FTLA News Update - September 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.

 

It’s been a busy month for us at the FTLA with submissions to the Senate Inquiries regarding the National Landcare Programme and also Environmental Biosecurity, plus responses to the Options Paper for Australian Charities and Not for Profit Organisations and the departmental for the National Landcare Programme regional delivery consultation. Plus of course responding to your renewals and enquiries!  Let us know if your group hasn’t received your renewal paperwork as yet and we can re-send. But please be patient, we are still experiencing a large volume of calls and emails.

 

We are expecting several regional grant rounds to open soon - please ensure that we have received your renewal before you apply for any grant funds so that we can confirm with the grant body as appropriate.

 

NATIONAL LANDCARE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

 

The National Landcare People’s Choice Award is open for voting until 17th September 2014. Go to http://www.landcareonline.com.au/2014nationalawards to vote!

 

LANDCARE COMMUNITIES TABLE AT NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE

 

We have also been preparing for the National Landcare Conference this month, and would like to extend the offer to landcarers to place any brochures or promotional material on the Landcare Communities table for distribution to attendees. We all have Landcare stories to share and it would be great to feature as many as possible!

 

Please contact us if you have anything you’d like to see distributed – it needs to be something that can be put on the table and distributed, brochures, booklets etc (03 9207 5527 / ftla@vff.org.au )

 

Susi, Kelly, and a number of committee members including FTLA President David Clark will be at conference so we hope to see many of you there so come along and introduce yourselves!

 

GRANTS

 

LOCAL LANDSCAPE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

The Victorian Government is now inviting applications for the Local Landscape Enhancement Grants from members of the community who are seeking to undertake projects that improve our environment, contribute to our environmental knowledge and encourage people to enjoy their local area. Projects need to be locally-based and focused on practical, on-ground measures that address local needs. Applications close on Monday, 15th September 2014. For more information go to: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/community-programs/LLEG-program

As in previous grant rounds we will be sending the FTLA certificates of currency and a list of current financial FTLA member groups covered by the insurance directly to DEPI as at the closing date. Please get in touch if you need copies of your renewal paperwork.

 

NORTH EAST CMA - VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS 2014-15

 

North East CMA is calling for applications for the Victorian Landcare Grants Program. Applications close 4pm Tuesday 30th September 2014.

 

FTLA Members Groups should note the FTLA as Insurer and the Incorporation number (See your FTLA Membership Certificate where appropriate) on the application form but should not attach those documents. We will be confirming with the CMA as to which group are currently covered by the FTLA for the purposes of these Victorian Landcare Grants and will be sending the certificate of currency directly to the CMA. If you have applied as an FTLA Member Group, please ensure that we have received your renewal by that time!

 

For more information go to http://www.necma.vic.gov.au/Get-Involved/Project-Opportunities/Victorian-Landcare-Grants  or please contact please contact Tom Croft or Catriona Brown at the North East CMA on landcare@necma.vic.gov.au  , Ph. 02 6043 7600, or your local Landcare Facilitator.

 

FRRR SMALL GRANTS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES (SGRC) - ROUND 26

Not-for-profit community based organisations can apply for grants up to $5,000 to support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in small rural, regional and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural development. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.

Closes:  5pm Friday 26 September 2014

For more information go to http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round26f or freecall 1800 170 020 or email info@frrr.org.au

 

FRRR GRANTS FOR RESILIENCE & WELLNESS (VIC) - ROUND 6

The Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program helps communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to undertake community strengthening and resilience-building projects. Round 6 closes 3 October 2014.

Further information: http://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/grants_for_resilience__wellness_grw.php . Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Manager Natalie Egleton by email or telephone on 1800 170 020 to discuss their project.

 

SCIENCE AND INNOVATION AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN AGRICULTURE

Grant applications are now open for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

 

Applications close 3 October 2014. For more information go to: http://www.daff.gov.au/ABARES/Pages/conferences-events/scienceawards/default.aspx

 

 

FRRR TACKLING TOUGH TIMES TOGETHER (Qld / NSW) - ROUND 3

Grants of up to $10,000 are available across most of Queensland and selected shires in the New South Wales Northern Tablelands. Funding will support community based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

Further information go to http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together_-_round_3  or call 1800 170 020

 

EVENTS

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.

 

BIODIVERSITY SPRING 2014: Goulburn Broken Catchment and North-east Victoria

Biodiversity Spring 2014 is a celebration of all the things that make up our natural environment – the flora and fauna to the fungi and the habitats they live in. Biodiversity Spring is celebrated each year throughout the Goulburn–Broken Catchment and north-east Victoria. For the ninety-one days of Spring, from September through to November, a range of organisations and community groups will showcase the biodiversity in our areas and show you just how amazing, interesting and unusual nature can be. The program this year is packed with spotlight walks, bird watching, ecology courses, basket weaving and many other activities. The events are FREE (unless noted) and everyone is invited to come along and participate.

For more information go to:
http://biodiversityspring.wordpress.com

 

NORTHERN PLAINS GRASSLAND FIELD DAY: Friday 12 Sep 2014

The field day will involve a mix of presentations and field walks across Glasson's Grassland Reserve and a nearby sheep property. This is is the northern grasslands area west of Echuca. The field day will cover: Using fire to reduce biomass and create habitat for native species, Grazing management techniques to restore native grasslands and meet livestock feed requirements, Fencing to soil type to prevent soil erosion and increase the health and productivity of the grassland,  The unique and threatened plants and animals that rely on the northern plains grasslands for their survival. Free event. BBQ Lunch provided.

Bookings are essential: North Central CMA by 5pm Tuesday 9Sep2014 03 5448 7124 info@nccma.vic.gov.au

 

REGENT HONEYEATER PLANTING DAYS 2014: 6/7 Sept & 20/21 Sept

The Regent Honeyeater group is hosting a weekend in the beautiful Lurg Hills. Enjoy the fun, good food, and friendship, as we secure a future for our threatened species like the Regent Honeyeater, Grey-crowned Babbler, Squirrel Glider and Brush-tailed Phascogale. Includes Free Accommodation, Community dinner, BBQ, Bush dance.

For Bookings: Ray Thomas 03 57 611 515 <ray@regenthoneyeater.org.au> http://www.regenthoneyeater.org.au

 

NFP LAW WEBINAR: GETTING STARTED (10 September)

Not-for-profit Law has a free, one hour, webinar suitable for start-up not-for-profit groups that have not yet incorporated and are considering their options.

To enrol for a webinar go to http://justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/webinars

 

2014 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE:  REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 10th Sept

Registrations are now open for the National Landcare Conference to be held in Melbourne on 17-19th September 2014. The National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 18th at the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, and there are some great field trips. So come along and help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Landcare becoming a national program. For more information and to register go to: https://nationallandcareconference.floktu.com 

 

NFP LAW WORKSHOP: PROTECTING YOUR NAME, LOGO AND WEBSITE

17 September 2014, Melbourne CBD

How can not-for-profit organisations protect their websites, publications, program names, logos and other material? How does an organisation know if and when it has to take steps to protect their intellectual property rights? This seminar will provide an overview of the basics of intellectual property law in a not-for-profit context.

For more information on this seminar, or to register to attend go to http://justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/nfp-seminar-series-victoria/protecting-your-name-logo-and-website

 

LIVING WITH BUSHFIRE: A COMMUNITY CONFERENCE

Living with bushfire is a reality in Gippsland and the resilience of the community relies on shared learnings and an understanding of how bushfires behave, as well as their impact on the environment. To explore the issues related to bushfires and the local community, "Living with Bushfire: A Community Conference" will be held at Federation University Australia's Gippsland Campus in Churchill on Friday 3 October and Saturday 4 October 2014, with a separate field trip session taking place on Sunday 5 October.

The conference attendance fee is $20 per day, which includes lunch and refreshments. Participants can access short-term accommodation units at FedUni Living Gippsland. Please contact FedUni Living to arrange a booking 03 5122 6236.

Registration is essential. Information: Peter West 0427 409 619 peter.west@depi.vic.gov.auhttp://federation.edu.au/industry-and-community/engagement/fire-conference

 

LANDCARE CAMP OUT ON THE MOUNT

Saturday 4 Oct 2014, Leanganook camp ground, Mount Alexander.

Come to the Landcare Camp Out and experience Mount Alexander in a whole new way. The Camp Out is an annual event organised by the Harcourt Valley Landcare Group & ParksVictoria with support from Connecting Country and Mount Alexander Shire Council. It aims to help stop the spread of invasive Radiata Pine trees in the Mount Alexander Regional Park. Camp Out activities will include:

• The big ‘pine purge’ working bee in the afternoon (safe for adults and kids) to help stop pines taking over the native forest

• A nature activity for children with Krista Patterson-Majoor from the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests.

• A talk on some of Mount Alexander’s interesting history by George Milford from the Harcourt Heritage Centre.

• Barbeque dinner prepared by Harcourt Lions Club members.

• Wildlife spotlighting walk with a Parks Victoria ranger.

• The Campfire Dessert Banquet. It will go well beyond marshmallows!

If you’re not the camping type, feel free to just come for the activities and head home Saturday evening.

RSVP: Max Schlachter, Connecting Country max@connectingcountry.org.au  03 5472 1594. Information: http://www.connectingcountry.org.au/landcare

 

NFP LAW WEBINAR: EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS AND VOLUNTEERS (15 October)

Not-for-profit Law has a free, one hour, webinar on the importance of distinguishing between different roles and the different laws that apply. This is a common problem for many community grants and this is a great opportunity to hear from the experts.

To enrol for a webinar go to http://justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/webinars

 

FRIENDS OF GRASSLANDS CONFERENCE

Thursday to Saturday 30 Oct - 1 Nov 2014, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra, ACT

This forum will bring together research scientists, land managers, government policy makers and implementers and the community to share experiences and knowledge.

Registration is open until 22 Oct 2014. Information: president@fog.org.au or check http://www.fog.org.au/forum2014.htm

 

NATIONAL SOIL SCIENCE CONFERENCE: 23 – 27 November 2014

Soil Science Australia invites you to join us at the National Soil Science Conference which will be held at the MCG in November 2014. The theme of the 2014 conference is Securing Australia's soils - for profitable industries and healthy landscapes. The conference program will cover the breadth of soils, landforms and climate across the region, and the corresponding breadth of land use; from agriculture to forestry, conservation, recreation and urban use. For more information go to: http://www.soilscience2014.com/

 

ATTEND OR PLAN YOUR OWN EVENTS AROUND THE “DAYS”:

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

September

  • National Biodiversity Month - all month : http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/biodiversity-month

  • Bushcare’s Major Day Out - 7th: http://www.bushcaresmajordayout.org/

  • National Threatened Species Day - 7th: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspecies/ThreatenedSpeciesDay.htm

  • National Bilby Day - 14th - http://www.savethebilbyfund.com/national-bilby-day.php

  • World Car-Free Day - 22nd - http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/

  • World Rivers Day – 28th - https://www.facebook.com/pages/28-September-is-World-Rivers-Day/132646743444691

    October

  • National Organic Week - 3rd to 12th: http://www.organicweek.net.au/

  • World Animal Day - 4th: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/countdown-world-animal-day-2014/

  • National Ride 2 Work Day - 15th: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/996/

  • Bird Week - 18th to 24th: http://birdlife.org.au/get-involved/whats-on/bird-week

  • Aussie Backyard Bird Count - 20th to 26th: http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

  • National Water Week - 20th to 26th: http://www.awa.asn.au/nationalwaterweek/

     

    NEWS, RESOURCES

     

     

    SUPERANNUATION AND AWARD WAGE INCREASES FROM 1 JULY 2014

     

    The superannuation contribution rate increased to 9.5% from 1 July 2014 so if you have employees or contractors who are entitled to superannuation, make sure you have adjusted the rates!

     

    The Fair Work Commission has increased minimum wages by 3% to $16.87 (based on 38 hour week), effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2014. For more details go to: https://www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/minimum-wages-conditions/national-minimum-wage-orders

     

     

    POTTER FARMLAND PLAN AND LANDCARE OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE

     

    Professor Andrew Campbell has generously made his out-of-print books on the Potter Farmland Plan and Landcare freely downloadable as pdfs from the CDU library at

    https://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:40101  (Landcare) and

    https://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:40102  (Potter).

     

     

    HISTORIC PLACES INVESTIGATION - VICTORIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT COUNCIL

     

    The State Government has requested VEAC to undertake an Investigation into Historic Places on public land across Victoria. In undertaking the investigation, VEAC is requested to consider how best to manage and conserve the wide diversity of historic places on public land in the context of available resources, pressures on heritage places and emerging trends in heritage conservation. In particular, the investigation should focus on options for managing historic places that are currently difficult to manage. Submissions can be made online or sent by post or email: for more information http://www.veac.vic.gov.au . Submissions close 8 Sep 2014

     

    CONTRIBUTE TO THE LANDCARE MAGAZINE

     

    Contributions: should be sent to the editor, Carrie Tiffany: 0405 697 548, editorviclandcare@gmail.com

     

    Issue # 62 - Landcare and technology - copy due Friday 24 October 2014

    The next issue of the magazine will feature stories on Landcare and technology. From GPS maps to smartphone apps, we are interested in how technology is being used by Landcare groups and networks.

     

    ALSO Issue # 63 - Aboriginal Landcare and the Arts - copy due Friday 6 February 2015

     

     

    NORTH EAST SMALL RURAL PROPERTY GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE 

     

    The Regional Landcare Facilitators have produced a guide which includes information on common land management issues: topics covered in the brochure include: Weeds, Pest Animals, Native Plants and Animals, Useful links to apps and websites, Farm Safety Information, Information about Fire and key local contacts. Download the brochure here or contact Kelly Behrens for a hard copy on: 6043 7627 or kelly.behrens@landcarevic.net.au

     

     

    RESULTS OF THE NATIONAL NRM SURVEY: Managing Invasive Animals

     

    The report Understanding the capacity of NRMs to manage invasive animal impacts: Results from the 2013 National NRM Survey has been published in the PestSmart series and is now available at http://www.feral.org.au/2013-national-nrm-survey/  The survey covered issues and barriers to effective pest animal management as well as sources of and preferences for information exchange. Funding, extent of pest problems, availability of skilled labour & short time frames of programs were all considered major factors influencing the ability of NRM organisations to achieve their pest animal related goals.

     

    From the Last Newsletter

     

    FERAL PHOTOS COMPETITION 2014

     

    The competition is now open once again the organisers are looking for the best images of Australia’s pest animals and the impacts they have on biodiversity and agriculture. We accept photos from all locations across Australia and remote camera photos are also accepted.

     

    You can enter up to five (5) images for the chance to win some great prizes. The competition closes on 30th September 2014.

     

    To enter and see some past winning entries, please visit the website at: www.invasiveanimals.com/feral-photos/ . For more details contact Jessica Marsh, National NRM Facilitator – email: jessica.marsh@invasiveanimals.com  or ph: (02) 6391 3907

     

    WORLD PARKS CONGRESS – NOVEMBER – SYDNEY

    The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade.

     

    The next IUCN World Parks Congress will take place 12 - 19 November 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

    http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/gpap_events/gpap_wpc/

     

     

    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.