2016 Rabbit Buster Roadshow

Are you a property owner or Landcare member working to manage rabbits? Wondering what to do next?

The North Central CMA is pleased to bring Dr Tarnya Cox (Invasive Animals CRC) back to the region to present the 2016 Rabbit Buster Roadshow.

Tarnya is leading the national scientific research campaign to reduce the devastating agricultural and environmental impact of rabbits. She will also discuss current research to find a new strain of Calicivirus and efforts to improve the biological control of rabbits.

In addition, Agriculture Victoria Invasive Animals Biosecurity manager John Matthews will also join the roadshow sharing years of practical rabbit management expertise

A local Landcare group or network will host each session and share their story on rabbit management. An abundance of information and rabbit-management resources will also be available for participants to take away from each session. RSVP now to hop on board this unique opportunity.

Information sessions will cover:

  • Invasive Animals CRC Boost project- RHDV (pathogenic calicivirus)
  • Integrated rabbit management
  • Landholder participation in the Boost project
  • Case studies from local Landcare groups and land managers
  • Where to next — the future release of a new strain of RHDV
  • 2017 Rabbit Buster Month campaign

Roadshow Information Sessions

Wycheproof  Monday 14th November

6.00 pm with light supper provided

Wycheproof Town Hall


Smeaton  Tuesday 15th November

12.00 noon with light lunch provided

Smeaton Bowls Club


Newstead  Tuesday 15th November

6.30 pm with light supper provided

Newstead Community Centre


Serpentine   Wednesday 16th November

8.30 am   Breakfast BBQ provided

Serpentine Bowls Club


Kerang    Wednesday 16th November

6.00 pm with light supper provided

Kerang Tennis Clubrooms


Cost: Free, with light meals provided

Grab your ticket today to sign up for this great event series. Walk in’s welcome on the day.

For catering purposes, please add any dietary requirements you have in the ticket notes.

Attend Event 

Dairy Development Grants

These grants will be open until 30 June 2017, or until the Dairy Development Grant program funds are fully allocated, whichever occurs first.


Need more help?

If you have queries about the Victorian Government’s Dairy Development Grants program, please call us on 1800 260 425 (free call) or email industryprograms@ruralfinance.com.au.

Weed Alert – Buffel Grass

Keep an eye out for this new invader into our district, as it seems to be moving southward.  As you can see from the map below, it is starting to encroach into the north of our Network area and a single infestation was located (and eradicated) south of Inglewood.



Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris and C. pennisetiformis) is a perennial tussock grass from Africa and Asia. It was introduced as a range-land (semi-arid) improvement pasture grass and is now widespread across northern Australia. It is scattered in the pastoral zones of Southern NSW and South Australia, with it most prevalent in the northern areas but more recently it is found to be extending southwards.


Managing Native Grasslands for Plains Wanderers – Grassland Field Day

Invitation to join the Northern Plains Conservation Management Network, Trust for Nature and Dr David Baker-Gabb, renowned expert on Plains-wanderer, in launching “Managing Native Grasslands for Plains Wanderers” Field Guide.


RSVP is essential to the North Central CMA by 5 pm Thursday 3rd November on (03) 5448 7124 or email: info@nccma.vic.gov.au

Reminder: LPLN AGM this Sunday

The Annual General Meeting of the Loddon Plains Landcare Network will be held at:
The Powlett Hall, Wedderburn / Serpentine Rd, Powlett Plains
Midday. Sunday, 16 October, 2016


Landcare Free Succession Planning Webinar

►► Free Farm Succession Planning Webinar ◄◄

Looking to dip your toe into the world of sucession planning? Join up for this free webinar hosted by 10thousandgirl campaign on the 20th of October.


The course will look at how to start the conversation with family and how to keep it open and constructive.

Cancelled: Kamarooka Wetland tour and Bill’s big day out

Hi everyone,

We’ve had a great response to this event, but in light of the weather that we’ve experienced over the last week and the associated flooding, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel this event.

We intend on rescheduling it, and we’ll keep you posted as to the date.

Thanks for your interest and support of this event and sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment cancelling it may have caused.

Keep warm, dry and safe over this wet period.



James Nelsson

LPLN Facilitator


Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park – Activities Weekend

It’s here!

The big three day event we have been waiting all year for.

Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park invite you to their annual activities weekend at the park.


Venue: Davies Homestead, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road (south of Jungaburra Road) Terrick Terrick (VicRoads Map 30 F3) Note: Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road, which runs roughly parallel to Bendigo Creek, is not labelled in VicRoads Directory 7. GPS: 36º 05’ 55”S; 144º 17’ 02”E. Look for directional signs

Free camp sites available near the homestead. BYO food, drinking water and tent/van. Saturday afternoon tea is to be provided.

This is a free event. Small donations or membership renewals are welcome to help us cover costs.


Naturally Loddon Spring festival 2016


Naturally Loddon Facebook Poster

Naturally Loddon Spring Festival Calendar

Naturally Loddon Spring Festival Calendar p2

Scholarships – Andrews Government Invests In Our Young Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government will provide funding grants to help young farmers boost their skills and become better equipped to face the farming challenges and opportunities of the future.

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to farmers and farm workers under the age of 35 to help them boost development and career progression in the industry.

The funding consists of $5,000 towards study backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice.

The scholarship program is designed to be flexible to fit in with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers.

Examples of eligible courses include a Diploma in Agriculture, Human Resources training, Business Management , a Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a range of on-farm technical training.

Young people with an interest in agriculture are also encouraged to contribute to the conversation that will help shape future programs and activities, supporting the development of our next generation of food and fibre producers.

More information about the Young Farmer Scholarship Program and the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council is available at www.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers.

Applications for the Young Farmers Scholarship Program close on 26 August, 2016.

“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the future of farming by helping upskill our young people working within the industry.”  Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“The outlook for farming is very positive with growing export markets on our doorstep and a world-class food and fibre sector already punching above its weight – this is why we need to ensure we have the agricultural leaders of tomorrow getting the right support today.”  Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

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