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Workshops, Field Days and Courses

Habitat for What? Feral Pests Walk ‘n Talk and more – Sunday 2nd June
10am-12pm, Stringy Bark Reserve, Baranduda. Gardens for Wildlife are pleased to bring the community a morning of free events focused on feral pests, including the following events:
 
10.00am-11.00am—Gardens for Wildlife and Parklands displays:
Browse the display of feral pest’s information and traps, habitat gardening tips, native animal brochures, native bee inn, reptile habitat and more.
 
10.00am-10.30am— ‘Impacts and management of invasive species’ talk:
Hear ecologist Dr Nicki Munro discuss feral pests, the importance of biodiversity and the links between backyards and bush corridors.
 
11.00am-12.00pm— Feral habitat walk and talk:
Join field ranger Corbin Geyer on an easy feral habitat walk and talk, potting evidence of rabbit and fox activity and discussing ways to make your land unfriendly to feral animals.
 
Meet at Arnica Circuit entry gate. This location is not on Google maps, but can be found on Whereis maps. BYO Chair or picnic rug for the invasive species talk and closed shoes and long pants for the feral habitat walk.
For more information please contact Lizette at G4WildlifeAW@gmail.com or visit the Gardens for Wildlife facebook page here
 
Dung Beetle Identification Workshop Part 1 – Monday 3rd June
5.30-8pm, Greta-Hansonville Hall, Reserve Rd, Hansonville.  Come along to learn how your property can benefit from dung beetles with two free workshops from local expert Belinda Pearce. First workshop ‘Introduction to dung beetles’ will cover the basic biology of these fascinating beetles and explain why they are so important to agriculture. Second workshop on Sunday 23rd June will cover identification and monitoring. The workshop with follow a dinner at 5.30pm, and a brief Greta Valley Landcare AGM at 6.15pm. The workshop is scheduled to start at 6.30pm. Please RSVP for this event by the 31st May here. For more information, please contact Sally Day on 0437 136 162 or sally.day@gretalandcare.org.au
 
Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference 2019 – Friday 14th June
All day, Ballarat. With the theme Climate Change and Future Landscapes, this one-day conference aims to communicate new ecological research to natural resource managers, the research community and those with an interest in better environmental management.
The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Leslie Hughes (Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development) and Distinguished Professor of Biology at Macquarie University). She will be part of a prominent group of speakers presenting at this conference.
The focus for 2019 will be:
 
-Restoration and management of ecosystems in a changing climate
-Threatened species - solutions under climate and landscape change
-Managing water ways under climate change, and
-Connecting people and nature - values, ethics, communication, practice.
 
The conference will be held at the Mt. Helen campus of Federation University, Ballarat. There are no registration fees for attending this conference. For more information, or to register, please see the Federation University event page here. This conference is jointly hosted by Federation University Australia, La Trobe University, Deakin University, Victoria University, Charles Sturt University, University of Melbourne, Parks Victoria and other research partners.
Pasture Management - Balancing the needs of pasture and livestock – Friday 14th June
9am-3pm, Rutherglen. Agriculture Victoria invites farmers and farming families to a grazing strategy workshop conducted by Lisa Warn from Lisa Warn Ag Consulting. Lisa is an agricultural consultant and researcher with a long history of working in the grazing industries. She provides a whole farm consultancy service to sheep and beef producers, is a coordinator of BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef groups and delivers Grazing Management and Lifetime Ewe Management courses. She is well known for her research in evaluating grazing systems and pasture persistence, as well as identifying soil constraints to pasture growth.
The day’s content will include:  
 
-Assessing current state of pastures – do I over sow, re sow or manage the pasture through grazing
-The principles of grazing management and balancing the needs of pasture and livestock
-Fertiliser considerations
-Options if the dry season continues
 
Please bring a sample of good and bad pasture from your property for discussion. Catering for the day will be provided - please advise of any dietary requirements when registering. There is no cost for this event, but please register, for catering purposes, here. If you have any problems registering online, or are unable to attend after registering - please contact Livestock Extension Officer, Erica Shchelforst of Agriculture Victoria on 0429 807 689 or email at erica.shchelfhorst@ecodev.vic.gov.au
 
Dung Beetle Identification Workshop Part 2 – Sunday 23rd June
2.30-5pm, Greta-Hansonville Hall, Reserve Rd, Hansonville. This session follows on from Part 1 ‘introduction to dung beetles’ workshop. This practical hands-on session will involve collecting dung beetles from the field, learning how to identify them and discussing how to look after them on your property. Afternoon tea will be supplied. Please RSVP by 21st June here. For more information, please contact Sally Day on 0437 136 162 or sally.day@gretalandcare.org.au
 

Opportunities to be Involved

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
 
The Regent Honeyeater Project Planting Weekend – 1st & 2nd June
9am-3.30pm, Benalla. The Regent Honeyeater Project are excited to announce that they are now well funded for the next few years and that they can now advertise the dates for the planting weekends for this season. So, they need your help for another season of People Power in Action!
In a similar vein to last year they will be starting planting in May and June to beat the end of financial year as well as getting plants established well before the ever-unpredictable Spring.
Then there will be a break for July and there will be some opportunity again in August.
As with last year they will be providing at no cost:
• Saturday evening meal
• Sunday lunch
• Accommodation at the Scout / Guide Halls in Benalla (mattresses supplied: BYO bedding) which will be available of Friday and Saturday nights.
• They will also conduct a tour of an established site, probably late on the Saturday.
 
For more information, please see the regent honeyeater facebook page here, or to RSVP please contact andie@regenthoneyeater.org.au
 
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.
 
Global Wind Day Photo Competition – Closes 5th June
As part of the Global Wind Day 2019 activities, WindEurope and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have launched a global photo competition: “Future Wind.” There are 4 categories to enter- people and wind, working in wind, beautiful wind and beyond wind. Creativity, content, composition and technique as well as a compelling story behind your photograph are the key criteria for the judges. The first prize winner from each category will receive €1,000. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 5 June 2019 (23:55 CEST). Applicants must be 18 years or older. For more information, please see here.
 
Park Stewardship Morning on the Kiewa River – Friday 7th June
9-11am, Kiewa River Parklands, Killara. Meet at the carpark south of the Kiewa River bridge, Murray Valley Hwy, Killara. 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 burning poplar 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 (preferably boots), long pants, long sleeves and a hat. Please register here, or for more information contact info@parklands-alburywodonga.org.au
 
The Regent Honeyeater Project Planting Weekend –8th & 9th June
9am-3.30pm, Benalla. The Regent Honeyeater Project are excited to announce that they are now well funded for the next few years and that they can now advertise the dates for the planting weekends for this season. So, they need your help for another season of People Power in Action!
In a similar vein to last year they will be starting planting in May and June to beat the end of financial year as well as getting plants established well before the ever-unpredictable spring.
Then there will be a break for July and there will be some opportunity again in August.
As with last year they will be providing at no cost:
 
• Saturday evening meal
• Sunday lunch
• Accommodation at the Scout / Guide Halls in Benalla (mattresses supplied: BYO bedding) which will be available of Friday and Saturday nights.
• They will also conduct a tour of an established site, probably late on the Saturday.
 
For more information, please see the regent honeyeater facebook page here, or to RSVP please contact andie@regenthoneyeater.org.au
 
Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Inc Field Day- 9 Mile Hill – Sunday 9th June
9am-4pm, 9 Mile Hill, Table Top. Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Inc are setting off on a field trip to 9 Mile Hill. Members are to meet at 9am at the SS&A car park, Wilson Street, Albury. The outing is to be led by John Shepherd, please contact him on 0417 274 380 with any enquiries or to RSVP. BYO refreshments for the day. For more information on the Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Inc, please see here.
 
Wodonga Rail Trail Walk 'n Talk - Friday 14th June
9-11am Meet at the Rail Trail crossing on Thomas Mitchell Drive, Northern side  for a special Walk 'n Talk with local residents, Rail Trail volunteers, Parklands rangers and Wodonga Landcare staff to look at ongoing community stewardship of the Thomas Mitchell drive - Havelock St section of the trail. This section is being restored to form a nature based recreation corridor through the heart of Wodonga. Join us to walk this new section and discuss what needs doing and how it can be achieved. If you are interested in getting involved with other locals in looking after this section of the rail corridor, this will be a great introduction to what this could include. Stay for a cuppa and chat with other Rail Trail volunteers, Parklands and Landcare staff.
Please register here. For further information please email info@parklands-alburywodonga.org.au
 
Swanpool Environmental Film Festival – Saturday 15th June
1-9.40pm, Swanpool Cinema, Swanpool. The Swanpool Environmental Film Festival is back for another year, and with another great line up! It will follow the usual format of three sessions with breaks for afternoon tea and an evening meal. Speakers and films for the three sessions are:
  •  Session one, Guest speaker Dr Tilman Ruff, ‘The Humanitarian Imperative to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons’ and the film ‘System Error’- Dr Ruff is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne University School of Population and Global Health, Member of the Order of Australia, and also on the Australian Board of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate. The film ‘System Error’ explores melting glaciers, gullied seas and financial markets that may be about to collapse-and how this growth continues to be blinding. 
  • Session two, Guest speaker Prof Samantha Hepburn, ‘Climate Change Governance in Australia: What needs to be done’ and a Short Enviro Film Fest. Professor Hepburn is a Professor of Law, and Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Law, Deakin Law School, Deakin University.
  •  Session three, Guest speaker Prof Tim Reeves, ‘Food and Nutritional Security - a Grand Challenge for Humankind’ and film ‘2040’. Professor Reeves is the Professor in Residence, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, (Dookie Campus) University of Melbourne. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, The film ‘2040’ embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. 
    Total cost for this event is just $30, including catering. To book tickets, or to contact the event organisers with any questions, please see here. This event is brought to you by Swanpool Landcare and Benalla Sustainable Future Group.
 Community Gardening in Willow Park – Sunday 16th June
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.
 
Community Planting, Indian Myna Talk and G4W Roadshow – Sunday 16th June
9.30am-12.30pm, Gordon Hartsman Park, Wodonga. Park on Yarralumla Drive, just south-east of the Huon Creek Rd-Pearce St roundabout. Gardens for Wildlife and Parklands Albury Wodonga is hosting a community planting morning at Gordon Hartsman Park with an Indian myna talk and Gardens for Wildlife roadshow. All are welcome to attend. Times are as follows:
9.30am-12.30pm—Gardens for Wildlife and Parklands displays and free plant for your garden
9.30am-11.30am—Help plant, mulch and install guards along the creek
11.30am-12.00pm—Indian myna presentation by Gayle South, Ovens Landcare Network
12.00pm-12.30pm—Free BBQ lunch
 
Please BYO your favourite gardening gloves, wear good boots and dress for the weather.  Tools, plants and BBQ lunch will all be provided! Please register by Friday 14th June here. For more information visit the Gardens for Wildlife Facebook page here or contact Lizette Salmon at G4WildlifeAW@gmail.com
 
North East Regional Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) meeting – Tuesday 18th June
10am-12pm, Indigo Shire Offices, Albert St, Beechworth. The North East Regional Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) is a network of community sustainability groups which acts collaboratively with communities, agencies and organisations across the region. Meetings are held every two months in Beechworth. Anyone is welcome to attend. For more information please see here
 
Park Stewardship Morning on Wodonga Rail Trail – Friday 21st June
9-11am, Wodonga Rail Trail, Wodonga. Meet at the Thomas Mitchell Drive entrance to the Rail Trail, on the northern side. 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 preparing and planting up the entrance to the rail trail at Thomas Mitchell Drive.
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
 
Wooragee Landcare 30th Anniversary Dinner – Friday 21st June
6-10pm, Wooragee Centenary Hall Wooragee. Wooragee Landcare is celebrating 30 years of caring for their local environment. Come and join them at the Wooragee Hall for dinner and hear about what the group has been doing for the last 30 years. Hear local Wooragee resident Craig Beverly, Senior Research Scientist for the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, speak about his research into the expected impacts of climate change in our region over the next 30-50 years. MC for the evening is John Walker. The nights catering is by Tastetrekkers. Tickets for the event are $30, including meal and can be booked here (if you have any technical issues when buying the tickets please email woorageelandcare@gmail.com or phone Karen on 0448 668 767).
 
Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Inc Field Day – Saturday 22nd June
9am-4pm, Chiltern - Mt Pilot National Park, Wooragee. Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Inc are holding a field trip to the Chiltern-Mt pilot National Park. Members are to meet at 9am at the Acacia Car Park (Woolworths High St) in Wodonga. The day will include exploring different sections of the park. The outing is to be led by Neil, please contact him on 0428 235 964 with any enquires or to RSVP. Please BYO refreshments for the day. For more information on the Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists’ Club Inc, please see here.
 
Community Planting Morning at Yarralumla Drive parklands - Sunday 23rd June
10-12 noon, followed by a community bbq lunch. Residents of the Melrose Drive/Yarralumla Drive/Pearce St/Felltimber Creek Rd area are invited to join the local 'Friends of 4 Ways' in planting a native garden bed in the park at the end of McDermott Crt. We will be planting native grasses, groundcovers and understorey plants to attract birds and provide nectar and habitat for tree dwelling mammals including the endangered Squirrel Glider. Bring the family, pitch in with the planting and join neighbours for a cuppa, chat and sausage sizzle. Please wear covered boots, dress for the weather and bring your favourite gardening gloves if you have them. Plants and planting gear supplied.
Please register here (so we have enough sausages!)
 
Park Stewardship Morning on the High Country Rail Trail Bandiana – Friday 28th June
9-11am, Rail Trail, Bandiana. Meet at the new Rail Trail carpark on Whytes Rd, Bandiana. 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 planting and other restoration work in the bush corridor of the Rail Trail. 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
 
Tastes of the Garden – Friday 28th June
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 ($10.33) cost? Please book and pre pay here to let us know you’re coming.
 
Restoring Grasslands with Dr Paul Gibson-Roy – Friday 28th June
10am-2pm, Wirraminna Environment Education Centre, Burrumbuttock. Join members of Corowa District Landcare Inc. at Wirraminna to hear from Dr Paul Gibson-Roy, former Lead Scientist at Greening Australia and current Manager of Ecological Restoration at Kalbar Resources, on the value of native grasses and the importance of restoring local grassland ecosystems. This is a free event, with morning tea and lunch provided. Please RSVP by the 21st June to Courtney at corowalandcarecourtney@gmail.com. This project is supported by Corowa District Landcare through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
 
Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Field Day – Saturday 6th July
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
  • 8th June – Tramway Walk, Bogong details here
  • 15th June – Flagstaff Range, Stanley details here
  • 22nd June – Winter Solstice bushwalk around Beechworth (with ghost tour) details here
  • 16th-18th July – Howman’s Gap ski weekend, Falls Creek details 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.
 
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

Victorian Landcare Grants – Closes 12th June
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $1.76 million in funding available to environment volunteer groups. See the Minister's Media Release here.
Landcare, Friends groups, Coastcare and other environment volunteer groups can apply for project grants of up to $20,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve Victoria’s environment for future generations.
Support grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs (eg, insurance, incorporation, communications) and to provide a stable base for environmental volunteering across Victoria. Projects must be completed by 30 November 2020. For futher information, or to apply, please see here.
 
Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants – Closes 21st June
For the second year, Landcare Australia is partnering with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning to offer Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants to Victorian schools, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups.
Applications for 2019 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants of up to $5,000 each are open until 21 June 2019. Your organisation could be successful if you have a project that focuses on:
 
-Improving biodiversity through the development, improvement or restoration of habitat for Victoria’s native plants (flora) and animals (fauna), and/or
-Educating, involving and engaging young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s natural environment
 
Projects can be either direct-action projects (with an on-ground component) or in-direct action projects (with an education component), or a mixture of both.
Engaging young Victorians in outdoor, hands-on, on-ground projects and environmental learning activities that provide both environmental and educational outcomes, as well as health and social benefits, are the aims of these grants. For more information, or to apply, please see here.
 
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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Regional Natural Environment Strategy Workshops – June
Albury City and Wodonga Council are developing a Regional Natural Environment Strategy under the Two Cities One Community partnership. This cross-border regional vision will be informed by a comprehensive review of existing knowledge and community and local expert input. The plan will recognise and protect the local environment and the things the community values most about it. The plan will influence how each council manages land – likes parks and reserves -, how each council uses policy and planning controls to protect the environment and how we work with the community to address the issues they care about. As part of seeking feedback from the community, the councils are running sessions with key stakeholders and interested community members, as well as more informal sessions. Project officers will be available on the following dates:
 
-Saturday 1st June, Gateway Island Farmers Market. Drop by their stall and chat to project officers. Pick up a free native plant to enhance your own natural environment while you’re at it!
-Wednesday 5th June, The Cube, Wodonga. Facilitated sessions with key stakeholders and interested community members to find out more and provide feedback. Please book here
- Saturday 8th June, Albury Farmers Market (Hovel Tree Park). Drop by their stall and chat to project officers. Pick up a free native plant to enhance your own natural environment while you’re at it!
 
For more information please visit the project site here.
 
Regional Natural Environment Strategy Online Survey
As mentioned above, Albury City and Wodonga Council are developing a Regional Natural Environment Strategy under the Two Cities One Community partnership. This cross-border regional vision will be informed by a comprehensive review of existing knowledge and community and local expert input. The plan will recognise and protect the local environment and the things the community values most about it. Project officers are seeking feedback in the form of a short survey, from members of the local communities. To take part in this survey, please see here (the survey is located toward the bottom of the page). 
                                           
Baranduda Recreational Trail Planning Survey
Baranduda is one of the fastest growing communities in Victoria.  As the community public land manager of 406 hectares of Baranduda Regional Park, Parklands Albury Wodonga (PAW) want to ensure future recreational trails are planned, authorised and located in appropriate places. They are currently seeking feedback to ascertain the values and priorities of the community, so that they can create a plan that reflects community needs and aspirations, prioritise recreational trail developments and seek the appropriate permits.
Please note that none of the options in this survey are concrete plans. They are a collation of previous suggestions from community members and interest groups. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. There are 2 surveys, one for Baranduda residents, and one for residents of other areas. To compete either survey, please see here.
 
Baranduda Recreational Trail Consultation - Wednesday 26th June
6.30-8.30pm, Baranduda Community Centre. Community surveys are currently gathering input from Baranduda residents and the broader community regarding recreational trail opportunities at the Baranduda Regional Park. At this meeting, representatives of key stakeholder groups and interested individuals are invited to discuss community survey results and participate in the development of a long-term plan for recreational trails in the park.
Please register 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
                             
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

World Environment Day – 5th June
First started in 1974 by the United Nations, World Environment Day, encourages worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Along with a different theme each year, a different host country is chosen, where the official celebrations take place. Environmental challenges that the host country face are also highlighted, while also supporting worldwide efforts to address them. The day has become widely recognised in over 100 countries. This year’s theme is air pollution, and the host country is China. For more information, please see here
 
World Oceans Day – 8th June
World Oceans Day was first celebrated in 1992. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. It also highlights the major role the oceans have in our everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, as well as a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean. It is also a day to celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean, as well as to encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us, with hopes of conserving it for present and future generations. For more information please see here.
 
Global Wind Day – 15th June
Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind energy, its natural power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth. For more information 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, Kirschner 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 Kirschner 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.
 
Funding Secured to assist in Mountain Pygmy-possum Recovery in the Vic Alps
After mentioning the cute little Mountain Pygmy-possums last month, I’m happy to be able to add that the North East Catchment Management Authority has secured $1 million in funding towards the mentioned recovery plan. By 2023, the project aims to stabilise or improve the trajectory of the Mountain Pygmy-possum (Barrymus parvus) species in North East Victoria by addressing the key threats of predation and habitat degradation.
Key delivery partners include Parks Victoria, Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board, Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board and Traditional Owners who are working together to deliver a large-scale cat and fox control program and a number of restoration activities including works to reduce sedimentation of Pygmy Possum habitat and revegetation and weed control within key areas of habitat. It is hoped that these measures will improve the long term outlook for this animals. For further information on this project, please contact Mark Cairns, project manager, at mark.cairns@necma.vic.gov.au. In case you missed the article on the Conversation website, giving some background on the species and the work being done to save them, here’s the link.
 
Embedding Climate Adaptation in Agriculture
North East Catchment Management Authority has secured $635,200 in funding over 4 years (2019 – 2023) to increase the capacity of agriculture systems to adapt to significant changes in climate and market demands for information on provenance and sustainable production.
The project will look at predicted climate scenarios for 2030 and 2050 using the established climate outlooks established to formulate what the agricultural landscape will look like and the types of management activities that will be needed to sustain the regional farming systems. Industry, landholders and government have been invited to provide data to develop a predictive mapping tool for likely climate scenarios in the region, bench-marked against current climatic data. A series of workshops have been undertaken with local government and primary industry to share early versions of the model. The next step is to work with local government to understand what the triggers are for practical action, from there developing practical plans to combat future scenarios. For further information please contact Lachlan Campbell, project manager, at lachlan.campbell@necma.vic.gov.au
 
Securing North East Soils through Knowledge Exchange
A partnership between the North East Catchment Management Authority, Landcare, agricultural industry, academic institutions, State agencies and the National Landcare Program has secured $480,000 in funding over 4 years (2019 – 2023) to change on-farm management practices to improve soil condition, particularly focussing on reducing acidity and hillslope and gully erosion in North East Victoria. Using a variety of methods the project will influence on-farm practice change ranging from 1:1 support, workshops/training, conferences where landholders can connect to academic researchers, longer group courses and community and industry driven training events. For more information, please contact Lachlan Campbell, project manager, at lachlan.campbell@necma.vic.gov.au.
 
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
 
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.
 
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
 
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