Landcare: FTLA 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 and to Landcare support staff where listed. You should only be receiving this email if you are in the North East Region.

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REMINDER: 2011-12 COMMUNITY ACTION GRANTS: Closing Monday

Information on how to apply is available at http://www.nrm.gov.au or by calling 1800 552 008.

If you need the FTLA to act as a sponsor organisation please let us know as soon as possible, before you start the online registration. We would be very happy to receive applications tomorrow or at the latest first thing Monday morning. We will not be able to guarantee that applications sent late in the day will be submitted prior to the deadline.

Community groups around Australia can now apply for grants of between $5000 and $20 000 to help protect and conserve their local environment and natural resources. $5 million will be available in the 2011-12 Community Action Grants round to help local communities undertake activities such as revegetating landscapes, rehabilitating dunes, removing weeds, controlling pests, and improving sustainable land management practices. In response to community feedback, eligibility has been broadened this year to include all community groups that deliver environmental and sustainable agriculture projects.

Applications for the 2011-12 Community Action Grants will close on Monday 1 August 2011.

THE LANDCARE LANDSCAPE 2011 LANDCARE VOLUNTEERING SURVEY

We know that there have been a lot of surveys recently but many agencies are making a genuine effort to listen to what we have to say so please take the time to respond. The more information that goes in the better outcomes are likely to fit your needs.

Landcare Australia Limited is seeking to gain an understanding of the operating environment of the Landcare movement and its needs by surveying people who are actively involved in their local Landcare group. If you play an active role in the Landcare movement, please completiethe following survey which should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time.

Everyone who fully completes the survey will go into a draw to receive one of 20 grants worth $500 for their group.

The survey closes at 11.59pm (EST) on Sunday, August 7th 2011

The survey can be completed on the Landcare Australia web site: www.landcareonline.com.au or by clicking this link: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/news/archive/the-landcare-landscape-2011-landcare-volunteering-survey/

The survey results may be made public to help raise awareness of the Landcare movement and the vital role it plays in repairing and protecting Australias biodiversity and the uptake of sustainable production practices. However, your individual identity will remain anonymous.

2011 AUSTRALIAN FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Closing Monday

The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards celebrate the highly professional, innovative and sustainable approach of our farmers, showcasing their passion and raising the profile of the important role they play in Australia. The nomination closing deadline has been extended until Monday, 1st August 2011

Winners will be placed in the final round of interviews in the esteemed Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) valued at $50,000 . The finalists for each award category are also invited to attend the Farmer of the Year Awards dinner in Sydney on September 7 costs are covered and this includes air-fares for two people and one nights accommodation in Sydney.

Categories include Farmer Industry Leader, Biosecurity Farmer, Diversification Farmer, Grain Grower, Wool Producer, Livestock and Young Farmer.

2011-12 HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE GRANTS

The 2011-12 Healthy Parks Healthy People Grants for community groups are now open. These grants

· Help local groups to deliver projects which protect and enhance the natural, cultural and heritage values of parks and reserves;

· Provide diverse recreational, educational, cultural and tourism opportunities of importance to local communities;

· Facilitate the involvement of the wider multicultural community in environmental and recreational projects; and

· Increases community awareness and understanding of parks and their values.

Prospective applicants should contact the relevant Ranger In Charge for the park or reserve in which your group are planning to undertake the project to obtain an application form and to discuss the proposal. The application can be filled in with the assistance of local staff and must be endorsed by the Ranger In Charge prior to submission. Prospective CMN applicants are asked to contact their local Parks Victoria CMN liaison contact and to collaboratively develop a project proposal.

The 2011-12 Healthy Parks Healthy People Grant guidelines are on the Parks Vic website www.parkweb.vic.gov.au . Type Healthy Parks Healthy People Grants into the search box to find the grants page. Please phone 13 1963 if you are unsure of who to contact or for any further advice.

Applications close 4pm Friday 12 August 2011.

REGIONAL TOOLBOX FOR THE ENVIRONMENT FORUM

Greening Australia and Sovereign Hill will present the third annual Regional Toolbox for Environmental Change forum in Victoria on Friday, August 19 this year.

The forum is designed to inspire and support education for sustainability in regional schools, a need identified after delivering over a decade of Melbourne-based Toolbox Forums.

Last years regional forum brought together 85 participants including teachers, exhibitors, workshop presenters, keynote speakers and community members. Fifty-six organisations including twenty-three schools were represented at the event. Greening Australia and Sovereign Hill are keen to grow the event in 2011.

The Regional Forum will follow a similar format to the 2010 event with a welcome to country by traditional owners, a keynote speaker, a range of hands-on workshops delivered by a number of excellent education for sustainability providers and a smorgasbord of educational displays. School case studies will be encouraged, particularly those involving student presenters. Details of keynote speakers and organisations involved will be available on this web page closer to the date of the event.

The event will be held at the Narmbool Environmental Discovery Camp, 30km south of Ballarat near Elaine, and is designed to inspire and support education for sustainability in regional schools.

For more information visit the Greening Australia website or contact Greening Australia by fax (03 9457 3687) or post to PO Box 525 Heidelberg VIC 3084 or lhanna@gavic.org.au

YOUNG FARMERS INQUIRY

The Inquiry into the Capacity of the Farming Sector to Attract and Retain Young Farmers and Respond to an Ageing Workforce is holding public hearins in Mildura and Swan Hill. Members of the public with an interest in the Inquiry are welcome to attend the hearings as observers. During regional hearings the Committee may invite members of the public to make comments from the floor, should they so wish, at the end of the hearing.

Beechworth: 4 August 2011

Mansfield: 5 August 2011

Horsham: 23 August 2011

Ballarat: 24 August 2011

Werribee: 29 August 2011

Nambrok: 20 September 2011

Leongatha: 21 September 2011

Dunkeld: 17 October 2011

Timboon: 18 October 2011

Shepparton: 3 November 2011

For more information go to http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/rrc/inquiries/article/1430

FARMING AHEAD 2011 – LAND, WATER, CARBON CONFERENCE: Registrations Open

Farmers and members of Australias agricultural industry, including agribusiness and researchers will come together in Sydney during September to discuss the policy and regulatory changes governing farmings main assets land, water and carbon.

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN book your place today to secure the early bird discount

The Farming Ahead 2011 Land, Water, Carbon Conference will showcase a diverse range of speakers tackling a myriad of issues such as foreign ownership, farm growth and expansion, rural land values, carbon trading, emission reduction strategies, soil carbon science as well as water quotas and trading.

The Farming Ahead 2011 conference will come hot on the heels of the launch of the Federal Governments National Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Richard Eckard, PRIMARY INDUSTRIES CLIMATE CHALLENGES CENTRE

Andrew Grant, CEO CO2 AUSTRALIA

Ben Keogh, Managing Director AUSTRALIAN CARBON TRADERS

Simon Venus, Partner PIPER ALDERMAN

David Sackett, CEO GROWTH FARMS

Farming Ahead 2011 is about providing farmers with the information they need to manage the changes confronting the management of their natural assets, and the options for capitalising on these changes.

How to register

Register online at http://www.kondiningroup.com.au/static.ASP?t=2&I=17

or contact Kondinin Group 1800 677 761.

Early bird registration is available until August 15.

FARMREADY REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS WEBSITE

Eligible participants are able to claim up to $1500 per financial year to attend FarmReady-registered courses, with additional funding available for associated reasonable travel, accommodation and childcare expenses. Registered courses focus on areas designed to equip primary producers with the tools to manage and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

From 1 July 2011, the Program Guidelines have been amended to include a new Key Learning Area for agritourism and food tourism. The guidelines have also been amended to include a co-contribution requirement for primary producers to invest 35 per cent towards their training costs with FarmReady reimbursing the remaining 65 per cent up to a maximum of $1500 per person per financial year. Indigenous land managers are exempt from a co-contribution requirement.

For more information about these changes please call the FarmReady Program Administrator on 1800 087 670 or email admin@farmready.gov.au or go to http://www.farmready.gov.au/

LAUNCH OF THE COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT EVALUATION TOOLBOX

The City of Whitehorse along with partners Knox City Council, Bayside City Council and Shire of Gannawarra are launching a new web resource to assist project officers to better evaluate their sustainability engagement and behaviour change projects.

The toolbox provides a gateway to successfully evaluate projects – from start to finish. http://www.evaluationtoolbox.net.au/

CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE PACKAGE

The Australian Government the announced Clean Energy Future Package on Sunday 17 July. The new Land Sector package Action on the Land includes the following new measures:

Biodiversity Fund ($946.2m) to help build connectivity and resilience in the landscape by promoting biodiverse carbon plantings and revegetation, management of existing biodiverse carbon stores and managing pests in a connected landscape;

the establishment of a permanent, expert Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Advisory Board ($4.4m) to provide advice to ministers and parliament on the implementation of the land sector measures;

Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Planning for Climate Change ($43.9m) measure to support regional planning for climate change to guide the most appropriate locations for new projects to store carbon as part of the Carbon Farming Initiative;

Carbon Farming Futures ($429m) to help farmers and other landholders to benefit from carbon;

Carbon Farming Skills (4.2m) package to support green jobs and ensure that landholders have access to credible, high quality advice and carbon services;

Carbon Farming Initiative non-Kyoto Carbon Fund ($250m) to purchase Carbon Farming Initiative credits; and

Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund ($22.3m) to support Indigenous participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

More details are available at the DCCEE Clean Energy Future website: http://www.cleanenergyfuture.gov.au/clean-energy-future/land-use/

VICTORIAN LANDCARE AND CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE – SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE ONLINE NOW!

Issue 52 features a variety of stories about sustainability including how farmers like Ross McDonald from Kaniva in the Wimmera consider sustainability in all of the decisions he makes. The Yarra Valley Equine Landcare Group shares some tips on the sustainable management of horse properties, and a committed group of landholders in the Shepparton region report on their efforts to restore the genetic diversity of local plants. This issue also highlights new ways to engage with younger volunteers through school sustainability initiatives, and also through novel approaches such as the Landcare for Singles project in the Yarra Ranges.

Issue 52 is now available, along with past issues, at http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/land-management/land/landcare/victorian-landcare-and-catchment-management-magazine

Kind Regards

Susi J Johnson

Executive Officer

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