LVI News - June 2021

From the CEO + Support for Landcare + Policy and Planning + LVI updates

Landcare Victoria Newsletter

From the CEO - June 2021

Our June newsletter includes information about the newly elected committee and officers of Landcare Victoria Inc. decided at the AGM held on 21 May.  Congratulations and thanks to all who travelled to Melbourne to attend the AGM and to the members that have stepped forward in a voluntary capacity to lead the organisation.  

An important part of the governance of Landcare Victoria is our Member’s Council.  The Landcare Victoria Board will consider nominations for membership when it next meets.  There are still several vacancies to fill on the Members Council so if you are interested in contributing to the future of landcare in Victoria in this forum, please don’t hesitate to nominate.  Contact me if you would like to discuss the role and activities of the Members Council. 

Along with Landcare Development Coordinator, Claire Hetzel, I travelled to Northeast Victoria in the week prior to the AGM.  It was a real pleasure to attend the 30-year anniversary celebration of the Hodgson and Horseshoe Creek Landcare Group at Everton and to see their great achievements.  We also travelled up to Shelley to discuss bushfire recovery projects with the Upper Murray Landcare Network; and joined landcare leaders in a forum at Beechworth convened by the North East CMA.  Thanks to all who hosted us. 

Landcare Victoria is part of the consortium of national and state landcare organisations that is implementing the Commonwealth-funded Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants program. The program will support landcare and other organisations to contribute to recovery of environmental and biodiversity values and to build resilience to future events.  Landcare Victoria has a key role in supporting community landcare to participate in the program.  It is a major focus at present.

At the time of writing, the announcement of the Victoria Landcare Facilitator Program grants is imminent.  The Victorian budget included supplementary funding for the program that will enable DELWP to continue to fund around 70 positions.  This didn’t happen by accident:  the advocacy of Landcare Victoria and members groups played an important role in ensuring the Government recognised the value of the program and the need to maintain funding support.

Andrew Maclean

Support for Landcare

Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants

The $14 million Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants program is supporting Landcare bushfire recovery projects in seven government designated bushfire regions across Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia impacted by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/2020. In Victoria, this includes East Gippsland and the North East Alpine Regions.
 
Eligible local Landcare groups, environment networks and community groups working on bushfire recovery projects are invited to apply for funding in this landmark new grants program funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. 
 
The program includes $4million available for projects that will benefit forests and coastal ecosystems in the East Gippsland bushfire impacted region. 
 
Eligible applicants are invited to apply for grants in three streams:  

  • Community grants up to approximately $50k
  • Landscape Scale Partnership projects - larger/consolidated projects to approximately $300k
  • Major projects from approximately $500k - $1m each (East Gippsland Region Only)  

Projects must be completed by 29th April 2022 and as there are no allowances for extensions on project completion you will need consider the timeframe carefully when planning your application. We suggest looking to this funding as an opportunity to extend existing programs or bring in professional support (contractors, etc.) to help with project delivery. 
 
The National Landcare Network, State and Territory Landcare Organisations and Landcare Australia have staff ready to assist all applicants through the process. Applicant Support Teams will reach out to groups and organisations, answer all questions and enquiries and help to put applications together. We completely appreciate the tight turnaround involved and understand the challenges. We are here to assist in any way we can.  
 
Click here for program guidelines or apply via smarty grants. Applications close on Wednesday June 16, 2021  
 
For further information contact Andrew Maclean andrew.maclean@lvi.org.au or Liz Graham liz.graham@landcareaustralia.com.au at Landcare Australia
 

Victoria Landcare Grants

The Victorian Government is providing funding to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and natural environment.

Project grants of up to $30,000 are available for eligible groups and networks for on-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands and soils.

Support grants of up to $500 are available for assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites, and other communication.

If you are an unincorporated member group of LVI, and would like to discuss grant auspice support, please contact Claire at info@lvi.org.au prior to the June 16th deadline.
 
Click here for more information. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021.
 

Coastcare Victoria Community Grants

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program is now open for 2021.
  
The grants program aims to support community projects that conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments. This program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund which seeks to build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. 

This year, there are two tiers of funding: one for small projects up to $5,000; and one for larger scale projects between $5,000 and $30,000. Projects will need to fit into one of three streams on offer including ‘Stewardship and Education; Strengthening our Volunteer Groups; and Supporting Traditional Owner Self-Determination’.
 
Click here for more information. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 June 2021.
 

Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund 

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund provides a sustainable source of funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

The Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program is one of the Fund’s foundation programs. It is designed to build community capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement and wellbeing.

The aim is to build an enduring resilience to the impacts of climate change, drought, and enhance the public good in agriculture-dependent communities.

Round 1 is now open, with funded activities needing to take place between 25 October 2021 and 27 June 2022. Applications close Monday 5 July 2021. Click here for more information.
 

Nature-Led Recovery Grants

Bushfire Recovery Victoria, Zoos Victoria, and DELWP have joined forces to offer a 'Nature-led Recovery Grants Program. Funding of up to $5,000 is available for projects to help bushfire-affected communities deliver on-ground action for wildlife and habitats, or nature-based, educational or arts programs that connect the local environmental recovery with its human recovery.

For the grant guidelines, application form and further information, click here. Applications close 30th June 2021.
 

QBE Foundation Grants

The Australia Pacific QBE Foundation works to create positive change by partnering with like-minded charities to build strong, sustainable and inclusive communities. The Foundation currently has local grants available of up to $25,000 to provide meaningful support for community initiatives addressing specific areas of need. Charities who meet eligibility criteria can apply for a grant in one of the following three categories:

  • Climate action
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Financial inclusion and resilience

Click here for more information. Applications close Monday, 7 June 2021.
 

Landcare Awards

Landcare Australia are inviting nominations for the 2021 State and Territory Landcare Awards which recognises individuals and community groups across the country for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape. The Landcare Awards support the sharing of knowledge and achievements while promoting leadership and resilience in communities.
 
Click here for details on the eight National Landcare Awards categories and their criteria.
 
Details on the six Victoria only Landcare Award categories and their criteria can be found here. Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination portal. Nominations close 30th June 2021.

Please contact digital@landcareaustralia.com.au if you have any technical difficulties with the online nomination portal or email Claire Emmerson (DELWP) landcare@delwp.vic.gov.au should you have any questions about the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards.

Policy and Planning

National Landcare Conference

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 Landcare Australia are bringing the conference to you! You can register as an in-person delegate attending the conference or as an online delegate (free registration). Register here.

 

Public Land Volunteering

Many landcare groups make valuable voluntary contributions to the management of public land.  This might be a focus of their volunteering, as is the case for the many ‘Friends of’ groups or might be part of broader landscape scale projects addressing pest and weed management (for example).  Parks Victoria has developed a new volunteering manual that establishes new requirements for volunteering on the Parks Victoria estate. 

The Victoria Environment Friends Network (VEFN) is convening an online meeting to discuss concerns about the manual.  The meeting 
will be via zoom at 5.00 pm on Thursday 10th of June 2021. Further details of the meeting can be found here. VEFN advises that landcare groups are welcome to participate, please RSVP via email:  paul_strickland@hotmail.com.
 

Parliamentary Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline

Landcare Victoria CEO Andrew Maclean attended a hearing of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline on 11 May.  This was an excellent opportunity to stress the important role landcare has in halting and reversing the loss of ecosystems and associated biodiversity in Victoria.

 

Landcare Victoria Inc. Activities

Landcare Victoria Inc. Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Annual General Meeting of Landcare Victoria Inc. was held on 21 May 2021 at Kensington Town Hall.

Around 60 attendees were welcomed to Wurundjeri Country by Uncle Ringo Terrick and enjoyed a guest presentation from Victoria Marles, CEO of the Victorian Trust for Nature, who spoke about the synergies between landcare and the work of her organisation.
The outcome of the elections to the Landcare Victoria Board was:

  • North Central Region – Paul Foreman

  • Wimmera Region – Leanne Jackman

  • Glenelg Hopkins Region – Debbie Shea

  • Port Phillip and Westernport Region – Michael Walker

  • Landcare Facilitator – Danny Pettingill

Members thanked retiring Board members Marijke de bever Price and Kerri Robson for the service they have offered to landcare.  Members also offered their warm thanks to Landcare Victoria chairperson, Terry Hubbard OAM who advised the meeting that he will step down from that role. 
Following the AGM, the Board met to elect officer bearers.  These are:

  • Chairperson: Jane Carney

  • Deputy Chairperson, Operations: Leanne Jackman

  • Deputy Chairperson, Partnerships: Paul Foreman

  • Secretary: Beth Ripper OAM

  • Treasurer: Michael Walker

Following the formal meeting, participants joined a workshop on the issues and opportunities in the Landcare Victoria strategic plan.
 

Landcare Forum – North East Victoria

Planning is underway for the North East Landcare Forum to be held in Beechworth in Spring.

Please ‘save the date’ for September 10-12th 2021.

LVI Forums promote peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and learning both through formal sessions and informal networking opportunities. The forums also provide input to LVI’s policy and advocacy work via both structured mechanisms such as the Members Council meeting and less formally via communication between LVI members, staff, Committee and stakeholders. The forums are held in different regions to showcase each region’s achievements and so landcarers from across the state can experience the diversity of landcare and learn from and with landcarers from other parts of the state.

 

Membership Renewals

Membership renewals for 2021/22 will shortly be issued and LVI urges members to respond promptly to ensure membership (and therefore insurance cover) remains current. 

The renewal process will be a little different this year as Landcare Victoria seeks to simplify the process for the benefit of both members and our own administration. 

 

LVI Contact Details

LVI has a new phone system, including direct dial numbers for staff.  The old phone number will shortly be phased out.

General enquiries info@lvi.org.au (no change)

Amanda Grace, Office Coordinator                         03 9034 1940
Claire Hetzel, Landcare Development Coordinator  03 9034 1942
Andrew Maclean, Chief Executive Officer                03 9034 1941

 

Landcare Victoria Communications Specialist

LVI is in the process of hiring a Communications Specialist. This part time 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. We are looking forward to welcoming the new addition to the Team in the coming weeks.

Acknowledgements

Landcare Victoria Inc is grateful for the funding support provided by:

  • Victorian Government Landcare Program
  • Australian Government National Landcare Program
  • Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria
  • Rendere Trust – Phillipson family
  • Upotipotpon Trust – Crothers family
  • Public Records Office Victoria
  • Our 600 Member Groups