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.”

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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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©Scheltema

 

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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©Scheltema

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’.
©Scheltema

February 2016

  • LANDCARE GROUPS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER REMNANT ROADSIDE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT
  • CREEPY CRAWLIES AT BALD HILL RESERVE
  • CAMPASPE VALLEY LANDCARE TACKLES WEEDS
  • COBAW CAMPASPE BIOLINK PROJECT BEGINS PLANNING PROCESS
  • WOODEND LANDCARE
  • LODDON PRISON LANDMATE PROJECT ASKING FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
  • WOODEND SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL
  • GLIDER SYMPOSIUM
  • FEATHERED FIVE BIRD FESTIVAL
  • FUTURE FARM EXPO
  • MOTHS AT NEWHAM
  • WEED 101 WORKSHOP
  • GRANTS OPPORTUNITIES  -ONE TREE PER CHILD,FRRR SMALL GRANTS
  • CHEMICAL USERS WORKSHOP
  • FUTURE FARM EXPO
  • MRSC DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY OPEN FOR COMMENT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

 

Summer rainbow over the Wombat Forest. ©Scheltema

Summer rainbow over the Wombat State Forest. ©Scheltema

Welcome to the February edition of our ENews.The feel of autumn is in the air and many of you will soon be planning planting days, hopefully with the help of some rain.

At a recent visit to listen to Landcare groups concerns regarding the management of remnant roadside vegetation, the Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said “Since its inception the Landcare movement has made a profoundly important contribution to the well being of Central Victoria’s environment.”

As I continue to get an understanding of the work your groups do, I can certainly see that this is true, so congratulations to all of you who work so hard to help create a healthier local environment.

 

LANDCARE GROUPS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER REMNANT ROADSIDE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT.

 

Ecologist Karl Just explains to Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters,Landcare Member Alice Aird,and State member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas how areas of remnant roadside vegetation in the Newham area contain endangered vegetation communities and threatened species,some of which are protected under Federal Legislation.Landcare groups are concerned that it is not receiving adequate protection.©Scheltema

Ecologist Karl Just explains to Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters, Landcare Member Alice Aird, and State member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas how areas of remnant roadside vegetation in the Newham area contain endangered vegetation communities and threatened species, some of which are protected under Federal Legislation.Landcare groups are concerned that it is not receiving adequate protection.©Scheltema

 

Newham Landcare recently invited the Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chester and the State Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas to view remnant roadside vegetation in the region and listen to their concerns regarding its management.They were joined by Woodend and Ashbourne Landcare and other Environmental groups operating in the Macedon Ranges.

In 2015 Newham Landcare spent $10 000 conducting flora surveys along 20 kms of significant roadside. Consultant ecologist Karl Just, who conducted the survey said    “Roadsides often contain some of the last refuges for flora and fauna. They can serve as vital habitat links that enable flora and fauna to move across otherwise cleared landscapes. The Newham area contains some outstanding roadside remnants. These areas urgently require greater recognition, protection and management as they are major repositories for our local biodiversity.”

After viewing the area and listening to the Landcare members concerns MP Lisa Chesters said “Our native roads sides are a vital bio link and refuge for many endangered and rare native vegetation.  I would like to congratulate the hard work and commitment of the Newham Landcare members who are actively working to ensure these spaces are restored and protected. Since its inception the Landcare movement has made a profoundly important contribution to the wellbeing of Central Victoria’s environment.”

“I recognize the crucial role that our local Landcare groups play in the environmental health of our Macedon Ranges Roadsides and I am committed to supporting their work. I call on the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to do the same.”

The Landcare groups are calling for better protection of the remnant roadside vegetation. The area holds important remnants of rare plant communities such as the Alpine Shaggy Pea and some protected under Federal Legislation such as the Flax Lily, as well as  threatened animal species.

The Landcare groups are concerned that inappropriate mowing, slashing, weeds, dumping of waste material and planting exotics are destroying these ecological assets.

The President of Ashbourne Landcare Robin Allen said “I was delighted to hear MP Mary-Anne Thomas’s comments stating that she would ask MRSC to consult with Landcare groups on the conservation value of roadside vegetation prior to contractors conducting any work.”

The  groups are calling for the completion and endorsement of the Macedon Ranges Roadside Management Strategy for council managed roads, with specific actions to protect high and medium quality roadside remnant vegetation from further damage from contractors and landowners.

http://www.elliottmidnews.com.au/story/3707441/vital-habitat-links-need-protection-say-landcarers/

 

 

 

 

CREEPY CRAWLIES AT BALD HILL

 

 

Austin and Oliver May learn about Southern Banjo Frogs at the Creepy Crawly Walk and Talk at Bald Hill Reserve ©Scheltema

Austin and Oliver May learn about Southern Banjo Frogs (poddlebonks) at the Creepy Crawly Walk and Talk at Bald Hill Reserve ©Scheltema

 

 

The Friends of Bald Hill Reserve recently hosted a Creepy Crawlies Walk and Talk at the Bald Hill Reserve.

Wild Action presenter, and a Friends of Bald Hill member, Daniel Hunt, gave an entertaining presentation on the reptiles, amphibians and insects that live at the reserve. Accompanied by Limpy the blotched blue tongue Lizard, Sally the python, Bob the southern banjo frog, and Lizzie the eastern blue tongue lizard, participants learnt about the reptiles, amphibians and insects that live within the Bald Hill Reserve.

Daniel grew up nearby Bald Hill and spent his childhood years exploring the reserve. “As a kid I ventured all over Bald Hill looking for creepy crawlies. It’s a special place that needs to be conserved for the next generation to enjoy as well. Bald Hill has some unique species and ecosystems found nowhere else in the world. To this day we are still discovering new animals that live here such as the Bougainville Skink and the Endangered Brown toadlet, which is really exciting!”

“It’s great for children to get outdoors and engage with these amazing creatures that live so close to them. It’s important not only for the young but the old to get an understanding of the importance of a place like Bald Hill as species and ecosystems vanish all over the world. After all its biodiversity that keeps us all alive.” said Daniel.

After the walk participants walked to the top of Bald Hill searching for creepy crawlies. Scorpions, spiders, centipedes and beetles were discovered in their hiding spots, a wallaby was spotted up close, and a beautiful flowering Magenta’s Stork’s-Bill seen nestling in some rock formations.

President of the Friends Of Bald Hill, Carolyn Robb said “All of us, children and adults, went home with a number of new facts learnt about our local creepy crawlies, and the knowledge that there are many more creepy crawlies yet to be discovered and identified in our unique and very significant Reserve. It is also a reminder that we all need to continue to protect this beautiful place in order to preserve its flora, fauna and history. ”

 

Looking for scorpians at the Creepy Crawly Walk and Talk at Bald Hill Reserve.©Scheltema

Looking for scorpians at the Creepy Crawly Walk and Talk at Bald Hill Reserve.©Scheltema

 

 

 

CAMPASPE VALLEY LANDCARE GROUP TACKLES WEEDS.

 

Jan Elder and barbara James from Campaspe Valley Landcare have been hard at working producing a booklet which aims to educate landowners on how to identify and eradicate texas needle grass.©Scheltema

Jan Elder and Barbara James from Campaspe Valley Landcare have been hard at work producing a booklet which aims to educate landowners on how to identify and eradicate texas needle grass.They are seen here at a trial site to control the weed near Baynton.©Scheltema

 

The Campaspe Valley Landcare Group has been hard at work producing a booklet titled “A Ute Guide to:  Chilean and Texas Needle Grass.  Identification and Management”. It will be out  soon and will be a fantastic resource for landowners who want to learn how to identify and manage the weed which is fast becoming a problem in our area. If anyone would like one of these guides please contact me on uclandcare@gmail.com.
Barbara and Jan from Campaspe Valley Landcare have also successfully stopped a gorse infestation and seed bank from spreading onto neighbouring properties by alerting DELWP to the problem. DELWP then applied for money under the Good Neighbourhood Program to address the infestation. They are also involved in gorse control on members properties and roadsides.
Jan Elder and Barbara James from Campaspe Valley Landcare successfully controlled and stopped the spread of a large infestation of gorse along ?creek through the Good Neighbourhood Program at DELWP©Scheltema

Jan Elder and Barbara James from Campaspe Valley Landcare successfully controlled and stopped the spread of a large infestation of gorse along Back creek through the Good Neighbourhood Program at DELWP ©Scheltema

COBAW CAMPASPE BIOLINK PROJECT BEGINS PLANNING

Rare, threatened and vulnerable species such as the Powerful Owl, seen here, are some of the flora and fauna the Cobaw Campaspe Biolink Project will be aiming to identify and develop measures to protect. The work is being undertaken by the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network in conjunction with Ashbourne, Woodend, Carlsruhe and Newham Landcare Groups .©Scheltema

Rare, threatened and vulnerable species such as the Powerful Owl, seen here, are some of the flora and fauna the Cobaw Campaspe Biolink Project will be aiming
to identify and develop measures to protect. The work is being undertaken by the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network in conjunction with Ashbourne, Woodend,
Carlsruhe and Newham Landcare Groups .©Scheltema

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network recently received a grant to assist in developing long term Action Plans for Landscape restoration along two natural corridors. One of them – the Cobaw Campaspe Biolink Project – involves Woodend, Ashbourne, Carlsruhe and Newham Landcare Groups.
A desktop study is currently being compiled identifying assets and features along the corridors. The study will also identify any conservation and land use issues and threats to the landscape.Workshops in the field are planned, open to landowners, Landcare members and interested stakeholders. They will include walk and talk events with ecologists and indigenous owners looking at issues such as threatened species, river and grassland restoration and remnant vegetation management.
The workshops will be seeking input and feedback from participants which will then be incorporated into the project action plans. This information will help Landcare groups and landowners set long term objectives regarding protecting our precious environment.
I will keep you notified of the workshops as plans progress.
This map shows the approximate area of the Cobaw Campaspe Biolink Project.

This map shows the approximate area of the Cobaw Campaspe Biolink Project.

WOODEND LANDCARE

 

 

The new President of Woodend Landcare Krista Patterson - Majoor seen here with former President Peter Yates examining some plantings along Five Mile Creek.©Scheltema

The new President of Woodend Landcare Krista Patterson-Majoor seen here with former President Peter Yates examining some plantings along Five Mile Creek Woodend.©Scheltema

The Woodend Group is continuing with their planting of indigenous vegetation along 5 mile creek and at the Woodend Children’s Park, and undertaking ongoing follow up weed control, as well as conducting a “willow attack” at Tennyson St Weir. They have a planting day organised for  Mother’s day, and will be promoting their group at the Woodend  Sustainability Festival.
Taking a break after helping out at a working bee to control weeds©Scheltema

Taking a break after helping out at a working bee to control weeds. ©Scheltema

 

 

LODDON PRISON LANDMATE PROJECT

Would your group benefit from having a Landmate Crew work in your area?

Supervised,qualified and experienced teams of 8 to 10 prisoners are available for $400.00 day.

We have had good feedback about the work that has been done by these teams within our Network.

If you are interested please let me know before the 3rd March .uclandcare@gmail.com
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 WOODEND SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL  SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY

 

UCLN, Woodend, Newham, Ashbourne and the Campaspe River and Land Management Group will be on  display at the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival at the Woodend Community Garden and Hub site. The festival runs from 10 am till 4 pm on Saturday the 27th February. Please come along to check out our local biolink plans and learn about what Landcare and other environmental groups in our region are doing. There will also be forums on Nature and Climate Change, Sustainable Food and Mobilising Communities for Change.

More info at: http://slf.mrsgonline.org.au/

 

 

 

GLIDER SYMPOSIUM SEYMOUR 18TH MARCH

 

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 FEATHERED FIVE BIRD FESTIVAL 19TH – 20 MARCH

COme and learn about the Feathered Five,such as this Diamond Firetail ,at the Feathered Five Festival on March 19-20th. Pic Geoff Parks

Come and learn about the Feathered Five, such as this Diamond Firetail, at the Feathered Five Festival on March 19-20th. Pic Geoff Parks

 

Connecting Country is holding its  inaugural Feathered Five Festival. It is a celebration of woodland birds and their habitat with two days of birdwatching, activities and talks over the weekend of 19-20 March.  There is also a  free Saturday Evening Forum on the 19th of March in Campbells Creek.See poster below for more info.

More information about the festival is available at: http://connectingcountry.org.au/featheredfivefestival/ or call Connecting Country on 5472 1594.

 

 

 

 

Feathered Five Festival Poster 2016

 

 

 

 

 

MOTHS MARCH 18TH

 

 

 

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WEED WORKSHOP MARCH 5TH NEWHAM

 

 

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FOUNDATION FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL RENEWAL SMALL GRANTS

 

The Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal offers, opening twice per year.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate.

For more information visit: http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round29

Round 29 is now open and applications close 5pm Thursday 24th March 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

ONE TREE PER CHILD FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

 

One Tree Per Child is part of the Australian Governments 20 Million Tree Program©Scheltema

One Tree Per Child is part of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Tree Program. ©Scheltema

 

 

The One Tree Per Child program is an opportunity for Landcare groups/networks and Councils to receive funds ($2.50 per tree/shrub) for planting projects this coming planting season. The funding for the program is from the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees program.

Who can apply: the guidelines and application form only mention councils as possible applicants. However, applications are also welcome from Landcare groups/networks and any other organisations that can deliver planting projects this planting season.

Applications close: there is no closing date, but One Tree Per Child would like applications to be submitted very soon, or at least to have had some firm discussions in the next couple of weeks about projects that can be undertaken this planting season.

Where: projects can be across more than one site. Note – each planting site must be at least 0.2 hectares.

Plant species: tree/shrub species that reach two (2) metres at maturity. Note – projects of 4,000+ plants will be prioritised.

When: projects that can proceed this winter planting season.

Who: where possible, projects will involve local primary school children in the planting activity. Alternatively, schools could deliver curriculum activities at a planting site, or there could be an “open” invitation to the community to participate in a planting.

Funding: $2.50 (ex GST) per tree/shrub.

Project outcomes: projects that improve the extent, condition and connectivity of indigenous vegetation by planting tree and shrubs .

More information: contact Siobhan Lapthorne, Campaign Administrator, One Tree Per Child, via email: admin@onetreeperchild.com or mob: 0420 403 677 or go to http://www.onetreeperchild.com/#about

 

 

 

CHEMICAL USERS COURSE 15TH MARCH

 

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THE FUTURE FARM EXPO 2016

 

Thursday 14 April (10.00am-5.00pm)

North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) in conjunction with the Swan Hill Rural City Council is pleased to organise and host a regional Future Farming Expo on Thursday 14 of April at the Swan Hill Town Hall.  The all-day event will feature renowned guest speakers, site visits, a networking lunch and workshops on a variety of topics. Attendees will hear about farming succession,  farming in a variable climate, farm insurance, breaking into new Chinese markets, Free Trade Agreements and much more. Full program details will be on North Central CMA website shortly for this innovative free event.

Early registrations are open now, please contact North Central CMA on (03) 5448 7124.

 

 

MACEDON RANGES SHIRE COUNCIL DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY OPEN FOR COMMENT

The draft environment strategy will guide how Council and the community can work together to protect and enhance the Macedon Ranges and there are a number of ways you can have your say until Thursday 24 March.

It provides high level guidance to Council for improving environmental outcomes across its range of activities, and for working with the community towards a better environmental future.

It sets objectives, policy statements, and high level actions for the key themes of climate change, biodiversity, catchment management, and resource efficiency.

Following the close of the exhibition period on 24 March, the draft strategy will be updated to a final version, accounting for community feedback and discussions. The final strategy will be presented to Council for adoption in June 2016.

Your input and time is greatly appreciated and we look forward to your feedback.

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY  BY GOING TO THIS LINK

 

 

 

 

MARCH EDITION OF NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

The March edition of the North Central Chat is out now: click here

This month features some exciting Waterwatch program updates and articles from local Landcare groups doing wonderful work within their local communities.

If you have an article to submit in the monthly newsletter NCCMA would  love to hear from you, contact the Landcare team via landcare@nccma.vic.gov.au

 

 

DECEMBER 2015

In This Edition:

  • INDIGENOUS LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP
  • TRENTHAM LANDCARE BEGINS WILLOW REMOVAL AT HISTORIC ENDERS BRIDGE
  • NEW HOMES FOR PHASCOGALES
  • UCLN SUCCESSFUL IN  NETWORK GRANT APPLICATION AND GORSE TASK FORCE GRANT
  • DROUGHT RELIEF PACKAGES
  • LANDCARE INFORMATION NOTES AVAILABLE
  • UCLN AGM
  • COBAW FIRE INQUIRY
  • UCLN PART OF WINNING TEAM
  • NORTH CENTRAL CHAT
  • 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LANDCARE
  • NEW SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE STRATEGY FOR NORTH CENTRAL NOW OUT
  • COMMUNITIES FOR NATURE,WORK FOR THE DOLE AND TYLDEN LANDCARE
  • LANDLINK

 

 

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INDIGENOUS LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP AT TRENTHAM FALLS.

 

Several Trentham Landcare members recently attended  an interesting walk at Trentham Falls to learnabout the history and  geology of the area through indigenous eyes.Dja Dja Wurrung Elder Ricky Nelson performed a welcome to Country above the Falls.©Scheltema

Trentham Landcare members recently attended an interesting walk at Trentham Falls to learn about the history and geology of the area through indigenous eyes.Dja Dja Wurrung Elder Ricky Nelson performed a welcome to Country above the Falls.                                                       ©Scheltema

 

 

Members from Trentham Landcare, the Trentham Historical Society and Wombat Forest Care met recently at Trentham Falls for a workshop to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

An elder of the DJa Dja Wurrung people, Ricky Nelson, performed a Welcome to Country dance s on top of the Falls. He explained how in his culture it was good manners to ask for permission to enter other people’s land, who would in turn grant permission to pass through and gather food as needed.

Aunty Julie McHale, though not a Dja Dja Wurrung women as she is originally from Tasmania, explained how she had been adopted as an elder in this region. She told Dreamtime stories and spoke of how the indigenous plants were used. Participants were taught how to identify “ring” trees which are “markers” formed from eucalyptus branches trained as saplings to fuse into a ring formation pointing to significant sites such as water, birthing and burial trees. Birthing trees were identified.

The participants learnt that Trentham was on the edge of several indigenous communities and was a popular meeting place.

Geologist Dr Julian Hollis spoke of the complex geological history of the area and explained how the Falls will change in the future.

Following the walk, participants feasted on a lunch utilizing native foods produced by a  catering group – the “Murnong Mammas” who are either aboriginal women or mothers of aboriginal children.

Uncle Rick then gave a presentation about the history of the Dja Dja Wurrung and the process of formally identifying, documenting and preserving indigenous artefacts.

He summed up the day simply with the words, “Respect – Respect for oneself, the environment and others.”

 

 

TRENTHAM LANDCARE BEGINS WILLOW REMOVAL AT HISTORIC ENDERS BRIDGE

 

Work begins to remove willows at Enders Bridge,near Trentham Falls.©Scheltema

Work begins to remove willows at Enders Bridge,near Trentham Falls.                                                                                         ©Scheltema

 

Trentham Landcare was delighted to see willow removal begin along the Coliban River at the historic Enders Bridge near Trentham. The group applied for a Hepburn Community Grant of $7500.00 to begin removal of the willows at Enders Bridge, just upstream of Trentham Falls.

 

Crack willows are a weed occupying thousands of kilometers of streams across south eastern Australia. They can cause substantial social, economic and environmental impacts. Willows can reduce the quality and flow of water, causing damage to nearby infrastructure, and reducing habitat for native fauna.

 

Michael Keaney, from Trentham Landcare said “We noticed in the five years we had lived here that the willows had taken over. We wanted to remove them to improve the flow of the water, and expose native trees and grasses. We also wanted to give easier access to the historic Enders Bridge, and the dam and fort beyond it. The nearby Alexanders Paddock, which was cleared as a previous Landcare project, was used as camping and watering area in the days of the horse and cart. Enders Bridge was built in 1901-02 to replace the adjacent toll bridge which was built in 1869.”

 

President of Trentham Landcare Patricia Scheltus said “This will reduce the chance of willows growing downstream close to the Trentham Falls. This was a great exercise in the involvement in a number of different parties. Trentham Landcare initiated the idea and then involved Hepburn Shire, NCCMA, Vic Rds, DELWP, and local contractor Platypus Environmental Services.

“We are hoping to reestablish native fauna like platypus. Our vision is to create a lovely walking track along the Coliban River towards the Trentham Falls. We are talking to DELWP about a possible partnership with the Dja DJa Wurrung people to do ongoing maintenance.

 

Angela Gladman, project Manager with NCCMA, helped coordinate further willow and blackberry removal downstream of the work done by Trentham Landcare. Angela said “The North Central CMA is building on the great work of Trentham Landcare at Enders Bridge through funding the continuation of weed removal works for a further 1 km along the Coliban River towards Trentham Falls. Funded through the Victorian Governments North Central Priority Waterways Project, the work aims to reduce the downstream spread of invasive willow fragments and other weed seed from impacting upon the Trentham Falls. The Falls are significant for their environmental, geological and social values.

Michael Keaney and President of Trentham Landcare Patricia Scheltus at ENders Bridge where willow removal has begun.©Scheltema

Michael Keaney and President of Trentham Landcare Patricia Scheltus at Enders Bridge where willow removal has begun.                                                                                    ©Scheltema

 

NEW HOME FOR PHASCOGALES AT HANGING ROCK

 

 

Nestboxes for phascogales being installed at Hanging Rock Reserve.©Scheltema

Nest boxes for phascogales being installed at Hanging Rock Reserve.                                                                      ©Scheltema

 

 

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A joint effort by Newham  Landcare,Braemar College Year Nine students,Woodend Men’s Shed and Macedon Ranges Shire Council was undertaken recently with the aim of increasing and monitoring numbers of Brush-tailed  Phascogales at the Hanging Rock Reserve.

Phascogales,which are listed as vulnerable,need hollow bearing trees to nest.If there aren’t enough hollow bearing trees due to clearing,firewood collection  or logging,the nest boxes can provide an alternative  home.

Phascogales are a close relative to the Tasmanian Devil and they are under pressure due to a loss of habitat. They are already extinct in South Australia.
The Brush tailed Phascogale lives an interesting life. Males die during their first year of life after an intense breeding season. Females live another 3 to 4 years and give birth to as many as ten young that they carry around on their backs.

Year nine Braemar Students are taking part in the project.  Student Bea Bragaglia said “I think people need to become more aware of how many animals are becoming extinct and what we can do to stop that.We need to help keep the natural environment safe for them.”

 

Newham and district Landcare  member Marinda Brooks ,who was helping to install the boxes today said “Its the first time nest boxes for phascogales have been installed at Hanging Rock.It’s such a beautiful area and we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect the local fauna.”

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Environmental Officer William Terry, who supervised the installation of the nest boxes said “Council is really dedicated to providing opportunities for phascogales to flourish in our reserves.These nest boxes will help us survey and detect phascogales and work to conserve the population.”

The President of Newham and District Landcare Penny Roberts said “We are absolutely delighted that the program is going ahead.It’s been on our wish list for a long time.We hope that many people will take up the opportunity to come along on annual monitor days.”

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Installing nest boxes at Hanging Rock Reserve.©Scheltema

Installing nest boxes at Hanging Rock Reserve.                                            ©Scheltema

 

UCLN SUCCESSFUL IN NETWORK GRANT APPLICATION

 

Sophie Bickford and Kate Daniel begin planning on the COliban River after hearing news of the Networks success in their grant application.©Scheltema

Sophie Bickford and Kate Daniel begin planning on the Coliban River after hearing news of the Network’s success in their grant application.                                                          ©Scheltema

 

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network was thrilled to receive news that they were successful in their application for a Landcare Network Grant of $14,500.00 to continue implementing the goals of their Strategic Plan.

Sophie Bickford from the Network said “This project is really exciting as it shows that people are serious about tackling the threats faced by local species and are coming together to take a landscape-wide and informed approach to doing so. Working together in a targeted and strategic way we can achieve so much more.”

The money will be spent on achieving greater ecological outcomes in two areas – “the Upper Coliban Corridor” (from Trentham Falls to Malmsbury Reservoir) and the “Cobaw–Eastern Buffer”.

Seven Landcare groups (Malmsbury, Tylden, Trentham, Ashbourne, Newham, Woodend and Carlsruhe) within the UCLN will work together to hold a series of workshops that collate expert ecological and community knowledge in each area. Walks held along the rivers will identify and document existing values, threats and conservation opportunities to address problems.

The workshops will be led by ecologists and local indigenous representatives. They will be supported with mapping and other information on conservation and land-use issues.

Kate Daniel, President of Woodend Landcare said, “We’re looking forward to working with our Landcare neighbours Newham and Carlsruhe at the eastern edge of the Network. One of our aims is to better identify gaps in biolinks and develop some plans for future on-ground works.”

The member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas MP said, “The Andrews Government recognises the critical role played by Landcare groups and volunteers in the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network in achieving ongoing environmental gains in the region.”

“The $2 million 2015–2016 Victorian Landcare Grants are a key means of support for those groups and individuals, both in the electorate of Macedon and across the state.”

“We understand the valuable contribution Landcare groups play to our local communities and we are currently reviewing what else we can do to ensure we support volunteers and groups across Victoria.”

GORSE FUNDING

Our Network has also been successful in a $5000.Gorse Task Force Grant to undertake weed removal post fires in the Black Hill area.

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie and Marigold Bickford,Kate Daniels and Barry Elliot on the Coliban River begin planning after news of the Network's success in obtaining a grant. ©Scheltema

Sophie and Marigold Bickford,Kate Daniels and Barry Elliot on the Coliban River begin planning after news of the Network’s success in obtaining a grant.                                                  ©Scheltema

 

 

NORTH CENTRAL DROUGHT RESPONSE PACKAGE ANNOUNCED – FUNDING FOR STOCK CONTAINMENT AREAS IN OUR REGION

 

The North Central CMA is rolling out two parts of the State Government’s broader drought package — the Drought Employment Program and funding for Stock Containment Areas.

The Drought Employment Program aims to provide drought-affected people the opportunity to earn off-farm income to support their families and rural communities, contribute towards natural resource management outcomes and increase their confidence and skills for the future.

The employment program is restricted to the worst affected parts of the catchment(focusing on the population centres of Donald, Charlton, Wedderburn and St Arnaud), which means that farmers in our region and immediate surrounds are not currently eligible.

The funding for Stock Containment Areas however, is open to farmers across the catchment. The funding is to help manage livestock in a confined area. Eligible farmers will be provided with a grant of up to $2,000 to assist with establishing a stock containment area (SCA) on their properties.

Stock containment funding is also available to help manage livestock in a contained area. Containing stock makes it easier and faster for farmers to hand feed and monitor stock health, helps control erosion by protecting what little grass there is, and allows for pasture regrowth when the drought breaks.

 

More information can be found at the North Central CMA website: http://www.nccma.vic.gov.au/Land/Drought_Response/index.aspx

 

An article in the Age re water restrictions in our area — http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/-glch3d.html

 

 

Need help with information about how to run a Landcare Group? See link to useful notes below.©Scheltema

Need help with information about how to run a Landcare Group? See link to useful notes below.                                                       ©Scheltema

LANDCARE INFORMATION NOTES AVAILABLE

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered what the position description of a Secretary or President is? Or how to get your groups message across to a new audience? What about the best way to resolve a conflict or avoid burnt out?

If your group needs some help regarding planning,financial management,project management  and many other things there are a set of notes  available for download on the Victorian Landcare Gateway website at http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/for-groups/notes.

The series of ‘Landcare Notes’ produced by the Victorian Landcare team are very helpful. Some of them are particularly suited to helping new committee members find their feet, and some of them might offer new ideas on long-term issues.

 

The notes cover the topics of:

 

  1. Group Formation and Function
  2. Planning
  3. Funding
  4. Financial Management
  5. Project Management
  6. Communications and Public Relations
  7. Governance
  8. Human Resources
  9. Volunteering
  10. Employment

 

INVASIVE PLANT AND ANIMAL STORIES WANTED.

Would you like to tell the story of how your group has tackled the issue of weeds and feral animals?

The next issue (no. 66, autumn 2016 ) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine will feature stories on invasive plants and animals.

The editors are interested in hearing the experiences of groups, networks and landholders working on these challenging issues. Contributions should be sent to the editor (Carrie Tiffany, viaeditorviclandcare@gmail.com) by Friday 5 February 2016.

A two-page feature in the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine is around 1,000 words, plus 3-4 high res jpgs images. A one-page story is around 500 words with 1-2 high res jpgs images. A high res jpg is an electronic image at least 15cm in size when saved at 300dpi (this makes a file size of around 1MB). All photographs must be captioned. Photographs are not credited due to lack of space. Shorter stories and notices about upcoming events are also welcome. Stories written in the active voice with quotes (e.g. from landholders) are preferred.

If you would like some help writing the story or taking the photos please do not hesitate to ask me.

 

 

 

UCLN AGM HELD AT KYNETON

 

 

 

Peter McRostie from  NCCMA explains how to upload data and map projects into a tablet whilst on site at the UCLN AGM.©Scheltema

Peter McRostie from NCCMA explains how to upload data and map projects into a tablet whilst on site at the UCLN AGM                                                    ©Scheltema

 

 

Our AGM was held recently at Kyneton. 27 people attended for a  walk along the Kyneton River  through the Botanic Gardens to look at the great work being done by the Campaspe Land and River Management Group.

Peter McRostie from the NCCMA brought along tablets and gave instructions on how to map projects and enter data on site. We then walked on to the Piper St Food Company for lunch ,the AGM and to see a the mapping projected.

The Network has applied via the volunteers Grant for 5 tablets to share amongst the groups and to start teaching members how to map their projects and enter data.This will make end of financial year data collection a less painful process! We hope we are successful in our grant application so we can begin work on this project.

 

 

Walking along the Campaspe River at the Kyneton Botanic Gardens prior to  the UCLN AGM©Scheltema

Walking along the Campaspe River at the Kyneton Botanic Gardens prior to the UCLN AGM            ©Scheltema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COBAW FIRES INQUIRY RESULTS.

 

Landowner Hamish Anderson talks to FIre Recovery Officer from MRSC on is porperty after the recent CObaw-Lancefield Fires.©Scheltema

Landowner Hamish Anderson talks to Fire Recovery Officer from MRSC on his property after the recent Cobaw-Lancefield Fires.                                                          ©Scheltema

The recent Cobaw fires affected some landowners in the North East of our Network.

For those of you interested in  the report from the Lancefield-Cobaw fire investigation and the government’s response  go to – http://delwp.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/lancefield.

 

The issue

The Croziers Track planned burn conducted by DELWP broke containment lines on 3 October.

It was brought under control by DELWP and CFA firefighters over the next two days but again broke containment lines on 6 October.

On 8 October, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lisa Neville requested an independent investigation into the fire; and for findings to be provided to DELWP within three to four weeks.

Investigation

The investigation was led by an external, independent expert, Murray Carter, Director of Western Australia’s Office of Bushfire Risk Management, and examined all aspects of the planned burn and what happened once it began.

Profile – Murray Carter – Director Office of Bushfire Risk Management, Western Australia

Scope of investigation

The investigation investigated and provided a written report to the Secretary regarding :

  1. the adequacy of planning and resourcing of the ‘Lancefield – Cobaw Croziers Track’ planned burn (the planned burn)
  2. the appropriateness of the weather and other conditions for conduct of the planned burn on 30 September 2015
  3. what caused the planned burn to break containment lines on 3 October 2015 and on 6 October 2015
  4. decision making, management and control of the planned burn, including the adequacy of the patrol strategy adopted following its ignition
  5. the adequacy of communication with the community in the lead up to the planned burn and after it broke containment lines

The investigation team extensively consulted with the community, from community meetings, one-on-one meetings, and feedback provided via email. More than 100 submissions were received from the community and stakeholders as part of the investigation.

Full terms of reference for the investigation:

Terms of Reference [PDF File – 67.2 KB]

Terms of Reference [MS Word Document – 17.1 KB]

Support and assistance

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will provide appropriate support to those members of the community that have suffered damage as a result of this fire.

If you require any support or assistance from the government, please contact DELWP’s Community Liaison Officer on 5336 6674.

For more information about accessing the various types of assistance and support, these FAQs [MS Word Document – 84.2 KB] may assist.

Lancefield insurance fact sheet:

Lancefield-Cobaw: Insurance information [PDF File – 56.8 KB]

Lancefield-Cobaw: Insurance information [MS Word Document – 9.2 KB]

– See more at: http://delwp.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/lancefield#sthash.kixh567C.dpuf

 

 

 

WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT FIRE AWARENESS AWARDS!

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network was thrilled to be a partner in the Black Hill Fire Recovery team who recently were recipients of the two Fire Recovery Awards.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Friends of Black Hill Reserve, Loddon Prison Landmate Program, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, CFA and Regional Arts Victoria, have won two awards for the recovery effort after the January bushfire that affected the Black Hill Reserve.

Awards won:
Winner of Recovery Award

Winner of RACV Insurance Award for Excellence

The winners of the prestigious awards were announced to an audience of more than 200 people from across the state, including community members , emergency services representatives and the Environment and Emergency Services Ministers.

Winning projects were diverse and included community resilience projects, Landcare recovery projects and education projects.

 

Well done to all the  people who were involved in this work.

UCLN was thrilled to be part of the Winning Team at the recent Fire Awareness Awards Night.

UCLN was thrilled to be part of the Winning Team at the recent Fire Awareness Awards Night.

 

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

 

 

SOme of the 120 women who recently attended the " Chicks in the Sticks" Event at Carlsruhe.        ©Scheltema

Some of the 120 women who recently attended the ” Chicks in the Sticks” Event at Carlsruhe.  ©Scheltema

 

 

The  November & December edition of the North Central Chat is here http://www.nccma.vic.gov.au/library/scripts/objectifyMedia.aspx?file=KMSMedia/pdf/141/77.pdf&fileName=North Central Chat- November December 2015.pdf

 

Hot topics include

–          November 2015 Chicks in the Sticks

–          Drone footage capturing Gorse removal

–          Cool Cows Workshop

–          Engaging the next Generation of Landcarers

–          River Detectives Program 2016 registrations now open

–          Events and Grant Funding opportunities!

 

 

Members of Baynton Sidonia Landcare  group at the recent "CHicks in the Sticks" event at Carlsruhe recently.©Scheltema

Some members of Baynton Sidonia Landcare group at the recent “Chicks in the Sticks” event at Carlsruhe recently.                                                               ©Scheltema

 

 

 

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LANDCARE CELEBRATIONS NEXT YEAR.

 

Next year is the 30th Anniversary of Landcare in Victoria.The Macedon Ranges Shire Council and two Landcare Networks in our Region will be holding an event to celebrate this impressive milestone.

If you have any ideas for the event you can have input by accessing the online survey below.

 

Please see the attached online survey for the Landcare Forum ideas.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Landcare2015

 

 

NORTH CENTRAL VICTORIA REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE STRATEGY NOW OUT

 

 

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Productive farming while protecting the natural resource base

Following months of community and stakeholder engagement the regionally endorsed 2015 north central Victoria Regional Sustainable Agriculture Strategy is released. The release of the Strategy comes at a time of high commodity prices, increasing demand for product, an unprecedented level of interest in investing in Australian agriculture, and a buoyant Victorian agricultural community that is positive about its future. At the same time the Strategy recognises the dry conditions that have prevailed across the region, both through the Millennium drought and also over the past two years.

The Strategy draws on the experiences and feedback of hundreds of land managers who have participated in sustainable agriculture programs in north central Victoria over the past ten years. Experienced practitioners, both from private industry and government programs, have also contributed in providing well-rounded perspectives.

Agriculture in north central Victoria continues to undergo rapid change and to achieve greater agricultural sustainability, there will need to be the balance between achieving greater farming productivity whilst protecting the natural resource base and investing in the capacity of our agricultural community. The change drivers affecting agriculture currently include an increasing climate variability; declining soil health; water reform and irrigation modernisation; technological advances; consumer demand for quality food and organic products and high animal welfare standards and expectations.

The Strategy will:

  • Strengthen the improvement of sustainable agriculture in the region over the next 15 years through strategic and practical measures.
  • Provide a regionally coordinated approach to sustainable agriculture that enhances and builds relationships between the region’s service providers, producers, manufacturers and consumers.
  • Function as a prospectus for attracting future investment and additional resources to achieve sustainable agriculture.

The full version of the Strategy can be found here: 2015 North Central Victoria Regional Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

 

 

 

COMMUNITIES FOR NATURE,WORK FOR THE DOLE  AND TYLDEN LANDCARE

Tylden Landcare has been working along the Little Coliban River under the Communities for Nature program, which aims to improve the condition of our natural landscapes.  Tylden Landcare partnered with the  Work for the Dole program.

The little Coliban River  area has a blackberry, gorse and willow problem,harbouring rabbits and foxes. Following a weed control program during 2015, a revegetation program was carried out along the Little Coliban River with Tylden Landcare and the Bendigo based work for the Dole program.

“Long term weed control can be achieved through an integrated program that includes chemical control, manual control, follow up works, planting alternative vegetation to suppress weed regrowth, and ongoing maintenance of plantings” said Brendan Smith of Tylden Landcare group. “The partnership between the landcare group, the Work for the Dole program and the community will help ensure sustainable conservation outcomes into the future”.

Many of the plants were Swamp Sedges and Tussock Grasses. Shrubs and trees were also included in the revegetation program and comprised Eucalypts, Acacias, Leptospermum, Cassinnia, Lomandra and the threatened Australian Anchor Plant. All of the plants were sourced from local seed provenances as these plants are acclimatised to our local area and geology.

Tylden Landcare was successful in obtaining a grant from the Victorian government under the Communities for Nature Landcare program. This program supports community groups, schools and volunteers doing work primarily focused on the environment. This has allowed Tylden Landcare to carry out follow up woody weed control works on earlier treated and revegetated areas further along the Little Coliban.

The best long term strategy for weed suppression is to replace weeds with an alternative cover. Along the Little Coliban River this has been achieved through revegetation using indigenous grasses, shrubs and trees. As part of this program around 2800 plants were put in along the Little Coliban- that’s 70 hyco trays, a pretty good effort by the works crew!

Tylden Landcare continues working along the Little Coliban River in conjunction with the Work for The Dole Project and Communities for Nature©Scheltema

Tylden Landcare continues working along the Little Coliban River in conjunction with the Work for The Dole Project and Communities for Nature  ©Scheltema

 

 

THE LATEST ISSUE OF LANDLINK IS OUT

The latest issue of Landlink has all all sorts of interesting stories in it.Go to link below for more info.

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c874938162801405204f0d115&id=3f8a026bbd&e=c16ae42b84

 

If its too hot to go outside there is a fascinating story in the Age about using taxidermy decoys to catch rare native brolgas! See link below.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/ecologist-inka-veltheim-uses-taxidermy-decoys-to-catch-rare-native-brolga-20151118-gl1xwk

 

KYNETON SHOW

A big thankyou to all those volunteers who helped out recently on the Landcare Stall at the Kyneton Show.The Network purchased indigenous trees and shrubs which were handed out to showgoers on the day,and visitors were able to gain an understanding of the work of Landcare by looking at our display and chatting to members.Leftover trees from the show were donated to Trentham Landcarers who had recently lost plantings due to a late frost.

 

WISHING ALL LANDCARERS A SAFE AND HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON!

 

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