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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New Deer Mapping Resource in FeralScan

Many of our rural landholders have expressed interest in monitoring Deer impacts on their properties which will assist with upcoming targeted Deer control programs in the north east of the municipality. Read more about Councils Pest Animal Management Program in Rural News here and in a November blog post here. Please see below updates from the FeralScan team:

FeralScan can now be used to record deer in your local area.

Throughout 2018, we received feedback from many community-groups and landholders about deer populations and the problems they are causing, including browsing damage to orchards, damage to vineyards and gardens, grazing pressure on farms, damage to revegetation programs, damage to fences and farm infrastructure, and motor vehicle collisions (a serious risk to human safety).

In response to this, we have recently developed the DeerScan community resource (available within FeralScan, and via https://hes32-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.deerscan.org.au&umid=2168678b-1ba7-4889-bbbe-85226593faf1&auth=5c8878f5a6627512371ed70e7aaa571aa249563a-bc2b11732742cab31b417a99d2902d6fab8f7e58 to provide you with a method to easily report sighting and problems with deer. You can record information about any of the 6 deer species currently in Australia, and this information can be supplied to local biosecurity authorities to help with deer management. If you would like to report deer problems, please use the FeralScan website (https://www.feralscan.org.au/), or download the updated App onto your smartphone. Information you record about deer in your local area will be managed securely and discretely. Please visit the website to find out more.

Lastly, on behalf of the FeralScan team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. It has been a great pleasure working with you throughout 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support and contribution to FeralScan – which now contains over 125,000 records and photographs of pest animals. This information is helping communities and local organisations to reduce the problems caused by pest animals through coordinated best-practice pest management.

Best wishes 

Peter West and the FeralScan Team

Any information you can contribute will help to manage this species.

 

Funding Opportunity: Deer, Fox, Rabbit Control

Got a rabbit problem? Join the club.

Deer made themselves at home on your block? You’re not alone.

Fox patrolling your place at night? We’re listening.

Council is showing it’s support for landowners by rolling out a 3-year pest animal management program, funded with the support of the Victorian Government. You may have read all about it in our latest Spring edition of the Rural Newsletter, which can be found here.

If you’d like to see on-ground action, we want to hear from you and your neighbours. Tell us what your pest animal issue is, what you’re currently doing and/or how you’d like to get involved in the program.

Jane and Katherine from the Land Management and Biodiversity Team will host a community drop-in session next week, where you can come at any time to chat about the project. There’ll be plenty of information on pest animals, control options, monitoring and the project area. Details below, we look forward to seeing you then.

What: Community Drop-in Session, Pest Animal Management program

Where: Church Street Park, Church Street Whittlesea,

When: Wednesday 5 December from 9:30am

Landcare Grants Available

National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants – open for application

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants

The program aims to protect, conserve and provide for the productive use of Australia’s water, soil, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with industry, communities and other governments.

Applications close at 11:30 pm AEDT on 11 January 2019.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Grant Round Application page.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

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Demonstration Day: Blackberry Control Techniques

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 Whittlesea & Surrounds Blackberry Action Group (W&SBAG)

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‘Demonstrating Effective Blackberry Control Techniques’

 Date: Saturday 6th October- 9.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Eden Park

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Demonstration activities:

Drone spraying demonstration– Advanced UAV

Mulcher demonstration– Indigenous Design Environmental Services

Demonstrating the use of a spray rig– Chris Coburn –W&SBAG project officer

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Information on current weed programs

RSVP by the 3rd October. Essential for location and catering purposes.

Contact Barton Roberts 0409 332 258 / vbt@vicblackberrytaskforce.com.au