BILL’S BIG OPEN DAY – 26th March 2017

This Sunday 26th March 2017

There are still places available

Donations appreciated;
Spit roast lunch and drinks included.

Please RSVP to Robyn McKay 0417 100 818

Reminder. This is on Sunday 26th March.


Michael Moore awarded the Wedderburn Community Service Award

Congratulations to Michael Moore, Secretary of the Loddon Plains Landcare Network’s Committee of Management, the President of the Wedderburn Conservation Management Network and a member of the Friends of Kooyoora National Park.

Michael was awarded the Wedderburn Community Service Award from the Loddon Shire at the Australia Day awards ceremony in Wedderburn. This is on top of being recognised by Parks Victoria and awarded an individual Kookaburra award just a few months ago.


To our knowledge, this is the first time a Community Service Award has been awarded by the Loddon Shire for conservation work, and is seen as a positive sign by the Landcare and conservation communities.


Michael has volunteered many, many hours, working for the Wedderburn CMN, Loddon Plains Landcare Network and the Friends of Kooyoora. He has been a key driver in protecting our local Mallee Fowl population, putting together projects to improve local habitat and building connectivity between key sections of our environment.

It was great to see so many members of the local community, celebrating Australia day together. The success of the day was guaranteed by the fantastic work from the Wedderburn Lions Club and the Loddon Shire, ensuring such a great day.

Well done, and thank you, Michael.

FTLA Special General Meeting Thursday 16th February 2016

The FTLA and VLC are holding special general meetings of the Association to formally approve the measures which will merge the two organisations and move to the new Landcare Victoria Incorporated.

This is the key legal step in enacting the merger, endorsed by members at the 2016 Annual Forum. Since that meeting the committees have worked assiduously to prepare the groundwork for the merger to take place.

This has involved a number of activities, namely:

• The pro bono engagement of legal firm Baker & Mackenzie, who have developed a merger implementation deed for both parties which is guiding the key legal steps around the merge,

• The development of a new set of Rules for the Association which reflects the activities of both organisations accurately and will set up Landcare Victoria Inc well for the future in terms of its governance, and

• The engagement of an external person, who has most recently completed work for the National Landcare Network, to provide the new Committee of Management with a range of guidelines and procedures to assist its effective operation

We are currently working hard on the essential detail, new logos, integrating websites, bringing together the various work of the paid staff within both organisations, and key decisions / actions for the committee to ensure a seamless continuation of service to you, the members, during this period of bringing all parts of both groups together.

The Special General Meeting will be for the purpose of considering and, if thought appropriate, passing the following special resolutions, that the Farm Tree and Landcare Association Inc:

1. Accept the terms of the merger of the Victorian Landcare Council Inc with the Farm Tree and Landcare Association Inc as specified in the “Merger Implementation Deed”.

2. Adopt the new rules for the Association as circulated, which give effect to the merging of the Association with the Victorian Landcare Council Inc, to take affect 3rd April 2017.

3. In adopting these new rules, the name of the Association be changed to Landcare Victoria Inc.

4. Appoint as at 3rd April 2017, per rule 26.2 of the new Rules the following people to the committee of management: Terry Hubbard (Strath Creek Landcare Group), David Clark (Upper Mt Emu Creek Landcare Network), Kaye Rodden (Barrabool Hills Landcare Group), Artur Muchow (Middle Yarra Landcare Network), Sandy McKenzie (Burnt Creek Landcare), Belinda Brennan (South Gippsland Landcare Network), Peter Berrisford (Bellarine Landcare Group), Phillip Horner (Ovens Landcare Network), Mike Haughton (Neerim Landcare Group), and Anthony Dufty (Moorabool Landcare Network).

5. Recognise the outstanding service of the outgoing committee members of the FTLA, namely Karen Alexander (7 years), Alex Arbuthnot (12 years), Susan Campbell and Richard Jamieson as founding members of the FTLA (30 years) and thank them for their valued contribution to Landcare.

We look forward to your active participation in the Special General meeting and encourage any questions which you have be directed through the FTLA Office to our Committee of Management members.

Only members that hold voting rights may vote at this meeting.

More details, contact information and RSVP details are available at this link:

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

General enquiries: 1800 020 283

Please forward to your groups and networks.

Kind regards

Parks Victoria, 2016 Conserving Special Places, Kookaburra Award


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.




Cactus Conversations

Got Cactus problems?

Here is the invite to Cactus Conversations at last!


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 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.


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 

CLOSED: Dairy Development Grants are fully subscribed and are now closed.

Update: this grants scheme is fully subscribed and is now closed.

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

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.


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