View this email in your browser
Edition August 2022


Feature Articles
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

Landcare Week in early August was an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the work of the many Landcare groups and hundreds of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who comprise the Ovens Landcare Network. The photos of National Tree Day below are a great example of these efforts, well done everyone. Remember to enjoy watching nature prepare for its spring flourish.

Feature Articles

National Tree Day

The last weekend of July was the official National Tree Day with a number of groups getting out and planting thousands of plants across our area. Congratulations to these groups and keep your eye out for more planting events over the next couple of weeks.
If you've got plant orders through your local group now is the perfect time to get planting, and it's also a good time to plan for next years tree planting season and get any orders in with nurseries to guarantee supply. On our website we have a list of local nurseries that supply local, indigenous tubestock and you can also find the planting guides for our area. Feel free to contact your Landcare group or local facilitator if you need a hand figuring out what you should plant. 
RCOW NTD Tarrawingee
Beechworth NTD Rail Trail

Upcoming Events

Future Farming - Local Perspectives Indigo Shire

ISC farming

Cornishtown: Wednesday 10 August | 10am to 4pm 
Sandy Creek: Tuesday 16 August | 10am to 4pm

Indigo Shire is hosting three free farming resilience workshops.

Take the day to hear experts and peers talk about what the future may hold and what they are doing now to build resilience into their businesses and communities.  Share your experience and find out what’s working for others.

Check out recent hall upgrades, check in with your community, and enjoy a hearty free, lunch. Find out more and register here

Carbon for Sale 

Soil carbon

Wednesday 24th August | 7pm - 9pm 

Following the Boorhaman and District Landcare Group's AGM Dr Cassandra Schefe will break down each aspect of soil carbon, trading and supply chain GHG emission reporting, for farmers to understand the principles for on-farm decision making.
There is a strong focus on soil carbon at present, and the perceived value of carbon trading. There is also increasing pressure (or incentives) for farmers to demonstrate ‘carbon neutrality’ or a negative carbon footprint in order to sell commodities into various markets. This means that rather than sell these credits to third parties, it may become attractive to farmers to retain these to offset their own system emissions.
All welcome. For more information please contact Kerrie Warburton or 0418 427 730

Detox Your Home - Wangaratta

Saturday 20 August | 9am - 12noon
Rural City of Wangaratta Works Depot 51-69 Newman Street

Get a head start on your spring clean, Detox your Home is back in Wangaratta for 2022.
Clean out under those sinks, spruce up the shed and safely dispose of toxic household chemicals.
Registration is essential, so please click here if you wish to attend.
And for a full list of what can be accepted, please click here.

AgVic: On Farm Biosecurity Planning for Livestock Producers

Biosecurity sign

Wednesday 24th August | 10am - 3pm
DELWP Office, Wodonga

Agriculture Victoria is delivering a free workshop for livestock producers to understand the disease, pest and plant biosecurity risks in their area, the impact they may have on their business and develop an on-farm biosecurity plan.
For event information and to register follow this link.

AgVic: Traceability and the NLIS Database 

Thursday 25th August | 10am - 3pm
DELWP Office, Wodonga

This free hands-on workshops will help producers understand their livestock traceability requirements and how to use the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database to complete property-to-property transfers.
For event information and to register follow this link.

National Landcare Conference

24th-25th August | Streaming Online
In person International Convention Centre, Sydney

With Costa Georgiadis as the MC, the 2022 National Landcare Conference promises to be an inclusive and inspiring event for anyone who cares about sustainable management of natural and productive landscapes, community wellbeing and the environmental protection, enhancement and conservation of land, water, waterways and coasts.

The 2022 National Landcare Conference will include speakers on urban landcare, Landcare Farming, wellbeing and mental health, cultural land management, innovation and technology, soil health, young farmers, building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering and partnerships, sharing knowledge, navigating new opportunities to fund good land management, the natural environment, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

From sustainable farming to natural resource management projects, 2022 National Landcare Conference field trip program is an opportunity for delegates to experience the diversity of landcare in the Greater Sydney region. The field trip program includes a variety of locations and will showcase the conservation outcomes and changing land use in the Greater Sydney region.

Registration as a virtual conference delegate is FREE.

Funding Opportunities

Annual Community Grants | Rural City of Wangaratta

Applications close Friday 30th September 2022

RCOW's Community Grants program aims to help community groups and organisations deliver projects that help improve accessibility and equity, provide cultural or arts experiences, increase community resilience, safety, mental health and well-being, or encourage healthy behaviours and environmentally sustainable projects.
If you have a great idea your group has been sitting on and would like to apply, grants of $1000 - $10,000 are available.
Want to discuss your application? Please email the team via
Ready to apply? Click the following link

Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grant

Applications close 5pm Friday 12th August 2022

Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants is a small grants program aiming to contribute to the success, vibrancy and wellbeing of rural and regional communities nationwide.

Nutrien Ag Solutions seeks to support local grassroots organisations with funding for projects that are meaningful for their communities.

They require organisations interested in applying for a grant to first contact a Nutrien Ag Solutions branded store Branch Manager to be endorsed. For more information find the guidelines and contact details here.

Strengthening Rural Communities | FRRR

Applications close Tuesday 30th August 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;
  • Bushfire Recovery: 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

Young Professionals in Agriculture

Friday 2 September 2022 - The Sebel, 40 Silverwoods Blvd, Yarrawonga, from 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Riverine Plains invites young Farmers to a special Youth in Ag Dinner at The Sebel Yarrawonga on Friday 2 September from 6:30-9:30pm.

The dinner is funded by the Future Drought Fund and supported by Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and is free to attend for people aged 18-35, who work or study in agriculture. Additional support for the event is being provided by Riverine Plains Inc and Ag Biz Assist. 

The event includes;

  • A two-course meal (drinks available at bar prices)
  • Opportunity to network with other local farmers and industry members
  • Guest speakers including agri-strategist and author, Kate Burke, and ‘The Unbreakable Farmer’, Warren Davies, who will share their journeys of careers in agriculture, improving mindsets and building resilience.
Register here for a ticket

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.


Campfire podcasts support farmer health

Campfire Podcasts - the National Centre for Farmer Health's digital meeting place for issues on the land.  Each podcast episode profiles a topic-relevant expert who explores how work-related factors can positively or negatively affect stress experienced by farmers and their employees.
New Campfire Conversations are released every fortnight, Find them at  National Centre for Farmer Health channel on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Anchor.

On Farm Safety Audit 

The Victorian Farmer Federation (VFF) have funding from Agriculture Victoria to offer all farming families a range of services to improve safety on farm. You do not need to be a member of the VFF to access these services.
The funding is available for on farm 1:1 visits or group sessions. Book a visit or find more information here.
Copyright © 2022 Ovens Landcare Network, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp