March e-NEWS

Welcome to our first Autumn issue. We're looking forward to some milder temperatures and more rainfall in our region and we wish the best for all those recovering from the dreadful fires over summer. There's a plethora of grants available at the moment, hopefully there's a grant just right for you or your group.

See what else is happening in our region over March

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In this issue.....
Landcare News
Bunyip Bushfire Recovery
Upcoming Events
Grant Opportunities
WPCLN Contacts

Landcare news
The Cannibal Creek Landcare Group is organising Clean Up Australia Day in the Bunyip State Park on the 15th March and a Community Planting at Garfield North School and Daisy's Corner on the 21st June. If you'd like to help out contact the Secretary Pam at
Landcare Australia is calling for the submission of abstracts and posters for the 2020 National Landcare Conference that will be held from 11-13 November 2020, at International Convention Centre, Sydney.
Landcare Australia is seeking presentations for the concurrent sessions that demonstrate the Landcare ethos for the following streams:
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Community Partnerships in Action
  • Landcare Impact
Submission of abstracts: by 11:59 pm, on 8 April 2020. 

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in accordance with the guidelines available via this link Authors may submit more than one paper, but the program is limited and your submission(s) may not be included in the conference program.
For further information: including FAQs and to how submit an abstract visit the Landcare Australia website: For any questions not addressed by the FAQs please email or call the events team on 02 8440 8800.
Ten Landcare group members attended a half day training course on Governing a Community Organisation at the Deep Creek Centre in Pakenham. This three hour session was delivered by Rebecca Barber (far left) from Justice Connect - Not for Profit Law. If you would like a copy of the slide presentation and training workbook contact Nicole at
Bunyip bushfire recovery
Upcoming events

The Future of Food

Come along to this discussion of agriculture and food security governance and policy for the south-east region and gastronomic capital within Victoria. There will be a presentation by Dr Lenore Newman followed by a Q&A session. 

When: Thursday 5th of March 2020
Time: 9.30am - 2.30pm

Where: Pakenham Hall, corner of John and Henry Streets, Pakenham
Tickets and program online


Film Night - Warragul

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.

When: Wednesday 11th of March 2020
Time: 6
pm - arrive 15 minutes early
Where: Peninsula Cinemas Warragul - Cinema Arcade, Warragul
Tickets: $20 plus $2 booking fee

To book

Bunurong Day on Country

Discover the deep connections the Bunurong people have to their country on this guided bus tour that will visit several site visits around their ancestral home of the Mornington Peninsula.

When: Wednesday 18th of March 2020
Time: 9am - 4pm (please be on time)

Where: Bunurong Land Council, 395 Nepean Highway, Frankston
Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Lunch provided.


Morn Pen discussion group - hazelnuts & sheep

Nick and Vanessa Wootton from ‘Binbarra farm’ invite you to our next discussion group which will focus on Hazelnuts and English Leicester sheep.

When: Saturday 21st March 2020
19:30am cuppa, 10am to 12noon farm walk & discussion
Where: Binbarra Farm, 10 Uplands Drive, Main Ridge

Please RSVP by Thurs 19th Mar to Anna Roach 0404 681995 or

Incentives for wildlife habitat - Buneep Park

Would you like to provide habitat for local wildlife but unsure how to go about it? What incentive are available? Our presenters will take you through options to suit your circumstances. 

Cost: $20 (waged) or $10 (unwaged)
 Afternoon tea provided.
Saturday 28th March 2020 (morning tea & lunch provided)
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Where: "Buneep Park" 230 Wimpole Road, Bunyip North

Please RSVP to Pat McWhirter by the 26th March for catering.

Managing pasture & soils on horse properties

This workshop with Dr Mariette Van Den Berg will cover ways to manage soil loss and compaction, pasture planning, promoting succession and pasture biodiversity and an introduction to property planning

Participants can express interest in having Dr Van Den Berg conduct a property visit.

Cost: $20 (goes to bushfire recovery in the Bunyip area)
When: Sunday 29 March 2020 (morning tea & lunch provided)
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Where: Tonimbuk Hall, 1900 Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road, Tonimbuk


Farm to Plate Peri-Urban Planning Scheme Audit (Survey)
For the past few months, Plan-it Rural has been independently funded by the McLeod Family Foundation to undertake the Farm to Plate Peri-Urban Planning Scheme Audit, which will be taking a close look at how planning regulations in the 26 peri-urban and green wedge areas around Melbourne influence farming and food systems.

They have just released a survey to hear from landholders and farmers about their experiences of working with Council Planning departments and would love to hear from you!”
Grant opportunities
Cardinia Community Grants - Closing soon!
Residents and community groups can now apply for grants including Community Capital Works Grants, Major Equipment Grants, Community Wellbeing Support Grants and Festival and Events Grants.

Community Wellbeing Support Grants
The Community Wellbeing and Support Grants Program helps to establish new organisations, projects and services. There are three categories of funding, including seeding grants (up to $5,000), volunteering grants (up to $3,000) and small change grans (up to $1,000).

Festival and Events Grants
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support a comprehensive and diverse mix of festivals and events which align with one of the following categories:

Applications for ALL GRANT PROGRAMS close 5pm, Monday 2 March 2020.

To apply for a grant visit the Smarty Grants Wesbite at
Baw Baw Shire Community Environment Grants 

Environment grants provide funding of up to $5,000 for activities or projects that benefit Baw Baw’s environment. Applications close 13 March 2020.

Grants of up to $15,000 (excluding GST) are available to support Landcare and community environmental groups as well as networks located in bushfire affected areas across Australia. The aim of the program is to support the urgent needs of the Landcare community to restore essential wildlife habitat, shelterbelts and fences, protect our waterways, manage weeds and feral animals, work with Traditional Owner groups and run local community workshops, amongst other recovery activities.

It is anticipated this will be the first round of funding from Landcare Australia and that there will be others as more funds are received. At least 15 projects will be awarded funding from this initial round.

Project Applications close Friday 13th March 2020.

Our Catchments, Our Communities Leadership Development Grants 2020

The Leadership Development Grants program is designed to strengthen skills and capabilities while fostering a new generation of leaders in catchment management.
Funding available: grants of up to $10,000 are available for travel, study, research, training and other forms of professional development for integrated catchment management in the following categories:
Innovation: new approaches and knowledge to address contemporary issues
Aboriginal Leadership: recognising and supporting Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians as leaders
Women in Leadership: improving diversity and inclusion and the opportunity for women to lead

How to apply: for further information visit
Applications open:  on 3 February and close on 27 March 2020.

The 2019/20 Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. Community groups can apply for grants between $1,000 & $5,000.

Closing Date is 6 April 2020 – but funding is capped at $66,000 per electorate. Once the funding limit is reached, no further organisations will be funded so get in early

Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grants
The Victorian Government's Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grants support licenced wildlife shelters and foster carers receiving animals as a result of 2019-2020 fire season bushfires.  The grants are for the most immediate and basic supplies to support wildlife emergency response including feed, consumables and veterinary consultations.

Applications close 30 April 2020

To apply
Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Projects
If you own land that fronts onto a river or creek, you may eligible for funding to help manage the land. The Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Program supports works that protect or enhance riverbanks such as weed control, fencing and planting native vegetation. Visit their site to submit your Expression of Interest at

If you are interested in a Melbourne Water grant then please contact Bridgette Sullivan at or phone on 0407 205 749 to arrange a site visit. 
Cardinia Shire Weeds Grants 
Weed control grants are available to help landowners and community groups control noxious and environmental weeds on private property, both in agricultural areas and areas of high environmental value. The 2019-20 next round of grants are available from 1st July 2019. Click here for more information. or contact the Biodiversity Officer Marianne Sawyer on 1300 787 624.

To apply for a grant visit the Smarty Grants Wesbite at
There is help to undertake your planting or weeding working bees through Western Port Intrepid Landcare group or corporate groups such as the Commonwealth Bank. 

If you need help contact Marijke De Bever-Price (Westernport Intrepid Landcare) at

Or Johanna Cornish (Commonwealth Bank) at
WPCLN contacts 

Peter Ronalds
Sustainable Agriculture Manager
(Monday - Friday)
Mob: 0402 650 382

Bridgette Sullivan
Melbourne Water River Health Assessor
(Mon, Wed & Thurs)
Mob: 0407 205 749

Nicole Walsh
Landcare Groups Facilitator
(Monday - Wednesday)
Mob: 0490 955 168

Natalie Mikecz
Landcare Projects Facilitator
Mob: 0407 548 765

Marijke de Bever-Price
President/Secretary of WPCLN
Ph: 5628-5345│ Mob: 0438 522 743

Geoff Hudson
Treasurer of WPCLN

Carol Hoskins
Office Manager (Tuesday 1-5pm)
Office: 0490 855 902

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