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Edition November 2022


Feature Articles
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

And just like that it's almost the end of another year! We have a handful more Landcare events over the next couple of weeks - make sure you scroll down and register to attend - and keep an eye out for your local Landcare group's end of year celebrations.

Flood Support

Scroll or navigate down to Funding Opportunities to find a list and links to current Victorian Flood Support. If you have a Landcare project site on your property (eg fencing and revegetation) that has been affected by flooding please make a record and take photos once it is safe, and pass these details on to your Landcare Facilitator or the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA or 1300 216 513). For urgent flood damage please report it via the Snap Send Solve app or contact the CMA.

Feature Articles

Welcome Jim Blackney - new facilitator

The Mid Ovens Landcare Consortium has engaged Jim Blackney as the Landcare Facilitator to support the following Landcare groups in our catchment:

  • Burgoigee Creek Landcare Group
  • Hodgson & Horseshoe Creeks Landcare Group
  • Indigo Creek Landcare Group
  • Mudgegonga & District Landcare Group
  • Springhurst & Byawatha Landcare Group
  • Stanley Landcare Group
  • Wooragee Landcare Group

We are looking forward to worth with Jim and he can be contacted at or on 0459622260/

Ovens Landcare Network AGM

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Annual General Meeting earlier this month. It was a fantastic night, where we heard presentations from two Landcare groups about their challenges and successes over the past 12 months. It was great to see so many people in person and have a very enjoyable meal together for the first time in almost 3 years.

The Ovens Landcare Network would like to welcome on board a number of new committee members and thank those who have left the committee for all their hard work and commitment to Landcare.

Upcoming Events

Information Evening - Golden Sun Moth 

Thursday 24th November I 7pm 
Milawa Hall, Milawa

Trust for Nature and Milawa Markwood Oxley Landcare Group want you to learn about North East Victoria's rarest invertebrate, the Golden Sun Moth. Learn how to see them, monitor them, and how to manage their grassland homes!
These moths are small dark coloured moths that fly during the day, like a butterfly. They are only found in native grasslands and fly between November and January. They were discovered at Carboor in 2009.
RSVP: or 0437 777 746. Free event.

Living with Deer Field Day

Saturday 26th November I 10am -3pm
Buckland Valley, address to be advised

Join Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group for a field day where you will visit a number of mixed properties in the Buckland Valley to discuss deer issues that landowners have and what some of the solutions might be. There will have a series of expert speakers attending that will discuss property planning and the use of tools such as fencing, commercial harvesting, professional pest controllers, hunter assistance, deterrents etc. Landowners will talk about their experiences, the impact of deer and what works and what hasn’t in reducing that impact. We will also have public land managers to discuss co-operative cross tenure programs.

Register your attendance here. Lunch provided. Contact Peter on 0487 295 198 with any questions.

Shelter Your Farm

Sunday 27 November | 10am - 1pm
Whorouly, address to be advised
Tickets $5 - purchase here.

Join Whorouly Landcare and the Ovens Landcare Network for a field day on the benefits of creating shelter belts on your farm. 
Ecologists from the Australian National University Sustainable Farms program will discuss research from 20 years of ecological monitoring on farms and how to maximise the habitat values of shelterbelts and remnants. 
Kylie Macreadie from Agriculture Victoria will explore how shelter belts create shade and windbreaks and how this can benefit crops, pastures, and livestock.
Lunch provided, enquiries to Penny on 0427613970.

Tracking and Identifying Wildlife Field Day

Sunday 27 November | 10am - 2.30pm
Peechelba Community Centre

Hosted by Trust for Nature. Have you ever wondered what animals are present on your property?
This is your chance to learn practical tools and techniques on how to find
out, from an expert!
Topics covered will include how to best utilise trail cameras and how to
identify animal tracks, scats and signs that you may see.
Contact Shae with your RSVP (including dietary requirements) by Monday 21st November on: or 0447 001 434

Funding Opportunities

Victorian Primary Producer Flood Recovery Package

Financial support for farmers affected by the 2022 Floods

The Victorian Government has a range of financial support packages for flood-affected farmers and primary producers, which includes:
  • Primary Producer Recovery Grants: Up to $75,000 grants to cover the cost of recovery and get businesses up and running again
  • Rural Landholder Grants: Up to $25,000 grants to cover the costs of disaster impacts for small-scale producers
  • Primary Producer Concessional Loans: Up to $250,000 to restore or replace damaged equipment and infrastructure, or to cover the short-term business expenses
  • Primary Producer Transport Subsidies: Up to $15,000 to support the transport of emergency fodder or stock drinking water, and the movement of livestock

For more information, visit the Victorian Primary Producer Flood Recovery Package:

Strengthening Rural Communities | FRRR

Applications close Tuesday 29th November 2022

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Three funding streams are available:

  • Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC): grants up to $10,000 to respond to ongoing impacts and recovery from the COVID pandemic;
  • Prepare & Recover: grants up to $25,000 for 2019/20 bushfire recovery; and
  • Small & Vital: grants up to $10,000 for broad initiatives that strengthen local people, places, and climate solutions with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

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.

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

Property Management Plans

Future Ready Farms
Limited to the first 10 applications from members of each Landcare group in the Ovens Landcare Network catchment

The Ovens Landcare Network is please to offer Landcare members the opportunity to work with a professional to develop a property management plan.
This includes an online meeting to develop a map of your property, and you will receive a laminated print-out of the map and a digital copy. Submit you expression of interest here.


New Shelterbelts management guide

Sustainable Farms’ brand new management guide 'Managing natural assets on farms: Shelterbelts' details the science behind shelterbelts and the many benefits of diverse, well-managed native shelterbelts. The 12-page booklet outlines science-based recommendations to optimise shelterbelt management for livestock productivity, crop and pasture growth, carbon storage and biodiversity. 

The guide can be viewed online, or you can order a hardcopy to be sent to you.
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