FTLA News Update - May 2014

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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.

 

EVENTS

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.

 

SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL GROUPS TRAINING - Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014

 

The sessions are designed to provide advice about running a successful group (Landcare or otherwise), and feedback from previous years has been highly positive.  Six topics will be covered over the two days (three topics/sessions per day), and participants are welcome to come to all sessions or just those of interest.  The Farm Tree and Landcare Association (FTLA), assisted by practical legal expertise from PILCH (Public Interest Law Clearing House), will be conducting the weekend.  The topics/sessions are:

•             Volunteer recruitment

•             Succession Planning

•             Effective Decision-making

•             Legal Duties for Committee Members

•             Legal Issues in Managing Volunteers

•             Managing the Books

 

All sessions are free for Landcare members or $10 per person for non-Landcare members and lunch is included.  If your group is struggling with recruiting new members, filling executive positions, understanding legal responsibilities or is just shuffling instead of striding, then please consider coming along to learn the secrets behind successful groups.  

 

For further details go to: http://egln.org.au/blog/the-secrets-to-successful-groups/

 

To register go to: FTLA Successful Groups Training Registration - Lakes Entrance 2014

 

 

LANDCARE WORKSHOPS

 

The workshops will be attended by Landcare support staff, as they are part of a package of workshops that are being held from February to June 2014, which have been organised by the Victorian Landcare Program to support the training of Landcare facilitators/coordinators.  

A limited number of places are available for community Landcarers at the workshops. Book ASAP, as bookings will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings: contact Karen Brisbane (Landcare Corporate Partnerships Facilitator) via email karenb@gbcma.vic.gov.auor phone 5820 1134 tobook your preferred workshop. Karen will confirm your booking and provide details about the venue etc.

 

Date

Workshop Type
  & Timing

Where

Brief on Workshop

Thursday 5 June

Recruitment & Succession Planning
  10am - 3:30pm

Mortlake
   

Will cover strategies for attracting new members to groups, how to   motivate and re-energise groups, and how and why groups/networks should   develop succession plans.
  To be delivered by Jen Lilburn from Kismet Forward

Wednesday 11 June

Funding
  9:30am - 3pm

Wangaratta  

Will   include funding application writing, meeting funding criteria, developing   project proposals, creating an accurate budget, how to pursue other sources   of funding, how to attract stakeholders, business development and contracts   and negotiation skills with corporates.

To be delivered by Kerry Anderson from Words by   Kerry Anderson

Tuesday 17 June

Negotiation   & Conflict Resolution 8:30am for 9am start to 4pm

Bairnsdale

You   will learn about the practical application (in a Landcare context) of   mediation and negotiation processes that enable parties to reach their own   agreements.
  To be delivered by Dave Munday & Liz Brown from Future Creations

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES

 

PREMIER'S SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

The Premier's Sustainability Awards 2014 celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy; better waste management and recycling practices; enhancement of the environment, and effective, practical community action. Entries close 5pm, Monday June 2.

For more information:  PSA2014@arup.com or go to  www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

 

LANDCARE WEEK GROW GRANTS 2014

Landcare is offering 25 grants of up to $1000 to community groups to hold events and activities that will attract new volunteers to Landcare. Schools, pre-schools and youth groups can also apply for funding through the Planting the Future Junior Landcare Grants program, which focuses on any projects that falls under the banner of Landcare and foster the next generation of Landcarers, including school gardens, recycling or sustainability projects.

Applications close for both grants programs on June 13. 

For more information:  www.landcareonline.com.au/25years

 

YATES CREATIVE GARDENING GRANTS

In celebration of the 25 years that Landcare Australia has been working with the Landcare community, Yates is proud to award 25 grants of up to $1,000 each to schools and youth groups who can demonstrate innovative ways of creating a garden within their school or community. The program will fund garden ideas that assist an environmental issue that an entrant’s school or group is tackling – whether through upcycling, recycling and water saving initiatives, preserving plant specimens, connecting with local Landcare groups or environmental workshops.

Applications for the Yates Junior Landcare Creative Gardening Grants are open to all schools and youth groups across Australia, including Landcare and Coastcare groups that work in partnership with a local school. Applications close on 4th July 2014 .

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

 

ANZ SEEDS OF RENEWAL PROGRAM

 

Seeds of Renewal is a grants program, supported by ANZ, which aims to contribute to building thriving communities in regional Australia. The grants are independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

 

Close Date: 01 August 2014

http://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/seeds_of_renewal.php

 

 

THE R E ROSS TRUST GRANTS – VIC

 

The grants work around 4 impact areas. For Landcare groups the most relevant area is impact area D; the protection and preservation of Australian Flora and Fauna.

 

Organisations must first submit an expression of interest for consideration by the Trustees and may then by invited to submit a full application.

 

Applications are considered all year round.

http://www.rosstrust.org.au/grants/apply-for-a-grant/

 

FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARDS NOW OPEN

Tell the nation about farming’s amazing work and outstanding contribution, with a nomination for the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards. A celebratory dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 10 in Melbourne. The 2014 award categories: Livestock Producer of the Year (sponsored by WFI); Egg Producer of the Year (sponsored by Australian Egg Corporation Limited); Biosecurity Farmer of the Year - plant (sponsored by Plant Health Australia); Biosecurity Farmer of the Year – animal; Dairy Farmer of the Year (sponsored by Dairy Australia); Young Farmer of the Year (sponsored by Case IH); Horticultural Grower of the Year; Grain Grower of the Year; Fibre Producer of the Year (formerly Wool Producer of the Year); Diversification Farmer of the Year; Agricultural Student of the Year; Rural Exporter of the Year. People can nominate themselves, their family members or friends and associates. Nomination forms are available at: www.farmeroftheyear.com.au. The deadline for applications is Friday, 27 Jun 2014.

VICTORIAN REGIONAL COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

The Regional Community Leadership Program (RCLP) provides $6 million over four years to support the nine established Community Leadership Programs (CLPs) in regional Victoria, and to assist with the establishment of the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs (VRCLP) Secretariat. The VRCLP Secretariat was established in 2012 to support the Regional Community Leadership Programs across Victoria.  Collectively the group aims to deliver exceptional leadership programs to Rural and Regional Victorians in order to strengthen its communities and develop leadership capacity and capability.

 

DEPI WATER REBATE PROGRAM EXTENDED TO UNTIL 30 JUNE 2015

All Victorian households can access home and garden rebates under the Living Victoria Water Rebate Program, even if they are self-supplied and not connected to a reticulated water supply.

 

Current rebates are available for products purchased and installed between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2015.

 

The program has been extended until 30 June 2015 and changes include:

  • Rainwater tank rebates have been increased to:
    • $850 (2,000–3,999 litres connected to toilet and/or laundry)
    • $1,300 (4,000 litres or greater connected to toilet or laundry)
    • $1,500 (4,000 litres or greater and connected to toilet and laundry)
  • Tank to toilet and/or laundry connections are now $500.
  • Tank rebates are now extended to existing homes that received building permits between 1 July 2005 and 1 May 2011.
  • Washing machine rebates for 5-star water (WELS) and at least a 4-star energy rated models will continue.

 

For more information go to: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/water/saving-water/water-rebate-program 

 

NEWS & RESOURCES

 

INSURANCE & HOLD HARMLESS CLAUSES: ALERT!

 

We have recently had a number of Member Groups report that they have been asked to sign contracts for grants or venue hire with “hold harmless” clauses. Most insurance policy wordings, including those held by the FTLA, state the insured is not allowed to sign any contract that indemnifies any other party and/or holds them harmless in any way and so doing will generally void the insurance.

 

Please read contracts carefully and contact us if you have any queries.

 

 

STATE BUDGET

 

The Landcare funding announced in the State Budget, ~5.5 million over two years,  was very welcome as the previous  Victorian Landcare program, including the DEPI state team and the Regional Landcare Co-ordinators for two years, was due to come to an end at the end of June. The state Landcare grant funding of most concern to groups is an internal departmental allocation within DEPI as per usual.

 

FEDERAL BUDGET

The National Landcare Program, which replaces Caring for Our Country, will lose $483 million of its funding, but will still receive $1 billion over five years. The remaining funding needs now to cover a greater number of programs including cane toad eradication in Western Australia's Kimberley, $9 million of fishing programs and a strategy to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the $40 million Reef 2050 plan, further reducing the money available to for Landcare groups to do on-ground works.

 

The Green Army was funded at $525 million over four years, however Project Sponsors need to have an existing already funded project in order to be able to utilise the Green Army participants as there is a $10,000 allowance for “Project Specific Materials” which goes to the Service Provider, and each project needs to be substantial in order to absorb 20 weeks of labour. Several landcare groups have made applications under the first round of funding.

 

JUSTICECONNECT'S SIMPLE RULES

 

JusticeConnect's Simple Rules have been designed as a starting point for groups looking to draft basic own rules.  They will not meet the needs of all incorporated associations but if you are revising your rules it is worth considering these as an alternate starting point than the model rules

 

http://www.pilch.org.au/rulesreviewresources/

 

HAVE YOUR SAY - NOT-FOR-PROFIT LAW’S 2014 VICTORIAN 2014 COMPLIANCE SURVEY

 

Each year Not-for-profit Law gathers feedback from community organisations about their experiences with Victorian laws and government regulators. This important information helps us work with the Victorian Government to ensure not-for-profits in Victoria can access and understand that laws that apply to them, and highlights what is working well and where groups are having problems with laws.
 
To complete this short survey go to Not-for-profit Law’s 2014 Victorian compliance survey

 

LANDCARE FARM GATE SIGNS AVAILABLE

Landcare farm gate signs (size - 20cm x 60cm) are now available  which are produced using individual Landcare group names. Cost: each sign costs $18.70 (inc. GST). Note: there is no minimum order of signs

DX mail: the signs are not sent out by post, but by DX mail to a DEPI or ParksVic office, or to a CMA or a local government or another agency office that uses DX mail (Note not all CMAs or local governments use DX mail). To find out the DX number for the government agency in your local area or to find out if they use DX mail you can do a search via the following DX website http://www.tollgroup.com/dx-address-search

 

More information & to order signs contact your local DEPI or ParksVic office, or to a CMA or a local government or another agency office and ask them to contact Joan Wallis, Whole Farm Planning / Environmental Management Systems,  Dept of Environment and Primary Industries, 12 Peart Street, Leongatha, VIC 3959, mobile: 0429 007 240, email: joan.wallis@depi.vic.gov.au

 

NEW 3RD EDITION OF IN SAFE HANDS TOOLKIT & WORKSHOP SERIES (FREE)

 

Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Conservation Skills Centre are pleased to inform you that the REVISED and UPDATED In Safe Hands Toolkit (3rd Edition) is now available. Go to www.insafehands.org.au  where you can DOWNLOAD the In Safe Hands Toolkit - FREE.

If you have previously downloaded In Safe Hands Toolkit then you are recommended to download the 3rd Edition with NEW inclusions.

 

VICTORIAN LANDCARE AND CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE - ISSUE 60 OUT NOW!

Issue 60 (autumn 2014) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine is a feature on Landcare support, with stories from Landcare group and network facilitators from across the state, which provide insights into their work. These stories illustrate the important role that facilitators and coordinators play building and maintaining the momentum of Landcare activity across Victoria. Go to http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vic/current-issue

 

LANDCARE IN FOCUS SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Landcare in Focus  is now available online - http://www.landcareonline.com.au/resources/landcare-in-focus/landcare-in-focus-magazine/

 

The submission deadline for the August 21st edition is July 18th.

 

COPIES OF PAST MAGAZINES AVAILABLE

 

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

 

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