Posts tagged as ‘News’

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS Friday 3rd April

Call of the Reed Warbler, by Charles Massy

What a book.

Massy includes here some serious firepower in the regenerative agriculture sphere with sections devoted to Walter Jehne, Richard and Jenny Weatherly, Colin Seis, Tim Wright, Ian and Dianne Haggerty and Rudolph Steiner (and that’s only a few!) with clear inspiration right through the book of Aldo Leopold and Allan Savory.

This tome, though dense, long and brain-breaking, puts into context the correlations between significant biodiversity assets and productive farming.

Call of the Reed Warbler shifts the dynamic in understanding landscape function and champions on-farm biodiversity and low impact farming.
My copy is worn, tattered, underlined and scrawled over and just about falling apart from being flicked and thumbed.

It will take a bit of time to get through, but a great read to understand and taste different perspectives and methods of regenerative farming practices.

Favorite sections include “Farming Without Farming”, “Keep a Green Bough in Your Heart” and a wonderful account of discovering the importance of a thorny Hymenthera dentata in a functioning landscape and ecosystem.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another tidbit off the shelf.

Posted 3 April 2020 in News

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS Wednesday 1st April

Todays read, Native Trees and Shrubs of South Eastern Victoria & Trees of Vic. and Adjoining Areas, by Leon Costermans.
The master guide book/s, these are my go-to for most ID’s and project design.

The large guide is well-thumbed on the desk and provides a great expanded guide for ID’s, revegetation planning and putting together plant communities in different regions. Whilst the Trees guide is a perfect size for a field bag and can be whipped out of the bag or a pocket quickly to get an ID in the field, my copy is full of different leaves!

A must-have resource.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another tidbit off the shelf.

Posted 1 April 2020 in News

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire, mostly reads but there will be other gems in there too!

Stay tuned to the LPLN Facebook Page every Wednesday and Friday for another ripper off the shelf.
For the warm-up, here is a discussion produced by ABC Radio National for its Big Ideas Podcast, Climate Crisis – Saving landscapes? features the wonderfully honest and insightful Barry Traill along with James Schultz and Andrew Macintosh.

This discussion gave a great lens to put large scale land management, farming and carbon capture into perspective.

Above link not working? Try this one;

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/climate-crisis-%E2%80%93-saving-landscapes/9543336?

Posted 30 March 2020 in News

LPLN COVID-19 measures and group advice

Dear all,
An update on the LPLN response to COVID-19.

I trust everyone is aware of the severity and affect this virus has had to date, and unfortunately it is likely it will continue to have an impact for a number of weeks and months to come. 
Before any operational matters, I would like to take the time to ask everyone to please take all necessary steps to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe for the months ahead. Nothing is more important at this time than the health and strength of the people and communities we choose to have around us.

On operational matters, as of today, Tuesday 24th, I will be working from home. The Inglewood Town Hall Hub, where the LPLN office is housed will be closed from COB Thursday 26th until further notice and advice is received regarding the operation of public spaces and facilities.

I personally have taken the step to isolate myself for the next 2 weeks to help in curbing the spread of this virus. Until May 4th, and more than perhaps extending beyond this date, any on-ground works or individual activities I undertake in the community will be run through a rigid decision making process to determine whether they are absolutely necessary before acting upon them.

Together with the LPLN Committee of Management executive, the Network has also decided to cease all face-to-face meetings regarding LPLN matters until a time deemed safe to resume.

I will still be available to all LPLN groups and members for any matters regarding operations, activities etc. 

Together with the LPLN CoM, we have made the decision to move to online platforms for video conferencing and other communication to compliment usual access over phone and email.

If anyone would like to arrange a time to catch up on any Landcare matters, please get in touch and we can decide on an appropriate method of communication.

For those connected to social media, Facebook Messenger is the most readily available tool, I will be available through the video chat utility via the Facilitator Loddon Plains profile, you can find it here,

 www.facebook.com/loddonplains.landcare

Also, keep abreast of news, events and information on the LPLN Facebook page, found here, 

https://www.facebook.com/LoddonPlainsLandcareNetwork  

Keep an eye out for a few things happening over the coming weeks.
Addressing Landcare activities, DELWP have provided advice regarding all Landcare activities and events. 

In response to the latest updates and the action of the State Government last Sunday, I am advising all groups to look closely at their activities and where applicable seriously consider postponing all face-to-face social meetings, working bees and other events until April 14th before revising advice from relevant State and Federal government agencies. This period may need to be extended depending on the severity and spread of COVID-19.

If groups would like to continue meeting for social and operational reasons, a number of platforms are available to do this online. The Network has investigated a number of platforms and I would recommend Facebook Messenger as an effective option – it will allow up to 6 people to video chat and a total of 50 people in a voice chat simultaneously. 

Another option available is Zoom.us, this platform will allow 1-to-1 meetings and up to 100 participants in a webinar type format – good for workshops or similar.

Lastly, the strength of Landcare and the LPLN is the community bonds and compassion we have for each other. There is no doubt Landcare will continue beyond COVID-19 and I for one am truly excited about what the Landcare movement can do to adapt its activities, events and operations in the face of this sort of social and community adversity. 

At this time, please ensure you all keep yourselves, families and others in your communities safe, this is an extremely tricky time for everyone and it will be very difficult for some. Be kind, have patience, support each other. If you require anything, or just need to chat through something, don’t hesitate to make contact.

Look after each other, and I’ll see you soon
dp

Advice for Landcare activities from DELWP Victorian Landcare Program Team;

Dear Landcare staff and primary community Landcare contacts for the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program across Victoria

The State Government has declared a State of Emergency to combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus is being updated continually with the advice on Coronavirus COVID-19, including the latest information and fact sheets.

Landcare and environmental volunteer groups/networks need to stay up-to-date with the DHHS’s advice before making decisions about whether to proceed with events or meetings.

Landcare Facilitators who are funded through the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program may need to modify planned activities as a result of the impact of the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, including the postponement of events or activities that are detailed in their Program Delivery Plans.

You can sign up to DHHS’s ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update’ for current advice, go to https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update

Please forward to your groups and networks.

Please stay safe at this difficult time.

DELWP Victorian Landcare Program staff

Posted 24 March 2020 in News

Loddon Plains Landcare Network Chemical Users and 1080 course, Kerang

LPLN is seeking expressions of interest to undertake a Chemical Users and 1080 course in Kerang.

This course will run for 3 days in the first two weeks of February 2020.

The course will be delivered by an independent trainer throughGOTAFE, Shepparton. The delivery of this course will support a one-for-one 1080 drum program in the final weeks of February for farmers around the Kerang lakes area and RAMSAR sites.

Please contact Danny Pettingill, Project Officer for further details and to complete your expression of Interest online, you can also head straight to the EOI form here:

https://forms.gle/cKV9vphKEebBBkZK6  

Or find the form on the Loddon Plains Landcare Network facebook page

Danny Pettingill

LPLN Landcare Facilitator, Project Officer

0490 412 430

facilitator@lpln.org

Fb: https://www.facebook.com/LoddonPlainsLandcareNetwork/

Or search “Loddon Plains Landcare Network”

Posted 7 January 2020 in News

Protecting the Australasian Bittern

Want to know a bit more about the Australasian Bittern? North Central CMA is presenting an evening to learn all about this mysterious species.

The night includes two speakers and finishes with an optional bus tour to Johnson Swamp to hopefully hear some of these cryptic birds calling.

Posted 9 December 2019 in News

LPLN Facilitator Report, September

02 October 2019

Table of Events

Sun, 1 SepMKEW group mapping workshop

MKEW group meeting
Mon, 2 SepRAMSAR Site Coordination Committee Meeting # 5

Landholder  property planning assessment

Wetland inspection – new project (Kamarooka extension)
Tue, 3 SepFacilitators meeting – NCCMA

Wedderburn Conservation Management Network meeting
Wed, 4 SepAugust Facilitators report

Salisbury West Landcare AGM
Thu, 5 SepFederal Environment Grant EOI writing (4)

LPLN CoM meeting
Fri, 6 SepKamarooka wetlands site tour (Andy Hay)
Mon, 9 SepAccounts reconciliation

Phone meeting, Australian Environmental Grants Network
Tue, 10 SepGraeme Sait Soils Workshop
Wed, 11 SepPrepare for Fairley Bael Bael Sandhill Lake Presentation

Fairley Bael Bael project brief with FBBSL Landcare group
Thu, 12 SepRegional Land Inventory Forum – Minerals Development Victoria Northern Ground Release consultation
Mon, 16 SepLandholder Property planting plan and report

NCCMA, Canary Island project
Tue, 17 SepInvasive species working group presentation, Wheel Cactus
Wed, 18 SepProjects, Lake Bael Bael

LPLN Sustainable Ag Program meeting prep (NCCMA)
Thu, 19 SepLPLN Sustainable Ag Program meeting (NCCMA)

Elmore Field Days prep
Fri, 20 SepLPLN Mid month meeting
Sun, 22 SepRegenerative Agriculture Field Day, Sunbury
Tue, 24 SepOCOC Leadership Development Grant ceremony
Wed, 25 SepBendigo TAFE partnership meeting, Sustainable Agriculture Program 2020

Healthy Soil for Sustainable Farming, Elmore compost trials
Mon, 30 SepElmore Field days set up

Activity Report

Projects

Long Swamp

Spraying is now being completed and should be finished by the 11th October. This will mark the end of the project. A brief is being written up for Trust for Nature and the project will also be documented for LPLN in the coming months.

Lake Bael Bael Project

DP is meeting with the Barapa Barapa Wamba Wamba Water for Country Steering Committee on the 7th October to present this project to Traditional Owners and start the conversation regarding the community projects phase and identify possibilities to pursue. Tours of the Lake Bael Bael area by Traditional Owners will also be discussed.

Another meeting was held with the Fairley Bael Bael Sandhill Lake Landcare group was also held recently to talk through the rabbit control portion of the project. Discussions are currently looking at possibilities around baiting and fencing around the lake.

A RAMSAR site meeting was held by NCCMA  in Kerang focussing on Lake Bael Bael and the works happening around that site by all agencies and groups. This was a  good chance to outline the LPLN project and start to integrate into NCCMA, PV and DELWP planning for greater collaboration in planning and delivery.

Sustainable Agriculture program

The LPLN draft strategy has been delivered by Mal Brown. Copies will be supplied to the CoM for comment.

A meeting has also been held with NCCMA about possibilities for funding and other support, this is ongoing but strong interest has been shown from both parties.

NCCMA, Canary Island project

A meeting has been held with NCCMA regarding working together inside the Canary Island area. There appears to be some good opportunities to work closely with land holders and the community to deliver works that complement the NCCMA inland fish and remnant habitat protection works around this area.

LPLN will look to focus on areas that buffer creek and streamside areas that have good habitat values and preserve or improve areas of high value. 

Operations

Phone meeting, Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

DP has been asked to present the work of the LPLN in biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture to the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network on the 28th of October. This will be hosted in Inglewood and provide an opportunity to develop other funding and support opportunities for the Network.

Vehicle quotes – Car maintenance

DP has been making a number of enquiries regarding significant maintenance required on the LPLN vehicle. Due to the nature and extent of the works it was decided that Bendigo would be the best option. After securing 3 prices, it has been booked for works on October 8th to have this maintenance carried out.. 

Engagement

Lockington property planting plan and report

DP has continued to work with this landholder on a planting layout with a selection of indigenous plants appropriate to the area and purpose. It is hoped that this will culminate in a planting day with the local school and Bendigo Tafe depending on timing and preparation.

Regional Land Inventory Forum – Minerals Development Victoria, Northern Ground Release consultation

A consultation was held for this ground release in Bendigo. This was largely an exercise in explaining the process of this ground release and capturing the different concerns from a consortium of stakeholders. LPLN will continue to monitor this process and undertake further discussion where required.

Federal Environment Grant EOI’s

3 expressions of interest were submitted to Anne Webster MP as part of the federal government’s environmental community grants program. These applications included a proposal for a Sustainable Agriculture field day, monitoring cameras to undertake monitoring at the Kamarooka wetlands and an application with Salisbury West Landcare group for 2 soil moisture probes.

LPLN were notified that the application for monitoring cameras has moved on to the next stage and have been asked to submit a full application for the project.

Invasive species working group presentation, Wheel Cactus

DP was invited to present at a Weeds and Rabbits Community of Practice gathering. The presentation focussed on wheel cactus in the area and the need to support landholders and volunteers in the management of this species in a meaningful way.

 The audience was largely agencies and Landcare and Friends of groups representatives.  The presentation gained further traction for the area in attempting to get further efforts in the region to manage and control the species with more resources.

OCOC Leadership Development in Innovation Grant, Ceremony with Water Minister Lisa Neville

DP attended a ceremony event in Melbourne to formally accept this grant. There was a short time with the Minister before also talking through the project with a number of DELWP departments in a social setting.

Bendigo TAFE partnership meeting, Sustainable Agriculture Program 2020

DP had a very productive meeting with Bendigo TAFE this month regarding integrating Cert 3 studies into LPLN activities and putting together support the implementation of LPLN’s Sustainable Agriculture Strategy through the use of students for on ground works and in work placement opportunities. 

This would form part of an agreed formal partnership to use students out in the field to develop practical skills.

Elmore Field days

DP has been attending the Elmore Field Days in the first week of October, hosted in the NCCMA stand. Further updates will be given in the October report.

September Group meetings

  • Mount Korong Eco Watch
  • Wedderburn Conservation Management Network
  • Salisbury West AGM
  • Fairley Bael Bael Sandhill Lake Landcare group

Posted 11 October 2019 in News

Agriculture Grants: Pig and Poultry Producers, Agriculture Energy, Dry Conditions

Hello LPLN folks,

There are a number of grant opportunities available through Agriculture Victoria at the moment that I wanted to draw your attention to for primary producers in the region.

Planning Support Program for Small-Scale Pig and Poultry Producers VIC

The Victorian Government has established a planning support program to assist small-scale pig and poultry producers obtain a land use planning permit according to the 2018 planning reforms for animal industries. The support program includes workshops and grants. The workshops will help producers prepare their planning permit application and identify on-farm works, advice and other activities that may be required to support the application. They will also provide producers with information on how to manage environmental, amenity and biosecurity risks. The grants will help producers with costs related to obtaining a land use planning permit. Producers must attend a workshop to be eligible for a grant of up to $3,000.

To be eligible applicants need to:

•have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

•be seeking a land use planning permit for an existing or proposed small-scale pig or poultry farm located in Victoria

•complete a small-scale pig and poultry planning workshop prior to applying for the grant program.

Applications close: 31 May 2020 or when the funding allocation is expended

Contact information: 13 61 86, psai@ecodev.vic.gov.au

More information: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/planning-support-program-for-smallscale-pig-and-poultry-producers-vic

Victorian On-farm energy grants

The Agriculture Energy Investment Plansupports on-farm businesses to improve energy efficiency, manage energy costs, improve energy reliability and support own-generation capacity.

The on-farm energy grants are available to eligible primary producers. Grants will be provided on a “dollar for dollar” cash co-contribution basis. Recipients are required to contribute at least 50 per cent of the total cash costs of the project.

There are three levels of grants:

Tier 1 is for grants for simple equipment upgrades up to a value of $50,000;

Tier 2 is to implement multiple, connected changes across a farm for a value of $50,000 – $250,000;

Tier 3 is for projects that will have a significant, regional impact and involve multiple farm businesses, for a value of $250,000 and $1 million.

An on-farm energy assessment is a pre-requisite (exception: dairy farmers applying for a tier 1 grant). 

Applications close: March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted.

More information: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/agriculture-energy-investment-plan/grants

Dry Seasonal Conditions

On 2 October 2019 Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced a further $31.6 million in assistance for farmers affected by the current dry conditions. The funding boost will assist farmers and communities impacted in the Millewa and surrounds, the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) and Gippsland. While the details of some new programs are being finalised, farmers can register interest through email drought.support@agriculture.vic.gov.au or via an online form or by calling 136 186.

Some programs under previously announced packages (ie for Swan Hill, Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura, Campaspe and Bendigo) are still available. To understand what financial assistance is available (state and commonwealth), farmers can contact  Rural Financial Counselling Service – North West by phone 1300 769 489 or (03) 5022 0799.

More information: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/drought/dry-seasons-support

dp

Posted 11 October 2019 in News

Agriculture Victoria Farm Water Planning Workshop

If you are thinking about tanks, pipes and troughs in the approach to the next summer – there are some things you need to know.

This workshop is for people who are planning a reticulation system to bolster their farm water supplies and ensure the correct flow rate arrives where it is needed.

A small aerial map of your property will be provided for planning activities – please register and provide your details so that we can supply you a map on the day.

Posted 9 August 2019 in News

Spiny Rice-flower, Soup and Scones

Want to learn a bit more about the critically endangered Spiny Rice-flower? Join Mt. Korong Eco-watch and Wedderburn Conservation Management Network for soup and scones on Sunday the 7th of July at the Wedderburn Community House.

Posted 20 June 2019 in News