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Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

Bulletin

 for October 2019

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A special note to start this Bulletin:

Last month WULN was announced winner of the Urban Landcare section at the Victorian Landcare Awards. This award acknowledges our work in generating greater awareness and understanding of environmental issues, creating significant partnerships, supporting and increasing community involvement in projects to enhance, restore or protect natural resources in an urban environment, and generating improved long-term natural resource management and environmental outcomes for an urban area.

The Committee of Management wish to thank our dedicated Landcare and Friends volunteers and partners  for your part in the achievements of the Network. Together we are changing the face of Wodonga, building momentum to connect people, connect landscapes and improve our environment!

 

Workshops, Field Days and Courses

Checking for Change Field workshop – Friday 11th October
9-11.30am, TBA. Wooragee. This event is part of the Wooragee Landcare Cultural Burn Project. This is a field workshop on measuring change in the landscape Join the Cultural Burn Project team to assess and compare changes in control and burn sites post 2019 burning.
Learn to use the CSIRO ‘Checking for Change’ tools to undertake a simple but highly effective survey to measure change over time.  This method can be used in any site, by anyone, to measure ecological change. All are welcome. Please note this is not an actual burn workshop.
Location details will be sent to guest list prior to the workshop. Please register by emailing your details to woorageelandcare@gmail.com

7th National NRM Knowledge Conference - 17-20 November
The Cube, Wodonga. Hosted by NRM Regions Australia and NECMA. Conference theme is Creating Resilience through Natural Resource Management – how do we do it? An opportunity to engage with people working in the NRM sector from across Australia, hear the latest news from our research institutes and our partner government agencies and contribute to the future direction of NRM in Australia. The aim for the conference is to identify a shared future for Australian natural resource management – and actions we will collectively pursue to address the Conference theme.
 
National NRM Knowledge Conferences have been held regularly over the past 15 years and provide an opportunity for NRM practitioners to share knowledge and build national networks with other practitioners, NRM regional organisations, individuals, government and non-government agencies. See more and register here.

 

Opportunities to be Involved

Wildflower Walk ‘n Talk, Wodonga – Wednesday 2nd October
9-11.30am, 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 approx 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, but please let us know you’re coming by registering here.
Directions to Meeting place: 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.
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.
 
Spotlighting Night Walk – Wednesday 2nd October
7-9pm, the Sustainable Activity Centre (Former Tourist Information Centre), Gateway Island.
Join Parklands Rangers for a night adventure spotlighting for nocturnal native wildlife in the Gateway Island bush park. Parklands have been working with the community restoring the native plants to the area in recent years to support native species including the threatened Greater Glider. Please wear warm clothes and closed shoes and bring a personal torch. Parklands will bring the spotlight. Remember to stay with the Ranger and try not to scare the wildlife during the walk. This is a free event, although places are limited. Please register here.
 
Repair Café - featuring Camping Gear Repairs – Saturday 5th October
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 camping gear, specifically camping chairs, torches, tent pegs, canvas items and advice on tent poles. If there’s a hole in your camping chair, torch isn’t working, tent pegs are bent or your swag needs hand-stitching, we’re here to help! Special thanks to professional canvas repairer, Christian Leigh, from Quality Canvas, for donating his services! Please note there is NO soldering, jewellery, books or device repairs 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 6th October
9am-3pm, Chiltern Mt Pilot NP. 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.
 
North East Regional Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) meeting – Tuesday 8th October
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.
 
Seniors Spring Walk on Gateway Island - Wednesday 9th October
9.30-11.30am. Get the inside story on the restoration of native habitat to the Gateway Island Bush Park. Join Parklands Rangers for an easy walk on the Murray River tracks on Gateway Island and see the works that have transformed the park over the last 20 years. Observe the wattles in bloom, learn about the wildlife that is returning to the park and find out what's next for this hidden gem between our two cities. Meet in the park behind Burraja Cultural Centre, Gateway Village, Lincoln Causeway Wodonga. Please dress for the weather, wear good walking shoes and bring your water bottle. Bookings helpful for morning tea catering. Please follow this link to register.
Goombargana Hill with Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists – Wednesday 9th October
9am-4pm, Goombargana Hill, Goombargana. Members are to meet at Howlong Bakery, Howlong, at 9am before the group will set off for Goombargana Hill.  Mick Webster (Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP) will be joining the group for the day, as Mick has organised this outing with Ant Packer. Please BYO refreshments for the day.  The leader will be Neil please contact him on 0428235964 to RSVP or with any enquiries. For more information on the Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Club Inc. please see here.
 
Sandy Creek Rail Bridge Walk – Wednesday 9th October
1.30pm (start time), Huon Reserve, Murray Valley Highway, Huon. Enjoy a leisurely walk from Huon Reserve on the Rail Trail along the shores of Lake Hume to the viewing platform of the iconic Sandy Creek Rail Bridge. Take in the spectacular views before returning to Huon Reserve for an indulgent afternoon tea in the company of your fellow participants. Walking distance is 6km. The cost for the event is a gold coin donation. This event is held as part of Wodonga City Council Seniors Festival, but everyone is most welcome. Please arrive a little earlier than 1.30pm to allow for registration. Enquires and booking can be made to joybayes@bigpond.com or on 0447 332 260.
 
Wangaratta Common Native Grassland - Wildflower Walk & Talk – Thursday 10th October
5-7pm, Wangaratta Common, Greta Rd, Wangaratta.
You’re invited to view one of the Region’s most significant native grasslands! Join Ian Davidson (WULG) & Glen Johnson (DELWP) to learn more about native wildflowers and the significant grassland/woodland community frogs, birds and reptiles of the Common. They will also discuss the reserve’s management and review outcomes of the last two years management including:
 
-Extensive control of exotic grasses and other weeds
-Fuel management via planned (eco) burns
 
Please wear sturdy footwear, hat, long pants &/or gaiters (snake protection) and bring a camera. A cuppa & light snack will be provided. Meet at the Greta Rd entrance – next to Merriwa Industries. For more details contact Glen Johnson on 0418 501 936 or at Glen.Johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au
 
Wooragee Landcare AGM and Guest Speaker – Friday 11th October
6-9pm, Watchbox Winery, 1150 Indigo Creek Rd, Indigo Valley. Join Wooragee Landcare to hear guest speaker Robert Scott, Chair of the Beechworth Cemetery Trust. He's a keen historian and has researched aspects of Wooragee history. He also knows a lot about the Beechworth Cemetery including its botanical specimens. The evening will also include dinner
(Dinner will be pizza with salad and chips) for $20 per person, followed by the AGM. To book please email woorageelandccare@gmail.com or call 0448 668 767, or register thru Eventbrite here. More information on Wooragee Landcare can be found here.
 
Birdscaping Baranduda - Open Gardens – Saturday 12th October
10am-2.30pm, Start location - 4 Wickham Crt, Baranduda. Come along and enjoy 3 open gardens that showcase the use of native plants to create a wildlife friendly garden. Collect map and infomation from the start location. Open gardens are from 10am (no earlier) to 12noon, followed by BBQ lunch & guest speaker from12 – 2.30pm. BBQ and drinks will be available for $2, cash only. The guest speaker is AB Bishop, author of Habitat – a practical guide to creating a wildlife-friendly Australian garden. Please bring a picnic blanket or chairs for the BBQ and guest speaker event. Stall holders will also include:
-Gardens For Wildlife - a local programme to inspire your garden with native plants. Have a chat with them and find out how you can benefit from being involved.
 
-Our Native Garden Nursery - a volunteer run nursery in Wodonga will be selling local native plants and are always looking for volunteers to learn the art of plant propagation.
 
Baranduda Landcare Group are looking forward to a great morning sharing these gardens with you and relaxing together afterwards. Entry to the open gardens is free, however please RSVP via Eventbrite here. For more information on Baranduda Landcare please see here.
 
Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle – Sunday 13th October
8.45am-5pm, Tallangatta. Ever wanted to explore the magnificent forests of the Upper Murray on your bicycle – but thought it was too hard? We have the answer for you!! Join with Parklands Albury Wodonga and Tallangatta Rail Trail Group to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the Dry Forest Creek Bridge and join the Tall Trestle Treadle ride. This year we plan to start the ride at Shelley Station and include a new section of the trail from Darbyshire to Dry Forest Creek. As in previous years, this ride is fully supported, includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch served along the High Country Rail Trail. Ride highlights include;
-Bused to Shelley station ride to Koetong Station: 10 kms, easy downhill riding through
magnificent native forest. Morning tea break.
-From Koetong station via Darbyshire to Dry Forest Creek. 19 kms, gentle downhill with
superb views of the historic trestle bridges. Lunch break.
-Old Tallangatta to Tallangatta: an easy 9 kms along the sealed section of the rail trail.
Afternoon tea at the Goods Shed.
Cost for the full day is $80- that includes transfers, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch! Bookings NOW open, they will close on 5th October or sooner is buses fill up.  For more information contact Kerry Love - 02 60712334 or Louise Coulston - 02 60712746
or email tallangattattt@yahoo.com.au or visit the high country rail trail website here.
 
Kentucky State Forest with Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Sunday 13th October
9am-4pm, Located on Howlong-Balldale Road, NSW.
Members are to meet at 9am at the SS&A car park, Wilson Street, Albury, before setting of as a group.  Enjoy a day bird watching, finding wildflowers and whatever else happens to appear before our eyes. Please BYO refreshments for the day. The leader will be Dick, please contact him on 0437 136 404 to RSVP or with any enquiries. For more information on the Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Club Inc. please see here.
 
Community Gardening in Willow Park – Sunday 13th October
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.
 
Boorhaman Native Grassland - Wildflower Walk & Talk Tuesday 15th October
9.45-11.45am, Boorhaman Native Grassland Reserve, Boorhaman Rd Boorhaman.
Come along and view one of the Region’s most significant native grasslands! Learn more about native grasses and wildflowers, significant threatened flora species and grassland fauna (frogs, birds and reptiles).
They will also be discussing Reserve management and review outcomes of the last 12 months activities including control of exotic grasses and other weeds, Fuel management via planned (eco) burns and roadside edge management.
 
Please wear sturdy footwear, hat, long pants &/or gaiters (for snake protection) and bring a camera. A cuppa and light snack will be provided. Meet adjacent to power pole 46 Boorhaman Rd, (see the flyer with map for details here or from the ecoportal listing).
For more details please contact Glen Johnson on 0418 501 or email Glen.Johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au  This event is part of Hume Region’s Biodiversity Spring: a celebration of Victoria’s natural environment.
 
Seniors Spring Walk in Clyde Cameron Reserve – Wednesday 16th October
9.30-11.30am Walk the beautiful Clyde Cameron Reserve with the locals who have transformed it over the past decade. Join the local stewards of Clyde Cameron Reserve on an easy walk in the park, to experience the spring wildflowers and learn how local volunteers have transformed the park. You are welcome to stay for a cuppa and chat after the walk. Book here.
 
Wildflower Ride ‘n Talk Friday 18th October
9-11.30am, High Country Rail Trail, Whytes Rd, Bandiana. Explore the remnants and revegetated bush corridor of the High Country Rail Trail out from Wodonga with native vegetation specialist Fleur Stelling. Ride an easy hour out and then back.  There will be plenty of stops to identify bush features and discuss habitat highlights including the wetlands, native grasses and spring wildflowers along the way. The ride will be followed by morning tea back at the start at approx. 11am. Please BYO bike, wear closed shoes/boots, and bring a water bottle. This is a free event, but please register here as there are limited places available.
Meet on the Rail Trail at the Whytes Rd carpark and shelter, Bandiana. (Look out for our Wodonga Landcare banner).
 
Aussie Backyard Bird Count – 21st - 27th October
It’s that time of year again! Albury and Wodonga councils and BirdLife Australia are calling on local residents to spend 20 minutes in their backyards or local outdoor spaces during National Bird Week and count the birds they see for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 21-27 October. The count, which has risen in popularity over the past five years to become one of Australia’s largest citizen science projects, provides a chance to take a break from your busy everyday life and spend 20 minutes in your favourite local outdoor space.
The specially designed app will help you identify local birds based on size, colour and location.  The updated Aussie Bird Count app (available from 1 October) allows you to take part anywhere — not just backyards, but in local parks, gardens or schoolyards — wherever you might see birds. Once you’ve counted, you will be able to see the number of birds and species being counted nearby, with real-time updates on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app and website. To take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need is 20 minutes, the Aussie Bird Count app or the website aussiebirdcount.org.au. For more information or to take part please see the website here.
 
Kaluna Island Walk Thursday 24th October
5-7pm, Kaluna Island Reserve, Wangaratta. Join members of the Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group and learn about Kaluna Island Reserve with Ian Davidson. More information will be posted to the Ecoportal listing here closer to the date. More information on the Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group can be found here.
 
Environmental Film Festival Australia – 24th October - 1st November
Melbourne. Following record numbers of attendees last year, and now in its 9th year, this film festival not only entertains with exciting informative films exploring the relationship between humans and their environments, it also challenges the way people think about the natural world and inspires them to discuss,  explore and act on important environmental issues. The festival will also include panel discussions and special events. For more information, including screening dates, times and prices, please see here.
 
Walk ‘n Talk: Bhutanese Community Farm Friday 25th October
9.30-11.30am, Bhutanese Community Farm, Lemke Rd, Gateway Island. Join the Bhutanese Community Gardeners for a tour of the spring garden. Learn about the development of these organic market gardens, the different types of garden beds and vegetable production, and marketing of produce. It will be an easy walk on a sometimes uneven earthen surface. All are welcome at no cost. Please meet your guide on Lemke Rd, at the Community Farm sign. Please contact Ant Packer on 0427 926 282 with any enquiries. For more information on the Bhutanese Community Farm please see here.
 
Warby Ovens NP with Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists – Saturday 26th October
9am-4pm, Warby Ranges in the Warby-Ovens National Park, near Wangaratta.
Members are to meet at 9am at Acacia Car Park (Woolworths High St), Wodonga, before setting off as a group.  The day will be spent exploring the Warby Ranges. Please BYO refreshments for the day. The leader will be Neil, please contact him on 0428 235 964 to RSVP or with any enquiries. For more information on the Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Club Inc. please see here.
 
Wise Water Ways 2019 28th October - 1st November 2019
George Kerford Hotel, Beechworth. The Wise Water Ways workshop is a five-day program with 20 professional presenters providing information, knowledge and skills to water way managers around best practice waterway management techniques. The workshop is aimed at those practitioners and community members that have a role in waterway management on the ground and through project planning to understand the complexities of undertaking water way management and assessment activities. Registrations are now open. For more information please see here,
 
Do You Speak Water-ish? – Wednesday 30th October
4-5.30pm, LaTrobe University, Main Lecture Theatre, Wodonga. In this free public presentation, as part of the NRM on the Border seminar series, Dr Sarina Loo (Co-Executive Officer of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder) will present on the topic 'The need for clear communication in the water industry'. Free presentation, will light refreshments provided. Please RSVP by 22 October by email to cfe@latrobe.edu.au
 
Kaluna Park Walk Thursday 31st October
5-7pm, Kaluna Park, Wangaratta. Join members of the Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group and learn about Kaluna Park with Ian Davidson. More information will be posted to the Ecoportal listing here closer to the date. More information on the Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group can be found here.
 
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Day – Saturday 2nd November
9am-3pm, Chiltern Mt Pilot NP. 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.
 
Walk the regional bush tracks and trails with the Border Bushwalking Club
  • 2nd October – Gateway Wetlands, Wodonga details here
  • 6th October – Pine Mountain, near Walwa details here
  • 9th October – Woolshed Falls-Spring Creek Cascades Picnic, Beechworth details here
  • 12th October – Tawonga Mountain Creek tracks, Mt Bogong details here
  • 16th October – Huon Hill, Wodonga details here
  • 19th October – Big Walk, Mt Buffalo details here
  • 19th October – Bike by the Lake, High Country Rail Trail details here
  • 23rd October – Eastern Hill, Albury details here
  • 2nd November – Kelly & Fitzgerald Huts, Falls Creek details here
  • 2nd November – Pub to Pub by Bike, Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail details here
 
Or, with the Murray Valley Bushwalkers
  • 5th October – Barambogie bound, Chiltern Mt Pilot NP details here
  • 25th - 27th October – Grampians Peaks Trail details here
  • 8th – 15th November – Great Ocean Walk details here
 
Our Native Garden Nursery Volunteers Needed!
Our Native Garden Nursery finds itself at a bit of a crossroads with the retirement of the founder, Jill Dawson from Treasurer and administration.
They really need other enthusiastic volunteers to come on board to help in their worthy cause of growing local native plants to improve the environment of our area and ultimately our wellbeing. A few hours could be all that is needed to make a difference and to help keep the nursery doors open! For more information please call 0418 579 331 or email ongnursery@gmail.com. Check out their website here for more information on the Nursery and the range of plants they stock.
 
The Sustainable Activity Centre – Opportunities Still Available to Be Involved
Do you have some spare time, and would like to help make a difference in the Albury/Wodonga area? The Sustainable Activity Centre (SAC) still have several opportunities for people to assist with various events and activities coming up in the area. Opportunities include volunteering within the SAC during one of their many programs, or as a ‘host’ during open hours. Or, If you have a flair for small event management or a talent for motivating a team, they have a few projects that are in need of a passionate driver as a project leader. Even if you are unable to volunteer, you can still help out. The SAC is not government funded, but they still have expenses like rent and insurance to cover. Proceeds from the Replenish Store (Cleaning and Personal care products without the packaging) help to pay for some of these costs, so your patronage is helping the environment and keeping their doors open. Another way to help financially is to change to a local bank. The SAC bank is local and offers them Community Grants if any of their members open a payroll receiving account or take out a new loan or refinance a home loan. They will be using money raised in this way to kick start new projects through a mini grants program (more information to follow). Please contact them for more information. If you can help with any of these positions, please see here to take a very short survey outlining the available opportunities, or email admin@sustainableactivitycentre.com.au More information on The Sustainable Activity Centre can be found 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.
 
Wangaratta Urban Landcare Regeneration Group – Thursdays 9am-12pm
As long as it’s not raining, each Thursday morning from 9am to 12pm, The Wangaratta Urban Landcare Regeneration Group works in various bush-like spaces in Wangaratta, clearing weeds to give native plants the light and space they need to thrive, and sometimes planting natives too.
You’ll learn to pick an invader from a local, enjoy conversation with a group of people who like doing this sort of thing, and come to appreciate what’s been achieved here over the years. Please bring morning tea for a break at 10:30, and a water bottle.
Each Thursdays Ecoportal listing is updated with the weeks location about a week before, or you can contact Adrian Twitt on 0470 403 875 or 03 5721 5327 or at ahtwitt@gmail.com for the location or more information.
 

Grants and Funding

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/

Give Feedback, Comment or Nominate

Barmah National Park Draft Joint Management Plan – Submissions Close 6th October
The Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Board have released a Draft Joint Management Plan for the National Park for community consultation and comment.
The plan sets out the proposed management directions for the National Park over the next 10 years. The Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Board was formed as part of partnership between the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and the State of Victoria to nurture Barmah back to health through this joint management plan.
This is an important part of the planning process, and they invite the community – Yorta Yorta and non-Yorta Yorta – to download the plan and to contribute their ideas for the most effective and appropriate management strategies for the final plan.
To download the draft plan or view a summary brochure, and for details on making a submission, please see here.
 
Comments on Government Audit of Strategic Water Purchases Closes 27th October
The objective of this audit is to assess whether the strategic water purchases by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources were conducted consistent with government policy, supported by appropriate program design, were planned and executed appropriately, and, achieved value for money.
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) welcomes members of the public contributing information for consideration when conducting performance audits. Performance audits involve the independent and objective assessment of the administration of an entity or body’s programs, policies, projects or activities. They also examine how well administrative support systems operate. For more information, or to make a comment, please see the ANAO website here.
 
New laws for protection of the environment in Victoria – Public Comment Closes 31st October
Victoria is in the process of overhauling environment protection legislation and the new Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) comes into force on 1 July 2020. This is a significant overhaul of environment protection legislation in Victoria since the tabling of the Environment Protection Act 1970.
An important part of the Act is the general environmental duty (GED). The GED says that any person engaging in an activity that can cause harm to public health or the environment, from pollution or waste, must minimise those risks. From government to business to community, the GED applies to all Victorians.
These new laws will ensure that everyone is responsible for minimising impacts on the environment. To be ready for these changes EPA is currently developing new subordinate instruments, industry guidance and EPA policy documents.
The first piece of work that is open for consultation is subordinate legislation. Subordinate legislation is the group of tools that will support the new Act. These tools include regulations to support the Act and Environmental Reference Standards. Later this year there will be an opportunity for consultation on the Charter of Consultation.
 
You can have your say, read all the proposed regulations and standards and provide feedback on the development and implementation of the new laws here.
 
New Wodonga Council Community Forums – Next Forum 4th November
Wodonga Council is introducing community forums from next month as a way to engage and hear from the community. The community forums will be held on the first Monday of the month, five to six times a year with one to coincide with the draft budget and adjusted council plan exhibition period. The forums will provide the community with an opportunity to present to council on issues of importance to them and ask questions of councillors. It will also provide the council the opportunity to present to the community on key issues, projects or events in the city. The guidelines for the community forums and more information is on the council’s website 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.
 

Resources and Inspiration

World Habitat Day – Monday 7th October
World Habitat Day is intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat and is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power, and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. Each year the day takes on a different theme to promote sustainable development policies, this year’s theme is ‘Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth’. More information can be found here.
 
Major Funding Boost for Landcare Projects
On September 12th The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio MP announced the funding for Victorian Landcare Grants. The annual VLG program delivers critical funding to those who make significant contributions caring for the environment through on-ground works, education and community projects.
The grants will deliver 208 Landcare and environmental projects across Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), supporting more than 500 groups. Due to the exceptionally high number of quality applications received across the volunteering sector this year, an extra $1 million in funding has been allocated.
Congratulations to the following local/neighbouring groups on being successful:
Baranduda Landcare                                      Beechworth Urban Landcare And Sustainability                                                                    Group 
Bethanga Landcare Group                            Chiltern Landcare Group       
Greta Valley Landcare Group                        Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Inc.      
Mitta To Murray Blackberry Action Group       Myrtleford & District Landcare & Sustainability Group           
North East Blackberry Action Group              Rutherglen Landcare Group  
Upper Kiewa Landcare Group                        Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group 
Whorouly Landcare Group                             Wises Creek Talgarno Landcare Group         
Wises Creek Talgarno Landcare Group          Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Inc
Wooragee Landcare Group Inc.                    Indigo Valley Landcare Group
Kergunyah Gundowring Landcare                 Kiewa Bonegilla Landcare Group
Mitta Valley Landcare Group                         North East & Surrounds Equine Landcare Group
Our Native Garden Nursery Inc.                      Ovens Landcare Network Inc.
Springhurst & Byawatha Hills Landcare           Wangaratta Sustainability Network
Group                                                              Yackandandah Creek Landcare Group
 
The full list of Victorian Landcare Grants approved for funding can be found here.
 
‘I Care, We Care, Landcare’
Filmed at the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards Ceremony, Landcare have released a short film showing some responses to the question ‘Why do you volunteer for nature?’. Take a look here.
 
It’s that time of year again…
Here’s a friendly refresher/reminder as snakes will soon be on the move (and hungry). Nowadays we don't attempt to "suck the poison out" but use pressure bandages on the bitten limb and immobilise the limb/victim. But did you know why this works? All snake venom is made up of huge proteins (like egg white). When bitten, a snake injects some venom into the meat of your limb (NOT into your blood) This venom cannot be absorbed into the blood stream from the bite site. It travels in a fluid transport system in your body called the lymphatic system (not the blood stream). Now this fluid (lymph) is moved differently to blood. Your heart pumps blood around, so even when you are lying dead still, your blood still circulates around the body. Lymph fluid is different. It moves around with physical muscle movement like bending your arm, bending knees, wriggling fingers and toes, walking/exercise etc. Now here is the thing. Lymph fluid becomes blood after these lymph vessels converge to form one of two large vessels (lymphatic trunks) which are connected to veins at the base of the neck.

Back to the snake bite site.
When bitten, the venom has been injected into this lymph fluid (which makes up the bulk of the water in your tissues). The only way that the venom can get into your blood stream is to be moved from the bite site in the lymphatic vessels. The only way to do this is to physically move the limbs that were bitten.
If you or someone else are bitten- Stay still!!! Venom can’t move if the victim doesn’t move.
Stay still!! Remember people are not bitten into their blood stream.

As a bit of a reminder: The technique of treating a snakebite in the field:
Three steps: FIRST- keep them still
Step 1: Apply a bandage over the bite site, to an area about 10cm above and below the bite.
Step 2: Then using another elastic roller bandage, apply a firm wrap from Fingers/toes all the way to the armpit/groin. The bandage needs to be firm, but not so tight that it causes fingers or toes to turn purple or white. About the tension of a sprain bandage.
Step 3:  Splint the limb so the patient can’t walk or bend the limb. Then seek medical attention.

This article was originally written by Rob Timmings, Kingston/Robe Health Advisory (Rob runs a medical/nursing education business Teaching nurses, doctors and paramedics.) A big thanks also to Garry Knight and Lizette Salmon for spreading this info around.

Annual Bogong Moth Migration
The annual migration of Bogong Moths from western Victoria and interstate towards alpine areas is nothing short of incredible, really.
Having occurred for several thousand years, this annual event holds immense cultural significance for many of the First Nations peoples, particularly around the Alpine areas. The 2019 Bogong Moth migration is scheduled to occur within the next 2-6 weeks. To ensure the moths have the best chance of traversing our state and reaching the Mountain Pygmy-possums(remember those cute little endangered guys?), as First Nations people have witnessed them do for millennia, Zoos Victoria are asking you to join in to Switch off for Bogong Moths. Find out more here.

Parks Victoria Reduces Camping Fees as part of ‘The Great Outdoors Package’
The Victorian Government is investing $107.2 million to help Victorians enjoy the outdoors. ‘The Great Outdoors Package’ aims to improve camping facilities, walking and driving tracks across Victoria, upgrade 30 existing campgrounds and introduce 30 new campgrounds among other initiatives.
A key initiative in the package is the 50 per cent reduction of camping fees across state and national parks in Victoria from 1st July 2019. The fee reduction does not apply to hard roofed accommodation or other fixed roof options within the Parks Victoria estate, which may include cabins, lodges, huts and cottages. The full list of parks where fees have changed can be found here.

Putting Old Bikes to Good Use
As the old Community Recycle Works has shut down, Envision Australia as taken over to help stop old bikes ending up in landfill. Old bikes delivered to the Albury Recycling Centre are getting new lives to help the long-term unemployed not only gain new skills- but transport too. AlburyCity staff are collecting the bikes and providing them to environmental and humanitarian organisation, Envision Employment. Envision uses the bikes to provide valuable training in repairs and repurposing to long-term jobseekers. Some of the rebuilt bikes are donated to charities and others are given to jobseekers as transport so they can get to and from training opportunities and job interviews. Anyone who wants to donate bikes to a good cause can drop them off for free at the recycling centre at 2/321 Kiewa St, Albury. The bikes don’t have to be in full working order as part of the training process involves teaching mechanical and recycling skills to participants. Envision is a leader in recycling. Apart from bike repairs, one of its major functions is to recycle bottle tops that are used to make prosthetic hands to be donated to children. For more information on Envison please see here.

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. See https://wodongalandcare.org.au/information/#Native-plants

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 is:
24 October - Community Conservation in action
For more information please see the SWIFFT website here
 
Latest fact sheets from the Arthur Rylah Institute:
Factsheet: Recovery actions for seven endemic and threatened Victorian galaxiid species
Factsheet: Recovery actions for Glenelg Freshwater Mussel
Factsheet: Conservation of endemic and threatened Victorian galaxiid species

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.

Indian Myna Traps available:
Invasive Indian Myna birds have moved in to Castle Creek and West Wodonga.  Once established, these birds will gather in large flocks, causing property damage by nesting in roof spaces and creating large accumulations of droppings. They carry diseases dangerous to human health, eat and contaminate livestock and poultry feed, and aggressively out-compete native birds, possums and gliders for food and nesting sites. Please check for Indian Mynas in your garden and consider borrowing our trap to assist with control. 
WULN now has 2 Indian Myna traps. These are available for borrowing, with full instructions. Contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com
 
Our thanks to WULN volunteer Beck Humphries, Bulletin editor.
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