NOVEMBER 2017

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Dame Goodall- primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace

 

The nationally endangered White Sunray flower (Leucochrysum albicans subsp.albicans var). Landcare members and others learnt about the importance of protecting our remnant grasslands at a recent UCLN workshop with the ‘Wildflower Whisperer’ Dr Paul Gibson-Roy, lead scientist from Greening Australia. ©Scheltema

 

 

  • CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT UNDERWAY FOR UCLN
  • KYNETON SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN RESOURCE SMART SCHOOLS AWARD
  • EAGLES MONITORED BY PIPERS CREEK LANDCARE
  • UCLN BIOLINK PROJECT UPDATE
  • THE WILDFLOWER WHISPERER AT NEWHAM HALL.
  • NEW VICTORIAN BIODIVERSITY ATLAS APP
  • JUVENILE BARKING OWL STEALS THE SHOW
  • CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEPBURN SHIRE COUNCIL BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY
  • SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION AT METCALFE
  • KYNETON SHOW
  • RABBIT UPDATE
  • EVENTS
  • GRANTS, NEWS AND RESOURCES

 

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT UNDERWAY FOR UCLN

Greater Glider (Petauroides volans), one of the threatened species to be surveyed as part of the UCLN Citizen Science Project funded by the latest Biodiversity Grants ©Scheltema

 

The UCLN and four of its member groups have been acknowledged for their vital work to protect threatened flora and fauna by being awarded more than $200,000 in funding from the latest round of the state government’s Biodiversity On Ground Action Grants.

All these important projects align with the UCLN Strategic Plan and will help our volunteers continue to work towards protecting our precious environment, including threatened species.

The UCLN received $46,485 to undertake citizen surveys over two years in our region. We will work in conjunction with the environmental officer from Macedon Ranges Shire Council and members of our Landcare and Friends groups to confirm the presence of powerful owls, greater gliders and the brush-tailed phascogale (all of which are listed as vulnerable under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act in Victoria). An experienced project officer will be employed to work alongside community members to conduct the surveys and enter data on these animals into the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas.

The information gathered will help build an important database relating to vulnerable species in our area and therefore be a step towards implementing measures to protect them.

If you are interested in getting involved with this project please save the date for the Forum on the 10th March to launch the project.

Ashbourne Landcare, The Friends of Bald Hill Reserve, The Campaspe River and Land Management Group and Trentham and District  Landcare were also successful in the funding round. For details on their projects go to flora-and-fauna-funds-flow/

 

 

KYNETON SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN RESOURCE SMART SCHOOLS AWARD FOR WORK WITH LANDCARE


Kyneton Secondary College was named Biodiversity School Of The Year at the Resource Smart Schools Awards   for their work with the UCLN, Friends of Bald Hill Reserve and Campaspe River and Land Management Group. Students are seen here with with insects from the  traps they constructed to look at the phascogale’s food source at Bald Hill Reserve. ©Scheltema

 

Kyneton Secondary College won Biodiversity School Of The Year at the Resource Smart Schools Awards. Sustainability Victoria received 150 entries from 87 schools. KSC students have been working with the UCLN and Friends of Bald Hill Reserve collecting data on insect populations at the Bald Hill reserve  in research aimed at  helping preserve populations of the endangered phascogale, as well as planting over 1500 trees along the Campaspe River with the Campaspe Land and River management Group.

By monitoring insect diversity students hoped to identify how the availability of certain foods affected resident phascogales. Sustainability Victoria interim CEO Stephanie Ziersch said the awards showcased what was possible in schools and the wider community. “The awards really are the ultimate ‘show and tell’ and celebrate the achievement of schools across the state who are committed to sustainable action,” she said.

The school  started working with our Network two years ago, and it is wonderful to see them acknowledged in these state wide Awards. Read more about the project in this story published in the Bendigo Advertiser by clicking here :AwardforKSC

A student at Kyneton Secondary College constructing insect traps for installation at Bald Hill Reserve.©Scheltema

 

 

 

 

EAGLES MONITORED BY PIPERS CREEK LANDCARE

A juvenile wedge tailed eagle on the nest in the Pipers Creek area. ©Scheltema

 

Pipers Creek Landcare members have been watching a juvenile wedge-tail eagle on the nest, the third time they have observed a a pair breeding in the Pipers Creek/Cobaw area.
Returning to the massive nest built in 2014  the pair, having shared the incubation period of a month, hatched the chick around the 10th September. It first appeared as a white, fluffy chick about the size of a silky hen. Grey pin feathers appeared around a month later and the rufus brown, permanent feathers (pictured) at 2 months of age. The chick now spends considerable time on the nest rim flapping its wings in preparation for its first flight, around mid December.

The female is a huge bird just over a meter tall with a 2.3m wing- span and a talon spread of about 40cm. Her mate is almost black in colour and considerably smaller. He is pictured here  just above the tree canopy being shadowed by a pair of territorial ravens who have a nest in a nearby tree. ©Scheltema

Keep an eye out for three eagles in Kyneton’s North Eastern sky around Christmas and New Year by which time the young chick will be about the size of its father. It will  make its own way in the world about June.

 

 

UCLN BIOLINK PROJECT UPDATE

Some of the last remnant grasslands in our Network are being surveyed by ecologists as part of the UCLN biolink project. Seen here is Penny Roberts from Newham and District Landcare with ecologist Karl Just surveying grasslands at Carlsruhe cemetery, which is part of the Cobaw Campaspe Connections Biolink project. ©Scheltema

 

The UCLN Cobaw Campaspe Connections and Coliban Corridor Biolink projects are now coming towards the end of their second year of funding, with several ecologists being employed recently to survey areas of high conservation values within the biolink areas.

These projects , which involve Woodend, Newham, Carlsruhe and Ashbourne in the east on Five Mile Creek and the Campaspe River and in the west, Trentham, Tylden and Malmsbury on the Coliban River, represent the network’s first attempt at collaborative landscape-scale projects in support of biodiversity. We are now starting to discuss a further cluster project in the north possibly involving the Malmsbury, Metcalfe, Taradale and Campaspe Valley groups.” said UCLN President Alan Denehey

You can read the action plans on the biolinks produced by our Vice President Dr Sophie Bickford by clicking on about-us/reports/

 

WILDFLOWER WHISPERER AT NEWHAM HALL

 

About 45 people gathered recently at Newham Hall at a workshop organised by UCLN to discuss Native pastures.They learnt about how to create them, the importance of remnant grasslands and how we can help preserve them.

Lead scientist with Greening Australia Dr Paul Gibson-Roy (also known as the Wildflower Whisperer) traveled from Sydney to present at a UCLN workshop last week. ©Scheltema

 

Lead scientist from Greening Australia traveled from Sydney to present the workshop and afterwards participants visited Carlsruhe cemetery to look at native grasslands.  Dr Gibson-Roy co- authored a wonderful book on the subject called “The Land Of Sweeping Plains”.

The story of Native Grasses is critical to the human race. We have grown as a species to populate this planet on the coat tails of grassy ecosystems;they are fundamental to our story. We can effectively manage and we can reconstruct native grassy landscapes….and if in the end it turns out that we dont commit the will and resources to conserve or restore the environment, such as we do for things that generate wealth or protect us from each other, that will be yet another sad human story for which we would probably pay dearly. But I choose to hope for the better part of our nature and the alternative scenario. Humans are remarkable. We have had a profound negative impact on many species, who have no capacity to articulate for themselves or stop us. But our unique ability to use reason and use it to develop ethics gives us the capacity to understand this fact and act upon it. I truly hope we can accept the responsibility beholden upon us not to destroy a world that supports us and millions of other species.” said Dr Gibson-Roy

To read more click on  the-wildflower-whisperer-to-visit/

 

NEW VICTORIAN BIODIVERSITY ATLAS APP -VBA Go

 

Mel Hardy, Senior Biodiversity Curator from DEWLP explains the new VBA Go App, designed to make it easier to enter data on flora and fauna into the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas to President of Friends Of Bald Hill Reserve Carolyn Robb. They are seen here entering a Brooker gum into the Atlas with Rachel Robertson  ©Scheltema

 

The UCLN has been trialing the new Victorian Biodiversity Atlas App –VBA Go  in conjunction with the Senior Biodiversity Curator from DEWLP. In order to protect the environmental values of our area it is important to record what is there. You can be part of entering important data in your groups area (For example Black Gums to rare orchids, phascogales or whatever your group is monitoring) by learning how to use this simple app.

The Victorian Biodiversity Atlas contains all the collated information of flora and fauna sightings across Victoria. Unfortunately the atlas has a disappointing number of flora and fauna records for the Macedon Ranges.The new app – VBA Go, makes data entry easy. It is a pocket version of the atlas that can be used on smart phones. You can very simply see sightings recorded near you and record a sighting yourself.

An “Introduction to the VBA Go App” workshop will be held at 5 pm on Wednesday the 13th of December 2017 in the Barringo Room at the Gisborne Shire Offices.

Interested in getting involved? Contact Krista Patterson-Major on 5421 9503 or email kpatterson-majoor@mrsc.vic.gov.au to find out how to register for the atlas and to RSVP for the workshop.

We will be conducting more workshops on using the VBA Go App next year.

Before using the App you first need to  register with the VBA  which you can do  here: biodiversity/victorian-biodiversity-atlas  

 

 

JUVENILE BARKING OWL STEALS THE SHOW AT THE CASCADES

A juvenile barking Owl named Skeksi stole the show at a UCLN event at the Cascades in Metcalfe. ©Scheltema

A seven-week-old barking owl named Skeksi stole the show at an Upper Campaspe Landcare event  at the Cascades in Metcalfe recently. Despite being preceded in the display by a spectacular flying Nankeen Kestrel (who delighted the audience by occasionally landing on peoples heads), an Australian hobby and a little eagle, young Skeksi won over the crowd with her inquisitive nature, whole mouse eating ability and neck contortions. The display at the Cascades was held for the landcare community after the UCLN Annual General Meeting.

Barking owls are listed as endangered in Victoria and Martin Scuffins from the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary spoke of the need to protect the habitat of these and other birds that are in decline.”It’s up to us to protect their habitat. Species minus habitat equals extinction.We don’t own the environment, it belongs to these creatures as well.” said Martin.

 

 

CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEPBURN SHIRE COUNCIL BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY

If your group falls within the Hepburn Shire Council boundaries you may be interested in having input into the HSC’s draft Biodiversity Strategy. On Thursday 7 December there will be an open workshop for groups to have input into the Strategy.  The draft strategy proposes to involve landcare groups – so if you are able to attend and provide input that would be great.
Thursday 07 December – 2pm to 4pm
Daylesford Senior Citizens Centre


You can see the  DRAFT Biodiversity Strategy 2017-2021 here :Hepburn-Shire-Council-Biodiversity-Strategy-DRAFT-October-2017-1.pdf
To register your interest or for more information contact Justin Fiddes, Manager Planning on 5348 2306 or email jfiddes@hepburn.vic.gov.au   Read a story about the issue in the Daylesford paper here: share-your-thoughts-on-biodiversity

 

 

 

 

SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION AT METCALFE

A successful collaboration between Landmate,  Metcalfe Landcare and the CFA  resulted in a large amount of gorse control at the Cascades. Pic Michael Nott

 

In September prisoners from the Loddon Prison in Castlemaine (part of the Landmate Program) undertook three days of gorse control at the Cascades, directed by Metcalfe Landcare.
In a true example of community working together the local CFA then undertook a burn of the gorse which had been cut by the prisoners. Planting of indigenous grasses and shrubs will begin in Autumn.
Debbie Farmer, the Secretary of Metcalfe Landcare Group said “The Cascades Project is a continuing signature effort of the Group, given that the Park is a treasure for local and visiting families.  The Group plans to restore the native vegetation and access and amenities of this beautiful area of the Coliban.”
 Ms Farmer says that, like other projects in Metcalfe, with its small but active community, success follows cooperation: in this case between Landcare, the CFA, the Metcalfe Community Organisation, the Landmate Environment Program,Connecting Country and the UCLN.  For more information and the opportunity to participate please contact metcalfe.landcare@gmail.com
If your group would like help from the Landmate program with projects such as weed control, fencing, planting etc please contact me on uclandcare2gmail.com

KYNETON SHOW

Some of the many visitors who visited the Landcare Stall at Kyneton Show to receive their free plant and learn about Landcare in the District.

 

The UCLN was at Kyneton Show again this year and there was a lot of interest in Landcare activities in our district. Brendan Smith from Tylden Landcare was kept busy giving away native plants as part of the Show bags. He also provided plants to Lady Brookes Kindergarten in Kyneton as part of a Junior Landcare Grant Project.

Lady Brookes Kindergarten was a recipient of a Junior Landcare grant which enable them to plant native species and construct a sensory garden. ©Scheltema

 

RABBIT UPDATE

 

 

The UCLN recently ran a Rabbit Busters workshop well attended by over 53 people.

John Matthews, biosecurity officer with Agriculture Victoria, spoke about the new RHDV1 K5 rabbit virus and explained how to maximize the impact of the release and help reduce rabbit numbers on your property. Landowners gained an understanding on appropriate use of the new virus and how to obtain it. “The combination of an improved biological control agent in RHDV1K5, community led rabbit management, and using best practice rabbit management principles, should provide opportunity to manage and maintain rabbit numbers at low levels.” said Mr Matthews.

Mr Matthews also provided information on the latest local, state, and national evaluation of the establishment, spread and impact of the virus, including where the virus has established, where it has spread and what level of impact it is having.

A good time to release the virus is at the end of summer. Why not coordinate with your neighbors to purchase and release it if rabbits are a problem in your area?

How can I purchase a vial of RHDV1 K5 virus?

RHDV1 K5 is available to purchase at $120 per vial plus postage and packaging from the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute by contacting Alison Jugow via email: alison.jugow@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Please include the following details in your purchase request:

  • Your name
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • Contact phone number
  • Number of vials to be purchased
  • Date of when vials are needed.

More info on how to use at http://www.pestsmart.org.au/boosting-rabbit-biocontrol-rhdv-k5-national-release/ or contact John Matthews from Agriculture Victoria john.matthews@ecodev.vic.gov.au

 

 

EVENTS

 

 

 

  • CELEBRATE WORLD SOIL HEALTH DAY ON 5TH DEC

 

“Soil is the key to all health and knowing about your soil empowers you to manage it more sustainably. Attendees will go home knowing more about their soil and what to do to maintain good soil.” said Martin Hamilton, one of the presenters on the day at the upcoming Soil Health Workshop. ©Scheltema

 

Why not celebrate World Soil Health Day by coming along to a Soil Health Workshop organised by UCLN at an Olive Farm at Edgecombe on Tuesday 5th December?

Experts such as Martin Hamilton, Rebecca Mitchell and Dr Helen Hayden from Agriculture Victoria will be presenting. Dr Hayden has over 20 years experience working in soil biology and plant pathology in many different agricultural industries and in native ecosystems.

“Many landowners are generally aware of the soil chemical and physical constraints that can affect their paddocks and limit crop yields, but soils also have a biological component that plays an important role in soil health,” Dr Hayden said. “In the workshop we will uncover why biology is so important for healthy soil, caring for the environment and getting the best out of our farming land.” said Dr Helen Hayden

Participants will learn how to evaluate the condition of their soil and apply appropriate management practices to ensure soil health. Lunch is provided. To read more about the workshop click here Soil Health

Click here to book   SoilHealthBooking       Ring   5421 9660 or Send Email to book.

 

 

  • LEARN HOW TO MAKE NEST BOXES

Learn how to make nest boxes at this workshop organised by MRSC on Saturday 9th December

 

 

 

 

  • INVITATION TO VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT

 

 

  • AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN SCIENCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

7-9 February 2018 in Adelaide -bringing together citizen science practitioners, participants, thought leaders and decision makers for the #CitSciOz18. Featuring international keynote speakers Dr. Caren Cooper and Amy Robinson Sterling, along with Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel and Eureka prize winner Dr. Emilie Ens, the aim of the conference is to showcase best practice in citizen science and share project outcomes from across Australia and the world! More information

  • UCLN CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT LAUNCH -MARCH 10TH NEWHAM HALL

Come along to the launch of the UCLN Citizen Science project to survey for Greater Gliders, Powerful owls and Phascogales. Learn from experts such as Senior Threatened Species Officer Todd Soderquist from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (Formally NSW National Parks), who has a wealth of knowledge on Powerful Owls and phascogales.

 

  • RIVER RESTORATION WORKSHOP – March 18 2018, 10-2 pm, Degraves Mill Carlsruhe.

    Join wetland restoration experts Damien Cook, Elaine Bayes, Angela Gladman, and experienced Landcarers at the historic Degraves Mill to learn about successful river restoration and the concepts of biolinks. You will also learn from property owner Steve Marriot about his successful long term river restoration project.Lunch provided.

 

 

 

 

GRANTS

 

  • SMART FARMS SMALL GRANTS

Landcare groups can now apply for the Australian Government’s Smart Farm Small Grants. Small grants between $5000 – $100,000 for projects focusing on a range of topics including soil health, biodiversity, knowledge/capacity building, adaption of new practices, reducing greenhouse gases, sustainable agriculture trials and so much more!

For further information on the Smart Farms Small Grants program.
Applications close 2pm on Thursday 7 December 2017

  • CLIMATE CHANGE INNOVATION GRANTS

DELWP initiative supporting Victorian organisations to be local leaders in the development of innovative solutions to climate change challenges. $3.8M in competitive grants funding for innovation climate change mitigation and adaptation projects with a focus on regional areas. Successful projects will receive $50 – 300K in funding. Applications close 30 November. Apply here

  • NAB FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL WELL BEING: SUSTAINABLE REGIONS GRANTS

The grants will support the development and implementation of practical on-ground community action to improve the environment, as well as programs that create regional solutions to environmental challenges  There are two types of grants available, Seed Grants which help organisations get an initiative off the ground, and Thrive Grants which provide funding to help organisations move to the next phase of growth by supporting them to reach scale or collaborate with others for impact. Three year projects, ranging from $100,000 to $1 million. Applications close 27 October. Apply here

 

  •   NORMAN WETTENHALL SMALL ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT SCHEME

The grants provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

At the moment Norman Wettenhall are looking for projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education.

New round opens – 19 Sept 2017 – Nov 2017. (The round will be closed when the maximum number of applications has been reached.)

For further information or to apply click here – http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/

 

 

RESOURCES

 

 

  • VICTORIAN LANDCARE MAGAZINE ISSUE 70

CLICK HERE LandcareMag to download Issue 70 of the Victorian Landcare Magazine. This issue features the Victorian Landcare Awards plus lots more….

 

  •  LANDLINK

Click here to read the latest Landlink publication  Landlink Nov2017

 

  • LANDCARE IN FOCUS

And for yet more Landcare news the latest Landcare in Focus can be read here : LandcareInFocus

 

  • DECEMBER NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

Click here for the latest North Central Chat NCChat

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

” Vision without action is but a dream. Action without vision is a waste of energy. But vision with action can move mountains.”

Lao-Tze

“Our vision is that instead of looking at blackberries and willows and other weeds, there will be a view that reflects the way the river environment existed before European settlement.” said Michael Kearney from Trentham and District Landcare, seen here on the Coliban River. ©Scheltema

 

Welcome to our Spring Edition of the UCLN ENews. As usual, as the chill of winter fades and the spring wildflowers appear there are many events and workshops on offer in the Landcare community, from a wonderful  talk on birdsong to an open day on Holistic Farm Management. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the UCLN member groups achievements, and find something that interests you to attend this spring in our beautiful region.

  • STUDENTS HELP RESTORE RIVER HEALTH
  • AWARDS SUCCESS
  • VISION FOR THE COLIBAN RIVER
  • NEW UCLN/ASHBOURNE BROCHURES OUT NOW
  • TYLDEN LANDCARE AIMS FOR HEALTHY LITTLE COLIBAN
  • NORTH CENTRAL LANDCARE FORUM
  • RAPTORS AT METCALF
  • WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
  • GRANTS

 

STUDENTS HELP RESTORE RIVER HEALTH

Jaimeson and Maela from Kyneton Secondary College planting on the Campaspe River with the Campaspe River and Land Management Group on National School Trees Days. ©Scheltema

Kyneton Secondary College students took part in National School Trees Day  and joined  the Campaspe River and Land Management Group to plant about 500 trees and shrubs along the Campaspe River. Teacher Anwyn Chapman said it was a great opportunity for students to leave their desks, get outside and learn how to care for our environment. “By taking part in activities such as this, they learn about the important role nature plays in the life of our planet and why we must protect it. As Albert Einstein said, ‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’.” Ms Chapman said.

More than 2500 schools get involved in School Trees Day each year, Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event.

President of Campaspe River Land Management group Peter Harding said the group was delighted to have students from Kyneton Secondary College again helping with revegetation works along the Campapse River. “Our ongoing work along this river is helping restore the health of the Campaspe and bring back threatened species such as the hairy anchor plant.”  To read the story in the Midland Express click on Restoring River Health

 

AWARDS SUCCESS

The Victorian Landcare Awards were recently announced. We congratulate the tireless Penny Roberts for her wonderful work with  Newham Landcare  for being commended in the Australian Government Individual Landcare Award.

The inspiring Penny Roberts from Newham and District Landcare was recently commended in the Victorian Landcare Awards. She is seen here alongside one of the many projects she has initiated. ©Scheltema

 

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio presented the awards, alongside the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Patron-In-Chief of Landcare in Victoria. The Minister said “It’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of groups and individuals recognised for their significant contribution to the conservation of Victoria’s biodiversity. We understand the important role Landcare plays getting communities involved in the protection of our unique environment.”

To see the list of all the 2017 Victorian Landcare Awards winners, as well as those who received highly commended and commended acknowledgements, go to Victorian Winners

Go to this link for the Winners booklet to read read stories on each of the award winners Vic Winners Booklet 

 

I am pleased to announce that the UCLN was a semi finalist in the 2017 Regional Achievement and Community Awards for the Environmental Sustainability Awards. Well done to all of the volunteers who work hard to achieve their groups goals.

 

UCLN members should congratulate themselves for being Semi Finalists in the Regional Achievement and Community Awards.                                                                                                                                                                               ©Scheltema

 

VISION FOR THE COLIBAN RIVER

 

 

 Michael Kearney from Trentham and District Landcare seen here at Enders Bridge on the Coliban River, Trentham. The group has been hard at work restoring the health of the Coliban as part of their long term vision for the area.                                                        ©Scheltema

Trentham and District Landcare recently received $18,000  from the NCCMA for the continuation of weed removal and regeneration works on the Coliban River. The work is also part of the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network biolink strategy which involves seven Landcare groups in the district working together on landscape scale projects.

Michael  Keaney said this was a small part of a community effort led by Trentham and District Landcare that involved working with the NCCMA, DELWP, the Dja Dja Wurrung, Hepburn Shire Council, UCLN and private landowners. “Before this weed removal you wouldn’t even know the Coliban River was there. Our vision is that instead of looking at blackberries and willows and other weeds, there will be a view that reflects the way the river environment existed before European settlement.”

President of Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Alan Denehey said UCLN volunteers were beginning to see the fruits of the effort that went into developing their Strategic Plan.“A number of our member groups have become energised and active in developing and beginning to implement on ground works for environmental rehabilitation. It’s exciting to see Trentham Landcare continue their restoration works which align with the UCLN Biolink Strategy for the Upper Coliban Catchment. This landscape-scale effort also involves Malmsbury and Tylden Landcare working on the Coliban and Little Coliban River.”

To read media on this click on    River Gets Makeover

 

 NEW UCLN AND ASHBOURNE LANDCARE BROCHURES OUT.

As a result of a Macedon Ranges Shire Council Grant, UCLN has recently printed brochures explaining who we are and what we do. They are being distributed in places like Community Centres, Libraries, Shire Offices, Neighborhood Centres etc. If your group would like some to hand out at events please contact me. Your group could also create a single page insert with your relevant details on it. Or, if you need hep creating your own, please feel free to contact me.

 

 

Here is the recently completed excellent Ashbourne Landcare brochure.

 

 

 

 

TYLDEN LANDCARE AIMS FOR HEALTHY LITTLE COLIBAN

Thanks to a Victorian Landcare Grant Tylden Landcare has been busy carrying out river rehabilitation works along the Little Coliban River in conjunction with Bendigo TAFE students, Tylden Primary School Students and community members. The project has a clear objective: to improve the quality and extent of native vegetation along the Little Coliban River. This project also aligns with the UCLN Coliban Connections Biolink project, involving Trentham, Malmsbury and Tylden Landcare working to restore connectivity between areas of remnant vegetation .

 

TAFE students have been helping to rehabilitate the area, with students writing a management plan for the site. Tylden Primary School Students have been propagating and planting tube stock, and alongside community members helping to weed and plant along the river.

Bendigo TAFE student James Stewart helping Tylden Landcare  at the Little Coliban River “The Little Coliban River is facing threats from a lack of native vegetation and invasive species such as Crack Willow, Blackberry and Gorse. These impact river health and are a high priority to repair”. Pic Brendan Smith

Bendigo TAFE student James Stewart was at the river recently to assist with re vegetation and said – “The Little Coliban River is facing threats from a lack of native vegetation and invasive species such as Crack Willow, Blackberry and Gorse. These impact river health and are a high priority to repair”.

“This is a rehabilitation project rather than a restoration project. It will take decades to become a self-sustaining ecosystem. A local threatened species- the Hairy Anchor Plant is establishing well and bank stability has also increased”. James added.

Tylden Landcare has been prioritising woody weed control and revegetation programs to increase the density of native vegetation and encourage native fauna.

 

 

 

NORTH CENTRAL LANDCARE FORUM

 

“Sharing the Landcare Story”

Learn from the Landcare community, get new ideas, and form new contacts at the North Central Landcare Forum at St Arnauds in October. ©Scheltema

 

Registrations are open for the first regional landcare forum, co-hosted by the new peak landcare organisation in Victoria, Landcare Victoria Inc. (LVI)to be held at

Camp Seed, Stuart Mill, St Arnaud 6th – 8th October 2017.

Download the Program here

An enthusiastic band of North Central landcare members have worked with LVI to organise two full days of sharing and learning. The event will feature a poster display and discussion of landcare activities from across the region and state, and the option to join a bus trip on the Saturday afternoon. This is a great opportunity for networking within the Landcare community, and its free!

If your group wishes to share their landcare stories as part of the poster display please let me know.

Click here to register for the forum now.

The event is fully catered for and is free for landcare members and their partners. Please BYO drinks

Contact Kaye Rodden (LVI – Dep Chair) at nidgee@reachnet.com.au  for more  information.

Registrations close 27th September.

 

 

RAPTORS AT METCALF

A Southern Boobook owl, one of the Birds of Prey and Raptors from the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary.  ©Scheltema

 

Ever wanted to get up close and personal to a raptor? If you come along to the Raptors Display at Metcalf after the UCLN AGM on 31st October 2017  you can. The Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary will give a one hour presentation introducing approximately  5 Birds of Prey and will discuss the need for conservation, prevention of extinction and sustainable living.

Meet at the Metcalf Hall at 2.15. You are also welcome to attend the UCLN AGM at 12.30.

 

 

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

  • Rabbit Busters – 20th October 2017, 1-3 pm, Red Brick Hall 23 Yaldwyn St west  Kyneton
    Learn  how to successfully use the new RHDV1 K5 virus to eradicate rabbits with John Mathews from DEDJTR.  Contact RabbitBook , 5421 9660 or Send Email to book.
  • Chilean Needlegrass Workshop  Saturday November 11th Carlsruhe CFA Three Chain Rd Carlsruhe  10 am  -2 pm. Learn how to identify and control this high impact agricultural and environmental weed from an agricultural scientist. Presented by Macedon Ranges Shire Council in partnership with Carlsruhe and Newham & District Landcare Groups. Lunch provided. Contact NeedleGrassBook , 5421 9660 or Send Email to book.
  • Landcare Display at the Kyneton Show – 18th November, Kyneton.
    Come along and meet fellow Landcarers and speak to the public about how to get involved in Landcare in the district. We are looking for volunteers to help with the UCLN stall so please let me know on uclandcare@gmail.com  if you are able to help.
  • Wildflower Walk 10 am 19th November. Conglomerate Gully Riddells Creek. NDLG Roadside Management Group invites members and guests to spend a couple of hours in the morning to discover the wildflowers in a  contrasting environment to that typical of the Macedon Ranges. The walk will conclude with tea and cake. Dogs are welcome on leads only. Sturdy footwear is essential. Please indicate if you are interesting in attending by contacting Sue Massie smassie@ozemail.com.au for directions.
  • Native Pastures for Grazing – 22nd November 2017, 10 -3 pm  Newham Hall.
    Learn from Greening Australia’s lead Scientist Dr Paul Gibson-Roy about native pastures for grazing. Lunch and field trip provided. Contact Pasturesbooking or Send Email to book.
  • What can we learn from listening to nature?” November 24th 2017 Evening presentation by Andrew Skeoch of Listening Earth (www.listeningearth.com ) on birds and birdsong. Newham Mechanics Institute. 7 pm for 7.30. Supper follows. RSVP to Sue Massie smassie@ozemail.com.au or tel.5427 0795.

 

 

 

  • Soil Health – Tuesday 5th December 2017, 10.30-1 pm, Langley.
    Join the experts on an olive plantation at Langley to learn how to gain a better understanding of soil on your property. Learn how to evaluate the condition of your soil and apply appropriate management practices to improve soil health.  Presenters Martin Hamilton (EcoDev DEDJTR), Rebecca Mitchell (co author of the Soil Health Guide), and Helen Haydon (Soil Microbiologist from Dep Ag Melbourne). Lunch Provided  SoilHealthBooking        5421 9660 or Send Email to book.
  • Holistic Management Open Gate Farm Tour 20th October 10.30 -3.00pm Sidonia

Come and see first hand how Sidonia Beef Farmer Sam White is using holistic management principles to  plan rotational grazing, improve soil health, grow more grass  and boost animal performance. This event  has limited numbers.To apply please complete Expression of Interest Form available at  www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or contact  Darren Bain Regional Landcare Facilitator on 03 54401893 or  0419560348 or darren.bain@nccma.vic.gov.au  . EOIs to be submitted by 10 am  Monday 25th  September.

 

 

 

  • River Restoration – March 18 2018, 10-2 pm, Degraves Mill Carlsruhe.
    Join wetland restoration experts Damien Cook, Elaine Bayes, Angela Gladman, and experienced Landcarers at the historic Degraves Mill to learn about successful river restoration and the concepts of biolinks. You will also learn from property owner Steve Marriot about his successful long term river restoration project.Lunch provided.

 

  • Wetland Ecology and Training Courses: October 2017 – March 2018

Registrations are now open for Rakali’s popular wetland courses commencing October 2017 through to March 2018. The courses are presented by SERA 2016 award winning ecologist Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes. Don’t hold off as the NEW courses may be a once off depending on level of attendance and it’s the last time the Wetland Read more..

 

 

 

  • Sustainable House Open Day

Baynton Sidonia Landcare has asked me to let you know about the upcoming Alternative Technology Association’s Sustainable House Open Day Sunday, September 17, 2017 10.00am – 4.00pm at Clearwind (between Kyneton and Heathcote).

 


  • CAMPASPE CARP CATCH DAY 15th October

If you enjoy fishing why not come along to this family friendly fishing event  organised by NCCMA .

 

 

GRANTS

Community Skills Development Grants

Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change recently announced the availability of $600,000 in grant funds for Community Skills Development projects. The grants are intended to enable volunteer groups and networks to invest in training and development to increase their collective skills.

In announcing the grants, the Minister said ‘A total of $600,000 is available to strengthen and support Landcare, the Friends Of network, Coastcare and other environmental volunteer groups in the important work they do. Individual groups will be eligible for $5,000 grants while networks and partnership groups will be eligible for up to $20,000.’

The Minister’s Media release can be found here communityskillsgrants and details of the grants, including the guidelines, here grantdetails/guidelines . Applications close on 12th October 2017.

 

Wettenhall Environment Trust Small Environmental Grant

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme will provide support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.
The application forms, guidelines and data required for applying can be found online at: Wettenhall grant

Victorian Rabbit Action Network Small Community Grants

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) has released small grants to community groups to develop and lead rabbit management action plans to better establish K5 into the future. Keep up to date with these opportunities through the VRAN website: https://rabbitaction.com/about/ 

 

 

JUNIOR LANDCARE INFO



Please click here Junior Landcare  if you are interested in Junior Landcare information.

 

 

 

September 201 7 North Cental Chat is out now click here –  Sep17Chat

This issue features an article by Regional Landcare Facilitator Tess Grieves on  “How can Landcare attract new people, and free up more time for our current, overworked members” which raises some interesting points.

 

JUNE 2017

“Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.” 

Margaret Wheatley

 

 

Winter is here and so are the fungi. ©Scheltema

Welcome to our Winter Enews. So many fantastic Landcare projects have happened because people got together and had conversations. Read about some of the great work happening in our Network in this ENews. Dont forget to have a look at resources available and some wonderful events coming up.

 

 

  • TREES FOR MUM SUCCESS
  • RIVER DETECTIVES PROGRAM BEGINS AT TRENTHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • INSECT CATCHING COLLABORATION AT BALD HILL RESERVE
  • FOTCR COMPLETES THE WOMBAT LOOP.
  •  SAVE THE DATE ! BIRDS OF PREY AT THE CASCADES.
  • K5-RHDV1 FOR RABBIT CONTROL
  • EVENTS
  • AVAILABLE GRANTS
  • NEWS AND RESOURCES

 

TREES FOR MUM SUCCESS

Approximately 850 trees and other plants were planted by UCLN member groups on Mothers Day, a wonderful way to commemorate mums.

 

Woodend Landcare and the Campaspe River and Land Management Group held tree planting events along the Five Mile Creek and Campaspe River this Mothers Day. Over 850 trees were planted and lots of mums lovingly commemorated! A great effort all round. Stay tuned for a Fathers Day planting event this year. CR+LMG also planted a further 400 plants along the river on World Environment Day with students from the Kyneton Secondary College. Teacher Anwyn Chapman said “It’s so exciting seeing this wonderful tree planting relationship continuing to further improve the health of the Campapse River at Kyneton.”

Over 400 plants went in the ground at a recent planting day on the Campaspe River with Kyneton Secondary College students assisting the CRLMG.

And more news from the river at Kyneton – “Following the 22 years of work the Campaspe River and Land Management Group has put into preparing the ground for a rudimentary gravel path along the Campaspe River, council has recognised the value of The River Walk for the community. The new cement paving designed to replace the gravel along part of the existing River Walk will be constructed as part of the Council’s Healthy Community Objectives.This will enable the entire community to use The River Walk for cycling, running, walking and general enjoyment of the Campaspe River environs.” said President of the CR+LMG Peter Harding.

Well done to all volunteers in this group for guiding council’s plans for this beautiful stretch of the Campaspe River and for their continued weed removal and revegetation along the river banks

 

RIVER DETECTIVES PROGRAM BEGINS AT TRENTHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

The excellent River Detectives program has begun at Trentham Primary School thanks to volunteer Lois Blackhirst. Said Lois  “The Trentham students are so lucky to have a stream running right past their school. Even though it looks a little muddy our school scientists found it to be a healthy waterway. We even identified a couple of waterbugs which is a sign of a living and well balanced environment”. 

 

River Detectives volunteer Lois Blackhirst helps out Cooper with a sample from Trent Creek Trentham.“River Detectives is such a valuable program that allows schools across the state to head to their local waterway, engage with their local environment and learn skills in testing water quality which they report through an interactive portal.” said Brad Drust , NCCMA CEO.

 

Malmsbury Landcare is also involved with the excellent River Detectives Program at their local Primary School.

Students  were anointed as ‘river detectives’ after they were introduced to a new program allowing them to keep track of the health of our waterways.

The keen students are now able to take readings on the water quality and the habitat from their local waterways and log the data on an interactive portal.

Through that online portal, the budding citizen scientists have been teaching themselves about waterways and the effect poor river health can have on the greater environment.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas recently joined eager Malmsbury Primary School students to announce the expansion of Victoria’s first online waterway education tool. Mary-Anne Thomas said “The River Detectives Program is an excellent example of connecting rivers, landscapes and people, particularly our younger generation. I am excited to see the almost 5000 students heading out to monitor their local waterway and record valuable data about its health.”

For more info go to http://www.riverdetectives.net.au/

 

A student tests water quality at Trent Creek as part of the River Detectives program.

 

INSECT CATCHING COLLABORATION AT BALD HILL RESERVE

Students from Kyneton Secondary College collecting insect traps they installed at the Bald Hill Reserve. Their work is part of a joint project between MRSC, UCLN, and the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve to find out more about the food source of phascogales at the Reserve.

 

Kyneton Secondary College  students visited Bald Hill Reserve recently to collect insect traps that they installed at the reserve. The project is part of a collaboration between the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve to conduct field studies on insect populations, the major food source of the vulnerable phascogale which is found at Bald Hill Reserve.

The students designed, built, and installed the insect traps in order to collect data regarding the availability of the phascogales food source at Bald Hill Reserve.

Phascogales are a ‘keystone’ species at Bald Hill Reserve, which means they give an indication of the health of the ecosystem there. The destruction of native forests and woodlands in Central Victoria has led to the decline of many native animal populations, including the phascogale.

The students are trialing three different types of traps and collecting data for Macedon Ranges Shire Council environmental officer William Terry. William said “Invertebrates are the key to understanding the health of the natural environment here at the reserve. They make up a huge amount of the food resources within the reserve for our birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs. They are also important for the pollination of flowering plants –including the threatened flax lily. The students are working with council to help us determine the most effective methods for the collection of invertebrates in the reserve.”

Student Lily Wickham said “I’m enjoying studying the vulnerable phascogale and its environment. We are comparing the insect population at the reserve in areas that have been affected by fires and logging to areas that have older trees. We’re trying to work out the best way to set up a study to look at the phascogales food source.We’re also trying to  understand what the threats are to its food source.”

The students will be analyzing the data and working with a visiting entomologist to better understand the role insects play in the ecosystem at Bald Hill Reserve.

 

Sam Habib checks a insect trap students from Kyneton Secondary College installed at Bald Hill Reserve.

An exciting find was made recently at Bald Hill Reserve -a Brown Toadlet (listed under the FFG as a threatened species). It has been predicted that the Brown Toadlet is in significant decline, at a rate of less than or equal to 30% over ten years (IUCN 2006). Detection of the Brown Toadlet at Bald Hill Reserve was significant as it had not been recorded in the area for over 20 years. Lets hope the Friends of Bald Hill is successful in their recent grant application which will help this and other species.

 

An exciting find at Bald Hill -The endangered brown toadlet. Pic William Terry.

 

 

 FRIENDS OF TRENTHAM CREEKS AND RESERVES COMPLETES WOMBAT LOOP

The wonderful Wombat loop is now open, completing the Wombat Trail, an initiative of the Friends of Trentham Creeks and Reserves (and the Trentham Public Reserves Committee of Management).

 

The most recent group to join the UCLN, the Friends of Trentham Creeks and Reserves, has  overcome many hurdles to complete a long term project to create a walking track along Stoney Creek in Trentham. The 9 km trail, which links 4 reserves in Trentham now includes a previously inaccessible area of Stoney Creek, thanks to the persistent hard work of the group. Andy Robertson, a member of the FOTCR said “After two years of negotiation, planning and bloody hard work, our reward is seeing the regeneration of a weed infested, neglected, cattle damaged riparian area. We’ve now got blackwoods, garnia, lepidsperma, lomandra, and other native species regenerating.”

The group received funding three years ago through a DEWLP Local Landscape Enhancement Grant.Why not take a walk amongst the blackwoods alongside the creek this winter and enjoy this delightful trail. Brochures are available from Trentham Neighborhood Center, the Tourist Information Center and shops in town.

 

                                       

 

 

 

 

 SAVE THE DATE! BIRDS OF PREY AT THE CASCADES FOR UCLN AGM.

Come and learn about these magnificent creatures on October 31st at the UCLN AGM at Metcalf.

Save the date on October 31st and come along to our AGM event at the Cascades in Metcalf. We will be having a wonderful demonstration by the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary. Their aim is to provide inspiring demonstrations based on the principals of ecology and environmental science,  emphasising the urgent need for the conservation of  biodiversity, the prevention of extinction and sustainable living. Come and learn about the adaptions these remarkable creatures utilize in their predatory way of life. More info closer to the date.

 

 

K5-RHDV1 VIRUS FOR RABBIT CONTROL

 

Learn how to effectively control rabbits using the new K5-RHDV1 virus

 

Vials of K5-RHDV1 calicivirus for release are available from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute.

To order the K5 vials you just need to send an email to Alison Jugow (alison.jugow@dpi.nsw.gov.au), Ph 02 4640 6012, letting her know how many vials, delivery address and contact details.

The cost of the RHDV K5 vials is $120.00 per vial and the cost of freight is $50.00. These prices are GST exclusive.

Instructions for bait preparation and bait laying are available at  http://www.pestsmart.org.au/bait-delivery-of-rhdv/

  •  This is apparently enough to bait 10 kilos of carrots,or 5 kilos of oats
  • You then put it on the bait in a populated area (this amount might be enough for a few properties),and re bait a couple of days apart.
  • It is best not to use when rabbits are lactating -which is apparently now. They suggested starting early next autumn. It needs flies to spread it.
  • Best not use with young rabbits as they are immune to it.Best not too use spring, or summer.
  • More info on how to use at http://www.pestsmart.org.au/boosting-rabbit-biocontrol-rhdv-k5-national-release/ or contact John Matthews from Agriculture Victoria john.matthews@ecodev.vic.gov.au

The UCLN will be holding an information session with John Mathews on October 20th so put it in your diary if you want to learn more about how to effectively control rabbits on your property.

 

 

GRANTS

 

ROUND THREE 20 MILLION TREES

 

Round Three of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees was launched on 19 June. This is the final round of the 20 Million Trees Competitive Grants.

$6 million is available for grants between $20,000 and $100,000 for tree planting projects that will support EPBC listed Threatened Ecological Communities and Threatened Species. Individuals and groups can apply for projects on both public and private land.

Applications close: 15 August 2017.

Guidelines, application form and other useful information is available from the Australian Government’s website.

NORMAN WETTENHALL SMALL ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT SCHEME

New Round Opens 20th June 2017
The current round of Norman Wettenhall small environmental grants is now open. The grants provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.
At the moment Norman Wettenhall are looking for projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education.
New round opens – 20th June 2017 – August 2017. (The round will be closed when the maximum number of applications has been reached.)
For further information or to apply click here – http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/

 

FRRR FOUNDATION FOR RURAL & REGIONAL RENEWAL – OPEN GRANTS

FRRR has a number of grants that open at different times of the year

.http://frrr.org.au/grants/2017_CPPW_grants.php

 

 

AUSTRALIAN ETHICAL INVESTMENT AND SUPER, COMMUNITY GRANTS

A community grants program that provides financial support to new, emerging or small not-for-profit organisations that contribute to humanitarian, environmental, and animal welfare efforts in Australia and abroad. Supporting projects between $10,000 – $20,000 that deliver tangible outcomes in alignment with the organisations charter.
For more information go to – https://www.australianethical.com.au/community-grants/

 

YOUNG FARMERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Up to $10,000 towards training or study (upskill) to invest on-farm or in professional development (invest), putting new skills into practice.
For further information go to –

SCHOLARSHIP

 THE R E ROSS TRUST GRANTS – VIC

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 by 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/  

 

 

EVENTS

FARM VISIT- HEMP GROWING.

  • Trentham Landcare has organised a  Farm visit on the 2nd July in the afternoon –  Bunjil Farm,licensed Hemp grower.(Please note Milking Yard Flat visit cancelled.)

Events

 

 

WETLAND ECOLOGY MANAGEMENT COURSE WITH DAMIAN COOK AND ELAINE BAYES

If you are interested in  Wetland Ecology and Management you may be interested in these courses.

Click on link below for more info.

    Two NEW Wetland Ecology and Management Units are coming up this spring

    • UNIT 1: The Wonderful Wetland Ecology Bus Tour, 12 & 13 Oct 2017 
    • UNIT 2: Wetland Restoration and Management, 16 & 17 Nov 2017 

 

 

The Wetland Plant Identification Course commencing mid October 2017

“Fantastic introduction to wetland vegetation and ecology.  If I can do the course and identify plants afterwards, anyone can! ”      

Greg Fletcher, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

See website for session outline, field guide provided, evaluations etc.

For more information go to http://rakali.com.au/education-and-training

 

 

 

 

RESOURCES

 

LATEST LANDCARE LANDLINK

Landlink June2017

VICTORIAN LANDCARE AND CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE

CLICK HERE to view Issue 69 of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a special feature on climate change.

 

 

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

 

 

There’s lots happening in the region, even in the winter months. Click here to view the June 2017 edition of the North Central Chat and find out more about who is doing what in our region.

 

 

NEW CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCE

The Climate Ready Natural Resource Management Planning  portal provides a common platform to access climate change adaptation planning for natural resource management across Victoria and was funded by the Australian Government.

This project developed spatial tools to assess climate change vulnerability across the state, pioneered adaptation pathways planning in the state, undertook extensive engagement with the community and key stakeholders on climate change adaptation, and produced the most comprehensive natural resource management climate change adaptation planning to date in Victoria. The work also provided guidance on carbon farming priorities within the regions.
To visit this portal, please visit http://www.nrmclimate.vic.gov.au/

Access weather and climate resources on line ©Scheltema

WEATHER AND CLIMATE RESOURCE

For short sharp seasonal forecast outlooks go to www.agriculture.vic.gov.au From there you can subscribe to The Fast Break newsletter which will give you rainfall and temperature predictions as well as other information.It also has links to monthly YouTube clips summarizing Victorian rainfall and giving seasonal outlooks.The YouTube clips cover stored soil moisture levels, crop growing conditions and the latest climate risk information for Victoria. In a recent survey 90% of farmers said these resources had improved their ability to manage seasonal variability and risk.

 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT LAW TRAINING WEBINARS

Not-for-profit Law regularly runs webinars on a variety of topics that affect community organisations. You can attend this training using your computer from wherever you may be located. Registering for each webinar is essential. For more information or to register click here – webinars. Slides from previous sessions are also available.

Working with Volunteers – Key Legal Issues! – Wednesday 5 July
This webinar will cover the key legal issues your organisation needs to consider when working with volunteers and other types of unpaid workers, and give you some useful tools and tips on how to meet your obligations.

 

 

 

 

 

April 2017

  • PLANT A TREE FOR MUM
  • METCALF LANDCARE CARES FOR CASCADES
  • SENIOR CONSERVATION BOTANIST AT BLACK HILL RESERVE
  • UCLN MEMBER GROUPS JOIN FORCES ON BIOLINK PROJECT
  • PLANTING BEGINS AT TRENT CREEK
  • TYLDEN GORSE CONTROL FIELD DAY
  • GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
  • EVENTS
  • NORTH CENTRAL CHAT AND MORE

Welcome to our April ENews. It’s wonderful to see the beautiful autumn colors  in the Central Highlands, and the recent heavy rains have soaked the ground well for the planting many of you will be doing at this time of the year.This ENews has lots of fantastic events plus news from our member groups and grant opportunities.

“Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.”  said Margaret Wheatley. I know many of you are translating those conversations into action on the ground, creating a better environment for all of us.

PLANT A TREE FOR MUM THIS MOTHERS DAY

Plant a tree this Mothers Day to honour your mum.You can join in with Woodend Landcare or the Campaspe River and land Management groupon the 14th May.

What better way to honour your mum this Mothers Day than to leave a living legacy in the form of an indigenous plant.

You can do so by joining in with either Woodend Landcare or the Campaspe Land and River Management Group on the 14th May.Bring waterproof shoes and gloves.

KYNETON

WHERE: Kyneton Botanic Gardens ( enter KBG via tourist dr off Mollison st, drive 200 mtrs to where cars parked.Walk towards Railway Wier 200 mtrs downstream Mollison St bridge.Follow signs.)
WHEN:Sunday 14th May 9.30 to 12.00pm (stay for 30 mins or 2 hours).
MORNING TEA PROVIDED TO SUSTAIN PLANTERS AND MAINTAIN ENERGY!

contact Peter Harding 0419625600 for more info

WOODEND

WHERE:Lake Earnshaw,behind Gilbert Gordon Oval
WHEN:Sunday 14th May 9am -12 pm

contact Angela Van Dam for more info on 0409 373 010.

 

METCALF LANDCARE CARES FOR CASCADES

The beautiful Cascades,where Metcalf Landcare has been removing woody weeds. ©Scheltema

Metcalf Landcare has been busy improving the health of the beautiful Coliban River at the Cascades by  undertaking ongoing woody weed removal and creating habitat and  nest boxes for phascogales.

“The Cascades are special to the Metcalfe locals and visitors “in the know”, with its massive granitic rocks and the seasonal ebbs and flow of the Coliban.  After heavy rains it becomes an awesome torrent.  At quieter times it a favorite swimming and children-safe play area.  It offers shade, sandy spots and picnic areas.
The Metcalfe Landcare Group tackle the endemic woody weeds and willows to allow native trees and grasses to flourish.  The Group has already won grant monies to clear weeds and this year is beginning to replant the Cascades proper and extend the area of restoration downstream towards the bridge, working with willing property owners on the way.” said Metcalf Landcare President Michael Nott.

Metcalf Landcare secretary Deb Farmer on the banks of the Coliban River. The group is mapping and planning weed removal including gorse seen here on the riverbanks.                                                                                                             ©Scheltema

 

SENIOR CONSERVATION BOTANIST AT BLACK HILL RESERVE

Hear from senior conservation botanist at Royal Botanic Gardens  Neville Walsh at Black Hill Reserve on native plant recovery post fires.                                                                                                           ©Scheltema

 

This is a rare opportunity to hear from a leading authority on native plant recovery.

WHAT : SENIOR CONSERVATION BOTANIST PRESENTING AUDIO VISUAL / WALK AND TALK AT BLACK HILL RESERVE
WHEN: 10 am WALK AND TALK BLACK HILL RESERVE 2.30 – 4.00 pm KYNETON MECHANICS HALL  SATURDAY 13TH MAY
WHERE: BLACK HILL RESERVE ROTUNDA 10 am, KYNETONS MECHANICS HALL 2.30PM 

Neville Walsh,  Senior Conservation Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, will talk to the Friends of Black Hill regarding post fire recovery and other matters.

Neville will talk about recovery of various plant species from fire, especially high-plains and alpine tree species after the fires 15 years ago, as well as unusual species that only appear post-fire.

Neville started working at the National Herbarium of Victoria in 1977.

He has worked on recovery strategies for endangered species

  • genus Pomaderrisin the family Rhamnaceae,
  • buttercup family (Ranunculaceae),
  • grasses (Poaceae),
  • the Boronia family (Rutaceae),
  • the daisy family (Asteraceae),
  • Lobelia and its Australian relatives in the Campanulaceae.

He is a member of the recovery team for the endangered Helmeted Honeyeater. He co-edited the 4-volume “Flora of Victoria.”  (Every home should have one)

Neville manages the Victorian Conservation Seedbank since 2005.He specialises in the taxonomy and ecology of alpine species is seeking to understand the nature of invasion of non-native species in alpine areas around the world.

An impressive number of Australian plant species like Pomaderris Walshii  strut their stuff with his name attached .

Please contact Alan Todd at  alan_todd@westnet.com.au or 0400502325 for more info.

Learn how native species are recovering from the Black Hill fires.                                                        Pic Scheltema

UCLN MEMBER GROUPS JOIN FORCES ON BIOLINK PROJECT.

Seven Landcare groups within the UCLN are working together to protect biodiversity on two biolink projects:the Coliban Connections and the Cobaw Campaspe Connections. President of the UCLN Alan  Denehy and Woodend President Kate Daniel are seen here at the Coliban Connections biolink area.                                                                                    ©Scheltema

 

 

Progress is continuing on the UCLN Biolink projects  seven Landcare groups (Ashbourne, Malmsbury, Trentham, Tylden, Carlsruhe, Woodend and Newham)beginning planning.

The groups aim is to restore connectivity between areas of remnant vegetation so as to create corridors for the movement and protection of indigenous plants and animals.

President of UCLN, Alan Denehey, said they were trying to reverse the degradation of the natural environment that had occurred in the past.

“We are trying to slow that down, reverse it, repair it.We will be identifying and finding focal species.Given that we are trying to revegetate and create interconnected wildlife corridors, we are keen to engage landowners in our aim of creating native vegetation corridors as part of these landscape scale projects.We see this as a win for the environment and for the landowners through improved property amenity and farm efficiency.”

For the latest media on this project go to biolink. and Advocate.

 

 PLANTING BEGINS AT TRENT CREEK

On a cold and blustery day in Trentham this week when the mercury didn’t rise much over 7 degrees 40 primary school students, teachers and parents from Trentham Primary School joined forces with the Friends Of Trentham Creeks and Reserves to plant over 180 indigenous plants  at Trent Creek.

The children had a great time getting muddy whilst planting and learning  about the importance of protecting the riparian health of our environment.

Friends Of Trentham Creeks and Reserves received funds recently as a result of the Regional Riparian Action Plan Program to clear weeds and plant in the area.  The area has two species listed as ‘rare’ in Victoria –  the  Brooker gum –Euccalyptus brookeriana , and the Floodplain Fireweed -Senecio campylocarpus, and riparian forest (EVC18) listed as vulnerable in the Central Highlands Bioregion.

FOTCR   Convenor Jan Robertson said “We, the Friends of Trentham Creeks and Reserves, had a great time working along side the Trentham Primary School students.Their enthusiasm was well supported by school staff and parent volunteers.Having washed 40 pairs of small -size gardening gloves and dozens of hand -tools, my laundry smells like a damp swamp, but I will happily put the equipment  away for next  time.”

Trentham Primary School students help the Friends of Trentham Creeks and Reserves to plant the riparian area alongside Trent Creek.                                                                                                                                                              ©Scheltema

 

TYLDEN GORSE CONTROL FIELD DAY

Participants at the Tylden Landcare Gorse Control Field Day learn about effective gorse control.                                             ©Scheltema

Tylden Landcare  recently held a Field Day   to inform property owners about the Victorian Gorse Task Force Program and demonstrate  a gorse grooming machine with integrated herbicide application.Participants were interested to watch how the Ecoblade (operated by Regional Vic Farm Services), cuts, mulches and poisons gorse and other woody weeds.

They learnt the advantages and disadvantages of the works and how different tools can be used in the rehabilitation of our local paddocks and landscapes.

President of Tylden Landcare Brnedan Smith said ‘The aim of today is to demonstrate  effective and efficient long term gorse control and to ensure better environmental and economic outcomes. Gorse is a weed of national significance and also a regionally controlled weed, meaning landowners and managers are responsible for its control. This program allows governments,communities and landowners to work together on  gorse control.”

“Tylden Landcare has secured funding from the Victorian Gorse Task Force of $19,500.We hope to control roughly 9 hectares of gorse infestation in the Tylden area.”

The Field Day was held on the 148 acre property of John Ford. “We met Brendan at the farm gate -he was a gorse evangelist! He spoke about the program and the 50 % rebate and told us about an information session at Tylden Hall with Tylden Landcare. I went along  and thought  – this is a fast and effective way to get rid of gorse.This is a daunting patch of about 2 hectares infestation.We are addressing it under this program and are paying half the cost of the gorse eradication as a result of this grant.” said John.

Property owner John Ford watches the Ecoblade treat gorse on his property  at the Tylden Landcare Gorse Field Day.                                                                                                                                                                                                           ©Scheltema

 

 

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

  • The Macedon Ranges 2017 Community Funding Scheme for grants of up to $6000.But hurry,it closes May 1st!   Info here – MRSC  If you’re wishing to apply for funding for an event or festival,  refer to Council’s Events & Festivals Grant Program.If you have a community project which requires funding of $1,500 or less don’t forget about MRSC Small Community Grants Scheme which is open all year and involves a simple online application process.
  •  Landcare Australia’s Sustainable Agriculture Grants 2017. All the information can be found at: sustainableaggrants.
  • The Victorian Government has recently released Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037,For more information or to view the new biodiversity plan visit  https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/biodiversity/biodiversity-plan  .
  • It has also announced $1 million in funding for Community & Volunteer Action Grants.Grants will support communities in efforts to conserve their local biodiversity and threatened species.The Community & Volunteer Action Grants are offering funding for projects between $5,000 and $50,000.More information →  Applications close 10th May.
    Said the Minister for Energy,Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio.“This is a blueprint for how we can work together to stop the decline of Victoria’s unique biodiversity.We’re supporting a broad range of rehabilitation efforts by community and volunteer groups that will improve the resilience of our native plants and wildlife. We’ve fulfilled another election commitment to institute a state wide biodiversity strategy to protect our habitats for future generations.”

However whilst our governments announces its latest biodiversity strategy Australia has quietly added 49  species to the threatened and endangered lists.

Read more here – 49morespecies

  •  Patagonia Environmental Grants

Round 1 Closes: 30 April 2017
Round 2 Closes: 31 August 2017
About:
Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organisations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because Patagonia believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organisations that create a strong base of citizen support. Grants typically range between $2,500 – $15,000.

Info: For more information, visit the Patagonia website

  • Suez Community Grants

Applications Close: 5 May 2017

About:
SUEZ believe strong communities build a better future for us all. Since 2013, the SUEZ Community Grants program has provided more than $400,000 to inspiring organisations and projects across Australia. They offer individual grants of up to $15,000 to fund social and environmental projects that contribute to a stronger community and healthier environment.

Info: For more information, visit the Suez Community Grants website

EVENTS

There is a wonderful array of events coming up. Dont forget to check our events calendar on our website if you forget what is on where .http://www.uppercampaspelandcare.org.au/calendar/

BIRDS OF PREY AT GLENLYON

This is a wonderful opportunity to see Birds of Prey at a Glenlyon Landcare event.See flyer below:

 

 

 

 

LINKING LANDSCAPES SYMPOSIUM

For those groups working on biolink projects dont miss this LINKING LANDSCAPES SYMPOSIUM , organised by  Central Victorian Biolinks.

 

 

 

BALD HILL GEOLOGY EVENT
 
The Friends of Bald Hill Reserve, together with the North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA), invite you to join them for a morning with renowned geologist, Phil Dyson. Phil will give an informative presentation and lead a walk to explore the geological features of the reserve.
Saturday 27 May 
9.30am-12.30pm
Bald Hill Reserve
281 Pipers Creek Road, Kyneton

PROTECT YOUR PATCH WORKSHOP 

 

Are you looking for some assistance to help improve the biodiversity values of your rural property? Speakers from Trust for Nature, Land for Wildlife and the Victorian Government’s native vegetation offsets program will answer your questions about the financial incentives and support available to help you protect your bush block.

Organised by Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the North Central Catchment Management Authority with funding support from the Australian Government.

Dates & Times

Tue 23 May | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Contact

Contact:
Laura Jordan/Donna Liddicoat
Organiser:
Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the North Central Catchment Management Authority
Email:
environment@mrsc.vic.gov.au
Telephone:
5421 9660

Book now

 

 

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT AND MORE

 

CLICK HERE to view the April 2017 edition of the North Central Chat. This month’s edition features information, Landcare stories and upcoming events.

 

To see our region’s Landcare report card 2015-16 from Tess Grieves, our Regional Landcare Coordinator, CLICK HERE. It features our very own Malmsbury Landcare.

To read the latest Landcare in Focus go to  Landcare In Focus.

To read the latest Landline go to  landlink

For serrated tussock information from the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party go to https://www.facebook.com/serratedtussock

The release of the RHDV1 – K5 (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus) took place on 6 March 2017. Agriculture Victoria are coordinating the release of the virus in Victoria.
The link below has some videos on RHDV1 – K5 and rabbit control in general.

More information: go to the Pest Smart website http://www.pestsmart.org.au/boosting-rabbit-biocontrol-rhdv-k5-national-release/ or contact John Matthews from Agriculture Victoria john.matthews@ecodev.vic.gov.au

And finally, for those of you that despise feral cats and the damage they cause here is a good article on  getting rid of them…..

FEBRUARY 2017

  • GRANT SUCCESS WITHIN UCLN
  • TRENTHAM  DISTRICT LANDCARE
  • CAMPASPE VALLEY LANDCARE WEED WARRIORS
  • PIPERS CREEK LANDCARE
  • PROPERTY PLANNING WORKSHOP
  • CHILD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
  • NORTH CENTRAL CHAT
  • PHOTOVOICE FOR WEEDS AND RABBITS
  • REVIEW OF FLORA AND FAUNA GUARANTEE ACT
  • CLIMATE READY REVEGETATION GUIDE
  • CSIRO GUIDE FOR MONITORING REVEGETATION
  • TWO APPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE, SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL.
"The future of life on earth depends on our ability to take action." David Attenborough Pic Scheltema

“The future of life on earth depends on our ability to take action.”  David Attenborough                                        Pic Scheltema

 

Welcome to the February edition of our ENews. I hope you have all had a safe and relaxing Christmas and an enjoyable summer.

As David Attenborough said  “The future of life on earth depends on our ability to take action. Many individuals are doing what they can, but real success can only come if there’s a change in our societies and our economics and our politics….Surely we have a responsibility to leave for  future generations a planet that is healthy, inhabitable for all species.” A big thank you to all those Landcarers out there working hard to improve the health of their patch. For those of you involved in revegetation projects, make sure you check out the great guides at the bottom of the ENews. You may wish to visit the UCLN stall at the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival on the 4th March.

 

GRANT SUCCESS WITHIN UCLN

 

The UCLN will continue with its work on the Biolink projects,identifying focal species such as the Powerful Owl,seen here. Pic Scheltema

The UCLN will continue with its work on the Biolink projects, identifying focal species such as the Powerful Owl, seen here. Pic Scheltema

UCLN was successful with its 2016-17 Community Grants application.  The funding  will enable work to continue  on its biolink projects; the Coliban Corridor and the Cobaw Campaspe Connections. It will enable the Network to continue building on connectivity to enhance biodiversity in the two biolinks.

Using the Action Plans  completed as a result of last year’s grant  (which can be seen on our website here – Action Plans ), ecologists will be engaged to develop an inventory of focal species, such as the Powerful Owl and Phascogale, and provide advice on their habitat requirements, and threats.

A least one field day will be held to involve the community in the ecological assessments. The work is designed to support the progress of the ‘clusters’ of the UCLN member groups as they move towards the goal of landscape-scale habitat repair and expansion.

UCLN President Alan Denehey said “This year’s project, which follows on from the goals of our Strategic Plan and the excellent community engagement activities of last year, aims to extend the knowledge of our members and support their efforts as they plan and scope landscape restoration projects”.

 

Congratulations also to Malmsbury Landcare for receiving funding for it’s long-running Reclaim the Channel Reserve project.

“The centerpiece of that project is a walking path that takes in the magnificent Malmsbury viaduct, the largest stone bridge in the southern hemisphere,” North Central Catchment Management Authority regional Landcare co-ordinator Tess Grieves said.

 
Along with other members of Malmsbury District Landcare Rob Burdett and John Walters, seen above, are working on a long term project -'Reclaim the Reserve', to remove weeds, plant native vegetation and continue creating a walking track near the Malmsbury Viaduct. Pic Scheltema

Along with other members of Malmsbury District Landcare Rob Burdett and John Walters, seen above, are working on a long term project -‘Reclaim the Reserve’, to remove weeds, plant native vegetation and continue creating a walking track near the Malmsbury Viaduct.                         Pic Scheltema

Ms Grieves said this was the most successful grants round ever for the region, with 92 per cent of applicants successful.

“That goes to show our Landcare groups are really on the ball and focused on the environmental projects that are important to their communities,” she said.

Other successful UCLN member groups were:

  • Ashbourne Landcare Group for biolink matrix demonstration sites.
  • Carlsruhe Landcare to replenish and revegetate biolink one and two.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio congratulated the local groups on their projects.

“The Victorian Landcare program is an investment in our future and it’s fantastic to see these local groups receiving grants to support their important environmental projects,” she said.

 

TRENTHAM DISTRICT LANDCARE

Trentham Landcare was also a successful recipient of a Hepburn Shire Community Grant to continue with their work removing weeds and planting native vegetation in the vicinity of  the historic Enders Bridge.

Trentham Landcare was delighted to recieve news that they were succesful in a Hepburn Shire Community Grant to continue their work in weed removal and native plantings at the Historic Enders Bridge. Pic Scheltema

Trentham Landcare was delighted to receive news that they were successful in a Hepburn Shire Community Grant to continue their work in weed removal and native plantings at the Historic Enders Bridge. Pic Scheltema

 

Members of Trentham Landcare recently enjoyed a  summer early morning  walk with bird expert Tanya Loos, from Connecting Country, to do a bird count on a property  on the edge of the Wombat Forest. Eighteen species of birds were observed.

“What was special for me was the quality of the habitat. When you retain diversity in the understorey and have mature trees you will also attract a diversity in the birdlife. To start with a stunning pair of obliging Gang Gang Cockatoos and end with a White-necked heron in shimmering breeding plumage are great signs of how well this property is supporting a wide variety of birds. It made for a fantastic morning with passionate Landcare members. ” said Trentham Landcare member Kent Burgess, seen below.

 

Trentham Landcare members at a recent event to identify birds on a property at the edge of the Wombat Forest. Pic Scheltema

Trentham Landcare members Kent Burgess and Jessica Roberts at a recent event to identify birds on a property at the edge of the Wombat Forest. Pic Scheltema

 

CAMPASPE VALLEY LANDCARE WEED WARRIORS

Do you or your group need help identifying and managing Texas and Chilean Needle grass? Campaspe Valley Landcare has produced an excellent ‘Ute Guide’ to use out in the field which can help with the difficult task of identifying this weed, which is fast becoming a problem in the district. The guide is now available online on our website needle-grass-web-LR (1) . Or if you would like the booklet please contact Barbara James on 0458590642 or archiemcleod@gmail.com

THERE IS ALSO A NEW SERRATED TUSSOCK APP TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY THIS PESKY WEED

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) have developed its first App, which is guides landowners and managers through the process of how to identify serrated tussock.

The App is available through all smart-phones, tablets and computers and enables users to scroll through a series of screens that outline the important features to look for when attempting to identify serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma). The App also features the Australia wide distribution of serrated tussock and allows users to move the interactive map around and see a time lapse over the past few decades.

The ID App can be accessed through the VSTWP website at http://www.serratedtussock.com/idapp or by clicking on the ‘Identification App’ icon on our website homepage: www.serratedtussock.com

 

 Using the excellent Ute Guide produced by Campaspe Valley Landcare to ID the troublesome weed. Pic Scheltema

Using the excellent Ute Guide produced by Campaspe Valley Landcare to ID the troublesome weed. Pic Scheltema

Campaspe Valley Landcare does a wonderful job on controlling weeds in their area, with the help of the Mt Alexander Shire grants. They have an ongoing commitment to eradicating many weeds in their district and have advised the Shire for many years on roadside weeds over an area covering about 25 km. They also work in partnership with DELWP on gorse eradication on Back Creek (a tributary of the Campaspe River) with funding also provided from the Gorse Task Force.

 

Weed warriors Phillip Don, Barbara James and John Stuwe from Campaspe Valley Landcare. Pic Scheltema

Weed warriors Phillip Don, Barbara James and John Stuwe from Campaspe Valley Landcare. Pic Scheltema

Their members volunteer their time and equipment on neighboring properties to manage the spread of weeds. Says member Phillip Don “I’d like to do today what others wont, so the weed problem doesn’t become too big tomorrow.”  Another member, botanist John Stuwe, is compiling  plant lists from the area which will be used for future regeneration projects and for the protection of rare and endangered species. A great example of a Landcare group really making a difference in their area!

PIPERS CREEK LANDCARE

Another group that has done a terrific job managing weeds, particularly gorse, in their area is Pipers Creek and District Landcare. They have just welcomed Charlotte Blair as their new President. Said previous President Peter Sporle “I am handing over the reins to a new generation because the demographic in Landcare is rapidly aging. The successful groups are very family orientated now. We’re excited to have a new family join our group and take on  executive roles.”

New president Charlotte said “It’s important for the children to understand about sustainability.We want to learn about indigenous plants and animals, whats a weed, and how to care for the land. The demographics are changing, there are a lot of people coming from the city, a lot of new families. We’d like to help educate new landowners how to look after and sustain the land.” Welcome Charlotte! Its exciting seeing new generations taking on Peters slogan – ‘Landcare – I Care!’.

 

Former Pipers Creek President Peter Sporle hands over the reins to new President Charlotte Blair,seen here with sons Harrison and Pic Scheltema

Former Pipers Creek President Peter Sporle hands over the reins to new President Charlotte Blair, seen here with sons Harrison and Jamie.                                                                                                                       Pic Scheltema

 

PROPERTY PLANNING WORKSHOP

This workshop booked out a month before the RSVP date of 10th March but keep your eyes out for similar ones to be offered in the next year – they are a great resource for new Landowners and Landcare owners. Former attendee Sally White said: “The biggest thing I got out of it was to be responsible as a landowner.We need to be accountable for our land and these courses give us help to achieve that.”

Property Planning poster-EMAIL (1)_edited-1

 

CHILD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Many groups will now be aware of the the new legislation regarding Child Safety and that we are obliged to abide by them. Some groups within our network already have done so. For those that havent, it is a simple process.

There are a few simple steps that your groups can take now as a minimum standard

  • Create a Statement of Commitment to child safety, to be documented in your constitution, minutes, website etc. E.g. “The XXXX Landcare group are committed to providing a child safe environment and being a Child Safe organisation in accordance with the Victorian Child Safe Standards”
  • A further step might be some supporting principles such as “The XXXX Landcare Group has zero tolerance of child abuse” “The XXXX Landcare Group will ensure all new volunteers are aware of our commitment to child safely when they are welcomed into the group”
  • An Action Statement will assist your members to know exactly what to do should any issue arise and for reporting any suspected abuse e.g. “The XXXX Landcare Group will comply with Victorian Law by contacting the police in any instance that abuse toward Children is suspected or witnessed”
  • If you produce OHS/ Hazard Risk Assessments or Plans before your events, consider adding a line in specifically for the Safety of Children e.g. “This event is open to the general public, therefore parents are advised that their children remain their responsibility at all times”
  • If working with schools, think about making the Standards part of the conversation with the teacher in charge when you’re planning the logistics of the activity e.g. “What do we both need to do to ensure this activity/event/session provides a child safe environment?”

FOR MORE INFO ON HOW TO ABIDE BY THE REGULATIONS GO TO  Child Safety  AND LOOK FOR REPORT TITLED CHILD SAFETY.

 

Landcare groups are now required to comply with new child safety measures. Pic Scheltema

Landcare groups are now required to comply with new child safety measures.                                              Pic Scheltema

 

 

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

The first 2017 edition of the North Central Chat is out; featuring upcoming events, Landcare related news for community groups and information on several Shire grant rounds that are about to open, go to  Chat  (9 Mb download)

 

PHOTOVOICE FOR WEEDS AND RABBITS

Join in a Victoria-wide photovoice initiative to guide future community action and investment on widely established invasive species. The Victorian Government, in collaboration with community pest management groups for blackberry, gorse, serrated tussock and rabbits, is undertaking a Systems Mapping Study. The study uses photovoice to feature your stories and experiences. Images can help us to better understand each other’s stories, offering a fresh look at the longstanding community issue. Stories may be up to 300 words, and will be accepted until 31 March 2017.

Create your image+story in response to the following questions.

  • What motivates your efforts to control blackberry, gorse, serrated tussock or rabbits?
  • What hinders your efforts to control blackberry, gorse, serrated tussock or rabbits and how do you overcome the hindrance?
  • What are your ideas for community action to control blackberry, gorse, serrated tussock or rabbits?

For further information  and to submit your image+story visit weedsandrabbits.com/about.

 

 REVIEW OF THE FLORA AND FAUNA GUARANTEE ACT

Pic Scheltema

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Victorians are encouraged to have their say on the review the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 to ensure it better protects our biodiversity.

The Act has been in place for nearly thirty years, but this has coincided with a decline in Victoria’s biodiversity.

A consultation paper has been prepared to seek the community views on the Act and how it could be improved by incorporating improvements in our knowledge of native flora and fauna.

Community feedback is vital to ensuring that changes to the Act reflect how we can work together to protect Victoria’s unique plants and animals.

The consultation paper and information on making a submission is available at:

www.engage.vic.gov.au/review-flora-and-fauna-guarantee-act-1988.

 Consultation closes on 13 March 2017

The review aligns with the other major biodiversity initiatives including the draft biodiversity plan Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036, and the review of the native vegetation clearing regulations.

 

CLIMATE READY REVEGETATION GUIDE

The new Climate-ready revegetation: A guide for natural resource managers is available to assist natural resource managers work with the uncertainties associated with climate change when planning revegetation activities. CLICK HERE to go to the website, where you can also download a PDF version of the guide.

 

SEEKING GROWLERS!

Searching for growling grass frogs. Pic Scheltema

Searching for growling grass frogs. Pic Scheltema

The Growling Grass Frog  is   threatened in Victoria. Dan Gilmore from Biosis is seeking Growling Grass Frog habitat sites (*not already under a covenant) to offset a project in Melbourne. If your group or anyone you know has a Growling Grass Frog site (including creek lines, farm damns, drainage lines etc) on their property which they may be willing to covenant with compensation through Biosis’s process, please contact Dan on 0428 108 379 or at dgilmore@biosis.com.au.

CLICK HERE for more information on Growling Grass Frogs, or CLICK HERE to visit the Biosis website.

 

NEW GUIDE FROM CSIRO FOR MONITORING YOUR RESTORATION EFFORTS

Thank you to Connecting Country for sharing the information below.

In the spirit of sharing useful information for people involved and interested in conservation and land management, we’ve recently been made aware that the CSIRO have released their fantastic guide, ‘Checking for Change: A practical guide to checking whether sites newly managed for conservation are on track to improve’.  CLICK HERE to view this free guide Read more…

TWO APPS TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE THIS SUMMER

  • The new VicEmergency app provides access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes and water safety. The VicEmergency app replaces the FireReady app and is now available from the App Store or Google Play.
  • The Emergency + App is a fantastic app to have on your phone.It works when there is no phone reception, and will connect you directly to police, S.E.S or Fire Services whilst giving your GPS location.Very handy when you are out of range and have been bitten by a snake, as happened recently at a Landcare Planting event. Remember NOT TO MOVE if that happens.

MACEDON RANGES SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL 4th March 9am – 3pm

UCLN will be having a stall in conjunction with Woodend and Ashbourne Landcare groups at the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival on the 4th March.We would love to see you there!

In previous years the festival has attracted visitors from the Macedon Ranges, Central Victoria and Melbourne, and hosted 60+ exhibitors, speakers and demonstrators. The aim of the festival is to showcase ideas, products and practical solutions that will inspire and inform visitors so they can enjoy living more sustainably. The concept of this year’s festival is ‘Resilience – Building a Sustainable Community’.

The 2017 MRSLF has confirmed Simon Corbell, the Victorian Government’s new Renewable Energy Advocate, as key speaker on the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) and its potential impacts on the renewable energy sector in our region.

 

DECEMBER 2016

  • SUMMARY OF UCLN ACTIVITIES FOR 2016
  • AVAILABLE GRANTS
  • STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER

WISHING ALL LANDCARERS AND FRIENDS A SAFE AND HAPPY XMAS!

 

 

Seasons Greetings to All.

Seasons Greetings to All.

 

 

Somehow it is almost Christmas and another year has past.A big thank you to all those Landcarers for looking after our Environment. As Anthropologist Margaret Mead said many years ago – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

 

 UCLN ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2016

The Upper Campase Landcare Network has had a busy year. Some of our main achievements have been:

  • Two Field Days which engaged indigenous elders, highly regarded ecologists, and landcare “heroes” to explain concepts of connectivity and biolinks, and to speak about restoring and repairing Landscapes. Examples of Landcare success projects were shown.
  • Two ‘cluster groups’ formed within the Network, meaning landcare groups are joining forces to work across  boundaries on biolink projects. The two projects are: The Coliban Corridor and the Cobaw Connections. These projects will help develop the capacity of the Landcare groups to work strategically and collaboratively across these priority areas which were identified in the UCLN Strategic Plan.
Trentham and Malmsbury Landcare groups Presidents Patricia Scheltus and John Walters,discuss the Coliban Corridor project with Trentham member Shirley Proctor.

Trentham and Malmsbury Landcare group Presidents Patricia Scheltus and John Walters, discussing the Coliban Corridor project with Trentham member Shirley Proctor.

  • Two Action Plans produced by Dr Sophie Bickford, which further explore ways of restoring connectivity in these two areas to achieve greater ecological outcomes and improve habitat for threatened species and ecological communities.
  • A New Partnership formed with Kyneton Secondary College Students and UCLN. The students have been working with The Kyneton River and Land Management Committee to plant threatened species along the Campaspe River. They have also been installing nest boxes and remote cameras to monitor phascogales and gliders at the Bald Hill Reserve.

 

Kyneton Secondary College Students join forces with UCLN.

Kyneton Secondary College Students join forces with UCLN.

  • Three successful Workshops – Rabbit Busters,Weed Busters and Soil Health. These workshops, all attended by over thirty people, helped landowners gain a better understanding of ways of dealing with rabbit and weed problems.Participants to the Soil Health Workshop learnt how to evaluate the condition of their soil and improve it.
The UCLN hosted three workshops on Weed Management,Rabbit Control and Soil Health.

The UCLN hosted three workshops on Weed Management,Rabbit Control and Soil Health.

  • A new group – The Friends Of Trentham Creeks and Reserves, has joined the Network, and with the help of the Network has recently received a Victorian Government Riparian Grant to begin restoring Trent Creek,a tributary of the Coliban. Students from Trentham Primary School will be involved in the project.
  • Water Watch Program begun at Trentham Primary School
  • 16 Articles in the Media regarding UCLN and member group activities.
  • UCLN Gorse Task Force grant implemented. This project targeted gorse on seven private properties and achieved approximately eight hectares of control. The project focused on private land areas with an emphasis on controlling resprouting gorse burnt in the Black Hill fire. The Langley Landcare members also carried out an assessment using a weed prioritization formula that identified gorse as a high priority following fire. The  project aimed to control gorse,encourage native vegetation growth and protect grazing production.
  • Submissions made by UCLN to Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) and Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy.The Environment Minister asked VEAC to investigate the values of forests in the central west of Victoria, including the Wombat Forest. The purpose of the investigation is to : (a) identify and evaluate the condition, natural and cultural values and the current uses of public land in the specified area; and (b) make recommendations for the balanced use and appropriate management arrangements to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural values.UCLN advocated for  protecting the important biodiversity values in the Wombat Forest, including the many threatened species, before they are lost to us.We also had input into the Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy,which is being done by Deakin University.

 

Woodend Landcare Treasurer Kate Daniel identifying precious grasslands for protection.

Woodend Landcare Treasurer Kate Daniel identifying precious grasslands for protection.

 

AVAILABLE GRANTS:

Citizen Science Grants
Citizen Science Grants is an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. It provides grants on a competitive basis to support community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact. Closes on 17 February 2017. Read more

Norman Wettenhall Small Environmental Grant Scheme
The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for groups or individuals undertaking biodiversity conservation projects in Australia. Projects of up to $10,000 based on monitoring, recording and sharing data, delivering community education, providing community capacity building (training), research and science, or landscape restoration and education. Grant round opens 20 December.  Read more

 

STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER -NEW VIC EMERGENCY APP LAUNCHED.

The new VicEmergency app provides access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes and water safety. The VicEmergency app replaces the FireReady app and is now available from the App Store or Google Play. Keep a watch on the Facebook and Twitter accounts, ABC radio or the hotline 1800 226 226. Stay safe this fire season!

 

 

NOVEMBER 2016

  • UCLN WORKSHOPS -SOIL HEALTH,WEED BUSTERS
  • LANDCARE 30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT NEWHAM AND PARLIAMENT HOUSE
  • VISIT TO BALD HILL RESERVE BY KYNETON SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS
  • FRIENDS OF TRENTHAM CREEKS AND RESERVES JOINS UCLN
  • UCLN AT KYNETON SHOW
  • NEWS AND EVENTS
  • GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

 

What a busy couple of months it has been, with so many events ranging from wildflower walks to rabbit buster workshops to 30th Landcare birthday celebrations. The last of the UCLN workshops for the year are happening in December, so come along if you are interested in Soil Health or the latest on how to deal with weeds.

 

"the history of every nation is eventually written in the way in which it cares for its soil.The nation which destroys its soil destroys itself." Franklin Roosevelt US President 1933 -1945

“The history of every nation is eventually written in the way in which it cares for its soil. The nation which destroys its soil destroys itself.”  Franklin Roosevelt US President 1933 -1945

 

UCLN Workshops – Soil Heath and Weed Busters in November

 

Anyone interested in learning how to get a better understanding of the health of their soil will benefit from attending a free Soil Health Workshop being run by the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, Department of Agriculture and Langley Landcare  in Edgecombe on December 13th. The workshop will teach participants how to evaluate the condition of their soil and use good practice  management techniques to improve its health.

Langley Landcare member Rob Pearse said “After nine years on the property I have learnt about soil health and how critical it is – not only for my olives but for the health of my grazing animals. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity for small or large landowners to learn how to improve the health of their soil.”

Attendees will be asked to bring in a soil sample from their properties and will be taught how to identify possible soil health issues using nine simple visual tests. They will also learn how to use a Soil Health Score Card to provide information on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of their soil. Understanding soil types, applying the appropriate management practices and monitoring soil quality are all important steps towards protecting and improving soil health.

 

Martin Hamilton from the Department of Agriculture will be leading the workshop utilizing the latest Soil Health Guide produced for North Central Victoria.“Soil is the key to all health and knowing about your soil empowers you to manage it more sustainably. Attendees will go home knowing more about their soil and what to do to maintain good soil.” said Martin.

Martin Hamilton from the Department of Agriculture will be leading the workshop utilizing the latest Soil Health Guide produced for North Central Victoria.“Soil is the key to all health and knowing about your soil empowers you to manage it more sustainably. Attendees will go home knowing more about their soil and what to do to maintain good soil.” said Martin.

 

There will be a 45 minute presentation on soil science then participants will get their hands dirty on the beautiful olive farm at Edgecombe where the workshop is being held. A free lunch will be provided.

 The ancient Greek philosopher Xenophon said around 400 B.C  – “To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of their soil.”

RSVP’s are essential to Martin Hamilton 54304802 or martin.hamilton@ecodev.vic.gov.au by 8th Dec

 

 

Learn How to identify and address weed problems whether your property is large or small.Jan Elders and Barbara James from Campaspe Valley landcare are seen here discussing weed control techniques in a paddock of thistles.

Learn how to identify and address weed problems whether your property is large or small. Jan Elder and Barbara James from Campaspe Valley landcare are seen here discussing weed control techniques in a paddock of thistles.

 

With all the rain over winter and the weather finally starting to warm up the weeds are out in full force. If you want to know effective ways to address them then why not come along to the Weed Busters workshop at Bald Hill Reserve on December 3 and learn from experts. The information is suitable for large and small landowners.

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, in conjunction with The Friends of Bald Hill Reserve, Department of Agriculture and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, is hosting the workshop from 10 am at the reserve. A delicious free lunch will be provided.

Advice will be given on cost effective  and efficient ways of dealing with weeds. Attendees will leave with an improved understanding  of the most suitable and effective ways to deal with weeds. Even though everyone’s situation is different, management options  presented at the workshop will guide participants towards practical and achievable solutions.

Martin Deering, biosecurity officer from Department of Agriculture, as well as Natural Resource Officer from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council Beau Kent will  be on hand to speak about  the latest effective methods of weed control. There will also be a landowner with 20 years’ experience of successfully managing broome and blackberry on a 20-acre block sharing their story.

The workshop includes a practical component, with various equipment (such as the highly effective eco blade) on hand giving examples of what works best for different problems.

RSVP: 5421 9660 or environment@mrsc.vic.gov.au by November 30.

 Landcare 30th Birthday Celebrations at Newham.

 

A visit to the Aboriginal Quarry Site at Mt William was part of the Landcare Forum celebrating 30 years of Landcare held at Newhman recently.Pic by Kylie McKay

A visit to the Aboriginal Quarry Site at Mt William was part of the Landcare Forum celebrating 30 years of Landcare held at Newhan recently. Pic by Kylie McKay

 

Three different Landcare Networks, the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Port Phillip Catchment Management Authority recently celebrated Landcare’s 30th Birthday in Victoria at a Forum in Newham.

Opening the well-attended event was newly elected Macedon Ranges Shire Councillor Natasha Gayfer who said the special event marked an important anniversary, and it was an occasion to say “a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in landcare over the past three decades.”

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s environment coordinator, Michelle Wyatt, outlined some of the important work being carried out in the environmental field, and answered a range of questions.

The day  shared landcare success stories, a presentation from Mount Rothwell Conservation Centre about saving Victorian animals from the brink of extinction, and a visit to the Mount William Stone Axe Quarry with a Wurundjeri elder .

The presentations outlined the importance of collaboration and working together. As Tim Bloomfield said “A landowner working on their own can make a difference, as part of a community working together landowners can make a difference in the landscape.”

I recently attended another 30th anniversary for Landcare in Victoria at Queens Hall, Parliament House Melbourne. It was attended by over 200 people. Alice Knight OAM was announced as the winner of the 2016 Joan Kirner Award, and 10 Landcare Executive Committee Service Awards were awarded to 10 Community Landcarers.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change, Anthony Carbines presented the awards. Most attendees were community Landcarers who have been involved in the Landcare movement for decades. Go to  LandcareAwards

Congratulations to all Victorian Landcarers for 30 years of achievements and on ground activities.

 

 

Visit to Bald Hill Reserve by Kyneton Secondary College Students.

Kyneton Secondary College student Charlotte Arlow is seen here examining a wax lip orchid at Bald Hill Reserve during their recent visit.

“I find that nature is very beautiful, its so amazing how life works-how the flowers are created and what colours they have,’ said Kyneton Secondary College student Charlotte Arlow  seen here examining a wax lip orchid at Bald Hill Reserve during the schools  recent visit to Bald Hill Reserve.

 

Environmental science students from Kyneton Secondary College undertook detective work at Bald Hill Reserve to research a project investigating the flora and fauna of the reserve. They also helped install nest boxes and remote cameras which will monitor arboreal mammals, such as the threatened phascogale.

Their project was part of a new collaboration between the Friends of Bald Hill, the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Environmental Science Program at the school.

Students each picked a native species from the Bald Hill Management Plan which they then had to find at the reserve.

Many chose some of the beautiful wildflowers which were on display on the day.

The students worked closely with Carolyn Robb, President of the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve, who helped locate plants for the students, guided them through the reserve, and gave a visual presentation at the school regarding the ecology of Bald Hill.

 

year nine and 10 environmental science students from Kyneton Secondary College undertook detective work at Bald Hill Reserve to research a project investigating the flora and fauna of the reserve. They also helped install nest boxes and remote cameras which will monitor arboreal mammals, such as the threatened phascogale.

Year 9 and 10 environmental science students from Kyneton Secondary College undertook detective work at Bald Hill Reserve to research a project investigating the flora and fauna of the reserve. They also helped install nest boxes and remote cameras which will monitor arboreal mammals, such as the threatened phascogale.

 

They helped install nest boxes and remote cameras using GPS to record their locations, and will be involved in monitoring the resulting data in conjunction with the Friends of Bald Hill and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Council environmental officer William Terry said it was important that students learnt about protecting our local ecosystems if we were going to have any chance of protecting our endangered species.

“We are hoping to record evidence of arboreal animals such as the brush tailed phascogale, the sugar and squirrel gliders, and the agile antechinus. The nest boxes and remote cameras will help give us a broader understanding of the important flora and fauna in this reserve.”

Teacher Cindy Bradford said the students gained valuable field study experience using modern monitoring techniques and got an understanding of how to preserve the flora and fauna of Bald Hill Reserve.

For media go to Detectives Bald Hill

Kyneton Secondary College Student Penny Caleo helps President of Campasep River and Land management group at a planting day on the Campaspe. River.

Kyneton Secondary College Student Penny Caleo helps President of Campaspe River and Land management group Peter Harding at a planting day on the Campaspe River recently. About 400 plants were planted purchased as part of a One Tree Per Child Grant.

 

Year seven and eight Kyneton Secondary College students also helped out the Campaspe River and Land Management Group recently planting 400 trees along the Campaspe River. The trees were purchased with funding from The One Tree Per Child grant.

“Community comes from the word communion, to share a common task together. And it is in the sharing of that task that people do bigger than they knew they were capable of. Then there is something to celebrate.” Mathew Fox

 

 

Friends Of Trentham Creeks and Reserves joins UCLN

 

Jan Robertson,Jill McCallum from Friends OF Trentham Creeks and Reserves,and Manu from Trentham Primary School at Trent Creek Trentham.The group will be working at removing weeds and replanting vegetation along the creek in Trentham.They were recently successful in receiving Riparian Grant

Jan Robertson and Jill McCallum from Friends Of Trentham Creeks and Reserves, and Manu from Trentham Primary School at Trent Creek Trentham. The group will be working at removing weeds and replanting vegetation along the creek in Trentham. They were recently successful in receiving a Riparian Grant to help carry out the work.

I would like to welcome the Friends of Trentham Creeks and Reserves to the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network. The group  has been very active in dealing with weeds, revegetating native species and building walking tracks close to the Trentham township. They have recently joined our Network.

They were successful in the latest riparian grant applications and will be busy working on restoring the vegetation along Trent Creek. The area has two species listed as ‘rare’ in Victoria –  the  Brooker gum –Euccalyptus brookeriana , and the Floodplain Fireweed -Senecio campylocarpus, and riparian forest (EVC18) listed as vulnerable in the Central Highlands Bioregion.  Trentham Primary School children and the Trentham Historical Society will be involved in the project, which is the site of a historic swimming pool.

 

Heavy rainfall has meant this year is especially good for wildflowers.This swamp daisy was seen recently at Bald Hill Reserve.Pic Scheltema

Heavy rainfall has meant this year is especially good for wildflowers. This swamp daisy was seen recently at Bald Hill Reserve.Pic Scheltema

 

UCLN at Kyneton Show.

UCLN was at Kyneton show recently, alongside the MRSC and NCCMA marques. There was a lot if interest in our display with many requests from people on how to get involved and be part of the Landcare Community. Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day, especially Brendan Smith from the Network and Tylden Landcare who worked very hard giving away plants and answering endless questions about what are the best plants to plant where.

 

 

 

 

Wax Lip Orchid at Bald Hill Reserve.To see more Bald Hill Reserve wildflowers you can go to the new website www.friendsofbaldhillreserve.com.au

Wax Lip Orchid at Bald Hill Reserve.To see more Bald Hill Reserve wildflowers you can go to the new website www.friendsofbaldhillreserve.com.au

 

Congratulations to President of Bald Hill Reserve Carolyn Robb for the lovely new website www.friendsofbaldhillreserve.com.au 

 

Due to the recent heavy rains,wildflowers are abundant this year,Seen at Bald Hill Reserve recently was this Leopard Orchid.Pic Scheltema

Due to the recent heavy rains, wildflowers are abundant this year. Seen at Bald Hill Reserve recently was this Leopard Orchid.Pic Scheltema

 

 

 

 

Events

 

 

 

Spotlight night at Bald Hill Reserve
MRSC and the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve are hosting a special night spotlight walk to search for animals such as possums, owls and gliders.

Saturday 10 December
Bald Hill Reserve
9pm start
Good shoes and a torch are a must

Book now →

 

 

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Landcare in Focus

Here is the November edition of Landcare in Focus, in this issue you’ll hear from topic experts and researchers, Landcarers and groups, and farmers and government initiatives in articles that touch on grazing management for improved productivity and profitability, soil resource management, and variable rainfall response.

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Junior Landcare November Issue

If you are interested in Junior Landcare news you can view the issue here   JuniorLandcare

 

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Grant Opportunities.

If your group is thinking about funding opportunities you may want to look at some of these grants. Dont forget to ask me for help if you need it in applications.

 

 

New Junior Landcare grants opening in 2017

A new Junior Landcare grants program was launched recently at the ResourceSmart Schools Awards in Melbourne.  Applications will open in February 2017 for the Momentum Energy Junior Landcare Grants, which will fund 200 projects in Victoria.

Grants worth $1,000 will be on offer for projects that will help young people play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment. All Victorian schools, childcare centres, and youth groups are eligible to apply. More info here:  JuniorGrants

 

The Australian Government’s Department of Social Services is inviting volunteer-based community groups and networks to apply for the 2016 Volunteer Grants funding.

These grants aim to support the efforts of volunteers by providing small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

Funding available: grants of between $1,000 and $5,000

Funding for: community-based groups and networks to buy equipment (e.g. computers), or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks etc. See guidelines (via link below) for a comprehensive list of eligible and ineligible items.

Application period: from 08 November 2016 until 2pm -20 December 2016

More information, guidelines & application form: go to

Volunteer grants

General enquiries: 1800 020 283

 

Bjarne K Dahl Trust

The Dahl Trust focuses on the conservation of eucalyptus trees and education of the public in areas of conservation, propagation, cultural and historical significance. Grants are capped at $15,000.

T: 03 8648 6510
E: enquiries@dahltrust.org.au
W: www.dahltrust.org.au/grants/

 

Fifteen Trees

This company was set up to help businesses create a smaller foot print when it comes to their vehicles and carbon production. Landcare groups can benefit through gaining plants to plant in their areas. Landholders need to be a member of an environmental community group (such as Landcare) to receive trees. Trees may be planted on private or public land. On-going opportunity.

T: 0400 040 659
E: filippa@15trees.com.au
W: www.15trees.com.au

 

Norman Wettenhall Foundation

These grants focus primarily on the enhancement and protection of flora and fauna in rural Victoria. Landscape Restoration Project support and facilitate the vision-building process. Landscape Restoration Fellowships make a significant difference to the capacity of a person to achieve the goals of significant landscape restoration projects. Various obligations are requested under these grant schemes. For project ideas go to ‘Grants awarded’ on their website. Small Environmental Grants Scheme: $5,000 and $10,000

T: 03 5472 1316 or 0431 219 980
E: beth@nwf.org.au
W: www.nwf.org.au

 

R E Ross Trust

The Trust will consider applications for  protection and preservation of Australian flora and fauna. Grants can be sought for up to $30,000 for up to three years. Your organisation must have an ABN ,operates within Victoria and be incorporated. On going.

T: 03 9690 6255
E: information@rosstrust.org.au
W: www.rosstrust.org.au

 

 

An entry in the recent Archibald Prize competition by artist Michael Mc Williams called The Usurpers.It is of introduced species that have had the most impact onthe environment,including Man.

An entry in the recent Archibald Prize competition by artist Michael McWilliams called The Usurpers.It is of introduced species that have had the most impact on the environment, including Man.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • Coliban Connections Field Day
  • Kyneton Secondary College and Latrobe Uni Students work with UCLN Landcare Groups
  • Serrated Tussock Information, funding and brochures
  • National Landcare Conference
  • Phascogales and Langley Landcare
  • Rabbit Buster Workshop
  • News, Events and Information.

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Welcome to our spring ENews for the UCLN. What a wonderful wet spring, however I am sure most of us are ready for some warmer drier weather. I hope you can attend some of the fantastic  events on offer to the Landcare and broader community.

The National Landcare Conference was held recently in Melbourne. I was inspired by a range of different speakers and will use some of these ideas to help our Network continue to grow and support the important work you are all doing.

 

Coliban Connections Field Day

Some of the participants at the Coliban Corridor Field Day.Pic John Walter

Some of the participants at the Coliban Connections Field Day.                                                                            Pic John Walter

 

 

UCLN’s second Field Day  was held in July, with expert grassland and wetland ecologists, Damien Cook and Paul Foreman visiting the Coliban River, Kangaroo Creek and the Little Coliban River.

President of Malmsbury Landcare John Walter said the field day gave participants a chance to learn from experts the values inherent within the environment, and how a community working together can help restore degraded sites.

Brendan Smith, the president of Tylden Landcare, guided participants through a successful re-vegetation project along the little Coliban River.

“In 2004 the Little Coliban River was a silent ooze through the crack willows.

“There was no light coming in, no noise coming out. Now these elements have changed, and it’s alive with the sound of birdlife and full of animals like swamp wallabies with some trees more than eight metres high.”

Despite cold and rainy weather the field day was well  was attended by about 55 people.

There were many positive comments from participants about the speakers, variety of sites and general organisation. For media go to Rivers the Lifeblood

 

Kyneton Secondary College and Latrobe Uni Students work with our Landcare Groups.

 

 

 

Students from Kyneton Secondary College Estelle, Tiarna and Charlotte, with teacher Dr Anwyn Chapman, planting on National School Trees Day with the Kyneton River and Land Management Group.The group planted over 500 trees on the day. Student Georgia Brown said "We planted a range of indigenous plants including the local threatened species,The Hairy Anchor Plant,which only grows in this part of the catchment."

Students from Kyneton Secondary College Estelle, Tiarna and Charlotte, with teacher Dr Anwyn Chapman, planting on National School Trees Day with the Kyneton River and Land Management Group.The group planted over 580 trees on the day. Student Georgia Brown said “We planted a range of indigenous plants including the local threatened species, the Hairy Anchor Plant, which only grows in this part of the catchment.”

 

“Growing and nurturing the Landcare community is a priority if we are to nurture our Land.” said Liddy Neville, from the Bellarine Landcare group, one of the speakers at the recent National Landcare Conference in Melbourne .

One way the UCLN is growing the Landcare Community is by developing a partnership with students and teachers at the Kyneton Secondary College.We are also working with  students from Latrobe Uni to undertake some  valuable GIS mapping. So far the students have visited Malmsbury and Newham Landcare projects to commence mapping their projects in a way that is compatible with the NCCMA, and which will eventually be loaded onto the UCLN website. This partnership will continue over the next year with more groups being mapped in conjunction with the students.

Thanks to the Campaspe River and Land Management Group (CR&LMG), students from the Kyneton Secondary College Sustainability Group and Year 9/10 Environmental Science class recently spent time repopulating the  Campaspe  River with 580 native trees.

This important project involves several community groups coming together to protect our waterways and native vegetation in the Kyneton area.

Mark Ridgeway, Principal of KSC said “Striving for environmental sustainability is an important part of our school vision and one of our school’s core values. We strongly value community participation and providing opportunities for our students to learn how to be global citizens and engage with community projects.”

Peter Harding from the CR&LMG group said  “We are appreciative of the immense effort the students of Kyneton secondary College contributed to further the cause of rehabilitating the Campaspe River. The CR&LMG is a small community group and by partnering with the Secondary College we can do better together.”

For media on this event go to Campaspe Planting

Nest boxes painted by KSC students Alex,Bella and Bailey in preparation for installation at Bald Hill Reserve.

Nest boxes painted by KSC students Alex, Bella and Bailey in preparation for installation at Bald Hill Reserve. “Its nice to know that in a year or so phascogales or possum families might be making a home in them and we are making a difference.”

 

During National Environmental Science Week  Carolyn Robb, President of Friends of Bald Hill Reserve, William Terry (Environmental  Officer from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council) and myself spoke to year 9 & 10 Environmental students at Kyneton Secondary College about the work of the UCLN, Bald Hill Reserve and the importance of preserving such a special area.  

We asked the students what they learned…

“…that there are over 130 species of flowers at the Bald Hill Reserve.” Tiara

“ …that sugar glider are very soft and that there once were aboriginals at Bald Hill.” Hervey

“…about the different plants and animals at the Reserve. I didn’t realise there were so many endangered species there.” Nikki

“…that the Reserve was used by the military for 80 years before becoming a nature reserve.  It was used as a shooting range and training ground for the Light Horse Brigade.” Liam

“…that Bald Hill Reserve has many diverse areas for animals to thrive such as brush tailed possums, kangaroos and phascogales.” Zoe

“…the sounds of various different birds and what is their ecological status.” Paige

“……The speakers were engaging and the talk was very interesting.”  Zoe

SERRATED TUSSOCK INFORMATION, FUNDING AND BROCHURES

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) are keen to provide  information/brochures to groups in isolated areas of serrated tussock. They would like to mail/post out some information sheets on identification and management controls, and see if your group needs any help managing the weed.

There is currently a Landcare Field Day Assistance Grant program that aims to help groups host a serrated tussock related field day. It offers Landcare groups the opportunity to receive a one off grant of up to $500 to sponsor the convening of serrated tussock focused field days.

The grant is available to any landcare group that is incorporated and insured , and will be useful in raising the awareness to landowners and managers about the threat posed by this noxious weed. To further support the field day, the VSTWP will provide extension material on serrated tussock identification and management.

The guidelines and application form are on the website below and can be submitted to Executive Officer: Doug.May@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Tussock grants

Please let Ivan Cater  (ivancarter@gmail.com) know if your group  needs serrated tussock identification and management brochures.

 

NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE

 

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“I’d like to take a moment to recognize the important work undertaken by all of the groups and networks that give their time to care for Victoria’s land, water and biodiversity.Their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work is inspiring, and they too should be celebrated.”

“Landcare plays an important role managing our environment, actively engaging communities to improve the health of our land and water systems.”

  Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

The 2016 National Landcare Conference was called Collaborative Communities – Landcare In Action.

Environment Minister Ms D’Ambrosio  announced the new Victorian Landcare website, a revamped and improved home for Victoria’s Landcare network to improve the communication tools available to Landcarers. I am pleased to say that a picture of one of our groups, The Friends Of Bald Hill, was picked to be on the home page.

The new website should be easier to use and provide simple tools to engage, access and share information between Landcare groups across Victoria. To view the new website  visit www.landcarevic.org.au

 

Some quotes I thought worth repeating from the conference:

“… Land is best managed at a landscape level.”

“…People working in the landscape cooperating together are much more effective.”

“…PEOPLE WILL LEAD – OUR LEADERS NEED TO FOLLOW.”

“…The change will come from individuals working at the local level.”

“…We need to tell our politicians what we are doing”

“…The youth of Landcare are really important.”

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 “… We need to get the young people engaged, and capture the enthusiasm of youth.”

 ” …Thinking globally but acting locally has always been one of Landcares strengths.”

 “… We need to reconnect people with nature.”

 ” …Human health and happiness is linked to the health of our environment.”

 ” …Landcare is about collaborative communities.”

 ” …Supporting Landcare is an investment in Australia’s future.”

 ” …We need to put the community at the centre of our decision making.”

The assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsyker MP said “the hidden strength of Landcare is your ability to effectively link volunteers, farmers, land managers and many other stakeholders groups to the knowledge that will define the future of effective natural resource management across the natural environment, our farms and communities.”

The Andrews Labor Government  this year provided $18 million of new funding over four years to the Victorian Landcare Program, taking the total investment to almost $40 million. For more information on the conference go to www.landcarevic.org.au

 

Phascogales and Langley Landcare

 

A phascogale found by Langley LandcarePresident. Graham Connel

A phascogale found recently by Langley Landcare President Graham Connell midway between Black Hill Reserve and the Campaspe River at Langley.

 

Langley Landcare is working on placing covenants on areas of conservation significance. This helps animals such as the vulnerable phascogale move from Black Hill Reserve down to the Campaspe River.

Some of the Langley Landcare plantings that were lost in the Jan 2015 fires are successfully regrowing. The group is doing ongoing maintenance, weed control and replanting dead and damaged trees along the Jim Poulter creek, which forms part of the biolink between Black Hill Reserve and the Campaspe River.

President Graham Connell said “Langley Landcare works closely with the NCCMA to fence off important parts of the River and advice on planting riparian areas. We want to protect and enhance remnant vegetation with private landowners in conjunction with the NCCMA, Connecting Country and the UCLN. We want to help educate private landowners on the environmental values of their properties and how they fit into the bigger picture.”

 

 

Fascinating phascogale feet.

Fascinating phascogale feet. This one, found recently in Langley, is being preserved for educational purposes.

 

 

Funded by a gorse task force grant obtained by the UCLN, Brendan Smith from Tylden Landcare  is working with Langley Landcare to eradicate gorse. “This is having a community benefit due to the fact it is reducing fuel loads caused by gorse infestation.” said Graham.

Graham has organised to have the phascogale he found preserved for educational purposes after receiving the necessary permits from DELWP. All the valuable work groups such as Langley are doing will help vulnerable, rare and threatened species such as the phascogale to survive.

 

Langley Landcare is continuing with their important work planting along waterways linking the Black Hill Reserve to the Campaspe River.

Langley Landcare is continuing with their important work planting along waterways linking the Black Hill Reserve to the Campaspe River which is helping to connect areas of remnant vegetation and create wildlife corridors.

 

 

Rabbit Buster Workshop

Landowner Richard Fooks,Biosecurity Officer MartinDeering from Dep Agriculture,Malmbsury Landcare member Rob Burdett and contractor Michael Blake plan the upcoming Rabbit Buster workshop in Malmsbury. Pic Scheltema

Landowner Richard Fooks, Biosecurity Officer MartinDeering from Dep Agriculture, Malmbsury Landcare member Rob Burdett and contractor Michael Blake plan the upcoming Rabbit Buster workshop in Malmsbury. Pic Scheltema

 

UCLN and Malmsbury and District Landcare have been working together to prepare the first of three workshops to be held this year, the Rabbit Buster Workshop.

Whether your property is small or large, there will be expert free advice from the Department of Agriculture on how to control them. And a free lunch!

 

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Events and Newsletters

LATEST VICTORIAN LANDCARE MAGAZINE

Issue 67 of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine celebrates the 30th anniversary of Landcare and looks towards the future.

Stories in this issue include:

  • Reflections of a young Landcare leader:
  • Stories from a number of long-running groups regarding their achievements and resilience
  • Reflections from respected landcarers, Lyn Coulston, Peter Forster and Alice Knight
  • Rob Youl explores the development of Landcare – from local community action to international movement
  • FTLA looks to the future: over 75 FTLA members discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for the next 30 years of Landcare

Read it here:   Issue 67 Landcare Mag

 

 

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The NCCMA Landcare team have asked UCLN to extend an invitation to you all to attend  the ‘30th Anniversary of Landcare Celebration event’ on Saturday October 15 2016 in St Arnaud.

Please find the  event details and RSVP information on the invite by clicking here – 30th Event.

 

Macedon Ranges Shire Environment Events 2016-17

The shire have a great program of environment events for the year ahead featuring Tim Flannery, woodland birds, spotlight tours and more.

Click here to view their event calendar 2016

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NCCMA CHAT

Yes I know it is almost October and the new one will be out soon but here is the September issue in case you haven’t read it.  CLICK HERE

 

 

Threatened species: we do have time to turn it around if there is political will.

And finally a very interesting article on threatened species by Margaret Blakers in the Guardian. Threatened species: we do have time to turn it around if there is political will. Guardian-Threatened Species

 

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Cats kill an estimated 75 million native animals across Australia every night. Australia has the highest extinction rate of native species on earth.The impact of feral cats has been recognised as one of the major threats to Australia’s unique native and endangered wildlife. In many cases, feral cats could be the final threat that causes a species to become extinct. Take part in the first study of its kind click here – PARTICIPATE IN SURVEY ›

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I was asked to include this in our Newsletter for those who may wish to control feral animals on their properties.

 

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JULY 2016

  • Successful Cobaw Campaspe Biolinks Field Day.
  • Gorse Task Force Funding Available.
  • Landcare Groups Unite to Protect Waterways.
  • UCLN to work with Kyneton Secondary College Students.
  • Weed and Rabbit Buster Workshops.
  • New Victorian Minister for the Environment.
  • Committees, Recruitment and Succession.
  • Feathermap Project.
  • Grant Opportunities and Events.
  • North Central Chat.

 

WInter is here! ©Scheltema

Winter is here! ©Scheltema

 

Welcome to the July edition of the UCLN Newsletter. It is definitely winter, with  snow ball fights on the trampoline and the dam slowly filling with the welcome rain.

For those groups who have done Autumn planting the rain will be a great help in getting trees and other vegetation established. I hope you enjoy our winter news from the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network. Remember to keep me informed of anything your group may be doing, and that you may need some help with.

Frosty winter morning.©Scheltema

Frosty winter morning. ©Scheltema

 

 

COBAW CAMPASPE BIOLINKS FIELD DAY A SUCCESS.

 

Ecologists and Landcare members planning the Cobaw Campaspe Field Day. The day gave participants an insight into the landscape and vegetation communities of the local region. It also provided a forum for the discussion of ecological restoration techniques and priorities and gave an indigenous perspective of the area.©Scheltema

Ecologists and Landcare members planning the Cobaw Campaspe Field Day. The day gave participants an insight into the landscape and vegetation communities of the local region. It also provided a forum for the discussion of ecological restoration techniques and priorities and gave an indigenous perspective of the area.  ©Scheltema

 

The Cobaw Campaspe Biolink Field Day was a great success with over 55 people attending. Participants toured the Campaspe River, Five Mile Creek, important remnant grassland sites, and ended the day overlooking the landscape at the top of the Jim Jims, near Hanging Rock.

People were delighted to hear  Taungurung Elder and knowledge holder, Uncle Larry Walsh, tell stories about local indigenous plants and animals and how they related to the lifestyle of Central Victoria oldest inhabitants. Expert wetland and grassland ecologists Damien Cook and Paul Foreman gave a wonderful insight into the ecological values of the area.

 

Woodend Landcare member Kate Daniel said "Participants learnt a lot from the speakers and added to their own understanding of plants,biodiversity and landscape connectivity.Judging by the chatter all day,people enjoyed the social atmosphere as well as exploring some hidden gems in the area.I particularly enjoyed walking through the Woodend Grasslands,a spot that looks pretty modest from the outside but is a really significant remnant site." ©Scheltema

Learning about the importance of remnant grasslands.Woodend Landcare member Kate Daniel said “Participants learnt a lot from the speakers and added to their own understanding of plants, biodiversity and landscape connectivity. I particularly enjoyed walking through the Woodend Grasslands, a spot that looks pretty modest from the outside but is a really significant remnant site.”   ©Scheltema

 

This was a great example of the UCLN following on from the goals of its Strategic Plan with four member groups working together to build ecological knowledge and skills.To read more about the day go to Explore The Landscape and Looking After The Land

 

Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh talks about the Landscape from anIndigenous perspective at Marshes COurt Ashbourne on the Cobaw Campaspe Field Day.©Scheltema

Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh talks about the Landscape from an Indigenous perspective at Marshes Court Ashbourne on the Cobaw Campaspe Field Day.  ©Scheltema

 

 

GORSE TASK FORCE FUNDING AVAILABLE

Have a problem with gorse? Why not investigate funding opportunities from the Gorse Task Force.©Scheltema

Have a problem with gorse? Why not investigate funding opportunities from the Gorse Task Force.  ©Scheltema

 

The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) with the support of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is seeking project proposals from community-based organisations. In 2016/2017 the VGT will consider projects under a Small Grants Program, up to $5,000 (GST exclusive). It is interested in funding  community-led commitment to long term gorse control.

CLICK HERE to view application form and CLICK HERE  for the guidelines/eligibility to apply.

Applications open Monday 20 June 2016
Applications close Friday 12 August 2016

 

LANDCARE GROUPS UNITE TO PROTECT WATERWAYS.

 

 Trentham Landcare member Gael Elliott is seen here on the Coliban River."The rivers are the lifeblood of our environment and we need to nurture them.We need to respect the rivers and Landcare can act as a conduit in this process." said Gael.©Scheltema

Trentham Landcare member Gael Elliott is seen here on the Coliban River. “The rivers are the lifeblood of our environment and we need to nurture them.We need to respect the rivers and Landcare can act as a conduit in this process.” said Gael. ©Scheltema

 

Three Landcare Groups (Trentham,Tylden and Malmsbury) that form part of the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network have joined forces to help protect important waterways. The project, called Coliban Connections, is about working together in a strategic way to restore the landscape.

Said Project Leader Sophie Bickford “The rivers are of the utmost importance. They are a lifeline for many species and provide natural connectivity in the landscape. We want to start by learning more about the area and how to effectively restore it.”

A free Field Day including lunch, will be held on the 24th July with expert grassland and wetland ecologists, Damien Cook and Paul Foreman, to visit the Coliban River, Kangaroo Creek and the Little Coliban River.

 

 

Come along to the Coliban Connections Field and learn about the treasures within our environment ,such as this amanita xanthoaphala,seen near near Kangaroo Creek.©Scheltema

Come along to the Coliban Connections Field and learn about the treasures within our environment, such as this colorful mushroom amanita xanthocephala, seen near near Kangaroo Creek.       ©Scheltema

 

After the Field Day a desktop study will be produced.“The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network will produce a detailed report setting out findings and recommendations for a biolink connecting all three waterways. This will provide a basis for the three Landcare groups to be able to work together on a landscape size project.” said John Walters, President of the Malmsbury and District Landcare Group.

To read more about this day go to Rivers the Life Blood

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite bookings

 

Presidents of Malmsbury District and Trentham District Landcare Groups John Walters and Patricia Scheltus meet to discuss working together on the Coiban Connections Project ©Scheltema

Presidents of Malmsbury District and Trentham District Landcare Groups John Walters and Patricia Scheltus meet to discuss working together on the Coiban Connections Project. ©Scheltema

 

 

UCLN TO WORK WITH KYNETON SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS.

An exciting new partnership is being formed with Environmental Science students from Kyneton Secondary College.The year 10 and 11 students will be working with the Campaspe River and Land Management Group on the Campaspe River in Kyneton and with the Friends of Bald Hill at the Bald Hill Reserve.

President of Friends of Bald Hill Carolyn Robb, said of the collaboration “The KSC Collaborative Environmental Project is a wonderful opportunity for the Environmental Science students and teachers to work with the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve who already work in close partnership with the MRSC Environmental team and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network: all who have the common purpose and passion to preserve and enhance the rich ecological diversity at Bald Hill Reserve.”

 

Environmental Science students from Kyneton Secondary College will be working at Bald Hill with the Friends group to install and monitor nest boxes©Scheltema

Environmental Science students from Kyneton Secondary College will be working at Bald Hill Reserve with the Friends group to install and monitor nest boxes  for animals such as phascogales and sugar gliders.                                             ©Scheltema

The students will be involved in planting the threatened Hairy Anchor Plant along the banks of the Campaspe (with seed collected and propagated from the nearby Hairy Anchor nursery). One of the students from Kyneton Secondary College, 15 year old Estelle Winkerman, member of the Sustainability Group, said of the collaboration : “This is certainly an important thing to be involved in and support because we only have one earth, one environment and one chance to make it last. We have already negatively impacted the environment so if we continue on this path, we won’t be able to undo what we’ve done. It’s definitely important for youth and teenagers to think about their impact on the environment, we are the ones who have to live in the future.”

Peter Harding, President of the CRLMG said “The CR&LMG is always keen to engage with primary and high school students through their teaching staff to further the cause of restoring the Campaspe River to pre Crack Willow conditions. We urge all concerned members of our community to participate in our planting program either on Friday July 29 at 1pm for National Schools Tree Day or Sunday July 31 at 10am on National Tree day at the Campaspe River bank below Langley Street, Kyneton.”

National Tree Day is the country’s largest nature-care event and community tree planting event. Each year over 250,000 people and hundreds of environmental, community and youth organizations take part in Tree Day at over 3,000 sites across the country.

To register go to http://treeday.planetark.org/coords/.

To see a video of the CRLMG’s work in collaboration with NCCMA, staring Landcarers Don and Jessie Smith, who have worked tirelessly to protect the river for over 20 years, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggwxBqGjDUY

 

 

WEED AND RABBIT BUSTER WORKSHOPS.

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RABBIT BUSTER WORKSHOP 22ND OCTOBER 2016

Are rabbits a problem on your property? Want to know more about how to control them? You might be interested in a Rabbit Buster Workshop, to be held on Sunday 22nd October at Malmsbury, followed by a practical demonstration with a contractor on a property in Drummond.

WEED CONTROL WORKSHOP 3RD DECEMBER 2016

Or if you need to know more about how to control weeds,put aside the date of 3rd December for a Weed Control Workshop to be held at Bald Hill Reserve. Contractor Pat Radi Mansbridge will be on hand to answer any questions on equipment,weed control techniques,what spray to use for what weed etc.Biosecurity officer Martin Deering from the Department of Agriculture will also be on hand to offer advice.

More information on both workshops closer to the date.

Is gorse your problem?Why not investigate funding from the Gorse Task Force? ©Scheltema

Want to know about weeds and how to effectively deal with them? Come to the UCLN Weed Control Workshop on the 3rd December  ©Scheltema

WORKING WITH WEEDS GUIDE

The Weed’s Network has launched its Working with Weeds Guide, which aims to be a leading resource for learning about Bio-Holistic options for living with and working with weeds.  For more information go to:Weeds Network

 

THE WEEDS NEWS

To read the current Weed’s News Digest regarding current weed research go to: Weeds News

 

INVASIVE ANIMAL REPORTS: CITIZEN ACTION & INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

Two reports have been released regarding institutional improvements to make it more feasible and attractive for citizens to take effective action on the management of invasive animals and plants. They are available at:

 

 

 NEW VICTORIAN MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT

In the recent cabinet reshuffle, Lily D’Ambrosio, the member for Mill Park, has taken on the new portfolio of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, with a focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and combatting the effects of climate change. Ms D’Ambrosio has a background in the Community Development portfolio.  Lisa Neville is the new Minister for Police and remains Minister for Water.

 

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COMMITTEES, RECRUITMENT AND SUCCESSION

Thanks to Susie  J Johnson from the FTLA for the  information below which you may find useful for your groups:

Many groups are coming up to their AGMs and considering recruiting new people with fresh ideas onto committees. Continuity is important in a committee but so is some change which brings new energy. Ideally each year, some experienced members should remain on the committee and some new ones join. This allows for a balance of experience and new ideas to guide the committee for the following year.

Your group should decide what works best for you. It is not ideal for one person to stay in the same position for more than three or four years because it can prevent the emergence of fresh ideas from new people and may also lead to the incumbent person suffering from ‘burn out’. However, there are key people whose knowledge and experience is invaluable that the group won’t want to lose: one solution is to rotate the positions, or to create mentor positions to allow new officers to access the wisdom of experienced committee members.

Need some ideas on revamping and refreshing your committee?

There are a number of resources around to help you – contact the FTLA for the latest Landcare Governance Kit, access the Community Sector Governance Capability Framework (See below), try a volunteer matching service such as Community Directors

or https://govolunteer.com.au or probono.

There is even a Mentor the Treasurer program: Mentor the Treasurer

 

COMMUNITY SECTOR GOVERNANCE CAPABILITY FRAMEWORK

The Community Sector Governance Capability Framework describes the broad capabilities required by people on Boards or Committees of Management in community sector organisations. It can assist Not for Profit organisations understand the knowledge and skills that are critical for the stewardship of an organisation, including the additional capabilities needed for the Office Bearer roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. For more information go to: click here

 

A winter visitor to the woodpile. ©Scheltema

A winter visitor to the woodpile. ©Scheltema

FEATHER MAP PROJECT

The Feather Map of Australia project aims to collect waterbird feathers from wetlands around Australia. These feathers will be analysed using nuclear techniques, such as mass spectrometry and high resolution X-ray fluorescence, to identify stable isotopes and minerals that are incorporated into feathers through the ingestion of food.

These analyses will identify the differences in feathers from diverse parts of Australia, creating a Feather Map.This is a joint project of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) and it’s so easy to get involved.

Visit the ANSTO website at: Feather Map Website  or search for Feather Map on social media.

 

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

 NORMAN WETTENHALL SMALL ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT SCHEME

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for groups or individuals undertaking biodiversity conservation projects in Australia. Projects of up to $10,000 can be about one or more of the following: monitoring, recording and sharing data, delivering community education, providing community capacity building (training), research and science, or landscape restoration and education (Victoria only). Opening date: 28 June 2016 (the round will be closed when the maximum number of applications has been reached.)  For more information or to apply, visit: http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/

 

 THE R. E. ROSS TRUST GRANTS – VIC

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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CANON ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS

Applications close on Friday 5 August 2016 Canon Oceania is now appealing for applicants for its annual environmental in-kind grants program. Grants are available to Australian and New Zealand schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations making a positive impact on their environment and community. Recipients will be will be given their choice of $5,000 (retail value) of Canon equipment for use in their project. For more information go to : Canon Environmental Grants

 

 

2016-17 NORTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

application period will commence in early July.

 

NEED SOME IDEAS APPLYING FOR GRANTS? THE INFO BELOW MAY BE USEFUL TO YOUR GROUP

FRRR FUNDRAISING WEBINARS. FRRR has teamed up with Our Community to host three webinars specifically designed to help rural, regional and remote community groups access more funding. In a panel discussion format, these webinars aim to demystify some of the funding options beyond grants, and to share knowledge and practical tools to help you get started. • Planned Giving and Bequests 101 – 1pm AEST on Thursday, 14 July • Sponsorship 101 – 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 27 July • Crowd-funding 101 – 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 10 August Registrations for the webinars are now open at click here

 

TREK FOR AUSSIE FARMERS

Landcare Australia is searching for adventurers keen to join in the 2017 trek for Aussie Farmers on the east coast of Tasmania, February 25 to March 3. Explore Tasmania’s East Coast & Port Arthur, visit some of Australia’s founding farms and learn about their sustainable farming practices, and help raise valuable funds to help Landcare Australia support Aussie farmers. All the details are on the Landcare Australia website: click here

 

NORTH CENTRAL CMA CHAT

The July 2016 edition of the North Central Chat can be downloaded (CLICK HERE – 4MB), and includes:
* Update on the upcoming release of the 2016-17 Community Grants program
* Launch of the north central Victoria Soil Health Guide
* National Landcare Conference details and sponsorship opportunity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2016

  •  COBAW TO CAMPASPE CONNECTIONS FIELD DAY.
  • TREES FOR MUM PLANTINGS BY WOODEND LANDCARE AND CAMPASPE RIVER AND LAND MANAGEMENT GROUP.
  • MESSAGE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER.
  • NEWHAM LANDCARE PRESENTS A TALK ON GLIDER ECOLOGY BY KYLIE SOANE.
  • UTILIZE LODDON PRISON LANDMATE CREWS FOR FREE AS PART OF YOUR GRANT APPLICATIONS.
  • GRANT OPPORTUNITIES, NORTH CENTRAL CHAT.
  • RABBIT CONTROL VIDEO.
  • LANDCARE VICTORIA TURNS 30.
  • PROTECTING VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENT-BIODIVERSITY 2036.

 

 

The President of Pipers Creek Landcare Peter Sporle looks out over the banks of the Campapse and wishes for rain©Scheltema

The President of Pipers Creek Landcare Peter Sporle looks out over the banks of the Campapse and wishes for rain. ©Scheltema

 

Welcome to our May edition of the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network ENews. After a long hot dry summer and a very dry autumn of beautiful colors it has finally rained! How lovely to hear the sound of rain on the roof and know that my dam has water running into it and the tanks are filling. I am sure all of you Landcarers out there,especially those about to embark on autumn plantings, will be very pleased with the rain also. Lets hope for more.

 

 

We have had an autumn of beautiful colors but not much rain until now! ©Scheltema

We have had an autumn of beautiful colors but not much rain until now. ©Scheltema

 

 

 

COBAW TO CAMPASPE CONNECTIONS FIELD DAY

Kate Daniel from Woodend Landcare and grsslands ecologist Paul Foreman planning the Cobaw tro Campaspe FIeld Day.©Scheltema

Kate Daniel from Woodend Landcare and grasslands ecologist Paul Foreman planning the Cobaw to Campaspe Field Day. ©Scheltema

The Network received a 2015/16 Community Grant called ‘UCLN Building Links to the Future:Action Planning Upper Campaspe region Biolink and Buffer Cluster Projects’. Ashbourne, Newham, Woodend and Carlsruhe Landcare groups have been working hard together to organise the Cobaw To Campaspe Connections Field Day. This is a great example of the Network following on with the goals outlining in the Strategic Plan and working together to preserve and protect our landscape. It promises to be a an informative day out, and it’s free, with lunch provided. If you are interested make sure you RSVP to landcaregrp.carlsruhe@gmail.com by the 18th May.

 

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Taungurung elder Uncle Larry Walsh, a wonderful storyteller, will be present to tell people the Taungurung stories within the landscape. Also present will be highly respected grassland and wetland ecologists Paul Foreman and Damian Cook.

Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh will be present on the Field Day on the 22nd May.©Scheltema

Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh will be present on the Field Day on the 22nd May. ©Scheltema

 

If you would like to read the story that appeared on the front page of the Midland Express this week about the day please go to  http://www.elliottmidnews.com.au/story/3896594/explore-the-landscape/

The UCLN will be running a similar field day on the COliban River later in the year as part of the 'Coliban Corridor' project©Scheltema

The UCLN will be running a similar field day on the Coliban River later in the year as part of the ‘Coliban Corridor’ project which involves Trentham, Tylden and Malmsbury Landcare Groups working together. ©Scheltema

 

 

TREES FOR MUM PLANTING DAYS BY WOODEND LANDCARE AND THE CAMPASPE RIVER AND LAND MANAGEMENT GROUP.

 

Landcaare group Presidents Krista Patterson-Majoor and Peter Harding,as well as Banjo and Daisy Ford discuss the Trees for Mum Planting days at the Kyneton River Walk©Scheltema

Landcare group Presidents Krista Patterson-Majoor and Peter Harding, as well as Banjo and Daisy Ford discuss the Trees for Mum Planting days at the Kyneton River Walk. ©Scheltema

Two groups within our Network, Woodend Landcare and the Campaspe River and Land Management Group, held successful planting days on Mother’s Day as part of the Trees For Mum project. The President of Woodend Landcare Krista Patterson-Majoor said -“Trees For Mum is a great opportunity to celebrate and contribute to the important parts of life -family,community and the planet.”

The Campaspe River and Land Management group planted out the rare and endangered Hairy Anchor Plant. President Peter Harding said “We propagate this special rare plant in our nursery near the river. We see this as a vital part of our overall program to help restore the river environs to as close to pre-settlement as possible.”

http://www.elliottmidnews.com.au/story/3885704/plant-a-tree-for-mum/

 

The Hairy Anchor Plant (Discaria pubescens) seen here in its nursery near the Campaspe River.Seed is carefully harvested using a stocking,plants are grown and planted along the Kyneton River Walk to help restore the river environs to as close to pre-settlement as possible©Scheltema

The Hairy Anchor Plant (Discaria pubescens) seen here in its nursery near the Campaspe River. Seed is carefully harvested using a stocking, and plants are grown and planted along the Kyneton River Walk to help restore the river environs to as close to pre-settlement as possible. ©Scheltema

 

MESSAGE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

The Environment Minister Lisa Neville recently conducted a review of  the Victorian Government support of Landcare. The Minister  said “The contribution Landcare makes towards protecting and improving Victoria’s environment, along with the improved productivity of farms and many social benefits is well recognised in Australia and around the world. Your continued involvement in this work is highly valued and appreciated”.  If you would like to read more see below –

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Environment Minister Lisa Neville with members of Upper Campaspe Landcare Network at a Newham Landcare project©Scheltema

Environment Minister Lisa Neville with members of Upper Campaspe Landcare Network at a Newham Landcare project. ©Scheltema

 

NEWHAM LANDCARE PRESENTS A TALK ON GLIDER ECOLOGY

 

Newham Landcare is presenting a talk on glider ecology by Kylie Soanes,a very entertaining and knowledgeable speaker.See details below.

 

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UTILIZE LANDMATE CREWS AS PART OF YOUR GRANT APPLICATIONS.

I advised groups in the last ENews of the availability of Loddon Prison Landmate crews for $400/day. They are efficient reliable workers and the groups that have utilized them within our Network have given good feedback. The good news is they can now work on Landcare projects for no cost. If interested please read  information below from a DEWLP Project Officer who is involved in the Landmate/DEWLP/Landcare partnership.If you would like to see your grants go further, for the same cost, read on!

How does a proponent include a labour component if the funding program only allows labour as  in-kind contribution?

Landcare groups and community environment groups with projects funded by grant programs that don’t fund labour or contractors can use Landmate crews as they are ‘no cost’ to DELWP funded projects.

Using Landmate crews will enable your group to extend the reach (activities you can deliver) of your project. How to include Landmate crews in projects will be written into all future grant guidelines.

To use Landmate crews you will need to:

1.  Discuss with Corrections Victoria about how you wish to use the crews;
2.  In your current project, contact Corrections Victoria Landmate contact to discuss how you wish to use the crew (type of work) and to what extent (how many days). If you are seeking the no cost option (subsidised through DELWP grant programs) you will need to supply your grant contract details to them in your application form (grant source, grant name, contract number, name of project, name of organisation)
3.  If a new project, include in your application to DELWP (or CMA) funding body about how you wish to use Landmate (type of work and how many days);
4.  Continue to your in-kind contributions to projects and let Landmate take your project further that is to deliver more activities or across a greater area.
5. Report back on the use of Landmate in your project reports.

If any groups are keen to pursue this further and need to contact Corrections Victoria Landmate please get in touch with me on uclandcare@gmail.com. Please think about this opportunity for free labour when you write your next grant application!

 

LANDCARE AUSTRALIA SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS 2016

Hurry -closes May 20th!

Landcare Australia is offering grants to Landcare and farming groups to undertake projects that protect environmental assets, address priority issues and improve the health of the environment.

Groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 (ex. GST) to support projects that focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Biodiversity and threatened species; and
  • Sustainable Agriculture.

For more information, login (or sign up if you’re not already a member) to theLandcare Australia Communities Portal and click on the ‘Grants’ tab.

Applications open on Monday 18 April and close on Friday 20 May (5.00pm EST).

NORMAN WETTENHALL SMALL ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT SCHEME

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for groups or individuals undertaking biodiversity conservation projects in Australia. Projects of up to $10,000 can be about one or more of the following: monitoring, recording and sharing data, delivering community education, providing community capacity building (training), research and science, or landscape restoration and education (Victoria only).

For more information or to apply, visit: http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/

 

Help protect our precious native flora and fauna such as this blue tongue lizard by investigating a grant opportunity with your group.©Scheltema

Help protect our precious native flora and fauna such as this blue tongue lizard by investigating a grant opportunity with your group. ©Scheltema

 

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

The May 2016 edition of the North Central CMA publication ‘chat’ is now available (click here – 4.8 MB), and contains a range of stories about Landcare and Waterwatch from across the region.

 

 

ARE RABBITS A PROBLEM ON YOUR PROPERTY?WATCH THIS VIDEO

If you would like a cheap practical solution to rabbit control watch this very entertaining video! A lot of landholders have been commenting recently on the increases in numbers of Rabbits around their properties, and asking how to control them. Many of the techniques available need specialist contractors and equipment, but you can get started by yourself using Pindone oats with a bait station.

Connecting Country has kindly offered to share this Instructional Video with UCLN – #1: How to create and set up a Pindone Bait Station.

The Make a Rabbit Bait Station’ video is also available to view from Connecting Country on Vimeo.

Click here for more information available about the control of rabbits and other pests.

 

LANDCARE TURNS 30 -SHARE YOUR PHOTOS

Later this year, Landcare in Victoria will celebrate a major milestone – its 30th birthday! Landcare Victoria is asking Landcarers young and old to share their stories through photographs and videos.

To mark this special occasion they want to showcase the array of wonderful Landcare projects, events, achievements and the changes that have taken place over the last three decades. They are  looking for photos showing the progress of projects over time, milestones for your group/network, people participating in events, and more generally, what Landcare means to you.

We’ve made it easy for you to upload your photos, videos and consent forms via the following link 30 Years of Landcare Photo Upload

A Landcare volunteer and ecologist discuss Biolink plans on top of the Jim Jims ,near Newham.©Scheltema

A Landcare volunteer and ecologist discuss Biolink plans on top of the Jim Jims, near Newham.©Scheltema

 

PROTECTING VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENT-BIODIVERSITY 2036

 

Some of you will have already made a submission to ‘Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036’.  But for those of you yet to do so, the deadline is this Sunday.  Numbers of submissions is one way the Minister, and the Cabinet, know how much interest there is in this issue.  This is one of the ways the urgent need for more funding and support will be recognised and hopefully delivered.

Through the on-line portal at http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/biodiversity-plan, you can work through the online consultation questions.  If you haven’t the time please at least send in a written submission from you and/or your organisation – go to “Make a Submission” then “upload a document”.  It won’t take long and is very important.

Have your say in helping ©Scheltema

Have your say in helping protect Victoria’s Environment by making a submission to ‘Protecting Victoria’s Environment -Biodiversity 2036’.
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