Register Now: Whittlesea Farm Chemical Users Course

The City of Whittlesea’s Green Connected Active and Landcare programs are bringing you a two-day, accredited Farm Chemical Users Course. The course is heavily subsidised at just $30 for both days (fully catered), usually costing around $250.

Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh or learn new skills in Integrated Pest Management, including safe and effective herbicide application. Topics covered include:

  • Pest plant and animal identification and control methods
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • label interpretation, chemical modes of action
  • animal health and welfare
  • chemical preparation, storage, transport, disposal and spill clean-up
  • Effective application including nozzle selection and calibration of spray equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Legislation, regulations and industry standards
  • 1080 endorsement (optional at no extra charge)

 

For full details and to register, open the course flier HERE

Get involved: Rabbit Biocontrol Tracker

Following the release of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus K5 (RHDV1 K5) strain virus last year, the project is now in monitoring stage. You can get involved by reporting any suspected RHDV1 K5 infected rabbits on your property by using the FeralScan app.

It’s never been more important (or accessible) to contribute to a project of this scale. Governments at all levels are increasingly relying on citizen science input and your assistance will help ensure continued commitment and resource investment into pest animal research, monitoring and control programs. Uploading a record (either suspected or confirmed) is really simple and there are straight forward instructions on how to collect a sample for testing to confirm the virus. You can jump on the app to view records in your area (see image below):

Or you can simply log a record following the prompts in the panel on the left side of the screen:

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Why stop at rabbits? The feral scan app allows you to view and record sightings (including animal counts and impacts) for a host of pest animal species.

If you’d like more information on the RHDV1 K5 virus, including how you might be able to assist with a release on your property, follow the link below:

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/pest-animals/invasive-animal-management/established-invasive-animals/rhd-boost

Happy Tracking!

Victorian Landcare Grants- Now Open

The Victorian Landcare Grants (2018-19) will provide funding to support community-based natural resource management (NRM) groups and networks undertaking on-ground works, education and capacity building projects to protect and restore our land and environment.

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What type of grants are available?

Project Grants

Up to $20,000 may be provided to eligible groups and networks for on-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands and soils.

Support Grants and Start-up Grants

Up to $500 may be provided to eligible groups and networks for assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites and other communication materials.

Objectives of the Victorian Landcare Grants

  • To fund projects that address local, regional and state land and environment priorities through delivery of:
    • On-ground works
    • Capacity building activities
    • Community education and engagement
  • To sustain community-based NRM groups and networks by providing support and start-up grants, particularly for groups whose continuing existence will benefit from this support.

 

Click here for more information and to apply.

 

 

Greengate Farm Tour – Friday May 18

We are fortunate to be able to offer you the opportunity to visit Greengate Farm in Thurgoona in partnership with the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network.

Greengate is an organic farm, developed as a learning facility at NSW TAFE Riverina Institute by Rob Fenton. The property is a 400 acre educational facility that is certified organic. This Farm is part of TAFE Riverina Institute based at The National Environment Centre just outside Albury, NSW. Click here to learn more about Greengate Farm.

The farm acts as teacher and is run by the interns studying a Diploma of Organic Farming. The farm uses Agro-Ecology principles, specialises in sustainable & ecological agriculture. The course also guides interns to develop strategies around farming with uncertainty, managing climate risk & farming with ecological approaches.

The farm is designed for robustness and relies on a diverse ecosystem. Green Gate Organic Farm has a poly culture of systems and connected pathways that build resilience in a changing climate.

RSVP no later than Monday 14th May and click here to download a flyer with further details on this exciting opportunity.

 

 

**Correction of date** Future Opportunities and Challenges for Invasive Species Management- May 18

The previous post had incorrectly listed this event for the 26th May- It is on the 18th May.

The Whittlesea & Surrounds Blackberry Action Group (WASBAG) together with the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce (VBT) invite you to a forum on Future Opportunities and Challenges for Invasive Species Management in Victoria. The forum will be held at the Whittlesea Golf Club in Humevale from 9:30am – 3:00pm.

The forum will present on:

  • the latest research on blackberry bio-control and modelling on deer population growth.
  • City of Whittlesea’s proactive weed control programs and incentives for sustainable land management for rural landowners.
  • Melbourne Water’s management of waterways and assistance for rural landholders
  • New and emerging issues in the region
  • WASBAG update

Click here to download a flyer.

This is a free event with morning tea and lunch provided. Bookings are essential.

For further information or to RSVP please contact Barton Roberts at vbt@vicblackberrytaskforce.com.au or on 0409 332 258 by May 10 2018.

Future Opportunities and Challenges for Invasive Species Management- May 18

On the 18th May the Whittlesea & Surrounds Blackberry Action Group (WASBAG) together with the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce (VBT) invite you to a forum on Future Opportunities and Challenges for Invasive Species Management in Victoria. The forum will be held at the Whittlesea Golf Club in Humevale from 9:30am – 3:00pm.

The forum will present on:

  • the latest research on blackberry bio-control and modelling on deer population growth.
  • City of Whittlesea’s proactive weed control programs and incentives for sustainable land management for rural landowners.
  • Melbourne Water’s management of waterways and assistance for rural landholders
  • New and emerging issues in the region
  • WASBAG update

Click here to download a flyer.

This is a free event with morning tea and lunch provided. Bookings are essential.

For further information or to RSVP please contact Barton Roberts at vbt@vicblackberrytaskforce.com.au or on 0409 332 258 by May 10 2018.

 

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.