A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
Dear landcarers & friends,
Our thoughts are with those all those impacted by the recent devastating fires. Please stay safe, make sure you aware of bushfire warnings in your area, and take care. The immediate concern is still personal and community safety as the fire danger continues in the day and weeks. Nonetheless some communities are already turning their attention to recovery efforts, with many landcare networks, groups and members are already out on the ground assisting with the immediate aftermath.
There has been a hugely generous outpouring of support from the general public and landcarers from across the country. Landcare Australia in conjunction with the National Landcare Network has announcing a Landcare-specific appeal [here] to assist with long term recovery and provided information for the general public on the positive role Landcare plays in recovery efforts [here].
There is also an effort to co-ordinate offers of assistance that cannot be handled locally – if you are in an affected region and need assistance please let us know what assistance you need either directly or via https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcare-groups-support .
Injured Livestock & Wildlife: please report livestock injuries to Agriculture Victoria on 1800 226 226 so that animal health staff can perform an assessment. Agriculture Victoria is supporting landholders impacted by recent fires through animal welfare assessments and assistance, farm impact assessments and the referral of urgent cases of personal need. Injured Wildliferequest Assistance by calling 03 8400 7300 or online https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/wildlife-information/report-a-wildlife-emergency
Financial Support: Affected farmers can access immediate financial support through both the Victorian Emergency Relief Assistance Payment by calling the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226 and the Commonwealth Government’s Disaster Recovery Program Payment on 180 22 66. The Red Cross also has Emergency grants open for those who’ve lost their homes [here].
Fodder & Agistment: The Victorian Farmers Federation has secured an agreement with the Victorian Government to facilitate the transport of fodder to affected regions. This includes reimbursement of freight costs for transport of donated fodder. Farmers in need of fodder or those offering donations are encouraged to contact the VFF on 1300 882 833 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There are fodder depots in Corryong and Bairnsdale. The VFF is also listing offers of agistment on the website https://vff.org.au/vff/Resources/Donations/vff/Donations.aspx
Blazeaid is opening camps soon in Lexton, with plans for camps in Corryong and Buchan, and we know some Landcare groups and members are heavily involved with those efforts. Potential volunteers can register at [here] or blazeaid.com.au
Landcare: Most landcare volunteers will be local, however here is registration form for volunteers for people who are outside of those areas: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/volunteer-how-you-can-help-support-landcare-groups-and-other-community-groups. This is intended to capture current enthusiasm that can be directed to long term recovery. If you are in a fire affected area and are looking for volunteers currently please let us know.
There a large number of appeals for various aspects of fire recovery:
Landcare Bushfire & Natural Disaster Recovery Fund: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/donations-2/
Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund https://www.zoo.org.au/fire-fund/
Other Appeals are listed at: https://about.abc.net.au/appeals/
We’ve also had some requests for information on previous recovery efforts and what role Landcare can play. Landcare Australia has developed a statement to outline Landcare’s critical role in the immediate, medium and long-term response to natural disasters such as bushfires. The statement outlines how Landcare groups assist during bushfire recovery, how we plan to support local Landcare groups and communities in affected areas, as well as what individuals and organisations can do to support. Landcare Australia Chair, Doug Humann AM as well as NLN Chair, Patrick O’Connor have both endorsed the statement which is now available on the Landcare Australia website here.
Stories about Landcare efforts in recovery are also available:
Busfires can be very traumatic even for those not directly affected. If you or anyone you know needs help, contact:
Community Trauma Toolkit: https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/toolkits/community-trauma-toolkit
Please share relevant items to your members/local community who may be interested.
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!