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
Minister announces 6-month extension of Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program until 31 December 2020
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, has today announced a 6-month extension (until 31 December 2020) of the existing Landcare facilitator positions funded through the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program (VLFP). Click into news item for full update from DELWP.
Budget Direct Sponsorships Solved - Current round closing 31 May 2020
Budget Direct offers to support local communities through its Sponsorships Solved program to help groups throughout Australia in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods. Eligible organisations can apply for sponsorship for their community initiatives of amounts between $1,000 & $5,000. Click into news item for further details.
Sunsuper Community Grants - Closing 26 June 2020
Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World partners with the visions of Australians and local initiatives to dream big and do good. Grassroots community groups, not-for-profit organisations can apply to win a share of $150,000 in grants to help make the world a better place. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply!
Charlie Arnott Regenerative Journey Podcast - Starts 26 May 2020
Next week, 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner Charlie Arnott will launch his inaugural podcast series The Regenerative Journey. Listen to Charlie delve into the lives of some truly fascinating figureheads within the regenerative agricultural space. In the nine episode series Charlies’ guests include Damon Gameau, Joel Salatin to name but a few... and not forgetting the series opener which is Charlie’s very own regenerative journey. Click into news item for link.
VEFN's Best Friend Award 2020 - Nominations open until 30 June 2020
This year, 2020, is the 29th year that the Victorian Environmental Friends Network (VEFN) has awarded for excellence and dedication in environmental volunteering. Nominations will be accepted from members of a nominating Friends group who believe the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to their Friends group. This year there is also a new Young Best Friend Award for volunteers under 25 years of age. Click into news item for further details and to nominate!