August Network Notes

Hi Landcarers, how did it get to August already??
Some of you are asking where your renewal notices are? (aren't you good?) I am waiting for the bank to give us our online portal so we can take online payments with the security of doing it through the Westpac bank’s website.  Won’t be long (I hope!). This should make paying your renewal easier for everyone. 
On a very positive note the Network has been allocated approx. $97,000 in NLP Regional Community Grants ,Victorian Landcare Grants and WGCMA Support Grants. This will be signed off in the first week of September, with successful project being notified at this time. We are also working out our deliverables for the last year of the Healthy Soils project.  This wonderful project has delivered some really inspiring field days and useful management plans for participating farmers.  Watch this space for next years program.  Cheers, Jill

Our terribly exciting Ragwort control field day

Join us on the Farrell property in Fish Creek and learn to kill, sterilise, suppress and otherwise destroy ragwort—you know you want to! (good for all other noxious weeds as well)
· Our agronomist John Gallienne will outline the trial we are running on the property using grazing and fertility management to out compete ragwort in pasture.
· See the Farrell brothers steam weeding system in use on their organic blueberry orchard
· Watch the demonstration of the Yamaha R-Max unmanned aerial vehicle. See the potential for weed spraying in steep and uneven areas of your farm.  The R-Max offers targeted aerial spraying as the rotor wash helps target the spray. 
Thursday 24th August 2017 10.00am -3.00pm
Lunch provided; registrations essential
Promontory Road, Fish Creek, signs out on day
Call Jill on 5662 5759 or for info
Book at

Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants now open

Each year the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA offers grants to Landcare groups/networks, community groups and volunteer-based organisations to support the important work they undertake in the Port Phillip and Western Port region. 
More information here

Do you want to set up or expand on your Landcare group Facebook page?

Join us to learn the basics of Facebook for your Landcare group. Facebook can be an effective way of promoting events, getting new members and sharing information. The workshop will focus on building your online community, the do’s and don’ts of posts, what all the settings mean and content planning.
Rosedale Workshop: Tuesday 12th September, 6.30 to 8.30pm, Rosedale Rec Reserve Club Rooms
Darnum Workshop: Wednesday 13th September, 6.30 to 8.30pm, Darnum Rec Reserve Club Rooms
Leongatha Workshop: Tuesday 19th September, 6.30 to 8.30pm, West Gippsland CMA Office
The workshops will be run by Erika McInerney from Mac&Ernie Social Media.
RSVP essential: call Kathleen Brack 1300 094 262 or email by 8th of September. A pizza tea will be provided and places are limited.
This project is supported by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Victorian Landcare Program and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Pod casts on iTunes

Kathleen Brack; the Regional Landcare Program Officer has made some podcasts which are now on Soundcloud (with links to the app stores).  Link is here.
Also she is looking for help for her next edition. Kathleen says
‘Basically, I’m seeking a story or somebody who is a good talker who didn’t like Landcare… something happened… now they like it!
The more interesting the ‘something happened’ the better!
Let me know if you can think of somebody’s story.
If you have any other ideas for a podcast let me know (it’s needs to have a start, a middle when something changes, and an end with an outcome) ‘
call Kathleen Brack 1300 094 262 or email if you have an idea to pitch to her.

Daughter's reaction to photo of Bob in thistle costume :)

This was sent to me by Jeff Clark of the Poowong Landcare group who said
‘I thought you could use it in the South Gippsland news. We had a big turn up with Danny O'Brien MP, Cr Lorraine Brunt, Cr Aaron Brown and Landcare group members from Loch/Nyora, Mt Lyall, Triholm, Warragul Sth, Mt Worth, Poowong and other interested persons. As the TV film crew was in town for the " Legendairy " project, we had a mock meeting at 6pm for the camera's, followed by a finger food meal and the main meeting followed. There were more than 40 people present for the discussions. Watch this page! ‘

Funding is available through the Victorian Rabbit Action Network to run Rabbit Control field days and other related activities. Grants are open now, close 23rd August.

Click on the link for guidelines and application form: VRAN Community Action Grant Application Form
Applications are sought for projects requiring funding from $2,000 to $5,000. Projects must be completed by 18 April 2018.
To be eligible for funding, your community group will need to be an incorporated body or have a sponsor partner or agency (such as a Landcare network of Catchment Management Authority) that is incorporated. 
Potential project ideas include, but are not restricted to:
Planning action at a local scale: Become a new RHDV K5 release site or enhance the impact of an existing site. Bring everyone together to develop local area plans that include input from all stakeholder groups for long term action and legacy. Collect data to aid local area planning, use websites to host plans, produce advertising materials to promote plans and design training for community groups to undertake the planning process. 
Mapping and monitoring: Rabbit management requires monitoring before, during and after an integrated control program. Develop a guide for mapping and monitoring that includes templates for recording and information sheets that support the local plan. Design mapping information toolkits outlining the different mapping options and host mapping training for community groups.
Build up skills and share knowledge and know-how: Host training days so your community knows how to take advantage of RHDV K5 e.g. long term integrated rabbit management. Raise awareness of your RHDV K5 release site, develop community YouTube clips, host best practice demonstration days with a neighbouring community group or Traditional Owner group, develop case studies on community groups participating in RHDV K5 release sites.
Innovation: Do you have a creative new idea that you want to trial that will benefit your community and our landscape? Is there a new partnership that can be formed? Think outside the box and submit an application.
The grants will not support: On-ground works e.g. purchasing baits or biological control, equipment, warren ripping or fumigation. One-on-one extension e.g. people’s time to do this. The purchase of goods for competitions, prizes or alcohol for any events. Capital purchase: e.g. GPS units, computers. 

The Young Farmers Scholarship Program provides young farmers and those who work directly on farm with an opportunity to invest in themselves and their career by boosting their skills and equipping themselves for the farming challenges of the future.

The scholarship program is designed to be flexible and to fit with the demands and ambitions of young farmers.
Funding available: Up to $10,000 is available to farmers and farm workers aged 35 years or under to help them with professional development and career progression. The funding consists of up to $5,000 for study, backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice. Examples of eligible courses - Diploma in Agriculture, human resources training, business management courses, Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a range of on-farm technical training.
How many scholarships: Each year 10-15 scholarships are awarded to young farmers aged 35 or under In Victoria.
Applications close: 30 August 2017
More information and guidelines etc
The end-of-month Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. It includes a wrap-up of recent conditions and a look at which drivers are influencing the climate. 

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