February e-NEWS

Welcome to our February eNEWS. It's been so sad to see the massive impact from the bushfires on our native bush, farms, people and wildlife. However it's been fantastic to see how people have donated their time, money and labour to help out fire affected communities. On this note, two of our Landcare group members were recognised at the Australia Day Awards for their contribution to their community after the Bunyip complex bushfires. See what else is happening over February

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

Landcare news
Australia Day Awards 2020 - Cardinia Cultural Centre
Two of our Landcare group members were nominated for the 2020 Australia Day Awards. John Anderson from Bunyip Landcare was nominated for Citizen of the year for his work with BlazeAid and Pam Cunningham with the Cannibal Creek Landcare Group was nominated for Senior citizen of the year for her community, fire recovery and Landcare work. One of our community projects (for a fire recovery project at Garfield North) was nominated for Community event of the year. The nominees were announced and given a certificate at a VIP function and attended the Australia Day Award Ceremony at the Cardinia Cultural Centre. Sadly we didn't win but it was still nice to be recognised and presented with some impressive medals.
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
The Summer 2020 issue (#77) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which features Landcare and community engagement, is now available. Our Network President Marijke has written an article on "Experiences in nature assisting young people to recover from addiction". There is also a great guide for small landholders who are new to the land.

For the PDF of issue #77 of the Landcare magazine go to
Habitat Hectares - A guide for small landholders
Western Port Intrepid Landcare group helps out at Beaconsfield Primary School
Intrepid members get stuck into the weeding at Beaconsfield Primary School
Read Western Port Intrepid report
Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project
The wildlife friendly fencing project is raising awareness of the impact of fencing on Australian wildlife, and developing guidelines for good practice. Barbed wire in particular is a major hazard for wildlife. Each year thousands of animals face a cruel death or permanent injury from entanglement on barbs, usually on the top strand. More than 75 wildlife species have been identified in Australia as occasional or regular victims of barbed wire fences, especially nocturnal animals such as bats, gliders and owls. Many fail to see the fence, or cannot clear the height under windy conditions. Most of those rescued are too severely damaged to return to the wild. find out more
Bunyip bushfire recovery
Click below to download the 24th January newsletter from the Cardinia Shire Council
Bunyip Complex Fires - Community Recovery Committee Update 29/1/20
Upcoming events

Cardinia Farm & Food Festival - Pakenham Community Garden

Celebrating Pick My Project’s Growing the Future: Pakenham Community School Farm and Food Project - and the first anniversary of Cardinia's Community Food Strategy. Come along to a FREE Community Event.

When: Friday 7 February 2020, 4pm - 8pm

Where: Living & Learning Skills & Wellbeing Centre - 6B Henry Street, Pakenham
Tickets are limited. Book your free tickets via

Organic weed control,
leaf litter and bushfire recovery workshop

Healthy soil microbiology and invertebrate microfauna are critical for agriculture and wildlife alike. Having planned, landscape-wide core areas and linkages with healthy leaf litter and and soil microbiology can repopulate soils damaged by bushfire.

Speakers: Dr Mary Cole and Andrew Kelly.

RSVP for catering purposes to Pat McWhirter by 6th February to

When: Saturday 8th of February 2020
Time: 1pm – 5pm. Afternoon tea provided.
Where: 105 Gunn Road, Garfield

Dromana Climate Smart Farm

You are invited to our next discussion group which will have a ‘Soils’ focus.
Stephen Todd will talk about ideas and practices behind the Dromana Climate Smart Farm & Adrianna March from ‘Bootstrap Environmental Services’ will teach us how to conduct a physical soil assessment in the paddock.

When: Saturday 8th of February 2020
9:30am cuppa, then 10am-12pm farm walk & discussion.
Dromana Climate Smart Farm – 21 Collins Road, Dromana

Please RSVP by Thurs 6th Feb to Anna Roach 0404 681995 or

Organic fruit & vegie growers discussion group

All growers are invited to our first Organic Vegie/Fruit Growers Discussion group for 2020.

When: Thursday 13th of February 2020
12:40pm cuppa or BYO lunch then
1-3pm – Discussion & farm walk
Where: Sunny Creek Organic Berry Farm 
69 Tudor Road, Trafalgar South

For more info contact Peter on 0402 650382 or

Network Meeting
Deep Creek Centre
- Pakenham

All Landcare group members are invited to the next Landcare Network Meeting at the Deep Creek Centre. We will be discussing the latest on the Bunyip fire recovery plus a report on the Landcare Cluster meetings held late last year. Please come prepared to share your best and most successful events from last year. Please bring a plate to share afterwards.

When: Wednesday 12th of February 2020
Time: 7.30
Where: Deep Creek Centre, Cameron Way, Pakenham,+Pakenham+VIC+3810/@-38.0783332,145.4981709,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b29e1fb5e2af5d5:0x3b53d7c5a13c32b6!8m2!3d-38.0776449!4d145.497259

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
Where: Peninsula Cinemas Warragul - Cinema Arcade, Warragul
Tickets: $20 plus $2 booking fee

To book

Citizen Science Association
Grant opportunities

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

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
Cardinia Community Grants NOW OPEN 
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
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. 
Baw Baw Shire Community Environment Grants - NOW OPEN

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