FTLA News Update June 2011

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RACV Community Grants


The RACV Community Grants are now open. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for projects that fall under the category of environmental sustainability. Applications close 1 July 2011. For more information or to apply, go to the RACV website (www.racv.com.au). To be eligible groups need to be endorsed as a ‘deductable gift recipient’ (DGR); if your group doesn’t hold DGR status then please contact Landcare Australia Ltd (LAL) as they are willing to sponsor applications by Landcare Groups: contact Heather Campbell  - 03 8631 7805, heather.campbell@landcareaustralia.com.au .




Professor Tim Reeves, who is well-known to Victorian grain growers, is a key-note speaker at a FREE forum to be held at Swan Hill on Tuesday 31st May, entitled Capitalising on our changing climate.  His 40 year career in agricultural research, development and extension has focused on sustainable agriculture in Australia and overseas.  He is a board member of the Grains Research & Development Corporation and an excellent communicator.  His presentation will cover: How agriculture around the world is adapting farming to changing, or erratic climatic conditions, including the effective use of climate information.


Brian Kearns, who works on international market development for the Department of Primary Industries will speak about New and emerging market opportunities for agriculture. Another speaker will be Neil Barr, who is a social scientist with the Department of Primary Industries.  His topic is The changing social demography in rural Victoria and its effects on agriculture. Graeme Anderson, Department of Primary Industries, will speak on What’s with our weather, by explaining the key factors that determine weather and relating those factors to long-term, climatic data from the Swan Hill area.  He will also provide advice on how farmers can tap into the best available, predictions on seasonal weather conditions.


The forum is jointly presented by the Department of Primary Industries, the North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Victorian Farmers Federation.  It runs from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm on Tuesday 31st May at the Grain Shed, 2-8 King Street, Swan Hill.  It is FREE and lunch is provided.  To register, either email: info@nccma.vic.gov.au or phone: 03 5448 7124.




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.


FACSIA VOLUNTEER GRANTS 2011 (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)


Funding of between $1,000 and $5,000 is available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations to assist their volunteers and encourage volunteering. Eligible activities include:


•           Purchase of portable, tangible, small equipment items to help volunteers

•           Contribution to the reimbursement of fuel costs for their volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, deliver food and assist people in need

•           Contribution to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability who are unable to drive

•           Contribution to the costs of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for volunteers.


How to apply:

Funding is limited and applications will be assessed and prioritised according to how strongly they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria, eligibility criteria and other essential information about Volunteer Grants 2011 are provided at http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/volunteers/funding/vg_2011_app_guides/Pages/vg_2011_alt.aspx


For groups that are not incorporated in their own right, the FTLA can act as a sponsor organisation for up to twenty groups, and while we are trying to increase that number in the meantime it is on a first in basis. Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like the FTLA to sponsor your application as we will need to register the application.


Applications close Wednesday 8th June at 5pm AEST.



The Native Vegetation Exchange (NVX) is an online system which matches buyers and sellers of Native Vegetation Credits. These credits are sought by developers who are required to offset any clearings by protecting and preserving native vegetation of a similar extent and/or quality elsewhere.


DSE’s BushBroker scheme has established a market for valuing native vegetation by generating and trading native vegetation offsets. The NVX builds on this scheme by automating the matching process and providing a convenient online system for buyers and sellers of Native Vegetation Credits. The NVX will be trialled in the Gippsland Plain bioregion from May 2011 for approximately six months.

The NVX Trial is regulated by Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management Framework.

What does NVX mean for you?

If you are a landowner in the Gippsland area, you may be eligible to be paid for protecting, managing and improving native vegetation on your property. This could include payment for permanently protecting a site, and for works to improve the site like planting native trees, fencing, or weed and pest control. The NVX system enables you to submit offers to developers who require the offsets that you generate via these works.

If you are a developer and you need to buy Native Vegetation Credits in the Gippsland area to offset your clearings, you can use the NVX system to find and purchase Credits.

For more information:

Grant Clark – NVX Project Manager  
ph. 03 9637 8834  
email: nvx.trial@dse.vic.gov.au
web:  http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/conservation-and-environment/biodiversity/rural-landscapes/native-vegetation-exchange-trial