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CORRECTION: FTLA Committee of Management

 

Sorry all, but there was a typo in the last committee list, Terry Hubbard is a member of the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network, not the Middle Yarra Landcare Network as previously noted. The correct committee list is therefore:

 

2011-12 FTLA Committee of Management

David Clark                   President                      (Upper Mt Emu Creek Landcare Network)

Alex Arbuthnot              Vice President               (Maffra & Districts Landcare Network)

Peter Berrisford             Treasurer                       (Bellarine Landcare Group)

Richard Jamieson          Secretary                      (H11-H12 Catchment Action Group)

Artur Muchow                Ordinary Member           (Middle Yarra Landcare Network)

Karen Alexander            Ordinary Member           (Johns Hill Landcare Group)

Aurel Dessewffy            Ordinary Member           (Murroon Landcare Group)

Terry Hubbard               Ordinary Member           (Upper Goulburn Landcare Network)

Susan Campbell            Immediate Past President          (Springhurst & Byawatha Hills Landcare)

 

Community Climate Network Summit – 9-11 April

 

The National Community Climate Network is holding its third summit at the University of Melbourne on Saturday 9 to Monday 11 April.

 

This year’s event focuses on the theme From the ground up and is a great opportunity to share information and collaborate to build the community movement for real action on climate change. Program highlights includes panels on the latest climate science, carbon pricing and climate in the media, and well as a full round up of inspiring and creative community climate campaigns from around the country.

 

Please check out http://climatesummit.org.au / for full details.

This conference is for anyone who is active on climate issues, wants to get involved or just wants to learn more about 'the great moral challenge of our time'. To sign up for regular event updates or to propose a workshop, please email us at climate.summit.2011@gmail.com.

 

Change of dates - EPBC (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation) Act Information and speaker

 

Jol Taber is an environment liaison officer with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities seconded to the NFF, whose role is to liaise and assist farmers in all aspects of understanding and complying with the EPBC Act.  Jol’s services are available to all farmers. Jol will be in Victoria during 4-8th April and is keen to catch up with farmers and landholder who would be interested in some information on the EPBC. Please contact Jol (environment@nff.org.au or 1800 704 520) if you have a particular interest in learning more about the environmental regulations and how they impact on you.

 

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC for short) is main piece of federal environmental legislation impacting on land management, pests and weeds.  While there are a number of Victorian rules and regulations for native vegetation clearing and the management of pests and weeds, the EPBC Act must also be considered before any significant change to habitat can occur. The fines under the EPBC Act can be quite significant and do place a bit of focus on the conservation of ‘habitat’ rather than simply vegetation.

 

The Liaison Officer creates numerous opportunities for farmers:

•           Stakeholder access to all areas of the Department. This can include funding streams, as well as programme and policy areas. If you are unsure who to talk to within the Department on particular issues, the Liaison Officer can direct you.

•           Free advice and clear explanation regarding the EPBC Act.

•           Training on the processes and outputs of the Department.

•           Practical assistance with aspects of referral, assessment and approval processes and other features of the EPBC Act.

•           Information - such as guides, information sheets and direction to relevant websites to make it easier for farmers to work with the legislation.

•           Information and training about the Department and the EPBC Act to NFF staff, organisations and rural landowners.

•           Assistance with consultative processes, such as comments on nominations for threatened species, ecological communities, key threatening processes and recovery plans under the EPBC Act.

•           Provision of feedback to both the NFF and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts about the operation of the EPBC Act

 

2011 Landcare Photography competition

 

The Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine’s 2011 Landcare Photography Competition is open now and you can upload your entries on the Gateway at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vic/2011-landcare-photography-competition or by emailing or posting it to the Landcare Magazine.

 

The competition was announced recently in our 50th Issue. Entries are invited in three categories: sustainability, water and ‘what Landcare means to me’. There will be a general prize in each category and prizes for primary and secondary students.

 

Rabbit mapping website

 

A new Rabbit mapping website has been released for landholders, community groups and pest controllers Australia wide. RabbitScan (under the FeralScan program) is now available at www.feralscan.org.au to help landholders map and manage rabbits in their local area. Due to a resurgence of wild rabbits across Australia, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre has rereleased the RabbitScan website as a resource for landholders and community groups to map sightings, damage and control information associated with rabbits. This will allow users to create a Rabbit Management Map for their local area.

There are plans to release more websites for other pest animal species during 2011 (including foxes and wild dogs). If you have any questions (or feedback) regarding RabbitScan, head to the website www.feralscan.org.au/rabbitscan.

 

BushTender calling for expressions of interest

 

BushTender is still calling for expressions of interest. The program is an opportunity for landholders in four areas of Victoria to generate an alternative income through improved native vegetation management. BushTender is an incentive program designed to help improve management and protection of native vegetation for biodiversity on private land. The approach provides landholders with the freedom to choose management commitments that suit their individual circumstances.

 

Participants may agree to a range of actions including fencing of native vegetation to exclude stock, weed and pest animal control and supplementary planting of native understorey.

To take part in BushTender, private landholders submit a bid in a competitive tender. Successful bids are not necessarily the cheapest bids, but those that offer the ‘best value for money’ in terms of native vegetation outcomes. Successful landholders receive periodic payments under Management

Agreements signed with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

 

To register an expression of interest, phone DSE on 136 186 between 8am–6pm, Monday to Friday.

 

For further information on BushTender call 136 186 or visit www.dse.vic.gov.au/nativevegetation

 

 

ITEMS from  PAST EMAILS

 

CARING FOR OUR COUNTRY REVIEW: DISCUSSION PAPER AVAILABLE

 

The Caring for Our Country, the major national funding program for Landcare, is halfway through its first five years and the Australian Government Land and Coasts Team is conducting a review. 

 

The Australian Government is currently conducting their planning for the 2011-12 CFOC Business Plan and are also conducting a review of the program as a whole. The FTLA has already made representations regarding guaranteeing continued funding for Landcare, particularly with regard to community engagement and capacity building, simplifying application processes and valuing volunteer contributions.  We are aware of other items such as alignment to regional planning and scientifically based targets that have also been raised.

 

There is a discussion paper that has been released, available at http://www.nrm.gov.au/review/review-submission.html  and written submissions are due by 20 May 2011.

 

In addition to the discussion paper we are asking our membership to give us further feedback and to let us know of any issues that we might have missed large and small. Let us know what you like about the Caring for Our Country program as well as what you don’t, as positive feedback is important for retaining desirable elements. Dot points are fine, but please do respond quickly as we only have a limited window to pass the feedback on the Australian Government

 

Please send all feedback to ftla@vff.org.au.

 

 

TRAILER AND TOOL INSURANCE FOR FTLA MEMBER GROUPS

 

The FTLA has been talking to a number of insurance companies to negotiate a bulk deal for property insurance, to add to the current public liability, voluntary workers and association liability package.

 

We are looking for fifty groups who might be interested in property insurance. The insurance would cover a trailer with a market value of up to $3,000 plus contents of the same. The premium would be approximately $250 per group, depending on how many groups are interested. If this sounds like something that would be of value to your group please email us at ftla@vff.org.au

 

CONTENTIOUS PERSPECTIVES ON WEEDS

 

A series of seminars presented by the Weed Society of Victoria: Thursday 14th April 2011 at Attwood (near Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne). The Weed Society is also holding their AGM on the same day

 

Sessions include:

- Weed psychology and the War on Weeds. John Dwyer, Melbourne

- The plant invasion processes, andunderstanding the impacts of plant invasions. Paul Downey, University of Canberra, ACT

- Weeds or Wild Nature - a positive view of weeds from a permaculture perspective. David Holmgren,

Permaculture Principles.

- The place of weeds in the honey industry. David Severino, Chairperson, Victorian Apiarists’ Association Melbourne

- Some issues associated with the introduction of weedy species as biofuel crops. Bruce Shelley, DPI Werribee

- Nettle, dock, dandelion and wild fennel: environmental weeds or environmental belonging. Diego Bonetto, Sydney-based artist.

-  When someone’s meat is environmental poison: under what circumstances should we tolerate

‘beneficial’ invasive plant species? Geoff Carr & Steve Mathews, Ecology Australia & Invasive Species Council.

- Dissent, conflict, enquiry: A systems view of weed controversy. David Low, Monash University & DPI Frankston

 

For more information go to: http://www.wsvic.org.au/ or contact Ros Shepherd (Secretary) email: secwssv@surf.net.au or Ph/Fax 03 9576 2949

 

FTLA Annual Forum

 

Over 50 members and guests gathered at the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Farm-Tree & Landcare Association (FTLA) on 24th February 2010 in Melbourne.  The FTLA celebrated its 25th year with an opening address by Alexandra Gartmann on “Landcare - the old, the new and the yet to be thought of”.  The attendees reaffirmed priorities for funding for co-ordinators and facilitators, increased funding for on-ground works and recognition of the importance of Landcare in community well-being.

 

This year’s attendees also participated in sessions on the Caring for our Country Review, the new Landcare survey results by Prof.  Allan Curtis, Farm Trees for Conservation and Profit, and Capacity assessment of local groups; marketing to ‘light greens’.

 

 

PART TWO

FTLA News March 2011 Update #2

 

 

Dear Member Groups,

 

You or your members may be interested in the following, apologies for any cross-postings. Please forward these email to any of your members who may be interested as these emails are only sent to the group contact.

 

CARING FOR OUR COUNTRY REVIEW: WEB FORUM AVAILABLE

 

The Caring for Our Country, the major national funding program for Landcare, is halfway through its first five years and the Australian Government Land and Coasts Team is conducting a review. 

 

The Australian Government is currently conducting a review of the Caring for Our Country program. There is a forum at http://caringforourcountryreview.com.au/ for your views, ideas and suggestions.  A discussion paper has also been released, available at http://www.nrm.gov.au/review/review-submission.html  and written submissions are due by 20 May 2011.

 

The FTLA has already made representations regarding guaranteeing continued funding for Landcare, particularly with regard to community engagement and capacity building, simplifying application processes and valuing volunteer contributions.  We are aware of other items such as alignment to regional planning and scientifically based targets that have also been raised.

 

In addition to the discussion paper we are asking our membership to give us further feedback and to let us know of any issues that we might have missed large and small. Let us know what you like about the Caring for Our Country program as well as what you don’t, as positive feedback is important for retaining desirable elements. Dot points are fine, but please do respond quickly as we only have a limited window to pass the feedback on the Australian Government. Please send all feedback to ftla@vff.org.au.

 

EPA is coming to your town

 

Would you like to help EPA Victoria shape the future of environmental management and protection in Victoria? Would you like to learn more about the role of EPA in our community? Would you like to speak with EPA about the results of its compliance and enforcement review?

 

EPA is holding a series of Open Houses so drop in to an event near you anytime between 5pm and 8.30pm.

 

Proposed Open House Timetable:

Tuesday March 22: Ringwood  Karralyka Centre  Mines Road, Ringwood East

Thursday 31st March: Wonthaggi  Bass Coast Civic Centre  76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi

 

To register your attendance email: community.engagement@epa.vic.gov.au  or call (03) 9695 2722. For more information log onto http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/community_issues/EPA-Openhouse.asp

 

Recognising Women Farmers Grants

 

Landcare Australia acknowledges the vital contribution and role women play in Landcare, in rural and urban communities. To support projects that build the capacity of women, the Australian government is providing the Recognising Women Farmers Grant. Applications close on 28 March 2011. For more information or to get an application form visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website http://www.daff.gov.au/climatechange/australias-farming-future/community_networks_and_capacity_building/recognising_women_farmers

 

 

Family Nature Days: Encouraging the locals to dig in!

 

What is the capacity of local groups to keep going? What about their capacity to attract and retain volunteers? Or new audiences?

 

The Victoria Naturally Alliance has been working with environment groups in Stawell, Castlemaine and Melbourne's western catchments to try to answer these questions. This is a presentation of our findings including the pilot Family Nature Days.

 

Please join them on Thursday, 31st March, arrive 5.30 for 6 - 8pm  Encouraging the locals to dig in!

 

Drinks and nibbles available.

Where: Ground floor, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton (nr cnr with Queensberry).

RSVP preferred (for catering purposes) by Wed March 30th by emailing info@victorianaturally.org.au  or phone (03) 9347 5188.

 

 

Firewood and Bioenergy seminars

both featured as part of the Farm Forestry & Firewood Machinery Expo

 

Friday 8th April 2011, Huntly (15km north of Bendigo)

 

Presented by Northern United Forestry Group, City of Greater Bendigo and Department of Primary Industries.

Firewood seminar:  1:00 - 2:30 pm

 

Growing, harvesting and marketing of Firewood is the theme for the afternoon seminar and our three presenters have plenty of experience to share.

 

Braden Jenkin - What makes quality firewood?

 

Steve McNamara - Experiences of establishing, managing, processing and marketing a firewood plantation

 

Peter Bulman - Harvesting and processing systems, marketing experiences of farm-grown timber

 

Bioenergy seminar:  9:30 - 11:00 am

 

DPI's AgFutures program is presenting the morning seminar covering the scope of bioenergy and working examples of woody biomass systems.

 

Liz Hamilton - Using woody biomass for bioenergy

 

Dave Atkins (from the USA) - Practical use of small scale biomass systems

 

Paul Turnbull - Mallee eucalypt production for bioenergy - research and harvesting

•           As per morning seminar

 

Also at the Expo

•           Bus tours of the City of Greater Bendigo's 165ha plantation site

•           Over 30 live demonstrations and static displays including harvesting and wood processing equipment

•           Still an opportunity for more exhibitors - contact Mal Brown 0419108817 or brown.mal@bigpond.com

 

 

ITEMS from  PAST EMAILS

 

TRAILER AND TOOL INSURANCE FOR FTLA MEMBER GROUPS

 

The FTLA has been talking to a number of insurance companies to negotiate a bulk deal for property insurance, to add to the current public liability, voluntary workers and association liability package.

 

We are looking for fifty groups who might be interested in property insurance. The insurance would cover a trailer with a market value of up to $3,000 plus contents of the same. The premium would be approximately $250 per group, depending on how many groups are interested. If this sounds like something that would be of value to your group please email us at ftla@vff.org.au

 

FTLA Committee of Management

 

2011-12 FTLA Committee of Management

David Clark                   President                      (Upper Mt Emu Creek Landcare Network)

Alex Arbuthnot              Vice President               (Maffra & Districts Landcare Network)

Peter Berrisford             Treasurer                       (Bellarine Landcare Group)

Richard Jamieson          Secretary                      (H11-H12 Catchment Action Group)

Artur Muchow                Ordinary Member           (Middle Yarra Landcare Network)

Karen Alexander            Ordinary Member           (Johns Hill Landcare Group)

Aurel Dessewffy            Ordinary Member           (Murroon Landcare Group)

Terry Hubbard               Ordinary Member           (Upper Goulburn Landcare Network)

Susan Campbell            Immediate Past President          (Springhurst & Byawatha Hills Landcare)

 

FTLA Annual Forum

 

Over 50 members and guests gathered at the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Farm-Tree & Landcare Association (FTLA) on 24th February 2010 in Melbourne.  The FTLA celebrated its 25th year with an opening address by Alexandra Gartmann on “Landcare - the old, the new and the yet to be thought of”.  The attendees reaffirmed priorities for funding for co-ordinators and facilitators, increased funding for on-ground works and recognition of the importance of Landcare in community well-being.

 

This year’s attendees also participated in sessions on the Caring for our Country Review, the new Landcare survey results by Prof.  Allan Curtis, Farm Trees for Conservation and Profit, and Capacity assessment of local groups; marketing to ‘light greens’.

 

CONTENTIOUS PERSPECTIVES ON WEEDS

 

A series of seminars presented by the Weed Society of Victoria: Thursday 14th April 2011 at Attwood (near Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne). The Weed Society is also holding their AGM on the same day

 

Sessions include:

- Weed psychology and the War on Weeds. John Dwyer, Melbourne

- The plant invasion processes, andunderstanding the impacts of plant invasions. Paul Downey, University of Canberra, ACT

- Weeds or Wild Nature - a positive view of weeds from a permaculture perspective. David Holmgren,

Permaculture Principles.

- The place of weeds in the honey industry. David Severino, Chairperson, Victorian Apiarists’ Association Melbourne

- Some issues associated with the introduction of weedy species as biofuel crops. Bruce Shelley, DPI Werribee

- Nettle, dock, dandelion and wild fennel: environmental weeds or environmental belonging. Diego Bonetto, Sydney-based artist.

-  When someone’s meat is environmental poison: under what circumstances should we tolerate

‘beneficial’ invasive plant species? Geoff Carr & Steve Mathews, Ecology Australia & Invasive Species Council.

- Dissent, conflict, enquiry: A systems view of weed controversy. David Low, Monash University & DPI Frankston

 

For more information go to: http://www.wsvic.org.au/ or contact Ros Shepherd (Secretary) email: secwssv@surf.net.au or Ph/Fax 03 9576 2949

 

Community Climate Network Summit – 9-11 April

 

The National Community Climate Network is holding its third summit at the University of Melbourne on Saturday 9 to Monday 11 April.

 

This year’s event focuses on the theme From the ground up and is a great opportunity to share information and collaborate to build the community movement for real action on climate change. Program highlights includes panels on the latest climate science, carbon pricing and climate in the media, and well as a full round up of inspiring and creative community climate campaigns from around the country.

 

Please check out http://climatesummit.org.au / for full details.

This conference is for anyone who is active on climate issues, wants to get involved or just wants to learn more about 'the great moral challenge of our time'. To sign up for regular event updates or to propose a workshop, please email us at climate.summit.2011@gmail.com.

 

Change of dates - EPBC (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation) Act Information and speaker

 

Jol Taber is an environment liaison officer with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities seconded to the NFF, whose role is to liaise and assist farmers in all aspects of understanding and complying with the EPBC Act.  Jol’s services are available to all farmers. Jol will be in Victoria during 4-8th April and is keen to catch up with farmers and landholder who would be interested in some information on the EPBC. Please contact Jol (environment@nff.org.au or 1800 704 520) if you have a particular interest in learning more about the environmental regulations and how they impact on you.

 

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC for short) is main piece of federal environmental legislation impacting on land management, pests and weeds.  While there are a number of Victorian rules and regulations for native vegetation clearing and the management of pests and weeds, the EPBC Act must also be considered before any significant change to habitat can occur. The fines under the EPBC Act can be quite significant and do place a bit of focus on the conservation of ‘habitat’ rather than simply vegetation.

 

The Liaison Officer creates numerous opportunities for farmers:

•           Stakeholder access to all areas of the Department. This can include funding streams, as well as programme and policy areas. If you are unsure who to talk to within the Department on particular issues, the Liaison Officer can direct you.

•           Free advice and clear explanation regarding the EPBC Act.

•           Training on the processes and outputs of the Department.

•           Practical assistance with aspects of referral, assessment and approval processes and other features of the EPBC Act.

•           Information - such as guides, information sheets and direction to relevant websites to make it easier for farmers to work with the legislation.

•           Information and training about the Department and the EPBC Act to NFF staff, organisations and rural landowners.

•           Assistance with consultative processes, such as comments on nominations for threatened species, ecological communities, key threatening processes and recovery plans under the EPBC Act.

•           Provision of feedback to both the NFF and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts about the operation of the EPBC Act

 

2011 Landcare Photography competition

 

The Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine’s 2011 Landcare Photography Competition is open now and you can upload your entries on the Gateway at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vic/2011-landcare-photography-competition or by emailing or posting it to the Landcare Magazine.

 

The competition was announced recently in our 50th Issue. Entries are invited in three categories: sustainability, water and ‘what Landcare means to me’. There will be a general prize in each category and prizes for primary and secondary students.

 

 

BushTender calling for expressions of interest

 

BushTender is still calling for expressions of interest. The program is an opportunity for landholders in four areas of Victoria to generate an alternative income through improved native vegetation management. BushTender is an incentive program designed to help improve management and protection of native vegetation for biodiversity on private land. The approach provides landholders with the freedom to choose management commitments that suit their individual circumstances.

 

Participants may agree to a range of actions including fencing of native vegetation to exclude stock, weed and pest animal control and supplementary planting of native understorey.

To take part in BushTender, private landholders submit a bid in a competitive tender. Successful bids are not necessarily the cheapest bids, but those that offer the ‘best value for money’ in terms of native vegetation outcomes. Successful landholders receive periodic payments under Management

Agreements signed with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

 

To register an expression of interest, phone DSE on 136 186 between 8am–6pm, Monday to Friday.

 

For further information on BushTender call 136 186 or visit www.dse.vic.gov.au/nativevegetation

 

JUNIOR LANDCARE GRANTS NOW OPEN

 

The first round of Junior Landcare Grants in 2011 is closing soon!  Coles has been providing School Garden Grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds or community, such as bush tucker gardens, water wise gardens or veggie gardens. More information at http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/grants-2

 

Round 2: Coles School Garden Grant Friday 13th May, 5pm (EST)

Round 3: Coles School Garden Grant Friday 5th August, 5pm (EST)

 

Rabbit mapping website

 

A new Rabbit mapping website has been released for landholders, community groups and pest controllers Australia wide. RabbitScan (under the FeralScan program) is now available at www.feralscan.org.au to help landholders map and manage rabbits in their local area. Due to a resurgence of wild rabbits across Australia, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre has rereleased the RabbitScan website as a resource for landholders and community groups to map sightings, damage and control information associated with rabbits. This will allow users to create a Rabbit Management Map for their local area.

There are plans to release more websites for other pest animal species during 2011 (including foxes and wild dogs). If you have any questions (or feedback) regarding RabbitScan, head to the website www.feralscan.org.au/rabbitscan.