LVI AGM & Elections (nominations close 28 Apr) + Deer management + Leadership Development + Fruit Fly Grants + Dead Tree Detectives + more
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LVI has had a busy start to 2019, with the highly successful Grampians Forum attended by over 90 members and guests, meetings with stakeholders including working with Parks Victoria and the Victorian Environmental Friends Network regarding volunteering on public land, and talking to members with over 70 phone call and emails from members in the average week.
We wrote to Minister D’Ambrosio advocating for a twelve month extension of the current local landcare facilitator contracts to allow a thoughtful and comprehensive evaluation of the initiative including formal input from both contracts hosts and facilitators. We encourage everyone supported by a Local Landcare Facilitator to write to the Minister, particularly with regards to your good news stories, to ensure this vital program continues and expands.
As part of the National Landcare Network, we have contributed the national policy statement (here) in preparation for the federal election as circulated last week, and we urge all members to use this as a basis for talking to your local candidates to ensure the best outcome for landcare no matter who is in government.
We have also been preparing for our own LVI AGM elections and with nominations closing 5pm 28 April 2019 for Committee of Management positions in Corangamite, East Gippsland, Goulburn Broken, Mallee, Port Phillip & Westernport and West Gippsland. If you are interested in serving or know someone you trust to work in the interests all Victorian Landcarers, I encourage you to nominate them (here) and make your voice heard.
Our Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 29th May and we are delighted that Lucinda Corrigan, Chair of Farmers for Climate Action has accepted our invitation to speak at our AGM (further details here). Prior to the AGM we will be conducting postal ballots for any contested elections and opening nominations for the LVI Members Council which is an advisory body to support the LVI Committee of Management.
The Landcare Employment Referral Service (1300 302 232) launched late last year, has now spoken to employers and employees across a range of issues including employee vs contractor, appropriate salary ranges, HR policies and end of employment. The service has helped groups get ready for new employees and review existing arrangements to ensure best practice. Conversations range from 10-minute queries to complex matters taking 10 hours, and feedback from those who have used the service has been very positive.
I would encourage any members who’d like to talk to me about any of these matters to give me a call. Thank-you to our members, Landcare support staff and our committee for a great start to the year, particularly to the forum steering committee who put together such a wonderful event in the Grampians. I look forward to seeing you at our AGM in May.
Landcare Victoria Inc. is seeking nominations for the LVI Committee of Management across six regions: Corangamite, East Gippsland, Goulburn Broken, Mallee, Port Phillip & Westernport and West Gippsland. Nominations close 5pm 28 April 2019!
Further details on the election, including nomination forms and a full list of voting delegates by voting region can be found here or can be faxed or posted on request. The LVI Committee of Management has ten regionally elected positions for volunteers plus two professional landcarer positions. Committee terms are staggered over three years therefore other regions and professional landcarer positions will open in subsequent years. For any queries regarding the nomination process or to obtain a copy of the election material, please contact the LVI office on 03 9207 5527 or firstname.lastname@example.org . If insufficient nominations are received by the closing 5pm 28 April 2019, nominations may be sought from the floor at the AGM. Elections will be declared at the Landcare Victoria Inc. AGM on 29 May 2019 in Melbourne. Further information regarding Members Council nominations will be available soon and will go to the new Committee for consideration.
Landcare Victoria Inc. supports the policy statement by the National Landcare Network (NLN) and Landcare Australia, Landcare Communities – Australia’s Future (available here), which seeks an ongoing commitment to the community Landcare movement, including providing reliable funding to support a foundation of local action.
Landcarers across Victoria can assist using your local knowledge and experiences to brief candidates on local landcare in your patch, and more broadly, what landcare offers for the health and well-being of our resilient and productive landscapes and communities. Resources to assist you to do this have been sent to all LVI Group Contacts.
Landcare Victoria Inc. is supporting the open letter to three Victorian Ministers, all with primary responsibility for drafting and/or implementation Victoria’s Deer Management Strategy.
The aim is for a large number of organisations, academic bodies and notable individuals to sign the attached open letter, asking for effective action on deer in Victoria. If you would like to sign the letter please contact LVI for a copy or for any queries please contact Phil on 0427 705 133 or by email at email@example.com
In recognition of the incredible work that has been achieved during the past three decades, Landcare Australia is curating a collection of stories that exemplify the Landcare ethos. If you have a story about a Landcare project or person that has made or is making a difference to the environment and local community share it by clicking here!
Landcare Victoria Inc. is also part of the Steering Committee for these celebrations.
While most citizen science initiatives ask people to record living things, dead things can also be hugely informative for science. A recently launched citizen science project, The Dead Tree Detective, aims to record where and when trees have died in Australia. It's trying to determine whether more Australian native trees are dying due to recent drought conditions than in the past. To get involved or read more about the project see here.
More details can be found on the Coastcare Victoria Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/CoastcareVictoria/
Strategic Action Plan: Protection of floodplain marshes in Barmah National Park and Barmah Forest Ramsar site (2019-2023) outlines management strategies to improve the health of the internationally significant floodplain marshes in the Barmah Forest Ramsar Site and the Barmah National Park. Landcarers are encouraged to review the draft plan and provide their feedback between 5 April and 30 May 2019 at www.engage.vic.gov.au/barmah-strategic-action-plan
An Inquiry and Advisory Committee is considering the environmental effects of the proposed North East Link Project. For further information or to make a submission go to - https://engage.vic.gov.au/north-east-link-project
Every two years, Victorians are asked to nominate outstanding landcarers, groups and networks to be celebrated. State-wide nominations will open soon and there are also regional award processes – contact your Regional Landcare Co-ordinators to find out what is happening in your region. These awards are a vital tool in promoting Landcare to the wider public. Categories include: Individual, Waterway, Primary Producer, Education, Indigenous, Landcare, Coastcare & Community Group so get involved!
Landcare Week is a celebration of all the great work thousands of Landcarers do to care for our country’s natural environment. It is also the opportunity for all Australians to get involved with a local Landcare group. If your Junior Landcare group, school, early learning centre or youth community group would like to be part of Landcare Week 2019 – hosting your own event or volunteering with a local Landcare group, CLICK HERE to register .
Landcare Victoria Inc. is delighted to congratulate LVI Committee member Ms Beth Ripper who has been recognised in the Australia Day Awards with a Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to conservation and the environment. LVI would like to further congratulate Mr Robert Bender, a long serving member and committee member of the Friends of Wilson Reserve, an LVI Member Group. Robert has received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to conservation and the environment, and to the community.
Every year it is very welcome to see hard working community members honoured for their commitment to conservation and the environment and community service. Our congratulations to all current and past honourees. For a full list of Australian Honours go to https://www.pmc.gov.au/government/its-honour
Over 90 people attended the three day Forum in the Grampians. Attendees reported highlights included the engagement with cultural heritage, the field trips to see the wonderful innovative work happening in the region, and hearing “from the horse’s mouth”, including warts and all innovative techniques, experimentation and seeing first hand results.
Landcare Victoria Inc. has updated our Code of Conduct (here) based on member and stakeholder feedback. This Code can be used as a base for member groups to develop their own codes.
Richard Versteegen’s role as a Farm Safety Extension Officer is to assist the farming community to improve health and safety on farms. His assistance is currently available to all, and even better there is no cost!
Richard may be able to help farmers and landcarers by:
* Speaking at events about health and safety
* Doing farm walks and talks with groups of farmers around health and safety
* Do a review of a farms health and safety and provide a report.
* Answering health and safety questions on the phone or via email (from farmers).
He is also happy to discuss other suggestions or anything about the above information and can be contacted on 0499 772472, 9207 5619 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The FarmHub portal aims to connect Australian farmers with services and support during tough times, such as drought. Start exploring the information and resources available by clicking here - https://farmhub.org.au/
The State of Environment (SOE) 2018 report for Victoria that was recently released tells Victorians about the health of our environment – our land, our water, our air, and our ecosystems. To view or download the SOE report go to-https://www.ces.vic.gov.au/reports/state-environment-2018
The "Early invader manual" is a tool to assist public land and biodiversity managers with the management of early invader environmental weeds. It is packed with easy-to-understand steps and templates to guide you through a logical weed management process. To view the tool go to - https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/invasive-plants-and-animals/early-invaders To order a free hard copy go to - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/bianca-gold-department-of-environment-land-water-and-planning-18080018366
Primary producers are entitled to claim income tax deductions for costs related to fire emergency preparedness and prevention. To view the ATO Factsheet Click Here
Sustainability Victoria launches a free program to help reduce commercial food waste
A podcast series specifically designed for land holders, farmers and growers. Listen to in-depth discussions on soil care with experts in land management, organic farming, biodynamics and more. For further information or to listen go to - https://www.exchangefood.org/getthedirt
A review of leading digital solutions that support sustainable agricultural intensification and meet future demands for food security- https://landcareaustralia.org.au/project/digital-mobile-agriculture-and-the-future-of-food-security/
The Wild Dog Alert ‘SMS 4G camera trap system’ has been turned on for testing, and in its first night has identified and alerted researchers to potential predators. Go to: https://invasives.com.au/research/wild-dog-alert/
Since the launch of the Regional Riparian Action Plan in late 2015, CMAs have worked with just over 1000 landholders and about 200 Traditional Owner, Landcare, angling, school and other community groups over the three years to achieve these outcomes. You can see and hear three stories about how the Plan has supported the community across Victoria here.
- Not-for-profits and the Commonwealth Electoral Act *updated* at financial disclosure and registration obligations.
All members and stakeholders are invited to the 2019 LVI AGM.
When: 10:30am Wednesday 29 May
Where: Monash University Law Chambers
Level 2, 555 Lonsdale St Melbourne
Lucinda Corrigan, Chair of Farmers for Climate Action will be our Keynote speaker. Lucinda runs a large multi-property cattle genetics enterprise with her husband in the Murray Valley and has a long involvement in local Landcare. Lucinda’s leadership on has been recognised by the National Climate Change and Research facility as the 2012 Climate Adaption Champion and is Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
Registration and morning tea from 10.30 am, Program from 11 am, including the AGM and Committee Elections. Please RSVP via email, phone 03 9207 5527, fax 03 9207 5500 or mail. Further details will be publicised here.
Go here for more information.
The Environment Protection Authority is running sessions on Victoria’s new environment laws and their impacts – more information: https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/get-involved/dates-and-events .
Traralgon – 30 April
Wangaratta – 6 May
Climate change and renewable energy – 21 May
Apply now for this free workshop, hosted by the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) at Bacchus Marsh, Saturday 25 May, 9 am – 4 pm. Places are limited and applications close Friday 5 May 2019. Apply at https://goo.gl/forms/RTDn3wwqbcazJbW33. For more information contact Martin Deering, VSTWP Executive Officer: email@example.com
7-8 May, 6 sessions across various locations
At these special workshops, Charles will explore how regenerative agriculture can assist farmers to combat the many challenges farmers face in regard to climate, soil health, water and biodiversity. For more go to: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/wpcln
A joint event between the PPWCMA, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and DELWP – this special forum focusing on Melbourne and its relationship with local flora and fauna will feature a great range of speakers and engaging activities. Registrations now open - https://www.facebook.com/events/401541603735938/
Volunteering Victoria’s annual event that acknowledges and celebrates the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. The theme for this year is “Leaving No-One Behind: Building Communities in a Changing Environment”. For further information or to register go to - https://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/national-volunteer-week-2019/
The retreat is open to anyone aged 16 years – 35 years, who is up for making a difference and having some damn good fun doing it. Where: The retreat will be held at Camp Bindaree, Woori Yallock VIC. When: Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June. To avoid disappointment, please submit your application ASAP: https://goo.gl/forms/kPYoUoPbb5KlmA7n1
Draft Program available now - https://www.biosym.com.au/
This forum aims to bring together coastal and marine managers. researchers and volunteers. If you are interested in giving a presentation or running a workshop you can submit a proposal and sign up to the forum mailing list here https://www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/coastal-programs/forum .
For further information go to - https://riversymposium.com/
The Leadership Development Grants program is designed to strengthen skills and capabilities while fostering a new generation of leaders in catchment management. For further information or to apply go to - https://www.water.vic.gov.au/grants/ococ2019
The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for groups undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation and/or landscape restoration and education (Victoria only). Projects of up to $10,000 can be about one or more of the following: monitoring, recording and sharing data, delivering community education, providing community capacity building (training) and research and science. For more information or to apply, visit: https://wettenhall.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/
FRRR and donor partners are again offering $100,000 in funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the seven innovative Heywire project ideas generated by young Australians. The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects in the next 12 months from September 2019. For more information around the project ideas, eligibility criteria and/or to apply CLICK HERE
Smart Farming Partnerships is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support substantial, complex projects that are to be delivered in consortium partnerships to trial, develop and implement innovative tools and practices. Projects must support innovation in sustainable resource management practice and /or innovation in capacity building and promotion of sustainable resource management practice. For eligibility and/or to apply Click Here.
Community Grants of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) are available to eligible applicants in rural and regional Victoria to support:
For further information or to apply Click Here
Helen Macpherson Smith grants support the needs of the wider community of Victoria across a range of targeted program areas including: To protect and improve Victoria’s natural environments through responsible conservation projects that advance cooperative and sustainable practices.
Impact grant round for projects $91,000 to $200,000 now open. Organisations must be based in Victoria and registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) - click here to check your organisation’s ACNC registration. For more information go to: http://hmstrust.org.au/grants or call (03) 8370 2699
Applications are open for the 2020 Nuffield Scholarship program. This year, there are more than 25 scholarships on offer, each valued at $30,000. For further information or to apply go to - https://nuffield.com.au/
The Victorian Government is offering On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants of up to $5,000 to eligible farm businesses. Businesses are required to provide at least dollar for dollar matching funding contributions. The program is now available to Gippsland farm businesses in Wellington and East Gippsland shires.
For more information go to - https://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/on-farm-drought-infrastructure-grant
The Farm Business Assistance Program provides support payments for eligible farm businesses that are experiencing significant financial pressure because of prolonged drought and dry seasonal conditions and industry downturn. $2,500 or $3,500 per eligible farm business. For eligibility criteria or to apply go to - https://farmtable.com.au/boost-grant/vic-farm-assistance/?q=/grants-funding/
Water Infrastructure must be purchased and installed for a genuine emergency animal welfare need and to improve drought resilience. 25% rebate up to $25,000. For eligibility criteria or to apply go to - https://farmtable.com.au/boost-grant/vic-on-farm-emergency-water-infrastructure-rebate/?q=/grants-funding/
LVI 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.
Membership & Insurance certificates are available on request for financial Member Groups. If you are unsure whether your group is currently covered please call LVI on 9207 5527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Renewals will be due again on 30 June 2019 and renewal notice will go out in late May – please let us know if you are going to be away during June and need an early renewal pack.
These newsletters are compiled from many sources, and thank-you to those who supplied the information. For more regular updates please subscribe to our news feed at www.lvi.org.au