FTLA News Update June 2011 #3

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Landcare in Victoria is fortunate to enjoy considerable state government support and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is conducting an information gathering project as the first phase in developing a revised Landcare policy statement to replace the Victorian Action Plan for Second Generation Landcare (2002-2012).

The project will focus on collecting information to assist DSE in understanding the issues and challenges facing Landcare in Victoria as well as current and future roles and opportunities.

This online survey is one of three data collection methods. It accompanies a series of 10 regional workshops and 50 telephone interviews across Victoria. The online survey provides an opportunity to gather information from people who are closely involved in Landcare e.g. Landcare group and network members, Landcare support staff and agency staff. 

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below to access the survey.The survey will be available until Friday the 1st of July 2011.


Please encourage other Landcare members and stakeholders to have their say.




A non-political forum & question time for open & honest discussion on climate science, renewable energy, jobs & coal licensing in the Gippsland region. Put together by community groups who are concerned about the impact for local residents, workers, farmers & our environment.


Venue: Poowong Town Hall, Main St, POOWONG


Guest Speakers:

-           Professor David Karoly (Climate Scientist)

-           Mark Ogge (Beyond Zero Emissions)

-           Victoria McKenzie-McHarg (Environment Victoria)


Supported by Baw Baw Sustainability Network, Poowong/Strzelecki Uniting Church, Lions Club Poowong, Beyond Zero Emissions, Environment Victoria


For more information go to facebook page at 'Gippsland Climate & Coal Forum'  or contact  Ursula 0403 905 477






The FTLA is calling for expressions of interest from members in being recommended for appointment to the Victorian Agricultural Chemicals Advisory Committee (VACAC). The VACAC is appointed by the Minister to advised the Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) on the regulation and control of the application of agricultural chemical products. This is a valuable opportunity for Landcare to provide input to government.


If candidates are approved then they will be appointed until 4 November 2014. Eligible VACAC members are entitled to remuneration and are paid expenses. The VACAC currently meets around twice a year.


If you wish to represent conservation interests on the Victorian Agricultural Chemicals Advisory Committee or would like to nominate someone else please provide us with a brief resume (half-page) and a referee detailing your experience and conservation perspective by next Friday 17th June 2011.




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.


The closing date for submissions and comments on the draft Australian Framework for Landcare Action Plan  has been extended to 29 July 2011. 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. For more information including a copy of the draft Action Plan go to http://www.daff.gov.au/natural-resources/landcare/the_australian_landcare_framework .


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 are until Friday 21st July 2011. Please go to http://www.landcareonline.com.au/?page_id=4244 for more information.




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.


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 Australia Fodder Industry Association has announced a new annual sustainability award for rural businesses that demonstrate leadership and innovation. The Plasback Sustainability Award offers $5000 in prizes and rewards business showing improved management practices in areas such as farm production, harvesting and distribution of agricultural products (including retail). Entries close 30 June 2011.


For more information go to  www.afia.org.au or www.plasback.com.au




Primary producers with a passion for the future of their industry can apply for a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship. Scholarships are for primary producers aged 28 to 40 years, although applications outside this range may be considered. Each scholarship is valued at $29,000, sponsored by major agribusiness and industry groups across Australia. All scholars take part in a six-week global focus program, with up to 10 weeks of individual travel to investigate a topic of their choice. 


The aim is to improve Australian primary producers‟ skills, provide a global perspective of agriculture and bring back new ideas and strategies to benefit scholars and their industries. Applications for 2012 scholarships close on 30 June 2011.


For more information contact Jim Geltch 5480 0755 or enquiries@nuffield.com.au or visit www.nuffield.com.au