From the CEO + Support for Landcare + Policy and Planning + LVI updates
As a representative organisation, Landcare Victoria’s strength lies in the active participation of its members. That’s why it is so important for members to consider nominating for roles on the LVI Board (our Committee of Management) and the LVI Member’s Council. See the item below for more information.
I had the opportunity for a visit to Canberra in March to attend the launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare at Parliament House. Co-convened by Senator Raff Ciccone (Vic) and Senator Perin Davey (NSW), the Parliamentary Friends Group will ensure Landcare maintains active and bi-partisan support in the national Parliament. We owe a vote of thanks to the two convening Senators for their leadership and support.
In March, Claire Hetzel (LVI's Landcare Development Coordinator) was able to spend time in East Gippsland visiting the impressive 'Lungs of the Lake' collaboration aimed at improving the quality of water entering the Gippsland Lakes (images below).
Well done to all in the landcare community for the hard work you have done in preparing applications for Landcare facilitator grants and a range of other grants programs in recent weeks and best wishes for your success.
The Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot is trialing arrangements to reward farmers for improving on-farm biodiversity together with carbon projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot is part of the wider $34 million commitment of the Australian Government to biodiversity stewardship on farms. The Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot is being developed with the Australian National University (ANU).
Under the pilot, farmers who plant native trees – in line with a biodiversity protocol developed by the ANU – will receive payments for biodiversity outcomes. These payments will be in addition to earnings a landholder might receive for their carbon abatement.
This is a pilot program that in Victoria will only operate in the North Central Catchment region.
For further information go to: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/natural-resources/landcare/sustaining-future-australian-farming/carbon-biodiversity-pilot
Applications are now open for the 2021 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. The Victorian Government is providing a total of up to $450,000 for the grants. Applications are open to Victorian schools, kindergartens, childcare center's, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups for grants of up to $5,000.
The grants provide an opportunity to secure funding to engage young Victorians in outdoor, hands-on, on-ground projects and environmental learning activities that provide both environmental and educational outcomes, as well as health and social benefits.
Applications close 30 April 2021. Details can be found here.
The Australian Government is presently assessing an application for bushfire recovery funding submitted by Landcare Australia in collaboration with the National Landcare Network and State and Territory landcare organisations, including Landcare Victoria. If supported, the proposal will provide substantial new funding for bushfire affected communities, with a particular emphasis on the needs of the landcare community and related activities.
If you would like to discuss this program, please contact Andrew Maclean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Community in collaboration with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is delivering a webinar on good governance, tailored to the needs of rural and regional communities. The webinar is scheduled for 29 April 1.00-2.00 pm. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/181028404755299341
The National Landcare conference, to be held on 4-6 August 2021 in Sydney attracts delegates from around the world, and from rural, regional and urban communities in Australia - all with a common purpose: a vision to actively restore and protect the environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities.
Due to COVID-19, we understand that some people may not travel to Sydney this year - so we will bring the conference to you! You can register as an in-person delegate attending the conference or as an online delegate (free registration). Early Bird tickets offering a substantial discount for in-person delegates are on sale until May 1st, 2021. Register here.
Landcare members around the State are expressing concern about the Government’s draft regulations to manage camping on licensed Crown water frontages. These are sensitive environments that are often a focus of landcare activity and merit high standards of protection and management. Submissions on the draft regulations are due next Monday 19 April.
Landcare Victoria will prepare a submission after consideration of the issue by the Members Council on 13 April. Landcare members with an interest in the process are also welcome to make their own submission about the regulations. Information about the regulations is here.
The Victorian government is consulting on proposals to renew Victoria’s public land legislation, including the creation of a new Public Land Act.
Much of Victoria’s current public land legislation is outdated and does not reflect contemporary views and values of public land. It is also complex and does not adequately support efficient and effective public land management. A new Public Land Act will assist in overcoming the barriers and issues posed by the current legislative framework.
This is an opportunity for landcare to influence the future of public land legislation. Go to Engage Victoria for more information.
Little River Community Landcare is hosting two related activities with Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation on Saturday 1 May at the Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre which is the largest feral predator-free ecosystem in Victoria.
The first, starting at 2.30pm is an outdoor afternoon tea, walk and discussion with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners to build understanding of Wadawurrung heritage, Cultural safety, Self-determination, the role of Wadawurrung Corporation and their ‘Healthy Country Plan’. Please bring a share plate for the afternoon tea. There is no charge for this activity, however, we ask that you register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/on-country-cultural-walk-and-talk-with-wadawurrung-traditional-owners-tickets-147395763697
From 5.30pm there is a BYO picnic for families, followed by a Welcome to Country by Wadawurrung before heading off on a torchlight walk around Mt Rothwell. You can see critically endangered wildlife that you are very unlikely to see anywhere else, including Eastern Barred Bandicoots, Southern Brushtailed Rock Wallabies and Eastern Quolls. The cost for the torchlight walk is $25 for Landcare and friends groups members and $30 for all other guests. Places are limited to 40 for the torchlight walk. Book at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/torchlight-wildlife-tour-tickets-147399278209
DELWP with numerous partners, including Far East Victoria Landcare, is hosting an online event this Saturday 17 April. Presenters at the event will share stories of nature recovery, the achievements made and aspirations for the future of biodiversity in the East Gippsland region. This is a unique opportunity to hear from Traditional Owners, a range of scientists, youth presenters and the community about their work and response to the 2019/2020 bushfires.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-stories-of-nature-recovery-tickets-145179500795
This is another reminder that the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Landcare Victoria Inc. will be held on 21 May 2021 at Kensington Town Hall (not in Bendigo as had been previously advised). Nominations are now open for Board and Members Council positions and these close at 5pm 23rd April 2021. Information regarding the nomination and election process is here.
LVI is seeking a Communications Coordinator. This part time (0.6 FTE) role will take the lead in coordinating LVI communications to members and stakeholders. The successful applicant will redevelop our website, manage our social media, prepare this newsletter and undertake other activities that ensure the landcare is supported through strong communications. The role will be advertised on Seek and information is posted on the Gateway at: https://www.landcarevic.org.au/groups/state/lvi/position-vacant-landcare-victoria-inc-communications-coordinator If you are interested in the role, or know someone that might be, please contact Andrew Maclean on 0417 052 495.
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We pay our respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands in Victoria. We take inspiration from the legacy of Victorian Aboriginal people, who have produced food, while caring for the ecological systems that life depends upon, for tens of thousands of years.