A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
On 1 July 2020, the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) comes into force. This is the single greatest overhaul of environment protection legislation in Victoria since the tabling of the Environment Protection Act 1970.
An important part of the Act is the general environmental duty (GED). The GED says that any person engaging in an activity that can cause harm to public health or the environment, from pollution or waste, must minimise those risks. From government to business to community, the GED applies to all Victorians.
These new laws will ensure we are all responsible for minimising our impacts on the environment.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are working together to help Victorians seamlessly transition to the new laws.
Public comment is open from 2 September - 31 October 2019.
To review and have your say on the proposed environment protection regulations and environment reference standards go to - https://engage.vic.gov.au/new-environmental-laws/subordinate-legislation
Victorian Landcare Magazine Online
The Spring 2019 issue (#76) of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature of the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards, is now available online. Read the inspiring stories on each of the 15 award winners that were announced at the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony at Government House, Melbourne, on 30 August. Click into news item for link.
VFF invitation for Landcarers to the 40th Birthday Celebration
On Thursday 21 November 2019, to coincide with National Ag Day, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) will celebrate its 40th Birthday with a gala dinner for all our members, guests, friends and stakeholders and has extended an invitation to Landcarers to attend at VFF member ticket prices. Click further into news item for full invitation and to RSVP.
Community climate change initiatives to be explored at regional hearings
The Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee will be looking into local community initiatives to tackle climate change at a series of public hearings in regional Victoria during November/early December. Click into news item for further details.
7th National 2019 NRM Knowledge Conference: 17 - 20 November 2019, The Cube, Wodonga
Creating Resilience through Natural Resource Management – how do we do it? This conference is for everyone - no matter where you come from or how you contribute to natural resource management – in your local bush group, on your tractor, crunching data, managing Indigenous lands or running grants programs. Registrations are still open, click into news item for more details!
National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3 Now Open!
The purpose of the Smart Farms Small Grants round is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations. Grants of between $5,000 & $50,000 (excl GST) for eligible projects of up to 2 year duration are available. Applications close at 11.00pm AEDT on 19 December 2019. Click into news item for further details and application instructions for member groups operating solely under LVI incorporation.