Victorian Landcare Magazine - Summer 2018, Issue 71

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Getting the most out of the Gateway

The updated Victorian Landcare Gateway website has 50,400 users who clocked up 69,750 sessions, and 159,800 unique page views since the website was launched in September 2016. Currently 28.5 per cent of Gateway users access it by mobile phone and nine per cent via tablets. Of online readers of the Victorian Landcare magazine, almost 16 per cent access it by tablets, 12 per cent by mobile phones, with the rest reading it on their computers.

The site’s most visited pages are ‘Resources’ and ‘Find a group’.

The Gateway is where many new Landcarers go to find information on Landcare so it’s important for Landcare groups and networks to keep their information and contact details current on the Gateway.

Logging in to update your group or network pages is simple. If you don’t have editing permission email so your editing rights can be set up.

The Gateway is a great place to share Landcare-related resources. The more Landcare resources that are posted on the Gateway, the more effective the website will be as a store of Landcare information and a resources pathway for the Landcare community. 

Over the coming months registered Gateway users will be sent links to some useful tips and advice on how to make better use of the Gateway.

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New child safety guidance note

By Susi Johnson

Landcare Victoria Incorporated has developed a child safety guidance note, Child Safe Standards – First Steps.

The guidance note was put together after consultation with the Commission for Children and Young People.

Children, young people and families are the future of Landcare and we want them to be involved. Keeping children safe at Landcare activities and events involves more than managing tripping hazards and allergies; it is also about preventing harm and abuse.

The Child Safe Standards are a result of recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust inquiry and evidence of what works to prevent child abuse, and are in addition to the Working with Children Checks. Being child safe is about awareness, managing risks and reducing the opportunities for abuse.

Susi Johnson is the Executive Officer at Landcare Victoria Incorporated.

The guidance note is available at

Next issue

The next issue of the magazine, to be published in winter 2018, will feature stories about Landcare and research. Stories on all aspects of Landcare-related research are sought, from citizen science projects through to large-scale experiments and trials.

Our readers are keen to learn about the successes of different research projects, as well as what hasn’t worked, and the insights and reflections of your group or network along the way. Please contact the editor with your story ideas.

Contributions should be sent to the editor by Thursday 29 March 2018.

Carrie Tiffany, editor
Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine


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