Community Drop-in Session

Community Drop-in Session

THIS THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER

Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 57-61 Laurel St, Whittlesea

11:00am – 1:30pm

If your property is within or adjacent to one of the below target areas (see map below), please join us for an informal chat about the current deer management program, and how your property can be included.

The programs’ deer harvesting contractor has had a great response from landowners so far and will be available to answer any questions you may have about operations.

A concerted effort across adjoining properties in key target areas will ensure the best effort at reducing deer numbers and impacts for biodiversity and agricultural protection. So please feel free to pass this invitation on to your neighbours.DeerTargetMap

 

This project is funded by the State Government

Climate Resilience: Regenerative Agriculture Research

Deakin University’s Centre for Regional and Rural Future’s (CeRRF) and the City of Whittlesea have formed an industry partnership to build on the successful Land Capability Assessment project with an investigation into the potential of Regenerative Agriculture systems.

The Regenerative Agriculture for Climate Resilience project considers the concept of Regenerative Agriculture and the potential of it to support transformative change for greater climate resilience of the cities and regional centres it surrounds and provides for.

All farmers across Victoria are invited to participate in this important research. This survey is the first stage of the project and is open to all farmers and agricultural practitioners across Victoria over 18 years old. As a part of the survey, we are asking for volunteers who would be interested in participating in the second stage of the research. This will involve a comprehensive field analysis and comparison between five Regenerative Agriculture farms and five conventional practice farms to consider key parameters, such as soil health, carbon composition and productivity. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to opt into this further research stage. All farmers practicing all styles of farming, not only regenerative, are encouraged to be involved.

 Please click on the survey link to take the survey. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. If clicking on the link does not work, please copy and paste the link below into your browser.

https://whittleseasurveys.com.au/anon/887.aspx

 If you would like to find out more about the project, please contact the PhD Research Student, Annemaree Docking on 0408 535 927 or via email adocking@deakin.edu.au or the Principal Researcher, Dr Robert Faggian on 03 9251 7327 or via email r.faggian@deakin.edu.au.

Free Event: Land Management Forum

You’re invited to a free Sustainable Land Management Forum, hosted by the City of Whittlesea, Mitchell Shire Council and Hume City Council. This years’ forum will see a collection of presentations (and a couple of demonstrations) covering the topics you asked for. Including:

  • Land Management Planning: Healthy Hectares (presented by Euroa Arboretum)
  • Serrated Tussock Identification & Management (Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party)
  • Gardens for Wildlife: Natives over weeds (presented by Hume Council)
  • The Granite Creek Project, Euroa: Community-led & Managed Integrated Rabbit Action (presented by Gecko cLan Network)
  • Chilean Needle Grass Identification and Vehicle Hygiene
  • Organic Weed Control: BioWeed, Benefits and Efficacy
  • Lobed Needle Grass: Identification and Management
  • Victorian Blackberry Taskforce

So rally your neighbours and join us for a day of learning and sharing (Morning Tea and Lunch provided). There are limited tickets available so register quick, more details on the Land Management Forum Flyer

Get your ticket HERE

 See you there

Local Opportunities and Information

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Please find below some local land management and biodiversity opportunities and information that may be of interest, courtesy of Jane Juliff (Landcare Facilitator). As always, please share with your networks and if you have anything you would like to promote to other local groups/community, please feel free to forward to landcare@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

Managing Serrated Tussock (and other needle grasses) and Artichoke Thistle

At this field day, local research agronomist Charles Grech from Paddock Solutions, will discuss how to control Serrated Tussock and other needle grasses using chemicals and management methods across small and broad scale applications.  He will also give advice on broadleaf weed management with specific advice about the control of artichoke thistle.

Saturday 19 October, 10am-2pm, Darraweit Guim

Further information: Refer to PPWCMA website here

Use of Nest Boxes in Victoria – Arthur Rylah Institute survey results and guides

Increasing our understanding of the number and distribution of nest boxes, use by animals and the level of monitoring.

Further information: refer to website here

Birdlife Australia October E-news

Spring is the time when Australia’s birds are on the move or settling down to nest, so now’s a great time to get out and enjoy our fascinating birdlife, especially by taking part in one of our activities during Bird Week (21–27 October).

Further information: to access the e-news click here

 Grants and Incentive Programs

City of Whittlesea’s Cultural Heritage Grants

Cultural Heritage Grants provide funding of up to $2000 to groups, organisations and individuals to assist in developing projects that promote the local history and cultural heritage of the City of Whittlesea and its residents.

Submissions invited from community groups and organisations who wish to participate in the diverse expression of ‘living heritage’ through events that celebrate, inform and engage the broader community with local history, culture, heritage and traditions.

Applications open – Friday 20 September 2019

Applications close – Monday 21 October 2019

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

Melbourne Water Community Grants

Applications for this year’s round of community grants will be open from 2 September to 26 September 2019. Melbourne Water offer grants annually to volunteer community groups to support them to deliver waterway improvements on public land. Community groups can apply for support grants – up to $1,000 and project grants – up to $20,000.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

City of Whittlesea’s Community Development Grants Program 2019/20 Round Two

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to a broad range of not-for-profit community groups to run projects which directly benefit the City of Whittlesea community. Closes Sunday 29 September 2019.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme

Applications are now open for the City of Whittlesea’s Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme (SLMRS) for the 2019-2021 rating periods.

Properties in the City of Whittlesea in Green Wedge, Green Wedge A and Rural Conservation zones that are at least 8 hectares in size may apply to participate in the scheme. Properties between 8 hectares and 50 hectares can receive a rebate of 20% off the general or farm rate and properties over 50 hectares can receive a rebate of 30%.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

 Environmental Works Grant

City of Whittlesea’s Environmental Works Grant Program is open for applications from 1 September to 30 November 2019. If your property is greater than 2 hectares and zoned for rural land use you are eligible to apply.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply see the attached flyer EWGP2020 or click here

Update: Whittlesea Pest Animal Management (PAM) Program

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Planning continues for seasonal pest animal control as part of the Whittlesea Pest Animal Management (PAM) Program. Here’s what’s happening;

  • Warren mapping was recently completed on 50 private properties, which will greatly assist contractors in determining the scope of rabbit control works,
  • Monitoring of deer and fox numbers along the private property/public boundary of Kinglake National Park is currently underway. Contractors are recording species, numbers and movements, which will help determine the effectiveness of control works on private property for mitigating fox and deer impacts on Kinglake National Park and Mount Disappointment,
  • Deer and fox control will take place prior to Christmas. Property owners within the target areas will be provided further details by both Council and the control contractor in advance of works commencing. For more information on Deer impacts and species identification, read our latest spring Rural News here
  • As per best practice guidelines, rabbit control will commence when numbers are at their lowest (late-summer/early autumn). More details on Integrated Rabbit Control can be found in the winter edition of Rural News here.

Neighbouring landowners are encouraged to work together, continuing their annual pest animal monitoring and control programs to ensure that assistance from the PAM project results in the most effective reduction in pest animal impacts. For more information, contact the PAM project lead Katherine.whittaker@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

This project has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

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Winter Rural News now online

The latest edition of Rural News is now available to download from our Blog.

In this edition learn about running an effective integrated rabbit control program, financial support for rural landowners, ripping to break up compacted soil prior to revegetation, the dangers of grazing too heavily following autumn rains, and how you can be involved in shaping Whittlesea’s water future.

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All rural landowners in Whittlesea will receive a copy in the mail. Contact Mark Williams (mark.williams@whittlesea.vic.gov.au, or call 9217-2471) to receive a hard copy.

Invitation: Help shape the future of water in Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea is currently putting together a Community Panel for the Future of Water in Whittlesea. The Community Panel will bring together 15-20 community members with a range of backgrounds and interests, who are interested in helping to shape the future of water use in Whittlesea.  As food production and land management are an essential part of our future, it would be great to have representatives with knowledge and experience in the use of water in agriculture and land management to join the panel.

Whittlesea Community Panel Dates and Times:

  • Workshop 1: Wednesday 24 July, 6-9pm
  • Workshop 2: Wednesday 18 September, 6-9pm
  • Workshop 3: Wednesday 6 November, 6-9pm
  • Workshop 4: Wednesday 5 February, 6-9pm

Location: 25 Ferres Boulevard, City of Whittlesea Civic Centre, South Morang (Fountain View Room)
A light dinner will be served at 5:30pm for each of the workshops.

Community panellists will be provided all of the information they need to make an informed decision during the workshops.  Findings from the Community Panel will help shape the future strategy and action plan for water in Whittlesea.

If you are interested in joining the Whittlesea Community Panel for Water, please contact Stephanie Kuisma on 03 9217 2001 or email Stephanie.kuisma@whittlesea.vic.gov.au by Friday 19 July.

Have Your say

Integrated water management is an approach that uses our water resources more creatively and efficiently to become a water sensitive, liveable and future-proofed city.

Complete our water and community priorities survey and help us create our sustainable water future.

Results from the survey will guide the design of our neighbourhoods, inform our planning decisions and improve our water management assets and practices.

Participants can enter a draw to win one of five $100 Coles vouchers. View the terms and conditions.

Complete the survey

The survey closes at 12pm on Sunday 18 August 2019.

For more information, phone 9217 2212 or email fleur.anderson@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

Landowners are putting the spotlight on rabbits

We’re excited to be receiving rabbit monitoring data from landowners who have signed up for the Whittlesea Pest Animal Management (PAM) Program. At the fox and rabbit control workshop back in March, landowners were given spreadsheets and instructions on how to undertake a spotlight count. This data will help direct control works and measure success of the 2019/20 summer rabbit control program. Contactors will be liaising with landholders directly between July and September to map and mark warrens across each of the properties.

Thanks to this landholder in Whittlesea who provided an accurate and detailed spotlight monitoring record sheet and perfect property map, which can be used to revisit the exercise after the control program is complete.

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For more information on standard best practice in rabbit control, click on the below image and watch this brief video put together by experts from the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN):

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For more information about PAM, contact Katherine.whittaker@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or jane.juliff@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

The Whittlesea PAM project has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

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