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Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

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 for May 2019

F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K

Workshops, Field Days and Courses

NRM on the Border Seminar Series - Rivers of Gold: The Legacy of Historic Mining on our Rivers ­– Thursday 2nd May
5-6.30pm, La Trobe University, Wodonga.
Mining has led to extensive and long-lasting changes to waterways across Victoria, including in the North East region. This seminar will discuss how a multi-disciplinary team have used industrial archaeology, geomorphology and environmental chemistry to determine exactly what happened to the rivers, and how historic mining continues to influence them today.
Improved knowledge of the impact of mining on rivers in Victoria will lead to better catchment management, more effective strategies to revegetate and control erosion, enhanced management of Aboriginal cultural heritage and has implications for public health.
 
Seminar presenters include:
  • Professor Susan Lawrence, Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University
  • Dr James Grove, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Ewen Silvester, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, and Deputy Director, Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems, La Trobe University
  • Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
Light refreshments will be provided by La Trobe University (please RSVP for catering purposes)
This is a free event, and members of the public are most welcome to attend. Please RSVP by Wednesday 1st May.
To RSVP, or for more information, please contact cfe@latrobe.edu.au
 
Fungi ID & Macro Photography Workshop ­– 4th-5th May
10am-4pm, Wooragee Hall, Wooragee. Wooragee Landcare inc. are delighted to welcome back Alison Pouliot- a natural historian and environmental photographer with a particular focus on fungi. She has recently published a book on fungi, ‘The Allure of Fungi’. Those who came to Alison’s last photographic workshop in 2018 saw firsthand her very clear, easy to follow teaching style - great for both novices and those with more experience.
The weekend will focus on fungi the first day and photography the second, with the photography knowledge shared being able to be applied to all macro photography. Come along for one or both days.
 
Fungi In focus (Fungi discovery workshop) – Saturday 4th May
10am-4pm       The day will include:
-     Looking at fungi display
  • Intro to fungi - natural and cultural history
  • Hands-on Fungi identification
  • Lunch - please bring your own (Morning tea provided)
  • Fungi foray into local environments
 
Fungi in Focus (Photographic Field day) – Sunday 5th May
10am-4pm       The day will include:
  • Know your camera, know your fungus
  • Photographic principles in the context of photographing fungi and other macro subjects
  • Tricky situations and tips for creating compelling images
  • Field trip nearby to put principles into practice and address issues of camera operations and photographic technique, and to take photos in some of the challenging situations.
 
You can use an iphone camera if you do not have one, and you do not have to have had previous experience as a photographer to find this workshop informative. You will need to dress appropriately for the weather, bring some lunch, and you must have closed in shoes for this workshop.  
 
Prices vary from $35-$120 depending on the number of days attended, with a discount also available for current Wooragee Landcare members. You can become a member to access the discount if you wish (you don’t have to reside in Wooragee to do so. For information on joining, please see here or email woorageelandcare@gmail.com).
 
To book for one or both days (for both Landcare members and non-members), see the main listing here- all booking links are toward the end of the page. For more information call 0427 287 285 or email woorageelandcare@gmail.com
 
Sustainable Abundance with Joel Salatin – 21st-22nd May
9am-4pm, Baranduda.  NutriSoil is proud to present this intensive 2 day workshop, plus optional talk and dinner, with trailblazing farmer Joel Salatin. Joel is an American farmer and a pioneer of chemical-free sustainable farming, with experience in holistic management methods of animal husbandry on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.  He has been at the forefront of grass-based farming for 40+ years and written a multitude of books including “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”; “You Can Farm”; and “Salad Bar Beef”.
The event, themed “Sustainable Abundance” will also be a celebration of our food producers, of local quality produce and an exposé on how to make farming a profitable enterprise.  Bush Goddess Foods will be catering the event, showcasing our region’s food at every opportunity.  Sustainable Abundance will create a mindscape for farmers and consumers to connect on the essence of growing food with integrity, that heals the land and nourishes the human body.
With a festival feel, the 2-day event will include a #heart your farmer dinner and free camping facilities.  This will allow attendees to embrace the paradigm shifting information they will receive from such a revolutionary trailblazer as Joel Salatin. Tickets range from $60 to $310, and can be booked here. For further information, contact NurtiSoil on 02 6020 9676 or email events@nutrisoil.com.au.
 

Opportunities to be Involved

Spotlight Walk ‘n Talk Wangaratta – Wednesday 1st May
6pm, Mullinmur Wetlands (Meeting place to TBA), Wangaratta. Join members of the Rural City of Wangaratta to learn about our fascinating nocturnal native animals! There will be dinner and a talk from 6pm-6:30pm before a night walk at Mullinmur Wetlands to spot wildlife. All ages are welcome. Please bring warm clothes, a mug for soup and a water bottle. Please RSVP by Friday 26 April (RSVP details to be confirmed, please keep an eye on this page). For more information please contact environment@wangaratta.vic.gov.au or call the Natural Resource Management Team on 03 5722 0888.
 
Park Stewardship Morning – Friday 3rd May
9-11am, Gordon Hartsman Park, Huon Creek Rd, Wodonga. Meet in Gordon Hartsman Park on the paddock just near the House Creek bridge. 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.
For 2 hours on a Friday, 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. Today’s focus will be on removing guards and weeding around seedlings on House Creek in preparation for planting season.
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. Please register here, or for more information contact info@parklands-alburywodonga.org.au
 
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Day – Saturday 4th May
9am-3pm, Meet @ Chiltern Post Office.  Join us 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.
 
Trestles, Trolls and Tucker – Saturday 4th May
3-8pm, High Country rail Trail, Lucyvale. Start at Mansells Rd, Lucyvale at 3pm. They’re like something from a fairytale …Their grass and wildflower blanketed paths enchant at first glance, held by sturdy foundations so old they’re pinned with handmade bolts and nails. One could easily be forgiven for checking underneath the High Country Rail Trail Trestle Bridges for a cranky troll! But don’t take our word for it – join the Historic Trestle Trail Walk and Campfire Cook-up to celebrate the 100 kilometre milestone of the High Country Rail Trail with a walk along the trestle bridges, a warm campfire, old fashioned camp food (yes, damper is on the menu!) and stargazing like you wouldn’t believe! This all ages, family friendly event will feature walking in a beautiful location as well as a traditional campfire cook-up. You will only need to bring a chair, hat, torch and jumper. There is no set cost for this event – donations on the night are welcome to assist future works on the Rail Trail. Please register here, registered participants will be provided a detailed location map prior to the event.
 
Repair Café – Saturday 4th May
10am-1pm @ the SAC. The Sustainable Activity Centre (SAC) The 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. This month we’re featuring repairs to costume jewellery – re-threading beads, attaching clasps and so on. Our May session is also your last opportunity to get your bike fixed before the winter recess. Please bring it along this month or it will have to wait until bike repairs resume in September. Note NO soldering nor books this session. 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. The Repair Café is proudly supported by Halve Waste. More information can be found here
 
Off the Grid Living Festival – 4th-5th May
Sat 4th-main festival day 9am-5pm. Sun 5th Workshop day, events listing for details. Eldorardo. The Off-Grid Living festival is grassroots event showcasing a diverse array of sustainable, off-grid living ideas, from the past (homesteading & traditional crafts), to the present (alternative farming and home building) and into the future (sustainable energy & technology). Wodonga Urban Landcare Network and Ovens Landcare Network will be there with displays featuring our groups and Landcare information for landowners.
The day offers a unique opportunity for attendees to meet people with vast experience from a variety of off-grid living areas – from the latest sustainable technology gurus, to the low impact traditional craftspeople. Participants leave this festival feeling uplifted and inspired to make positive, sustainable changes in their own lives, with new skills, products, information and contacts to help. Workshops include rammed earth building, spoon making, all things biochar, building with bamboo and much more. Saturday festival entry is $15. Sunday workshop prices vary. For more information, or to book, please see here.
 
Dung Beetle Workshop – Sunday 5th May
10am-12.30pm, Bethanga. Bethanga and Wises Creek-Talgarno Landcare Groups bring you this workshop to learn more about these fascinating critters from local dung beetle expert Belinda Pearce. Free BBQ lunch provided. For more information and to RSVP please email bethangalandcaregroup@gmail.com
 
Victoria’s New Environmental Protection Law’s and Their Impacts – Monday 6th May
4.45-6pm, Wangaratta. Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria's Governing Board and Executive Leadership Team invite you to meet with them to learn about how EPA Victoria is changing and how the new legislation will impact on your organisation.
We are passionate about Victoria staying one of the most liveable places on the planet – a place where community and industry continue to thrive. EPA will provide the science-first advice and leadership Victorians need to protect their health and environment.
 
EPA Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cathy Wilkinson, Chief Environmental Scientist, Dr Andrea Hinwood, and the rest of the Executive Leadership Team will discuss how EPA is changing, provide an overview of changes to Victoria’s environmental laws and respond to questions. The Environment Protection Amendment Act is proposed to take effect in July 2020. The session will allow attendees to have their questions answered about the Act to help Victorians prepare for 2020. Refreshments will be provided. This is a free event, to RSVP please see here. Please contact Board.Secretary@epa.vic.gov.au if you have any questions in the lead up to the event.
 
Felltimber Community Expo – Tuesday 7th May
Wodonga Landcare will be at the Expo with displays featuring our Gardens for Wildlife program and Turtles in our local area. Felltimber Community Centre, 11.30-1.30. Hope to see you there! More about the Expo here.
 
Woolshed Walk n’ Talk – Wednesday 8th May
9.30-11.30am, Eight Mile Creek Reserve, Thurgoona. Meet in the Kinross Pub carpark (Look for the Landcare banner). Everyone is invited to join members of the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network as Parklands ranger Danny Jones leads this casual Walk ‘n Talk into the unique Eight Mile Creek parklands. This parkland includes the Eight Mile Creek, sections of the Nine Mile Creek and Woolshed Creek. It contains some unique remnant bush including habitat of the endangered Sloanes froglet. 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. The walk is approx. 2km 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. There is no cost, but please let us know you’re coming by registering here. This event is supported by the Victorian Government.
 
Park Stewardship Morning – Friday 10th May
9-11am, Kiewa River Parklands, Killara. Meet at the Kiewa River carpark, Murray Valley Hwy, Killara. Today’s focus will be on water quality testing.
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. Please register here, or for more information contact info@parklands-alburywodonga.org.au
 
Art + Climate = Change Exhibition 2019 Artist Walk with Rebecca Mayo – 11th May
2pm, Melbourne. Meet at Caves Gallery, Swanston Street.
In this exhibition, artist Rebecca Mayo has created a series of supermarket bags. Instead of extruded polyethylene, Mayo’s bags are constructed from cloth she has dyed with plants collected on local walks. The bags will be used by people joining artist-led walks during the exhibition. Approaches to 18th century knowledge acquisition through the collection of plants from ‘elsewhere’ and the presence of plastic waste in our environment, will be used to provoke consideration of contemporary relations to the world, including how we might take care of the places we inhabit today. Join the artist, Rebecca Mayo for an inner city walk: you will have the chance to reimagine a pre-invasion landscape and help with a little tidying up. This is a free event, duration of the walk is approximately 1.5 hours. For more information, please see here.
 
Park Stewardship Morning – Friday 17th May
9-11am, Island Rd, Albury. Cross over the Murray River on the Waterworks Bridge, to Island Rd.
Today’s focus will be on repairing park infrastructure and removing woody weeds.
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. Please register here, or for more information contact info@parklands-alburywodonga.org.au
 
Community Gardening in Willow Park – Sunday 19th May
9.30-10.30am, Wodonga. Join Friends of Willow Park for a morning of Community Gardening and a 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.
 
Wodonga Landcare Quarterly Gathering – Wednesday 22nd May
6-9pm at Birallee Neighbourhood House, Emerald Avenue Wodonga. Come along, learn about projects on the go in Wodonga, find Landcare resources and share supper and a chat with Friends and Landcare members from the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network. This gathering we will learn about the new Wodonga Waterways Action Plan and upcoming activities around that, as well as tips and tools for Landcare work in our local area. Our member group showcase will be from Turtles Albury Wodonga. Please rsvp to secretary@wodongaurbanlandcarenetwork.org.au
 
World Turtle Day Celebration – Thursday 23rd May
4-6pm at Sumsion Gardens (Belvoir Park) Wodonga. Join the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network and special guests in Belvoir Park for a celebration of the 3 different species of Turtles that call House Creek and Belvoir Park Lake home. Find out more about turtle habits and habitat. We’ll check out some of their favourite spots at Sumsion gardens and discuss their needs and threats. Dr James Van Dyke from La Trobe University will explain how to get involved in turtle monitoring and looking out for turtles locally. Turtles Albury Wodonga will coordinate a special activity for kids (aged 8 and older) to help construct turtle nest protection. Dress warmly & consider bringing a torch as finish is after dark.
Find out more on our Facebook page and Ecoportal.
 
Park Stewardship Morning – Friday 24th May
9-11am, Kiewa River Parklands, Killara. Meet at the carpark just north of the Kiewa River bridge, Murray Valley Hwy, Killara. Today’s focus will be on burning willow piles.
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 (boots), long pants, long sleeves and a hat. Please register here, or for more information contact info@parklands-alburywodonga.org.au
 
Tastes of the Garden – Friday 24th May
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 three autumn 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 minimal cost? Please book here to let us know you’re coming, and bring some cash (approx. $8/head) to purchase lunch on the day.
 
Wodonga Volunteer Fair – Saturday 25th May
11am-1pm at the Cube. Wodonga Urban Landcare Network volunteers will be at the Fair with a display featuring our groups. Come down for a chat about the many ways for volunteers to get involved – both with the Network and individual local groups. Hope to see you there!
 
Banff Mountain Film Festival – Thursday 30th May
7pm, Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the world's most prestigious mountain film festival now in its 42nd year. After premiering in the mountain town of Banff in Canada, a selection of the best short films about adventure, mountain culture, sports and environment tour the globe.
The 2019 tour promises 3 hours of captivating footage, shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. Sure to set your pulse racing, this carefully curated program showcases a selection of films packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences. Limited tickets are still available ($34 Adult, $26 child under 16) and can be booked here.
 
Repair Café – Saturday 1st June
10am-1pm @ the SAC. The Sustainable Activity Centre (SAC) The 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 creative stain removal demos AND jewellery repairs, but no soldering, bike or book repairs. TV stylist Lauren Bush will conduct two free stain removal demos at 10.30am and 11.30am. With ten years as ‘wardrobe standby’ on the set of My Kitchen Rules, Lauren knows a thing or two about managing spots and stains! Numbers are strictly limited, so book early. For the 10.30am session you can book here, and for the 11.30am session you can book here. Please make contact immediately if you need to relinquish your ticket by phoning Lizette on 0468 320 647.
The Repair Café is proudly supported by Halve Waste. More information can be found here
 
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Day – Sunday 2nd June
9am-3pm, Meet @ Chiltern Post Office.  Join us 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.
 
Walk the regional bush tracks and trails with the Border Bushwalking Club  
Art + Climate = Change Exhibition 2019
23 April – 19 May, Various locations in Victoria. ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially engaged festival of ideas, exhibitions and events. Presenting over thirty curated exhibitions at leading museums and galleries in Melbourne and regional Victoria, the 2019 festival will consider ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, transition and accelerated action on climate change.
Some of the line-up includes ‘Backdrop’, by artists Laura Delaney, Allana Lorenzon and Lisa Stewart- Backdrop investigates the ways that conceptions of landscape are informed by emotions, desires and cultural conditioning and is showing in Brunswick until 26 May. Entry is free, see more here.
Selena de Carvalho, Aviva Reed, Scale Free Network, Sofia Sabbagh and Damien Wright question the paradox of language, exploring the role that data may play in the human journey of learning to listen to trees, simultaneously celebrating trees and their ‘worth’ in society in their exhibition ‘A Tree’s Worth’. Also showing in Brunswick until 26 May. Entry is also free, see more here.
Also part of the line-up is ‘Here Today – Defending takayna / Tarkine’, in Abbotsford until
19 May (free entry, information here), Here Today points to the continued efforts of everyday people to protect these forests from logging over the past year. As we bear witness to the tide of our own destruction, these small acts of resistance reflect the recurring conflict in our relationship with nature and each other, and force us to face uncomfortable truths about our time and place on this earth. (For a brief snapshot of some of the continued efforts regarding the ongoing fight to save the Tarkine, this short documentary, produced with help from Patagonia, provides some information on the fight to gain world heritage protection for the area.)
 
The Dead Tree Detective - Citizen Science Project
The current drought across southeastern 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.
 
Australian Platypus Monitoring Network
The Australian Platypus Conservatory is looking for volunteers to assist with their new Australian Platypus Monitoring Network (APMN). The APMN aims to empower community members to keep track of their neighbouring platypus populations.
The APMN website and app have been designed to make it easy for volunteers to monitor platypus activity, and upload basic sighting information in the field. The information is then saved in a database and surmised using a map and charts, which is then available for all website visitors, with volunteers also receiving feedback on their own findings.
New volunteers can choose to either monitor already registered sites (if available), or register new sites. Volunteers are asked to visit sites once or twice a week, at a time that is convenient to them, and simply sit and watch the water for 5-10mins for signs of platypus activity. For further information, or to request a full information kit, please see the Australian Platypus Conservatory website here
 
Join the Our Native Garden Nursery Seed Collecting Crew
Are you out in that glorious bush exclaiming at the scents and colours of our wonderful wildflowers? Would you like to share this thrill in our native plants with others by joining our seed collecting team? Come collecting seed under the guidance of our intrepid Liz and Tony. For more information please contact Jill on 0419 732 390.
 

Grants and Funding

Future 500 Leaders Governance Scholarship – Closes 3rd May
As champions of diversity, ICDA is focused on providing leadership opportunities to the most underrepresented sectors of the community. As part of this endeavour, in partnership with organisations who share our vision, during 2019 we are offering up to 500 governance scholarships of $1000 towards the Diploma of Business (Governance).
This new round, in partnership with the Women's Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA), is focused on women. WLIA exists to inspire innovative partnerships, action and system-changing solutions to address the imbalance of women in leadership positions in Australia.
Successful scholarship applicants will receive:
-A $1000 fee reduction for enrolments in the Diploma of Business (Governance). The reduced enrolment cost for scholarship recipients is $3495 (inc GST).
-An iPad pre-loaded with course materials.
-Membership of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.
-Access to the Institute of Community Directors Australia's extensive suite of online governance resources.
Scholarships will be awarded through an online application process. For further information, or to apply, please see the Institute of Community Directors website here.
 
Leadership Grants - Promoting Sustainable Agriculture – Closes 5th May
As a part of Victoria's 2016 first integrated catchment strategy (ICM), Our Catchment Our Communities, North East CMA has grant funding to support community leaders in the sustainable agriculture or primary industry sector in the region. The grants are aimed at individual community and land owners within the primary industry sector.
There are 7 scholarships of up to $3,000 (ex. GST) each to participate in professional development to support your leadership aspirations in 2019. The types of professional development that would be supported would include:
  • Governance Foundations for Not for Profit Directors course (AICD or other providers)
  • Alpine Valley’s Community Leadership courses or
  • Regional Leadership Program (CSU Wangaratta)
  • Other approved Leadership programs
 
If you are interested in applying for these grants, please submit an expression of interest form (available here, along with further information) by Sunday 5 May 2019 to landcare@necma.vic.gov.au or to PO Box 616 Wodonga, VIC 3689. For further enquires please call Tom Croft on (02) 6043 7648.
 
Farming and Community Group Drought Funding – Closes 10th May
The program is open to Landcare, industry groups, farming systems groups, discussion and land management groups. Groups will be able to engage experts and/or specialists to deliver timely, relevant and appropriate technical information to assist dryland
and irrigated farm businesses and landholders to plan or manage the impacts of dry seasonal or drought conditions. Funding of up to $25,000 is available. Groups can apply for one or more activities per funding application. Interested applicants should read the guidelines and eligibility criteria then complete an application either online or download from the Agriculture Victoria website at agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons or email Drought.Support@ecodev.vic.gov.au to be sent an interactive pdf version of the application form.
 
Communities Environment Program
The Federal Budget brought down on 2nd April includes $22.7 million funding in 2019-20 for small-scale, community-led projects nominated by local Members of Parliament, in consultation with the community, which will focus on environmental priorities such as:  
-Waste and litter reduction
-Protecting native animals, including our threatened species
-Addressing weeds and pest animals
-Restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways, and
-Greening parks and urban areas.
 
A broad range of groups, including Friends groups and other community and environment organisations are eligible to put forward projects through their local Member of Parliament. Funding for individual projects can range from $2,500 to $20,000. Up to $150,000 is available to each electorate. Proposals can be submitted to your local Member now, although guidelines and application forms are not expected to be available until mid-year.
Information about the program is available here and in the Environment Minister's media release here.
 
Environment Restoration Fund
Also announced in the Federal Budget is $100 million for the establishment of an Environment Restoration Fund with $20.1 million available in 2019-20. While less detail is available compared to the above program, the fund is planned to prioritise the following three areas:
-Protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitat.
-Protecting Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways by addressing erosion, and
improving water quality and protecting coastal threatened and migratory species.
-The clean-up, recovery and recycling of waste.
 
The fund will provide grants for one-off activities and multi-year programs worth several million dollars. Groups eligible to apply include: community groups, Indigenous organisations, conservation organisations, natural resource management bodies and others. Program guidelines and related forms are expected to be available mid-2019. Information about the program is available here and in the Environment Minister's media release here.
 
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.
 
Round 2 Farm Household Allowance Grants now available
Farmers who qualify for the Farm Household Allowance are advised the second lump sum payment is now available. These measures are designed to help farmers manage through the current drought, and other hardships. Existing recipients between 2 Dec 18 and 1 Jun 19 will automatically receive the additional payment. Don't self-assess. For more information, please see the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website here or call the farmer assistance hotline on 132 316.
 
Funding to Protect Biodiversity in the Kiewa Valley
Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Inc are seeking landholders interested in undertaking action on their properties in the Kiewa Valley to protect biodiversity over the next three years to join their new project.  This project will help with funding to assist landholders to undertake rabbit harbour destruction, woody weed control and revegetation in the project area to protect and improve biodiversity.
Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Inc in partnership with the North East Catchment Management Authority have received funding from the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning for a three year program to improve habitat and connectivity for threatened woodland birds and mammals of the Kiewa Valley.
Click here for more information and an expression of interest form or contact the Project Officer, Belinda Pearce, on 0400 880 872 or email: biodiversity@kiewacatchmentlandcare.org.au
 
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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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
                             
Premiers Sustainability Awards Victoria – Closes 13 June
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise outstanding achievements by Victorian businesses, institutes, community groups, social enterprises, not-for-profits, government and individuals leading the way in sustainable innovation and practices, and include a new category, Environmental Volunteering. For more information please see here.
 
Climate Change and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan – Discussion Paper
The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has released a climate change and the Murray–Darling Basin Plan discussion paper. The paper explains the impact of climate change across the Basin, explores how the current Basin Plan settings and various water management mechanisms are designed to adaptively manage climate change impacts and looks ahead to the objectives and implementation of a climate change research program for the MDBA. The discussion paper is available on the MDBA website here. To respond to the discussion paper, please email climatechange@mdba.gov.au (no closing date for submissions has yet been announced).
 
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

State of the Environment Report 2018
The State of Environment (SOE) 2018 report for Victoria that was recently released tells Victorians about the health of our environment – our land, our water, our air, and our ecosystems. Using 170 different scientific indicators, the Report shows us where we’re doing well and where we need to improve. To view or download the SOE report, please see the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria website.
 
Our Community House - Melbourne
Our Community House has recently opened it’s doors – It’s a brand new co-working, meeting and event space in North Melbourne that's dedicated, with love, to people who make the social sector tick. They are proud of the beautiful, sustainable, inspiring space they have crafted and they want to show it off! (Because they built it for everyone to access and enjoy!) You're warmly invited to take a tour of Our Community House, at a time that suits you. Tours will showcase some of their favourite spaces, including sun filled, modern co-working zones and private offices, a suite of expertly designed meeting rooms named after inspiring and pioneering social sector women and the market dining hall. To book in for a tour, please see here
 
Free Assistance Available to Improve Health and Safety on Farms
Richard Versteegen, Farm Safety Extension Officer at the Victorian Farmers Federation, is available to assist the Victorian farming community to improve health and safety on farms. Richard may be able to help farmers by speaking at events about health and safety, doing farm walk and talks with groups of farmers around health and safety, doing a review of a farms health and safety and providing a report and answering health and safety questions on the phone or via email (from farmers).
Appointments are necessary, as Richards work takes him all over Victoria - but feel free to contact him with your enquires, or to make a booking in advance. He can be contacted on 9207 5619 or 0499 772 472.
 
Fire Recovery– Fire preparedness and prevention ATO factsheet
Primary producers are entitled to claim income tax deductions for costs related to fire emergency preparedness and prevention. This fact sheet explains your entitlement to claim deductions for costs you incur on fire emergency preparedness and prevention assets and activities on your primary production land. To download the factsheet, please see the Landcare website here
 
Fire Recovery Resources for Landholders
The Victorian Landcare Gateway has a range of practical fire recovery resources for landholders who have been impacted by, and are recovering from, fires. This includes PDFs and links to resources on livestock, pasture recovery, farm water, native vegetation, health and wellbeing, and other relevant topics. To access the resources please see the Landcare website here
 
Mountain Pygmy-possum Recovery in the Vic Alps
Ever seen a Mountain Pygmy-possum? Do yourself a favour. Google it, and you'll find a collection of the cutest critters ever! This boulderfield dweller thrives on a diet of arthropods, including the Bogong moth, and hibernates all winter under the snow. Unfortunately these little guys (and girls) are on the critically endangered list.
North East Catchment Management Authority are thrilled to be working with Parks Victoria, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek Resort Management Boards on the Mountain Pygmy-possum Recovery Plan. Threats addressed will include predation and habitat degradation. It is hoped that these measures will assist in boosting these animals’ numbers and helping to ensure their long term survival. For more information the species, and the work being done to save them, see this brief article on The Conversation website here
 
Australia’s Vanishing Animals
Here’s beautifully written article by The Conversation, that points out that over the last 200 years, Australia has lead the world as the country with the most recorded animal extinctions. The thylacine is the most recognised of our lost species, but the lesser bilby has also disappeared, as well as the pig-footed bandicoot, the white-footed rabbit-rat, the Toolache wallaby, the robust white-eye, the King Island emu, the Christmas Island forest skink, the southern gastric-brooding frog, the Phillip Island glory pea, and well over another 100 species that were part of the make-up of this land - have also disappeared forever. And that’s just the tally for known extinctions, many more have been lost without ever being named. More still hover in a grey zone – we’re not sure whether they linger or are already gone. And the losses continue, with three Australian species becoming extinct in the past decade. Unfortunately, most of the factors that caused the losses remain unchecked, and new threats are appearing, intensifying and expanding. Sadly, these losses need not have happened as almost all were predictable and preventable. They represent failures in our duty of care, legislation, policy and management. But how then do we commit to maintaining Australia’s wildlife? Read the full article on The Conversation website here, to see their 10 recommendations for seeing extinctions, not as an inevitability, but as something that is up to all of us to do something to change.
 
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. For more information please see the SWIFFT website here The topics and dates for this year are:
 
25 July - People for Nature and
24 October - Community Conservation in action
 
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
 
National Volunteer Guide
The new free and comprehensive National Volunteer Guide resources by Not for Profit Law are useful tools for management and committee members or directors of not-for-profit organisations to help them best recruit and manage their volunteers. The resources cover various topics including recruiting and legal issues, including a series of webinars, and can be found 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
 

WULN Snapshot 2019

Community volunteers caring for a park near you…
 
Wodonga Urban Landcare sub-groups:
Friends of Whenby Grange
Friends of John Potter Park
Friends of the WREN Baranduda
Friends of Federation Hill
Clyde Cameron Reserve Group
Friends of Lou Lieberman Park
Friends of Felltimber Creek
Friends of the Ridge Reserves (Susan Campbell and Kent McKoy)
Friends of Four Ways (Melrose/Yarralumla/Pearce/Felltimber)
Friends of David Winterbottom Reserve
Turtles Albury-Wodonga (Belvoir Park and beyond)
 
Members and Associates of the Network:
Friends of Willow Park
The Bhutanese Community Farm
Our Native Garden Nursery
Baranduda Landcare Group
Bonegilla Rail Trail Advisory Group
Parklands Albury Wodonga
Huon Creek Landcare
Leneva Castle Creek Landcare Group
Australian Native Plant Society Albury Wodonga
 
Watch out for on-ground works, community events and activities associated with these programs and projects…
 
Ongoing Programs in the Community:
Gardens for Wildlife Albury Wodonga – with the support of Wodonga Council and the Victorian Government
Local Education Network for Sustainability – in partnership with the SAC.
Threatened Species Nestbox Monitoring – in partnership with Parklands Albury Wodonga
 
Community led On-ground Projects for 2019:
  • Restoring Habitat Linkages – with the support of the Victorian Government, Wodonga Council and the Landmates program
  • Removing Seed Source Weeds in House Creek - Ewart Brothers Reserve - with the support of the Victorian Government.
  • Wodonga Waterways Restoration and Community Engagement – with the support of the Victorian Government
  • Start-up support for new Landcare volunteer groups – with the support of Wodonga Council
  • Park Improvements in David Winterbottom Park, Susan Campbell and Kent McKoy Reserves – with the support of Wodonga Council
  • Interpretive Signage in Clyde Cameron reserve – with the support of Wodonga Council
  • Community Planting mornings – supported by the Victorian Government
  • Walk ‘n Talk program showcasing environmental protection and restoration in the region – supported by the Victorian Government
For information on any of these programs and projects please contact  WULN: wodonglandcare@gmail.com 

WULN Project Showcase

Healthy Hectares North East: 2019-2021

What:  A project to develop resources for small landholders wanting to manage their properties well. The project adapts the content  of the Healthy Hectares program developed by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Euroa Arboretum to the NE region of Victoria. It delivers a series of Field Days to build the capacity of small rural property owners to apply best practice land management principles to their land. Topics will include:
  • Reading your Landscape (Cultural Heritage; Natural Ecosystem awareness)
  • Planning your Small Property (Property Management Planning),
  • Understanding your Soils and Pastures (Soil & pasture assessment & management),
  • Managing water on your property (Preventing erosion; calculating stock water requirements; farm dams; off-stream watering; riparian land management).
  • Keeping animals on your small farm (Husbandry; welfare; responsibilities)
  • Wildlife on your Patch (Safe, suitable habitat for local native species; creating wildlife corridors),
  • Pesky Pests (Managing Pest Animals and Plants; legislation; resources and techniques)
Where:  Across the North East region

How: In partnership with the Mid Ovens Landcare Consortium, WULN has received $50,000 from the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program Smart Farms fund to develop hard copy and online resources tailored to the North East region, and deliver a series of field days throughout the region on seven topics. We will be working in partnership with the Ovens Landcare Network, DELWP and North East CMA to deliver this exciting project.

Healthy Hectares Progress: We have just received notification of this project funding, so it is still in the planning stage. We will be looking for appropriate  Field Day sites across the region for each topic. If you would like to be involved or just kept in the loop please contact us: wodongalandcare@gmail.com 
 
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