A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
DELWP is undertaking a study and consultation on Long Term Water Resources Assessment (LTWRA) for Southern Victoria and the draft Overview Report and other documents are available for consultation.
Consultation closes on 30th November and it is important to have your say as the report identifies that there has been a long term decline in water availability with detrimental impacts on Victoria's rivers and water systems. This decline in environmental water reinforces adverse impacts on biodiversity in rivers and streams and surrounding areas.
The LTWRA will lead to the development of sustainable water strategies for the Central Region (including Geelong and Melbourne) and Gippsland in the next 12 to 18 months.
You can have your say on these processes here - https://www.water.vic.gov.au/planning/long-term-assessments-and-strategies/ltwra
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.