Machinery of Government changes to DEECA (formerly DELWP)

Effective 1 January 2023

Along with a new name, there are some exciting changes happening within the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA); most importantly for Landcare, Agriculture returns to the Environment portfolio!

With climate change and energy transformation at its heart, DEECA will integrate the Resources and Agriculture portfolios and together with Energy, Water and the Environment will drive a greater focus on emissions reduction opportunities and adaptation and consolidate oversight of Victoria’s resource-based sectors. This will better position Victoria to meet the government’s newly committed 2030 and 2035 and net zero by 2045 emissions reduction targets.

The Department will also auspice the establishment of the State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV) and all energy programs and grants administered by DJPR will move to DEECA.

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action will continue to be led by Secretary John Bradley, and support the following Ministers:

· Minister for Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio (Coordinating Minister)

· Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio

· Minister for the State Electricity Commission Lily D’Ambrosio

· Minister for Environment Ingrid Stitt

· Minister for Water Harriet Shing

· Minister for Agriculture Gayle Tierney

Nassella Identification and control workshop

A workshop to learn more about invasive grasses and how to identify and control them.

Would you like to learn more about how to identify and control the invasive grasses on your property?

In Australia there are over 400 species of grasses with 180 introduced species.  Chilean needle grass and Serrated Tussock are two invasive species that are harmful to the environment and livestock. The seed heads of Nassella species are known to cause serious physical injury to dogs too.

Nassella species can be hard to identify, and left undetected they can become difficult to control.

Join Macedon Ranges Shire Council Roadside Conservation Officer, Josh Gomez and Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party Communication Officer, Ivan Carter to learn how to identify and control Nassella grass species.

When: Saturday 26 November 2022

Where: Gisborne Community Hall

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Bookings through EVENTBRITE

Serrated tussock is a prolific seeder with 90 per cent of the plant self-pollinating. Seed heads of the plant are carried along the ground and in the air and may be blown considerable distances, up to several kilometres (

Paramount Grasslands and Wildflowers tour 

Get your nature loving family out discovering wildflowers and grasslands this spring!

Did you know that grasslands are one of the most threatened ecosystems in Victoria? They’re home to wildflowers and grasses, as well as special critters like the Striped Legless Lizards and Golden Sun Moths.

The Grassy Plains Network with the Victorian National Parks Association would love your family to join us on a tour of Paramount Grassland.

We have family-friendly activities to do as we walk and talk our way around the grassland, making discoveries along the way. We’ll be joined by one of the local council’s knowledgeable biodiversity officers, so there will be lots to learn. Wildflower field guides will be provided.

Our Grasslands tour is on: Sunday 20 November at Paramount Grasslands, Foleys Road, Derrimut from 1pm – 3pm.

Register for the Grasslands tour

Speaking of wildflowers, don’t forget we’ve got some fantastic Wild Families activity sheets for your next springtime adventure.

Wild Regards,

Caitlin Griffith
Wild Families
(03) 9341 6500