FTLA News Update - July 2014 (2)

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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.



FTLA RENEWALS

 

FTLA Renewals have now been posted out to nominated and billing contacts. Let us know if your group hasn’t received your renewal paperwork as yet and we can re-send. But please be patient, we are currently experiencing a large volume of calls and emails.

 

For groups in the Corangamite region, please note that we will be confirming with the CMA on the Monday 28th August 2014 as to which group are currently covered by the FTLA for the purposes of the Corangamite round of the Victorian Landcare Grants and will be sending the certificate of currency directly to the CMA. If you have applied as an FTLA Member Group, please ensure that we have received your renewal by that time!

 

 

NATIONAL LANDCARE PROGRAMME CONSULTATIONS

 

The Australia Government is running three community information sessions in August in Victoria on the new National Landcare Programme. We encourage landcarers to attend and particularly to give feedback via the Online consultation survey: will open on 4 August (until 29 August 2014) seeking input on specific aspects of the design of the regional stream of the Programme. The survey will be accessed via www.nrm.gov.au

 

Horsham

Wednesday 13 August 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Horsham Sports and Community Club 177-179 Baillie Street , Horsham  

Melbourne

Thursday 14 August
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St, Melbourne
 

Albury/ Wodonga

Friday 15 August
9:30am - 11:30am

Commercial Club
618 Dean Street, Albury NSW

Canberra

Monday 11 August

9:30am - 11:30am

Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit Civic New South Wales

Sydney

Monday 4 August

3:00pm - 5:00pm

SMC Conference and Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney

Dubbo

Tuesday 5 August

10:30am -12:30pm

Dubbo RSL, Corner Brisbane Street and Wingewarra Street, Dubbo

Coffs Harbour

Wednesday 6 August

9:30am - 11:30am

Jordan Pavilion, Coffs Harbour Showground, 123 Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour

Alice Springs

Monday 11 August

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Arid Zone Research Institute, 519 South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs

Broome

Tuesday 12 August

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Mercure Hotel, Weld Street, Broome

Perth

Wednesday 6 August

9:30am - 11:30am

Wollaston Conference Centre, 5 Wollaston Road, Mt Claremont

Albany

Thursday 7 August

9:30am - 11:30am

University of Western Australia, Science Building, 35 Stirling Terrace, Albany



The focus of the community information sessions is to provide the natural resource management community, including Landcare, with an update on the design and delivery of the National Landcare Programme and its different elements.

RSVPs: to attend a session please email your RSVP to nationallandcare@environment.gov.au by no later than 31 July 2014, indicating which session you would like to attend.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LANDCARE – JULY 20TH – BE PART OF THE NATIONAL 25th ANNIVERSARY

Landcare means many different things to many people and we want to see what a Day in the Life of Landcare looks like by finding out what it means to you. July 20th 2014 marks 25 years since Landcare was announced as a national initiative and we want to use that day to capture the diversity of Landcare and Landcarers and see what one of Australia’s largest volunteer movement looks like 25 years on.

Tell us what Landcare means to you by emailing your photos taken on the day to 25years@landcareaustralia.com.au by July 27th, along with a short caption of no more than 20 words and we will share them in our Facebook album. Download the submission guidelines here to make sure your photo can be included.  Get in on the action on July 20th by following #dayinthelife or #landcare25 on Twitter or Facebook.

 

SENATE INQUIRY: ENVIRONMENTAL BIOSECURITY

 

An Inquiry into how to prevent the establishment of new invasive species harmful to our environment is now accepting submissions.

 

The Terms of Reference of the inquiry are to investigate "the adequacy of arrangements to prevent the entry and establishment of invasive species likely to harm Australia's natural environment, including recent biosecurity performance and Australia's state of preparedness for new environmental incursions".

 

The closing date for submissions is 12 August 2014.

 

For more information on the inquiry, terms of reference and making a submission, please visit: www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/biosecurity

 

 

AUSTRALIAN CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS COMMISSION: Options Paper

 

The Federal Government has released an Options Paper detailing proposals for the replacement of the charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) including self-reporting requirements and the role of the Australian Tax Office. The Options Paper outlines the proposed replacement arrangements for the reporting obligations of charities that would follow the abolition of the charities regulator via the ACNC Repeal Act (No1) if it is passed by the new Senate.

 

Some of the new proposals in the Options Paper include:

1. Self-reporting requirements;

2. Returning determination of charitable status to the ATO;

3. A proportionate compliance framework;

4. And transitional arrangements.

 

The Options Paper is open for comment until 20 August 2014

See more at: http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/07/feds-release-replacement-options-charity-regulator

http://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/news/2014/consultation-on-australian-charities-and-not-for-profit-commission-replacement-arrangements

 

 

GLENELG HOPKINS CMA - VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS 2014-15

 

Glenelg Hopkins CMA is calling for applications for the Victorian Landcare Grants Program.

 

Applications need to address catchment protection and can include: weed and rabbit control, revegetation protection of remnant vegetation and Community Capacity Building.

 

Applications close Sunday 3 August 2014.

 

For more information go to http://www.ghcma.vic.gov.au/community/landcare2/landcare-grants/ or please contact Tony Lithgow at Glenelg Hopkins CMA on 5571 2526 or via t.lithgow@ghcma.vic.gov.au

 

YARRA & PORT PHILLIP BAY LITTER HOTSPOTS GRANTS - ROUND 2 NOW OPEN

 

Applications are now open for the Litter Hotspots Project Small and Large Grants (Round 2), which is part of the Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay Litter Hotspots Project.

What types of projects: project proposals must address litter issues that impact (directly or indirectly) on the health and enjoyment of the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. Projects should involve one or more of the following:

  • Cleaning up of litter hotspot areas including business, restaurant districts, waterfront precincts and popular beaches that impact local waterways

  • Targeting litter in stormwater and highly littered items including plastics, glass and cigarette butts

  • Supporting litter enforcement activities

  • On-ground works for the installation of stormwater protection and litter collection infrastructure such as litter bins, traps and Water Sensitive Urban Design solutions

  • Community engagement programs that increase awareness of the impact of litter on our waterways

  • Activities that will prevent litter entering storm water drains

  • Education and engagement programs focusing on stormwater and waterway littering

  • Other activities that meet the key objectives of the Litter Hotspots Project.

    Funding available: Two grant funding streams are available
    1. Small grants $5,000 to $15,000 for 2014-15 financial year
    2.        Large (multi-year) grants between $15,000-$200,000 over next 3 years (2014-2017)

Applications close: Round 2 closes Sunday 10 August 2014

For more information: and guidelines, frequently asked questions, and application form go to http://www.mwmg.vic.gov.au/local-government/litter/litter-hotspots-project or phone Metropolitan Waste Management Group on 8698 9800

 

2014 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE

 

Registrations are now open for the National Landcare Conference to be held in Melbourne on 17-19th September 2014. The National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 18th at the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, and there are some great field trips. So come along and help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Landcare becoming a national program. Early bird registrations are available until 31st July 2014

For more information and to register go to: https://nationallandcareconference.floktu.com

 

FERAL PHOTOS COMPETITION 2014

 

The competition is now open once again the organisers are looking for the best images of Australia’s pest animals and the impacts they have on biodiversity and agriculture. We accept photos from all locations across Australia and remote camera photos are also accepted.

 

You can enter up to five (5) images for the chance to win some great prizes. The competition closes on 30th September 2014.

 

To enter and see some past winning entries, please visit the website at: www.invasiveanimals.com/feral-photos/ . For more details contact Jessica Marsh, National NRM Facilitator – email: jessica.marsh@invasiveanimals.com  or ph: (02) 6391 3907

 

 

MONITORING ECOLOGICAL CHANGE WITH VISUAL CITIZEN SCIENCE

 

Interested in monitoring environmental or ecological change in a public area? Why not take advantage of the fact that smartphones and social media are now ubiquitous and crowd source your research with visual citizen science?

 

The idea is to encourage people to take a photo of a defined scene with their phone, then post it with a hashtag to Twitter, Instagram, or Flickr. You as the researcher can then harvest the photos and create timelapse views of change over time.

 

The concept is broad and is meant to be applicable to any location you would like to create uniform documentation of change over long or short periods of time without having to install a permanent camera.

 

A piece of angled steel is firmly mounted to provide a consistent height, angle and direction from which to shoot images using nearly any camera. When collected together, photo-stitching software aligns and pieces together images to show changes over time.

 

This type of monitoring is based on a concept developed by Sam Droege at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Links:

•             Monitor Change website including online community for collaborative development of change monitoring systems, tools and applications: http://monitorchange.org/

•             Nerds for Nature, includes an example of this approach being used to enlist hikers to document landscape changes after a bushfire in a Californian State park: http://nerdsfornature.org/monitor-change /

 

From the Last Newsletter

 

EVENTS

 

PROJECT PLATYPUS PLANT-OUTS

 

For more details and to register go to http://www.platypus.org.au/Plant-Out-2014/plant_out_2014.html

 

Barkly - Sunday 20th July, 2014 - Start planting 1pm

Project Platypus invites you to take part in our annual tree planting event for 2014. We would like to invite all members of the community to help us plant 4000 trees at Barkly. This event will include a 'foodie' theme with food provided by local chef Deidre Baum from Laharum Grove http://laharumgrove.com.au/  using local ingredients creating culinary delights. There will also be an opportunity for some wine tasting from local winery. If you require a lift, please contact Leigh Blackmore on 0407 320 093 or email leighblackmore@platypus.org.au.

 

Crowlands - Saturday 26th July, 2014 - start planting 1pm

Project Platypus invites you to take part in our annual tree planting event for 2014. We would like to invite all members of the community to help us plant 2500 at Crowlands. This event will include live music at the Crowlands Hall brought to us by Ararat Live: Featuring Carus Thompson. Music is free for planters, $20 for non-planters. BYO drinks.

 

MAKING DECISIONS, RUNNING MEETINGS AND AGMS

Date: 30 July 2014
Location: Melbourne CBD
If the thought of organising your group's next meeting or AGM sounds daunting, then this could be the seminar for you. This training session will cover how to run an AGM and what you need to know about your Rules. Come along and feel prepared for when your next AGM rolls around. For more information on the seminar, or to register to attend visit
http://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/nfp-seminar-series-victoria

 

LEGAL ISSUES IN MANAGING VOLUNTEERS

Date: 27 August 2014
Location: Melbourne CBD

Even though volunteers are critical to many community organisations, there is little information about how the law applies to volunteers. Suitable for people involved in managing or coordinating volunteers in a not-for-profit community organisation, this session steps participants through the components of a successful and legally compliant volunteer program.
 
For more information on the seminar, or to register to attend visit
http://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/nfp-seminar-series-victoria .

Also coming up this year is 'Understanding contracts for not-for-profit organisations' on 29 October. For more information visit our
website.
 

LANDCARE HERO HONOUR ROLL & 25 YEARS CELEBRATIONS

 

The 25 years website is now live at  www.landcarelife.com.au/25years. Landcarers are encouraged to nominate landcare heroes to the the honour roll and to help celebrate A Day in the Life of Landcare by taking a photo of what Landcare means to them on the 20th July. Landcare Australia is hoping that this ambitious crowd sourcing photo project will culminate in a special edition book illustrating what Australia’s largest volunteer movement looks like 25 years on! And share the A Day in the Life of Landcare video with your groups and all of your networks.

 

FREE TREES for NATIONAL / SCHOOL TREE DAY EVENTS (Vic)

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is teaming up with Planet Ark for National Tree Day (Sunday 27 July) and Schools Tree Day (Friday 25 July).  Through the Victorian Government's 2 Million Trees program, free trees are on offer to all Victorian schools and community groups participating in a National and/or Schools Tree Day activity.

 

To participate:

•             register your National and/or Schools Tree Day planting event with Planet Ark at http://treeday.planetark.org  

•             fill out the application form at http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/community-programs/2-million-trees

 

How many plants can be ordered? a minimum of 25 trees to more than 1,000 trees can be provided. Please contact 2 Million Trees (2M.Trees@depi.vic.gov.au ) for a list of approved nurseries.

 

It’s anticipated that a majority of plantings will occur on public land. For planting on private land, preference will be given to planting in riparian zones.   Other criteria: your tree planting project needs to deliver a public benefit and demonstrate value for money, and the offer of free trees is only available within Victoria. More information: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/community-programs/2-million-trees

 

ANZ SEEDS OF RENEWAL PROGRAM

 

Seeds of Renewal is a grants program, supported by ANZ, which aims to contribute to building thriving communities in regional Australia. The grants are independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

Close Date: 01 August 2014

http://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/seeds_of_renewal.php

 

 

VICTORIAN PREMIER'S VOLUNTEER AWARDS

 

The Victorian Premier's Volunteer Awards is an opportunity to recognise, thank and celebrate the significant contribution of Victoria's volunteers. Established in 2013, the awards recognise people who give freely of their time to enhance the lives of Victorians. The Premier is calling for nominations of outstanding volunteer achievements and contributions to Victorian not-for-profit, community and voluntary organisations or projects. In addition to recognition, The winner of this award will receive $10,000 to donate to their chosen charity. Nominations close: Friday 1 August 2014

For more information go to: http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorian-premiers-volunteer-awards.html

 

 

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.