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Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has commissioned a survey of community-based groups about weed management arrangements in Australia. They are interested in your group or organisation's experience with obtaining or providing resources (financial and in-kind) and information for weed management-related activities. The information you provide will be important to improving the understanding of how effective current resourcing and information systems are for weed management. Please forward the survey far and wide


A link to the online survey is provided here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CommunityWeedManagementSurvey. Survey closes in the next week




Volunteering Australia's annual National Survey of Volunteering Issues is now open. Help guide Volunteering Australia's policy and advocacy in the coming year: share your views about the key issues affecting volunteering.


Just click on the link below that best describes your involvement.

If you are a COMPANY - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSVI_Companies

If you are a VOLUNTEER - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSVI_Volunteers

If you are an NOT-FOR-PROFIT or GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSVI_VIOs

Results will be released on International Volunteers Day on 5 December.




Business Planning Training Available


The Office for the Community Sector, in partnership with Small Business Victoria and the Small Business Mentoring Service, is running the Business Planning for NFP Organisations Program from November 2011 through to June 2012.


Free business planning workshops are followed by four individual business mentoring sessions. This opportunity for small to medium community organisations to improve their basic business planning skills and access one-on-one advice aims to:


- Help identify and develop solutions to business problems

- Assist with development of a strategic action plan to assist with business, marketing and financial planning

- Increase and further develop your existing business skills.


BendigoTuesday 8 November 2pm – 4pm The Reception Room, Bendigo Town Hall, 189-193 Hargreaves St

Shepparton   Wednesday 9 November 10am – 12pm Greater Shepparton Business Centre, 70 New Dookie Rd,

Narre Warren   Monday 14 November 10am – 12pm Civic Centre, 1 Magid Drive,


Richmond    Wednesday 16 November 9.30am – 11.30 am, Meeting Room 1, Richmond Town Hall 333 Bridge Rd,

Geelong   Thursday 24 November 10am – 12 pm Geelong City Hall, 30 Gheringhap Street

Sunshine   Wednesday 23 November 9.30am - 11.30 am Victoria University campus, 460 Ballarat Road,


Places are limited so register at: https://services.business.vic.gov.au/ems/search.do. For more information please contact Carla Pascoe at carla.pascoe@dpcd.vic.gov.au or on 9208 3895.


Community Power Conference: 14 – 15 NOV 2011 in Bendigo


The Community Power Conference: Australian Communities Taking Charge, aims to showcase how regional Australian communities:

- are developing innovative energy projects, helping to reduce local economic shocks

- can take practical action to hedge against rising energy prices.


For more information go to http://www.centralvictoriasolarcity.com.au/special-projects/communitypower/





2012 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry


Grants of up to $22,000 are on offer to support young people aged 18 to 35 years who have an innovative project that will benefit Australia’s agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food and natural resource management sectors. “The awards aim to encourage the uptake of science, innovation and technology in rural industries and help to advance the careers of young people through national recognition of their research ideas.”


Winners can use their funding for a range of activities including research projects, industry visits or to attend conferences and workshops. Following an additional application and judging process, one of the industry category award recipients will then receive the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Award, which provides an additional $33,000 in funding to further develop their research project.


Applications for the awards close on Friday 18 November 2011. For further information and application forms visit www.abares.gov.au/scienceawards. email scienceawards@abares.gov.au or contact 02 6272 2260.


$27,500 worth of Scholarships on offer at Marcus Oldham


Marcus Oldham College in Geelong has three scholarships on offer for 2012 entry into the Farm Business Management course. The scholarships include:


  • Australian Farm Management Scholarship $10,000, Supported by Riordan Group Pty Ltd and Utilacor.
  • Khancoban Station Scholarship $7,500, Supported by Khancoban Station, one of Australia’s most productive mixed farming properties located in the Upper Murray of NSW.
  • AgVance Liverpool Plains Scholarship $10,000, Supported by AgVance Farming Pty Ltd, a leading agricultural business established on the Liverpool Plains of NSW.
  • Applications close on Tuesday, 22 November, 2011. Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship.


For a course prospectus and scholarship information, please visit www.marcusoldham.vic.edu.au, call 1800 623 500 or email courses@marcusoldham.vic.edu.au






The Victorian Government has proposed delaying changes to occupational health and safety laws that would see organisations assume greater responsibility for the welfare of their volunteers.

In a statement issued in late September, the Assistant Treasurer said that lack of clarity in the Commonwealth model regulations would make it difficult for Victoria to progress the legislative change next year.


However, as a federal initiative the Commonwealth government must agree to the delay and this would have implications for other states and territories.  Whether or not the changes will be delayed is therefore still uncertain.


In the meantime, Volunteering Victoria has developed a fact sheet the broad principles of the new legislation. Go to  http://www.volunteeringvictoria.com.au and download Fast Facts – Health & Safety for Volunteers from the Resources section of our website (under For Volunteer Managers) (direct link http://www.volunteeringvictoria.com.au/education-and-training/resources/cat_view/36-resources/38-for-volunteer-managers?start=10


There is also an Equal Opportunity information pack available at http://www.volunteeringvictoria.com.au/volunteering-victoria/position-papers/524-volunteers-and-the-equal-opportunity-act



Australian Year of the Farmer launches


The 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer was officially launched on Tuesday, 12 October, by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC. The Australian Year of the Farmer aims to communicate to all Australians the importance of farming and rural communities to our national economy and society.


The Year will feature a range of educational and promotional campaigns to help bridge the divide between city and country. Part of the program includes the One Country Roadshow, an expo which will roll out to 58 towns in regional Victoria as part of a 56,000km, 400-stop trek across Australia.

More information: www.ayof.com.au


Volunteering is catching: A study into young people’s volunteering in Victoria 2011

From YACVic, this report explores volunteering engagement by young Victorians’, in particular its impact and meaning for those who take part. The results can help organisations to make the most of their young volunteers, whether retaining existing volunteers or recruiting the next generation.

Download the report at http://www.yacvic.org.au/sector/items/2011/10/384510-upload-00001.pdf



Older people who volunteer can be somewhat taken for granted. Now a recent Victorian parliamentary inquiry has given Volunteering Victoria the chance to shed more light on how and why our older citizens volunteer and what that contribution means to our communities.

Read the full story at http://www.volunteeringvictoria.com.au/volunteering-victoria/position-papers/580-everyones-a-winner-volunteering-in-later-life


Australia Represented at United Nations Meeting on Landcare

Last week the Australian Government participated in a Landcare event at a United Nations Environment Program meeting in Korea. The purpose of the event was to explain what Landcare is to other countries, and to articulate how it has been such an effective innovation to mobilize farmers and other land users at the grassroots level to combine their efforts to effectively improve the management of land in many parts of the world.