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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Victorian Landcare Magazine Online
The Spring 2019 issue (#76) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature of the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards, is now available online. Read the inspiring stories on each of the 15 award winners that were announced at the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony at Government House, Melbourne, on 30 August. Click into news item for link.
VFF invitation for Landcarers to the 40th Birthday Celebration
On Thursday 21 November 2019, to coincide with National Ag Day, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) will celebrate its 40th Birthday with a gala dinner for all our members, guests, friends and stakeholders and has extended an invitation to Landcarers to attend at VFF member ticket prices. Click further into news item for full invitation and to RSVP.
Community climate change initiatives to be explored at regional hearings
The Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee will be looking into local community initiatives to tackle climate change at a series of public hearings in regional Victoria during November/early December. Click into news item for further details.
7th National 2019 NRM Knowledge Conference: 17 - 20 November 2019, The Cube, Wodonga
Creating Resilience through Natural Resource Management – how do we do it? This conference is for everyone - no matter where you come from or how you contribute to natural resource management – in your local bush group, on your tractor, crunching data, managing Indigenous lands or running grants programs. Registrations are still open, click into news item for more details!
National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3 Now Open!
The purpose of the Smart Farms Small Grants round is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations. Grants of between $5,000 & $50,000 (excl GST) for eligible projects of up to 2 year duration are available. Applications close at 11.00pm AEDT on 19 December 2019. Click into news item for further details and application instructions for member groups operating solely under LVI incorporation.