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Workshops, Field Days and Courses

Veggie Patch Planning Workshop – Saturday 10th August
3-4.30pm, Sustainable Activity Centre (Former Tourist Information Centre) Gateway Island. Would you like to have your own veggie patch? Don’t know where to start? Haven’t got much time? Presented by Being Green Permaculture, this workshop will cover:
-Where best to put your patch
-What the soil should be like
-An explanation of pH levels
-Different approaches to setting up
-Crop choice and rotation
-Planting by the moon
-Techniques to save time
The cost of the workshop is $13.75, bookings can be made thru Eventbrite here. More information on the Sustainable Activity Centre can be found here.
 
5th Annual Restoration Science Forum – Thursday 15th - Friday 16th August
9am-4pm, Mokoan Hub and Cafe, Winton Wetlands. The theme for the 2019 event is ‘Connecting People with Nature’. This theme emphasises the role of nature in both ecosystem health and human health. The 2019 Forum will offer an excellent opportunity to hear speakers from a range of organisations and provide a platform for people to speak about their own projects, nominate their own selection of speakers and get involved in new activities as part of the Forum. There will also be opportunities to view other activities happening on-site such as the indigenous cultural trail, landscape art installations and cycling trails to name a few. Keynote speakers include
- Professor Pierre Horwitz - School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University: 'The multifaceted relationships between wetlands, conservation action and human health'.
- Michael Johnson - Director of Moonlit Sanctuary: 'Moonlit Sanctuary: Connecting People to Nature'
- Yvonne Taura - Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research NZ: 'Te Reo o Te Repo - The Voice of the Wetland, a cultural wetland handbook'
- Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman - Swampfrog Environmental & Tree Consultants Ltd. NZ: 'When the River can't find her happy place - why wetlands are more than just 'wetlands' for a truly healthy Te Awa Tupua.'
- Jennie Schopfer - Deakin University Researcher & Childhood Educator: 'Roll of nature play in early childhood learning'
- Dr Rebecca Patrick: 'Improving natural environments and human health by enhancing the delivery of environmental volunteering programs'
- Geoff Barrow - Friends of Winton Wetlands: 'Connecting people to nature - past, present and future'
- Mark Bachmann: 'Exploring the immense value of community volunteer involvement in wetland restoration works'
There is also the option of joining fellow delegates for a delicious three course meal and drinks at a forum dinner at the Benalla Gallery. The evening will include guest speakers along with the opportunity to network. The theme for the evening will be: How Art connects us with nature.
The cost of the 2 day forum is $90, the forum dinner is an additional $75. For further information or to register please see here.
 

Opportunities to be Involved

Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap Launch & Community dinner Thursday 1st August
6.30-9.30pm, Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Wangaratta. Renewable Energy friends, leaders, advocates and industry are warmly invited to help celebrate the launch of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap and hear inspiring stories from your very own Goulburn Valley and North East Victorian renewable energy leaders. Join the Goulburn and Ovens Murray Regional Partnerships and the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning for dinner at the Gateway Hotel, Wangaratta and during dinner, you will be part of the launch of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap and hear from today’s local renewable energy leaders. This event also marks the conclusion of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap project. Tickets for the event are $15-$30 (including dinner) with drinks available at bar prices. To book your tickets, please see here. For more information on the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap please see here.
 
Renewable Energy Coach Tour Friday 2nd August
8am-4.30pm, Departing and returning to Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Wangaratta. Join this free coach tour for an opportunity to see the region’s existing and emerging renewable energy industry. Through the coach trip you will experience firsthand both our existing renewable energy heritage and new renewable energy investments in the Hume region. While travelling between sites you will hear from local leaders and have the opportunity to network and make meaningful connections. A number of sites will form the itinerary for the regional tour, including:
 
-Shepparton bio-gas power station – 1.1MW
-Numurkah Solar Farm – 100MW
-Yarrawonga Hydroelectric Power station – 9.5MW
 
This tour is part of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap project. To book your place, please see here. For more information on the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap please see here.
 
Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition Closes Saturday 3rd August
The Humane Society International, Australia's Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition helps children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals. The competition is open to primary school children, aged 5-12 years, in NSW, VIC and the ACT. Entrants must choose a threatened Australian animal or plant, that they think is important to save, try to find out the reasons that species is threatened, such as logging, land-clearing or pollution, then create their own work of art (painting, drawing or mixed-media only) that interprets this theme. A short reflection piece of writing that describes anything they care to mention about the artwork (50-150 words) also must be included. Entries can be submitted by an individual or a group. For further information, including entry guidelines and submission details, please see here.
 
Birdwatching at Benambra National Park – Saturday 3rd August
All day, Benambra. Birdlfe Ovens and Murray’s field trip this month will be a visit to the northern end of Benambra National Park and private remnant woodland. Leaders for the day will be John Shepherd & Kylie Durant. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact John Shepherd on 0417 274 380. For more information on Birdlife Ovens and Murray please see here.
 
Regent Honeyeater & Swift Parrot Chiltern Park Survey – Saturday 3rd August
8.30am-3.30pm, Chiltern Mt. Pilot National Park. Fancy spending the day helping relocate colour leg-banded captive-bred Regent Honeyeater’s released into the Chiltern Mt. Pilot National Park, looking for Swift Parrots and learning more about both threatened species? Everyone is invited to help survey for Regents & Swift Parrots as part of the National Survey weekend. It’s also a great way to explore some interesting bushland environments.
Please BYO Binoculars (good quality), camera, mobile phone, drinks, snacks, GPS, warm clothing & appropriate footwear.
Meet at the Honeyeater Picnic Area, Cyanide Rd, Chiltern Mt. Pilot NP (Directions: Turn off the Hume Fwy head towards Beechworth, immediately turn onto Chiltern-Yackandandah Rd, then right into Lancashire Gap Rd, then once in the Park turn left into Cyanide Rd)
Please RSVP by providing name, contact number and any dietary requirements to Glen.Johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au or on 0418 501 936, essential by 1st August to enable catering (lunch provided) and to assist with event planning. For more information on the Regent Honeyeater project please see here.
 
Repair Café – Saturday 3rd August
10am-1pm, the Sustainable Activity Centre (Former Tourist Information Centre), Gateway Island. The Sustainable Activity Centre (SAC) Repair Café is a free meeting place to bring along broken household items such as furniture, clothing, battery-operated appliances, scratched CDs-DVDs and bikes and learn how to fix them with the help of experienced, volunteer repairers. You can also bring along small, blunt garden tools like secateurs and we’ll show you how to sharpen them. Maximum three items per person per session. This month we’re featuring hand stitched leather repairs to handbags, luggage, swags, belts and dog collars, including reattaching straps to handbags and swags, replacing rivets, fixing buckles or punching extra holes on belts or dog collars. Please note, however, there will be no shoe repairs. Please also note, soldering, bikes, jewellery and book repairs will NOT be available this session. More information on the Repair Café Albury-Wodonga can be found here. The Repair Café is proudly supported by Halve Waste.
 
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Day – Sunday 4th August
9am-3pm, Chiltern area. Meet at the Chiltern Post Office.  Join the Friends of Chiltern Mt. Pilot National Park for a day of activities in the park.  Activities may include weeding, planting, maintenance of infrastructure, checking of nest boxes and more. All ages, levels of fitness and knowledge welcome. Contact Mick Webster on 0429 017 229 for more info and what to bring. More information on the Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park can be found here.
 
Winton Wetlands Quarterly Bird Surveys – Wednesday 7th August
8.45am-2pm, Winton Wetlands Reserve. BirdLife Murray Goulburn is a small friendly group of birdwatchers who flock once a month for a day of birdwatching. Members are to meet at the Mokoan Boat Ramp, 650 Lake Mokoan Rd at 8:45 for 9:00 am start. To RSVP, or if you have any enquiries or would like to get involved, please contact Kathy Costello on 5762 5755. More information on Birdlife Murray Goulburn can be found here.
 
Celebrating Wodonga’s Waterways - Thursday 8th August
Join Wodonga Urban Landcare Network members as we celebrate our community’s contribution to the restoration of local waterways.
We will officially launch the new Wodonga Regional Waterway Action Plan, view the restoration works in progress on the Kiewa River, and enjoy an easy guided walk with Parklands rangers. The restoration of the Kiewa River is testament to the work of many community volunteers, students and local organisations, supported by governments at all levels over the years.
All are welcome to join the celebrations. Morning tea and lunch included. RSVP essential for catering purposes.
When: 10am to 12:30pm, Thursday 8 August 2019
Where: by the Kiewa River, Murray Valley Highway, Killara. See map.
RSVP: Please register via the online form at bit.ly/wrwap.
For more information email wodongawaterways@gmail.com or call Karen on 0428 629 099.
This event is hosted by Wodonga Urban Landcare Network, City of Wodonga and the North East Catchment Management Authority.
 
The Regent Honeyeater Project Planting Weekend – Saturday 10th- Sunday 11th August
9am-3.30pm, Benalla. The Regent Honeyeater Project are excited to announce that they are now well funded for the next few years and that they can now advertise the dates for the planting weekends for this season. So, they need your help for another season of People Power in Action! So much great work has been done this year already, but there is still much more to do- check out their facebook page below for the latest updates.
As with last year they will be providing at no cost:
• Saturday evening meal
• Sunday lunch
• Accommodation at the Scout / Guide Halls in Benalla (mattresses supplied: BYO bedding) which will be available on Friday and Saturday nights.
• They will also conduct a tour of an established site, probably late on the Saturday.
There will also be a bush dance with Coral on the Saturday night - a great way to relax and socialise. For more information, please see the regent honeyeater facebook page here, or to RSVP please contact andie@regenthoneyeater.org.au
 
Baranduda Area Field Day with Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists – Sunday 11th August
9am-4pm, Baranduda Area. Members are to meet at 9am at the Acacia Car Park (Woolworths High Street), Wodonga, before setting off to explore the Baranduda area. Please BYO refreshments for the day. The leader for the day will be Richard (Dick), please RSVP to him 0437 136 404 or contact him with any other enquiries. For more information on the Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Club Inc. please see here.
 
On the hunt for the Striped Legless Lizard – Sunday 11th August
9.30-11.30am, Whorouly Carboor Road, Whorouly. After a recent confirmed sighting in the Whorouly area, Join Bert Lobert to be part of the 2019 Striped Legless Lizard search project. The aim is for around 5-10 people to cover 5-10 ha, and, there is a reasonable chance of success after a recent confirmed sighting here- and other confirmed sightings in the North East area. Call Gayle if you can join in, or for further details, on 0448 983 109. For more information on the recent Striped Legless Lizard sightings in the North East region please see here.
 
North East Regional Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) meeting – Tuesday 13th August
10am-12pm, Indigo Shire Offices, Albert St, Beechworth. The North East Regional Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) is a network of community sustainability groups which acts collaboratively with communities, agencies and organisations across the region. Meetings are held every two months in Beechworth. Anyone is welcome to attend. For more information please see here.
 
Pygmy Perch 360 Regional Tour Friday – Friday 16th August
1-3pm, Corowa Memorial Hall, Corowa. Imaginations will be ignited as audiences get to immerse themselves in Pygmy Perch 360, a 5-minute, short film experience, developed to highlight the plight of the threatened local Pygmy Perch.  Screened entirely in the round, using a KMART trampoline frame and rear projection technology, audiences will be left inspired by the species struggle. The film is not only an educational tool to stimulate discussion about river health and the plight of a threatened species but is also a technological and artistic piece of wonder and excellence. This is a free event, suitable for all ages and guaranteed to amaze. For more information please see here. Presented by Murray Arts.
 
Community Gardening in Willow Park – Sunday 18th August
9.30-10.30am, Wodonga. Join Friends of Willow Park for a morning of Community Gardening and morning tea. Community gardening is having fun, connecting with nature, and joining others for a variety of gardening activities- including planting, mulching and weeding.  Meet in the Pearce St Carpark. Ring Jenni on 0410 074 900 if you can’t see where the group is working. Even if you can’t do the gardening, just pop in to hear what the group are doing and what is planned. For more information on Friends of Willow Park please see here.
 
National Tree Day at Clyde Cameron Reserve – Monday 19th August
11am-1pm, Clyde Cameron Reserve, Wodonga. This Planet Ark registered event was rescheduled from Monday 29 July to Monday 19 August, due to poor weather. This year our main planting area is near the old red gums on the bank of House Creek in about the middle of the Reserve. Please join Clyde Cameron Reserve Group volunteers, about 20 Wodonga Catholic College Year 9 students and two teachers to help with new plantings near the old red gums and through the centre of the reserve. Wodonga City Council will supply a trailer of tools, plants, additional workers and a barbecue! The free barbecue will be during the activity from about noon. Join the team, have some fun and help us improve the Clyde
Cameron Reserve … and your environment!
For further details please email ccrgroup@wodongaurbanlandcarenetwork.org.au
Or phone Bruce on 0466 103 129.
 
Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Annual Gathering – Wednesday 21st August
6-9pm at Birrallee Park Neighbourhood House, Emerald Avenue Wodonga. Join Landcare volunteers from across Wodonga to celebrate a great year of local environment and sustainability action. An opportunity to share the highlights of the year by local Friends group members, chat to like-minded people, hear a great guest speaker and join our shared community dinner. RSVP please for catering purposes to secretary@wodongaurbanlandcarenetwork.org.au
 
‘Seed, The Untold Story’ Film Screening – Thursday 22nd August
6-8.30pm, The Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway Island. Back by popular demand – Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga is again screening the film “Seed, the Untold Story”. Their previous event featuring this film (two years ago) was very popular. Come along if you missed it or to watch it again! ‘Few things on Earth are as important as seeds. In the last century 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. Seed: The untold story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year old food legacy.’ Watch the film trailer here. Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga will also have their AGM before the film (around 10mins) and members can access the seed bank. The film will start at 6.30 sharp. The venue has limited heating and seating options so please dress very warmly, bring a rug and perhaps bring a chair, if you have a comfy, portable one. You are welcome to bring some movie snacks or supper to share.  Entry is free for members, $4 entry for non-members. For more information on Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga please see here.
 
Another chance to see '2040' – Thursday 22nd August
6.30pm, Regent Cinemas, Albury. If you missed out on the screening in late July (tickets went really fast!), or as part of the Swanpool Environmental Film Festival, here’s another chance to see this informative movie.
‘2040’ embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Presented as a visual letter to his 4 year old daughter, award-winning director Damon Gameau combines a traditional documentary style with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to present how these solutions could regenerate the world for the generations to come.
Ticket cost is $13.90 for adults or $10.90 for children’s tickets (3-14 years, under 3 free) or senior citizens (online bookings will also attract a $1.40 per ticket booking fee). For more information, or if you would like to book your tickets online, please see the Regent Cinema website here
This screening is presented by the Albury Wodonga Farmers Market, for more information - including upcoming dates - please see here.
 
Chiltern Mt. Pilot National Park with Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists – Saturday 24th August
9am-4pm, Chiltern Mt. Pilot National Park. Members are to meet at 9am at the Acacia Car Park (Woolworths High St), Wodonga. The group will then depart for the Chiltern Mt. Pilot National Park and explore various parts of the Park. Please BYO refreshments for the day. The leader for the day will be Phillip, please RSVP to him on 02 6021 5313 or make contact with any enquires. For more information on the Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Club Inc. please see here.
 
Tastes of the Garden – Friday 30th August
12-1pm, Bhutanese Community Farm, Lemke Rd, Gateway Island. Join the Bhutanese Community Farm Catering team as they offer lunch al fresco at the farm over 4 winter Fridays. The team will be cooking fresh vegetarian curries and accompaniments featuring the vegetables and herbs grown on the farm throughout the year. Farm Rangers will also be there to answer questions about the Community Garden and show people around. Everyone is welcome, why not bring a friend or some work colleagues down to experience a unique Friday lunch at a minimal ($10.33) cost? Please book and pre pay here to let us know you’re coming. For more information on the Bhutanese Community Farm please see here.
 
The Regent Honeyeater Project Planting Weekend – 31st August – 1st September
9am-3.30pm, Benalla. The Regent Honeyeater Project are excited to announce that they are now well funded for the next few years and that they can now advertise the dates for the planting weekends for this season. So, they need your help for another season of People Power in Action! So much great work has been done this year already, but there is still much more to do- check out their facebook page below for the latest updates.
As with last year they will be providing at no cost:
• Saturday evening meal
• Sunday lunch
• Accommodation at the Scout / Guide Halls in Benalla (mattresses supplied: BYO bedding) which will be available on Friday and Saturday nights.
• They will also conduct a tour of an established site, probably late on the Saturday.
There will also be a bush dance with Coral on the Saturday night - a great way to relax and socialise. For more information, please see the regent honeyeater facebook page here, or to RSVP please contact andie@regenthoneyeater.org.au
 
Bird Watching at Indigo Valley – Sunday 1st September
All Day, Indigo Valley. Birdlife Ovens and Murray are off to visit a private farm next to the Mt. Pilot National Park for a day of birdwatching. Please RSVP to the leader for the day, John Shepherd, on 0417 274 380, or contact him with any enquiries. For more information on Birdlife Ovens and Murray please see here.
 
Waterfall Walk ‘n Talk – Wednesday 4th September
9.30-11.30am, Klinges Hill, Wodonga. Walk the little known bush park on Klinges Hill for great views, lovely remnant vegetation and, if we are lucky with the season, a beautiful waterfall. An easy walk with some (optional) steeper sections. Parklands Albury Wodonga and Council staff manage this area and rangers will provide commentary as we walk.
Please dress for the weather including hat, long pants and covered shoes. Morning tea provided, so leave time for a cuppa and chat after the walk.
All are welcome. There is no cost for this event. Please let us know you’re coming by registering here.
Directions: Turn left into Dansons Lane (dirt track) off Plunketts Rd. Look for the Landcare banner. See map here. Beware of using Google for this one – there are several different ‘Dansons’!
Organised by Parklands as part of the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network’s Walk ‘n Talk series 2019. This event is supported by the Victorian Government.
 
Wildflower Walk ‘n Talk – Wednesday 18th September
9-11am, Castle Creek Conservation Reserve, Wodonga. Join members of the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network as Parklands ranger Danny Jones leads this Walk ‘n Talk into the beautiful bush reserve on Castle Creek Rd. In the springtime this is one of our most spectacular wildflower areas. Learn about the restoration work that has been done over the years to restore and improve this important habitat for threatened species.
This is an easy bush walk on earthen tracks in undulating – but not particularly steep – country. We will walk approximately 1500m in total.
Please dress for the weather including hat, long pants and covered shoes. Morning tea is provided, so leave time for a cuppa and chat after the walk.
All are welcome. There is no cost for this event. Please let us know you’re coming by registering here.
Directions: Follow Castle Creek Rd just beyond the suburban estates until you see a large Hayshed on your right and a row of mature farm trees on your left. Look for the Landcare banner.
This event is organised by Parklands as part of the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network’s Walk ‘n Talk series 2019. This event is supported by the Victorian Government.
 
Walk the regional bush tracks and trails with the Border Bushwalking Club
  • 3rd August – Mt Samaria, Barjarg details here
  • 3rd August – Ski or Snowshoe at Falls Creek details here
  • 6th August – Meet the ‘Boss’: Colin MacDonald , President of Bushwalking Victoria details here
  • 10th August – Ski or Snowshoe at Falls Creek details here
  • 11th August – Chiltern Forest South, Chiltern details here
  • 16th-18th August – Howman’s Gap ski weekend, Falls Creek details here
  • 24th August – Mt Stanley, Beechworth details here
  • 1st September – Glen Creek Loop Walk, Glen Creek details here
 
Or, with the Murray Valley Bushwalkers
  • 5th August – Californian Redwoods, Beechworth details here
  • 10th - 11th August – Snow Shoe Hike Brabralung Trail, Dinner Plain details here
  • 19th August – Back of Yack, Yackandandah details here
  • 23rd August – Training for Kangaroo Hoppet Cross Country Skiing details here
  • 30th August - 1st September – Cocoparra Traverse, Cocoparra NP details here
 
Get involved with local Park Stewardship – Friday mornings 9-11am.
This year’s Parklands Volunteer Program is mixing it up to give people a taste of different environmental stewardship tasks. Working in a different park each week - from the urban to the wild and woolly - experience the ‘how to’ of caring for our bush parks and reserves.
 
Join in as Parklands Rangers take you through a variety of practical park maintenance/improvement tasks like planting, weeding and removing tree guards. At the same time, you will learn about the local environment and how our local land managers and community groups are working to protect threatened species, improve habitat and link habitat corridors across the region.
 
This is invaluable experience for those interested in, or studying for, an environmental career; a great chance to clear your head and get some exercise, or just a good way to give back to our community. All tools and any specific safety equipment needed is supplied. You just need to BYO drinking water. For your safety, please wear covered shoes (preferably boots), long pants, long sleeves and a hat.
 
Each Friday’s activity and site is listed on Ecoportal – please follow the links to register for the mornings you wish to attend. For more information contact info@parklands-alburywodonga.org.au
 
Join the Winton Wetlands Weekly Volunteer Days - Thursdays 9am-2pm
Winton Wetlands Reserve, Chesney Vale. Join the Friends of Winton Wetlands and Park Rangers for weekly working-bees at the Winton Wetland Reserve. Activities will include tree planting and environmental restoration projects each week. All tools and safety equipment will be supplied, A free lunch of toasties and coffee from the Hub Café will also be provided.
Get in contact with their office to register your interest or to discuss other exciting opportunities they have available! They can be contacted at info@wintonwetlands.org.au or on (03)57664462.  More information on the Friends of Winton Wetlands can be found here
 
New Australian Platypus Monitoring Network Website
The Australian Platypus Monitoring Network (APMN) website is now fully operational. The citizen science program that it supports was formally launched in early May by Dr Denis and Mrs Vee Saunders, who have very generously funded development of both the website and reporting app. The APMN is an initiative of the Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC). APMN is an innovative Citizen Science approach to monitoring the platypus. Volunteers record platypus sightings at one or more sites using a standard visual survey method. This information is then analysed to see whether platypus activity is trending up or down or remaining steady over time. By tracking population trends, conservation action can be taken sooner rather than later to help ensure this remarkable animal’s survival.
APMN has been designed to be a very flexible program, catering to anyone who routinely walks, jogs, rides a bicycle or otherwise spends time along a creek, river or lake. It requires only a relatively modest time commitment.
If you think you might like to become an APMN volunteer, please see here for information on joining the program. Alternatively, you can simply report platypus sightings through the APC report a sighting website here. For more information on the program in general, please see here.
 
The Dead Tree Detective - Citizen Science Project
The current drought across south eastern Australia has been so severe that native trees have begun to die. Western Sydney University are asking people to send in photographs to allow them to gain an understanding of what is occurring, and in what areas. These records will be valuable for scientists trying to understand and predict how native forests and woodlands are vulnerable to climate extremes. Getting involved is easy. If you notice dead or dying trees in your area, simply upload a photograph with the date and location to the website. For more information, or to upload photographs, please see the Dead Tree Detective Citizen Science page here.
 
The Sustainable Activity Centre
Do you have some spare time, and would like to help make a difference in the Albury/Wodonga area? The Sustainable Activity Centre have several opportunities for people to assist with various events and activities coming up in the area. If this interests you, please see here to take a very short survey outlining the available opportunities. More information on The Sustainable Activity Centre can be found here.

Grants and Funding

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Grants to Assist Landholders to Look After Bird Habitat on Private Land – Closing 1st September
Regent Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots are two of North East Victoria’s most endangered birds. The Bush for Birds project is supported by the North East CMA, through funding provided by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, to support landholders to protect, restore and manage habitat for these threatened species. Incentives are available for habitat improvement works for sites located within the Bush for Birds project area. The project areas boundaries roughly run along the Murray River from Bundalong to Lake Hume, from Lake Hume to Mount Beauty, from Mt Beauty back towards Yackandandah. Then to Beechworth towards Myrtleford and out, including Whitfield. From there it runs across to Glenrowan and back to Bundalong. If you find that you may fall just outside these areas but would like to be part of this project, please make contact with one of the project officers, as they may be able to make allowances. A map of the project area should soon be on the website (there are some technical difficulties at the moment)
Support is available for a range of activities to assist landholders to protect and improve bird habitat including: fencing, planting or direct seeding native trees and shrubs, weed control, improving (augmenting) existing habitat by adding missing species or changing grazing management, ecological thinning, (i.e. reducing regenerated tree density) and pest animal control. For more information, including the EOI information sheet, the application form, and contact details for project officers, please see the North East CMA website here.
 
Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant – Closes Friday 6 September
Landcare Australia is proud to partner with Woolworths for a second round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants. These grants are now open and they are inviting Australian primary schools and early learning centres to apply for project funds of up to $1,000.
Over 500 grants will be offered to inspire kids from across the country to get hands-on with projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats. If your school or early learning centre is ready to grow the next generation of environmental champions, we encourage you to apply for a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant for things like:
 
-a habitat restoration project
-planting a bush tucker garden
-planting a vegetable garden
-running a composting or recycling project
 
There are lots of different forms that the ideal project can take, and children are encouraged to be actively involved in the research and design process. Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare Resources are a great place to find inspiration. For more information or to apply, please see here. For local contacts and ideas to develop your project please contact Anne at wodongalandcare@gmail.com or Karen wodongawaterways@gmail.com
 
On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Grant Package
The Victorian Government has now established the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants. Grants of up to $5,000 (ex GST) are available to eligible farm businesses. The grants will assist farm businesses implement on-farm infrastructure that improves drought management and preparedness. Eligible farm businesses are required to provide at least a dollar for dollar matching funding co-contribution. Eligible infrastructure improvements will improve drought preparedness and better position the farm business into the future, including:         -     Items to construct a new or upgrade an existing Stock Containment Area
  • Reticulated water systems using pumps, tanks and troughs for livestock
  • Irrigation system upgrades
  • Grain and fodder storage
  • Farm monitoring technology
  • Feeding system upgrades
For more information, or the application form, please see the Rural Finance website here.
 
On-Farm Energy Tier-1 Grants – Closes March 2020 (or until funding is exhausted)
On-farm Energy Tier 1 Grants are now available to eligible primary producers. Tier 1 grants support projects that will improve energy efficiency, which may reduce energy costs and boost energy productivity. The grants will do this through actions including the purchase and installation of equipment that improves energy efficiency or enables own-generation capacity.  The Government will provide a maximum grant of $50,000 (excluding GST). Grants will be provided on a $1 for $1 cash co-contribution basis (recipients are required to contribute at least 50 per cent of the total cash costs of the project).
To be eligible, primary producers must have had a type 1 or type 2 On-farm Energy Assessment. For full details and application details, please visit the On-Farm Energy Assessment application website here. If you're unsure about your eligibility or have a question about the application process please call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
 
On-Farm Energy Efficiency Grants
Primary producers in Victoria are invited to apply for an on-farm energy grant. The on-farm energy tier 1 grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020. You will need an on farm energy assessment, or an equivalent certified on-farm energy assessment conducted in the past 2 years, to access one of the grants in the Agriculture Investment Energy Plan. More information can be found here
 
Our Native Garden offer free native plants for schools and community groups
All you have to do is register your school or Landcare or community group with us and then whenever any teacher or parent from that school or community group member comes to the nursery to buy plants we will donate the same number of plants to their school or community group, to be picked up whenever convenient for the school or community group.
 
This is our special offer on ALL our plants at the nursery ALL YEAR: pay the retail price of $3.50 per tube and we donate 1 tube FREE to your revegetation or garden project. Send us an email or call or text Jill on 0419 732 390 telling us the name of your school or group and who is the contact person.
 
Recreational Fishing Grants
Small Grants (up to $5000) open all year round. This is the 16th year of the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Accounts operation, which sees funds derived from the sale of recreational fishing licences collected and invested into projects that improve recreational fishing across Victoria. For more information email rec.fishinggrants@vfa.vic.gov.au  Apply here.
 
The R E Ross Trust Grants
The grants work around 4 impact areas. For Landcare groups the most relevant area is impact area D; the protection and preservation of Australian Flora and Fauna. Organisations must first submit an expression of interest for consideration by the Trustees and may then be invited to submit a full application.  Applications are considered all year round. For more information go to: http://www.rosstrust.org.au/grants/apply-for-a-grant/
 

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Wodonga Council Regional Litter and Illegal Dumping Plan Survey – Closes 4th August
The North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group together with Wodonga Council is seeking the community’s views, concerns and priorities about litter and illegal dumping in the region through an online community survey. The results of the survey will help develop a Regional Litter and Illegal Dumping Plan that will include a number of actions to tackle the top five priorities. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, is confidential and anonymous and individual responses will be collated and analysed as group data.  As an incentive, participants can provide their email address or phone number (which is kept separate to the survey responses) to enter a draw to win a $100 gift card. To complete the survey, or for further information, please see here.
 
Wodonga Council Draft Youth Strategy – Submissions Close 7th August
Wodonga Council is committed to supporting young people, their families and carers by working with stakeholders to foster environments and conditions that enhance health and wellbeing of young people as they navigate through to adulthood. The strategy will guide the council’s work and direct resource toward priorities that will support Wodonga’s young people to improve their wellbeing. The strategy also seeks to define the council’s role in working for and alongside young people in Wodonga, ensure local actions are evidence based, and align local efforts and resources to improve shared outcomes.
The strategy will be supported by an annual action plan that will set out key actions for implementation against priority areas, including measures to track progress against outcomes.
Submission can be made online, by email or by phone. To read the draft strategy document, or for more information on making a submission, please see the Wodonga Council website here.
 
Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 – Submissions Close 14th August
On 4 July 2019, the Senate referred the Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 2 December 2019. The bill would prohibit the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase, or assisting in the transfer of ownership, of a coal-fired power station. For more information about the bill, including how to make a submission, please see here.
 
Hume Regional Renewable Energy Survey – Closes August
The Hume region renewable energy Roadmap is working with individuals, communities, business and industries to support the Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria to embrace the renewable energy transformation of our electricity system. The uptake of renewable energy in the Hume region has the potential for significant economic, social and environmental benefits. The Hume Roadmap will help identify these opportunities with our communities. Completing the survey will help the Hume Roadmap represent the voice of the community, its values, identify local barriers and issues, and what the community expects from the renewable energy transition. To complete the brief survey please see here. For more information on the Good Energy Campaign please see here.
 
Tourism North East Employer Survey
Staffing and employment issues are frequently reported as concerns for tourism businesses in North East Victoria. Tourism North East is conducting a survey of regional business to get a better understanding of issues facing the industry. If you employ staff and would like to share your experiences they would welcome your input. To take a brief, anonymous, survey (around 10mins) please see here
                             
National Carp Control Plan – National Carp Survey
The Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC) is inviting you to take part in an important three minute survey. The National Carp Control Plan needs your help to record where you have seen carp aggregating in high numbers to plan future carp control programs. FRDC is coordinating a large program of research and consultation to identify a smart, safe, effective and integrated suite of measures to control carp impacts. A key focus of this process will be to explore the potential use of biocontrol measures. For more information or to take the short survey please see here.
 
Albury City Draft Single Use Plastic Policy – Submissions Close 27th September
Albury City are planning to phase out single use plastic and they would like your feedback on their Draft Single Use Plastic Policy. The Draft Single Use Plastic Policy aims to establish a framework for Albury City to phase out single use plastic in their operations, and at all events held on land owned or managed by them. Exemptions are also included in this draft Policy that may apply to ensure health and safety legislation are adhered to. Submission can be made by mail or email before the due date. To view the draft policy, or for more information, please see here.
 

Resources and Inspiration

National Science Week – 10th 18th August
Understanding the world around us comes down to an underlying understanding of science more often than not - from humans to animals to the weather and much much more – it’s all part of science! For more information on Science Week 2019 - including events in the area- please see here.
 
What to do with plant pots - Wodonga
Black poly tubes/pots from Our Native Garden can be returned for re-use.
Large and small black/red poly pots can be recycled in your recycling bin.
Hiko trays (40 plants) and the large rectangular trays which carry 50 tubes should be returned to your supplier – these are cleaned and re-used. Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com if you have any of these and would like to arrange return.
 
Managing Vegetation In and Around Waterways Factsheets
Large wood (snags) and native vegetation (instream, bank and riparian) play an important role in influencing the health of rivers, estuaries and wetlands. Taking wood or removing trees, shrubs and reeds from the bed and banks of waterways and from riparian land typically leads to poorer water quality, eroded riverbanks and degraded environments. In many parts of Victoria, catchment management authorities (CMAs) and Melbourne Water are working in partnership with local communities and landholders to put wood and vegetation back into our waterways and riparian areas.
Landholders are sometimes concerned about the potential for flooding which may be caused by instream wood and vegetation in and around a waterway. As a result, The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have developed a series of fact sheets which include information for the community about managing vegetation and information about approvals that may be required in its management. The series of factsheets cover:
- Managing vegetation and large wood in and around waterways: overview and approvals required
-Large wood (snags) and flooding
-Instream vegetation and flooding
-Riparian (streamside) vegetation and flooding
They can be accessed in either pdf or docx format. To view or download any of the series please see the DELWP website here.

Help for injured Wildlife
With the shorter winter days, there are increased reports of injured wildlife being presented to vets and wildlife carers across the states. I’m sure not many of us like to see an animal in distress, but handling the animal safely- for its protection and your own- is very important. Wings or delicate skin (like bat wings) can become easily damaged, and the animals themselves can very quickly become stressed or aggressive- not realising that we are simply trying to help. They can also sometimes carry bacteria or disease that can in turn make us sick if we are unlucky enough to get a bite or scratch or are unvaccinated against it. Wildlife also sometimes require skilled care, treatment and rehabilitation to recover sufficiently to be returned to the wild. Without this skilled care, wildlife may not recover or may lose their natural behaviours.
For Victorians, you can call 136 185, or DELWP also have an interactive tool that can assist with locating and contacting the closest relevant wildlife carers, depending on the animal involved. For those in NSW, WIRES can be contacted on 1300 094 737, or you can check out their website here (they also have an app you can download). Your local vet may also be able to offer assistance. In any situation though, it is always important to put your safety first. Having and old blanket or towel and a pair of gloves in your car isn’t a bad idea either- just in case. Here’s hoping you'll never need them!

National Objective Declared on Soil and Landscape at Bush Summit
Funding has been announced for the Soils for Life Program and for the establishment of a National Soils Advocate office.
The Prime Minister announced the funding for Soils for Life and the establishment of a National Soils Advocate office at the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo on the 18th July. The Prime Minister acknowledged that, “Healthy soils with high carbon content are essential for any serious water resource management policy.”
In a major address the Prime Minister focussed on the important role of the Soils for Life program and will provide $2M over 4 years to support its work of encouraging the adoption of regenerative landscape management.
With secure tenure, Soils for Life is positioned to continue with its production of case studies into regenerative agriculture practice across Australia. The program plans to further collaborate with universities and research organisations. The Prime Minister has also announced plans to establish a permanent office to advise on our national soil strategies and initiatives across multiple portfolios including education, training, science and technology, agriculture, water policy and regional development.
The Prime Minister stated that Australia’s national drought strategy and long-term strategic plan will be based on the clear foundations and directions set out by the Government’s appointed Coordinator for Drought, Major General Stephen Day, namely:
-Drought is an enduring, regular feature of the Australian landscape and is likely to become more regular.
-Drought preparations and planning must always continue, especially during times of no drought.
--Building drought resilience requires comprehensive understanding and integrated management of our soil, vegetation and water resources.
--Drought policies, programs and preparation must be developed with industry and communities and informed by the best possible information.
The Prime Minister outlined a plan to ensure that information about our precious soil resource is collected, accurate, timely, collated, shared and widely understood through the auspices of the Office of the National Soils Advocate. The Soils Advocate will also take on broader global advocacy on soils as part of the Government’s global environmental agenda especially in the Indo Pacific and as part of the Pacific Step-up program working with Pacific Nations. For more information, please see here.

The River Red Gum - An icon of the Driest Continent
River red gums line the watercourses of mainland Australia, and are easily seen from aeroplanes as you cross the continent. They connect the continental fringes with its arid heart. Their lives can span many human generations and it is nice to think that these old trees no only capture our attention, they have done the same to previous generations and, if we and they are lucky, will continue to do so for generations of Australians yet to come.
Older red gums almost always develop large hollows, which can take centuries to form. The hollows provide refuges for birds, mammals and reptiles. The nesting sites are often loudly defended by brightly coloured parrots. The trees and the nectar from their small white flowers are also very important for honey production – a large tree in full flower over the warmer months can attract so many bees that the whole tree can be heard humming from many metres away- and right now the bees need all the help they can get!
River red gums have been used by Indigenous people for canoes, shields, bowls, and other utensils. The wood takes on a red appearance because it contains very high levels of chemicals such as polyphenols, which are a natural antibiotic when combined with air.  For more interesting information on our most widely distributed eucalypts, please see this article on the Conversation website.

Local Flora and Fauna Guides Available from DELWP
If you missed out on a handy ‘Woodland birds of North East Victoria’ guide at the Gardens 4 Wildlife event held recently, they are available free of charge at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) office at 1 McKoy St Wodonga, during office hours. There are also similar guides on wildflowers, reptiles and frogs, freshwater fish, crayfish and turtles also available.

Wodonga Regional Waterway Action Plan: The new Waterway Action Plan for Wodonga’s local waterways is now available on the WULN website at https://wodongalandcare.org.au/information/ The Waterway Action Plan contains valuable information about the current trajectory and management of our waterways and what we can do to improve them, with detailed sections for each waterway in the Wodonga LGA catchment.

Wodonga Plants Lists available: WULN now has a live plant species listing on our website. It is a simple listing of local area plants divided into plant types, with live links to relevant photos (mostly courtesy of the Friends of the Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park) and plant notes (mostly from Woolshed-Thurgoona Landcare). Thanks to volunteer Penny Wladkowski for putting these lists together for us.

Indian Myna Traps available:
Invasive birds have two major drawbacks: They love to live where humans do, and they aggressively outcompete native species—both native birds and small mammals like squirrel gliders that use hollows for nesting. Local pest birds include the Indian Myna, English or House Sparrow, Domestic Pigeon, English Starling and Spotted Dove. These birds can gather in large flocks in urban areas, causing property damage by nesting in rooves and creating large accumulations of droppings. They carry diseases dangerous to human health and spread insects like bed bugs, carpet beetles, clothes moths, poultry mites, ticks and many others. They eat and contaminate livestock and poultry feed, can cause severe damage to fruit crops and garden produce, and can be extremely noisy.
 
WULN now has 2 Indian Myna traps. These are available for borrowing, with full instructions. Contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com
 
Rabbit and Fox control services: Corbin Geyer specialises in rabbit and fox control using alternative methods and is available to discuss on-ground arrangements and group options like a ‘fox drive’ with landholders and groups. He is keen to attend group meetings to talk about the options with individual landholders and groups, and to run field days where appropriate. Please contact Corbin on 0404360263.
 
Time to chip rosettes: Now is the time to be on the lookout for winter weeds. Pattersons curse, thistles and other weeds that grow from a basal rosette are easy to chip when small using a hoe.
 
70% OFF! Survey Techniques for Citizen Scientists Guide
Written and produced by National Parks Association of NSW, this comprehensive wildlife survey guide covers everything from mammals, reptiles, bats and birds to insects, marine life and vegetation survey methods. Topics Include: Monitoring, Terrestrial Mammal Survey Methods, Bat Survey Methods, Reptile and Frog Survey Methods, Bird Survey Methods, Vegetation Survey Methods, Invertebrate Survey Methods, Marine Survey Methods and Equipment. 70% OFF for a limited time only, now only $30 (+$15 p+h). Offer only available thru the National Parks Association of NSW website here.
 
Changes to E-Waste Disposal in Victoria From July 1st
As of July 1, 2019 E-waste is no longer accepted in any bin or landfill site across Victoria. Instead, it must be taken to dedicated e-waste drop-off points where it will be collected for resource recovery. From this date, you will be able to take your e-Waste items to the Wodonga Waste Transfer Station in Kane Rd, Wodonga to be disposed of for free.
If it’s got a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. It could be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed. From old phones, computers and household appliances to power tools and toys. For more information, including a full list of items, please see here.
 
SWIFFT Video Conferences
State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT) have been running quarterly video conferences for over 10 years with increasing popularity. These conferences help connect researchers, land managers, government agencies and community groups and allow a platform for the group to share their stories. Anyone is welcome to attend SWIFFT video conferences.  Video conference meetings are held four times a year, each with a different theme. The last topic and date for this year are:
 
24 October - Community Conservation in action
For more information please see the SWIFFT website here
 
CLEA News
For all the latest news from the Community Learning for Environmental Action (CLEA), Landcare Victoria Inc.'s peer-to-peer learning project please see their website here
 
SEED news:
For all the latest news from the School Environment Education Directory (SEED) North East Victoria you can subscribe to the newsletter here.
 
Issue 74 of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine:
This issue focuses on women and Landcare. Read more here
 
Latest fact sheets from the Arthur Rylah Institute:
Factsheet: Vegetation Monitoring Approach WetMAP
Factsheet: Frog Monitoring Approach WetMAP
Factsheet: Bird Monitoring Approach WetMAP
Factsheet: Fish Monitoring Approach WetMAP
Factsheet: Fish Friendly Stream Gauging Station
Factsheet: Southern Pigmy Perch in Farm Dams
 
Our thanks to WULN volunteer Beck Humphries, Bulletin editor.
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