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Edition December 2021


Feature Articles
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

Here is a very quick update from the Ovens Landcare Network as we head into the holiday season. And a quick reminder that if you are planning on any revegetation works next Autumn/Winter, now is the time to start ordering tubestock and preparing your planting site. We've added some links to useful resources at the end of this newsletter.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Feature Articles

Take the Deer Impacts in Victoria survey

The Invasive Species Council is a non-government organisation that seeks to keep Australia safe from weeds and feral animals. There is increased concern about the impact of feral deer on the Victorian community and environment. The Invasive Species Council would like to hear from you to learn about your views and your experiences with feral deer.
Your contribution will be used to better understand community attitudes about, and the impacts of, feral deer. This will assist the Invasive Species Council to more effectively engage with the Victorian government and the community to achieve effective control of feral deer.

Please complete the survey found here, by Friday 17 December.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: An introduction to the Soil Moisture Monitoring Dashboard with AgVic

Friday 10th December | 12pm - 1pm

Agriculture Victoria maintains a number of soil moisture monitoring probes across Victoria, including a some in the Greta Valley. The probes located at Greta, can provide information on water infiltration associated with rain events to help guide farm management decisions around knowing soil moisture and the build-up leading into winter along with the depletion in spring, providing early indications to the season finishing.

In this webinar, Dale Boyd the co-coordinator for the Soil Moisture Monitoring Dashboard, will provide an overview of how to use the dashboard and ample time for Q&A. You can check out the dashboard before the webinar here.

Please register to receive a recording here or login directly on the day using the Zoom link.

Webinar: Managing pests - what to do and what not to do

Wednesday 15th December | 12pm - 1pm

Deer, rabbits, foxes – these introduced species pose a number of challenges for protecting native wildlife and habitat.
How best to manage the threat?
In this free webinar presented by Trust For Nature, hear from experts in the field on the dos and don’ts of pest management. Register here.

North East & Surrounds Equine Landcare Group

Wednesday 19th January | 7pm - 9pm
Wangaratta Library

NESEL (North East and Surrounds Equine Landcare) is a dedicated group for anyone who owns or loves horses in North East Victoria and cares about improving the land for healthy horses and a healthy environment. Join NESEL for a casual catch up with like-minded people and to help the group plan for the future.
If anyone is interested to learn more about Landcare for horse owners or to RSVP contact Linda 0439 608 130 or Kerrie 0418 427 730.

Funding Opportunities

Community Sustainability Council Grants | Indigo Shire 

Applications close 15th December 2021

The aim of the Indigo Shire Community Sustainability grants program is to provide community groups within the shire an opportunity to implement sustainability initiatives. For example, community organisations can request funding for projects or events that demonstrate climate change mitigation or adaptation, reduce water consumption or improve water quality, reduce waste generation, support biodiversity conservation; and/or raise awareness or build capacity in climate change mitigation or adaptation, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and biodiversity conservation.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the Community Sustainability Grant webpage to download a copy of the Grant Guidelines. 

Strengthening Rural Communities | FRRR

Applications close 22nd February 2022

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.  Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.
Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly. For more information click here. For more information click here.

Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Program | Future Drought Fund

Applications close 11th January 2022

The Australian Government is inviting applicants under the Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Grants Program. The objective of the program is to trial and demonstrate how scaling of particular practices to improve management of natural capital can build drought resilience.
The government are looking for projects that address all of the following:

  • targeted at improving the drought resilience of agriculture
  • involve trial and demonstration of practices to improve management of natural capital in ways that directly support drought resilience
  • focused on achieving and measuring impacts at scale, particularly landscape scale
  • provide case studies to support scaling out of successful practices through robust monitoring, measurement and communication of project impacts
  • are valued between $500,000 and $1 million
  • can be delivered over April 2022 to June 2024
Learn more and apply here.

Small Environmental Grant Scheme | Norman Wettenhall Environment Trust

Expressions of Interest open regularly

Providing support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. The Norman Wettenhall Environment Trust supports grassroots organisations and individuals, and academics who are working with on-ground community groups. The expression of interest process opens regularly throughout the year. For more information click here.

Landcare Opportunities

Victorian Volunteering Awards 2021 - nominations open

The Victorian Volunteering Awards 2021 recognise and celebrate the impact volunteers, volunteer leaders and volunteer programs have in building resilient communities, services and connections across the State.
Volunteering Victoria has announced the awards opened on 20 October and will close on 14 January 2022. There are seven categories open to direct nomination.
For information and how to nominate go here.


Revegetation Resources

While we have to wait until after the Autumn break next year to actually start getting plants in the ground for our revegetation projects, now is the right time to order tubestock and begin preparing your site to give your plants their best possible start.
Head to to find a planning and preparing guide, and our lists of local species depending on where exactly you are.

If you'd like an in depth guide to revegetation in Victoria, check out the Greening Australia guide, download it here.

As always, feel free to contact your local group or facilitator if you have any questions or need any support in this process.
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