Merry Christmas! + Bushfire & Drought Support + Grants + Webinars & more
The LVI Committee and staff would like to wish you and all our members our very best wishes for the festive season and happy & safe Landcaring in 2020!
Thank-you to our new and existing members and friends for your support and participation and for making Landcare enjoyable and satisfying in 2020
Have a wonderful break and Kelly and I look forward to talking you in the new year!
As always, it has been a busy year for Landcare in 2019. The Committee of Management welcomed three new members Marijke de Bever Price, Alice Knight and Ian Arney our first member from Mallee. Committee members worked hard across the year to advocate for members – talking with and writing to government on a range of policies areas including the Victorian Landcare Program, the Local Landcare Facilitator Program, Biodiversity 2037, and the Environmental Volunteering Plan. The LVI Members Council met twice during the year to consider policy matters including developing a set of Good News Stories for Landcare as a foundation for future advocacy.
We worked with our partners on many of these issues and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Environmental Friends Network in November with whom we have been working closely on matters of mutual interest such as volunteers working on the Parks Victoria estate. We joined with VPNA calling for the declaration of Deer as a feral species and responded to Parliamentary inquiries on climate action and Ramsar Wetlands. We made a $500 donation to the work of Australian Landcare International (ALI) and ALI spoke at our recent Forum about the amazing results such modest amount can deliver (a great Christmas gift idea too!).
As a member of the National Landcare Network, Landcare Victoria Inc. contributed to national issues including 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. We also worked co-operatively to inform submissions on national issues such as the Drought Resilience plan and are on the steering committee for the new Landcare Farming project through Landcare Australia.
2019 is the 30th anniversary of the National Landcare Program with events in Melbourne and Wentworth, generating huge positive publicity for Landcare across Australia. It was a sad year in that we lost one of those voices in Bob Hawke who launched the Decade of Landcare in 1989. LVI also continued to capture our Landcare Voices via our oral history project, with six new interviews this year. Current Landcarers were also honoured including Beth Ripper and Robert Bender on Australia Day, Eileen Collins and Audrey Drechsler on Queens Birthday and fantastic array of Landcarers in this year’s Landcare Awards including the Heather Mitchell Fellowship co-sponsored by LVI.
We continued to support our 600 Member Groups with seventeen new groups joining since June adding to 23 new member groups in 2018-19. The office received over 1200 member enquiries over the year, and helped members with a wide range of issues including governance, insurance, new volunteers seeking groups, the magazine, supporting a wide range grants and revising the Code of Conduct. The Landcare Employment Referral Service introduced in 2018, continued to grow in popularity, assisting Landcarers and Landcare staff with HR advice and we’ve had great feedback from the service.
It was particularly fantastic to meet with members at a number of events, including our AGM, the Partnerships & Collaboration Workshop, and forums at Halls Gap & Trafalgar. The best part of these events is getting out and seeing what’s happening on ground and the wonderful work being done by our Landcare community.
2020 looks to be just as busy, with our AGM on 30th April (Save the Date!), our next members forums in North East later in the year, and the National Landcare Conference in Sydney in November. All the Regional Catchment Strategies are being reviewed by all the CMAs, and both the local landcare facilitators and the Victorian Landcare program will be up for renewal in the 2020 State Budget. Landcare Victoria Inc. will continue to work with our members and partners to advocated for the best possible outcomes, and Landcarers across Victoria can assist using your local knowledge and experiences to brief decision-makers 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.
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020!
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
Create your Bushfire Plan - https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/your-bushfire-plan
Download Vic Emergency App and tailor updates for your own local watch zones - https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/vicemergency-app
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 -
Fire Recovery: ATO Fact Sheet. Primary producers are entitled to claim income tax deductions for costs related to fire emergency preparedness and prevention. To view Click Here
Our thoughts are with those in bushfire affected areas and we give thanks to all who are contributing to tirelessly to the firefighting effort.
Below are some resources for bushfire recovery support -
Agriculture Victoria - http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/emergencies/recovery
Australian Government Emergency Information Line - 180 22 66 (8am to 8pm local time, Monday to Friday).
Wildlife Victoria – Request Assistance by calling 03 8400 7300 or online here - https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/wildlife-information/report-a-wildlife-emergency
Need Drought/Dry Seasons Support? Click Here
Agriculture Victoria is running a free lunchtime climate webinar series in 2020, where participants will hear from a broad range of expert speakers from Agriculture Victoria, Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), CSIRO and other agencies.
Some of the webinar speakers in February/March include BoM’s Luke Shelley who will discuss their new Local Climate Guides for the Victorian regions, and CSIRO’s John Clarke will share the new Victorian Climate Change Projections 2019.
Also from BoM, Climatologist Andrew Watkins will discuss the new BoM seasonal forecast products and new multi-week and seasonal outlooks.
The webinars will also be recorded so if you cannot join on the day, you can listen later.
For further information and scheduling details go to -
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.
ARI is DELWP's leading centre for applied ecological research. As a Government research institute, ARI aims to make science assessable, highlighting how their latest research and how it informs both policy and management to better support Victoria's biodiversity.
ARI works across a range of ecosystems (alpine, estuarine, grassland, forest and freshwater systems) and have expertise in fish ecology, threatened species, monitoring programs and geospatial modelling. ARI has recently launched a subscription, the Terrestrial Quarterly Update, which provides a summary of the latest ARI projects and scientific research achievements.
This ARI Terrestrial Quarterly Update includes articles highlighting:
· Research into Koala translocation
· International award for ARI scientists
· Rediscovery of threatened plant populations
· Post-fire dynamics of Victoria’s rainforests
For the latest Terrestrial Quarterly Update and to subscribe go to - https://www.ari.vic.gov.au/about-us/ari-subscriptions
For further details on the Arthur Rylah Institute including resources, seminars and more go to - https://www.ari.vic.gov.au/
Introducing the new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Guide (October 2019) to assist Landcare and environmental volunteer groups and networks that care for landscapes in Victoria, to better understand the state's Aboriginal cultural heritage management process.
The guide steps out the process for meeting the requirements of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and helps determine whether a Cultural Heritage Permit is required. The guide also provides the key Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Contacts by region and Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs).
View or download the guide here: https://www.landcarevic.org.au/resources/aboriginal-cultural-heritage-guide/
Produced and presented by reporter Prue Adams, this ten-part series will focus on a different feral animal each episode. The content has been gathered from the three decades Landline has been on air, with background information and support provided through the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.
The series will cover:
1. wild dogs
2. feral cats
5. feral pigs
6. wild deer
8. cane toads
The first of five episodes began on December 1, in Landline’s Summer Series, and will air each week. The whole series will be available on iView and YouTube soon.
To view go to -
Victorian schools leading the way in minimising waste, saving energy and water, increasing biodiversity and tackling climate change are encouraged to enter Victoria’s largest sustainability awards for schools.
The 2020 award categories are:
Entries close: Monday 16 March 2020
To enter visit: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards
More information: contact the ResourceSmart Schools Awards team via email@example.com or phone: 8626 8844.
The Victorian Government has a 2018 Election commitment to develop and implement a Volunteer Strategy to support and enhance volunteerism in Victoria. The strategy will be informed by extensive consultation across the Victorian public and volunteering community, seeking deep insights into the challenges and opportunities for volunteers, community members, and managers of volunteers and organisations.
Have your say - as community members, volunteers, leaders and managers of volunteers or community organisations, or supporting organisations.
Two surveys have been developed to capture insights from different groups with an interest in volunteering. Both surveys will help us to better understand the current state of volunteering in Victoria - from a community and volunteer sector perspective - and will be used to inform the development of the Volunteer Strategy.
Online consultation is now open until 31 May 2020. Find out more here - https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-volunteer-strategy
Mental health is an on-going issue in our society. Farmers, dealing where the vagaries of weather and markets, and working in isolation, are at greater risk. Every farmer knows someone who has taken their life.
To better support our farming community, we need a better understanding of what people on farms are thinking. The Ripple Effect is an online intervention designed by the National Centre For Farmer Health a to investigate and support farmers who have are been touched by suicide or a struggling with mental health.
To help, visit https://therippleeffect.com.au/about-us/ and complete the on-line, anonymous survey. The survey results will enable planners, researchers and government to fully realise the extent of the problem.
Not-for-profit-law provides training on a range of common legal issues faced by community organisations and individuals within them. One of their many useful training resources is an ongoing series of 75 minute webinars.
Webinars “Board Inductions for Not-for-profits” for new board members and “Let's Get Started” for new community groups are coming up early next year.
For further information, to book into these sessions or to register for a recorded session to be sent to you go to - https://www.nfplaw.org.au/training/individuals
All members and stakeholders are invited to the 2020 LVI AGM to be held at the Multicultural Hub in Melbourne. More details to be circulated to members early in the new year.
The 2020 National Landcare Conference will be held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November. The 2020 National Landcare Awards gala dinner will be held on Thursday 12 November, 2020 at the same venue.
Register your interest now - https://landcareaustralia.org.au/national-landcare-conference-2020/
The Victorian Government through Agriculture Victoria has established the On-Farm Drought resilience program to assist eligible farm businesses to invest in on-farm drought preparedness and to seek business advice. The grant is available to farm businesses within the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District, East Gippsland and Wellington and Far North West Victoria (Millewa).
A grant of up to $5,000 (GST exclusive) per farm business is available to assist eligible farm businesses to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements and or undertake business planning and advice activities.
For more information, eligibility or to apply go to - https://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/on-farm-drought-resilience-grant-program
The program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Agriculture.
It will deliver $10 million in funding to eligible local councils affected by drought, to fund projects that manage priority pest animals or weeds.
The objectives of the program are to assist communities manage the negative impacts of pest animals and weeds during drought, stimulate economic activity and facilitate local employment in the areas where projects take place.
Whilst this funding round is for local councils, if your area is affected by drought you can approach your local council and collaborate!
Applications are due 5 February 2020.
For further information on the grant opportunity, a list of the 183 councils eligible to apply or the application form go to - https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/communities-combating-pest-and-weed-impacts-during-drought
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) invites grant applications for conservation projects. The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia.
Applications close 14th February 2020
For more information, eligibility or to apply go to -
The FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.
Grants are available for a broad range of community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.
TTT - Round 16 applications are now open for projects up to $20,000 and up to $60,000, due 25 February 2020 for funding awarded in late May 2020.
For further details and/or to apply go to - https://www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together
Agriculture Victoria has rolled out On-farm Energy Tier 1 Grants as part of the Victorian Government's $30 million Agriculture Energy Investment Plan.
The grants will provide support to farmers to replace energy inefficient equipment, install more energy efficient systems and enable own-generation capacity.
Farmers are encouraged to apply early, as grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first).
Any farmer wanting to access one of the grants needs to have an approved on-farm energy assessment
For more information go to -
This Grants Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Any Victorian ex-service organisation, local council, school or community group is eligible to apply. Click into news item for further information or to apply.
There are two categories of grants available under the program:
1. Community Grants (STS-CG)
Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities.
2. Major Grants (STS-MG)
Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.
Applications close at 11:00 pm AEDT on 31 March 2020.
Information about applying for this round can be found here -
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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.
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