LVI News: Child Safety Guidance + Stuart Mill Forum + Community Skills Development Grants + More …
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From the Chair
TRANSITION PROGRESS The transition from two organisations to Landcare Victoria is progressing steadily with much to be put in place before the Annual General Meeting scheduled for February next year.
The Committee has met twice to plan for the future of LVI, the second of these strategic planning meetings only having been held on 11th September. You will be aware that we have adopted a regional representation model which we believe will give LVI access to a wide body of opinion and will ensure that the views of our members are heard. We have set in place certain timelines and objectives to ensure that members will have a clear understanding of the election process which will deliver us a new Committee of Management and a Members Council consisting of four volunteers from each region. Provision also exists for a Professional presence on the Committee.
Between now and January much work will go into familiarising landcarers with the regional electoral process. We aim to have in place the necessary policies and strategies to make the role of the newly elected representatives as rewarding as possible. THE NATIONAL LANDCARE PROGRAM PHASE TWO
Your involvement will be critical for community landcare in the next five years.
Landcare Victoria and the National Landcare Network will soon provide information on LNP2 and how landcare, farming and other groups and networks can submit projects for funding under the new competitive bid process. The $1.1b will be directed to two main streams - National and Regional with a small grants steam of up to $20,000 as well.
Regional stream will be directed through the CMAs and the other 46 Natural Resource Management organisations in Australia. The competitive bid process will look for close collaboration and partnership between the NRMs and local groups and networks. A strong emphasis will be placed on sustainable and productive use of land for food and fibre production.
Look out for more details that will soon be provided in the next newsletter.
NORTH CENTRAL LANDCARE FORUM LVI has been generously supported by the North Central CMA to hold our next six monthly Forum at Stuart Mill beginning 6th October. Details, including registrations, appear in this issue and I commend the Forum to you all. Deputy Chair Kaye Rodden has worked with a very active organising group within the region to deliver what will be a fantastic opportunity for Landcarers, Facilitators and others to meet and share experiences and learn from the impressive list of presenters - our last Forum was held in the Mallee and was an outstanding success and this one will continue to build on that success. CHILD SAFETY GUIDANCE Susi has included information about Child Safety, we need to look closely at this and take the appropriate steps as we all want children to be safe at Landcare. WHAT’S HAPPENING NATIONALLY Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network (of which LVI is a member) are currently exploring opportunities which may lead to the merge of the two organisations, effectively this would mean that the grassroots Landcare movement (in excess of 150,000) will bring its advocacy skills and its grassroots membership to blend with Landcare Australia, one of whose principal roles is to secure corporate support for landcare activities. In much the same way as the merge here in Victoria has done much to remove confusion, I expect that the same will occur at the national level. Such a merge would meet with the approval of our many stakeholders and the government. THE NEWSLETTER: We are currently reviewing our communications policy and while the information in the current newsletter is important and will continue to be included we are looking at making it more readable, in this we are receiving pro bono support from an experienced ex-journalist who happens to be a landcarer as well. Let’s see what a makeover might do for our key communication tool.
Camp Seed, Stuart Mill 6th- 8th October 2017
Registrations are now open for the first regional landcare forum, co-hosted by the new peak landcare organisation in Victoria, Landcare Victoria Inc. (LVI). An enthusiastic band of North Central landcare members have worked with LVI to organise two full days of sharing and learning. The event will feature a poster display and discussion of landcare activities from across the region and state, and the option to join a bus trip on the Saturday afternoon.
You will also find out how you can help LVI build a policy platform and advocate at state and federal levels to increase recognition of landcare’s important role in the health of our communities, the economy and of course the environment.
The event is fully catered and is free for landcare members and their partners. Please BYO drinks.
Go to the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z55Y236 for programme details and to register.
Contact Kaye Rodden (LVI – Dep Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bushcare's Major Day Out is designed to recognise and celebrate the work done by volunteer groups to rejuvenate bushland around Australia on 17 September 2017. For further information go to:http://conservationvolunteers.com.au/what-we-do/bushcares-major-day-out/
SWIFFT video conference meetings are held four times a year, each with a different theme.
Upcoming dates for the 2017 SWIFFT Video Conferences: 26th October Indigenous Ecological Knowledge
For more information go to https://www.landcarevic.org.au/groups/glenelg-hopkins/glenelg-hopkins-landcare-program/swifft-conferences/
Not-for-profit Law regularly runs webinars on a variety of topics that affect community organisations. You can attend this training using your computer from wherever you may be located. Registering for each webinar is essential. For more information or to register click here - http://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/not-for-profit-law/training/webinars Slides from previous sessions are also available.
Governance and a well-run Board (Committee) - Wednesday 4 October
For more information and to register go to: https://www.nfplaw.org.au/training-individuals
Volunteer Essentials: National Standards Workshop – 21 September
On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:
• Understand the benefits of implementing the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement
• Utilise relevant Gap Assessment tools
• Identify steps for implementing the national standards in their organisation
• Identify potential barriers and strategies that support change
• Develop an action plan
Public Speaking in the Workplace: A Beginners’ Guide for Leaders and Managers of Volunteers – 18 October & 1 November
• Build confidence and learn how to get your nerves under control
• Learn how to structure a presentation for maximum impact
For further information and to book go to - http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/professional-development/
Tuesday 17 October, 2017 10am- 4pm: NAB ARENA, 700 Bourke St, Melbourne, (next to Southern Cross Station)
OV and Parks Victoria are teaming up for the third year to host the annual Nature-Based Tourism Forum. For more information go to outdoorsvictoria.org.au/nature-based-tourism-forum-2017/
Following on from its success last year, the third Aussie Backyard Bird Count will be held 23-29 October 2017. All you need to do is choose your site, set aside 20 minutes, and record the birds you see. To find out more, or to register, go to http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/
As part of the Ramsar Protection Program, Indigenous Australians are invited to attend the Indigenous Wetland and Shorebird Conservation Training from 14th-16th November 2017.
This three-day training program will assist participants to identify shorebirds and waterbirds and understand wetland conservation while exploring the Port Phillip Bay (western shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar site – a wetland of international importance
For more information go to - http://www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/wetlandprogram2017/
27-30 November 2017, Melbourne: An event that brings together an exciting line-up of senior leaders in the field to share inspirational journeys, practical advice and insights. Learn and equip yourself with strategies, ideas and toolkits to fulfil your leadership potential, whilst networking with executives in the field at this tailor-made event. For more information go to: http://liquidlearning.com/documents/WAGG1117A/WAGG1117A_E.pdf
Remember when linking your event to an official “Day” to register with the appropriate organisation to maximise your promotional opportunities
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - 16th September
Bushcares Major Day Out – BMDO - 17th September
World Car-Free Day - 22nd September
World Habitat Day - 2nd October
All Energy 2017 conference - 11th to 12th October
National Ride 2 Work Day - 12th October
International Day for Disaster Reduction - 13th October
CASANZ 2017 International Clean Air Conference - 15th to 18th October
World Food Day - 16th October
Bird Week - 23rd to 29th October
Aussie Backyard Bird Count - 23rd to 29th October
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - 27th October
World Tsunami Awareness Day - 5th November
Pollinator Week - 12th to 19th November
National Recycling Week - 13th to 19th November
National Walk to Work Day - TBC
International GIS Day - 15th November
World Fisheries Day - 21st November
All groups need to comply with the Child Safe Standards if they have activities which children (under 18) might attend with their families or as members of the public as well as any children specific activities such as schools programs.
After consultation with the Commission for Children & Young People, LVI has put together some guidance as a starting point for landcare groups and networks to engage with the Child Safe Standards. It is not designed to cover all child safety issues, but can be adopted by groups and activity leaders can have it in their back pocket, particularly for groups who have only occasional contact with children under 18.The guidance note is available at: https://www.landcarevic.org.au/lvi/child-safe-standards-first-steps
Everyone should have received their LVI Renewal and insurance notices and these are now overdue. For groups who have sent in cheques, please be advised that these should be banked and processed by 30 September, with receipts to follow. 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 email@example.com
The State Landcare Awards were announced recently at Government House. Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended nominees, including LVI Chair Terry Hubbard for the Joan Kirner Award and Sandii Lewis for the Heather Mitchell Fellowship.
Congratulations also to those who made the effort of nominating either on their own behalf or someone else’s and helped to promote the wonderful work of Landcare!
Landcare Award Winners: Terry Hubbard, Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society, Connecting Country, Penbank School - Woodleigh School, Woady Yaloak Catchment Group, Simon Falkiner, Ian Higgins, Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation, Kathleen Brack, Friends of Beware Reef, Tarrangower Cactus Control Group, Angela Jeffery, Sandii Lewis, Bret Ryan
Highly Commended & Commended: Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek Inc, Bass Coast Landcare Network's Environmental Detectives Team, Simon Falkiner, Ian Grenda, Jim de Henin, Kaye Rodden, Penny Roberts, Ann Robson, Three Creeks Landcare Group, Yarra Valley Equestrian Landcare Group, Waka Walla Land Management Crew, Windamara Aboriginal Corporation, Tony Gardiner and Kate McWhinney
To read stories on each of this year’s award winners go to: https://www.landcarevic.org.au/resources/victorian-landcare-awards-recipients/2017-victorian-landcare-awards-winners-booklet/
As the auspicor of a number of LVI Member Groups, we review a number of grant applications and final reports each year and we wanted to provide some feedback regarding cash contributions which have been causing difficulties for some group when finalising their reporting.
It is critical to note that cash contributions are different to in-kind contributions. If there are cash contributions listed in your project budget then the group needs be able to produce matching documentary evidence (e.g. receipts or invoices) and hold them for a period of 7 years so they can be produced if required by the grant body or external auditors.
The most common scenario is where landholders are making contributions to their work done on their properties (eg. For fencing/spraying etc). If the landholder is providing cash to the project and the project is then paying for works or the landholder can provide receipts then that is no problem. If not, talk to an accountant or auditor about how to show evidence or list it as in-kind contributions. Decide early on a process at the budgeting stage as trying to reconstruct the accounts later is time-consuming and frustrating for everyone.
If you have any queries regarding grant application or reporting requirements please call us on 9207 5527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to assist.
The Minister for Water announced the Water Corporation and Catchment Management Authority boards on Monday 11 September 2017. The new boards will be effective from 1 October 2017. Landcare Victoria Inc (LVI) congratulates both new and returning board members on their appointments. For the full list go to: https://www.water.vic.gov.au/water-industry-and-customers/board-appointments-2017
The Trust for Nature Board has also recently been appointed including Mr James Bentley, Dr Georgia Garrard, Dr Sandra Olga Brizga, Ms Katherine Cary, Ms Binda Gokhale and Mr Geoff Driver (reappointment) . They have been appointed to their roles until 8 December 2019. For more information on Trust for Nature, visit www.trustfornature.org.au/about-us
Please note that LVI Groups or Networks cannot extend their insurance cover through the LVI to an external independent group. Independence is indicated by separate bank accounts, ABNs, committees, incorporation etc.
We have had a number of LVI Member Groups offer to auspice or insure separate independent organisations this way, and as a result those organisation have been falsely comforted with a promise of insurance coverage that can’t be provided. We’ve also had a number of groups/networks auspice separate independent organisations for grants, which is problematic if the auspicing group is operating under the LVI incorporation.
If you are at all unsure about whether your current arrangements are valid please call LVI on 9207 5527 or email email@example.com ASAP!
The strengthening of LPA was developed by the red meat industry and will launch on 1 October 2017. It involves the introduction of biosecurity and animal welfare requirements, a regular online assessment and online learning modules to support producer understanding of their on-farm requirements. For further information and a video explaining the changes go to - https://www.mla.com.au/meat-safety-and-traceability/red-meat-integrity-system/lpa-changes/
A set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions have been developed covering issues such as insurance and members fees for 2017-18. These are available at: https://www.landcarevic.org.au/groups/state/lvi/landcare-victoria-inc-frequently-asked-questions/
closing on Sunday 17 September
The Fire Awareness Awards is a community focussed awards program that acknowledges the great work of individuals, community groups and organisations who deliver projects that reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria. Projects can focus on any fire type, including structure fires (housing, commercial, industrial), bushfires or grassfires.
Community Group Futures Program – closing 18 Sep 2017
The Community Group Futures program is aimed at helping not-for-profit organisations affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to think beyond day to day operations and look ahead to ensure they can meet ongoing community needs.
For further information or to apply go to – http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/Community-Group-Futures
Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) - Round 12 - Closing 18 Sep 2017
Program with the specific focus of providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to build strength and capacity for the future.
For further information or to apply go to – http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/GRW_Round12.php
Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 32 – Closing 27 Sep 2017
Grants for communities in small rural and remote locations in Australia. Priority is given to communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer.
For further information or to apply go to – http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round32.php
closing 5pm Thursday 12 October 2017
The Community Skills Development Grants aim to strengthen environmental volunteer group and network capacity by supporting learning and skills development opportunities, and encouraging knowledge sharing with other groups and networks. Groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 (Stream 1) and networks or partnerships of groups and networks can apply for up to $20,000 (Stream 2).
Training and skills development activities that will be considered for funding include (but are not limited) to the following:
Workshop on benefits of collaboration and developing partnerships (e.g. advantages of networks)
Communication & promotion training (e.g. writing media releases, developing promotional materials)
Employment & human resources training (e.g. personel management, developing annual staff plans etc)
First aid/refresher training
Fundraising & writing grant applications workshop (e.g. securing project funds)
Leadership & succession planning workshop
Monitoring & reporting workshop (e.g. how to create a monitoring plan, how to use citizen science)
Training in planning & delivery of community events
Project development & planning workshop
Workshop on how to recruite new members & volunteers (e.g. engage more young people in Landcare)
Strategic planning & action planning workshop (e.g. for group, network, partnership)
Social media training (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.)
For more information or to apply go to - https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/grants/community-skills-development-grants
opening soon 18 September 2017
Coastal Public Access and Risk (CPAR) grants provide financial assistance to Victorian coastal Crown land managers to reduce coastal risk and improve public access. For further information keep an eye on this page - https://www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/grants
New Round Opens 19September 2017
The current round of Norman Wettenhall small environmental grants is now open. The grants provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.
At the moment Norman Wettenhall are looking for projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education.
New round opens – 19 Sept 2017 – Nov 2017. (The round will be closed when the maximum number of applications has been reached.)
For further information or to apply click here - http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/
The purpose of the Australian Government’s national weed data collection survey is to gain an understanding of the data collected across Australia for national priority weeds and to determine what weeds and related issues are of importance to your group or organisation. If you are involved in weed data collection and/or management to take part in the survey.
The results of this survey will help provide a national picture of data collection for national priority weeds to inform policy and decision-making. For further information or to take part in the survey
For further information go to -http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3286676/State-NRM-weed-data-collection-survey
Volunteering Victoria has made its very first spontaneous emergency volunteer match through our HelpOUT pilot program in Geelong and surrounding regions. In support of fire recovery efforts in Wye River, they matched Wye River Landcare to a local holiday maker and volunteer who helped to deliver 50 bird boxes built by a high school VCAL program in Monbulk for installation in the bush around Wye River. If you, your friends, colleagues or family are interested in volunteering to support community recovery following a disaster, please register your interest through -http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/helpout/
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.