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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 JOAN KIRNER


It is with sadness that the Farm Tree & Landcare Association recognises the passing of Joan Kirner, who among her many achievements, can count the founding of Landcare among them.

 Without Joan Kirner’s innovation and willingness to reach out to beyond political affiliations to Heather Mitchell, then President of the Victorian Farmers Federation, to bring the community with her and focus on solutions, Landcare would not be what it is today. In 2014, Joan said that “Landcare was built on sustainability. It’s now national and international. And it’s based on community ownership of community change principle. I’m very proud of Landcare.” The principles of local action, practical solutions, and working together are her legacy and still guide Landcare today.

 Landcare as we know it today, a movement that has been celebrated by both rural and city dwellers and involves people of all ages working together, is a true memorial to Joan whose life was dedicated to the improvement of a better understanding of how people of all persuasions can work together to achieve a community outcome.

 Our deep condolences to her family, friends and the many many people whose lives she touched for the better.

 A website has been set up to share your favourite memories or just pay your respects  - please post to http://valejoankirner.org/

 

 

2015 VICTORIAN LANDCARE AWARDS

ENTRIES CLOSE IN LESS THAN 3 WEEKS!

 

Help put Victorian back on the map! 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! Nominations are open to people who are involved in protecting or improving their local environment, farm, coastline, bushland, wetland, waterway, school, region or catchment, there is a category in this year’s awards to suit.

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!

      

GRANTS

 

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

 

RESTORING COMMUNITY WAR MEMORIALS AND AVENUES OF HONOUR GRANTS PROGRAM 

 

The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grants Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Any Victorian ex-service organisation, local council, school or community group is eligible to apply.  Grants up to $20,000 per project are available. For more information go to: http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/veterans/veterans-grants/commemorative-grants-restoring-war-memorials-and-avenues-of-honour

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

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

 

LANDCARE AUSTRALIA LTD CALL OUT FOR LANDCARE CASE STUDIES / FEEDBACK ON AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT GRANT PROCESSES

In order to get the best outcomes for the landcare we need input from people on the ground. Landcare Australia Ltd is therefore looking for your help in collecting

(a) any great case studies that articulate the benefits of Landcare practices – particularly economic ones on farms and any value of created from improved environmental outcomes. 

(b) any feedback good or bad (in particular areas for improvement) in Australian government grant applications and reporting requirements , recalling the principles of simple, local, long-term which are meant to apply.

Please either contact LAL directly or contact us at the FTLA on 03 9207 5527 / ftla@vff.org.au

 

DO YOU HAVE RABBIT PHOTOS OR VIDEO?

The Invasive Animals CRC is looking for video footage (old or digital) and photographs (scanned) that tell the Australian story of the impacts of rabbits on agriculture and the environment. The Invasive Animals CRC wants to put together a rabbit image library for promotions and media as we lead up to the potential release of the ‘K5’ strain of rabbit calicivirus. This is currently with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Authority (APVMA) awaiting all of the necessary regulatory approvals. Images inspire people to action, and are the best way to tell a story, and we need all hands on deck to ensure integrated management of rabbits at a national scale – so help us inspire and tell that story! All images and footage will be credited where required. Get in contact with the FTLA or Kylee Carpenter, Communications Officer, kylee.carpenter@invasiveanimals.com or 02 6201 2890.

 

AUSTRALIAN FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards celebrate the highly professional, innovative and sustainable approach of our farmers and farming families, showcasing their passion and raising the profile of the important role they play in Australian agriculture.

Nominations for the awards are now open with a broad range of categories including: Horticultural Grower, Livestock Producer, Grain Grower, Egg Farmer, Diversification Farmer, Young Farmer, Biosecurity Farmer (plants), and Agricultural Student. Nominations close Friday 26 June. For further information or to submit a nomination go to http://www.farmingahead.com.au/FarmerOfYear

or email events@kondinin.com.au  (And why not submit any nominee for a Landcare award too!)

 

PROTECT YOUR PADDOCK TREES  - PORT PHILLIP AND WESTERNPORT

The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA are currently looking for landholders in their region to trial protection and rehabilitation of either Isolated or stands of scattered paddock trees. Expression of Interest form can be found at www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/resources/docs/EXPRESSION%20OF%20INTEREST.pdf . Contact: Sarah Halligan sarah.halligan@ppwcma.vic.gov.au

 

EVENTS

 

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY – GREAT FOREST TOUR – Sun, 7 June . 10am-3.30pm           

Experience the majestic tall tree forests near Warburton. Through science and enchanting storytelling learn about our water, wildlife and woodchips. 

Info:  Karina for further details on 0416 181 171 Meet at Cog Bike Cafe Carpark Station Street Warburton  Booking: http://www.trybooking.com/HTWN  or call Karina on 0416 181 171          

By donation. Please bring your lunch, camera, good walking shoes, clothes for all weather.

 

NPP LAW TRAINING: Deductible Gift Recipient endorsement

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2015, Location: Melbourne CBD

The DGR endorsement process is complicated, and this session will assist your organisation to reach a decision on whether or not to apply. The session will help you to understand:

•             the benefits and downsides of endorsement

•             eligibility requirements for endorsement, and

•             the application process, and

•             ongoing obligations once endorsement is achieved.

To register or find out more: http://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/nfp-seminar-series-victoria/deductible-gift-recipient-endorsement

 2015 GLENELG HOPKINS ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVERS AWARDS Friday 19th June 2015

 

Celebrate the achievements of our region’s environmental champions. Guest speaker Sean Dooley - bird watcher, comedy writer & author

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm; Venue: Hamilton Exhibition & Conference Centre, Dress: Jacket & Tie

RSVP: Friday 5th June 2015 Glenelg Hopkins CMA 5571 2526, ghcma@ghcma.vic.gov.au

 

GIPPSLAND BIOENERGY FORUM AND FIELD TOUR – 18/19 June 2015

Bioenergy Network, in partnership with Agribusiness Gippsland Inc. is organising a two day bioenergy event on the 18th and 19th June in the Gippsland region of eastern Victoria.  Hear how Gippslanders are generating power from food-waste; heating greenhouses with bioenergy, using biochar to boost soil health and exploring fuel from forest residues. Meet the small Victorian town that is pioneering biomass for heating. Interstate speakers will explain how other regional communities can develop bioenergy projects. The second day offers a first-ever visit to bioenergy installations in Latrobe and Wellington Shires including visits to biogas power generation and woody biomass thermal bioenergy facilities in Morwell, Maryvale and Yarragon. The forum will be held in Heyfield ($150) with the Field tour the next day ($80). For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/2015GippslandBioenergyForum or call 5235 8324 or email bioenergyinvictoria@gmail.com

 

NFP LAW: CHARITIES IN AUSTRALIA: ACNC AND BEYOND

Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2015, Location: Melbourne CBD

Experts in charities law at Herbert Smith Freehills will take organisations through the important legal steps and processes involved in running a charity and dealing with the ACNC, then outline current issues in charity law such as implication of charities running a social enterprise.

To find out more or register: http://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/nfp-seminar-series-victoria/running-charity

 

WIMMERA REGIONAL LANDCARE FORUM – 23 June, 10am – 3.30pm

The Wimmera Regional Landcare Forum aims to provide the Landcare community with a chance to network and bounce ideas, and learn from one another.  It’s also a chance to hear from innovative landcarers from both within and beyond the Wimmera, including Western Victorian farmer Graeme Hand on the topic ‘improving soil health at a profit’. For more information or to RSVP please go to: http://www.platypus.org.au/

 

PILBARA EXPOSED - BINDI IRWIN WILDLIFE LECTURES SERIES

Tuesday, 9th June 2015, 6.00 - 7.30 pm, Port Hedland, WA

Come along to a free educational forum held by world wenowned wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin. http://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/events/bindi-irwin-is-coming-to-port-hedland

 

PLASTIC FREE JULY

To get involved or find out more go to: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/register.html

 

EUROA ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES:  THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE PARIS TALKS:  Sat, 4 July  2015, 11am - 3pm            

2015 is seen by many as the watershed year for action on climate change. What does this mean for the Strathbogie region?

•             Richard Denniss (Australian Institute),

•             Rob Gell, Professor Alan Pears (RMIT),

•             Sarah Houseman (Victorian Association for Environmental Education),

•             Vicky Fysh (University of Melbourne student),

•             Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Child in Nature Alliance

 

All seminars will be held from, at The Flour Mill, Kirkland Avenue. Lunch is provided. Cost will be $15 each, free for pensioners and students. To register:

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-environment-climate-change-and-the-paris-talk-tickets-15195316601?ref=ebtn

             

NATIONAL CARBON FARMING CONFERENCE: 7-10 July, Albury

The conference is intended to enable Farmers and others to understand how the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), under Direct Action, will work for Farmers, what will be allowable, timeframes for implementation and potentials for a new industry at a time when Farmers are calling out for diversity of income.  For Registration and further information go to:  http://carbonfarmingconference.com.au/CarbonConference2015/home.htm. Farmers can now save an extra $50 on their 2 day conference rego. If 5 or more staff would like to attend please call for an group price on 02 6882 14 25.

 

RECYCLE YOUR SILAGE WRAP - Sale July 8-9

Farmers can recycle used silage wrap via drop off at the Sale Saleyards on July 8-9 from 10am-3pm. Silage Wrap must be delivered using either of the two options.

•             Plasback for recycling silage wrap, baling twine, grain tubes and pit covers. Use green liners Plasback for silage wrap only and red liners for twine. Both are available from local agricultural supply stores. http://www.plasback.com.au/

•             Bulkabags  for recycling silage wrap - material needs to be shaken clean of silage and gravel. Bulkabags will be charged $10. Bale net wrap must be separated and cannot be included in the bulkabag. This cannot be recycled.

 

Contact Mal Rogers 0407 531 052 mrogers@tapex.com.au or  Gippsdairy 5624 3900 or executiveassistant@gippsdairy.com.au

 

AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN SCIENCE CONFERENCE 2015: MAXIMISING THE CAPACITY OF CITIZEN SCIENCE FOR SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

A Fenner Conference on the Environment supported by the Australian Academy of Science When: 23-24 July, 2015 Where: The Shine Dome, Canberra. Citizen Science is a partnership between individuals and scientists for investigating pressing questions about the world. The purpose of this conference is bring together the Australian Citizen Science community to share skills and ideas and encourage collaboration. For more information: http://csna.gaiaresources.com.au/wordpress/conference

 

EUROA ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES:  :  CLIMATE CHANGE, HEALTH AND RURAL COMMUNITIES:  Sat, 25 July  2015, 11am - 3pm       

2015 is seen by many as the watershed year for action on climate change. What does this mean for the Strathbogie region?

Remember when linking your event to an official “Day” to register with the appropriate organisation to maximise your promotional opportunities

http://www.environment.gov.au/about/media/events/index.html

 

NEWS, RESOURCES

 

VICTORIAN LANDCARE FACILITATOR PROGRAM - GUIDELINES, FAQS & EMPLOYMENT FACT SHEETS

The Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) fact sheets for the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program, as well as a fact sheet of Useful Links on the Employment of Landcare Support Staff are available via http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/funding/victorian-landcare-facilitator-program/guidelines-faqs-employment-fact-sheets

CHANGES TO MINIMUM WAGES

The Fair Work Commission has announced a $16 per week increase to the national minimum wage and modern award wages. From 1 July 2015, the national minimum wage will be $656.90 per week or $17.29 per hour.

 

NATIONAL LANDCARE PROGRAM INQUIRY REPORT

The senate inquiry into the National Landcare Program, to which many Landcare organisations made submissions and representations, reported in March.  Recommendations include that funding to the National Landcare Programme to the same level as provided under Caring for our Country, that the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants Programme be maintained as a continuing small grants program, a review of the funding model with a view to reinstating funding for facilitators and community support staff, and that reporting be proportionate to the size of a project or grant.

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/landcare/Report

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOSECURITY SENATE INQUIRY REPORT RELEASED

The final report of the Senate Inquiry into preventing new invasive species (environmental biosecurity) was released on the 13th May.  The FTLA made a submission to the inquiry on behalf of members.  The report  includes recommendations regarding  a review of available resources and the decline in in scientific expertise: it can be accessed at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/biosecurity/Report

 

LANDCARE IN FOCUS – MAY ISSUE

This issue features a project to make farm dams more than just a place for holding water, but a valuable conservation asset, the story of the transformation of a dairy farm by Victorian dairy family Trevor and Anne-Marie Mills,  and  the second instalment on the exciting new Younger Landcare Program. Go to: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/May-LiF.pdf

 

RELEASE OF AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL GREENHOUSE ACCOUNTS 2013

The Department has released Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts presenting national, state and territory and industry emissions estimates for 1990-2013. The publications are available on the Progress of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. At http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/greenhouse-gas-measurement/progress-inventory

 

SOIL EXPO VIDEOS ARE NOW ON YOUTUBE

Click on the links below for some soil management videos with speakers from the soil amendment expo including Declan Mcdonald and Chris Alenson:

 

NE DUNG BEETLE PROJECT – RESULTS AVAILABLE

The North East Dung Beetle group is a collective of interested Landcare and industry groups and landholders undertaking monitoring and release of Dung Beetles in the region. The monitoring data from the NE Dung Beetle Project was uploaded by the CSIRO to the Atlas of Living Australia, www.ala.org.au  meaning all the data is now readily and publicly available to view and analyse.

 

ISSUE 63 VICTORIAN LANDCARE AND CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE AVAILABLE ONLINE

To read or download the current issue of the magazine visit http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vlcm/current-issue

 

The Aboriginal Landcare and community arts feature issue (no. 63, autumn 2015) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine includes stories on the long standing and successful relationship between the Bangerang Aboriginal community and the Warby Range Landcare Group, Landcare groups in north east Victoria partnering with Traditional Owners to revive the use of traditional fire knowledge, A Landcare photo-essay from Sandy Scheltema, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Facilitator, and a feature on FTLA Immediate Past President Sue Campbell who was featured in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

 

Australia Day Honours

A number of other Landcarers were honoured this year:

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.

 

THE WEEDS NEWS

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

 

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These newsletters are compiled from many sources, and thank-you to those who supplied the information.