Introduction to livestock diseases and biosecurity planning for small livestock owners

Sunday 20 August, 2pm to 5pm @ 5 Tylden-Woodend Road, Tylden VIC

Do you have cattle, sheep, goats or alpacas in the Tylden area?

Agriculture Victoria and Ashbourne Landcare are inviting you to a free workshop on biosecurity threats, biosecurity planning and requirements for all livestock owners (sheep, cattle, goats and alpacas).

Topics include

1. Biosecurity – what is it and why is it important for small landholders?

2. Introduction to the basics

  • Property Identification Codes (PICs), the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) and your obligations
  • National Livestock Standstill and what to expect

3. What are some of the significant threats?

  • Foot-and-mouth disease
  • Lumpy skin disease
  • Equine influenza
  • Avian influenzas
  • Q fever

4. Making a biosecurity plan for your property

  • Simple measures – ‘come clean, go clean’

Gavin Beever, Cumbre Consulting

Gavin has extensive experience in the fields of extension (adult learning), group facilitation, project management, business planning, farm management, boards, monitoring and evaluation, computer aided extension, animal husbandry, agronomy, natural resource management, vegetation assessment, soil conservation, environmental planning, catchment management, property management planning and staff recruiting and management.

Gavin’s key strengths are he is an extremely good facilitator, with excellent interpersonal skills; he enjoys creating high functioning teams who achieve their goals and really enjoy doing so.  He is outcome focused; but likes to ensure people keep a balance with their goals, have fun, build better relationships and enjoy the journey.

He has a broad range of practical experience in business, farming, government agencies, board positions, planning schemes, research and development corporations, project management, the thoroughbred industry and coaching and enjoys bringing this experience with sound processes to meet client needs.


More information

For more information contact Jennifer Shaw on or call 0499 684 237.

Wild Families – winter edition of Park Watch

In the latest edition of Park Watch, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to inspire you to brave the cold and soak up some nature with your family over the next couple of weeks!

Maits Rest & Melba Gully

Learn more about these beautiful short walks in the Great Otway National Park and why the whole family will love exploring them.

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Eucalypt quiz

How much does your family know about our amazing Eucalypt trees?

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Setting imaginations alight

Looking for a book to read over the school holidays? Alight: A story of fire and nature is a beautiful book to introduce young children to the complicated topic of fire in our natural places.

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Become a fungus finder

The school holidays are a great time to head to a park and search for fungi! If you haven’t checked out our latest activity sheet yet, have a squiz to learn about the fascinating world of fungi.

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 Enjoy all the latest nature stories in the new edition of Park Watch, our quarterly magazine.

Read the full edition of Park Watch

You can also receive the print version of the magazine four times a year by becoming a member of the Victorian National Parks Association.

Words by Caitlin Griffith & Consuelo Quevedo
Wild Families is our program supporting families with children under 12 years old to take journeys of discovery together. Find out more here.

A program of the Victorian National Parks Association

Koala Habitat Mapping and Monitoring

You, Me and Biodiversity – Wombat Forestcare

Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

Each year, Wombat Forestcare presents ‘You, Me and Biodiversity’ – a series of lectures or workshops to explore biodiversity in our local setting, how we are all part of a dynamic circle of life and what participants can do to enhance biodiversity. The workshops emphasise how participants can become more connected with their environment in their minds, in their homes and in the forest. It is hoped people will come away with practical knowledge, a heightened sense of empowerment and wonder at this complex, teaming environment we live in.

Wombat Forestcare’s ‘You, Me and Biodiversity’ program is pleased to have two speakers share their knowledge and experience on koala habitat mapping and monitoring, Jackson Cass from Moorabool Landcare and Dave Mitchell from the Australian Koala Foundation on Saturday 29 July 2023, 2.00 to 3.30pm at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, Trentham.

Jackson will talk about a joint project with the CSIRO, the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, and the local community as part of the National Koala Monitoring Project. Through this collaborative approach the aim is to fill knowledge gaps for future koala recovery and management efforts.

Dave Mitchell is a landscape ecologist and well known for his work in mapping koala habitat across Australia. He is currently completing his PhD on this topic at RMIT. He will share with us some of the mapping work occurring locally and in Victoria.

Wombat Forestcare would like to invite you to be part of these efforts and ask you to begin or continue koala monitoring!

Further details:
The presentations will be followed by afternoon tea.
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bookings: TryBooking:
Words by Gayle Osborne – Wombat Forestcare