February e-NEWS

Welcome to 2021. Hope everyone had a good break over January and are looking forward to getting together in person at the various Landcare events planned for this year. The Network is about to commence a review of our Strategic Plan for the next three years and we'd love your input plus there's a prize draw for those that complete the survey!!  We also have six new members joining our Committee, so we're very excited to have a fresh injection of expertise, enthusiasm and experience they bring with them.

In this issue.....
Landcare news
Newsletters and reports
Grant opportunities
Citizen science
WPCLN contacts

Landcare news
The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network (WPCLN) is preparing to review its Strategic Plan and is seeking your input. The new Strategic Plan will guide the direction of the Network for the next three years 2021-2024. Your ideas and contributions are very important. Please click above to access the survey and go into the prize draw!! The survey will be open until Friday the 5th February.
New WPCLN Committee Members
We welcomed six new Committee members at our AGM in November 2020. Five members are returning for another term while six members are new to the Committee. This is the very first time we've advertised for Committee members outside the Network area. This process attracted a number of quality applicants and two of these were selected for a position on the Network Committee. We look forward to a productive and progressive period for the Network with these new members.
Landcare Group Meetings
Westernport Swamp Landcare Group General Meeting

The Westernport Swamp Landcare Group will be having their first meeting for 2021 on Monday the 1st February at the CFA station in Bayles at 7.30pm. The group meets fours times a year along with social activities and field days. This will be an opportunity for the group to discuss their plans for the year. Contact Sue Davies for more details
Neerim & District Landcare Group AGM

The Neerim District Landcare Group AGM will be held on Friday 12th February, 2021 at 4pm at the Bendigo Bank meeting room (at the back of the Bendigo Bank in Neerim South).
The ordinary business of the meeting will be to confirm the minutes of the previous annual general meeting, presentation of the President’s report and the presentation of the Financial Statements, to elect members to the committee and to set the amount of the annual subscription. All are welcome. Contact Phil Darton for more details
Cannibal Creek Landcare Group 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Cannibal Creek Landcare Group will be meeting at the Tynong North Hall on Sunday the 14th February at 2pm to celebrate their 25th Anniversary as a Landcare group. The group would like to invite a representative from all Westernport Landcare groups. Please RSVP by 10th February to or 0407 876 935.
See invitation details here
Labertouche Sustainable Farming and Landcare Group AGM

The Labertouche Sustainable Farming & Landcare Group AGM will be held on Wednesday the 17th February at 8pm Labertouche Community  Centre. This will be the groups first meeting in 12 months as well as their AGM. This will be an opportunity to share what members would like from Landcare, find out what the Landcare Network has planned for 2021 and as an opportunity to reconnect as a group.  Contact Tammy Barnes for more details
Newsletters and Reports
Landcare Victoria Newsletter - January 2021
2019-20 Landcare Report Card

Each year, the PPWCMA publishes a Landcare Report Card, which details the breadth of environmental volunteering across the region, based on data from the Victorian Government's Landcare Group Health Survey.

The report card shares key statistics, as well as stories of the achievements Landcare groups and networks, friends groups and collaborative projects, and highlights the return on investment the Landcare and environmental volunteering sector provides.

Cover - Members of the Cannibal Creek Group

PPWCMA Annual Report 

The PPWCMA is pleased to present its Annual Report for 2019-20.

The Annual Report outlines our performance against the strategic targets in our Corporate Plan and is an opportunity for us to update key stakeholders about our progress, as well as highlight our achievements and challenges.

There's lots of great data and project updates contained within the report, so we encourage you to take a look. Just click on the report.

2019-20 Western Port Biosphere Annual Report

The Western Port Biosphere Reserve recently held their AGM and launched their Annual Report. Their keynote speaker was 
Nicola Ward gave the keynote address on "United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in our Biosphere". 
We have now uploaded the 2019 - 2020 Annual Report on the Biosphere’s website. You will find it as follows:

Victorian Landcare Magazine

The Summer 2021 issue (#80) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature on small farms and food production is available online here.  Among the stories in this issue includes:

  • Andy Gray from the Central Otway Landcare Network who coordinates a biennial food and fibre showcase
  • Rita Bikins and David Margetson, olive growers from Pomonal in the Wimmera
  • Peter Ronalds, Western Port Catchment Landcare Network, on farmer discussion groups

To access the PDF of issue #80 of the Landcare magazine go here.

Stock and Waterways Webinar Recordings

In this webinar recording Rivers of Carbon Program Manager, Lori Gould, covers 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. Click here to listen to the recording
Grant Opportunties
Melbourne Water
Liveable Communties, Liveable Waterways Grants

Melbourne Water has launched a new streamlined and flexible grants program: Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways. Landowners, councils and public land managers, school and community groups, universities and research institutions, multi-partner projects and collaborative groups have the opportunity to partner with Melbourne Water for projects that align with the following themes: Connected habitat and catchments; Integrated water management (IWM) enablers; Science, innovation and technology; and Liveable cities. The program offers a flexible application process that allows can be access at any time during the year. Visit Melbourne Water for more information.

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 Community Wellbeing & Support Grants

This grants program helps to establish new organisations, projects and services. It also funds initiatives that improve residents' health and wellbeing, support opportunities for volunteering, as well as those which help to build the capacity of community groups, projects and programs to be sustainable.

Funding categories include:

  • Seeding grants  of up to $5,000 to support the cost of starting a new organisation, group, club, program, project or service.
  • Volunteering grants of up to $3,000 to help create volunteering programs, train volunteers or promote volunteering opportunities.
  • Small change grants of up to $1,000 to assist with a range of ad hoc costs that cannot be met through other funding sources, such as buying small items of equipment, website redevelopment, Christmas decorations and more.

Please contact Kym Ockerby for further information at

Major General Jeffery Soil Health Award
Farmers, land managers, extension specialists or educators or anyone who is making an exceptional contribution to soil health in Australia is eligible for the General Jeffery Soil Health Award which honours the exceptional work of Australia’s first National Soils Advocate. Like to know more? ​​
Citizen science
Be part of a project to count platypus in Victorian waterways

Spring 2020 results are here!

Click here to see results

During 6-15 November, thousands of FrogID users contributed over 10,000 submissions, resulting in over 20,000 verified frog records – our largest FrogID Week event yet! With 10% of all records submitted from fire-impacted local government areas across Australia (3,300 records from Victoria), many records contributed to our understanding of the impact of drought and fire, particularly pertaining to differences in the numbers and types of frogs calling compared to previous years. Click on the frog to here to find out more.
WPCLN contacts 

Peter Ronalds
Sustainable Agriculture Manager
Mob: 0402 650 382
(Mon - Fri)

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

Nicole Walsh
Landcare Group Facilitator
(Wednesday & Friday's)
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/Committee member of WPCLN
Ph: 5628-5345│ Mob: 0438 522 743

Michael Walker
Secretary/Committee Member of WPCLN


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