Volunteering Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Victorian Government has announced that from 11.59pm 21 October 2021, further restrictions will be eased across Victoria.

We have new, approved directions and communications for volunteering as detailed below.

Metropolitan Melbourne: Volunteering activity can recommence, within the maximum public gathering size limit currently up to 15 people. Face masks are required at all times both indoors and outdoors.

Regional Victoria: Volunteering activity can continue, within maximum public gathering size limit, currently up to 20 people. Face masks are required at all times both indoors and outdoors.

All Parks Victoria volunteer activities will be managed in alignment with the Department of Health guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) including the need for physical distancing, personal protective equipment and good hygiene.

You will be contacted directly by Parks Victoria staff if the program or activity you are participating in requires collection of your vaccination status in the first instance by Parks Victoria.  Vaccination against COVID-19 continues to be strongly encouraged by the Victorian Government and your vaccination efforts to date are greatly appreciated. We encourage all individuals and organisations to strongly consider their safety and that of their wider community, including volunteers, visitors and staff.

We understand that it has been a challenging time and we are excited for the return to volunteering.

Thank you for your patience and continued contribution to the conservation and protection of nature and we look forward to your safe return. 

If you need to contact us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Volunteering team via volunteer@parks.vic.gov.au

For up-to-date health information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Kind Regards

Parks Victoria Volunteer Team
T: 13 19 63 | E: volunteer@parks.vic.gov.au
Level 10, 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

COVID-19 updated rules and what it means for Landcare in Victoria

With COVID-19 rules changing and parts of Victoria coming out of lockdown this week, we want to ensure that the Victorian Landcare community is able to operate safely and that members are aware of their responsibilities and the rules in place. 

It is very important that landcare groups conform to all the rules relevant to COVID safety.

Landcare Victoria Inc. cannot provide member groups with authoritative advice about whether particular activities can be carried out, as that judgement must be made locally. 

Landcare Victoria Inc. cannot and does not intend to mandate any particular policy regarding COVID for landcare groups. Each group must make their own decision in the context of their operations, membership and staffing arrangements, and each group need to make their own decisions in a work health and safety context.

We would like to note that employers have a duty to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace for their staff and volunteers. Whether on committees or planting trees, volunteers are entitled to the same health and safety protections as paid workers and any policies must apply to all in the organisation.

We have summarised the most recent rules for your guidance and hope that you ensure all guidance is followed and meet the requirements as directed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer. 

Click here to learn more on the COVID-19 guidance for Landcare in Victoria 

If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info@lvi.org.au or call (03) 9034 1940.

We pay our respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands in Victoria.
We take inspiration from the legacy of Victorian Aboriginal people, who have produced food, while caring for the ecological systems that life depends upon, for tens of thousands of years.

Animal Welfare Group Shelter Belt Project

The Anglican Parish of Gisborne Animal Welfare Group has received a Community Grant through the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for their agricultural Shelter Belt Project.

The Grant allows the Animal Welfare Group to provide a limited number of complimentary shelter belt packages (native tube stock) for livestock shelter provision and biodiversity recovery.

Orders are now being taken on the following species, which will be ready for planting in Autumn 2022:

Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle)
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle)
Acacia verniciflua (Varnish Wattle)
Cassinia longifolia (Shiny Cassinia)
Dodonaea viscosa (Wedge Leaf Hop Bush)
Eucalyptus aggregata (Black Gum)
Eucalyptus dives (Broad Leaf Peppermint)
Eucalyptus goniocalyx (Broad Leaf Box)
Eucalyptus laxteri (Brown Stringy Bark)
Eucalyptus macrorlyncha (Red Stringy Bark)
Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box)
Eucalyptus obliqua (Messmate)
Eucalyptus ovata (Swamp Gum)
Eucalyptus radiata (Narrow Leaf Peppermint)
Eucalyptus rubida (Candlebark)
Eucalyptus tricarpa (Red Ironbark)
Eucalyptus viminalis (Manna Gum)
Leptospermum continentale (Prickly Tea-Tree)
Pultenea daphnoides (Large Leaf Bush-Pea)

For further information or to receive an application form please contact Janine Mc Dougall at withgrace@bigpond.com

Proudly supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council.