FTLA News Update June 2011 #2

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2011-12 COMMUNITY ACTION GRANTS round now open


Community groups around Australia can now apply for grants of between $5000 and $20 000 to help protect and conserve their local environment and natural resources. $5 million will be available in the 2011-12 Community Action Grants round to help local communities undertake activities such as revegetating landscapes, rehabilitating dunes, removing weeds, controlling pests, and improving sustainable land management practices. In response to community feedback, eligibility has been broadened this year to include all community groups that deliver environmental and sustainable agriculture projects.


Applications for the 2011-12 Community Action Grants will close on Monday 1 August 2011.


Information on how to apply is available at www.nrm.gov.au or by calling 1800 552 008. If you need the FTLA to act as a sponsor organisation please let us know as soon as possible, before you start the online registration.




The 2011/12 renewal notices were sent out last week, plus the 10/11 membership lists for your amendment. Payment will be due 30 June to take effect 1 July 2011. Please let us know if you do not receive these by the end of this week.


If your Group intends to conduct Landcare activities during 2011/12 we urge you to renew your FTLA membership. The FTLA insurance cover continues with the three important policies:

·         Public & Product Liability Insurance

·         Voluntary Workers Insurance

·         Associations Liability Insurance (i.e. Office Bearers, Professional Indemnity etc)


Any alternative insurance arrangements made by groups should cover these three policies for the security of office bearers & members.





The Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine’s 2011 Landcare Photography Competition is open now and you can upload your entries on the Gateway at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vic/2011-landcare-photography-competition or by emailing or posting it to the Landcare Magazine.


The competition was announced recently in our 50th Issue. Entries are invited in three categories: sustainability, water and ‘what Landcare means to me’. There will be a general prize in each category and prizes for primary and secondary students.





The FTLA has a number of copies of past Victorian Landcare magazines available 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.






The Australian Framework for Landcare was released during Landcare Week.  The framework is intended to guide Landcare over the next ten years and form the basis of a Landcare Action Plan. The Action Plan can be downloaded via http://www.daff.gov.au/natural-resources/landcare/the_australian_landcare_framework  if you would like to take a look. Submissions on the action plan are due 17 June 2011.


The FTLA will be making a submission, as we did for the framework and during the consultation process, highlighting the unique role of Landcare in sustainable land management and the importance of local decision-making and peer-to-peer learning. We would welcome input from members to include in the submission. We would also encourage you to make your own submission to the process.




Nominations are now open for the 2011 State and Territory Landcare Awards, giving everyone across Australia the opportunity to honour the people who make a positive difference to their local environment. Nominations for the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards will be open from the 2nd of May until Friday the 1st of July 2011. Please go to http://www.landcareonline.com.au/?page_id=4244 for more information.




There will be a smorgasbord of great information for farmers at a FREE forum at Nathalia on 16th June.  Carbon farming; Cashing in on carbon; Understanding our weather; New and emerging markets; Weeds; Soil organic matter; Irrigation scheduling; Weather-proofing your farm finance; are all topics to be covered.


Maya Stuart-Fox who heads the Carbon Farming Policy group for the Australian Government will deliver a keynote address on the government’s Carbon Farming Initiative.  Carbon farming involves the process of locking away carbon in solis and vegetation.  The science of carbon cycling in the soil will be explained by scientist and consultant, Cathy Botta.


Senior Social Researcher with the Department of Primary Industries, Neil Barr, will speak on Social factors shaping land use trends in rural Victoria.  Under the title of What’s with our weather?, Graeme Anderson, (also from the Department of Primary Industries), will explain the key factors that determine weather.  He will also provide advice on how farmers can tap into the best available, predictions on seasonal weather conditions.


There will be 3 blocks of four concurrent sessions where attendees can choose from a variety of interesting and informative topics covering irrigation, finance, weeds, soil management and marketing.


The forum is jointly presented by the Goulburn Murray Landcare Network and the Victorian Farmers Federation.  It runs from 8.30 am to 3 pm on Thursday 16th June at the Recreation Reserve, Park Street, Nathalia.  It is FREE and lunch is provided.  For more information and to register, either email: gmln@iinet.net.au or phone: 0447 321 140.




The Botantic Guardians aim to help conserve Victoria’s rare and threatened native plant species and vegetation communities on public and private land. Funding is awarded up to $3,000.

Contact Adrian Moorrees on 03 9412 4232 or email adrian.moorrees@dse.vic.gov.au. They accept applications anytime.