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Edition March 2023


Feature Articles
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

In January, our former facilitator and Myrtleford Landcare member, Gayle South, received the Local Achievers award for Alpine Shire. This much deserved award recognised Gayle's significant contribution to the local environment over many years. Congratulations Gayle.

The Landcare Victoria Forum is in Beechworth this year. The Forum features a lineup of very informative speakers and there will also be an opportunity to visit local Landcare projects. We hope many of you can join us at the Forum, as an added incentive Ovens Landcare Network has offered to provide sponsorship for members of OLN Landcare groups. See sponsorship details below. The Forum will be a great opportunity to gather ideas for future projects and learn from other landcare groups. 

Landcare Victoria is developing a Strategic Plan for Victorian community landcare. The Plan will establish directions for our movement over the next decade and beyond. Have your say by completing this survey

As always, please reach out to your local facilitators if you need any support or have any questions:

Penny Raleigh, 0427 613 970 or 
Kerrie Warburton, 0418 427 730 or
Jim Blackney, 0459 622 260 or

Feature Articles

Victorian Landcare Forum

Friday 24 March - Forum & Dinner
Saturday 25 March - Breakfast & Bus tour
George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth

The Forum will provide a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and experience from around the State, to meet others directly involved in landcare and to see first-hand the achievements of landcare in the North-East.
Ovens Landcare Network's has offered to assist members with the cost of the Forum. Please talk to your local Landcare group for details of this offer.

Friday 24th March
Forum 8.30am - 5.00pm ($50) 
Dinner 6.00pm - 9.00pm ($65)
Combined ticket offer $110

Saturday 24th March
Breakfast with the birds 8.30am - 10.00am (free)
Bus tour of Landcare sites 10.00am - 2.30pm ($30)

Register or find more information here

Upcoming Events

Understanding Committee roles and responsibilities 

Tuesday 14 March | 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Online Webinar

Join Landcare Victoria Inc. Project Officer, Ana Pimenta and lawyer, Juanita Pope, to discuss the different roles in a committee/board and the responsibilities and duties of committee members of a not-for-profit community landcare group. This event is suitable for new and existing committee members.

Register here 

Cultural Heritage Workshop

Saturday, March 18 I 9.30am to 1pm
Northern Beaches, Wangaratta
Cost $20, lunch provided

Uncle Dozer and Ji Atkinson will perform a Smoking Ceremony and guided cultural walk at Northern Beaches, Wangaratta. You will learn about culturally significant trees, which will provide you with a greater understanding of indigenous culture, values, and land management techniques. This event is offered as part of the Healthy Hectares project, for more information contact Gervaise on

Shade and Shelter for livestock production and Biodiversity

Tuesday 21 March I 7 – 8 pm
Free Webinar

Shelter belts, paddock trees, and native vegetation provide enormous benefits in extreme hot and cold weather events to livestock productivity and are valuable assets for biodiversity and carbon on-farm. Kylie Macreadie's , (Agriculture Victoria) presentation will assist you to design new areas or manage and enhance existing shade and shelter. 
For further information contact Gervaise Gaunt 0409 027 115 or email Please register by Monday 20 March

Bat Discovery Nights 

Friday 24th March | 6.30pm to dusk
1350 Edi-Cheshunt Road, Whitfield
Saturday 25th | 6.30pm to dusk 
Old Murmungee Hall
Registration is essential   

Dr Lindy Lumsden is a Principal Research Scientist and respected Australian Bat Ecologist. Lindy is passionate about changing people's attitudes to this poorly understood group of native fauna.
King Valley and Burgoigee Creek Landcare groups are presenting these free events.
Contact Cecily on for the Murmungee evening.
Contact Rosie at for the King Valley evening.
RSVP a must!

Cultural Heritage Workshop - Western Warby Ranges and Chesney Hills

Saturday 25th March I 9.30am - 1.15pm
Meet at Thoona Memorial Hall, Sargeant St, Thoona
Morning tea, lunch and bus tour provided 

Cultural Heritage Workshop to report on a Mapping Project in the western Warby Ranges & Chesney Hills. The day includes a guided tour of cultural sites with Uncle Dozer & Ji Atkinson from Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Education (ACHE).

This is a Free event for Warby Range Landcare Group (WRLG) members. You can join WRLG on the day for $20.
Bookings Essential (limited Numbers) by Tuesday 21st March 2023 to Pete 0408 313 979 or

Healthy Land, Healthy Horses Workshop

Sunday 26th March I 9.30 am to 3pm
GOTAFE Wangaratta, 218 Tone Rd
$10 for Landcare members $20 for others 
Morning tea and lunch provided

Internationally acclaimed author and expert on horse property management, Stuart Myers will deliver a workshop aimed at horse owners that either own land, lease land, or keep their horse/s on
agistment (so that’s everyone who owns or manages a horse!).
Learn how to make small or large changes in horse and land management that improve the ‘lifestyle’ of horses and people and at the same time benefit the environment. A true win-win-win situation.
Purchase your tickets here.

Native Plant and Weed Identification and Management 

Saturday 1st April I 10am - 1.30pm
Spring Gully Ditch, Stanley 
Free to Stanley, Woorgaee & Beechworth Landcare members, $10 for others

Join local experts, Sue Brunskill and Jim Blackney, to learn how to identify a range of local native plants 
Bookings essential, Lunch provided.
RSVP Michael Nuck -

Birds of the Loop Walk

Sunday 16th April I 9am- 10.30am
Meet at Apex Park (Apex Lane) Myrtleford
Gold coin donation

Have you ever wondered what's that bird? Then this event is for you. Renowned ornithologist Prof.Dave Watson will provide participants with tips and tricks to enhance your bird identification skills - even those tricky little birds and the ones you hear but cannot see. 
For more information call Gayle 044898310
Register here.

Funding Opportunities

Check your eligibility for flood recovery finance and loans 

Did you know impacted primary producers and rural landholders from the majority of Victorian council areas can apply for flood recovery grants and concessional loans?

Find links to grant guidelines and application forms via

Plus, for information and resources to help primary producers and rural landholders on the ground please visit Applications close 30th April

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

Great news! Project Officers, Sally Day and Jim Blackney, will be commencing work on this activity very soon. So now is the time to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
If you have already submitted an EOI Sally and Jim will be in touch soon.
The Ovens Landcare Network is pleased to offer Landcare members the opportunity to work with a professional to develop a property management plan. This includes a 1:1 meeting to develop a map of your property, and a laminated print-out of the map and a digital copy.
Submit you expression of interest here.

Waterway Incentives for Barwidgee & Happy Valley Creeks 

Online EOIs must be completed by 3th April 

Funding has been made available as part of the Victorian Government's EC5 Waterway Health Program "Uncovering the Ovens" program to assist landholders and community groups to improve the health of waterways and catchments on the Barwidgee and Happy Valley Creeks.
Individual landholders and community groups can apply for work on private and public land in the specified areas.
For more information follow this link.

Public feedback sought for National Feral Deer Action Plan

Consultation closes Monday 20 March 2023

The National Feral Deer Action Plan is being developed by the National Feral Deer Action Plan Working Group and focuses on supporting farmers, communities, organisations, Traditional Owners, and government agencies to stop the spread and reduce impacts of feral deer. Visit the plan online to have your say.


Pest species highlight - Common Mynas

Common or Indian Mynas appear to have had another population boom and have been noted spreading further around North East Victoria.
Myna birds are listed by the International World Conservation Union (IUCN) as one of the world's 100 worst invasive species. They are recognised as a threat to many native species and also damage fruit crops, orchards, vineyards, and feed on stock food in rural areas. They are a threat to human health, and are considered a nuisance in cities all over the world.
If you have seen any birds record your sightings at MynaScan and check out this website for more information and resources that may help. Let your local landcare facilitator know if you are having a problem and if you are interested in trapping (must be willing to ethically dispose of) these significant pest birds.
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