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.
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:
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
WORLD WETLANDS DAY — 2 FEBRUARY 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to:
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.
Advanced Sessions: Cost: $75 per session, Start: 4pm. Places are limited, bookings essential.
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 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!
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.
These newsletters are compiled from many sources, and thank-you to those who supplied the information.