A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
Over 90 delegates, members and guests attended to the 2019 LVI AGM to hear Lucinda Corrigan, Chair of Farmers for Climate Action talk about Climate Change as an economic issue and Climate Smart Agriculture. Attendees also heard from Kylie White, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Environment and Planning at DELWP regarding Biodiversity 2037 and the Environmental Volunteer Plan.
LVI Elections were announced with the LVI Committee of Management for 2019 being: Chair David Clark (Glenelg Hopkins), Vice Chair - Operations & Services Christine Brooke (North Central), Treasurer Leanne Jackman (Wimmera), Secretary Beth Ripper (West Gippsland), Dr Kaye Rodden (Corangamite), Jenny Robertson (East Gippsland), Terry Hubbard (Goulburn Broken), Ian Arney (Mallee), Jane Carney (North East), Marijke de Bever-Price (Port Phillip and Westernport) and Professional Landcarers Asha Benham-Bannon and Kerri Robson. Outgoing CoM member Alan Morton joins the LVI Members Council.
After lunch attendees shared learnings in the "Living up to our Name: Landcare Partnership & Collaboration Workshop" led by Kim Boswell at the Forever Agenda.
For LVI Committee of Management and LVI Members Council information and bios go to - https://www.landcarevic.org.au/groups/state/lvi/landcare-victoria-inc-committee-of-management-and-members-council/
A copy of the LVI Annual Report 2019 can be downloaded from the LVI Gateway page here - https://www.landcarevic.org.au/groups/state/lvi/lvi-annual-general-meeting-2019/
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.