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Edition September 2021


Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

The Ovens Landcare Network is very excited to introduce Kerrie Warburton as our new Landcare Facilitator! We are now very lucky to have three facilitators working in our Landcare network area. Please read her introduction below.

And a huge congratulations to the recipients of this year's Victorian Landcare Grants. It is very exciting to see that 14 of our member groups have received project funding through this program.

It's been great to see Landcare groups working within some tough restrictions and managing to get plants in the ground this year. This cool and fairly wet spring is definitely helping even late plantings get established!

- Penny Raleigh, Victorian Landcare Facilitator

Introducing Kerrie Warburton - our new facilitator!

"With a family background in agriculture, Kerrie Warburton studied Applied Science (Agriculture) at Dookie Agricultural College and started her working life in production agriculture and agricultural service industries. These experiences led to a career as a logistics manager in a large international manufacturing company for over 15 years. She has spent the past 15 years managing a large team of volunteer workers for Lutheran Aged Care - Albury.
Kerrie has lived in the Riverina and North East Victoria for 40 years and has a strong interest in engaging communities in sustainable agriculture and the natural environment."

Revegetation at the Carmody Road Rock Chute

In September the Boorhaman Landcare Group planted over 400 mixed indigenous shrubs and grasses in an area adjacent to the Ovens River at North Boorhaman.
This revegetation program was undertaken to stabilise and support an area of major earthworks completed by NECMA earlier in the year. The work was designed to improve water quality and moderate water flow into the Ovens River from part of the Black Dog Creek Drainage system.
- Kerrie

Upcoming Events

National Recycling Week

8th-14th November

This year National Recycling Week is celebrating its 25th anniversary! This is a great time to hold a household bin audit and check that you're recycling correctly. Check out Recycling Near You from Planet Ark for tips and resources.
If you're in the Indigo Shire, the Halve Waste Roadshow will be visiting on Tuesday (9th November) - a great chance to ask questions:
  • Beechworth, Ford Street, opposite the Visitor Information Centre 10am – 12pm
  • Rutherglen, Main Street, outside IGA 1pm – 3pm.

Repair Cafes

Wangaratta Repair Cafe - Saturday 13th November 8am - 12pm, Wangaratta Farmers Market

Myrtleford Repair Cafe - Saturday 27th November 10am - 2pm, Myrtleford Men's Shed

Aligning with National Recycling Week, why not check out our local repair cafes? Wangaratta Repair Cafe has been running at the Wangaratta Farmers Market for 4 years, helping fix hundreds of items and stopping many cubic metres of household items ending up in landfill. Myrtleford Landcare & Sustainability are now running Repair Cafe events too! 

Zero Emissions Farming - online conference

Wednesday 17th November, 9am to 4pm | Online

This conference will explore the benefits of zero-emission farming, showcasing the latest research and industry progress towards CN2050. The conference will explore what are emerging industry innovations (beef, lamb, wine, vegetables, trees and water).
For more information and to register click here.

Funding Opportunities

Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience

Applications close Monday 15th November 2021

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund provides a sustainable source of funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

The Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program is one of the Fund’s foundation programs. It is designed to build community capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement and wellbeing. The aim is to build an enduring resilience to the impacts of climate change, drought, and enhance the public good in agriculture-dependent communities. For more information click here.

Strengthening Rural Communities | FRRR

Applications close Tuesday 23rd November 2021

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.

Priority Species Grants | Environment Restoration Fund

Applications close 5pm, Monday 13th December 2021

This grant program provides funding to undertake activities that will protect, enhance, rehabilitate, recover and/or restore priority species and their habitats, supporting on-ground activities that will assist efforts to improve the trajectories of priority species. Find out more here

Community Mini Grants | Climate Ready Hume

Applications close midnight, Friday 17th December 2021

The Community Mini-grants Program aims to:

  • Empower community groups in the Hume region to lead climate change adaptation activities.
  • Build skills and capacity among local communities to promote positive climate adaptation actions.
  • Support communities in increased awareness and understanding of climate change adaptation in their local community and possible future impacts. 
  • Encourage partnerships between organisations and groups in adapting to climate change.

Find out more 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

Agricultural Chemical User Permit Training (ACUP)

Hosted by Rural City of Wangaratta, open to everyone. Cost of the course - $50

Course participants limited to 12 people. Training Dates:
  • 26 November 2021 – Tarrawingee (registration closes 19th November)
  • 28 November 2021 – Venue TBC (registration closes 22nd November)
  • 29 November 2021 – Whitfield (registration closes 22nd November)
For more information, or to register for the ACUP Training, please contact Alandi Durling on, or 0438 828 660.

Domestic Animal Management Plans open for consultation

Our local governments are currently reviewing their domestic animal plans. This is a great opportunity to provide feedback and we encourage individuals to recommend the adoption of a cat curfew. For more information on why cat curfews are important check out this article.

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.


Farm Dams webinar recording

Sustainable Farms held a successful webinar on Farm Dams in mid-October and the recording is now available here. Victorian ecologists, Dave Smith and Angelina Siegrist, covered some of the latest research on the biodiversity and productivity benefits of enhancing farm dams, and introduced our new guide, Enhancing farm dams: What to plant in and around your damSally Day from Greta Valley Landcare shared her experiences of why farmers choose to enhance their dams, and practical aspects of planning a farm dam project.
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