Landcare: REGISTER for 25 Years Conference + LANDCARE FACILITATORS (23 Oct) + Funding Opportunities + Consultations + Photo Comps + Resources + News

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.

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HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR CONFERENCE YET?

The Growing Sustainable Communities 25 years of Landcare 1986-2011 conference at the MCG on Tuesday 15 November will be the highlight of the anniversary calendar. Guest speakers include John Williams, Andrew Campbell, Kate Auty, Alexandra Gartman and Landcare co-founder Joan Kirner. A range of workshops will be offered on sustainable primary production, a healthy Landcare community and our environment, challenges and solutions.

Register online by following this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y39VMSD and for more information go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/25years/conference/conference-information

VICTORIAN LOCAL LANDCARE FACILITATORS INITIATIVE – closing soon

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith announced funding for 60 new Landcare facilitator positions. These positions are a fulfilment of an election promise regarding employing 60 coordinators at for $12 million over three years. There is a strong emphasis on local facilitator roles and local Landcare groups and networks are encouraged to apply for fixed grant of up to $50,000 per year toward funding for a facilitator position. Applications for the Victorian Local Landcare Facilitators Initiative close on 23 October 2011. For more information go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/funding/victorian-local-landcare-facilitators-initiative-1

SUBMIT A POSTER IN THE SUREGRO EXHIBITION

As part of the 25 Years of Landcare conference, a poster exhibition is also being held at the conference to help showcase the work of Landcare across the state. You are encouraged to submit a poster that showcases the work and contribution of Landcare. If you are intending to submit a poster please complete an expression of interest and a 200 word abstract (maximum) that outlines the content of your poster. The abstract will be included in the conference proceedings. Posters should be laminated and A2 (594 x 420 mm) or A1 (594mm × 841mm) in size.

The deadline for sending your poster is Friday 4 November. For more information go to: http://www.landcarevic.net.au/25years/conference/conference-information

Please scroll down for Funding Opportunities, Submissions & Opportunities, Events, News and Resources

FUNDING & OPPORTUNITIES

SIXTH AUSTRALIAN LANDCARE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS

With the New Zealand Landcare Trust (NZLT) conference running from 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2012 at Hamilton 140 kilometres south of Auckland, ALI is planning a Landcare Travel Fellowship, covering airfares to Hamilton, a modest sum for spending money and four nights accommodation. Our Fellow will speak to the conference on how CMAs and Landcare work well together in Victoria.

Each CMA CEO to recommend one staff member or Landcare co-ordinator with an outstandingly creative record in this arena, plus:

o public-speaking skills

o a good case study as a poster

Applications close by Friday 22 October. Please contact your CMA if you are interested.

COMMUNITIES FOR NATURE GRANTS OPEN

The first round of the Communities for Nature Grants is now open. The Communities for Nature Grants is a new $20 million dollar program over 4 years, funded by the Victorian State Government in fulfilment of an election promise regarding environmental grants for community groups.

The grants are competitive and targeted towards local community groups and organisations. They are for projects focused on: Biodiversity and habitat preservation; Threatened species recovery; Sustainable management of native wildlife; Revegetation; Cleaning up waterways; and, Control of weeds and pest animals.

Both small grants, for applicants seeking up to $10,000, and large grants, for applicants seeking between $10,000 and $150,000 are available. Applications close on the 19 December 2011.

For more information go to: http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/conservation-and-environment/biodiversity/communities-for-nature-grant-program

BJARNE K DAHL TRUST GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Bjarne K Dahl Trusts Small Grants Program is currently calling for applications up to $15,000. The principal purpose of this program is the protection and enhancement of eucalypts as a significant aspect of the natural environment and the provision of information or education about eucalypts.

Through small grants the Trust will provide support to the community for the undertaking of eucalyptus education, promotion, cultivation, establishment and conservation.

Grants are capped at $15,000 and are generally made for up to a 12-month period – timeframes may be flexible depending on grant seekers needs and the approval of the Board of

Managing Trustees. Applications close 4 November 2011.

Further information can be found on their website (http://dahltrust.org.au/grants ) or contact 03 8648 6510.

FOX AND WILD DOG BOUNTY

The government recently announced details of the fox and wild dog bounty in Victoria, which began on 1 October 2011. The bounty for foxes will be $10, for wild dogs, the bounty is $50 (only be awarded for wild dog parts collected in designated Wild Dog Control Areas of Victoria)

Further details of the fox and wild dog bounty, including requirements, collection locations and times, go to: http://new.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/pest-animals/fox-wild-dog-bounty/collection-schedules/fox-and-wild-dog-bounty-2011-2015

CONSULTATIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

SEEKING COMMUNITY ASSESSORS

The Australian Government is seeking applications from people interested in becoming a community assessor of Natural Resource Management grant applications.

Community assessors play a crucial role in environmental and sustainable natural resource management by representing local, community perspectives on a range of funding decisions. They may be involved in assessing funding applications for things like Caring for our Country and Action on the Ground.

Caring for our Country is an Australian Government initiative that aims to build resilience in the natural environment through investing across a broad range of areas. Action on the Ground is part of the Carbon Farming Initiative under the Australian Governments Securing a Clean Energy Future plan and is designed to help farmers and land managers make the most of new carbon farming opportunities.

Australian Government is interested in receiving applications from Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians across a broad age range and from all regions of Australia.

For more information go to www.daff.gov.au/communityassessors. Applications close at 8.00am on 26 October 2011

COMMUNITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM CONSULTATIONS

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency consultation is now open for Low carbon communities: Community Energy Efficiency Program. The consultation process closes Friday 21 October 2011: for more information go to:

http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/government/submissions.aspx

WETLANDCARE AUSTRALIA NATIONAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2012 on February 2, WetlandCare Australia is hosting their 5th annual Australia wide art and photography competition. There are categories for young people and adults, and for the first time the competition includes categories specifically for Indigenous artists.

The categories in the competition have been designed to give as many people as possible the opportunity to submit entries. Entries close 2 December 2011. For more information go to: http://www.wetlandcare.com.au/index.php?cID=334

FERAL PHOTOS PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION.

To help raise awareness about pest animals and illustrate the damage that is being done across the country by pest animals, the Invasive Animals CRC (IA CRC) is running its first-ever Feral Photos photography competition. They are looking for your photos showing pest animals in their habitat, the damage caused by pest animals and also photos that exhibit the various control methods that are available.

Photos provide strong visual evidence of pest animal impact and if used continuously, can help land managers and government agencies to monitor changes across the landscape. There are great prizes up for grabs so visit www.invasiveanimals.com/feral-photos or contact

Jessica for an entry pack jessica.marsh . Competition closes 31st October 2011.

EVENTS

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – WEBSITES, SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR ORGANISATION.

This seminar will provide an invaluable overview on the basics of intellectual property law for not-for-profits, including:

Intellectual property issues raised by a website and other internet uses;

Copyright, trade marks, and confidential information;

How to protect your trade marks and other intellectual property and ensure that you own them;

Use of photos on your website and publications;

Remedies if your intellectual property is being infringed by others;

Licensing agreements and releases for the use of information; and

Issues with hiring outside consultants and advertising agencies.

Date: Tuesday 18 October

Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm (registrations open at 9.15am)

Venue: Minter Ellison, Level 23, The Rialto Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne

Fee: $40 (inc GST) per person.

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided for morning tea.

This seminar is generously hosted by Minter Ellison Lawyers. To register, please follow the link below:

http://www.pilch.org.au/Page.aspx?ID=908

On The Edge: A FORUM ON FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY AROUND AUSTRALIAN CITIES

Tue 25 Oct: 8:30 5:30pm BROADMEADOWS, Hume Global Learning Centre 1093 Pascoe Vale Rd (Mel 6, 8H)

Food production forms the basis for physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural health. How we preserve, manage and develop our agricultural resources close to where a majority of people now live worldwide- in cities- will determine the future health, sustainability and conviviality of our communities. Our peri-urban agriculture is a key component of what makes Melbourne the most liveable city in the world and its worth protecting, now.

Key discussions on the day:

Setting the scene for peri-urban agriculture in Australia- where are we at? What are the key challenges and opportunities? Trevor Budge & Michael Buxton

British Columbia Agricultural Land Reserve and Strengthening Farming Program (Vancouver, Canada) Dave Sands

Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat, an instrument for preserving, developing and managing a peri-urban agricultural area (Barcelona, Spain) Sonia Callau-Berenguer

Feeding Milano; energy for change (Milan, Italy) Anna Meroni

The expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary in Melbournes outer South East and its impact on jobs, food security and the Bunyip Foodbelt David Wilkinson

Promotion, protection and enhancement of food production on the Mornington Peninsula Kevin Wyatt and Gillian Stewart

CERES Fair Food- connecting local producers and local eaters Chris Ennis

Peri-urban areas and zoning options Michael Tudball

Keeping commercial farming viable in peri-urban areas Susan Finger

Farmlands trusts; an innovative vehicle for securing land for sustainable agricultural use on the urban fringe Robert Pekin

VCOSS CLEVER IDEAS FORUM 2011: Learn how skilled volunteers can help your organisation

The Victorian Council of Social Service will be holding its 2011 Clever Ideas Forum on 27 October 2011 at the Queen Victorian Womens Centre in Melbourne. The Forum will explore what can be achieved by engaging skilled volunteers within your organisation including how to get started, and how to ensure that your organisation achieves the best outcomes when using skilled volunteers.

Date: 27 October 2011

Time: 9am 12pm

Venue: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Womens Centre, 210 Londsdale

Street, Melbourne.

Cost: $25 for VCOSS members, and $50 for non-members. (Fees can be

reduced or waived for organisations unable to pay).

For more information please contact Emma Richardson on (03) 9654 5050 or emma.richardson or visit www.vcoss.org.au/clearinghouse

GROWING HEALTHY FORESTS- FARM FORESTRY RESEARCH SEMINAR

The DPI invites you to the sixth seminar in our farm forestry research seminar series. This free seminar will be a great opportunity to hear the latest research in forest design and management for healthy, productive trees.

The impact of pests, diseases and water availability will be discussed along with opportunities to boost nutrient availability and biological controls. Importantly, the seminar includes a situation update on the myrtle rust fungus.

Date: Friday 28th October 2011

Time: 10.15 am for 10.30am start – 3.00pm

Venue: DPI Attwood, 475 Mickleham Road

RSVP: 19th October 2011

Contact Rhodey Bowman, DPI Tatura on 03 5833 5957 or

dpi.forestry@dpi.vic.gov.au for more information and to RSVP.

CARBONEXPO AUSTRALIASIA 2011

Australias Trade Fair & Conference for emissions intensive business and low-carbon economy product & service providers across Australasia, Carbon Expo Australasia 2011, will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 7-9 November 2011.

For more information go to: http://www.carbonexpo.com.au/the-event/about-the-event

RESOURCES

VOLUNTEERS AND THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACT

On 1 August 2011 new legislation came into effect that is designed to improve the way we combat discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria. For volunteers, the change means new protections against sexual harassment. For organisations there are some practical implications for the way volunteering is coordinated.

Volunteering Victoria is working to support volunteers and organisations to understand and meet their responsibilities toward volunteers under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Download our EOA Information Pack at http://www.volunteeringvictoria.org.au/volunteering-victoria/position-papers/524-volunteers-and-the-equal-opportunity-act

DAFF BIOCHAR PROJECT

The DAFF-funded biochar project is a national initiative which, under CSIRO leadership, brings together partner organisations from across Australia. Key research is carried out on the different qualities of biochar and how they interact with the soil mineral matrix and how the properties change over time. The effect of biochar on greenhouse gas mitigation is being assessed in field and laboratory trials and a comprehensive life cycle analysis will provide information on the whole-of-life mitigation potential of biochar application to agriculture. The following is a link to more background information on biochar and an update on this research: www.csiro.au/resources/Biochar-agronomic-improvement.html.

ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF WEED MANAGEMENT

For groups who would like to learn more about alternative methods of weed management, there is a host of information available relating to weed management in Australia, including this article [about the biological control of weeds by CSIRO (see: http://www.csiro.au/org/WeedBiocontrol.html ). The National Weeds Management facilitator is also a good first point of contact with relation to weed management issues.

NEWS

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES AFFECTING LANDCARE

There are three sets of legislative changes affecting volunteer groups in Victoria, including Landcare. The changes to the Equal Opportunity Act are now in place, but changes to the Associations Incorporation Act have now been delayed until 1 July 2012, and changes to the Work Health Safety Act may also be delayed.

Volunteering Victoria has put out a fact sheet on volunteers and the upcoming Work Health Safety reforms (see http://www.volunteeringvictoria.org.au/education-and-training/resources/doc_download/282-fast-facts-health-a-safety-for-volunteers )

There is also an Equal Opportunity Act Information Pack at http://www.volunteeringvictoria.org.au/volunteering-victoria/position-papers/524-volunteers-and-the-equal-opportunity-act

CONSULTATION REPORT OF CFOC REVIEW RELEASED

In February this year the Australian Government invited people to take part in a public discussion about Caring for our Country. Over 4000 community members, and stakeholders including the FTLA provided input through online conversations, formal submissions, video segments, case studies, and face to face meetings. One fifth of total comments in the review made reference to how the Australian Government can work with the community to improve local ownership of issues and increase the level of involvement of the Australian public in natural resource management

For further information go to: www.nrm.gov.au/publications/pubs/the-story-so-far.pdf

ROADSIDE WEEDS AND PESTS REPORT RELEASED

The Government has now released the report of the Roadside Weeds and Pests Working Party. The report makes a series of recommendations to improve the management of roadside pests and weed, including clarifying the roles of State and local government and private land holders.

In particular the report recommends that the management of regionally controlled weeds and rabbits on roadsides should be the responsibility of local government, and that the costs of management should be shared between local and State government. For the full report go to:

CMA BOARDS ANNOUNCED

The appointment of new directors to the boards of Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) was announced on 3rd October. For more information go to:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/images/stories/documents/mediareleases/2011/111003_Walsh_Smith_-_New_CMA_board_members_appointed.pdf

PRESIDENT OBAMA INTRODUCED TO LANDCARE

In a great illustration that luck is when preparation meets opportunity, David Lowe who is involved with Landcare in the USA, had a chance meeting with President Obama at Martha’s Vineyard, (an island near Boston, Massachusetts) and took the opportunity to promote Landcare. David gave the President two books on Landcare called Landcare Local action global progress and another about Landcare in Australia.

2011-12 BUSINESS PLAN SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS

The Caring for Our Country Open Call projects have been announced. The FTLA wishes to congratulate its members with successful projects including the Broken Catchment Landcare Network Inc, the Upper Barwon Landcare Network, Heytesbury District Landcare Network Inc, the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network, and the Surf Coast and Inland Plains Network. Of $31.3 million granted for 116 Landcare, sustainable agriculture and pest and weed management projects, just over $2.6 million or 9% was allocated to Victoria.

LANDCARE LANDSCAPE 2011 VOLUNTEERING SURVEY REPORT AND $500 DRAW RECIPIENTS

In July and August 2011, 653 volunteers participated in a nationwide survey conducted by Landcare Australia in order to capture the needs and challenges faced by volunteer Landcare groups (Landcare including Coastcare, Bushcare, Friends of, Rivercare and Dunecare groups). Survey results are available at http://www.landcareonline.com.au/news/archive/landcare-landscape-2011-volunteering-survey-report/

These newsletters are compiled from many sources, and thank-you to those who supplied the information.

Kind Regards

Kind regards

Susi J Johnson

Executive Officer

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