Landcare – Farm Tree & Landcare Assoc newsletter

Dear Member Groups,

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

RACV Community Grants

The RACV Community Grants are now open. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for projects that fall under the category of environmental sustainability. Applications close 1 July 2011. For more information or to apply, go to the RACV website (heather.campbell .


Professor Tim Reeves, who is well-known to Victorian grain growers, is a key-note speaker at a FREE forum to be held at Swan Hill on Tuesday 31st May, entitled Capitalising on our changing climate. His 40 year career in agricultural research, development and extension has focused on sustainable agriculture in Australia and overseas. He is a board member of the Grains Research & Development Corporation and an excellent communicator. His presentation will cover: How agriculture around the world is adapting farming to changing, or erratic climatic conditions, including the effective use of climate information.

Brian Kearns, who works on international market development for the Department of Primary Industries will speak about New and emerging market opportunities for agriculture. Another speaker will be Neil Barr, who is a social scientist with the Department of Primary Industries. His topic is The changing social demography in rural Victoria and its effects on agriculture. Graeme Anderson, Department of Primary Industries, will speak on What’s with our weather, by explaining the key factors that determine weather and relating those factors to long-term, climatic data from the Swan Hill area. He will also provide advice on how farmers can tap into the best available, predictions on seasonal weather conditions.

The forum is jointly presented by the Department of Primary Industries, the North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Victorian Farmers Federation. It runs from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm on Tuesday 31st May at the Grain Shed, 2-8 King Street, Swan Hill. It is FREE and lunch is provided. To register, either email: info or phone: 03 5448 7124.


There will be a smorgasbord of great information for farmers at a FREE forum at Nathalia on 16th June. Carbon farming; Cashing in on carbon; Understanding our weather; New and emerging markets; Weeds; Soil organic matter; Irrigation scheduling; Weather-proofing your farm finance; are all topics to be covered.

Maya Stuart-Fox who heads the Carbon Farming Policy group for the Australian Government will deliver a keynote address on the government’s Carbon Farming Initiative. Carbon farming involves the process of locking away carbon in solis and vegetation. The science of carbon cycling in the soil will be explained by scientist and consultant, Cathy Botta.

Senior Social Researcher with the Department of Primary Industries, Neil Barr, will speak on Social factors shaping land use trends in rural Victoria. Under the title of What’s with our weather?, Graeme Anderson, (also from the Department of Primary Industries), will explain the key factors that determine weather. He will also provide advice on how farmers can tap into the best available, predictions on seasonal weather conditions.

There will be 3 blocks of four concurrent sessions where attendees can choose from a variety of interesting and informative topics covering irrigation, finance, weeds, soil management and marketing.

The forum is jointly presented by the Goulburn Murray Landcare Network and the Victorian Farmers Federation. It runs from 8.30 am to 3 pm on Thursday 16th June at the Recreation Reserve, Park Street, Nathalia. It is FREE and lunch is provided. For more information and to register, either email: gmln or phone: 0447 321 140.


The Botantic Guardians aim to help conserve Victoria’s rare and threatened native plant species and vegetation communities on public and private land. Funding is awarded up to $3,000.

Contact Adrian Moorrees on 03 9412 4232 or email adrian.moorrees. They accept applications anytime.

FACSIA VOLUNTEER GRANTS 2011 (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)

Funding of between $1,000 and $5,000 is available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations to assist their volunteers and encourage volunteering. Eligible activities include:

• Purchase of portable, tangible, small equipment items to help volunteers

• Contribution to the reimbursement of fuel costs for their volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, deliver food and assist people in need

• Contribution to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability who are unable to drive

• Contribution to the costs of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for volunteers.

How to apply:

Funding is limited and applications will be assessed and prioritised according to how strongly they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria, eligibility criteria and other essential information about Volunteer Grants 2011 are provided at

For groups that are not incorporated in their own right, the FTLA can act as a sponsor organisation for up to twenty groups, and while we are trying to increase that number in the meantime it is on a first in basis. Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like the FTLA to sponsor your application as we will need to register the application.

Applications close Wednesday 8th June at 5pm AEST.



Applications are now open for 2011 NSW Farmer of the Year and Young Farmer of the Year Awards, with prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 going to the winners. The awards recognise excellence in agriculture through management skills, the use of innovation, profitability, environmental sustainability and community involvement.

For more information go to

Entries close Thursday 9th June 2011.



As part of their continuing partnership, Landcare Australia and Woolworths have launched the Woolworths Fresh Food Future program. As one element of this new program, Woolworths is providing $150,000 of funding towards a grants program to help farming groups develop or implement sustainable farming practices.

Successful projects will support farmers in the adoption of technology or practices to improve water use efficiency, nutrient management and their carbon footprint. The grants will be awarded to farming groups and each grant can be up to a maximum of $10,000 to implement a project which addresses one of these key areas.

Applications close on Monday, May 30th and further information, criteria and application forms can be found


Caring for our Country’s business plan for 2011-12 was released this week. Up to $178 million is available from Caring for our Country to invest in projects that can be completed by June 2013. This year’s business plan has been adjusted to take account of community feedback.

Applications for regional base-level funding close on 16 May 2011 and open-call applications close 30 May 2011. Details on the application process and eligibility guidelines are on the Caring for our Country website


The third 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

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



Discussing the weather is always a popular topic for farmers. Everyone has their own thoughts about the weather, especially as to whether or not our climate is really changing. Even though medium to long-term weather forecasting is still not very reliable, scientists and meteorologists are now able to accurately explain the key factors that determine our weather and the implications for agriculture.

A number of Landcare groups and VFF branches are presenting sessions on the factors that impact our weather and better prepare attendees to manage their land for future conditions.

Wangaratta / Beechworth: Monday, 30/05/2011, Hodgson and Horseshoe Creek Landcare, Namurkah: Thursday, 16/06/2011,

Contact Alisa Gibson via agibson or on 03 9207 5563 for further information


The twelfth annual Project Platypus plantout series will be held throughout July in the Wimmera. Help other volunteers to plant and guard plants. Camping available. Jobs for all abilities.

Dates are Saturday 2nd July (Jallukar), Saturday 9th July (Concongella ), Sunday 17th July (Crowlands), Sunday 24th July (Northern Grampians), Saturday & Sunday 30-31st July (Great Western).

For more information or to register for plantout 2011 contact:


PO BOX 838


PHONE: 5358 4410 FAX: 5358 4441




Landcare in Victoria will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2011! Go to for information and resources to assist your group participate in this major milestone. There is also an event calendar, so if you are planning a celebration please put it in the calendar!



The Australian Framework for Landcare was released during Landcare Week. The framework is intended to guide Landcare over the next ten years and form the basis of a Landcare Action Plan. The Action Plan can be downloaded via if you would like to take a look. Submissions on the action plan are due 17 June 2011.

The FTLA will be making a submission, as we did for the framework and during the consultation process, highlighting the unique role of Landcare in sustainable land management and the importance of local decision-making and peer-to-peer learning. We would welcome input from members to include in the submission. We would also encourage you to make your own submission to the process.


ABC Open is a new initiative that will see 45 new ABC producers working in regional Australia to help create and share your stories and ideas. Over the next few months, ABC Open will invite you to get involved in lots of different ways using digital media. Each region has producers to help you develop and share the skills you need to engage in the project. 32 regions are currently open. It’s an opportunity for you to tell the stories you care about, and to share the issues and ideas of regional Australia with the world. For more information go to


Nominations are now open for the 2011 State and Territory Landcare Awards, giving everyone across Australia the opportunity to honour the people who make a positive difference to their local environment. Nominations for the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards will be open from the 2nd of May until Friday the 1st of July 2011. Please go to for more information.

The prestigious Landcare Awards recognise the invaluable work done by committed volunteers across the country on a daily basis protecting and restoring our natural resources. All winners from the 2011 State and Territory Awards will go forward as nominees in the biennial National Landcare Awards which will take place in 2012.

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 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.

About Julian Carroll

Principal of Black Star Angus Regional Chair SAMRC Central Vic
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