FTLA News Update - June 2015 #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. These emails are only sent to the group contact, and to Landcare support staff where listed.

 

VALE PHILLIP TOYNE

On Saturday morning 13th June, Phillip Toyne passed away. He will be remembered always by the Landcare community for his role in taking Landcare to the national level, along with the late Rick Farley of the National Farmers Federation. Twenty five years later, he was part of the 2014 national conference celebrating the ongoing success of the Landcare movement of which he was such a fundamental part. The video of that panel session is available at: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/nationalconference

 

The Farm Tree and Landcare association would like to express our sorrow at his passing and appreciation for his legacy. Our sincere condolences to his family, friends and the many people affected by his passing.

 

Andrew Campbell, the first National Landcare Facilitator, has written a tribute to his friend of thirty years, available at https://theconversation.com/phillip-toyne-cared-for-land-carers-black-and-white-43235?

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

2015 VICTORIAN LANDCARE AWARDS: LAST CHANCE: ENTRIES CLOSE this weekend!

Celebrate the many achievements of the countless individuals, groups, networks and organisations who make significant contributions to the sustainable care of Victoria's natural resources.  Award winners will go on to the National Landcare Awards in 2016 – let’s make sure we have the best landcarers to represent us! If you know an outstanding landcarer make sure to nominate them!

 

There are 13 categories in Victoria (made up of nine national categories and four Victorian only categories) and include:  

  • Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator ($500 prize money)

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer ($500 prize money)

  • Regional Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices (Victoria only, one from        each Catchment Management Authority  $500 prize money to each CMA). One winner  selected to represent Victoria in the national category)

  • Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices ($500 prize

  • money)

  • Australian Government Partnerships with Landcare ($500 prize money)

  • Coastcare Award ($500 prize money)

  • Junior Landcare Team ($500 prize money)

  • Young Landcare Leader ($500 prize money)

  • Indigenous Land Management ($500 prize money)

  • Landcare Community Group ($500 prize money)

  • Landcare Network Award (Victoria only  $500 prize money)

  • Dr Sidney Plowman Study and Travel (Victoria only  $4,000 prize money)

  • FTLA  Heather Mitchell Fellowship (Victoria only  $4,000 prize money)

     

    For detailed guidelines, terms and conditions or to submit a nomination please visit the Landcare Awards online entry portal or visit http://www.landcareonline.com.au/

     

    Entries close on 21 June 2015.  Good luck to all!

     

     

HAVE YOUR SAY ON PUBLIC LAND USE – 22 June

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) is seeking submissions as part of a statewide investigation into public land, including crown land and land owned by Victorian government agencies, but not land owned by local councils. The review seeks to determine whether the current system of public land use categories is still appropriate. Deadline Monday, June 22. Go to  www.veac.vic.gov.au  or 1800 134 803

 

 

REGIONAL WASTE AND RESOURCE RECOVERY IMPLEMENTATION PLANS

The purpose of the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans (RWRRIPs) is to identify local waste infrastructure needs and how these will be met over the next 10 years for each waste and resource recovery region (7 in total). To register your interest and receive updates and information about the development of the plans and other consultation opportunities sign up at http://participate.sustainability.vic.gov.au/regional-waste-and-resource-recovery-implementation-plans

 

COMMENT ON DRAFT FERAL CATS ABATEMENT PLAN: 8 July 2015

The Australian Government Department of the Environment has released a new draft Threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats for public comment. The plan establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia’s response to the impacts of feral cats on threatened species. The plan focuses on effective control of feral cats in different environments, developing alternative strategies for threatened species recovery, and increasing public support for feral cat management.  The draft threat abatement plan is open for public comment until 8 July 2015.  The plan and instructions on how to comment can be found on the Department’s website at:
http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/threat-abatement-plans/drafts-open

 

COMMUNITY VIEWS SOUGHT ON ONSHORE UNCONVENTIONAL GAS

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry is seeking community views on the exploration, extraction, production and rehabilitation for onshore unconventional gas in Victoria. Unconventional gas refers to coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas, and is sometimes extracted using hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’. There is currently a moratorium on the further development of unconventional gas resources. Details about how to make a submission or contribute at a public hearing can be found on the Committee's website: www.parliament.vic.gov.au/epc  Submissions close on 10 July.

Enquiries: Keir Delaney, Committee Secretary - 03 8682 2861.

 

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Victorians who have shown leadership in sustainability and a commitment to improving the environment are encouraged to enter the Premier's Sustainability Awards and share their work. There are 10 categories in this year’s awards program. Entries close Monday July 13. To find out more visit http://sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au/

LANDCARE IN FOCUS: Submission deadline 16 July

The theme for the August edition of Landcare in Focus will be soil - erosion management, nutrient management and soil quality –but general articles on any areas are also  welcome.  To discuss articles in advance contact Vivienne Reiner at vivienne.reiner@landcareaustralia.com.au or 1800 151 105. For submission guidelines and to subscribe to receive an electronic version of Landcare in Focus via email when it’s published, please go to landcareonline.com.au/resources/landcare-in-focus/landcare-in-focus-magazine .

 

 

NEWS, RESOURCES

 

JOAN KIRNER REMEMBERED IN PARLIAMENT

The parliamentary condolences motions for  Joan Kirner, including some very memorable reflections, are available at: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/daily-hansard/Assembly_2015/Assembly_Daily_Extract_Tuesday_9_June_2015_from_Book_8.pdf and http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/daily-hansard/Council_2015/Council_Daily_Extract_Tuesday_9_June_2015_from_Book_8.pdf

 

 

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS

The FTLA would like to congratulate our Vice President Karen Alexander of Johns Hill Landcare who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year for her service to conservation and the environment, and to the community.  Karen has a long history in the conservation movement from the Franklin River campaign to co-founding her local landcare group in 2002. We are very fortunate to have the contribution of her wisdom and experience to the FTLA.

 

 

REMINDER: MINIMUM NOTICE PERIODS for staff

Just a reminder to groups who employ staff that an employer has to give the following minimum notice periods when dismissing an employee:

Period of continuous service

Minimum notice period

 Less than 1 year

1 week

1-3 years

2 weeks

3-5 years

3 weeks

over 5 years

4 weeks

Minimum notice periods for employees over 45 years old

An employee has to get an additional week of notice if they’re over 45 years old and have worked for the employer for at least 2 years.

For more information go to: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/notice-and-final-pay/dismissal-how-much-notice

 

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR REMINDER

If the group does choose to engage an independent contractor, I would make sure that:

    • this part of the contractor’s usual business (It is not sufficient for them to have an ABN: supply of an ABN for a purpose other than that for which it is registered may itself be a breach of the ABN legislation)
    • that they have multiple clients
    • that they are able to supply a copy of their insurance certificates of (including public liability)
    • that there is a have a clear contract for services in place with a clear beginning and end date,
    • there is a clause covering intellectual property (which would otherwise belong to the contractor)
    • a clause specifying that they are responsible for fixing any errors (which means keeping clear records on both sides).

If the contractor doesn’t have these things readily available then I would suggest that this isn’t their usual business and either seek another contractor or treat that individual as an employee.

 

 

TAP IN TO TIPS TO BUILD A SKILLED COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP GROUP

FRRR continue to create new resources to help build capacity and enhance community leadership in rural and remote communities. Today we launch another video case study in the CIRCLE Insights series, this time featuring the Red Earth Community Foundation in Kingaroy, south-east Queensland. They developed a local community leadership program and we share how they did it.

 

CHANGE OR FAIL: WHY HUMAN BEHAVIOUR MATTERS FOR PEST ANIMAL CONTROL

Is it a pest problem or a people problem when managing the complex challenge of pest animals?  A new practical guide from the Invasive Animals CRC and the University of New England seeks to apply what we know about human behaviour to pest animal communications. The publication, Behaviourally Effective Communications for Invasive Animals Management: A Practical Guide, aims to make life easier for communication practitioners by explaining how advances in psychology can change behaviour and empower farmers and land managers to adopt new approaches for best practice pest animal control. It is available at PestSmart Connect www.pestsmart.org.au/behaviourally-effective-communications-for-invasive-animals-management

 

EMISSIONS REDUCTION FUND: NEW METHODS RELEASED

Landholders and cotton growers will be interested in two new methods released for use under the Emissions Reduction Fund.  For further information go to: http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/emissions-reduction-fund/methods

    • The reforestation and afforestation method allows for reforestation of cleared land and afforestation on land where no forests previously existed in order to store carbon, reducing carbon in the atmosphere.
    • The irrigated cotton method aims to reduce emissions by improving the efficiency of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser use in irrigated cotton production. Improving fertiliser use benefits the environment, can improve productivity and can also reduce growers’ costs. The method provides cotton growers with flexibility to select a broad range of management actions to achieve emissions reductions. This could include activities to increase yield or to modify the rate, timing, method or efficiency of fertiliser application. 

 

PARK WATCH – NEW ISSUE AVAILABLE

Park Watch No 261 - June 2015

From feral cats on French Island to feral deer in The Grampians (and plenty of other places in Victoria), the loss of honeysuckles in our woodlands and the pressure on grasslands at the edge of a sprawling Melbourne, community action on plastics pollution in Port Philip Bay and the pulling of willows and the planting of trees, the values of rivers, small swamps and Baw Baw National Park, and excellent books in review are some of the stories in this issue of Park Watch. Go to: http://issuu.com/vnpa/docs/park_watch_no_261_june_2015/8

 

 

CLEAN ENERGY REGULATOR RELEASES FACT SHEETS ON AGGREGATION AND LEGAL RIGHT

With requests being made for more information on aggregation and legal right, the Clean Energy Regulator has released fact sheets to offer some simple guidance which can be found at http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/ERF/Want-to-participate-in-the-Emissions-Reduction-Fund/Planning-a-project  

 

ASIC UPDATES REGULATORY GUIDANCE

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has updated Regulatory Guide 236, ‘Do I need an AFSL to participate in carbon markets’ following changes to the structure and regulation of carbon markets in Australia. The updated guidance provides technical information for carbon market participants—in particular, carbon abatement project developers and aggregators—to assist them to operate their businesses in compliance with the financial services laws. To read Regulatory Guide 236 or find out more on AFS licensing and carbon markets go to the carbon markets page of ASIC’s website: http://asic.gov.au/regulatory-resources/financial-services/carbon-markets/

 

RESOURCESMART SCHOOLS FUNDING

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Anthony Carbines, has announced $1 million towards the ResourceSmart Schools program which encourages schools to use less energy, produce less waste and increase vegetation in school grounds. This funding will enable all 2,200 Victorian schools to have access to the ResourceSmart schools framework, including online tools and support, this year. All of the coordinator positions will be funded over the next 12 months.

 

THE WEEDS NEWS

To read the current Weed's News Digest regarding current weed research go to: http://weedsnetwork.com/rs/::WeedsNews%20newspage

 

 

GRANTS & OPPORTUNITIES

 

LOANS SCHEME FOR VICTORIAN FARMERS

 

Victorian farmers with debt have until June 30 to apply for loans from the Farm Finance Concessional Loans scheme. The loans are offered over a five-year term with a 4.34% interest rate. Rural Finance is delivering the loan scheme on behalf of the Government.  More information can be found on Rural Finance's website  http://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/farm-finance-program

 

2015 FRRR ABC HEYWIRE YOUTH INNOVATION GRANTS: CLOSES 12 JUNE 2015

 

Up to $10,000 available to pilot one Heywire project idea in at least eight communities. Project ideas include: encouraging healthy living and eating through hands on activities; and promoting grass roots farming through a day of celebration. For more information go to: http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/heywire-youth-innovation

 

YATES JUNIOR LANDCARE GRANTS: CLOSE 3 JULY 2015

Applications are now open for grants of up to $1,000 each to schools and youth groups who can show innovative ways of creating a garden within their school or community.

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

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY LOANS NOW AVAILABLE TO FARMERS

Farmers are now able to apply through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for loans with interest rates 0.7 of a percent lower than standard rates to invest in energy efficiency products. The program is designed to help accelerate the switch to greener vehicles, as well as help businesses upgrade industrial and agricultural equipment and increase their uptake of solar. For more information go to: http://www.nab.com.au/business/loans-finance/equipment-finance/energy-efficient-bonus

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

Workshop:  PLANNING AN ECOLOGICAL BURN

Sat, 20 Jun, 10 am – 4pm, Emu Ridge (Langwarrin Woodlands) 1195 Western Port Hwy LANGWARRIN

With Gidja Walker Gidja, the Mornington Peninsula's local expert on all things biodiversity.

Every wanted to know the difference between an ecological burn and a fuel reduction burn? Do you know what makes a ‘cool’ burn? Learn how to support wildlife and promote natural bush regeneration with ecological burning techniques. Weather permitting a small demonstration burn will be undertaken.  Tickets $10 Incl. lunch and refreshments: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/25832 .  All welcome

 

PROJECT PLATYPUS PLANTOUTS

Plantout weekends are held over the month of July and provide a rewarding and entertaining day out set amongst beautiful landscapes.  Plantouts are fun and fully catered and there are jobs for all age groups and abilities.  Project Platypus would love to see new and old faces come along and take part in this fantastic event.  

Sat 4th July          Halls Gap

Sat 11th July        Pomonal

Sat 19th July        Landsborough

Sat 25th July        Crowlands

TO REGISTER ONLINE go to the Project Platypus website www.platypus.org.au  Information Packs with full details of each weekends schedule and a detailed map to the planting site will be available at the website or will be posted upon receipt of registration.

 

 

2015 GRASSLAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 2015 Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc. (GSSA) Annual Conference will be held in Naracoorte, South Australia from July 21 to July 23.  Presentations will embrace themes covering pastures, livestock, red meat marketing, people and farm business management. For further information, go to http://www.grasslands.org.au/2015-annual-conference/

 

VIDEO CONFERENCE ON MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES

The next SWIFFT biodiversity video conference will be held on Thursday July 30 at 9.45 am at Bairnsdale, Traralgon and Yarram DEJTR offices.  SWIFFT is a network of natural resource management (NRM) organisations, community groups and members of the public who share an interest in nature conservation. There will also be a further conference on Thursday October 29 on mapping technology. For more information, contact Kylie Singleton, 5172 2123 or kylie.singleton@depi.vic.gov.au, or visit http://swifft.net.au 

 

SCHOOLS TREE DAY  - 24 July

Each year, around 3,000 preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Schools Tree Day can mark the beginning of a long-term environmental program, engaging your students in a fun, hands on activity that can reinforce their environmental, maths, science and creative arts learning or simply contribute to creating beautiful school grounds. 

 

If you would like to get involved there are a large number of resources available:

Toolkit

Lessonplans and learning resources

Find out why nature is so good fro kids

Purchase seedsticks

Start a vertical garden

Promotional resources

 

Preschools Guide (1.43MB pdf file)
To make Tree Day even easier, we have built this Preschools Guide based on feedback we get each year. Some activities have already been implemented by existing preschools, and some are simply suggestions.

Schools Activity Guide (5.58MB pdf file)
This Schools Activity Guide has been compiled by Planet Ark with consideration of responses given through our Schools Site Coordinator Survey. It outlines a range of activities that have already been implemented by some schools as well as ideas for easy and accessible activities that require little resources and cost.

Schools Getting Started Guide (1.10MB pdf file)
7 easy steps to get your school involved in Schools Tree Day.

 

 

VIC: For more events in your region go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/events AND / OR http://www.landcareonline.com.au/donate/events-calendar/. For bushwalking activities check out http://vnpa.org.au/page/bushwalking-and-activities/event.

 

 

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COPIES OF PAST MAGAZINES AVAILABLE

The FTLA has a number of copies of past Victorian Landcare magazines available, including the current issue, if you would like additional copies or 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.