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LVI News - September 2021

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Landcare Victoria Newsletter

September 2021

Message from the CEO 

Has the dust begun to settle around the Landcare Facilitator Program yet? It has been quite a slog, but I understand that almost all the groups and networks that secured funding under the program now have contracts in place, and I notice a good deal of recruitment activity as groups move to fill vacant roles.

It has been a busy time for the landcare community, but we must also recognise the hard work of our friends in DELWP’s Victorian Landcare Program as well. They’ve had to prepare, negotiate, and execute around 80 funding agreements in quick time.

Landcare Facilitators along with landcare project staff play a key role in the success of landcare. Landcare Victoria Inc. is keen to contribute to their professional development. We’ve established a Landcare Facilitator sub-committee of the Board, led by directors Danny Pettingill and Scott Elliot, who will lead our work in this area.  

Landcare must be alert to changing circumstances and seize emerging opportunities if it is to remain strong and effective and early relevant information is key to this. One developing trend is the emergence of new ways of financing landcare activity through the production and sale of ‘environmental goods and services’. Therefore we are hosting webinars this month with the Regen Farmers Mutual, which is keen to partner with landcare groups and networks. We've been pleased to see strong interest already.

Congratulations also to the many landcare groups in the North East and East Gippsland that secured funding under the Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Program. Landcare Victoria Inc. has a continuing support role in implementation of these projects, especially in relation to communications. Staff are currently reaching out to groups to discuss implementation issues and needs. 


Andrew Maclean | CEO of Landcare Victoria Inc. 


Covid Restrictions – Implications for Landcare

Landcare Victoria Inc. has been contacted by a couple of landcare groups seeking advice about how landcare activities can or should continue during the current COVID lockdown.

We have summarised the key information and the rules concerning authorised providers and workers here


You’re invited to our Regenerative Farming Market webinar series 

Landcare Victoria Inc. and Regen Farmers Mutual present a two-part free online webinar series, to discuss how the market for environmental services is growing across Australia as businesses move to be more sustainable.  

How can farmers access these markets? What are the barriers to further uptake? What environmental services can farmers be paid for? The answer to these questions and many more will be discussed at our Regenerative Farming Market webinar series. 

Join us to hear from Andrew Ward and Rohan Clarke, the key catalysers that have been leading the team developing the Regen Farmers Mutual. 

Click on the links below to register:
Part 1: Understanding Environmental Markets - Tuesday 14th September 12:30pm 
Part 2: Accessing Environmental Markets - Tuesday 21st September 12:30pm

Crown land river frontage camping

Earlier this year the Victorian Government published proposed regulations to allow greater access to licensed water frontage land for camping.

In its submission, Landcare Victoria Inc. in support of member groups and partner organisations made clear that the proposed regulations created risks for these sensitive environments. The Government has responded positively to our submission, and camping will now be permitted only in areas identified as suitable and set aside for the purpose.

Read more about the the regulations here.


Farming and Biodiversity  

In celebration of Biodiversity Month in September, the 24th Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar will be focusing on one of the most important actors in preservation and restoration of biodiversity in their region – their farmers, who play an increasingly important role in biodiversity.

Speakers will be talking about a range of topics from the value of revegetation on farms, to the need to tailor NRM programs to reach new participants, through to discussions around the concepts of natural capital on farms, the role of indigenous farming, regenerative farming and agroecology and much more.

This is an online free seminar series held on each Thursday of September, 11am – 12:30pm.

Click here to register or learn more.


Victorian Landcare Awards - postponed 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DELWP has postponed the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards and the event will be held online later in the year.

DELWP will provide more details on the event soon.


Weed control help for North East landholders 

Do you live in north east Victoria and have a weed problem on your property?

Trust for Nature will be working with landholders with conservation covenants in the north east to control high threat weeds, in this Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery project over the next nine months.

Controlling weeds is especially important after the 2019-20 bushfires. On fire-affected land, weed control will help the bush recover. On other properties, it will help create refuges for wildlife. All landholders with conservation covenants in north east Victoria are eligible. 

Click here to find out more.


AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award  

The Victorian Government is calling on female leaders who are passionate about making a difference in rural and regional Victoria to apply for the 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award acknowledges and celebrates the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

The Victorian winner will receive a $15,000 bursary to bring to life a project that benefits rural industries, businesses or communities, as well as an opportunity to take out the national award and a further $20,000 in project funding.

Click here to learn more.

North East Landcare Forum - postponed  

Just a reminder - 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!


2022 Science and Innovation Awards - grant applications open    

Grant applications are now open for the 2022 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35 and want to make a difference for Australia’s agriculture industries, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project. 

The Science Awards support young innovators, scientists, researchers, extension officers, industry advisers and others actively engaged in the agriculture sector who have an original project that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture industries. 

Applications close 5pm, Friday 1 October 2021.

Click here to learn more.


Have your say on new proposed soil carbon methods    

There is a host of good landcare-related reasons for improving the proportion of soil organic carbon, including enhanced soil stability, primary production, water-holding capacity, biodiversity, nutrient cycles, and soil fertility.  

As well as the immediate benefits of improved soil and carbon, farmers who can demonstrate an improvement in soil carbon may be able to generate and sell Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) into the carbon trading market. The approved soil carbon methodology that must be the basis for production of ACCUs has been reviewed to reduce the cost of soil carbon measurement, among other things.  

A proposed new method for soil carbon under the Emissions Reduction Fund is open for public comment, have your say here

Calling out for biodiversity stories!  

Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine are keen to tell the stories of successful biodiversity projects, and those that haven't worked, as well as groups’ insights and reflections from the planning and delivery of biodiversity projects. We are looking for stories to share in the Summer 2022 issue. 


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