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


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. 


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.. 


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

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,

More information:

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:

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 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:


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.

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.

Drought and dry seasonal conditions support programs

In 2019, the Victorian Government announced further support measures to assist farmers and communities to prepare and respond to drought and dry seasonal conditions in Central and East Gippsland and Northern and North West Victoria.

More information through the link below or download the file at the bottom of the post;

Agriculture Victoria Dry Season Workshops – 21 and 22 February

Hello Folks,

Agriculture Victoria are holding Dry Season Workshops on the 21st in Kerang and Yarrawalla and then
Stanhope and Congupna on the 22nd.

Workshop sessions will include Commodity outlooks, irrigation and cropping options and a range of speakers talking to water management, climate, soil etc.

Locations – Kerang, Yarrawalla, Stanhope and Congupna. See the below flyer for more details and RSVP information.

More info here:…/farm-manag…/farmer-workshops

An Introduction – New LPLN Lancare facilitator & GOANNA Project worker

Dear members and friends,

I write to introduce myself; my name is Danny Pettingill, and as of last week I have taken on the LPLN Landcare Facilitator and GOANNA Project roles from James Nelsson. I would like to thank James for his service and dedication in the role and wish him all the best with his new position as he moves on to new and exciting challenges. His passion for the role and the work of the LPLN Landcare and Friends groups is clearly evident.

As for me, I come from a background in engineering, theatre design and education and have since retrained in natural resource management and environment. As a proud ‘generalist’ in the environmental field, my interests are broad and my curiosity draws me to many things. I do however have specific interests in native and indigenous pollinators such as bees, wasps, bats and avian species (I’m a beekeeper in my spare time), natural regenerative farming techniques and indigenous fire management practices, I’m also an avid ‘birdo’.

Outside of the environment industry, I’m a footy tragic, love my Bowls on a Saturday and wild about things on two wheels.

James and I have spent some time going through a handover (some of which I am still getting my head around!) and I wanted to take this opportunity to touch base with you all as the LPLN moves forward.

It appears there is much to get up to speed with and many people to meet across a wide range of collaborative projects. If there are things of an urgent nature to start talking through please don’t hesitate to get in touch (all details are the same and provided below) so we can ensure everyone is on the same page with the same expectations.

Though the next few weeks will be a little intense getting my head into all the groups and projects that the network is involved in, I’m really happy to discuss network projects with you all in order to move forward – the best way for me to get a handle on things!

I am incredibly excited about taking on this role and I look forward to working with you all on existing and future projects.

Stay tuned for more updates here and on the Loddon Plains Landcare Network Facebook page which you can access with the following link – and don’t forget to hit ‘like’ if you have not already done so!

Looking forward to meeting you all,

Danny Pettingill

LPLN Landcare Facilitator and GOANNA Project

0490 412 430

3CA Grants Program

Hello folks,

As part of DELWP’s Community Climate Change Adaptation  program, a suite of grants are available for many projects in order to build resilience to climate change impacts within local communities. An information webinar session has been scheduled on Thursday, 14 February 2019, from 1pm to 2pm 

Interested participants can register for the 3CA Grants webinar via the following link:

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is delivering a small grants program to build resilience to climate change impacts through community-driven adaptation activities that address identified gaps and priorities in Victoria’s regions.

The 3CA Grants program will:

  • identify and support practical projects focused on adaptation activities with clear community benefit;
  • foster partnerships between communities, local governments and regional stakeholders on adaptation; and
  • generate and share lessons on good practice approaches to community adaptation.

The 3CA Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s Supporting our Regions to Adapt initiative, a three-year program providing practical support for communities to prepare for the challenges of a changing climate. It supports outcomes from Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020.

Key dates

Applications open: Wednesday 16 January 2019

Applications close: 11:59pm Sunday 31 March 2019

What funding is available?

In total, the available funding for the 3CA Grants program is $1,000,000.

  • Grants between $25,000 to $75,000 will be awarded.
  • Projects must be completed no later than 31st December 2020.

Who can apply?

The 3CA Grants program provides funding for local communities to adapt to climate change impacts in their region of Victoria.

Eligible projects must either be led by, or implemented in partnership with, a local council, traditional owner corporation, community group, or not-for-profit organisation.

What type of projects might be funded?

This program will fund two categories of projects:

Building Adaptive Capacity

These projects will aim to build the capacity of communities or regions to better plan for, coordinate and deliver actions that support communities to adapt to current or future climate change impacts.

Delivering Adaptation Action

Delivering Adaptation Action projects will implement practical actions that will support communities and regions to adapt to current or future climate change impacts.

For more information on climate change impacts and climate change adaptation priorities and gaps in your region of Victoria please refer to the relevant Regional Climate Change Adaptation Snapshot Report.


Employment Opportunity: Facilitator – GOANNA Project Worker

This role offers the successful applicant the opportunity to work with the NCCMA, Dja Dja Wurrung, Barrapa Barrapa, Loddon Shire, school groups, TAFE and University students, local communities and volunteers. Across the Network, there are a number of interesting monitoring activities, protection of threatened species and exciting sustainable agricultural activities that you will be involved in, all with the support and guidance of a very committed Committee of Management.

Although this can be a very busy position, it gives the occupant a wide variety of interesting and sometimes challenging NRM and community engagement opportunities.

Over the past three years, I have been involved in (or managed) many kilometres of direct seeding, hundreds of hectares of revegetation, and protecting of natural resources.  This role offers the successful applicant the opportunity to work with the NCCMA, Dja Dja Wurrung, Barrapa Barrapa, Parks Vic, DELWP, Loddon Shire, school groups, TAFE and University students and local communities.  There are a number of interesting monitoring activities, protection of threatened species and exciting sustainable agricultural activities that you will be involved in, all with the support and guidance of a very committed Committee of Management.

Please click on the attached link to the role (if link doesn’t work, please copy and paste it into the address bar of your browser), and feel free to share amongst people that you think may be interested in this exciting role.

Resignation: Facilitator – GOANNA Project Worker from the Loddon Plains Landcare Network

After nearly three years in the role, it is with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I have tendered my resignation to the LPLN Committee of Management, with my last day being the 1st of February 2019.

I would like to extend my personal thanks to the Committee of Management, especially Michael Moore (Secretary, with whom I have worked very closely), Andy Hay (president for most of my time), Jean McClymont (the previous and long term Treasurer) and Kate Lee (Treasurer) for their active support in my tenure, and to the rest of the Committee of Management for their ongoing vision, commitment and encouragement.

I have really enjoyed this role and appreciated the opportunity that the Loddon Plains Landcare Network has provided me. I have been made to feel very welcome by the various Landcare groups across our Network, and in the process, I made some wonderful friendships.  I also believe that I have made a valuable contribution to this role and our local environment.

I wish you all in this vibrant Landcare community well in the future, and I hope that our politicians realise what an important role that you, the volunteers, carry out, including the dedication and passion in which you undertake it, with no financial recompense and often little or no recognition. 

I hope that our Governments will more greatly appreciate the importance of the environment and agriculture, and how intertwined they are, especially as the impacts of Climate Change are more strongly felt.  I hope that our Governments will increase the resources to Landcare and fund us more appropriately, based on the great challenges that now face us all.

Thank you all for welcoming me into this role, for supporting the Landcare activities we have been involved in, and especially for the great work that you have done.


James Nelsson

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