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
You are invited to join Geoff Lay from the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria for a guided walk and talk on the fascinating world of fungi.
Fungi are one of the most diverse biological groups on earth. They are critical for the growth of most Australian plants by forming relationships with plants and making nutrients more readily available to the plants. They also play a crucial ecosystem role in breaking down organic matter and returning nutrients to the soil.
We’ll learn about the vast range of fungi that exists in Whittlesea, from the large and easy to observe, to the tiny and delicate, and maybe ones you’ve never noticed before.
This will be an outdoor event so dress appropriately. Light morning tea will be provided.
Date: Sunday 7 May 2017
Time: 9:30am – 12pm
Location: Whittlesea Community Activity Centre (57 Laurel St, Whittlesea)
For further information contact Council’s Sustainable Land Management Officer, Mark Williams, on 9217 2471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An event flyer is available here
The City of Whittlesea invites you to their 2017 Bat Night. Bat expert Robert Bender will present on the fascinating world of bats, guiding the group on a short walk amongst the surrounding River Red Gums and using bat detectors to try to locate some!
A door prize of a bat box will be available to take home for one lucky person. All children will be given bat masks and a bat colouring page to take home.
On the night, please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring a torch for the short walk. Book in advance to secure your place and for catering purposes (light supper provided).
Date: Friday 21 April 2017
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Tuttle Recreation Reserve, 525 Epping Road, Wollert (next to Wollert CFA)
RSVP: Whittlesea Bat Night—Eventbrite
For further information contact Council’s Biodiversity Planner, on 9217 2025 or email email@example.com
Photo taken by John Harris of Wildlife Experiences
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.
You are invited to a free presentation by the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce:
Victorian Blackberry Taskforce Presentation
Venue: Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 57-61 Laurel St, Whittlesea.
Date: January 19, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm (light supper provided)
The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce is one of four community pest groups established to support efforts to tackle blackberry across public and private land.
Blackberry is a designated Weed of National Significance which is a major threat to both agricultural production and the natural environment. Immediate control is imperative to achieve the community’s desire for long term, permanent control of this plant in the Whittlesea region.
The City of Whittlesea will be supporting a community led extension and awareness program funded by the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce.
The aim of the project is to reduce the growth and spread of blackberry on private land, and also on public/private land boundaries, by working together with all land managers to implement appropriate control measures.
To RSVP for this event , please call 9217-2147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature image courtesy City of Whittlesea
Our next exciting Agribusiness workshop will be ‘Managing for Success’ – Building your Agricultural Enterprise for Profit. A fantastic opportunity to work ‘on’ your business, not just ‘in’ your business. And remember, you can also get further one on one Small Business Mentoring through Council’s Jobs and Investment program, so why not come along for an introduction to the possibilities and for some ideas on how to increase your profitability and potential. For more information and to RSVP, click below.