December e-NEWS

Welcome to the first month of summer. Hopefully the worst of COVID restrictions are over and we can look forward to getting together again in a COVID safe manner from now on. Luckily we were able to have our Network AGM in person in late November and we hope to transition to more in person events during 2021. Until then why not take advantage of the breadth and variety of online events still on offer.

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

Landcare news
Western Port Catchment AGM 2020
Our Network AGM was held on the 24th November at the Deep Creek Centre in Pakenham. Our thanks to the wonderful venue and catering provided by the team at Deep Creek and also to Gavin Brock from Melbourne Water who chaired the election of our new Management Committee. This was followed by a light supper that gave everyone the opportunity to catch up and meet the new Committee members, several of whom are new to the Committee and to the Network.
Read AGM minutes here

The Annual Magazine for the Network for 2020 can be accessed here.

Click onto the cover to download as a PDF.

It can also be viewed on our website

Landcare Facilitator and Regional Landcare Coordinator Extension to 30 June 2021

The Victorian Government is extending contracts for existing Landcare Facilitators and Regional Landcare Coordinators to 30 June 2021.

These contract extensions for existing Landcare Facilitators and Regional Landcare Coordinators will ensure continuity of employment for the facilitators and coordinators who play a vital role in supporting the work of Victorian Landcare and environmental volunteer groups.

An application process for organisations that want to employ a Landcare Facilitator beyond 30 June 2021 will be run by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in early 2021. 

You can find details of the Victorian Government announcement about the continued investment in the Victorian Landcare Program, amongst a host of other initiatives, within this media release:

Read more in the LVI Newsletter
Recovery after the Bunyip Bushfire

Our Landcare Facilitator Nicole recently visited Cannibal Creek Landcare member Don Hughes at his property in Tonimbuk to interview him about his experiences after the bushfire in 2019, the recovery of his property and the special connection he feels for the area. This interview will be edited to create a short video clip that will be presented as one of a series of video's from the PPWCMA Short Film making Course. This video will be part of a mini film launch early in 2021. More details to follow.

Camping on Licensed Stream Frontages

Many Landcarers are concerned about proposed changes to the Victorian Land Act 1958 that will remove the current prohibition on camping on licensed Crown water frontages.  The amendments will also provide for regulations to be made concerning camping. 

Landcare Victoria has been concerned that Government communications with licensed frontage holders has been insufficient, creating a lot of possibly unnecessary anxiety.  There is some detail about the proposals on the Victorian Fisheries Authority website here:

Upcoming online events
Landcare Youth Summit

If you’d like to find out a bit more about engaging and working with young people, our Landcare Youth Summit Webinar is right up your alley. Taking place on 3 December at 4pm (AEDT), Facilitated by Landcare Ambassador Sophie Taylor-Price.

To register jump onto the link below

Improving soil health in Australia

On the 10th of December, we’re talking soil with Sue Bestow from the Office of the National Soils Advocate. In Five interventions to improve soil health, we’ll hear from Sue Bestow on five interventions that have the potential to improve soil health at a meaningful scale. This is part of a series of Webinar events as part of the National Landcare Conference Series.

Free online Webinar
Thursday 10th December
From 12.30pm (AEDT)

Register here
Weed management after fire series

After bushfire our ecosystems are at their most vulnerable to weed invasion. This webinar series focuses on sharing practical knowledge so everyone can contribute to bushfire recovery. Recordings to Webinars 1 and 2 can be accessed via the link below.

Webinar 1: Bushfire Response and Recovery Program: Threat Management
Webinar 2: Prioritisation of weeds after fire
Webinar 3: Collaborative projects - weed management after fire - 9th December
Webinar 4: Weed identification and recording after fire - 16th December

To register jump onto the link below

Stock and Waterways Webinar - Friday 11th December
11.30am - 12.30pm

In this webinar our Rivers of Carbon Program Manager, Lori Gould, will cover all the practical considerations of managing stock around waterways, including everything from fencing, installation of alternative stock water, stock crossings, revegetation and control of pest plants. Her talk is based on the popular ‘Stock and Waterways Guide’ produced by the Australian River Restoration Centre in partnership with Water New South Wales.

Register here
Grant opportunities

Citizen Science Grants

The Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has opened a grant round to support citizen science projects.  This grant opportunity funds projects that provide all Australians with opportunities to participate in scientifically valid citizen science projects.  Landcare Victoria is considering ways of engaging the Landcare sector in this program.  If your group would be interested in participating, please contact Claire Hetzel at LVI with your ideas.  Closes 17 December 2020.

Environment Restoration Fund - Safe Havens Grants

This grant opportunity is to support the creation of safe havens for threatened species.  Safe havens are areas where invasive predators such as feral cats and foxes have been permanently removed from fenced areas and islands to provide long term protection for native wildlife.  The objective of this program is to reduce extinction risk to nationally listed threatened species through strategic expansion of the safe haven network. Closes 11 January 2021.

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
Read article here
Hope you had a chance to get outside and participate in the spring Wild Pollinator Count between the 8-15 November.  If you want to know a little more about our history and objectives, see this blog post. We will post a results summary here on the blog before the end of the year.
FrogID Week Results Are IN!

During this year’s FrogID Week (6-15 November) we received over 10,500 submissions from over 4,200 FrogID users across Australia! Our team are busy listening to all the croaks, bleats and whistles and have verified over 20,500 records of 103 species so far

Volunteering Naturally - Understanding Victoria's Environmental Volunteers 2020
Assessing the Conservation Benefits of Revegetation
The Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) in partnership with La Trobe University and several land managers, non-government agencies and community groups have completed research to understand how revegetation contributes to nature conservation. To find out what their results were click here
You can employ an individual or a business to undertake or support you with rabbit control on your property. Having a reliable contractor with the right skills and equipment is important for effective control, and having some knowledge yourself of how to manage rabbits and what to expect from a good management plan will give you better results.

Check out this factsheet from the Victorian Rabbit Action Network. 

COVID Safe Landcare

Victoria’s achievement in suppressing COVID infections in the community means that some restrictions have been eased.  Environmental volunteering is now a permitted activity provided appropriate precautions are observed.  DELWP has posted information on the Landcare Gateway that provides more information:

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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