A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
Wild deer are now listed as a high priority pest animal in many jurisdictions across Australia and more stories are emerging of landholders being increasingly impacted by deer, while members of the public are very concerned about deer damage in public land.
Peter West, National Coordinator of FeralScan and Invasive Species Officer with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, said the number of reports coming through DeerScan in recent months has helped to highlight problem areas and enabled us to develop detailed knowledge of where and how deer are using the landscape.
“This information is now allowing land managers and governments to better target management strategies to reduce deer impacts to farms and the environment,” Mr West said.
However, Mr West also reiterated that all data collected through DeerScan is managed securely and exact locations of deer sightings are not made publicly available.
Individuals and landowners can record sightings into DeerScan. To set up your community group within the program, visit the website or email email@example.com for support.
To report deer sighting, their impacts and management, simply visit www.deerscan.org.au or download the free FeralScan App from Apple and Google Play.
• FeralScan now has more than 22,000 users and 140,000 pest animal records.
• In its first 6 months DeerScan has had more than 1,700 records uploaded.
• There are 379 groups registered within FeralScan consisting of members working together to share monitoring data and work together to manage pest species.
• All deer information is managed discretely and exact locations of deer sightings are not made available to the public.
• People who enter pest animal data, can elect to share their records with the public or keep them private.
• Anyone can report sightings of pest animals into FeralScan by simply visiting www.feralscan.org.au
Tier 1 On-farm Energy Grants Open!
Applications close March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). The grants will provide support to farmers to replace energy inefficient equipment, install more energy efficient systems and enable own-generation capacity. Click into news item for further information or to apply!
Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program - Open for applications
This Grants Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Any Victorian ex-service organisation, local council, school or community group is eligible to apply. Click into news item for further information or to apply.
Survey: State Volunteering Strategy
The Victorian Government has a 2018 election commitment to develop and implement a Volunteer Strategy to support and enhance volunteerism in Victoria. The strategy will be informed by extensive consultation across the Victorian public and volunteering community, seeking deep insights into the challenges and opportunities for volunteers, community members, and managers of volunteers and organisations. Online consultation is now open until 31 May 2020, click into news item for link.
The Ripple Effect
Mental health is an on-going issue in our society. To better support our farming community, we need a better understanding of what people on farms are thinking. To help, click into this news item to complete the on-line, anonymous survey. The survey results will enable planners, researchers and government to fully realise the extent of the problem.
Happy International Volunteer Day!
This year’s International Volunteer Day celebrates the theme of “Volunteer for an Inclusive Future” to promote the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism. Today is a chance for us to raise awareness, celebrate and thank those volunteering in Victoria (an estimated +134,000 volunteers!), across Australia and the globe acting to protect, preserve and enhance the health of our natural environment and biodiversity. Click into news item for further information, volunteer stories and new resources.