Landcare Group is Launching

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We’re kicking off a new Landcare Group, and you’re invited!

Saturday 26 May, 4:00-5:30pm at the Whittlesea Tennis Club

(74 Laurel Street, Whittlesea)

Yummy afternoon tea provided

It would be great to see you there!

RSVP by 19 May to landcare@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or for more information

contact Jane Juliff on 0417 127 841

click here to download a flyer

 

So what is Landcare? It’s about community, conservation, productivity, resilience and leaving our place in a better way than we found it.

For you, Landcare can mean any number of things:

  • It’s a way to access people, advice, equipment and increased knowledge through community networking
  • Being connected with your community you can work with others to improve the condition of your own land and that of your neighbours
  • Your Landcare group can access funding and grants that are only accessible to community groups, providing funding for on-ground projects on private land
  • Landcare is open to individuals and families, regardless of the size of your property

Serrated Tussock Field Day- May 5

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party is hosting a best practice management field day on May 5th in Diggers Rest. Click here to download the flyer.

Serrated Tussock is not widespread in the rural areas of Whittlesea so any infestations are a high priority to act on quickly, especially given mature plants can produce up to 100,000 seeds per year! This will be a valuable event to learn about how to minimise the chances of it turning up on your property.

If you encounter any infestations on roadsides, they can be reported to Council’s Sustainable Land Management Officer, Mark Williams via email Mark.Williams@Whittlesea.vic.gov.au for treatment.

 

 

 

Register Interest Now: Crowdfunding for Threatened Species

The Victorian Government is offering support for crowdfunding projects in 2018 to support threatened species and biodiversity conservation campaigns to a total of $116,000.

 Community groups and organisations can use crowdfunding as a unique opportunity to raise funds for threatened species and biodiversity action, while having their fundraising efforts matched by government, with funding up to $25,000 per successful campaign available.

Workshops will be available for interested groups to learn more about running successful crowdfunding campaigns.

The first step is to register your interest in developing a crowdfunding campaign in 2018 – do this online before 5pm Friday 16 March 2018. You will then be invited to participate in a workshop to develop your crowd funding campaign. If your campaign idea is approved, the Victorian Government will provide a $2,000 grant to support the development and running of the campaign.  If your approved project successfully reaches its crowdfunding campaign target, the Victorian Government will provide matched funding equal to the target, up to a maximum of $25,000. 

To register and access the guidelines, visit https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/grants/crowdfunding

 

National Landcare Grants Now Open

The Environment Small Grants provide up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18 to community, environment, and other groups to undertake natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment.

Grants available: for projects between $5,000 and $50,000

Applications close: 5pm 19 March 2018

Project duration: 12 months

Eligible activities: one of more of the following activities

  • weed and pest animal control
  • fencing
  • erosion control
  • revegetation
  • education activities and raising community awareness/participation
  • access management
  • Indigenous land & sea country planning (only Indigenous groups can apply for these projects)
  • recording Indigenous ecological knowledge (only Indigenous groups can apply for these projects)
  • administration support related to the project.

Appendixes B & C in the guidelines provide details on eligible and ineligible expenditure.   Guidelines, application forms & more information: go to https://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/National-Landcare-Program-Environment-Small-Grants

Got an idea? Council can provide assistance with putting a grant application together. For further information, contact Councils Landcare Facilitator jane.juliff@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

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Complete a Gorse Survey and WIN

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The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) uses government investment to establish and support community-led projects, which aim to eradicate gorse where possible across Victoria.

The purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the types of support that communities need from VGT to manage gorse in their local areas. RM Consulting Group have been engaged by VGT to run the survey, which seeks information about work done on your property to control gorse

The results from this survey will help us identify opportunities where we can provide better support to you or your networks.

The survey should not take any more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete and you can go in the draw to win 1 of 3 Woolworths vouchers. The survey can be accessed via this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VGTsurvey

Thank you for participating.

 

You’re Invited: Presentation on the Ecology of the Southern Toadlet

Nillumbik Landcare Network invites you to attend a presentation on the Southern Toadlet presented by frog expert Craig Cleeland where you will learn about the ecology and habitat requirements of this rare species. This will be followed by an engaging workshop presented by James Frazer of Melbourne Water where you will learn some great tips and tricks for monitoring frogs using the Frog Census app.

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018

Time: Arrive 5:30pm for a cuppa and a bite to eat. Presentations start at 6pm, followed by a visit to Hurstbridge wetland about 7pm.

Venue: Hurstbridge Community Hub (50 Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge)

Cost: Free

Food: A light supper will be provided

Please RSVP: colin.broughton@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or phone 9433 3372 by Tuesday 20th Feb

 

All welcome!

See flyer HERE for full details.

UPDATE: Pest Plant Education & Compliance Program

Council’s annual Blackberry Education and Compliance program is now in full swing. Earlier this summer, properties were sent a courtesy letter advising the commencement of the program and the requirement to control this noxious weed. For most land managers, this notice simply serves as a timely reminder to monitor and follow-up areas previously treated. Notices to comply will shortly be sent out to those properties yet to commence control.

This year, many land managers have chosen to sign-up to a voluntary 3-year property management plan offered by our local Whittlesea & Surrounds Blackberry Action Group (W&SBAG) and their project officer on the ground, Chris. You’ll be seeing the farmgate signs going up all over the place no doubt (see photos below). If you haven’t signed up yet and you’re within the target areas of Kinglake West, Humevale and Whittlesea, you can contact Chris by email to schedule a site visit: ugln.projects@ugln.net

 

 

The annual Gorse program finished up recently and was a huge success. Only 35 properties were sent advisory notices, down from 66 properties in 2016. Of these, just 13 were issued notices to comply. The figures show that more and more property owners are recognising the benefits of integrated Gorse control, particularly from both a farm productivity and asset protection perspective. The image below shows very effective Gorse control on Commercial land in Wollert. While this land owner still has a way to go, it’s an impressive start and shows that the program seeks to engage commercial operators (as well as public land managers) to support the work private landowners are undertaking.

For further information, contact Councils Environment Protection Officer on 9217-2147.

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