FTLA News Update - January 2015

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Dear Member Groups,

 

Happy New Year and all the best for 2015. We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Christmas!

 

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.

 

LANDCARE HERO HONOUR ROLL: LAST CHANCE - Closes End Jan

This is your last chance to nominate that special landcarers who has been implementing great landcare practices over last 20-25 years. To nominate and see current nominees go to: http://landcarelife.com/honour-roll/

 

All you need is:

  • A photo of the nominee – no larger than 2MB, in JPEG or PNG format

  • A maximum 200 word description of the nominee's involvement in Landcare 

  • Details of one referee/nominator who can vouch for the nominee’s involvement in Landcare (this could be you)

    Everyone on the Honour Roll will receive a personalised certificate and special edition Landcare 25 lapel pin.

     

    GREEN ARMY INFORMATION SESSION INVITATION UPDATE

    Community information sessions on the Green Army Programme will be held in each state and territory during February 2015. Some session times have now changed. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the Australian Government Department of the Environment about the Programme. Those interested in becoming a project sponsor or participant are welcome to attend.
    Please register your attendance by sending an RSVP to: GreenArmy@environment.gov.au by 27 January.

State/Territory

Location

Date and time

Venue

New South Wales

Dubbo

Wednesday 18 February
10:00am – 12:00pm

Dubbo RSL , 178 Brisbane St, Dubbo

 

Sydney

Wednesday 18 February
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Sofitel, 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney

 

Newcastle

Friday 20 February
11:00am – 1:00pm

Novotel Newcastle Beach,
5 King St, Newcastle

Northern Territory

Alice Springs

Monday 16 February
9:00am – 11:00am

Alice Springs Airport Conference Room, Santa Teresa Road, Alice Springs

 

Darwin

Monday 16 February
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin,  Cnr Cavenaugh & Lindsay Sts, Darwin

Victoria

Mildura

Wednesday 11 February
9:00am – 11:00am

Mildura Centre, Acacia Room, Cnr Eleventh St & Koorlong Ave, Irymple

 

Ballarat

Thursday 12 February
9:00am – 11:00am

Primary Industries Training Centre, Federation University, Cnr. Gillies and Gregory St., Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

 

Melbourne

Thursday 12 February
2:00pm – 4:00pm

The Metropole,  44 Brunswick St , Fitzroy

Western Australia

Broome

Tuesday 17 February
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Mercure, Weld St, Broome

 

Geraldton

Thursday 19 February
9:00am – 11:00am

Ocean Centre Hotel, Cnr of Foreshore Drive & Cathederal Ave. Geraldton

 

Perth

Thursday 19 February
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Mercure, 10 Irwin St, Perth

ACT

Canberra

Wednesday 11 February
9:00am – 11:00am

National Portrait Gallery,
King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Please note sessions in Tasmania and Qld are listed elsewhere.

 

EVENTS

 

VIC: For more events in your region go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/events AND / OR http://www.landcareonline.com.au/donate/events-calendar/. For bushwalking activities check out http://vnpa.org.au/page/bushwalking-and-activities/event.

 

IS: For more events in your state go to: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/donate/events-calendar/

 

THREATENED FRESHWATER FISH: VIDEO CONFERENCE

Thursday 5 February 2015, start 9.45 am - finish 12.00 pm

 

Speakers include Nick Whiterod - Aquasave / Nature Glenelg Trust, Zeb Tonkin - Arthur Rylah Institute and Iain Ellis Murray - Darling Freshwater Research Centre.  Videoconference locations include: Ararat, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Colac , Geelong, Hamilton, Heywood / Portland, Horsham, Irymple / Mildura, Melbourne, Orbost, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Wodonga, Yarram.

To register or for more details go to http://www.swifft.net.au/cb_pages/new_agenda_items.php

 

NEWS, RESOURCES

 

LANDCARE IN THE CURRICULUM

 

Landcare Australia and the Primary Industries Education Foundation have produced Junior Landcare resources to link in with the Australian Curriculum. The curriculum resources include full lessons comprising engaging and easy-to-understand teaching and learning sequences aimed at primary schools. These resources are available via the Junior Landcare website: www.juniorlandcare.com.au

 

INVASIVE ANIMALS CRC SURVEY

 

Do you have views about how to improve the laws, funding arrangements and program management of other aspects of invasive species management? The Invasive Animals CRC really wants to hear from you, as part of a program targeting reform of invasive species institutions. A brief report (33 pages) based on available information has been prepared that sets out some initial ideas.  The report can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/1v0dpjg32hgrv0h/REPORT%20-%20Improving%20Australia%E2%80%99s%20invasives%20management%20institutions%20V1.2.pdf?dl=0

 

However your ideas may be quite different from how we are thinking, and it is important that we hear from you. Comments or ideas can be provided by clicking on this link: http://uneprofessions.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TCo5OKpMJ8KqRn 

 

The feedback survey will be kept open until  February

 

BROOM MANAGEMENT MANUAL is now available to assist those managing these Weeds of National Significance (WoNS). The manual contains information on biology, ecology and effective control of the brooms listed as WoNS, and highlights other new and emerging broom weed threats. It also includes advice on planning, holistic management, restoration and monitoring, as well as case studies that provide real examples of the successes and challenges of broom weed control. 

 

It is freely available on the WoNS broom page http://www.weeds.org.au/WoNS/brooms/  and on the OEH broom page http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/pestsweeds/Brooms.htm

 

NEW AND UPDATED NFP LAW RESOURCES

Getting Started Decision Tree

Many groups that are just getting started call us for legal help. There are several important decisions that need to be made along the pathway to starting a not-for-profit. The new Decision Tree is designed to help groups in the early stages of getting started recognise the different decisions and milestones along the way, and directs groups to relevant resources for each of these decisions.

Take a look at the new Decision Tree.
 

Updated resources

Not-for-profit Law has updated a number of resources with the assistance of member law firms, including:

 

LANDCARE CONFERENCE AND AWARDS EVALUATION REPORT

Feedback gathered on last year’s National Landcare Conference and Awards, which took place in Melbourne in September, has been distilled into an evaluation report, which can be downloaded at http://www.landcareonline.com.au/?page_id=15004 .

 

ACNC HEALTH CHECK FOR CHARITIES

Take the ACNC charity health check to ensure your organisation is up-to-date and meeting all its main ACNC obligations. The simple online quiz can be accessed on the ACNC website.

 

ACNC RELEASES TEMPLATE CONSTITUTION FOR CLG CHARITIES

The ACNC's new template constitution is designed to assist not-for-profit organisations that want to incorporate as a company limited by guarantee and be registered as a charity with the ACNC.
The template may also be useful for:

  • n existing company limited by guarantee that that wishes to become a charity registered with the ACNC, or

  • an existing company limited by guarantee that is a registered charity that wants to update its constitution.

    The ACNC has published a guide that accompanies the template constitution. The publication of the template and guide will significantly simplify the process for start-up charitable organisations considering incorporating as a CLG. 

    To access the template and guide, go the ACNC website.

     

    CARBON FARMING INITIATIVE REVIEW

    The Climate Change Authority released its review of the Carbon Farming Initiative. Go to http://www.climatechangeauthority.gov.au/node/271 to read the report

     

    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.

     

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