JULY 2018

” NO ONE WILL PROTECT WHAT THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT, AND NO ONE WILL CARE ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED.”

David Attenborough

President of Malmsbury Landcare John Walters and Rob Burdett at Kangaroo Creek,  where their group has conducted extensive gorse control. “It’s a travesty to have this beautiful forest invaded by a rampant weed. It’s displacing native plants which degrades the biodiversity that has existed here for thousands of years.”said Rob, a long term member of Malmsbury and District Landcare                                                                                                                                                              ©Scheltema

Welcome to the Winter issue of our ENews. At the UCLN General meeting last week, it was fantastic to see so many groups present and hear about the wonderful work they are doing to protect the natural environment in their area. I hope you enjoy reading about our Citizen Science project to look for threatened species, and the inspiring work some of our member groups are doing.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIES UPDATE
  • MALMSBURY’S WAR ON GORSE
  • PRISONERS HELP PHASCOGALES
  • TARADALE LANDCARE JOINS THE UCLN
  • NATIONAL TREE PLANTING DAY
  • RIVER GUARDIANS
  • EVENTS, RESOURCES AND GRANTS

SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIES UPDATE

A juvenile Greater Glider found recently on a spotlighting event, part of the UCLN Spotlight on Species Project. Pic Elizabeth Parsons

The UCLN Spotlight on Species Project is now six months underway and is getting great results. As a result of the remote camera trapping and evening spotlights we have now recorded 24 Phascogales, four Powerful Owls and thirteen Greater Gliders. This valuable data has been entered into the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas and will help protect the habitat of these precious species. 37 cameras have been deployed at 17 properties over 777 camera trap days with 33 species recorded.

Students from Candlebark school help UCLN Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake mark out a 1 km transect in preparation for a evening spotlight to look for greater gliders and powerful owls.                                                                         ©Scheltema

25 – 1 km transects have been surveyed (based on existing VBA records) with 33 Spotlighting events conducted along them resulting in 25 species recorded in the VBA. Many people have attended the spotlights and got great joy out of seeing the iconic greater gliders for the first time.

If your Landcare group or members would like the UCLN Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake to install remote cameras to look for species such as phascogales please contact him on  0421823998 or brad@proconpest.com. You can see the dates of upcoming Spotlighting Events by clicking on Spotlight on Species and scrolling down to the monthly calender’s.

Young Rowan learns about remote sensing cameras with UCLN Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake.  ©Scheltema

If you would like to learn more about this project click here to read an article in the latest Victorian Landcare Magazine.

UCLN Citizen Science Project

MALMBURY AND DISTRICT  LANDCARE’S  WAR ON GORSE

Malmsbury and District Landcare group is continuing its tenacious War on Gorse.The Coliban River flats at Lauriston are badly overgrown by gorse, blackberry and willow which is  negatively impacting upon the stream banks and water quality.

Malmsbury Landcare member Jan Taylor and President John Walters on the Coliban River. The group will be conducting extensive weed control to improve the health of the river.                                                                                             ©Scheltema

The Malmsbury group’s project RIVER RECOVERY – LINKING LAURISTON TO THE RESERVOIR aims to address the problem by removing the weeds -“for the benefit of all residents, whether human or wildlife.It is viewed by Malmsbury Landcare as a long term project” said President John Walters. The group  received a Upper Coliban Landcare support grant of $30,000 from the NCCMA – designed to support the UCLN Coliban Connections Biolink Project- to undertake the important work. Tylden Landcare and the Friends Of Trentham Creeks and Reserves also received funds as part of this project to continue improving river health on the Coliban River and it’s  tributaries.

President of Malmsbury and District Landcare John Walters (with members Jan Taylor, Sue Walter and Rob Burdett) said “We have been aware of this weed problem for many years, and wanted to address it as part of the  Coliban Connections  which is one of the UCLN biolink projects. It’s part of our long term vision to improve the health of the Coliban River between the Malmsbury Reservoir and Lauriston Reserve.” ©Scheltema

The group has also undertaken extensive weed control at Kangaroo Creek.“What we have here is a ecological vegetation class (EVC) creek line herb rich woodland classified as vulnerable.One of the things we are trying to protect in Biodiversity terms is the EVC .Weeds like gorse choke out the vegetation and create a fire risk.We have records of powerful owls and greater gliders here, we need to remove the gorse to remove threat of fire.Whatever we do to improve the biodiversity here will improve the habitat of the powerful owls and greater gliders.”

President of Malmsbury and District Landcare  John Walter with Rob Burdett at Kangaroo Creek, which is a EVC herb rich woodland listed as vulnerable. The group is undertaking gorse control in the area to protect it.  ©Scheltema

PRISONERS HELP PHASCOGALES

Phascogales in the Barfold area will soon be getting new homes thanks to inmates at Middleton Prison, Castlemaine. The inmates have been hard at work constructing 20 nest boxes for the Campaspe Valley Landcare group suitable for the phascogales, a threatened species found in Central Victoria.
The distinctive small creatures, known as ‘Duan’ by the Dja Dja Wurrung people tap their feet when alarmed, and wag their tails when excited. They were found recently near Barfold as a result of the UCLN Spotlight on Species Project.

President of Campaspe Valley Landcare Jan Elder finds a suitable spot to install a remote sensing camera with UCLN Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake.   ©Scheltema

President of Campaspe Valley Landcare Jan Elder said “We were thrilled to find images of phascogales on the remote sensing cameras that the UCLN Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake installed. The woodlands and dry forests of Central Victoria were once a stronghold for these threatened species, but their numbers have declined over the last century mainly due to land clearing and cats and foxes.” 
“Our group hopes that by installing these nest boxes, kindly built for us by the Middleton Prison inmates, we will be helping to increase their chances of survival in our area.”  

Acting Vocational Services Manager at  Middleton Prison Peter Foti said “By building these boxes, as part of our recycling and environment program, inmates are being given a chance to contribute to society in a meaningful way,  whilst being able to utilize existing or learn new skills. It is great to know that these boxes they have constructed will be helping local threatened species survive.”                                                                                                                                              ©Scheltema

A recent genetic analysis of 435 phascogale tissue samples, four from the Kyneton area, concludes that fragmentation of populations is probably causing limited gene flow.This illustrates the  need for better connections in the landscape which is why biolink projects such as those undertaken by the UCLN and its member groups are so important.

TARADALE LANDCARE JOINS THE UCLN

We are  very pleased to welcome Taradale Landcare as the latest group to join the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network.

The UCLN is thrilled to have Taradale Landcare join the Network. Some of the group members are seen here at Back Creek, a tributary of the Coliban River, in an area they have been restoring. L -R Colleen Jones, Lyn Shill, Christine Henderson and Brian Bainbridge.                                                                                                                        ©Scheltema

The group is working along Back Creek, a tributary of the Coliban River. “Our primary goal has been to revisit Back Creek, which runs through the town, and rejuvenate the work of the earlier Landcare volunteers. We are removing woody weed regrowth and extending and diversifying planting. I just noticed we had a white-throated tree creeper feeding on a tree planted ten years ago. It takes that long for the tree to grow tall and wide enough to become suitable habitat for these birds.”

The group is hoping that by clearing and removing willows and other weeds the creek should flow again, and once again be a place for swimming and platypus as it  was previously. Taradale Primary School is also regularly involved in planting days and uses the creek as an open classroom.

Taradale Landcare secretary  Colleen Jones, seen here with member Brian Bainbridge, said “As well as restoring the health of the creek we’d like to inspire visitors and residents with the beauty and diversity of our local flora and fauna.”                                                                  ©Scheltema

In addition the group is working on roadside weed removal with funds provided by Mt Alexander Shire Council. This work is being undertaken at three sites of high biodiversity values that are leading into the forest along the edges of Fryers Ridge Conservation Reserve.

Taradale Landcare members on the look out for weeds encroaching into the Fryers Ridge Conservation Reserve.    ©Scheltema

NATIONAL TREE PLANTING DAY WITH CAMPASPE RIVER AND LAND MANAGEMENT GROUP

Why not join in with the CRLM group along the Campaspe River in Kyneton on National Tree Day Sunday 29th July to help revegetate the river?

Like to be involved in National Tree Day Sunday 29th July? Why not help CRLM group plant trees and shrubs such as the River Bottle Brush.

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree planting day. It started in 1996 and since then more than four million people have planted over 24 million trees and plants with the aim of caring for our land.

WHERE: The River end of Jennings St Kyneton (look for the CRLM trailer)

WHEN: 10 am  – 12 pm Sunday 29th July 

WHY: To help the CRLM group plant out trees and shrubs such as the River Bottle Brush.

Morning tea is provided.Wear gumboots, gloves and warm clothes. Tools and a delicious morning tea provided.

RIVER GUARDIANS

River Guardians on the Campaspe River at Carlsruhe                                                ©Scheltema

Wild and windy weather didn’t deter prospective River Guardians from walking along the Campaspe River at Carlsruhe  at a UCLN River Restoration Field Day in May. 32  people braved the elements to learn from 6 experts in the field how to restore river health. They were inspired by award winning river ecologists such as Damien Cook to protect the rivers and wetlands in their area and learnt some of the skills that would help them do so.

GRANTS

Apply before 20 July to ensure your school or group is in the running to secure a $5,000 grant! 

A preschooler learns about the endangered Hairy Anchor plant in Kyneton.                                 ©Scheltema

Exciting news for Victorian schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups that are interested in working on a Junior Landcare biodiversity project in 2018-19. The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in partnership with Landcare Australia is giving your school or group the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 (excl GST) as part of the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. Apply now

EVENTS

2018 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE AND AWARDS

Like to learn about all things Landcare? Then head up to  Brisbane for the 2018 National Landcare Conference

The early bird catches the worm. The 2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards is your opportunity to contribute to, engage with, and learn from your community and peers. Over three days, you will have the opportunity to be inspired by keynote speakers and informative presentations, take part in fun social events, and experience educational field trips.

Early bird registration closes 31 July 2018. REGISTER HERE

RESOURCES

 WINTER LANDCARE MAGAZINE
Issue 72 of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature on Landcare and research is now available online. 

Among the stories in issue 72 are stories on: vegetation quality assessment by smart phone, citizen science, the social return on investment in Landcare projects, alternative fertiliser trials, and gorse and cactus bio control.

To read this issue of the magazine online (via Victorian Landcare Gateway) go to https://www.landcarevic.org.au/landcare-magazine/winter-2018/

To download the PDF version of this issue (and back issues) of the magazine and to access the magazine’s index go to https://www.landcarevic.org.au/resources/magazine-library/
This issue features our Networks Spotlight on Species Project and is mentioned by the Minister in the introduction. Direct link to story here:

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT July 2018

Click here to read the North Central ChatNorth Central Chat July 18

WOMBAT FORESTCARE NEWSLETTER JUNE 18

If you are interested in fungi you must read the latest beautiful newsletter from  Wombat Forest Care.

WFCNewsletterJune18

SERRATED TUSSOCK SIGNS AVAILABLE FOR FREE

The VSTWP have a number of Serrated Tussock Landowner Signs available for ‘Community Champions’ of Serrated Tussock management in Victoria. The signs are designed to be attached to landowner fences that face a roadside, and help the community deliver key messages on controlling this noxious weed.
If you would like to order a number of the these signs, please email  Executive Officer Martin Deering and he can post them out to you for free:
AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE HELP SHEET ON SHELTER BELTS.

ATO help sheet: Establishing shelterbelts on land used in a primary production business

https://www.ato.gov.au/law/view/view.htm?docid=AFS/ShelterBelts&PiT=99991231235958

APRIL 2018

“WE DON’T HAVE TO ENGAGE IN GRAND, HEROIC ACTIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGE. SMALL ACTS, WHEN MULTIPLIED BY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, CAN TRANSFORM THE WORLD.”

    Howard Zinn

 


Help re-vegetate the Campape River by planting a tree for your mum this Mothers Day on 13th May at the Kyneton Botanic Gardens. Pic Scheltema

 

  • SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIES PROJECT UPDATE
  • GLENLYON UPPER LODDON LANDCARE GROUP JOINS UCLN
  • MOTHERS DAY PLANTING WITH CAMPASPE RIVER AND LAND MANAGEMENT GROUP
  • TYLDEN LANDCARE
  • UCLN NOW ON FACEBOOK
  • EVENTS, RESOURCES AND GRANTS

 

SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIES PROJECT UPDATE

 

Spotlighting for Threatened Species in the Wombat Forest with UCLN Threatened Species officer Brad Blake © Scheltema

 

A Forum in Newham in March, attended by over 100 people, launched the UCLN Spotlight on Species Project. Three expert speakers, Dr Todd Soderquist, Dr Ross Goldingay and Jess Lawton shared their wealth of knowledge about the three iconic species we are looking for -powerful owls, greater gliders and phascogales.

The distant call of an owl is often faint, and so as you stand in the darkness reaching out to hear it the world falls away in an almost Zen-like moment.” said Dr Soderquist at the Forum, who has over twenty years experience working with phascogales and Powerful Owls.

UCLN is working with the Macedon  Ranges Shire Council and more than 15 community groups and schools to conduct the surveys looking for the three species and is entering the resultant data into the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas. UCLN Threatened Species officer Brad Blake has been leading the spotlighting events and installing remote sensing cameras on public and private land.

UCLN Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake explains to Michael Nott, President of Metcalfe Landcare, how to use the remote sensing cameras.© Scheltema

In the last two months 12 phascogales, 2 powerful owls and 5 greater gliders have been recorded.

We hope that at the end of this two year project our community will have the capacity to find and identify these species and enter this important data into the scientific record.Knowing the species and feeling connected to them is the first step to protecting the habitat that will ensure their survival.

 

A phascogale attempting to get at the delicious peanut butter bait is photographed by one of the the remote sensing cameras purchased recently by UCLN as part of their Spotlight on Species project.

If you would like to join in a Spotlighting survey please go to our website at /about-us/spotlight-on-species/ where you can see the dates and register to attend.

We have also produced DL brochures on the three species, so if your group doesn’t have these yet and would like some for their members please contact me. See Powerful Owl brochure below.

 

If your group would like to get involved in the remote camera project and discover what critters are around at night,  please contact UCLN Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake on brad@proconpest.com or 0421823998 to have cameras installed.

 

 GLENLYON UPPER LODDON LANDCARE GROUP JOINS UCLN

I am delighted to welcome a new group to our Landcare Network – the Glenlyon Upper Loddon Landcare Group.This hard working group has the Loddon River running through their boundaries and shares many of the UCLN goals.

The group formed in 1996  focusing  on weed control and re-vegetation, funded mainly by drought recovery money.Member Margret Lockwood said “In recent years the main focus has been the development of a 2 1/2 km walking trail from the Glenlyon Reserve to the Glenlyon Store with interpretative signage describing flora and fauna and environmental issues.We are hoping to include the Dja Dja Wurrung history of the area also.It’s our vision to continue the walking trail down to Loddon Falls, an extra 4 km.The falls are very special with great natural beauty.”

 

Member of Glenlyon Upper Loddon Landcare group Margret Lockwood on the newly opened biolink walking trail. © Scheltema

The walking track also functions as a biolink of native flora and fauna.It’s a little upland river valley.Said Margret “We wanted to join the UCLN because we felt we had similar goals.Geographically we are more aligned with the Landcare groups in the Central Victorian Uplands.

In November the group  will have an artist in residence running workshops on weaving and sculpture from found materials from the biolink.They have just finished a successful series of “Whats in Our Backyard” workshops, looking at issues such as flora and fauna, water quality, raptors and invertebrates.

 

 

MOTHERS DAY PLANTING WITH CAMPASPE RIVER AND LAND MANAGEMENT GROUP

Commemorate your mum by planting a tree this Mothers Day along the Campaspe River with the Campaspe River and Land Management Group. © Scheltema

Why not come along to the Kyneton Botanic Gardens on the 13th May, enjoy the beautiful autumn colours and plant a tree for your mum.

Campaspe River and Land Management Group will be providing River Bottle Brushes for planting along the Campaspe River . “Why not pay tribute to your Mum and help in our regeneration of the Campaspe River. Trees For Mums is a National Celebration of all Mothers. Its a beautiful gesture and a great experience to share with family and friends. Bring along gardening gloves, a trowel and sturdy shoes and enjoy the autumn colours of our beautiful Botanic Gardens and Campaspe River environment and create a living legacy for your mum. Morning tea will be provided.” said Peter Harding, President of the Campaspe Valley Land Management Group.

Trees For Mum first started in Sydney in 2002 by friends and colleagues, Deena Raphael and Lauren Adlam, as a way of paying tribute to their Mums, who they had both lost to cancer. It has grown since then to become a National Event with over 30, 000 sons and daughters planting trees for their Mothers.

For further information contact Per Harding on psharding77@gmail.com or 0419625600

WHERE: Pig Pens, Kyneton Botanic Gardens (via McKenna Drive, or if on foot via Campaspe River Walk)

WHEN: 10.00 am 13th May 2018

WHY: Commemorate your mum by planting a tree this Mothers Day

 

TYLDEN LANDCARE

Towards a Healthy Little Coliban River

 

James Stewart with Sarah, Alfie and Layla of Tylden School propagating seedlings for the Little Coliban River. Pic Brendan Smith

Students at Tylden Primary School have been hard at work “pricking out” small plants from seedling trays for further growing and hardening off before planting along the Little Coliban River later this year.

James Stewart of Tylden Landcare said “The students have enthusiastically embraced the program and have propagated indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses. Seed has been collected from local indigenous plants because these are most suited to local environmental conditions. The students are very aware that indigenous vegetation offers food and homes for native animals, prevents soil erosion and keeps the air clean. These plants will be planted along the Little Coliban River with Tylden Landcare  as part of the Coliban system Integrated Catchment Management program.

Tylden Landcare is working with landholders along the Little Coliban River and the North Central CMA to protect and rehabilitate the Little Coliban to ensure a healthy water supply for farms and all users of the Coliban water storage system. 

Along with parents, school staff assisted students on the day and said, “The senior students did a great job of passing on their plant propagation skills to the younger students!

Tylden Landcare is working with landholders along the Little Coliban River and the North Central CMA to protect and rehabilitate the Little Coliban River . © Scheltema

 

UCLN NOW ON FACEBOOK

 

If you use Facebook and want to be kept informed of UCLN events and activities we now have a Facebook Page.  Click here to see more. –UCLN Facebook.

Please like and share to promote to a broader audience. Dont forget you can also see events at our Calender on our website https://www.uppercampaspelandcare.org.au/calendar/ 

 

EVENTS

 

BEE KEEPING WORKSHOP IN MAY AT BALD HILL RESERVE

Would you like to learn more about bees? An introductory workshop for backyard bee keeping – Bee Happy – will be held in May (date to be confirmed) at Bald Hill reserve and is being run by Pipers Creek Landcare in May.For more details contact Peter Sporle at piperscreeklandcare@gmail.com

 

Learn about Bees with Pipers Creek Landcare at Bald Hill on May 26th

 

RIVER RESTORATION FIELD DAY 12TH May

The UCLN River Restoration Field Day in March was cancelled due to high fire danger and very high winds and is now rescheduled for 12th May.Please contact me on uclandcare@gmail.com soon if you would like to attend.Only a few places left!

Learn from wetland ecologist Damien Cook and other experts how to restore wetlands at the UCLN River Restoration Field Day on 12th May at Carlsruhe.© Scheltema

 

SERRATED TUSSOCK FIELD DAY

Worried you might have serrated tussock on your property and dont know how to manage it?

Come along to this workshop to have all your questions answered.

 

 

 

 

DUAN TALK MAY 3RD 7-8 pm MALDON

 

 

 

 

LANDCARE VICTORIA  FORUM QUEENSCLIFFE 25TH -26TH MAY 2018

Like to learn from fellow Landcarers in the Corangamite area? Why not attend the next Landcare Victoria Forum at Queenscliffe.

Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VKYRZ2W and the promotional flier and the draft programme are available here.

 

PLATYPUS – ‘ASK THE EXPERT’ VIRTUAL SESSION WITH TIANA PRESTON June 5th

A great resource for any schools involved with your Landcare group – a virtual session on platypus being hosted on World Environment Day.

 

NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE 10-12TH OCTOBER BRISBANE

 

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT MAY 2018

Click here to read the North Central ChatMay edition  and if you missed it here is the April edition  North Central Chat

 

LANDCARE AUSTRALIA LANDLINK APRIL ISSUE

To read the latest Landlink click here: Landcare Australia Landlink

 

YOUNG FARMERS WANTED!

Expressions of Interest are now open to join the Young Farmers Advisory Council from young farmers and those involved in the food and fibre supply chain.

Council membership: the Council consists of eight members with a balance of representation by gender, industry and region. Collectively, Council members will have a broad range of skills and experience, including farm management, agribusiness, finance, education, international markets and regional development.
Council’s role: council members provide advice to the Victorian Government about practical actions and opportunities to attract and retain young people in agriculture. The council also assists government to better understand the needs of young people in agriculture and helps to develop solutions and shape support for young people on the land. In 2018, the Council will focus on implementation of its Recommendations Report.
Council members also act as young ambassadors to attract new entrants to the state’s agriculture sector and help to shape future support for young people on the land.
EOIs close: Expressions of Interest to join the Council close on 11 May 2018.
More information: visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/food-and-fibre-industries/young-farmers/advisory-council 

 

YOUNG FARMERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Young farmers in Victoria can access scholarships of up to $10,000 to help boost skills and implement new on-farm initiatives.Up to $10,000 is available for farmers and farm workers aged 35 years or under to help them with professional development and career progression.
This includes $5,000 for study, backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice.
The Victorian Government’s Young FarmersScholarship Program aims to support young farmers to build productive and profitable careers
in agriculture. The Program recognises that in the future, young farmers will need a broad range of skills so they can embrace new technologies, respond to a range of challenges and capitalise on emerging opportunities.
Applications close: 24 April 2018
For more information and to apply visit:Young Farmers Scholarships

 

 

PREMIERS SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Entries in the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards – which recognise individuals, communities, organisations and businesses that are leading the way to a sustainable future – have been officially opened.

The 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Awards categories are:

  • Built Environment
  • Community
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Protection
  • Government
  • Health
  • Innovative Products or Services
  • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Large Business

Entries are open now. For more information go to sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

 

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE

 

Looking for funding for your group to undertake projects? See grants available below.© Scheltem

 

 

 WETTENHALL ENVIRONMENT TRUST SMALL ENVIRONMENT GRANTS SCHEME

The  Wettenhall environment trust are looking for projects around :

  • flora and fauna conservation (Australia-wide)
  • threatened mammal conservation (Australia-wide)
  • landscape restoration and education (Victoria only)

These projects should involve any of the following:

  • monitoring, recording and sharing data
  • delivering community education
  • providing community capacity building (e.g. training)
  • research and science


Application Process Diagram – these are the questions that will appear in the on-line application.

Can you Apply page – more details on eligibility. Please don’t waste your time filling in the EOI – see if you are eligible first.

Frequently Asked Questions – your question might get answered here.

Dates for applying – we have four rounds every year.

Apply here – here is the online application form, which only appears live when a grant round is open.

 

Come up with an idea, vote for your favorites and make your community an even better place to live.New fund for Locals,voted for by locals –Pick your Project. © Scheltema                                                             

 

 

PICK YOUR PROJECT: New Fund For Locals, Decided By Locals

Pick My Project is a new community grants initiative, with $30M available to fund local projects. Come up with an idea, vote for your favorites and make your community an even better place to live.

Project ideas: Victorian residents are encouraged to submit ideas for projects that could benefit their community. Ideas could include sporting/recreation infrastructure/activities, community arts or culture projects, improvements to community facilities, and improvements to the local environment etc etc.
Choosing projects: eligible ideas will be put forward for community voting. During voting, applicants will work with their networks and encourage their community to vote for their project. Local projects will be chosen by local residents. Communities will get to vote for the projects they think are most important.
Sponsor organisation: as part of the application process, Victorians will need to identify an eligible organisation to sponsor, or support, their idea and to administer funds through a registered ABN.
Eligible organisations could include a local community organisation or school, local council, or other eligible group.  More information on eligible organisations will be made available in May 2018. able to help deliver the project.
Guidelines: there will be no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs will be eligible for funding.
Who can be involved: all Victorian residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program. For participants under 18, parent or guardian approval will be required.
Funding for projects: projects can cost $20,000 and $200,000. Funding will be spread across the state, giving every community the chance to benefit.
When: the initiative will start in May. Winning projects will be announced in September 2018.
Register your interest: register via pickmyproject.vic.gov.au
More information: email contact@engage.vic.gov.au call 1800 797 818 or connect on Facebook www.facebook.com/pickmyproject

FEBRUARY 2018

“ONCE DESTROYED NATURE’S BEAUTY CANNOT BE REPURCHASED AT ANY PRICE”

Ansel Adams

I was lucky enough to watch this Yellow-faced Honeyeater build her nest and raise three chicks on my veranda over Christmas. Pic Scheltema

 

  • UCLN APPOINTS NEW THREATENED SPECIES PROJECT OFFICER
  • PHASCOGALE SIGHTINGS WANTED!
  • SEED COLLECTING BEGINS AT BALD HILL RESERVE
  • ASHBOURNE LANDCARE CONTINUES BIOLINKS PROJECT
  • VBA GO APP LAUNCHED
  • EVENTS, RESOURCES AND GRANTS

Welcome to the summer edition of the UCLN ENews. Scroll down to the Events and Resources section and you will find a wealth of interesting events on offer – from Social Media training, a Sustainable Soils conference, a Forum to launch our Citizen Science project and much more.

 

UCLN APPOINTS BRAD BLAKE AS THREATENED SPECIES PROJECT OFFICER

 

Newly appointed Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake is examined  by a phascogale, one of the species he will be  surveying with the help of our community . Pic Scheltema

I would like to welcome Brad Blake to the UCLN. He will be leading surveys for three threatened species – the Powerful Owl, Phascogale and Greater glider – in our area in conjunction with our Landcare community.

Brad brings with him a wealth of experience in threatened species monitoring. He has worked across Australia in various roles protecting native species and engaging communities in order to raise awareness of Australia’s declining biodiversity. Over the past 2 years Brad has surveyed forests for threatened species across Victoria, in particular Greater glider, Powerful owl, Barking owl and Spotted-tailed quoll.

He has recently uncovered new populations of Greater glider and Long nosed bandicoot in West Gippsland and has confirmed several old records of Greater glider in the Wombat State Forest.

Greater Glider, one of the species the UCLN will be surveying as part of our Citizen Science Project.  Pic Matt Wright.

 

“I’m honored and excited to be working with the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council in this role as Threatened Species Community Project Officer. It’s extremely important that we continue to collect data on the threatened species of our region so that Government and the community can better manage our public and private land. This will ensure that species at risk of extinction survive and persist into the future for generations to come.”

“I’m looking forward to engaging  the community and helping them learn the techniques required to survey their local area for these iconic threatened species.” said Brad.

To find out how you can become involved in this exciting two year project to help protect these cryptic and elusive  species come along to a Forum on the 10th March from 2.00 – 5.00 pm at Newham Mechanics Hall. Book at this link – BookForum

 

 

PHASCOGALE SIGHTINGS WANTED!

Do you think there may be phascogales on your property? Contact Brad Blake to become part of our remote camera project. Pic Scheltema

 

As part of the funding from the Biodiversity on-ground Action Grants the UCLN has purchased five remote sensing cameras to help us photograph and record threatened species.Our Threatened Species Community Project Officer Brad Blake has already begun installing cameras on some sites.

If you think you may have phascogales in your area, or have seen them dead or alive please contact Brad at  brad@proconpest.com or 0421823998.

Also if you have been hearing the distinctive Woooo-wooo of the Powerful Owl, or have seen their pellets (which are regurgitated possums or birds bones and fur or feathers) please contact myself or Brad. Another clue that you may have them in your area is finding possums tails which the owls often pull off and discard when feeding.

More at this link an-eye-on-special-species

 

Powerful Owl pellet.If you have seen these can you please collect them and contact Brad or myself.
Pic Scheltema

 

 

SEED COLLECTION BEGINS AT BALD HILL

Alida Fabris from the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve with some of the blackwood seed that the group is collecting to propagate and grow at the Reserve. Pic Scheltema

 

The Friends of Bald Hill Reserve are working on increasing the mid story vegetation at the Reserve as a result of their recent successful Biodiversity On Ground Action grant. Members of the Friends group were recently collecting seed at the Reserve guided by Matt Comer and Ash Elliott from Goldfields Revegetation.

President Carolyn Robb said “This is an exciting opportunity to not only learn about seed collection but to also learn from experts about plant identification. It is a great opportunity to learn about new species. We are trying to increase the mid-storey vegetation at Bald Hill Reserve.It is important habitat for threatened species such as the phascogale. We want to ensure we have the correct habitat to increase their chances of survival.”

 

 

 

ASHBOURNE LANDCARE CONTINUES BIOLINKS PROJECT

 

A Dianella amoena (Matted Flax-lily), one of the threatened species which will benefit from the work of Ashbourne Landcare.                                                                    Pic Scheltema

 

As a result of their successful Biodiversity On-ground Action Funding, Ashbourne Landcare is working on a project to create individual sections of biolinks to link remnant patches of vegetation across the Ashbourne Landscape.The project brings together 11 landowners who are dedicating parts of their properties to support biodiversity with the aim of improving habitat area and connectivity across the landscape.

Said Ashbourne Landcare member Alan Denehey “This follows on from last years successful project to set up five biolink demonstration sites working with six landowners. The work will include flora surveys, woody weed removal, livestock exclusion fencing and planting with indigenous species appropriate to the terrain.”

These works will particularly support  threatened species such as Powerful Owls, matted flax-lillies and phascogales.”

 

 

Ashbourne Landcare is helping protect threatened species by collaborating with 11 landowners to improve biodiversity and connectivity in the Ashbourne landscape. Pic Scheltema

 

 

This is just one of the many great projects being undertaken by UCLN member groups working hard to protect our environment.

 

VBA GO APP LAUNCHED

 

Using phones at Bald Hill Reserve to enter data on species. Pic Scheltema.

Help record our precious flora and fauna in the region by using the new VBA Go App.This mobile tool  links directly to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, making it easier  for environmental managers, researchers, students and community members to record Victoria’s native flora and fauna whilst out and about. For more information on the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas follow this link:  VicBioAtlas

Before using the App you first need to  register with the VBA  which you can do  on the link above.

The UCLN has been working with DELWP to trial the new App.We will be holding further workshops on using it at a later date.Interested? Watch this short video about the App featuring  Carolyn Robb from Friends of Bald Hill Reserve and myself.

VBA Go – Knowledge is Power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlbn8NuIvxI

 

 

MACEDON RANGES SHIRE COUNCIL NEW BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY

Contribute to the Macedon Ranges Biodiversity Strategy and help protect the Shires special natural places. Pic Scheltema

 

MRSC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS:

For those of you in the Macedon Shire, Council is inviting feedback on its new Biodiversity Strategy that will guide Council and the community to work towards a healthier environment and better protection for our native plants and  animals.

From Monday 5 February, residents can have their say on the Shire’s biodiversity assets by pinpointing important natural features on an interactive map, available at www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/yoursay

Online feedback on the Biodiversity Strategy finishes on 12th of March.

For more information on the Biodiversity Strategy call Krista Patterson-Majoor on 5421 9503.

Drop-in sessions on the Biodiversity Strategy  will be held on:

Thursday 15 February, 5pm-7pm, Room 3 at Kyneton Mechanics Institute, 81 Mollison Street, Kyneton.

Monday 12 February, 6pm-8pm, Lancefield Neighbourhood House, 8 Hamilton Street, Gisborne.

Wednesday 21 February, 6pm-8pm, Lancefield Neighbourhood House, 78 High Street, Lancefield.

 

Krista will  be following up with individual Landcare and Friend groups to gain their input soon, and will attend the next UCLN General meeting.

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

FORUM TO LAUNCH CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT

Come along to the Forum to see how you can become a valuable part of this Citizen Science Project to gather data which will help protect threatened species in our area.

“If you have an interest in understanding native wildlife on your property, then we encourage you to get involved,” said Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson.“You can help us determine whether these species still exist in various locations and if so, how many still occur and whether the populations are secure.”

Senior Threatened Species officer from the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW Dr Todd Soderquist will be sharing his knowledge gleaned from many years of researching and radio tagging Powerful Owls and phascogales in Central Victoria. Also presenting will be Dr Ross Goldingay, an expert on gliders from Southern Cross University and editor of Australian Mammalogy. Ross has pioneered a successful method for gliders to cross major roads safely. Jess Lawton, PhD student from Latrobe University  who is currently conducting research on phascogales in Central Victoria will also be on hand to share her extensive knowledge.
We are hoping landowners who have heard or seen any of these species on their properties come along to the Forum to find out how their presence can be verified and entered into the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas to ensure their protection.

 

To book call 54219669 or click on this link –  BookForum 

 

 

RIVER RESTORATION WORKSHOP

“People will come away from this workshop with practical guidelines for protecting and restoring riparian areas. They will learn the principles of river ecology and river restoration. Riparian areas and floodplain habitats are hot spots of biodiversity as they provide the lifeblood of the ecosystem.” said wetland ecologist Damien Cook, seen here with Angela Gladman from the NCCMA on the Campaspe River at Carlsruhe. Pic Scheltema

 

Do you have a river, creek or wetland on your property? Would you like to learn from experts how to restore and rehabilitate it? Why not come along to the free River Restoration workshop being held at the beautiful historic Degraves Mill in Carlsruhe.

The workshop which will help landowners gain the tools and understanding  to improve riparian areas on their properties. Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes from Rakali Ecological Consulting (who between them have over 40 years experience in restoring wetlands) will be presenting and sharing their wealth of knowledge on the subject
Angela Gladman, Caring for the  Campaspe Project Manager from the North Central CMA will be discussing techniques and strategies for improving waterway health.

The theoretical component of the workshop and lunch will be held in the beautiful historic bluestone Degraves Mill, and participants will walk a 2 km stretch of the Campaspe River on the property to discuss the successful regeneration techniques that have been employed.

Participants must have a moderate level of fitness and bring hats, water and appropriate footwear.

 

 

Bookings essential by calling 54219660 or clicking on RiverRestoration

 

 

FARMING FOR SUSTAINABLE SOILS CONFERENCE

 

When: March 8 & 9, 2018
Where: Capital Theatre Bendigo
RSVP: by Friday 23rd February via https://soils.eventbrite.com.au/ or contact the North Central CMA on (03) 5448 7124

 

 

FUTURE FARMING EXPO

 

 

WHEN: 8.30AM 21 FEBRUARY 2018
WHERE:DONALD STADIUM

FREE EVENT (INCLUDING LUNCH)
RSVP Is essential to the North Central CMA by Friday
16 February on (03) 5448 7124 or info@nccma.vic.gov.au

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING

 

Facebook 101~Social Media Training
for Landcare Groups

When: Wednesday 21 March, 2018
Where: Rifle Brigade Hotel, Bendigo

NCCMA is hosting a Facebook 101 workshop to enable participants to both upskill and produce an implementation plan for social media, on Wednesday 21 March in Bendigo. Professionally facilitated by Friendly Savage Communications Consultants, this Facebook focused workshop will be presented in three bite-sized sessions. You can choose your preferred workshop or stay all day. Participants should have an existing Facebook profile and a basic knowledge of their phone or computer

For more information and to book please go to https://facebook101forlandcare.eventbrite.com.au or email tess.grieves@nccma.vic.gov.au

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

Workshop topics include:

• Social media networking
• How to create engaging video.
• Content planning and best practice.
• Facebook Groups.
• Facebook Overview.
• Social Media Tools.

 

CHEMICAL USERS TRAINING COURSE

Do you want to learn the skills and confidence to safely and effectively use a range of herbicides, including some targeted herbicides for controlling specific weeds? Then you might be interested in doing a Chemical Users Training course. Please let me know as NCCMA will be offering one soon.

INTERESTED IN FARM WATER SUPPLY?
 Martin Hamilton from Ag Vic is looking to run some sessions on Farm Water Supply. The session details how to calculate how much water you have and how long supplies are likely to last as well determining pipe sizes, friction loss as well as demand. If anyone would be interested in knowing more about the above please let me know.

 

 

 

RESOURCES

NORTH CENTRAL CHAT

For the latest edition of the North Central Chat click here:NCChatFeb18

 

 

 

 

NEW WEED BROCHURES

Learn how to control weeds such as gorse on your property. A new set of brochures are available on weed control in the Mt Alexander Shire area. Pic Scheltema

Metcalfe, Langley and Malmsbury Landcare have worked with the Tarrangower Catus Control Group (TCCG) on a project producing brochures about weed control. Five brochures were created, one specific for each of the five wards within Mt Alexander Shire. The brochures highlight problem weeds in each ward and encourage landowners to manage their weeds by providing essential information.They also provide information about the responsibilities of landowners to manage weeds, the best control methods to use and where to find more detailed information.A digital version is available by clicking on this link – COLIBAN-Weed-Brochure-2018 . Hard copies available from the Mt Alexander Shire Offices.

If you have a neighbor that is not being responsible about their weeds, maybe you could put one in their letter box?

 

 

 VICTORIAN LANDCARE MAGAZINE LOOKING FOR STORIES !

The winter 2018 issue (#72) of the Victorian Landcare magazine is a feature on Landcare and research. Stories on all aspects of Landcare-related research are sought, from citizen science projects through to large scale experiments and trials. Readers of the magazine are keen to learn about the successes of research projects, as well as what hasn’t worked, and the insights and reflections of your group along the way. Please contact Carrie Tiffany (editor) with your story ideas – editorviclandcare@gmail.com

Contributions for the winter 2018 issue of the magazine should be sent to the editor by Thursday 29 March 2018.

CLICK HERE for more information on the contribution guidelines for the Victorian Landcare magazine.

JUNIOR LANDCARE

You can access the latest Junior Landcare newsletter by clicking on this link. JuniorLandcare2018

 

LANDLINK

The latest Land Link is available here – LandLinkJan18

 

LANDCARE AUSTRALIA NEWS

For the latest Landcare Australia News click on this link – LandcareAustraliaNews

 

 

 

 

GRANTS

 

Is your group hungry for money? Why not apply for a grant from your local council? See details below. Pic Scheltema

 MT ALEXANDER COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

Applications are now open for Council’s Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $3,000 are available to incorporated and not-for-profit community groups and organisations to support local community-based projects and initiatives that align with Council objectives.

Applications will close on 23 February 2018 at 4pm.

Download the Program Guidelines

Apply now

For additional information about the Community Grants Program, please call 5471 1744 or email grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

 

HEPBURN SHIRE COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding for events, programs, projects and equipment.  Grants can be sought for amounts up to $2,000.

Prospective applicants must contact a Council Officer prior to submitting an application – refer to guidelines for contact details.

Community Grants Program Guidelines 2017-2018

Apply Here

 

 

MACEDON RANGES SHIRE COUNCIL SMALL COMMUNITY GRANTS SCHEMES

The Small Community Grants Scheme supports community projects that are unlikely to be funded through annual funding schemes.They are open throughout the year, except in the lead up to a Council election.More info at this link NextWho can apply?

 

ABORIGINAL WATER GRANTS PROGRAM  2017/18 

 

Aboriginal communities’ connection to country is basic to their sense of identity and cultural continuity.Victoria’s waterways are an important part of country that have been damaged by the development of the state’s water resources. There are opportunities to restore this damage and in doing so enhance Aboriginal communities’ well-being. Also, improving Aboriginal Victorian’s access to water resources on country offers important opportunities for economic development. Find out more below.closes Wed. 7 Feb.

How to apply:
1. Download and read the Application Guidelines (PDF, 401.8 KB).
2.        Complete the application form online.