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LVI News - February 2021

From the CEO + Advice for member groups + Support for Landcare + Policy and Planning + LVI AGM save the date!

Landcare Victoria Newsletter

From the CEO - February 2021

Our newsletter is published a little earlier than normal this month in response to the Victorian Government’s invitation for applications for the Landcare Facilitator program. This program has been vital to the success of Landcare in Victoria and Landcare Victoria Inc., on behalf of its 600 member groups, thanks Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio MP for her continued support for the program. 

Landcare Victoria Inc. (LVI) wants to help groups and networks planning to make application for a Facilitator position to put their best foot forward and have prepared advice for member groups to assist (see below).  LVI is also keen to hear from members about any issues that emerge in preparation of your application to assist in our liaison with DELWP on your behalf.

The wheels have begun to turn at LVI in preparation for the Annual General Meeting that will be held on 21 May. This means it is time to think about stepping forward for a role on the Committee or Member’s Council. 

The Summer 2021 issue (#80) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature on small farms and food production, is now available.

I always welcome the newsletters produced by our member groups and networks. The recent South Gippsland Landcare Network newsletter featured the terrific work being done by the Tarwin Landcare Group to restore mangroves in Venus Bay. It highlights the diversity of Landcare projects and the deep (in the mud perhaps!) commitment of Landcare volunteers. Congratulations to them all.

Andrew Maclean

Support for Landcare

Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program - applications open

Applications for funding are now open for Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks that want to employ a Landcare facilitator under the 2021-24 Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program. Applications close 5pm Thursday 18 March 2021. For more information visit: environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlfp

Landcare Victoria Inc has developed advice to assist LVI members engaged in preparing applications, available on the Landcare Gateway.

Expressions of Interest - Landcare Farming Carbon and Natural Capital Benchmarking project

The Landcare Farming Project is seeking expressions of interest from Landcare Groups and members to participate in a workshop program that will build Landcare knowledge and skills about carbon farming and natural capital. 
 
The project will deliver a series of carbon footprint and natural capital accounting workshops nationally throughout 2021. We are encouraging producers to apply if they are interested in knowing how carbon footprint and/or natural capital schemes will underpin industry/sector sustainability strategy reporting, future investment and potential new markets.
 
More information about the project is available at the project website. Project Manager: mick.taylor@landcareaustralia.com.au can assist with any questions you may have.
 
The EOI was open until 29 January – but follow up with Mick if your group is still keen to be involved.

News Corp Bushfire Recovery Grants

News Corp has partnered with the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal to enable the delivery of the News Corp Bushfire Fund grants. This support is for local not-for-profit organisations and community groups that are delivering locally led projects and activities to assist people in their recovery as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires. For more information visit FRRR.

General Jeffery Soil Health Award

The General Jeffery Soil Health Award recognises the efforts of the people who are caring for our land and honours the exceptional work of Australia’s first National Soils Advocate, the late Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), who passed away late last year.

The award is open to any individual farmer, land manager, extension specialist or educator who is making an exceptional contribution to soil health in Australia. The winner will be sponsored to attend in person, the National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner where they will receive a trophy and a cash prize of $20,000.

The award is supported by the Office of the National Soils Advocate within the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Let’s be sure that Landcarers are well represented in the applications. Apply Now! Nominations close 31 March.

Policy and Planning

Biosecurity Survey

Biosecurity - pests, weeds and disease - is a matter of vital concern to landcarers. Countless hours and millions of dollars are spent managing threats to agricultural land, the environment and livestock. Landcare needs a supportive government policy framework. That is why it is important for landcarers to contribute your ideas and opinions to this survey that will help to ensure the Victorian government is properly informed of your needs. The survey is available online via this link.

Update: AgVic advises that the Landcare response to the survey has so far been limited – so it’s time to lift our game, team!!  Make sure the Landcare voice is loud and clear.

Charles Massy Webinar

Charles Massy, the doyen of regenerative agriculture will speak at a webinar organised by our friends at the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) on 9 February.  Register via the EIANZ website.

Landcare Victoria News

LVI Member Database Upgrade - help from members needed

LVI has commenced a major upgrade of its membership database. This very important database records the details of around 600 member groups and 17,000 individual landcarers. One important objective of the upgrade is to simplify the exchange of information between LVI and its member groups during the membership renewal process. We plan to establish a member portal that will enable member groups to directly update member lists online, avoiding the tedious processes now in place. We want to establish a user reference panel comprising a cross section of our membership to help to design and test the interface to be sure it meets member needs. If you would like to help, please contact Andrew Maclean at the LVI office by email info@lvi.org.au or call 0417 052 495.

Landcare Victoria Inc. Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Annual General Meeting of Landcare Victoria Inc. will be held on 21 May 2021 (other details to follow). Now is the time for LVI members to consider stepping up for a role on the LVI Board or Members Council. Vacancies will arise on the Board due to the completion of the term of current Board members for the Wimmera, Port Phillip, North Central and Glenelg Hopkins regions and for one of the two professional landcarer positions. There are vacancies on the Members Council in most regions.

In advance of the meeting it is important that member groups ensure they have advised LVI of their voting delegate (the Chair or President is our default choice unless you nominate someone else). Only financial members are able to exercise a vote, so be sure that you have renewed for the current year. 

We’ll circulate more information about the AGM in coming weeks, including the formal call for nominations.

CLEA – Community Learning for Environmental Action

Landcare Victoria Inc’s CLEA 2020 project has concluded its work with networks in the NE region. LVI thanks the Natural Resource Conservation League of Victoria for its support and commitment to building the capacity of Landcare in Victoria.

Visit the CLEA website to read the latest post from Project leader, Ross Colliver. He discusses how mobilising capacity in the Landcare movement starts with personal connections around personal passions, and explores ways to grow those personal networks to find the people who will back you.

Victoria Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine

The Summer 2021 issue (#80) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature on small farms and food production, is now available online or via PDF. Print copies should reach your letter boxes by mid-February so keep an eye out in order to read some great stories from Landcare groups, networks and individual producers across the State.
 
If you would like to subscribe to receive the Landcare magazine please complete the online subscription form or contact LVI via info@lvi.org.au

Stories are being sought for the next issue of the magazine which will be a feature on invasive plants and animals. Please contact info@lvi.org.au or email Carrie Tiffany (editor) by Friday 26 March 2021 via editorviclandcare@gmail.com to contribute.

Note - the Landcare magazine fills up with stories very quickly so please get in contact asap if you would like a submission considered.

Acknowledgements

Landcare Victoria Inc is grateful for the funding support provided by:

  • Victorian Government Landcare Program
  • Australian Government National Landcare Program
  • Natural Resources Conservation League
  • Rendere Trust – Phillipson family
  • Upotipotpon Trust – Crothers family
  • Public Records Office Victoria
  • Our 600 Member Groups

We pay our respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands in Victoria. We take inspiration from the legacy of Victorian Aboriginal people, who have produced food, while caring for the ecological systems that life depends upon, for tens of thousands of years.

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