November e-NEWS

Good news this month with the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. This means that travel between metro and regional areas will disappear. We hope that an increase in numbers at indoor and outdoor events will follow. Our Network AGM is happening on Tuesday the 24th November. The results of the Backyard Bird Count are in and the Spring Wild Pollinator Count is happening between the 8-15th November. Find out how you can participate in upcoming events in this newsletter. 

In this issue.....
Landcare news
Upcoming online events
Community training
Grant opportunities
Citizen science
WPCLN contacts

Landcare news
October was a busy month in October so this is a bumper edition  that I hope you will find useful.
Strategy and implementation have been a focus for Landcare Victoria over the last few weeks.  The Landcare Victoria Board is working on a strategic plan that will define and focus our role in support of our members and stakeholders and have an important function in our communications.  We’ve also made some important staff appointments, mentioned below.

Read more in the LVI Newsletter
The Landcare Youth Survey is now open and is an opportunity for people under 25 to tell Landcare Australia what their environmental issues are, share their ideas and say what help they need to make a difference.

The survey takes 10 minutes, and will provide Landcare Australia with valuable insights to help develop programs and events that young people want to be involved in.

The survey closes 20 November.
Take the youth survey
Vale Tim Ealey (aka Dr Mangrove)

We remember Tim well as a passionate supporter of the Western Port and particularly its mangroves. In fact, to us all, he was Dr Mangrove. The Westernport Biosphere Reserve Facebook page has a great tribute to Tim  and we just wanted to add our thanks for his great work on re-establishing mangroves around Western Port and instigating community action which is ongoing today. He brought his scientific training to everything he did, from collecting sprouting mangrove seeds and trialling the best methods to raising seedlings to measuring the extent of coastal recession around the Lang Lang cliffs. He has left us a great legacy from a life of many achievements. He was a stalwart of the Western Port Catchment Committee, the forerunner to the Biosphere Community Forums, he didn't miss a single one!
State of Volunteering 2020
Volunteering Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian Government has released the Victorian State of Volunteering 2020 report.  The report found that there are 2.3 million (or 42.1% of) Victorians over 15 years of age who volunteer in Victoria. This includes people who volunteer formally with organisations and those that do not have an affiliation with an organisation but contribute informally to their communities. Volunteers contribute on average 223.9 hours a year or 4.3 hours every week with their fellow Victorians.
Upcoming online events

Be inspired by Craig, the presenter of the ABC TV series “War on Waste” and the recent “Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge”.

Craig will share his insights on waste and recycling in the lead up to National Recycling Week. Find out what individual actions you can take and how to influence and create change at a community level.

Be inspired and informed by Craig in this one hour session including the opportunity to ask questions.

When: Thursday the 5th November 7-8pm

Register here
Wild Pollinator and Beneficial Insects webinar

Come along and learn about the contribution native pollinators and beneficial insects make to your farm and the environment and what you can do on your property to encourage these important invertebrates.  Key note speakers:

Tuesday 12th November
From 10am - 12.00pm

To register jump onto the link below

Managing run off and mud on horse properties

Dr Mariette van den Berg has a passion for equine nutrition and permaculture. This online webinar will focus on;

• Mud and health problems for horses
• 10 ways to manage run-off and mud
• Rain water runoff and infiltration
• Q&A session

Wednesday 17th November
From 7pm - 9.30pm

Register here

ARI Legacy Seminar Series
In this final seminar in the series, we turn our attention to people. From the early days of focussing on fishers and hunters to addressing the needs of industries such as aquaculture, to engaging the community in threatened species conservation, and now how behaviour change sciences can support biodiversity.

Register for the webinar at

Protecting fruit trees and wildlife

Fruit on household trees and plants is a tempting treat for hungry wildlife. Netting is a popular way to protect fruit, but inappropriate types of netting can kill or injure animals such as birds, flying-foxes and possums. Agriculture Victoria has provided some detailed information about the correct netting and how to use it.
Read more here
Cardinia Shire - 2021 Australia Day Award Nominations Are Open

Do you know a citizen, young citizen or senior citizen who makes a big contribution to our community? Or maybe you know of a fantastic local event that deserves recognition?

Nominations are open for our 2021 Australia Day Awards.

This is your chance to nominate someone who makes an important contribution to our local community or a community group who held an outstanding event onsite or virtually between 1st November 2019 and 1st November 2020 that deserves recognition.

Show your appreciation by nominating the person or event for an Australia Day Award. Nominate now at

Nominations close 13 November 2020

Community Training 
City of Casey Grant Writing Workshops
Does your community group need new equipment or funding for a much needed project?  Learn how to access funding that is available through grants for community groups, schools or not-for-profit organisations.

Please see the City of Casey website Community training page for the complete 2020 schedule of workshops.  All workshops will be on-line using Zoom until further notice.  To participate you will need an internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone.

Grant Writing Workshop: Next Level
(Completion of Grant Writing Basics Workshop required)
  • Monday 23 November 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
This free workshop is provided for community groups based in or servicing the City of Casey. Please book with City of Casey Customer Service on 9705 5200.
Grant opportunities
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 to control noxious and environmental weeds on private property, both in agricultural areas and areas of high environmental value. The 2019-20 round of grants is available from 1st July 2019 or contact the Biodiversity Officer Marianne Sawyer on 1300 787 624.

To apply for a grant visit the Smarty Grants Website at
Citizen science

This was our largest count yet — together we counted over 4.8 million birds!

Now that the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is over for another year, what happens next? 

After this date, we will be collating, vetting and analysing the data. We hope to have the results ready for you in November and we'll send you an email to let you know when they are ready.

The winners of our incredible prizes will be announced via email on 9th November.

We hope you enjoyed taking part and learnt to identify a new species or two. And if you're already missing the excitement of counting birds, you might like to get involved in our Birds in Backyards seasonal surveys.

If you’ve been waiting for a reason to get outside and enjoy spring, Wild Pollinator Count is on again soon!

The Spring 2020 count runs from 8-15 November. Anyone, anywhere in Australia, can contribute to the dataset – it only takes 10 minutes outside on a warm sunny day. Follow the simple instructions to conduct a count and submit your observations via our easy online form. Find out more details on our FAQ page. If you want to know a little more about our history and objectives, see this blog post (note: the post was written in 2016 and some date-specific information is unreliable).

FrogID Week starts Friday 6th November!

FrogID Week starts next week and we need the entire FrogID community to get involved! Every recording contributes to our annual ‘audioshot’ of Australian frogs, and helps us measure the health of our frogs and environment. Learn more here

This year, we have a competition for the FrogID user who submits the highest submissions of verified frogs during FrogID Week. The ‘Top Frogger’ will win a Bunnings gift card valued at $500, as well as a video conference opportunity with FrogID Lead Scientist, Dr Jodi Rowley! Please familiarise yourself with the Terms & Conditions of our Top Frogger competition here

The quest for a perfect nest box: what box is best? Remember the Wild?
Modules for getting kids out into nature
These resources have been designed to help educate grades 4-6 through activities that encourage kids to get creative or get outside. Each module has around 5-10 activities (with answers if relevant) and teaches kids about current issues and practical solutions that they can take. These resources can be acquired by sending an email to and are open to all parents, educators, youth leaders and anybody else who wants to educate.

Topics include: biodiversity, litter and water, wetlands, introduced pests, climate change and waste reduction). Each resource contains around 5-10 kinesthetic or outdoor activities to encourage grades 4-6's to learn about nature away from screens.
Are you planning a direct seeding project this spring? The Network has a machine that prepares the ground for direct seeding that can be towed behind a tractor. Please contact Jim Armstrong at

We also have Hamilton Tree planters suited to both forestry tubes and hiko tubes.  Please contact Nicole at if you would like to loan these items. We also have second hand corflute tree guards and stakes that you can have for FREE!
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

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

Geoff Lockwood
Landcare Projects Facilitator
Mob: 0428 352 203

Natalie Mikecz
Landcare Projects Facilitator
Mob: 0407 548 765 (by appointment)

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

Geoff Hudson
Treasurer of WPCLN

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

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