FTLA News Update January 2013

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Dear Member Groups,

 

Welcome back to 2013! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We hit the ground with a long list of grants and events but also are aware of the devastation of the bushfire in the last weeks

 

Our thoughts are with the communities who have been affected and who are currently threatened by fire. 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:

 

 

 

 

Please find below information on grants and events etc. 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.

 

 

GRANTS

 

CARING FOR OUR COUNTRY COMMUNITY LANDCARE GRANTS OPEN

 

The Caring for our Country Community Landcare Grants are now open for applications for $5,000-50,000. These grants build on the previous Community Action Grants, with a focus on sustainable farming and fisheries, agricultural innovation and community capacity building.

 

Grants between $5000 to $50 000 (GST exclusive) are available to help local community-based organisations and groups take on-ground action as well as build their capacity and skills, while contributing towards program outcomes to:

  • increase the percentage and area of farming entities that have adopted sustainable land management practices to increase productivity and improve the quality of ecosystem services delivered to the broader community from their land, whilst building their resilience to climate change
  • increase the percentage of fishing and aquaculture entities that have adopted sustainable and low environmental impact management practices to increase productivity
  • increase the number and area of farming and fishing entities that have trialled innovative practices for improved natural resources management
  • increase the percentage of farming and fishing entities and land managers improving their knowledge and skills in managing our natural resources to deliver ecosystem services.
  • increase the capacity and confidence of regional community leaders, including women, young people, Indigenous Australians and culturally diverse communities involved in agriculture or fisheries production and the protection of natural resources, and
  • increase engagement and participation by regional communities, including Landcare, professional farming, industry and other community groups or individuals, in activities to manage natural resources.

 

If you are an FTLA group applying for these Caring for our Country Community Landcare Grants, please let us know.

For FTLA Member Groups who are incorporated in their own right, the supply of your incorporation details (search the Victorian Names Register* if you have lost your incorporation number) should be sufficient.

For other FTLA Member Groups please contact us as soon as possible so that we complete the first part of the application as the sponsor organisation before you start filling it in!

For more information on eligibility and to submit a Community Landcare Grants application, visit the Caring for our Country website http://www.nrm.gov.au/funding/agriculture/clg/index.html or call or telephone 1800 552 008.

 

Online applications close at 5pm AEDT 20 March 2013

 

*The Victorian Names Register can be searched at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/CA256B7D001E2A6C/OrigDoc/~798113B8F53638A4CA256B84001B8474?OpenDocument&1=10-Victorian+Names+Register~&2=0-Search~&3=~

 

 

COMMUNITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM

 

The Community Energy Efficiency Program provides co-funding to local governing bodies and non-profit community organisations to implement projects that deliver a range of energy efficiency measures in council and community owned buildings, facilities and sites; particularly where this would benefit low socio-economic and other disadvantaged communities.

 

Applications close February 7, 2013.

 

For more information go to http://www.climatechange.gov.au/ceep or call 1800 830 922

 

 

COLES JUNIOR LANDCARE SCHOOL GARDEN GRANTS

 

The Coles Junior Landcare School Garden Grants program funds schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds or community, such as bush tucker gardens, water wise gardens or veggie gardens.

 

Applications close February 15, 2013.

 

For more information go to http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/grants-2/coles-grant or call 03 9662 9977

 

 

RIVERPRIZE OPEN FOR 2013

 

The International River Foundation is now accepting Riverprize applications for 2013, for both the Thiess International Riverprize (open to all applicants), the Australian Riverprize (open to Australian applicants only). The Riverprizes are awarded for excellence in river management to organisations, or groups of organisations, engaged in integrated river basin management, and in previous years have been valued at over $100,000. Stage one of the application process closes on 29 March.

 

For more information go to: http://www.riverfoundation.org.au/resources_documents.php

 

 

GRANTS for ENDANGERED FLORA AND / OR FAUNA PROJECTS

 

Mazda Foundation grants support community based not for profit organisations that deliver projects aimed at the preservation of specific endangered flora and / or fauna within Australia. Applicants must have Deductible Gift Recipient Status or be endorsed as Income Tax Exempt (check your ABN record at http://www.abr.business.gov.au/Index.aspx to confirm).

 

Applications close March 31, 2013.

 

For more information go to http://www.mazdafoundation.org.au/IDofProject.htm or call (03) 8540 1800

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

WORLD WETLANDS DAY — 2 FEBRUARY 2013

 

Events include:

 

WA:      2013 Western Australian Wetland Management Conference: Bibra Lake, $60 ($20 concessional). For more information go to: http://cockburnwetlandscentre.wordpress.com/world-wetlands-day/

 

NT:       Kakadu community breakfast and afternoon activities at the Jabiru Swimming Pool

Free breakfast barbeque 9-11 am, Jabiru Town Plaza, Free entry to the Jabiru Swimming Pool 3-6 pm and Family activities at the pool promoting healthy wetlands. For more information Phone 08 8938 1120 or email kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au or go to:

http://www.environment.gov.au/water/topics/wetlands/world-wetlands-day/nt.html

 

NSW:

  • Exploring Brighton Ponds, Rockdale: Call Patrick on 02 9556 1537. Free
  • WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition Exhibition and Award Night: Shortland, NSW at Hunter Wetlands Centre from 11 am. Free
  • Australian Wetland Alliance Forum, 1:30 - 4:00pm, Hunter Wetlands Centre, Newcastle: Call Louise Duff on  0432 688 775 or email louiseduff@wetlandcare.com.au to book. Free
  • World Wetlands Day - Twilight Walk, Warriewood Wetlands: Bookings Essential www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cecbookings or 1300 000 232. Free
  • Kooragang Wetland & Hexham Swamp Rehabilitation Projects information and photo display: Wallsend Shopping Centre, Wallsend, NSW
  • World Wetlands Day At Mermaid Pool, 9am to 1pm,  Western Corner of King St, Manly Vale, Sydney. Contact cowfish5@bigpond.com for more information
  • Wetland Wandering on the Coffs Coast: Wetland walk & talk, marine debris collection, water quality testing demonstrations and planting natives for erosion control. There will also be a free barbeque brunch. Bookings essential (02) 6652 5589 or kirraleedonovan@wetlandcare.com.au

 

VIC:

 

 

For more information go to: http://www.environment.gov.au/water/topics/wetlands/world-wetlands-day/index.html

 

 

WODONGA URBAN LANDCARE NETWORK: LAUNCH OF THE BIOLINKS II PROJECT

Feb 13, 2013, from 05:01 pm to 07:30 pm

Les Stone Park, Lawrence St Wodonga

 

The Project launch presenting results of Stage 1 and expectations of Stage 2 provides an opportunity for local residents to become involved in improving the ecology of House and Huon Creeks within the city of Wodonga.

 

Go to http://northeast.landcarevic.net.au/wuln/events/launch-of-the-biolinks-ii-project for more information

 

 

 

CARBON FARMERS AUSTRALIA WEBINARS

 

101 Series: Cost: $55 per session, Start: 4pm. Places are limited, bookings essential.

  • 21-Feb-2013  Session 1: An Introduction to Carbon Farming and Trading
  • 28-Feb-2013  Session 2: The Carbon Farming Initiative Process
  • 07-Mar-2013  Session 3: The Two Markets
  • 14-Mar-2013  Session 4: "Tools and Techniques" Practical Carbon Farming

 

Advanced Sessions: Cost: $75 per session, Start: 4pm. Places are limited, bookings essential.

  • 21-Mar-2013  Session 1: Putting a Carbon Farming Initiative Project into Reality
  • 27-Mar-2013  Session 2: Understand and be knowledgeable about carbon emissions Markets

 

For more information go to: http://www.carbonfarmersofaustralia.com.au/Product/webinars

 

 

BUSINESS CLEAN UP DAY

 

No matter if you want to clean up your local environment or want to green up your office. If your business wants to get involved Business Clean Up Day is on Tuesday 26th February 2013. For more information go to: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/about/about-the-event

 

 

SCHOOLS CLEAN UP DAY

 

The event inspires students to learn about their environment and contribute to their local community. It's a day when students and teachers work together to clean up a site significant to them. The 2013 Schools Clean Up Day is on Friday 1st March. For more information go to: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/about/about-the-event

 

 

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

 

Registration is open for Clean Up Australia Day 2013 on Sunday 3rd March. So register or join a site now. For more information go to: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/about/about-the-event/clean-up-australia-day

 

 

SEAWEEK 2013

 

Seaweek will be held from the 3–9 March 2013, with the theme being ‘Sustainable Seas’. the Seaweek Educators Expo will be held on Friday 1 March in Western Australia. For more information go to http://www.nmdc.com.au/teachers/professional-learning/seaweek/

 

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY – 8th March 2013

 

There are events happening all over Australia for International Women’s Day. To search for an event near you or to register your own event go to: http://www.internationalwomensday.com

 

 

RIVERSYMPOSIUM 2013: Call for submissions

 

The 16th International Riversymposium will be held in Brisbane on 23-26 September, 2013, with the theme 'Rivers: linking water-energy-food'. Submissions will open on 25 January, 2013. For more information go to: http://riversymposium.com/

 

 

 

NEWS & RESOURCES

 

ADVENTURE CONSERVATION BOOKLET

 

Adventure conservation is an opportunity to have fun and make a difference at the same time. Adventure conservation activities support local Landcare efforts and deliver important conservation outcomes that could not be done by conventional paid staff because it is too expensive or logistically impossible. Get out, get fit and make a difference!

 

http://www.landcareonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Adventure-Conservation-Booklet_updateSpreads.pdf

 

 

INVASIVE ANIMALS CRC & PESTSMART UPDATE

 

The Invasive Animals CRC (IA CRC) has recently embarked on a further five years of work under the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centres program. We are continuing our investigation into new methods of detection and management of the impacts of Australia’s key vertebrate pest species such as rabbits, wild dogs and carp.

In the last few months, some new PestSmart resources have been finalised and are now available on the web at www.feral.org.au/pestsmart . Some examples of the new products include the glovebox guide for managing rabbits, the working plan to manage wild dogs, guidelines for preparing a working plan to manage wild dogs, guidelines for planning carp fishing competitions, and many more.

 

 

RIVERSYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE

 

The proceedings from the 15th International Riversymposium, held 8-11 Oct 2012 in Melbourne, Australia, are now available for viewing on the Riversymposium Website. You will find integrated audio/powerpoint presentations from all speakers who gave permission for their work to be made available. The Great River Debate and other plenary sessions will also be made available via youtube in the near future. For more information go to: http://riversymposium.com/

 

The 16th International Riversymposium will be held in Brisbane on 23-26 September, 2013, with the theme 'Rivers: linking water-energy-food'. Submissions will open on 25 January, 2013.

 

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