

 

5TH NATIONAL NRM REGIONS KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE – LAUNCESTON 18TH MARCH

 

National NRM Knowledge Conferences bring together regional NRM organisations and NRM practitioners from around Australia to share knowledge and experiences in Natural Resource Management.

This year the theme is Regional NRM – Communities in Action: viable communities, productive and healthy landscapes. The Conference begins on Monday 17 March 2014 with the Conference Tours. On Tuesday 18 March 2014 there will be Conference Workshops at different locations in and around Launceston

The Conference concludes with the Plenary Session on Wednesday 19 March with keynote speakers and a formal “debate” that reflects the challenges facing regional NRM organisations businesses. For more information go to: www.conference.nrmregionsaustralia.com.au

 

AGVET CHEMICAL USERS COURSE

As part of the Biodiversity Fund, the Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group is running an AgVet Chemical Users Course (Certificate Level 3) and training for accreditation to obtain a 1080 ACUP Endorsement on 29th March & Saturday 5th April. If you have already obtained your AgVet Cert 3 and would like to participate in the 1080 ACUP add on, you do not need to participate in the whole course again, just the 1080 add on.

The course will be run over two days –  in the Supper Room at the Ballan Mechanics Hall (room behind the main hall) from 8:30am – 4:30pm. 1080 Endorsement will run from 4pm-8pm on Saturday April 5th (after AgVet Course).

At this stage, initial cost will be determined by how many bookings for the course the MCLG receives. Full reimbursement for MCLG members only. Contact MCLG – Chem users, PO BOX 239, BALLAN 3342

 

EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR NOT-FOR-PROFITS - NOT-FOR-PROFIT SEMINAR

30 April 2014, Melbourne CBD

Not-for-profit organisations have the same legal obligations as any employer to their workers. The employment law landscape is complex, and even large organisations can find this area of law difficult to understand. This training session on employment law is designed to assist organisations to understand the legal framework that applies to them, and how to identify and appropriately manage employment law issues when they arise. For more information on the seminar, or to register to go to http://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/nfp-seminar-series/employment-law-for-not-for-profits .

 

2014 CLIMATE ADAPTATION CONFERENCE - FUTURE CHALLENGES

 

The Conference will be held 30 Sept – 2 Oct 2014 on the Gold Coast, Queensland. For more information go to: http://www.nccarf.edu.au/conference2014/

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES

 

LIVING VICTORIA FUND ROUND TWO

The Fund seeks to support organisations and communities across Victoria to effectively and efficiently implement the plan for Melbourne’s Water Future by investing in projects that will leave a lasting legacy.

Up to $15 million has been made available in Round Two of the Living Victoria Fund. There is up to $3 million set aside for community/not-for-profit organisation projects and up to $5 million for projects in the regions. The maximum contribution from Round Two of the Fund is $200,000 to community/not-for-profit organisations and $1,000,000 to other organisations.

An online application form must be completed and submitted by the closing date, 17th March 2014,2pm EST.

For more information go to http://www.livingvictoria.vic.gov.au/submission-guidelines

 

FRRR SMALL GRANTS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

The Small Grants for Rural Communities program offers at least $400,000 per round  in grants up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities, with populations of 10,000 or less,  living in small rural and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their development in social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas. For more information go to : http://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/small_grants_for_small_communities.php

Round 25 of this program opens closes Friday 28th March 2014.

 

NORTHERN ECO-CONNECTIONS PROJECT

The Northern Eco-Connections project supports landholders to improve and protect native vegetation on private land, focusing on improving connections and linkages across the diverse landscapes of northern Victorian.  The project is being delivered through a conservation tender process, with landholders submitting bids for work they wish to undertake to improve native vegetation on their properties.

 

The project will be delivered by a consortium of the North Central, Goulburn Broken and North East Catchment Management Authorities and is funded through the State Government’s Victorian Environmental Partnerships Program. 

For more information go to: http://www.northernecoconnections.vic.gov.au

 

 

 

NEWS & RESOURCES

 

BUSHFIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR LANDHOLDERS


A new area has been created on the Victorian Landcare Gateway for information and resources on recovery from bushfires. This is particularly pertinent for those Landcare groups and networks who have been impacted, some severely, by the recent bushfires.
Go to this link: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/for-land-managers/bushfire-recovery-resources-for-landholders

CO-OPERATIVES NATIONAL LAW

New uniform laws for co-operatives, known as the Co-operatives National Law will commence in Victoria and New South Wales on 3 March 2014, with other States and Territories to follow. From a practical perspective, not much will change for existing cooperatives and no immediate action is required by co-operatives for compliance.  If you run a Victorian co-operative and want to know how the new laws will affect you, stay tuned for further information to be delivered soon by Consumer Affairs Victoria

 

THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF NATIVE SHELTER BELTS REPORT

The Basalt to Bay Landcare Network  has developed a report on The Economic Benefits of Native Shelter Belts Report  which is now available to download from www.basalttobay.org.au. Farmers can use this information to more effectively utilise the landscape to potentially increase productivity, while conserving and enhancing critical resources such as soil health, water quality, and protection from environmental stressors (wind, heat & cold impacts). The plan is to update the report again in August 2014 - adding and adjusting based on additional feedback received from  the community.

 

 

UPDATED LEGAL DUTIES GUIDE

New Governance Standards apply to registered charities.  The Governance Standards include a set of legal duties for board members of charities (who are referred to as 'responsible persons'). We have updated our Legal Duties Guide to reflect this development.

Access the updated Legal Duties Guide at http://www.nfplaw.org.au/governance

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

NEW 3RD EDITION OF IN SAFE HANDS TOOLKIT (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.

 

 

COPIES OF PAST MAGAZINES AVAILABLE

 

The FTLA has a number of copies of past Victorian Landcare magazines available, including the Awards issue, if you would like to use them for promotional purposes. We are happy to send them out in batches of ten or more. Let us know if you would find them useful.

 

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These newsletters are compiled from many sources, and thank-you to those who supplied the information.