FTLA News Update - July 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.

 

FTLA RENEWALS

 

FTLA Renewals have now been posted out to nominated and billing contacts. Congratulations to the Northern Yarra Landcare Network for being the first Member Group to return a complete renewal for 2014/15!

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.

 

NEW FTLA RULES & NEW NAME

 

We are pleased to inform groups the FTLA’s new Rules have been approved! At this year’s AGM, FTLA members attending voted to adopt the proposed new FTLA Rules. The new Rules were updated comply with the new Associations Incorporation Reform Act and some additional changes have been made to improve the consistency of the Rules with existing practise.

 

The new FTLA Rules have now been approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria, including the name change so we are now officially the Farm Tree & Landcare Association Inc!

 

All Rules dated prior to 2014 are now superseded and no should no longer be used to guide Member Group operations. Please find a copy of the Rules at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/ftla/documents

 

EVENTS

 

PROJECT PLATYPUS PLANT-OUTS

 

The annual Project platypus plant-outs start this weekend at Pomonal! For more details and to register go to http://www.platypus.org.au/Plant-Out-2014/plant_out_2014.html

 

Pomonal - Saturday 28th June, 2014 - Start planting at 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 2,500 trees at Pomonal. In partnership with Youth Hostels Australia, we are also encouraging backpackers (local and international) to get involved in the Upper Wimmera tree planting season as an opportunity to have an alternative experience in the region.

 

NOTE: FREE accommodation to backpackers WHO PLANT A TREE!

For more information contact;  Grampians Eco YHA, Corner Grampians and Buckler Roads, Halls Gap 3381 Phone: (+613) 5356 4544  Fax: (+613) 5356 4543 Email: grampians@yha.com.au

 

Norval - Saturday 12th July, 2014 - Start planting 11am

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 6,000 trees. A Bushdoof dance party will be held in the evening. "There is nothing like planting a tree".

 

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.

 

BUNYIP LANDCARE 20 YEAR CELEBRATION

Saturday, July 12 2014, Bunyip Hall at 7:30pm.

Celebrating 20 years of Bunyip Landcare with the Briagalong Bush Band, supper, bar

Only $30 adult, $15 child u'12 years

ALL Welcome

Tickets from Sue on 5629 5587 or susananderson@dcsi.net.au

 

For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bunyip-Landcare-Group-Inc/174498782730859

 

 

REGIONAL WELLBEING SURVEY PRESENTATIONS - UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA

 

Researchers from the University of Canberra will be visiting Shepparton (7 July),  Deniliquin (8 July) and Albury  (9 July) and to present findings from the 2013 Regional Wellbeing survey of rural and regional communities across Australia. Over 9000 people completed the survey, including approx. 450 (5%) from the Murray region. For more information contact mdbfutures@canberra.edu.au or go to http://www.canberra.edu.au/murray-darling-crn/regional-wellbeing for more information about the survey.

 

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

 

 

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



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.
 

 

OPPORTUNITIES

 

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.

YATES CREATIVE GARDENING GRANTS

In celebration of the 25 years that Landcare Australia has been working with the Landcare community, Yates is proud to award 25 grants of up to $1,000 each to schools and youth groups who can demonstrate innovative ways of creating a garden within their school or community. The program will fund garden ideas that assist an environmental issue that an entrant’s school or group is tackling – whether through upcycling, recycling and water saving initiatives, preserving plant specimens, connecting with local Landcare groups or environmental workshops.

Applications for the Yates Junior Landcare Creative Gardening Grants are open to all schools and youth groups across Australia, including Landcare and Coastcare groups that work in partnership with a local school. Applications close on 4th July 2014 .

For more information go to: http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/grants-2/yates-creative-gardening-grants

VICTORIAN SENIOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN

 

The awards recognise the women and men, aged 60 and over, whose volunteer involvement supports and inspires others.  They might be a friend, family member, neighbour or volunteer in your local community. . Nominations close: Friday 11 July 2014

For more information go to: http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/victorian-senior-year-awards-now-open/

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

 

 

NEWS & RESOURCES

 

QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS

Congratulations to Lyn Coulston, long-time landcarer as well as chair of the North East CMA, who was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to conservation and the environment, and to the community of Towong.

LEASES – NOT FOR PROFIT LAW FACT SHEET

Leases are an important agreement that many organisations will need to consider. Not-for-profit Law's new fact sheet on leases covers issues that all groups should carefully consider before signing a lease.

These new resources are hosted on our new Information Hub. To access the resources, please join our user testing by emailing
Ben: t nfplaw@justiceconnect.org.au

 

LANDCARE IN PARLIAMENT

Landcare has been raised in the Australian Parliament several times in the last month or so. Basalt to Bay Landcare Network’s report on the Economic Benefits of Native Shelterbelts was praised by local member Dan Tehan. And the 25th Anniversary of Landcare and the wonderful work of landcare volunteers was recognised by a number of parliamentarians and the funding cuts have been raised several times.

 

LANDCARE IN FOCUS SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Landcare in Focus  is now available online - http://www.landcareonline.com.au/resources/landcare-in-focus/landcare-in-focus-magazine/

 

The submission deadline for the August 21st edition is July 18th.

 

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.