Junior Landcare Grants: Now Open

Junior Landcare Grants – for schools, kinders, youth groups and more

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water & Planning (DELWP), in partnership with Landcare Australia, is giving schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the 2019 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. These grants offer funding for projects that seek to involve and educate young Victorians in valuing and actively caring for our natural environment.

Applications close: 3pm on Friday 21 June 2019
Type of projects supported by this program include:

·         On-ground projects that restore, protect, enhance, or develop habitat for native flora and fauna, and/or address threats to biodiversity e.g. weed invasion, habitat loss etc., and/or

·         Projects that increase opportunities for children to connect with their natural environment e.g. a school excursion to Healesville Sanctuary; and/or

·         Projects that educate and raise awareness, among young people, of the benefits and importance of biodiversity and a healthy environment, and/or how they can contribute to environmental improvement.

Click here for more information or contact Whittlesea’s Landcare Facilitator, Jane Juliff on  0417 127 841 or Landcare@whittlesea.vic.gov.au to discuss your project idea.

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Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan

The City of Whittlesea is developing its first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan which will provide directions to improve the management and protection of biodiversity across the municipality.

Whittlesea 2040: A place for all is Council’s long-term vision for the future to ensure the City of Whittlesea remains a great place to live. Valued natural landscapes and biodiversity is identified as a key direction in the Whittlesea 2040 vision. The Strategy builds upon that theme with its overarching goal:

To Protect and Improve Local Biodiversity

To achieve this goal the Biodiversity Strategy sets out six broad objectives, to:

  • Improve our knowledge and understanding of local biodiversity
  • Manage Council land to reduce threats and improve habitat quality
  • Support rural landowners to protect and improve biodiversity on private land
  • Encourage awareness and participation in urban biodiversity and improvement
  • Strengthen the Planning Scheme to achieve better biodiversity outcomes
  • Collaborate with other land management agencies

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Importantly, biodiversity management is not something that can be managed by individual landowners, Council or government agencies in isolation. Collaboration will be essential to make a meaningful difference to biodiversity within the City of Whittlesea and beyond.

In implementing this Strategy, the City of Whittlesea will be committing to working with community and other agencies to ensure that our natural values are there for future generations.

Council is currently developing a series of actions (Action Plan) for each of the objectives above with the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan due to be available for public comment on Council’s website from April 2019.

For further information contact Mark Williams on 9217 2471 or Mark.Williams@Whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

World Environment Day Event

Saturday 3 June, 10:30am  – 2:30pm

Location: Westfield Plenty Valley,  415 McDonalds Rd, Mill Park

Celebrate World Environment Day and join in on some fun family activities on offer at Westfield Shopping Centre. While you shop, learn about the environmental gems of Whittlesea. During this event there will be:

  • An interactive native animal show
  • Information and resources about how our beautiful native flora can bring birds to your garden and protect it from pests
  • Face painting: after you pat them, become a tawny frogmouth or blue tongue lizard
  • Information on where to see local highlights of our region and contacts for special interest groups
  • Giveaways

And much more!

For further information about this free event contact Nicola Vaughan on 9217 2560