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LVI News - August 2021

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Landcare Victoria Newsletter

August 2021

Message from the CEO 

Landcare Victoria’s great strength is that it represents grassroots landcare members. In addition to a Board of Directors elected by members, our Members Council plays an important role in ensuring the Landcare Victoria Board and staff are informed by the priorities and needs of our members. A Board sub-committee chaired by West Gippsland Director Beth Ripper OAM is actively working to strengthen the Members Council and the call is out for additional members. If you are keen to contribute, see the information below.  

It’s terrific to see some strong Victorian presentations in the National Landcare Conference this week. While it is a shame that COVID limitations require that the conference is online rather than in person, registrations are very strong with over 2,000 people expected to participate. We are also looking forward to seeing who from Victoria might be recognised in the National Landcare Awards, with some very strong candidates who merit our congratulations and thanks for their contribution to landcare.  

Congratulations to all those groups that have renewed their membership with Landcare Victoria in the last few weeks. We’ve received positive feedback about the streamlined renewal process and renewals are coming in more rapidly than in past years. Remember, you are not insured if you have not renewed. We understand that there is always some head-scratching about how some charges are applied and calculated and we are working on improving communications about that.

Cheers,

Andrew Maclean | CEO of Landcare Victoria Inc. 

 

Landcare groups receive $13M in facilitator funding

A big congratulations again to the 80-part time landcare facilitators who have secured funding over the next three years under the State’s Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program.

Victorian Landcare groups and their facilitators are estimated to return more than seven dollars for every dollar invested, and play a crucial ‘leveraging’ role, by amplifying the scope and scale of landcare activities for regional communities. 

Click here to read more.

 

North East Landcare Forum - postponed 

The North East Landcare Forum has been postponed until Autumn 2022 due to the current uncertainty around COVID-19 and its potential impact on attendance. The planning committee will continue its work on developing a valuable program for professional landcarers, community volunteers and Landcare Victoria Inc. Members Councillors. We look forward to sharing it with you in-person when such things become possible again!    
 

Calling out for new members to join our Members Council 

Landcare Victoria Inc. is committed to an effective and empowered Members Council providing representation of the grassroots landcare movement. 

The role of the Members Council is to:

  • Be a part of Landcare Victoria Inc. policy response and policy development work
  • Be a conduit for ideas and issues that directly relate to the effectiveness of Landcare in Victoria
  • Understand and communicate with members about the work and activities of Landcare Victoria Inc.

Click here for further detail on the Members Council Charter or here to read about Councillors in your region.

If you think you might be interested in acting as a regional representative for landcarers across the state, please email us at info@lvi.org.au as there are vacancies across all ten regions.
 
 

What is grant auspicing?  

To ‘auspice’ means to provide support, sponsorship or guidance. The most common reason that landcare groups come across the need to be auspiced is when a grant opportunity require applicants to be an incorporated association.

Landcare Victoria Inc. auspices grants as one of our many member services. We help unincorporated member groups access grant funding by acting as the legal signatory on agreements, by accepting funds, and by overseeing grant report requirements (as outlined in our Member Group Grants policy). If you are unsure if you are an incorporated group who needs grant auspice support check out this handy search function at Consumer Affairs.

For grant support, please email us at least a week prior to any grant deadline so that we have enough time to review your request and help with documentation.
 

 

Drought Resilience Innovation Grants 

Drought Resilience Innovation Grants are now available to fund projects that help Australian farmers and agricultural-dependent communities and businesses to adopt innovative approaches and technology to improve drought resilience. 

  • Ideas Grants will provide $50,000 (GST inclusive) for one year
  • Proof-of-Concept Grants will provide funding of up to $120,000 (GST inclusive) for one year
  • Innovation Grants will provide funding of between $300,000 to $1.1 million (GST inclusive) per year for a maximum of 3 years.


 

Vote to help fund your favourite local Landcare project!  

The Victorian Government is offering funding for community-led projects that consider new ways of volunteering in and for the environment. 

The Volunteering Innovation Fund will award $2 million in funding over multiple rounds to community groups to help fund their environmental projects.

Have your say on the most innovative and impactful projects that inspire you to volunteer for nature. Voting closes 5pm Thursday 12 August 2021.

Vote here.

 

TreeProject  

TreeProject have a network of trained volunteers that grow local indigenous seedlings for rural landholders and Landcare groups who need help with revegetation.

For landholders, being able to access ‘at-cost’ seedlings ($220 for 500 native seedlings) from TreeProject can be critical to start restoring degraded areas.

Landcare groups can determine what species they want to plant, collect or order local seed then distribute the seedlings to members when they are ready for planting.

TreeProject have a lot of volunteer growers ready to grow this summer, so get your order in by 30 September 2021. 

Order Seedlings from TreeProject

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP)   

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is offering leadership development using challenge based and experiential learning. Applications are open for individuals committed to and ready to respond to the challenges and opportunities in regional, remote and rural Australia. 

Applications close on Sunday 29 August 2021.

Learn more.

OZFish - a partner for Landcare    

OzFish Unlimited is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the millions of Aussie recreational fishers take control of the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries and shore up the future of the sport they love. OzFish volunteers work alongside landcare volunteers to improve the health of rivers and lakes and the riparian zone – a priority they share with many landcare groups. 

OzFish have reached out to Landcare Victoria to seek regional level partnerships with landcare groups and networks. The benefit of a partnership with OzFish includes more volunteers and improved access to grant funds.

 

ARI Seminar – National Science Week 

For National Science Week Dr Peter Griffioen will be presenting on recent innovations to teach computers how to identify frog calls, an achievement that will save scientists thousands of hours listening to recordings.

Dr Jian Yen will be putting ecological models to the test by demonstrating why we should test all of our models more rigorously, using examples of his approach while working on VEFMAP (Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program).

The ARI Seminar will be on Monday 16th August, 1pm - 2pm.

Register here.

 

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