A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
From the CEO + Landcare Farming EOI + Support for Landcare + Policy and Planning highlights
We look forward to 2021 as an exciting new year for Landcare. Hopefully COVID restrictions will continue to ease and with due care, landcarers can get back to work, collaborating, planning, organising and achieving their vision for sustainable and productive landscapes.
With new funding from the Victorian Government for the facilitator program, landcarers face a busy few months developing funding proposals – and managing the outcome of these. At the pointy end of this process is the hugely valuable team of Landcare facilitators that do such great work for our communities. Change is likely to follow a new funding program and it is important that we do our very best to support our facilitators during this uncertain time.
Our landcare communities in East Gippsland, the North East and parts of South West Victoria have been diligently battling away in the year since the disastrous bushfires of 2019/20, often under the limitations of COVID-safety. Dealing firstly with the immediate physical impacts of the fires on homes and properties, communities are now rising to the challenge of repairing the environmental damage caused by the fire. The Landcare response to the fire is something those groups and networks can be very proud of, demonstrating the real value of coordinated community leadership in building landscape and community resilience.
At Landcare Victoria, we are shifting gear from strategic to operational mode, always looking for opportunities to add value for our members. Early priorities include upgrading our communications arrangements, improving member data management and membership renewal processes, and securing new funding for Landcare.
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 via the Landcare Farming website or by contacting Project Manager email@example.com at Landcare Australia. The EOI is open until 29 January.
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.
To apply visit: http://generaljefferyaward.com.au/ Nominations close 31 March.
The Victorian Rabbit Action Network is inviting community groups and organisations to apply for their new grant program of up to $5,000 to help community groups and organisations to raise awareness of the rabbit issue and best practice control methods. For information, visit the new VRAN website: www.vran.com.au Closes 29 January 2021.
Melbourne Water has launched a new streamlined and flexible grants program: Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways. Landowners, councils and public land managers, school and community groups, universities and research institutions, multi-partner projects and collaborative groups have the opportunity to partner with Melbourne Water for projects that align with the following themes: Connected habitat and catchments; Integrated water management (IWM) enablers; Science, innovation and technology; and Liveable cities. The program offers a flexible application process that allows can be access at any time during the year. Visit Melbourne Water for more information.
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. To comment visit: http://wmsr.com.au/agvic
Landcare Victoria continues to monitor the legislative reforms before the State Parliament that will allow for camping on Crown Land water frontages. In response to Landcare Victoria’s letter on behalf of the Landcare community, the Hon Melissa Horne MP, Minister for Fishing and Boating has replied, advising that regulations will be drafted that will include reference to how far to set up camp from the river, campfires, litter, areas that may be excluded from camping due to environmental or cultural reasons, etc.. The Minister also advises that the Victorian Fisheries Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will be leading an extensive public consultation process on the draft regulations from 1 March 2021 to ensure all stakeholders, including Landcare Victoria Inc. are provided an opportunity to help shape what the regulations will be.
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: https://www.eianz.org/events/category/current-eianz-webinars
Landcare Victoria members are reminded that DELWP will shortly open applications for the Landcare Facilitator Program. Be sure to start early on preparing your application, especially in relation to demonstrating that your group or network has all the employment-related procedures and documentation in place to meet DELWP’s expectations. Landcare Victoria will be pleased to offer any support we can, and will be keen to learn of any emerging issues to assist with our communication with the Department.
As previously mentioned, LVI has recently moved from the 5th floor to the 10th floor at 24-28 Collins St, Melbourne. We are looking forward to being able to transition back to the office, from our current working-from-home arrangements, in early 2021. At present, our mailing address, phone and email remain the same, although, there have been some minor disruptions to our phone service as we separate our systems from the VFF. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. In the transition period, if you wish to contact LVI we suggest emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Andrew, Amanda and Claire are more than happy to give you a call back.
Landcare Victoria Inc is grateful for the funding support provided by:
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.
LVI News - March 2021
The LVI Newsletter for March is now available. Click into the news item for an update from the CEO, to access information about the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program member survey results, for an update on support available to groups, and to read about policy and planning highlights relevant to Landcare.
LVI News - February 2021
The LVI Newsletter for February is now available. Click into the news item for an update from the CEO, to access information about the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program, for an update on support available to groups, and to read about policy and planning highlights relevant to Landcare.
LVI News - January 2021
The LVI Newsletter for January is now available. Click into the news item for an update from the CEO, to access information about EOI's, awards and grants, and to read about policy and planning highlights relevant to Landcare.
LVI News - December 2020
The LVI Newsletter for December is now available. Click into the news item for an update from the CEO, to access links to funding opportunities, and read about policy and planning highlights relevant to Landcare.
Landcare Facilitator and Regional Landcare Coordinator extension
The Victorian Government is extending contracts for existing Landcare Facilitators and Regional Landcare Coordinators to 30 June 2021. Click into the news item for more detail.