FTLA News Update Mar 2012

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GRANTS: A clean-up and restoration grant of up to $25,000 is available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Victorian Shires of Greater Shepparton and Moira who suffered direct damage as a result of the floods between late February and early March 2012. The grants are designed to assist with property clean-up, removal of debris, animal welfare and business restoration.


LOANS: Low interest concessional loans of up to $200,000 are available to eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in 14 Local Government Areas whose properties suffered direct damage as a result of floods between late February and early March 2012. These areas are: Alpine, Benalla, East Gippsland, Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Macedon Ranges, Mildura, Moira, Mount Alexander, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.


The closing date for all applications is 30 September 2012.





Over 60 members and guests gathered at the 2012 FTLA Annual Forum & AGM on 24th February.


FTLA President David Clark welcomed attendees from across the state, almost half of whom were attending for the first time. Attendees enjoyed presentations on the Biodiversity Fund and Carbon Farming and updates from DSE on state government investment in Landcare.


Peter Andrew from DSE reported that 30 facilitators were already on the ground.  Stephen Clark spoke on the Landcare Policy Review, which is intended to provide framework and project logic to guide government support for the Landcare movement. The review is in progress, and next stage is to review the Landcare program against the framework.


Attendees engaged enthusiastically in the Landcare Talks session before electing Peter Berrisford, Melanie Husada and Artur Muchow onto the committee at the AGM. A number of attendees stayed on to participate in the Landcare Employment Forum at the end of the day.


As part of the forum discussion took place on the concept of the FTLA and the VLC becoming one organisation. This followed on from several meetings held between the groups in 2011 which involved three possible options for such a single organisation.


The FTLA is working toward a proposal it can discuss in detail with the VLC at its next Council meeting in April, after which we will be seeking broad commentary from the Landcare membership on the timeframe and scope of such a move to join as one organisation.  General comments are welcomed at any stage and members seeking further background can find more information within the 2011 President's report from the Annual Forum.  Please contact our President, David Clark, if you would like more information.


The draft 2012 minutes are available at: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/ftla/documents/ftla-agm-minutes-2012-final/view


2012 FTLA Committee of Management:


David Clark                               President

Karen Alexander                        Vice President

Peter Berrisford                         Treasurer

Artur Muchow                            Secretary

Richard Jamieson                      Ordinary Member

Alexander Arbuthnot                  Ordinary Member

Terrence Hubbard                      Ordinary Member

Melanie Husada                         Ordinary Member

Susan Campbell                        Immediate Past President





Just a reminder for FTLA groups applying for the Community Action Grants please let us know if you are applying for these grants.


For FTLA Member Groups who are incorporated in their own right, the supply of your incorporation details (search the Victorian Names Register* if you have lost your incorporation number) should be sufficient.


For other FTLA Member Groups please contact us as soon as possible so that we complete the first part of the application as the sponsor organisation before you start filling it in!


For more information on eligibility and to submit a Community Action Grants application, visit the Caring for our Country website (http://www.nrm.gov.au/funding/cag/index.html) or telephone 1800 552 008.


Applications close at 5pm (AEDT), on Tuesday 27 March 2012


*The Victorian Names Register can be searched at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/CA256B7D001E2A6C/OrigDoc/~798113B8F53638A4CA256B84001B8474?OpenDocument&1=10-Victorian+Names+Register~&2=0-Search~&3=~


As in previous rounds, local community, farming and Indigenous groups can apply for a grant between $5,000 and $20,000 (GST exclusive) to fund projects that encourage active participation and build the skills and knowledge of the community to protect and restore our environment and natural resources.

All successful applicants must finish their project by 30 June 2013.








Recognising Victorians who make a real difference in their communities and help create a healthier and more sustainable Victoria. Past entrants and first time entrant are encouraged to get their entries in. The awards encompass community-based sustainability actions and activities as diverse as reducing waste, preserving heritage and culture, saving energy, improving biodiversity and conserving water.


Clean Beaches Awards – (Entries close Wed 11 April) - open to all communities along a beach or shore area with a body of water such as a bay, river or lake.

Sustainable Cities Awards – (Entries close Wed 11 April) - open to all metropolitan Melbourne local gov’t areas and Victorian satellite cities. Includes Ballarat, Bendigo, Greater Geelong and Greater Shepparton.

Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards – (Entries close Fri 11 May) - open to all regional communities.


For more information go to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/kabv or contact the program co-ordinator on

03 8626 8750 kabv@sustainability.vic.gov.au .





Submissions to the Murray Darling Basin Authority on the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan close on 16 April.


To make a submission go to http://www.mdba.gov.au/have-your-say/make-submission.





The Australian Government has initiated a National Wildlife Corridors Plan which is now available

for comment at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-corridors/


The plan once in place will give Landcare a fantastic opportunity to work with all stakeholders to identify and work on corridors from nationwide to our local ones on a long-term basis. The resulting wildlife corridors act will legislate the formation of a council, the proposal process for corridors and the reporting process.


Please submit your input to ftla@vff.org.au to be included into the FTLA response or comment directly at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-corridors/consultation/index.html . Comments close 20 April 2012




Australian Year of the Farmer have developed the Bush Twittergraph Survey to gauge the current awareness amongst the rural community of using social media tools and would appreciate it if you could complete the survey by 31 March 2012 – it should only take 10 mins of your time. Click here to take the survey.


Australian Year of the Farmer encourage you to forward this survey onto other people in your networks who may be interested. All information provided to the survey from you will remain strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.


Everyone who completes the survey by 31 March 2012 can choose to enter the draw to receive a cricket bat signed by Glenn McGrath who is the Ambassador for the Australian Year of the Farmer.





Farm Day allows city families to visit a farming family for a real hands-on experience and a greater understanding of life on the land.


Farmers are encouraged to register their interest in hosting a city family for Farm Day 2012, which takes place 26 - 27 May. To register or to find out more information, please visit www.farmday.com.au






For more events in your region go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/events AND / OR http://www.landcareonline.com.au/donate/events-calendar/




The Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry is working in partnership with the Office for the Community Sector (OCS), to look at ways local businesses can partner with community organisations for mutual benefit.


Complete this online survey to assist us gain a better understanding of current community NFPs/business relationships and to ascertain the practical support both sectors may require to further these relationships. It should take no longer than 5 - 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed at:



We also love to hear about your experiences, so come along to one of our three forums and help us to determine what makes for a successful relationship between business and community organisations:



Tuesday 20 March 2012

Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street (opposite the Queen Victoria Market), Melbourne

2.00 - 4.30pm, afternoon tea will be provided



Thursday 22 March 2012

Meeting Room 4, 111 Armstrong St, North Ballarat

9.30 - 12.00pm, morning tea will be provided



(hosted by the Member for Northern Victoria Region and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development, the Hon Damian Drum MLC).

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Quality Inn - LaTrobe Convention Centre, 5601 Princes Highway Traralgon

12.00 – 3.30pm, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided


RSVP is essential: email your name, contact details and any dietary requirements to rsvp@dpcd.vic.gov.au with the subject ‘Business Partnerships Forum’ and confirm which session you will be attending.




The Shared Services Project will look at models for collaborating with other organisations around activities such as human resources, payroll, accounting, information and communications technology, communications, marketing, procurement and legal advice.


If you are involved or have previously been involved in a shared services arrangements or if you are interested in finding out more about such models, please come to one of our four consultation forums:



Thursday 22 March 2012

Conference Room 1, 402 Mair St,  Ballarat

2.00pm – 4.00pm, afternoon tea will be provided



Tuesday 3 April 2012

Level 1, 56-60 King St Bendigo,

2.00pm – 4.00pm, afternoon tea will be provided



Monday 19 March 2012

Level 15, Room 2, 1 Spring St, Melbourne

11.00am – 1.00pm, lunch will be provided


RSVP is essential: email your name, contact details and any dietary requirements to rsvp@dpcd.vic.gov.au with the subject ‘Shared Services Project’ and confirm which session you will be attending.




With Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr


At $500 per person for non-profit bookings, this is a serious investment, but for those interested this is an opportunity  to attend a workshop with Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr, the founder of community-based social marketing.


This introductory community-based social marketing workshop will be of interest to those working to promote waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, modal transportation changes, watershed protection, and other sustainable behaviour changes. It is being held on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 March 2011 at Citiclub on Queen - 113 Queen St, Melbourne.


For more information on the workshop go to http://www.landcareonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Fostering-Sustainable-Behaviour-Melbourne-Introductory-Workshop-Flyer.pdf . For information on community-based social marketing go to http://www.cbsm.com . For enquiries, please contact Nicky Lightstone on 03 8736 8823 or nickyl@bicyclenetwork.com.au .




The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture is an initiative of the National Farmers Federation, Westpac and Woolworths and aims to bring together all with an interest in, or involvement with, agriculture to help shape its future direction.


The Blueprint is about giving people the opportunity to have their say on the issues and challenges facing the agricultural sector and its supply chain now and in the future. Farmers, transporters, retailers, consultants, rural businesses, agribusinesses, educators, governments, rural communities, community groups and consumers are all invited to take part.


In order for people to be involved with shaping the Blueprint, a number of different methods of consultation have been developed. They include an online survey (at https://www.research.net/s/BlueprintforAustralianAg), forums around the country and the ability for groups to run their own forums and then provide input back to the NFF. Forum locations include:


• Darwin, NT – Thursday 29 March, 1pm to 5pm, Holiday Inn Esplanade.

• Wagga Wagga, NSW – Wednesday 4 April, 1pm to 5pm, Country Comfort.

• Shepparton, VIC – Wednesday 18 April, 1pm to 5pm, Overlander Hotel.


For further information go to http://www.nff.org.au/blueprint.html




Help your community to plan an Earth Day event!


Using the universal platform of Earth Day, invite your friends and neighbours to voice their concerns for the environment and join us as we call upon governments around the world to protect our planet.


2012 NATIONAL CLIMATE ADAPTATION CONFERENCE: Early Bird Registrations close 4 April


Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) is holding its annual national conference in Melbourne from the 26-28 June, 2012. This year’s conference focuses on the information needed to ensure Australia is adapting well to climate change.


The special early bird rate of $750 is available until this date, after which the full price of $950 will apply. Student registration of $500 is also available. For more information go to: http://www.nccarf.edu.au/conference2012/





An extraordinary array of talent headlined by acclaimed actress Sigourney Weaver, scientist David Suzuki and musician/humanitarian Bob Geldof will examine what it takes for businesses to be sustainable over the long term at an event in Melbourne on April 26 this year. Ticket start at $175 for one day. For more information go to http://www.cpp2012.com/tickets








The CSIRO and the Bureau of Meterology have released their joint State of the Climate report for 2012.


Some key points from the report include:


•           Each decade has been warmer than the previous decade since the 1950s.

•           Australian annual-average daily mean temperatures have increased by 0.9 °C since 1910.

•           2010 and 2011 were Australia’s coolest years recorded since 2001 due to two consecutive La Nina events (2011 was the warmest La Nina year on record and the 11th warmest year overall.



•           Southwest Western Australia has experienced long-term reductions in rainfall during the winter half of the year.

•           There has been a trend over recent decades towards increased spring and summer monsoonal rainfall across Australia's north, higher than normal rainfall across the centre, and decreased late autumn and winter rainfall across the south.


For more information go to http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/ho/20120314.shtml





Victorian not for profit organisations now have a one-stop-shop to help them comply with all levels of government regulations. It is a single point of entry for organisations to access regulatory information, licenses, forms and related compliance resources. In a nutshell the website answers all of those tricky questions about how a not for profit organisation

needs to comply with Victorian and Commonwealth regulatory requirements. Go to View at: www.nfpcompliance.vic.gov.a