LVI NEWS DECEMBER 2018

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from LVI + Smart Farms Advice + Landcare Employment Helpline + Grants 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 2019!

 Thank-you to our new and existing members and friends for your support and involvement and for helping to make 2018 an enjoyable and satisfying year.

Please note that the LVI office will reopen on 2nd January 2018. Have a wonderful break and Kelly and I look forward to talking you in the new year!

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. Apologies for any cross-postings.

We’ve also had a few call regarding last minute Donation Gifts for Christmas – the following organisations offer a variety of options perfect for the last minute gifts:

Victorian National Parks Association: https://vnpa.org.au/support/gift-donation/

Trust for Nature: https://www.karmacurrency.com.au/charity/Trust-for-Nature-Victoria

Wilderness Society - Adopt an ‘ugly critter’: https://shop.wilderness.org.au/collections/adopt-ugly

Zoos Victoria: https://donate.zoo.org.au/gift   - An elephant manicure anyone?

Greening Australia: https://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/donate/gift/

World Wildlife Fund  - Wildcard gifts: https://donate.wwf.org.au/wildcards  Call 1800 032 551

Australian Marine Conservation Society: https://www.marineconservation.org.au/donate/

 

 

FROM THE CHAIR

2018 has been a busy year for Landcare Victoria Inc. – starting with our inaugural elections and concluding with the adoption of a strategic plan. Some of the things we’ve done this year include:

  • First AGM & elections – 16 nominations received for 12 positions. A pleasingly high number of groups voted in the three contested elections, and as a result we welcomed eight new members to the Committee of Management. We also instituted the LVI Members Council which has met three times this year.
  • Member Engagement – conducted a member survey at the beginning of the year which has informed our communications and strategic plan, plus participated in the National Landcare Survey mid-year, attended various regional forums and spoke to over 500 members across 1300 phone conversations and innumerable emails.
  • Launched the Landcare Employment and Workplace-Related Advice, Dispute Resolution, and Referral Service in partnership with DELWP (1300 302 232!)
  • Queenscliff Forum: 65 members over three days discussed building connections in Landcare
  • Presented at the Our Communities Our Catchments Summit and at the National Landcare Conference on partnerships, the local landcare facilitator program and Landcare Voices – our oral history project which published seven interviews and summary video this year.

The LVI Committee of Management:

  • Developed an MOU with Vic Catchments & one with Australian Landcare International
  • Worked with other partners such with the Victorian Environmental Friends Network and Victorian National Parks Association to produce a Joint statement regarding volunteers working on public land
  • Successfully advocated to government re our members’ access to grants after the  federal government rendered half of Victorian groups ineligible for Smart Farms Round 1
  • Prepared State Election Priorities in consultation with Members Council.
  • Participated in the National Drought Summit
  • Developed a new Strategic Plan

Looking ahead, 2019 already looks very busy:

  • There are a number new members of parliament in this most recent election and we would encourage groups to invite your new MPs to your next event and introduce them to the fantastic world of Landcare
  • The Local Landcare Facilitator (LLF) Program is due for renewal next year. We encourage everyone supported by a Facilitator to  have their good news stories ready to include in the evaluation to ensure this vital program continues and expands.
  • Response to National Landcare Program phase II and the next year’s federal election in consultation with the National Landcare Council.
  • Working positively regarding Victoria’s Environmental Volunteering Plan as released by DELWP prior to the election
  • Our next Forum is in the Grampians 29-31 March – keynote speaker Professor Reeves is a distinguished international leader in agricultural research, development and extension. He was a pioneer of no-till and sustainable agriculture
  • Our AGM in May

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 year and we look forward to working with you all in 2019.

 

Terry Hubbard

LVI Chair

 

NEWS, RESOURCES

 

BUSHFIRE SEASON PREPARATION

Landowners and farm managers have a legal responsibility for the safety of all people living, working or visiting their properties. Here are a few resources to help prepare:

Fire Danger Period Commences: www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Bushfire plan-the basics - https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/your-bushfire-plan

CSIRO Bushfire research - https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Extreme-Events/Bushfire/Bushfire-research

Fire Ready Kit - https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/fire-ready-kit

CFA/ VFF harvest guide -

https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/documents/20143/50918/grain_harvesting_CFA_A4_Land_V8_Jan_2017.pdf/1b268cfa-590a-05ed-b9d6-38d98fbe1135

 

DRY SEASONS SUPPORT

The Victorian Government is providing drought support to those in Central and East Gippsland and preparedness support to those in Northern and North West Victoria who are experiencing dry conditions. Support Categories and links –

Technical and business support (including Drought Infrastructure Grants up to $5000)

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/drought/dry-seasons-support/technical-support

https://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/on-farm-drought-infrastructure-grant

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/farmer-workshops

https://www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together.php

 

Personal & Family Support (including Look over the Farm Gate Grants)

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/drought/dry-seasons-support/personal-and-family-support

https://lookoverthefarmgate.org.au/

https://www.farmerhealth.org.au/

 

Financial Support (including financial counselling services and income support payments)

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/drought/dry-seasons-support/financial-support

https://ruralfinancialcounselling.org.au/

http://cwaofvic.org.au/drought-relief/

https://ruralfinancialcounselling.org.au/services/drought-relief-support/

 

Regional Support (including Drought Employment  & Community Resilience Programs)

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/drought/dry-seasons-support/regional-support

https://www.water.vic.gov.au/water-for-agriculture/drought

 

For further information go to - Agriculture Victoria Information line 136 186 or click here - http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/drought/dry-seasons-support 

 

NATIONAL DROUGHT SUMMIT

Watch the presentations from the National Drought Summit held on 26 Oct 2018 here –

https://www.pmc.gov.au/news-centre/domestic-policy/national-drought-summit-statement

 

BUY A BALE CAMPAIGN

 

“The Buy a Bale campaign is part of the charity Rural Aid, to expand services and support to rural communities.  To register for assistance or to donate go to - https://www.buyabale.com.au/ . If you are a farmer and already registered with Buy a Bale and if you would like to receive a ONCE OFF $1500 from Rural Aid towards bill payment - https://www.buyabale.com.au/financial-assistance-application/  “

 

Rural Aid has confirmed that the charity’s drought relief campaign ‘Buy a Bale’ continues and since 30 August 2018 has delivered over 20,000 tonnes of hay to drought affected farmers.

 

VOLUNTEERING VICTORIA SPOTLIGHT: Volunteering and Mental Health

Volunteering has a clear and positive impact on how well people feel, particularly among those who are unhappy. Three research reports released recently have put a spotlight on relationships between volunteering, mental health, and well-being. These include:

•             Report by beyondblue - http://resources.beyondblue.org.au/prism/file?token=BL/1898

•             Report by Macquarie and Finders Universities - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221480431830449X

•             Report by Beyond Bushfire - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953618306403?via%3Dihub

 

NEW LANDCARE HELPLINE FOR EMPLOYMENT & HR ADVICE - 1300 302 232

Landcare Victoria (LVI) is excited to launch the Landcare Employment and Workplace-Related Advice, Dispute Resolution, and Referral Service in partnership with DELWP.

This service is offered to assist the approximately 150 Landcare support staff working in Victoria and their employer organisations, many of whom are Landcare groups and networks. HR and employment issues are one of the most frequent and complex topics raised by Landcare members with the LVI office and this project is the result of LVI, community and staff feedback into the Victorian Landcare Program Review Action Plan released in 2017. Landcare Victoria Incorporated has received a grant from the Victorian Landcare Program to engage a supplier to provide until June 2020 Landcare employment and workplace-related advice, dispute resolution and referral services for staff and contractors in roles such as a Landcare facilitator, coordinator, or project officer, and their employer organisations.

Experts in HR and employment law, Workplace Legal, have been engaged and landcare groups and staff are now able to call 1300 302 232 to access advice and assistance on all HR and employment related matters.

 

VICTORIANS VOLUNTEERING FOR NATURE - ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERING PLAN

The Victorian government has released the  Victorians Volunteering for Nature -Environmental Volunteering Plan available here: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/home/victorians-volunteering-for-nature.


NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE - Presentations Available

Landcare Victoria had a strong presence at the National Landcare Conference in Brisbane – manning a stand with the National Landcare Network and making presentations on the Local Landcare Facilitator program (in partnership with DELWP) and Landcare Voices – an Oral History, both now available at https://www.nationallandcareconference.org.au/speaker-presentations/

Victorian Landcare was well represented, and congrats to the two Victorian winners in the National Landcare Awards – Kathleen Brack & Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation!

 

CLEA NEWS

For all the latest news from CLEA (Community Learning for Environmental Action), Landcare Victoria Inc.'s peer-to-peer learning project go to - https://www.lviclea.org/ 

 

REPORT HIGHLGHTS ACHIEVEMENTS OF CMAs

 

The 2017-18 Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) Actions and Achievements Report, highlights the work done by the 10 CMAs. This includes:

•             5,615ha of native vegetation works completed

•             over 1,000,000ha of pest plant and animal control completed

•             818 waterway structures to stabilise banks and improve habitat

•             717km of fences built or improved

•             10,134 requests for permits, licences, leases and planning referrals

•             96,956 community and landholders working to improve public and private land.

For further details go to - https://www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2017-18-Victorian-CMAs-Actions-and-Achievements-Report.pdf

 

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER GUIDE

The free and comprehensive National Volunteer Guide resources are useful tools for management and committee members or directors of not-for-profit organisations to help them best recruit and manage their volunteers and can be found here - https://www.nfplaw.org.au/volunteers

 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT LAW ONLINE WEBINAR ON DEMAND RESOURCES

Topics covered include -

  • Managing Conflicts & Disputes
  • Financial Reporting for NFPs
  • Mastering Meetings

And more! For further details go to - https://www.nfplaw.org.au/training/individuals

 

KOALAS NEED FARMERS

Koala Clancy Foundation’s Action Plan based on 20 years of research -

https://koalaclancy.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/koalas-need-farmers/

 

ATO NFP PODCAST has been released

The ATO's podcast, Tax inVoice, has released an episode focusing on NFPs.

Have a listen to Episode 9 and find out what you need to know about starting a not-for-profit.

https://www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Video-and-audio-files/ATO-podcast---Tax-inVoice/

 

EVENTS

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM

Parks Victoria is inviting children and their families to have fun learning in nature by joining a Junior Ranger activity this summer school holidays.  For more information or to get involved head to: https://juniorrangers.com.au/whats-on/ranger-guided-activities/ or call 13 19 63

SUMMER BY THE SEA

Each year during the January school holidays, Coastcare Victoria, in partnership with Parks Victoria, coordinates the delivery of hundreds of free ‘Summer by the Sea’ activities fall along the coastline. For more information go to: https://summerbythesea.vic.gov.au/whats-on

RIVER DETECTIVES PROGRAM 2019 - Applications close 21 December

River Detectives is a citizen science program where students collect water science and waterbugs data, and contribute to the Victorian Waterwatch database. Find out more by visiting www.riverdetectives.net.au

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL – Call for Applications – Feb 2019

Now in its 20th year, the Festival is Australia’s largest event of its type running throughout the entire month of February 2019. In 2019, the Festival is making it a mission to present the very best discoveries to restore a safe climate as fast as humanly possible. The Festival is calling for applications for 1-28 February 2019. For further information or to apply please go to -https://www.slf2019.org/apply

 

SWIFFT VIDEO CONFERENCES

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

  • 14 February -  Zoos Victoria Fighting Extinction
  • 26 April - Native Bees, Wasps and Ants
  • 26 July - People for Nature
  • 24 October - Community Conservation in action

For more information go to: https://www.swifft.net.au/cb_pages/video_conferencing.php


2019 AUSTRALIAN BIOSECURITY SYMPOSIUM - 12-13 June, Gold Coast

The theme of the Symposium is preventative biosecurity practices. Early bird registration is open until 5pm 29 March 2019. Abstract submissions are open until 5pm Friday 15 February 2019. For more information about the 2019 Australian Biosecurity Symposium visit www.biosym.com.au

VOLUNTEERING VICTORIA  - Webinar Series 2019 & Feb Workshop

This series will present on a broad range of themes to do with volunteer management including, recruitment retention and recognition, implementing the National Standards, organizational change, inclusion, and many more topics!  For updated information check - http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/

 

 

WOMEN ON FARMS GATHERING 2019

The Women on Farms Gathering 2019 is an important annual celebration that recognises and promotes the contribution and experiences of rural and regional women in their communities. The WOFG2019 event is to be held in Warragul on  29-31 March 2019.  For further information or to register go tohttps://wofg19.org.au/ 

 

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

•             World Future Energy Summit - 15th – 18th January

•             World Wetlands Day - 2nd February

•             Business Clean Up Day - 27th February

•             Schools Clean Up Day – 2nd March

•             World Wildlife Day – 3rd March

•             Clean Up Australia Day – 4th March

•             International Women’s Day - 8th March

•             National Ground Water Awareness Week – 11th – 17th March

•             Green Cities Conference 13th – 15th March

•             International Day of Forests - 21st March

•             Harmony Day - 21st March

•             World Water Day – 22nd March

•             World Meteorological Day - 23rd   March

•             Earth Hour – 24th March

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

SHARE A STORY WITH THE INVISIBLE FARMER PROJECT

The Invisible Farmer team is interested in stories that feature Australian women involved in food, fibre, farming and agriculture; stories of women of the land and waters. Submit your own story or the story of a woman you know by clicking here - https://invisiblefarmer.net.au/share-a-story

 

SHARE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL RESCUE STORY

Rescue is a partnership between Landcare Australia and UNSW and forms part of a research project into the power of citizen storytelling in environmental communication. Have you ever rescued a riverbank?  A tract of bush, an eroded beach, a waterway, some farmland, a garden or a native tree? A native animal or bird?  What do you feel as you tend to nature, or engage with the intrinsic value of an old habitat tree, or look into that creature’s eyes? Write 500 words on your experience of the theme of rescue and upload it to our website before midnight January 27. https://landcareaustralia.org.au/rescue

AUSTRALIAN FRESHWATER STUDY

The study will inform The Ian Potter Foundation and The Myer Foundation’s understanding of Australia’s freshwater management and point to possible opportunities for philanthropic investment that could catalyse outcomes that benefit all Australians. To contribute please go to https://www.pointadvisory.com/water-study/

NATIONAL CARP SURVEY

The National Carp Control Plan needs your help to record where you have seen carp aggregating in high numbers to plan future carp control programs.  Survey link here – https://carpmap.org.au/carp/content

 

CANE TOAD PARLIAMENTARY ENQUIRY

A new parliamentary inquiry has been set up to examine the effectiveness of control measures to limit the spread of cane toads across Australia. Submissions to the inquiry are open until Thursday, 31 January 2019. Public hearings are expected to be held in Canberra in mid-February 2019. For more information go to https://www.aph.gov.au/canetoad

 

 

22ND INTERNATIONAL RIVERSYMPOSIUM - 20-24th October 2019 – Call for Abstracts

The closing date for all submissions is Friday, 15 February 2019. For further details go to – http://riversymposium.com/submit-abstract/

 


GRANTS & OPPORTUNITIES 

NLP SMART FARMS SMALL GRANTS - Closing 11 Jan!

For further information and/or to apply for the current National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants please go to the following link  https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/national-landcare-program-smart-farms-small-grants-0

Please note all Landcare Groups that are operating solely under LVI incorporation will need LVI or another incorporated GST registered entity, such as your Landcare Network, to act as the lead organisation and apply on your behalf. If this applies to your group/network, please notify LVI of your intent to apply ASAP so application details/further instructions can be provided.

Landcare Groups requiring LVI assistance will need to finalise their sections of the project application by no later than Wednesday 9th of January 2019 so LVI has enough time to complete the declarations and submit it on your behalf as the applicant.

 

ON FARM ENERGY GRANTS: Tier 2 & 3 Now Open!

Applications for tier 2 and 3 on-farm energy grants have now opened. To be eligible to apply, you must have completed your FREE on-farm energy assessment. For more information: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/agriculture-energy-investment-plan/grants

2018/19 RECREATIONAL FISHING GRANTS - Applications now open!

Project proposals between $5,001 and $100,000 qualify for the large grants part of the Program, which has four categories, including Fisheries sustainability and habitat improvement. Small (up to $5,000) – Available year-round. For more information visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/fishinggrants

ARTISANAL AGRICULTURE SECTOR PROGRAM - Stage One Grants

Stage one grants are available to eligible producers to undertake a range of projects including: purchasing essential small-scale equipment, undertaking training in specialist food/agricultural techniques or business-related skills, and consultancy services that support and build business capability. A grant of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is available per business. A list of eligible project types and examples are provided in the Stage One Grant Guidelines.

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/food-and-fibre-industries/artisanal-agriculture/grants

HELEN MACPHERSON SMITH TRUST  - Next Round Open 15 January 2019

Helen Macpherson Smith environmental grant program aims to protect and improve Victoria’s natural environments through responsible conservation projects that advance cooperative and sustainable practices. Applications for multi-year grants of $31,000 - $90,000 are now open.

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 - http://www.acnc.gov.au/ACNC/FindCharity/Search_the_ACNC_Register/ACNC/OnlineProcessors/Online_register/Search_the_register.aspx . January applications close 21 February 2019. Further rounds of impact and on-off grants open in April and August 2019. For more information go to: http://hmstrust.org.au/grants  or call (03) 8370 2699

 

WETTENHALL ENVIRONMENT TRUST – Small Environment Grant Scheme –  Now Open!

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. For more information or to apply, visit: http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/  

 

COASTCARE COMMUNITY GRANTS - Open until 20 Feb 2019!

Grants of up to $10,000 for one-year projects and $15,000 for two-year projects are available.  For information go to - https://www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/coastal-programs/coastcare/coastcare-victoria-community-grants-2019

 

COASTCARE FUNDED TRAINING 2019

Earlier this year Coastcare offered training opportunities for volunteers to increase their capacity to manage public areas. Coastcare are offering training in the following areas: First Aid Level 2, Successful Grant Writing, Strategic Planning for Volunteer Groups. See https://www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/coastal-programs/coastcare

 

REGIONAL EVENTS FUND ROUND 7 – Expressions of Interest Open 2 Jan - March 2019

The Regional Events Fund (REF) provides funding for activities that support regional visitation.  For further information go to - https://corporate.visitvictoria.com/events/regional-events/regional-event-fund

 

VICTORIAN RURAL WOMEN’S NETWORK - Leadership and Mentoring Program - Applications for 2019

The Victorian Rural Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program is offering rural and regional Victorian women who are involved in agriculture or the agriculture supply chain, the opportunity to apply for funded places on established leadership and mentoring courses over the next three years (2019-2021). For further information go to - https://extensionaus.com.au/VRWNetwork/all-about-victorian-rural-womens-leadership-and-mentoring-program/

 

BILL BORTHWICK STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS                                      

The 2019 round of Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships is now open for applications.  Projects must relate to public land in Victoria, which includes terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

Applications close on 1 March 2019. For more information go to: http://veac.vic.gov.au/news/r/2019-bill-borthwick-student-scholarships-now-open

 

BENDIGO BANK - SPONSORSHIP

For further information go to - http://www.bendigobank.com.au/public/community/community-funding

 

 

COPIES OF PAST MAGAZINES AVAILABLE

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.

 

LVI RENEWAL REMINDER

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 info@lvi.org.au

 

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