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Workshops, Field Days and Courses

Victorian Climate Projections 2019 Training – 2nd July
10am-4pm, (Venue TBC shortly) Benalla. Do you need to use information or data about climate change in your work? Planning for the future past 2030? DELWP and CSIRO are offering free training to help people understand and use the new climate change data and reports from Victorian Climate Projections 2019. This training is for anyone whose role involves climate change or planning for the future past 2030 who wants to find out about the latest local-scale climate data and information and how to use it.  CSIRO will present:
 
-Brief introduction to climate change science
-Understanding climate change projections and introduction to new Victorian    Climate Projections 2019 products
-Understanding and using downscaled climate change data
-Choosing and using climate change information
-Rapid climate impact assessments
 
Places are limited, please ensure you can attend if you sign up. Booking can be made here.
If you are unable to attend the Benalla session, there will be another session held in the Melbourne CBD on Thursday 4th July. Please contact Kristy Roche at kristy.roche@delwp.vic.gov.au or 0436 688 298 for further details.
 
Critical Thinking: Enhancing Participation Capacity – Wednesday 3rd July
5pm(for 5.30pm start), Wangaratta Library, Wangaratta. This free event by IAP2 with trainer, Keith Greaves includes a one hour presentation & question time, with an option to have a meal as a group afterward (meal at own cost). In 2016, MosaicLab and Dr. Lyn Carson (of Deliberative Designs and the newDemocracy Foundation) partnered in a study that considered this question.  The research sought to understand what happens when participants have an opportunity to build and use critical thinking skills during a deliberative engagement process such as a citizens’ jury or people’s panel. Come along to find out the outcomes and how these findings can be applied to real world settings. Book your place here. Contact Birgit Schonafinger for further details at info@fishbowlpr.com.au
 
Taking Care of Nature: Linking Backyards to Bush Seminar – Saturday 6th July
9.30am-3pm, Melbourne. Gardens For Wildlife Victoria, Victorian Environment Friends Network and The Royal Society Of Victoria are co-hosting a nature stewardship networking event. Come along to hear fascinating stories of people caring for nature in diverse places, from schools to suburban gardens, creeks and nature reserves. How can this work transform a landscape? How do you start? Be inspired, learn what you can do, network and get involved! Speakers include:
 
-Peter Noble, Ballarat Environment Network – linking groups to transform landscapes
-Irene Kelly and Kerry Davies, Knox Gardens for Wildlife - linking schools and gardens for wildlife)
-Anthony Bigelow, First Friends of Dandenong Creek – crowdfunding and revitalising a Friends group)
-Charlotte Fletcher, Cranbourne Gardens, helping bandicoots from reserves to suburbs
 
There will also be interactive sessions and networking opportunities. Cost ($6.86) includes morning tea and lunch. Places are limited, please book here to secure your place.
 
Building Resilience into the Landscape: Earth Canvas-Art in Ag – Monday 8th July
10am-3.30pm, Bibbaringa ‘The Woolshed’, Bowna. Looking at the landscape through the eyes of a Farmer, an Artist, a Scientist and an Educator, this workshop is designed to engage neighbours and catchment areas to manage water in the landscape and catchment areas. Learn how your decisions can affect others. Thinking beyond the Boundary Fence
Scientist Peter Hazell from Mulloon Institute, Educator Brian Welhburg, Artist Jo Davenport and Farmer Gillian Sanbrook will share their perspectives. The day’s topics will include:
  • Catchment planning
  • Big picture planning
  • Artist view of the landscape
  • Farm walk
 
Cost for the day is $30, which includes lunch and morning tea on arrival, bookings can be made here. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing.
For more information please contact info@earthcanvas.com.au or call 0428 696 724.
 
Impacts of Weeds on Livestock – Wednesday 17th July
7-9pm, Moyhu Memorial Hall, Moyhu. Join members of the Greta Valley Landcare Group and North East and Surrounds Landcare Inc for the evening to learn more about the impact of common pasture weeds on livestock, focusing on cattle, sheep and horses. A free weed guide will be provided for all attendees. The evening will feature guest speakers:
 
  • Jeff Cave, District Veterinary Office from Agriculture Victoria, and
  • Allison Arnott, equine veterinarian and principal of Ovens Valley Equine.
 
Topics will include:
 Common pasture weeds and their impacts on stock health
  • Poisonous weeds and warning signs to watch for
  • Steps that can be taken to manage potential impacts on stock health
 
A light supper will be served at the conclusion of the speakers. Please RSVP here or by contacting Sally Day on 0437 136 162.
 

Opportunities to be Involved

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
 
Tree Planting in Susan Campbell Reserve in Wodonga – Sunday 30th June
10am-12pm, Susan Campbell Reserve, Wodonga. Meet in the reserve near the Hilltop Crescent entry to the reserve. Everyone is invited to join members of the Friends of Susan Campbell & Kent McKoy Reserves for a tree planting session, while enjoying some wonderful views to the south and west of Wodonga. Please bring a shovel and remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear. The morning will finish with a cuppa at the new picnic setting.
For further information please call Jacqui on 0405 410 195 or Jude on 0448 045 124. More information on WULN’s Friends of Susan Campbell & Kent McKoy Reserves can be found here.
 
Gateway Island Night Walk – Monday 1st July
7-9pm, Gateway Island, Wodonga. Meet at The Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway Village. 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, the Parklands Ranger 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.
 
Dept of Industry Consultation on Murray Alluvium Water Sharing Plan – Wednesday 3rd July
10am-12pm, Culcairn Bowling Club, Culcairn. The Government has drafted a water resource plan for Murray Alluvium (ie groundwater resource) a part of its commitment to the Murray Darling Basin plan. This is one of a series of information sessions. For more information on the Murray Alluvium Water Sharing Plan Consultation please see here.
 
Dept of Industry Consultation on Murray Alluvium Water Sharing Plan – Wednesday 3rd July
3.30-5.30pm, Howlong Community Health Centre, Howlong. The Government has drafted a water resource plan for Murray Alluvium (ie groundwater resource) a part of its commitment to the Murray Darling Basin plan. This is one of a series of information sessions. For more information on the Murray Alluvium Water Sharing Plan Consultation please see here.
 
Stringybark Reserve Night Walk – Wednesday 3rd July
7-9pm, Stringybark Reserve, Baranduda. Meet at the Baranduda Community Centre carpark, Sage Court, Baranduda. Join Parklands Rangers for a night adventure spotlighting for nocturnal native wildlife in the Stringybark Reserve. 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, the Parklands Ranger 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.
 
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Day – Saturday 6th July
9am-3pm, Chiltern area. Meet at the Chiltern Post Office.  Join the Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park for a day of activities in the park.  Activities may include weeding, planting, maintenance of infrastructure, checking of nest boxes and more. All ages, levels of fitness and knowledge welcome. Contact Mick Webster on 0429 017 229 for more info and what to bring. More information on the Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park can be found here.
 
Repair Café – Saturday 6th July
10am-1pm @ the Sustainable Activity Centre (Former Tourist Information Centre), Gateway Island. 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 darning, soldering, books and our device help desk to assist with problematic mobile phones, tablets and laptops e.g. how to save data from a dying phone, change settings, speed up slow laptops and investigate problems booting up. Note there will be NO jewellery repairs or bikes this session. More information on the Repair Café Albury-Wodonga can be found here. The Repair Café is proudly supported by Halve Waste.
 
Bird Watching at Eldorado – Sunday 7th July
9.30am-4pm, Eldorado area. Meet at Eldorado Park, near the shop. Birdlife Ovens and Murray will be spending the day visiting various wetlands and adjacent paddocks looking at the various species of birds in the area. Please BYO chairs and refreshments for the day. The leader for the day will be Phillip Seelly.  Please contact John Shepherd on 0417 274 380 to RSVP or with any enquiries. For more information on Birdlife Ovens and Murray, please see here.
 
Bushes, birds and BBQ on Felltimber Creek – Sunday 7th July
10am-1pm, Felltimber Creek, West Wodonga. Everyone is invited to join Wodonga Urban Landcare Network and Gardens for Wildlife for a community planting, bird talk, free plant giveaways, displays and lunch. Plantings along Felltimber Creek are a community led restoration project reclaiming the creek from environmental weeds and restoring native habitat. Come and see what has already been achieved, plant more habitat, learn about our birds and chat to Friends of Felltimber Creek reps.
 
10.00am — Community planting and Gardens for Wildlife display
11.00am — Australian Plant Society Albury-Wodonga stall
11.30am — ‘Getting to know your local bird life’ talk by Dr Damian Michael
12.30pm — Free BBQ
 
Where: Western end of Lambourn Drive (follow the signs), West Wodonga.
Please bring your favourite gardening gloves, wear good boots, dress for the weather and BYO chair or picnic rug for Damian’s talk. You may also wish to bring a few dollars for purchases from the Australian Plant Society stall. All other tools will be provided, and each participant will receive a free native seedling. Please RSVP via Eventbrite here by Friday 5th July,
Presented by Wodonga Urban Landcare Network with the generous support of our sponsors, City of Wodonga and Victoria State Government.
 
Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley - NAIDOC Week Film Screening – Monday 8th July
6-8.30pm, Bandiana Area Cinema, Anzac Parade, Wodonga. As part of the City of Wodonga’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, this free screening of Undermined follows the David-and-Goliath battle to preserve the Kimberley and the history, culture and community where it belongs. Mega-mines and pastoral development threaten not only the Kimberley region’s vast and unspoiled beauty, but the Indigenous communities' sacred links to Country.
Follow Traditional Owners such as Bardi activist and musician Albert Wiggan and Yimardoowarra academic Dr Anne Poelina as they question what meaningful negotiation looks like, whilst industry pressure exposes the limits of land rights. Please contact Annie Hooper on (02) 6022 9300 or at ahooper@wodonga.vic.gov.au with any enquiries.
 
Jindera Night Walk – Monday 8th July
7-9pm, Jindera. From Urana Road follow Adams Road which becomes Dights Forest Road for 1.5km to just before the intersection with Vine Drive- meet Rangers here. Celebrate the bush restoration efforts of the Jindera community and find out who else is enjoying our beautiful local bush by spotting native nightlife on this Ranger led walk. Please wear warm clothes and closed shoes and bring a personal torch, the Parklands Ranger 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.
 
Top views for Tree Planting on Susan Campbell Reserve – Saturday 13th July
2-4pm, Susan Campbell Reserve, Wodonga. Meet on the hill above the entry from Ardern Place. Everyone is invited to join Friends of Susan Campbell & Kent McKoy Reserves for a tree planting afternoon. Please remember to bring a shovel and wear suitable clothing and sturdy shoes or gumboots. The session will finish with afternoon tea at our new picnic table setting.
Please contact Jacqui on 04054 410 195 or Jude on 0448 045 124 with any enquiries. More information on WULN’s Friends of Susan Campbell & Kent McKoy Reserves can be found here.
 
Pub Lunch with Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists – Sunday 14th July
9am-4pm, Dederang. Members are to meet at 9am at Acacia Car Park (Woolworths High St) in Wodonga.  Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Inc are celebrating mid-year with an outing to Dederang. Enjoy a morning walk on route to Dederang followed by a Pub lunch and companionship. Please BYO morning tea.  For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Veronica on 02 6021 2120. For more information on the Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Inc. please see here.
 
Community Gardening in Willow Park – Sunday 21st July
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.
 
Schools Tree Day Wangaratta – Friday 26th July
9.30am-2pm, Three Mile Creek, Wangaratta. The Rural City of Wangaratta invites your school to participate in School’s Tree Day 2019 to show your support for our local natural environment. Students will be provided with the opportunity to learn more about the importance of bush regeneration and riparian vegetation from council staff, whilst planting a diverse range of trees, shrubs and grasses. 1 hour sessions are available between 9:30am – 2pm.
For more information and/or to register your school/class please contact environment@wangaratta.vic.gov.au or call the Natural Resource Management Team on 03 5722 0888.
 
Tastes of the Garden – Friday 26th July
12-1pm, Bhutanese Community Farm, Lemke Rd, Gateway Island. Join the Bhutanese Community Farm Catering team as they offer lunch al fresco at the farm over 4 winter Fridays. The team will be cooking fresh vegetarian curries and accompaniments featuring the vegetables and herbs grown on the farm throughout the year. Farm Rangers will also be there to answer questions about the Community Garden and show people around. Everyone is welcome, why not bring a friend or some work colleagues down to experience a unique Friday lunch at minimal ($10.33) cost? Please book and pre pay here to let us know you’re coming. For more information on the Bhutanese Community Farm please see here.
 
Corowa Ponds and Redlands Hill Nature Reserve – Saturday 27th July
9am-4pm, Corowa and surrounding area. Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Club Inc.’s next field trip is to the Corowa area. Members are to meet at 9am at the SS&A Car Park, Wilson Street, Albury, before departing for Corowa Sewerage Ponds and then travelling to Redlands Hill Reserve. Please BYO refreshments for the day. Leaders for the outing will be Veronica and David. Please contact Veronica on 02 6021 2120 with any enquiries or to RSVP. For more information on the Albury Wodonga Field Naturalists Inc. please see here.
 
Baranduda Landcare 20th Annual Community Tree Planting Day – Sunday 28th July
9.30am-2pm, Middle Creek Reserve, Baranduda. Baranduda Landcare’s Annual Community National Planet Ark Tree Planting Day is on again. This year they celebrate their 20th annual event! Everyone is invited to join in this free fun event. Follow the signs off Boyes Rd & Baranduda Boulevard.   Where possible bring 4WD or higher clearance 2WD vehicles (low clearance 2WD OK to park at nth end of Burgess Lane)
Arrive 9.30am on site: Nth (Middle Creek) end of Burgess Lane
• Park as directed – based on how wet conditions are on the day
• Allow 10 min. to walk to the 2019 meeting point.
• 10am (sharp) briefing on Middle Creek.
 
We’ll plant, stake and guard over 1,600 native seedlings on the morning. A traditional post-planting free BBQ will follow on-site at 12.45pm. Hot cuppa/water, fruit & biscuits will also be provided. This is a great way to meet local people and help enhance our local environment.
 
Please BYO sturdy footwear, warm clothes and gloves, and your favourite planting tool.
We’ll be planting even if raining! Baranduda Landcare will provide mini mattock, mallets & other tools for community use on the day. There will also be a portable toilet on site.
 
Please RSVP to Glen Johnson at baranduda.landcare@gmail.com or on 0418 501 936 – essential by 25th July (earlier appreciated) to enable BBQ catering etc.  Please advise number of adults and kids (please also advise any dietary preference eg gluten free or vegetarian) or RSVP thru Eventbrite here - please register a free ticket per person attending. Contact Glen if you any queries at all. Glen would also be keen to hear from anyone who is interested in helping out with site preparations in the week or two prior.
 
National Tree Day @ Winton Wetlands Reserve Wildlife Corridor – Sunday 28th July
9.30am-3.30pm, Winton Wetlands Reserve. This National Tree Day, help out with the establishment of a woodland corridor for wildlife at the Winton Wetlands. The aim is to establish a diverse woodland corridor from Greens Hill north towards the Chesney Hills and Mt. Meg Conservation Reserve. All plants, tools, necessary equipment and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online here. You can also contact Dave, the Park Ranger, to RSVP to this event or to discuss other environmental opportunities at Winton Wetlands.  He can be contacted by email at David.Malone@wintonwetlands.org.au or on 0400 891 495.
 
National Tree Day Planting Event Wangaratta – Sunday 28th July
10am-1pm, Three Mile Creek, Wangaratta (behind the GOTAFE Regional Study Centre). The Rural City of Wangaratta is hosting a National Tree Day planting event where participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of bush regeneration and riparian vegetation whilst planting a range of trees, shrubs and grasses. This year’s event is aimed at planting species to increase biodiversity and help provide habitat for native animals like Sugar Gliders, Squirrel Gliders and Barking Owls. A free lunch will be provided. Please BYO water bottle and gloves and wear sturdy footwear and warm clothes. Please RSVP by 24th July here. For more information please contact environment@wangaratta.vic.gov.au or call the Natural Resource Management Team on 03 5722 0888.
 
Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap Launch & Community dinner Thursday 1st August
6.30-9.30pm, Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Wangaratta. Renewable Energy friends, leaders, advocates and industry are warmly invited to help celebrate the launch of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap and hear inspiring stories from your very own Goulburn Valley and North East Victorian renewable energy leaders. Join the Goulburn and Ovens Murray Regional Partnerships and the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning for dinner at the Gateway Hotel, Wangaratta and during dinner, you will be part of the launch of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap and hear from today’s local renewable energy leaders. This event also marks the conclusion of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap project. Tickets for the event are $15-$30 (including dinner) with drinks available at bar prices. To book your tickets, please see here.
 
Renewable Energy Coach Tour Friday 2nd August
8am-4.30pm, Departing and returning to Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Wangaratta. Join this free coach tour for an opportunity to see the region’s existing and emerging renewable energy industry. Through the coach trip you will experience firsthand both our existing renewable energy heritage and new renewable energy investments in the Hume region. While travelling between sites you will hear from local leaders and have the opportunity to network and make meaningful connections. A number of sites will form the itinerary for the regional tour, including:
 
-Shepparton bio-gas power station – 1.1MW
-Numurkah Solar Farm – 100MW
-Yarrawonga Hydroelectric Power station – 9.5MW
 
This tour is part of the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap project. To book your place, please see here.
 
Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition Closes 3rd August
The Humane Society International, Australia's Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition helps children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals. The competition is open to primary school children, aged 5-12 years, in NSW, VIC and the ACT. Entrants must choose a threatened Australian animal or plant, that they think is important to save, try to find out the reasons that species is threatened, such as logging, land-clearing or pollution, then create their own work of art (painting, drawing or mixed-media only) that interprets this theme. A short reflection piece of writing that describes anything they care to mention about the artwork (50-150 words) also must be included. Entries can be submitted by an individual or a group. For further information, including entry guidelines and submission details, please see here.
 
Walk the regional bush tracks and trails with the Border Bushwalking Club
  • 7th July – Mt Warby, Wangaratta details here
  • 3rd August – Mt Samaria, Barjarg details here
  • 6th August – Meet the Boss: Colin MacDonald , President of Bushwalking Victoria details here
  • 16th-18th August – Howman’s Gap ski weekend, Falls Creek details here
 
Join the Winton Wetlands Weekly Volunteer Days - Thursdays 9am-2pm
Winton Wetlands Reserve, Chesney Vale. Join the Friends of Winton Wetlands and Park Rangers for weekly working-bees at the Winton Wetland Reserve. Activities will include tree planting and environmental restoration projects each week. All tools and safety equipment will be supplied, A free lunch of toasties and coffee from the Hub Café will also be provided.
Get in contact with their office to register your interest or to discuss other exciting opportunities they have available! They can be contacted at info@wintonwetlands.org.au or on (03)57664462.  More information on the Friends of Winton Wetlands can be found here
 
New Australian Platypus Monitoring Network Website
The Australian Platypus Monitoring Network (APMN) website is now fully operational. The citizen science program that it supports was formally launched in early May by Dr Denis and Mrs Vee Saunders, who have very generously funded development of both the website and reporting app. The APMN is an initiative of the Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC). APMN is an innovative Citizen Science approach to monitoring the platypus. Volunteers record platypus sightings at one or more sites using a standard visual survey method. This information is then analysed to see whether platypus activity is trending up or down or remaining steady over time. By tracking population trends, conservation action can be taken sooner rather than later to help ensure this remarkable animal’s survival.
APMN has been designed to be a very flexible program, catering to anyone who routinely walks, jogs, rides a bicycle or otherwise spends time along a creek, river or lake. It requires only a relatively modest time commitment.
If you think you might like to become an APMN volunteer, please see here for information on joining the program. Alternatively, you can simply report platypus sightings through the APC report a sighting website here. For more information on the program in general, please see here.
 
Birdlife Australia-Birds in Backyards Winter Survey 2019
Why not take advantage of the next sunny winter's day and submit a Birds in Backyards seasonal survey? The seasonal surveys assist Birdlife Australia to understanding our Aussie gardens and the birds that visit them. Taking part is as easy as registering an account, downloading the Birdata app, taking your smartphone or tablet outside with you and simply recording all the birds you see in your space in 20 mins. For more information please see the Birds in Backyards website here.
 
The Dead Tree Detective - Citizen Science Project
The current drought across south eastern Australia has been so severe that native trees have begun to die. Western Sydney University are asking people to send in photographs to allow them to gain an understanding of what is occurring, and in what areas. These records will be valuable for scientists trying to understand and predict how native forests and woodlands are vulnerable to climate extremes. Getting involved is easy. If you notice dead or dying trees in your area, simply upload a photograph with the date and location to the website. For more information, or to upload photographs, please see the Dead Tree Detective Citizen Science page here.
 
The Sustainable Activity Centre
Do you have some spare time, and would like to help make a difference in the Albury/Wodonga area? The Sustainable Activity Centre have several opportunities for people to assist with various events and activities coming up in the area. If this interests you, please see here to take a very short survey outlining the available opportunities. More information on The Sustainable Activity Centre can be found here.

Grants and Funding

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.
 
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

2019 Victorian Landcare Awards Closes 7 July
The 2019 State & Territory Awards have nine national award categories. To further promote the great work of individuals and groups, selected states and territories also run other environmental award categories that you may nominate for. Nominations are open to:
             -Landcare individuals, groups and networks
             -Sustainable farmers and professional farming systems groups
             -Indigenous landcare groups and individuals
-Urban landcare groups including ‘Friends of’ and bushcare groups
             -Coastcare, Rivercare, Dunecare groups and individuals
             -Environmental groups
             -Natural resource management agencies
             -Local government
             -Research agencies     
-Agricultural co-operatives, industry associations, suppliers or individual primary                                    producers
            -Junior Landcare (including day care centres, primary and secondary schools)
            -Youth groups including Scouts and Girls Guides
 
Applicants must respond to all the criteria for their nominated award category. For further information, including entry guidelines and award categories, please see the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards website here.
 
2019 NSW Landcare Awards Closes 10 July
The 2019 State & Territory Awards have nine national award categories. To further promote the great work of individuals and groups, selected states and territories also run other environmental award categories that you may nominate for. Nominations are open to:
             -Landcare individuals, groups and networks
             -Sustainable farmers and professional farming systems groups
             -Indigenous landcare groups and individuals
-Urban landcare groups including ‘Friends of’ and bushcare groups
             -Coastcare, Rivercare, Dunecare groups and individuals
             -Environmental groups
             -Natural resource management agencies
             -Local government
             -Research agencies     
-Agricultural co-operatives, industry associations, suppliers or individual primary                                           producers
            -Junior Landcare (including day care centres, primary and secondary schools)
            -Youth groups including Scouts and Girls Guides
 
Applicants must respond to all the criteria for their nominated award category. For further information, including entry guidelines and award categories, please see the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards website here.
                                           
Draft Murray Alluvium Water Resource Plan Closes 20th July
The draft Murray Alluvium Water Resource Plan is currently on public exhibition. This plan outlines how New South Wales will meet the requirements of the Basin Plan in the NSW Murray Alluvium Water Resource Plan Area.  As part of developing this water resource plan, a new water sharing plan will be made for this area. The new draft water resource plan, and draft water sharing plan, is open for feedback until Saturday, 20 July 2019. To read the draft plan and the schedules and appendices, or to make a submission, please see here.
 
Hume Regional Renewable Energy Survey – Closes August
The Hume region renewable energy Roadmap is working with individuals, communities, business and industries to support the Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria to embrace the renewable energy transformation of our electricity system. The uptake of renewable energy in the Hume region has the potential for significant economic, social and environmental benefits. The Hume Roadmap will help identify these opportunities with our communities. Completing the survey will help the Hume Roadmap represent the voice of the community, its values, identify local barriers and issues, and what the community expects from the renewable energy transition. To complete the brief survey please see here. For more information on the Good Energy Campaign please see here.
 
Tourism North East Employer Survey
Staffing and employment issues are frequently reported as concerns for tourism businesses in North East Victoria. Tourism North East is conducting a survey of regional business to get a better understanding of issues facing the industry. If you employ staff and would like to share your experiences they would welcome your input. To take a brief, anonymous, survey (around 10mins) please see here
                             
National Carp Control Plan – National Carp Survey
The Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC) is inviting you to take part in an important three minute survey. The National Carp Control Plan needs your help to record where you have seen carp aggregating in high numbers to plan future carp control programs. FRDC is coordinating a large program of research and consultation to identify a smart, safe, effective and integrated suite of measures to control carp impacts. A key focus of this process will be to explore the potential use of biocontrol measures. For more information or to take the short survey please see here.
 

Resources and Inspiration

Schools Tree Day – 26th July
This Schools Tree Day, all schools and their students are encouraged get involved and plant some trees for a healthier planet! Each year around 250,000 Australian school students participate in Schools Tree Day - a special National Tree Day event just for kids. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about nature, get outside and have fun at the same time.
For more information, including lesson plans and how to guides, or to find events please see here
 
National Tree Day – 28th July
National Tree Day is a day for all Australians to put their hands in the earth and give back to their community. Each year, about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that educate individuals about the world around them. It's a day to venture outdoors and get to know your community, and most importantly, to have fun!
For more information or to find events please see here
 
National Farm Safety Week – 21st- 26th July
National Farm Safety Week is held each year to raise awareness of farm safety issues across Australia. The week provides an opportunity for Farmsafe Australia to address farm safety issues that have a national focus. It has been running for the past 19 years.
For more information contact Farmsafe on 02 6269 5622 or via email info@farmsafe.org.au
or view their website here.
 
Wodonga Regional Waterway Action Plan: The new Waterway Action Plan for Wodonga’s local waterways is now available on the WULN website at https://wodongalandcare.org.au/information/ The Waterway Action Plan contains valuable information about the current trajectory and management of our waterways and what we can do to improve them, with detailed sections for each waterway in the Wodonga LGA catchment.

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

Indian Myna Traps available:
Invasive birds have two major drawbacks: They love to live where humans do, and they aggressively outcompete native species—both native birds and small mammals like squirrel gliders that use hollows for nesting. Local pest birds include the Indian Myna, English or House Sparrow, Domestic Pigeon, English Starling and Spotted Dove.
WULN now has two Indian Myna traps available for borrowing, with full instructions. Contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com
 
Rabbit and Fox control services: Corbin Geyer specialises in rabbit and fox control using alternative methods and is available to discuss on-ground arrangements and group options like a ‘fox drive’ with landholders and groups. He is keen to attend group meetings to talk about the options with individual landholders and groups, and to run field days where appropriate. Please contact Corbin on 0404360263
 
Time to chip rosettes: Now is the time to be on the lookout for winter weeds. Pattersons curse, thistles and other weeds that grow from a basal rosette are easy to chip when small using a hoe.
 
Autumn colours give away Woody Weeds: Environmental weeds are easy to identify because they will be showing their autumn colours before becoming bare. Remember, in Wodonga there are no native plants that lose their leaves in autumn. The only native tree that does is the White Cedar, and this is also becoming a weed in our area – wild specimens should be removed along creeklines. Cut and Paint treatment is a great way to treat small to medium woody weeds by hand, as it absolutely minimises the use of chemical and is safe and easy to do for volunteers.
 
How to answer the argument that Australia’s emissions are too small to make a difference
Reading the Conversation website recently, I came across an article that really resonated with me, and may with you too. Many times, when discussing climate change, I hear some variation of ‘Australia’s emissions are too small to matter’, and I have some trouble rebuffing that statement properly. This article, by Matt McDonald, highlights some excellent counter-arguments to that statement, beginning with the fact that, yes, our emissions may seem somewhat on the lower end of the global scale. But, when our population total is compared the same way, the results indicate that we are emitting far more than our fair share. This is not the only factor to look at though, especially as a country that imports a lot of goods from overseas, thereby putting those emissions onto the producing countries and not Australia’s, or the coal we export that is not counted until it is used overseas. Finally, McDonald points out, is Australia’s ‘capacity to respond’. With us being among the top 20 world economies in terms of size and wealth, we are in a much better position than most to deal with the economic costs of moving away from fossil fuels, and to up our game on decades of relative climate policy inaction. The original statement seems to really be a quite simplistic way of looking at an incredibly complex problem- a global problem that requires a collaborative global solution.
 
70% OFF! Survey Techniques for Citizen Scientists Guide
Written and produced by National Parks Association of NSW, this comprehensive wildlife survey guide covers everything from mammals, reptiles, bats and birds to insects, marine life and vegetation survey methods. Topics Include: Monitoring, Terrestrial Mammal Survey Methods, Bat Survey Methods, Reptile and Frog Survey Methods, Bird Survey Methods, Vegetation Survey Methods, Invertebrate Survey Methods, Marine Survey Methods and Equipment. 70% OFF for a limited time only, now only $30 (+$15 p+h). Offer only available thru the National Parks Association of NSW website here.
 
11 Year Old Environmentalist Receives Government Grant to help fight litter
This heart-warming story, shared by WILD magazine recently, proves your never too young to make a difference. Having discovered how much of an impact plastic and, in particular, fishing line has for marine wildlife, Shalise Leesfield of Lake Cathie, NSW took it upon herself to become an ambassador for the environment. With this in mind, Shalise began spending her weekends cataloguing fishing line and other waste she found, documenting each example and presenting her local council with her reports. “I asked if I could install some fishing line collection bins in our town and I was over the moon when I received a letter giving me approval” she said. Each week she recorded how much line she was collecting and sent this information into the council to show how successful they were, as her plan was to expand the fishing line bins to Hastings River. As a result, the NSW state government has recently announced this enterprising environmentalist will be receiving an Environmental Litter Grant to fund the installation of additional collection bins, as well as support from a local ranger and signage around her local waterways. “I love spreading the message to as many people as possible all over the world about how we can help save our amazing planet from pollution,” Shalise said. To read the full article, please see here.
 
Changes to E-Waste Disposal in Victoria From July 1st
As of July 1, 2019 E-waste is no longer accepted in any bin or landfill site across Victoria. Instead, it must be taken to dedicated e-waste drop-off points where it will be collected for resource recovery. From this date, you will be able to take your e-Waste items to the Wodonga Waste Transfer Station in Kane Rd, Wodonga to be disposed of for free.
If it’s got a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. It could be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed. From old phones, computers and household appliances to power tools and toys. For more information, including a full list of items, please see here.
 
A Reminder from PlasticWise Chiltern
Did you know that you can recycle many household items through the Chiltern Post Office? Items such as
-Inkjet and laser printer cartridges
-Mobile Phones
-Household and car batteries
-Soft plastics (see here for information on what can be reycyled)
-Dental products, and
-Plastic bottle tops
Can be dropped off during business hours. For more information on PlasticWise Chiltern please see here.
 
Litterati - A Mobile App to Track & Reduce Litter
The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati -- an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world's litter -- Jeff Kirschner has created a community that's crowdsource-cleaning the planet one piece at a time. Litter is everywhere. Soft drink cans, plastic bags, and cigarette butts litter the environment, choke wildlife, and threaten our planet. After tracking trash in more than 100 countries, Jeff hopes to use the data he's collected to work with brands and organizations to stop litter before it reaches the ground. Geotags provide insight into problem areas, while keywords identify the most commonly found brands and products. This data will be used to work with companies and organizations to find more sustainable solutions. Watch Jeff’s Ted talk here, explaining his vision and how the data has already been put to use. More information on the app, including how to download, can be found here.
 
RefillMyBottle App Lanches in Australia
Speaking of apps, RefillMyBottle is another mobile mapping app that identifies all the places - be it a cafe, resort, museum, shop or public facility - where refillers could walk in and fill up their bottle with clean drinkable water for free or a minimum fee. The RefillMyBottle community was founded initially in Bali just over two years ago - an island that tourism has impacted in many ways. Over 6 million disposable plastic bottles are used and discarded every month in Bali alone, and the lack of waste management systems means that these water bottles end up in landfills, the ocean, or are burned. Trying to address this problem, a group of sustainable businesses in Bali came up with the simple idea of providing access to drinking water to all who need it - without having to buy a plastic water bottle. They created RefillMyBottle and now have more than 900 locations right across South East Asia. While currently the number of locations in Australia is small and generally limited to free refill stations, this will hopefully change as more users add locations around the country. For more information, or to download the app, please see here.
 
Professor Will Steffen ‘The Big U-Turn Ahead’ Climate Change Talk
Professor Steffen, of Australian National University, is one of the world’s foremost specialists in Earth System science and a leader in international global change research. In June 2018, at the Zero Emission Byron festival, he gave a passionate presentation outlining the dangers Australia, and the world as a whole, face if changes to emission levels are not made quickly. Professor Will Steffen outlines the nature of the climate change challenge for Australia, using the available data to back up his position, and to highlight the dangers going forward should emissions and temperatures continue to rise.
Prof Steffen points out the top climate change challenges include getting universal agreement across countries and cultures on the need to phase out all fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas, preferably by 2040. He said this agreement was necessary "if we are to have a chance to stabilise the climate system at a temperature somewhere near two degrees C”.
The presentation is around 50mins, but is well worth viewing. You can find the presentation here.
 
2019 Lowy Institute Australian Attitudes to Climate Change Report
In 2019, Australians rank climate change at the top of a list of 12 possible threats to Australia's vital interests in the next ten years. A majority of Australian adults (64%) see climate change as ‘a critical threat’, an increase of six points from 2018 and 18 points since 2014. This is the first time climate change has led the list of threats since the Lowy Institute first asked this question in the 2006 Lowy Institute Poll. The results reveal a difference in attitudes between generations: three quarters of younger Australians aged 18-44 (76%) say global warming is a “serious and pressing problem”. By contrast, fewer than half (49%) of Australians aged over 45 share this concern. The Lowy Institute Poll 2019 full report and results will be released in June. Historical data, and the current media release for the 2019 results, are available at the Lowy Institute website here.
 
SWIFFT Video Conferences
State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT) have been running quarterly video conferences for over 10 years with increasing popularity. These conferences help connect researchers, land managers, government agencies and community groups and allow a platform for the group to share their stories. Anyone is welcome to attend SWIFFT video conferences.  Video conference meetings are held four times a year, each with a different theme. The topics and dates for this year are:
 
25 July - People for Nature and
24 October - Community Conservation in action
 
For more information please see the SWIFFT website here
 
CLEA News
For all the latest news from the Community Learning for Environmental Action (CLEA), Landcare Victoria Inc.'s peer-to-peer learning project please see their website here
 
SEED news:
For all the latest news from the School Environment Education Directory (SEED) North East Victoria you can subscribe to the newsletter here.
 
Our thanks to WULN volunteer Beck Humphries, Bulletin editor extraordinaire!
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