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:
Thank you for participating.
The Upper Goulburn Landcare Network are running a subsidised Farm Chemical Users Course in February. The course runs over two Sundays and includes a 1080 endorsement. For course details see flier below.
BetterBeef and BestWool/BestLamb
You’re invited to an evening Phone Seminar on Changes to the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA) – keeping it simple
Listen to the experts and ask questions from the comfort of your home
What the phone seminar is about:
- What is the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program?
- what the current requirements are
- why the changes were introduced, and
- what you need to know when your LPA accreditation is up for renewal.
Speakers will present in a simple and practical manner the background to the program and some examples of what some farmers are doing to address biosecurity risks for their farms. Join us, from the comfort of your home or wherever you are, to hear from and question industry experts and farmers so that you are well prepared.
- Integrity Systems, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
- Catherine James, Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)
- Tim Leeming, Victorian producer
- Alison Gunn – Victorian producer and vet
When: Tuesday, 28th November
Where: On your phone Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm AEDT Cost: Free (call costs may apply)
Registration is free. To participate you will need to register to receive the phone-in details and any notes. Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/phone-seminar-on-changes-to-the-livestock-production-assurance-lpa-program-tickets-39820823154
Registrations close Sunday 26 November If you are unable to register online or have further questions please call Jane Court, Agriculture Victoria, on: (03) 54304597 or 0427 200451
This Saturday 25 November: Weed Control Networking Day
Hosted by the cities of Hume and Whittlesea and Mitchell Shire Council, the line-up includes presentations from:
- Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party
- Victorian Gorse Taskforce
- Dabyminga Blackberry Taskforce
- Tim Bloomfield: Pest Plant and Pest Animal Interactions
- Pat Connor: Weed Seed Spread and Precautions (including a vehicle hygiene demonstration over lunch)
- Whittlesea and Surrounds Blackberry Action Group
- Melbourne Water on Landholder Assistance Programs
The event will be facilitated by Terry Hubbard of the Strath Creek Landcare Group, Upper Goulburn, Victorian and National Landcare Networks and 2017 recipient of the Joan Kirner Landcare Award.
There’ll be a FREE sausage sizzle of gourmet Aroona sausages (100% grass-fed, preservative free beef) cooked by the Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group.
So don’t miss out! Grab your ticket today using the following link:
There’s something for everyone! See below link to four upcoming events in July/ August.
Sunday 30 July- National Tree Day: A great day out for the whole family to celebrate National Tree Day. Click here for more details.
Sunday 6 August- FREE Pest Animal Control Workshop: Hosted by the Friends of Toorourrong, join as at Toorourrong Reservoir Park to learn more about the impacts and management of feral animals. Click here for more information and details to register.
Tuesday 15 August- Eden Park Bushfire Mitigation Plan: A Stakeholder Engagement Workshop to help shape the Plan by building upon local knowledge, click here for more information and details on how to register your interest.
Saturday 26 August- The Annual Agribusiness Dinner. An event not to be missed, click on the below Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket or click here for the flyer.
Eventbrite: Agribusiness Dinner
The state government is currently running their annual Serrated Tussock compliance program. Approximately 60 properties within the municipality are a part of the program and will shortly receive notices from the regional biosecurity officer. For larger properties with significant infestations, a site inspection followed by control is required to be undertaken by mid-August. For smaller properties, particularly in the residential areas of Whittlesea-township, notices will be sent out in August reminding landowners that it’s time to do their work.
Councils Land Management Team will be assisting the regional biosecurity officer in efforts to engage landowners and to register reports received from community members. Our annual roadside management program for Serrated Tussock will also be undertaken between July and August. If you’d like to report Serrated Tussock you’ve noticed on a property or the roadside, contact Katherine Whittaker on 9217-2147 or Katherine.email@example.com
Want to gain industry standard training in farm chemical use?
The City of Whittlesea is subsidising the cost for rural residents to update or become accredited farm chemical users. The course and permit usually costs around $250 but is available here, for just $50.
In this two-day course join a network of local rural landowners and learn about:
- Storage and handling
- Pest identification
- Modes of action
- Label interpretation
- Issues associated with chemical use
- Formulation types
- Weed and pest control application
- Animal health
- Transport and disposal
- Preparation and clean up procedures
- Recording procedures
By the completion of this course you will have the required Industry Quality Assurance Programs Training, necessary when applying for the Victorian Agriculture Chemical Users Permit (an ACUP is required for users of Schedule 7 and other Restricted Use Chemical Products).
Places are limited, so make sure to register via Eventbrite today!
Terms & Conditions: This course is only available to City of Whittlesea residents. Attendees may be asked to provide proof of residency upon entry.
Full catering provided
For more information please contact Katherine Whittaker on (03) 9217 2147 or email Katherine.Whittaker@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
Open Farm Day is your chance to visit, meet and support local and regional farming businesses.
This year Open Farm Day is bigger than ever with farms from Nillumbik, Whittlesea and the Kinglake Ranges opening their gates to showcase farming on the fringe.
A diverse mix of farms is found in the area including fruit and veggie farms, livestock and animal farms, orchards and vineyards. Choose the farms you want to visit to make your own Open Farm Day trail and experience farm tours, demonstrations, farm animals, product tastings and more.
Date: Sunday 2 April Time: 10am-4pm Venues: Details to come, call Annemaree Docking on 0407 564 318.