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LVI News - July 2021

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Landcare Victoria Newsletter

July 2021

Message from the CEO 

Our June newsletter includes information about the newly elected committee and officers of Landcare Victoria Inc. decided at the AGM held on 21 May.  Congratulations and thanks to all who travelled to Melbourne to attend the AGM and to the members that have stepped forward in a voluntary capacity to lead the organisation.  

We’ve been really pleased with the positive feedback from members about the streamlined membership renewal process we’ve adopted this year. By separating the requirement to provide updated membership lists from the renewal process, it has been easier for members and for Landcare Victoria staff.  Nevertheless, Amanda Grace is very busy at present processing renewals. We will still need to collect membership information from you, but hope we can streamline that process too, later in the year.  

I hope that many of you will be able to travel to Sydney for the upcoming National Landcare Conference in early August, and if not, will join on-line sessions. COVID is clearly a concern, but the conference team is working to ensure contingencies are in place to allow the event to proceed. 

Remember that this is the last week for nominations for the Victorian Landcare Awards. Let’s be sure to recognise the great work done all around Victoria by volunteer landcarers. 

Please note that Landcare Victoria has new phone numbers, you can now dial staff directly.  The new numbers are listed at the end of this newsletter. The old number will shortly cease to operate.

Cheers,

Andrew Maclean | CEO of Landcare Victoria Inc. 

 

Bushfire Recovery Grants

June was a very busy month for Landcare Victoria members in East Gippsland and North-East Victoria who have worked under tight deadlines to make application for the Landcare-led Bushfire Recovery Program. In the weeks since, the Landcare Victoria team has contributed to project assessments, with all involved strongly motivated to see the funds flow as soon as possible.  This program is underpinning new partnerships within and beyond Landcare and new ways for Landcare Victoria to support its members.   

Applicants should learn of the outcome from 15 July.  

 

Membership renewals 

A big thank you to those that have renewed their membership for 2021/22, we’ve had a great response so far! If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, please return your renewal form to us as soon as possible to ensure your insurance cover remains current. Please email us at info@lvi.org.au if you have any issues or questions.  
 

Landcare Awards – Last chance for nominations 

The Victorian Government is inviting nominations for the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards
 
The awards recognise individuals and community groups across the country for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape.  

If you know of a community group or individual who you'd like to nominate, click here.  

Nominations close 11:59pm Sunday 11 July. 
 

National Landcare Conference  

The National Landcare conference will be held on 4-6 August 2021 in Sydney and will also offer a free online delegate registration for those who cannot travel to Sydney.   
 
The program will include the National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner and the National Landcare Youth Summit. A full day Field Trip program will shine a light on the diversity of Landcare projects in Sydney and the surrounding areas, including the impact on the environment, sustainable agriculture activities and local communities. 

If you’re interested, register here

 

Queen’s Birthday Honours 

We would like to congratulate the following Landcarers - Loretta Carroll, Allan Curtis, Pamela Robinson, Margaret McLeod and Horrie Poussard for receiving 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours awards. These recipients have been deeply involved with Landcare for many years and the Queen’s Birthday Honours recognises their significant service, selflessness, commitment and dedication to the environment. 
 
We would also like to congratulate Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Gillian Sparkes for her Member of the Order of Australia award for significant service to environmental sustainability, and to public administration. 
 

Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine - Winter 2021 issue out now 

The Winter 2021 issue of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine is now available online

Features in this issue include: 

  • Invasive plants and animals 
  • New approaches to deer control in the Mitta Valley 
  • How the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group and Ararat Landcare Group have helped control gorse in their area for more than 20 years 
  • How the Southern Ark project expanded fox control efforts. 

 

Early Invader Weeds Update: Issue 23 out now 

The Winter 2021 issue (#23) of the Early Invader Weeds Update Newsletter is now available. 

In this issue new weed species in Victoria are highlighted, they are sharing news about developing a weed map layer and updates to the Advisory list of environmental weeds in Victoria. 
 
Click here to view.  

Are Deer Wildlife?  

Under Victoria’s Wildlife Act 1975, deer are defined as wildlife and given the same sort of protection that our native species receive. Landcarers know better than most what a problem feral deer have become. Landcare Victoria’s submission to the current review of the Wildlife Act proposes that deer no longer need this sort of legislative status or protection. Well done to Landcare Victoria member the Victorian Deer Control Community Network for its leadership in this matter. 

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants   

The Australian Government $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) Grants program will help communities address priorities for recovery and resilience after the 2019-2020 bushfires. 

This grants program comes from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund and is additional to support already provided through a range of bushfire recovery programs. 

It covers every Local Government Area that was disaster declared because of the 2019-2020 bushfires. 

Community organisations, businesses and local councils can apply. 

  • Applications will open for submissions on 22 July 2021 and close on 2 September 2021 
  • Successful projects will be announced by the end of 2021 
  • Projects must be completed by 31st March 2024 
  • You can apply for a grant of between $20,000 and $10 million. 

 
For more information, click here


Shaping Victoria’s Biosecurity Future 

Agriculture Victoria is consulting stakeholders about the design of Victoria’s future biosecurity system. Landcare Victoria has reminded the project team of the long history and active involvement of Landcare in pest and weed management and urged that better support be provided for landcarers to contribute their passion and expertise. 

 

Victorian Environmental Water Holder Seasonal Watering Plan 2021-22   

Environmental Water Holder’s Seasonal Watering Plan 2021-22 is now available. This sets out where and when water for the environment is planned to be delivered to rivers and wetlands across Victoria under different climate scenarios throughout the year, preparing communities and stakeholders what to expect for the year. 

Click here to learn more. 

 

Have your say on Regenerative Agriculture 

The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance is seeking feedback on the principles underpinning regenerative agriculture in Australia. 

The survey is for the wider agricultural community which will help gain wisdom from regenerative practitioners who are working on the ground in ever evolving and adaptive ways. 
 
Click here to access the survey.  
 

Voice your views on bushfire risk 

The Victorian government want to hear your views on bushfire risk assessments and what you think are the most effective ways of managing bushfire risk. 

The government want to help land and fire agencies improve how they communicate and engage with communities and stakeholders about living with bushfire risk and develop a range of bushfire risk measures that are more useful for communities. 
 
To voice your views, complete the survey before Friday 9th of July. 


Committee of Management and Members Council 

Following the Annual General Meeting in May, the LVI Board met to elect officer bearers. The new chair of the Landcare Victoria Inc. Board will be Jane Carney.  
 
For a full list or to learn more about the Landcare Victoria Inc. Committee of Management, please click here.   
 
For a full list or to learn more about the current Landcare Victoria Inc. Members Council, click here.

 

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The LVI Newsletter for July is now available. Click into the news item for an update from the CEO, for information on support available to groups, to access policy and planning highlights relevant to Landcare and to read about what is happening at Landcare Victoria Inc.

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