Volunteer based community groups – $1,000 and $5,000 Grants

The Australian Government’s Department of Social Services is inviting volunteer-based community groups and networks to apply for the 2016 Volunteer Grants funding.

These grants aim to support the efforts of volunteers by providing small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

Funding available: grants of between $1,000 and $5,000

Funding for: community-based groups and networks to buy equipment (e.g. computers), or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks etc. See guidelines (via link below) for a comprehensive list of eligible and ineligible items.

Application period: from 08 November 2016 until 2pm -20 December 2016

More information, guidelines & application form: go to https://www.dss.gov.au/grants/grants/funding-open-for-application/volunteer-grants-2016

General enquiries: 1800 020 283

Please forward to your groups and networks.

Kind regards
James

Parks Victoria, 2016 Conserving Special Places, Kookaburra Award

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Congratulations to both the Wedderburn CMN and The Friends of Kooyoora!

Both of these LPLN member groups have been nominated for a Parks Victoria, 2016 Conserving Special Places, Kookaburra Award.

On top of that, both Michael Moore (President of the WCMN and Secretary of the LPLN) and Jim Irving (Friends of Kooyoora) have been nominated for an Individual Achievement Kookaburra Award. These two amazing people deserve this recognition for their outstanding achievements and commitment over many years.

Award nominations are currently being assessed by a panel, comprised of persons recognised for their expertise in the areas of community and conservation.

I’d like to say well done and thank-you to Jim Irving, Michael Moore, the Friends of Kooyoora and the WCMN for all for their great work.

Cheers,

James

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Cactus Conversations

Got Cactus problems?

Here is the invite to Cactus Conversations at last!

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Mandy from NCCMA will be facilitating the day, and once we know the venue we’ll send it out to those who RSVP.

RSVP: by Tuesday 22nd November to Asha at asha@connectingcountry.org.au or (03) 5472 1594

Supporting new pest animal and weed control tools and technologies

Pest animals & weeds cost our farmers around $4 billion every year. Funding is now available to improve how they are managed in Australia.

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To be eligible for funding, projects must propose to develop a chemical, biological or physical control tool or technology to manage one or more established pest animals (excluding invertebrates) and/or weeds that are not native to Australia or a particular part of Australia.

For more information, visit

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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