MERRY CHRISTMAS from LVI + grants + Be Biodiversity Ready + Landcare Video Storytellers + Summer By The Sea + Farmer Health and more ..

Dear LVI Member Groups,


The LVI Committee and staff would like to wish you and all our members our very best wishes for the festive season and happy Landcaring in 2018! 


Thank-you to our new and existing members and friends for your support and involvement and for helping to make 2017 an enjoyable and satisfying year, in this our first year as the new Landcare Victoria Inc.


Please note that the LVI office will reopen on 8th January 2018. Have a wonderful break and Kelly and I look forward to talking you in the new year!


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After a year of consolidation, we look forward to building a strong base for the new Landcare Victoria Inc in 2018. Our goal is to support improved sustainable land use in Victoria through the new body. We have to define what a new, stronger Landcare can look like, which means creating a tangible plan of action, and we need all members to help us get there.  All members will be encouraged to actively engage to elect a new Committee of Management and Council after Christmas.


As well as dealing with the complex merger process, Landcare Victoria Inc welcomed 19 new Member Groups and eleven reactivating groups, and maintained our usual activities around member support and advocacy, including over 900 phone calls, thousands of emails and over 45 Member Group grant applications! 


Child Safety was a big issue for Member Groups, and LVI worked with the Commission for Children and Young People to draft a guidance note for groups around changed requirements to ensure children are safe at Landcare.


We engaged with members at two SGMs , the AGM, plus two member forums in Lake Cullulleraine and Stuart Mill generously supported respectively by Mallee and North Central CMA, plus the Landcare Professionals Forum at Riddells Creek. We also continued the Oral History project, supported the Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Retreat and the Heather Mitchell Fellowship, and presented at the International Landcare Conference in Japan with support from Australian Landcare International.


Across the state LVI has been very pleased to see the new Local Landcare Facilitators come on board as 2016’s Victorian Landcare Program Review is actioned. LVI has offered to co-fund with DELWP the HR Referral service to provide further support around employing Landcare staff.


Recently LVI participated in the Biodiversity Response Planning co-design process as part of Biodiversity 2037. Currently timelines look very tight for DELWP to roll this out in 2018 so Member Groups should start right now to clarify what their biodiversity priorities are in order to be able to participate in this process!


Nationally, the Australian Government is rolling out the Smart Farm Program as part of Phase II of the National Landcare Program. The May budget clarified the return of $85 million to support on-ground projects by Landcare groups; support the work of Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network; and for a Sustainable Agriculture small grants program. Together these represent the backpacker tax deal with the Greens last December to return $100 million to Landcare, after the government saved over $350 million by cancelling the Green Army program. The Green Army was originally funded for $535 million over four years in 2014, largely via a $484 million cut to the National Landcare Program. Overall the National Landcare Program Phase II will receive ~$1 billion over five years, a per annum reduction of ~20% from the Phase I funding level.


A national level merger is also underway, with Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network, made of the state peak bodies including LVI, agreeing to complete their merger by June 2018.


Thank-you to our members, Landcare support staff and our committee for a great year with significant progress and we look forward to working with you all in 2018.


Terry Hubbard

LVI Chair





Congratulations to the winners and finalists for the 2017 Fire Awareness Awards including  Southern Otway Landcare Network. To see more go to:



Everyone should have received their LVI Renewal and insurance notices and these are now 6 months overdue. 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




•             Duties Guide (CTH) *updated*

This guide has been updated to include comprehensive tables covering the legal sources of duties in each state and territory.

•             Screening Checks Guide (VIC) *updated*

The Victorian guide has been updated to reflect changes to Victoria's working with children laws, which came into effect on 1 August 2017. You can also read a summary of those changes (now incorporated into the guide) here

•             Gifts, wills, bequests and endowments (CTH) *new national*

This new national fact sheet provides an overview of the main legal issues that may arise for community organisations when they receive a gift or receive a bequest or endowment from a person's will.



Getting the most from the VICTORIAN LANDCARE GATEWAY

Since launching in September 2016 the updated website has had 47,600 users who clocked up 65,400 sessions, and 150,900 unique page views. Currently 28 per cent of users access it by mobile phone and 9 per cent via tablets. The site’s most visited pages are those to find a group and view current projects.


Keep your group information up to date

As the Gateway is where many new Landcarers go to first for information about Landcare in their area, it’s important for groups and networks to keep their contact details current on the website. Logging in to update your group or network page is simple. If you don’t have editing permission, email and we'll sort you out.


Finding a group is now made easier

A simple change has been made to the way groups are displayed when you search by location. Instead of a list of groups, you will now see the map as the default view.  This makes it much easier to see where the nearest groups are in relation to your search location.

Sharing resources

The Gateway is a great place to share Landcare-related resources and the more that are posted on the Gateway, the more effective the website will be as a store of Landcare information and a pathway for the Landcare community.  If you have a really great document that offers ongoing benefit to readers, such as a report or a vegetation guide, you can upload these as a resource via your group or network page.


To eliminate clutter and start afresh, attachments uploaded to the old website, such as meeting minutes, newsletters and photos were not migrated across. Files can be provided if you had not stored them elsewhere.  Please contact ( ).


Photo competition!

Submit you're Landcare-inspired photo to feature on the Gateway's homepage by 31 January 2018 and you'll be in the running for a prize.  For more information go to:


The native vegetation removal regulations have recently been reviewed and changes have been made.  The review outcomes have been delivered through:




The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio has released the Report summarising the 200+ submissions on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 review and the Victorian Government’s response.  To access the Report on the review, which summarises the submissions received and the Government's response, go to 




On Tuesday 12 December 2017, the Victorian government tabled its response to VEAC's Statewide Assessment of Public Land Final Report.  The Final Report for the Assessment was submitted to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP in May 2017. Available here



The Government’s response to the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee’s Inquiry into the Control of Invasive Animals on Crown Land addresses each recommendation made by the Joint Committee in its final report is available at



Papers from the International Landcare Conference in Japan are available at:        




The most recent issue of FriendsNET, the quarterly newsletter from the Victorian Environment Friends Network is available at




It has been revealed the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) will be given expanded resources to improve governance, reduce complexity and boost integrity of the deductible gift recipient (DGR) framework. From 1 July 2019, non-government entities with DGR tax status will be automatically registered as charities with the ACNC, providing consistent oversight of DGRs by the national charity regulator. Transitional arrangements will minimise the registration burden and provide more time for DGRs to provide basic registration information.” For further information go to -





A new report written by University of Melbourne academics in collaboration with the Human Rights Law Centre and Pro Bono Australia, examines how public debate and advocacy has evolved over a decade and whether the perceptions of not-for-profit organisations of their capacity to participate in public debate had changed. The report found Australian not-for-profit organisations were treading carefully in their advocacy work in the current political climate. In particular, organisations are engaging in self-censorship because of implied repercussions (from within or outside the organisation) stemming from fears of government funding cuts or loss of deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Read the full report at







Summer by the Sea provides hundreds of fun, free, family events activities from Mallacoota in the east to Nelson in the west, co-ordinated by Coastcare Victoria. Activities include Rockpool Rambles, Dinosaur Discovery and Mermaid Adventures.Summer by the Sea activities give you a chance to find out more about these remarkable places and to learn about some of the challenges facing our marine and coastal environments. For more information go to:




The Sustainable Farm Families™ program aims improve the health, wellbeing and safety of farm families. Events in Harrow, Wonwondah, Yaapeet, Warracknabeal, Woomelang, Bellarine & Wycheproof from January to April. Registrations of Interest open for possible events in Charlton and Ararat. For further information go to -



SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL – Call for Applications – Feb 2018

Now in its 19th year, the Festival is Australia’s largest event of its type running throughout the entire month of February 2018. ​The 2018 Festival Theme is Climate Crunch Time! Align your event to this critical theme to help build a big buzz and receive greater exposure via the Festival's promotional channels. For further information or to apply please go to - .



SWIFFT VIDEO Conferences

SWIFFT video conference meetings are held four times a year, each with a different theme.  




The Australian Citizen Science Association invites you to join us in Adelaide from February 7-9, 2018 as we bring together citizen science practitioners, participants, thought leaders and decision makers for the Australian Citizen Science Conference 2018 #CitSciOz18. For more information go to:




VEFN, in conjunction with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association is planning a full day Mentoring Forum Building Partnership Capacity with Friends Groups to be held on 17 March 2018. The forum will focus on Friends and other environmental volunteering groups working along the Yarra River, but participation from all Friends groups is strongly encouraged.


The seminar will feature:

• Case studies from Friends Groups of successful partnering, including challenges of getting started, securing resources, and working effectively as partners.

• Agencies discussing potential resourcing opportunities and how they might be developed/obtained.

• A panel of Funding Organisations

• Opportunities to network with agencies and Friends group members.


For further information and/or to book your place please go to -




The Women on Farms Gathering 2018 (WOFG18) is an important annual celebration that recognises and promotes the contribution and experiences of rural and regional women in their communities.

WOFG18 will be held at the Rosebud Memorial Hall and Village Green on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula from 16-18 March 2018. Registrations are now open at



Remember when linking your event to an official “Day” to register with the appropriate organisation to maximise your promotional opportunities


•             National Bird Day - 5th January

•             World Wetlands Day - 2nd February

•             Business Clean Up Day - 26th February


•             World Wildlife Day – 3rd March

•             Schools Clean Up Day – 3rd March

•             Sea Week - 3rd to 11th March

•             Clean Up Australia Day – 5th March

•             International Women’s Day - 8th March

•             National Ground Water Awareness Week – 5th – 11th March

•             Green Cities Energising Communities 13th – 15th March

•             International Day of Forests - 21st March

•             Harmony Day - 21st March

•             World Water Day – 22nd March

•             Ride2School Day – 23rd March

•             World Meteorological Day - 23rd   March

•             Earth Hour – 25th March





In early 2018, DELWP will be setting up collaborative forums, focussed on agreed landscapes, to bring partners and stakeholders together to plan the implementation response to the statewide targets in “Protecting Victoria’s Environment –Biodiversity 2037”. Landcare Victoria Inc has been involved in the co-design process and has been advocating meaningful landcare involvement at the landscape level.


As timelines are going to be short, it’s worthwhile for Landcare Groups and Networks to start now to clarify their biodiversity priorities in order to be able to participate in this process. Questions to consider:

  • ·        A map that defines one or more geographic landscapes (not too many) of biodiversity priority
  • ·        A very brief description of the biodiversity values/asset associated with these geographic landscapes
  • ·        The top two key threats to those values in those landscapes that your network wants to see addressed
  • ·        The most important actions you believe need to be taken to address those threats
  • ·        The other stakeholders you are aware of that have an interest in, or a role to play, in protecting the biodiversity values in those landscapes

Prioritise ruthlessly at each step – if we try to include everything, we won’t be able to make decisions about the next steps. For further questions about the process contact DELWP via



VOLUNTEERING VICTORIA: Emergency Volunteering this bushfire season


Volunteering Victoria’s HelpOUT is about spontaneous emergency volunteers and is a service operates year-round. The service registers interested volunteers and links them to organisations working in disaster-affected communities when help is needed.


HelpOUT has been successfully piloted in the G21 region and has been funded to expand the pilot to Eastern Metro and Hume regions.  Volunteers can register their interest in helping communities impacted by an emergency.  HelpOUT then matches people with rewarding volunteering opportunities that support identified community needs by partnering with the organisations working on the ground in affected communities.


For further information or if you, your friends, colleagues or family are interested in volunteering to support community recovery following a disaster, please go to -



E-Waste Landfill Ban: OPEN for COMMENT

Share your views on how e-waste should be managed in Victoria. Consultation is open until the 25 January 2018 at



REMOTE WORK-FOR-THE-DOLE PROGRAM DISCUSSION PAPER - Submissions now open until Feb 2018!

The Federal Government’s work-for-the-dole Community Development Program (CDP) is set to come under review, with the launch of a discussion paper on future arrangements for the scheme. The discussion paper explores how to grow the remote labour market, provide more incentives to job seekers, give communities more control and greater decision-making, and improve the support available to job seekers so they can move from welfare and into work.

For further information and/or make a submission go to -



FARMER HEALTH Digital Storytelling Workshop for RURAL WOMEN

The National Centre for Farmer Health is looking for 24 enthusiastic rural Victorian women whose lives have been affected by tough times in some way (for example: physical health, wellbeing challenges for yourself or someone you have cared for, financial hardship, bereavement, natural disaster, leaving the farm, etc.). You will need to be comfortable using a computer, attend a 3-day workshop and be willing to tell your story, giving voice to rural women, building knowledge and understanding of rural experiences in the broader community.  Event details are as follows;   What: The NCFH Digital Storytelling Workshop Where: Hamilton, Victoria When: Workshop 1: January 30th – February 1st 2018 or Workshop 2: February 6th – February 8th 2018 Cost: FREE to participants (valued at over $2,500 per person) To register your interest or learn more about the workshop, please visit to download express of interest and for contact details.


VICTORIAN COASTAL AWARDS 2018 : Nominations open!  Recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of communities preserving and enhancing Victoria’s marine and coastal environments. The Victorian Coastal Council invites you to nominate individuals, groups or projects in any of the following categories: Improving the physical environment, Biodiversity conservation, Education, Community engagement, Making planning and management work, Partnerships in research and monitoring, Outstanding individual achievement  Nominations close Friday 23rd February 2018. For more information go to



Would you or your Landcare group like a free, professional video to raise awareness of the fantastic work you’re doing to educate our next generation of Landcarers? Landcare Australia introduces Landcare Video Storytellers. Just follow our quick and simple guide to upload pictures and video, and we’ll do the rest! We will create a free 40 second professional video clip that will help you tell your very own Landcare story, and can easily be shared on your social media platforms.   Go to 


WETTENHALL ENVIRONMENT TRUST – Small Environment Grant Scheme –  Opens 12th December 2017


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:   . The February 2018 – grant round opens 12th December 2017.




HELEN MACPHERSON SMITH TRUST  - Next Round Open 16 January 2018

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.


Organisations must be registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Click this link to check your organisation’s ACNC registration -


January applications close 15 February 2018. Further rounds close 31st May, and 13th September. For more information go to:  or call (03) 8370 2699





The Victorian Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program provides funding to support wildlife rehabilitators including shelter operators and foster carers, to purchase a range of equipment and infrastructure to assist with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training. Applications will close on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 5.00 pm. For more information go to



Applications are now open for the 2018 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program, which supports community efforts to protect Victoria’s 2,000 kilometres of coastline. $250,000 will be distributed to Victorian community groups, with up to $10,000 available for one-year projects, and $15,000 available for two-year projects.


Projects will focus on issues such as:

•             Biodiversity and habitat monitoring and preservation

•             Threatened species recovery

•             Revegetation

•             Long term monitoring of beach condition

•             Control of weeds and pest animals

•             Community engagement

•             Marine and coastal awareness and education


Applications close 20 February 2018. For further information go to -



The 2018 round of Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships is now open for applications.  This will be the seventh year that the scholarships are awarded to tertiary students who are undertaking research projects relating to public land in Victoria, including terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

Applications for the current round close on Friday 2 March 2018. For more information go to:




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.


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