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Edition October 2022


Feature Articles
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

The Ovens Landcare Network is actively seeking new Committee members who would contribute to the outcomes of the Network and thereby have a positive impact with Landcare throughout the entire catchment. The Network is particularly looking for a new Committee member who could take on the role of Correspondence Secretary. This role should not be onerous and would be an excellent way to develop a better understanding of Landcare across the region. The role would largely involve monitoring emails and working with the Facilitators to communicate with member groups. If you are interested in this role or simply want to learn more about the work of the OLN Committee, please contact Kerrie (0418 427 730) or Penny (0427 613 970) prior to the Network's Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 6th November. 

We hope the extremely wet weather and high creeks and rivers have not had a significant impact on you, your family, or your businesses. Here's hoping the coming rain isn't too excessive and for some more sunny days over the next few weeks!

Feature Articles

Warby Ovens National Park - Green Listing Celebration

In 2021 Warby Ovens National Park became the first site in Victoria and only the fourth in Australia admitted to the prestigious International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Green List.
At the recent celebration for this prestigious award, I was happy to support the newly founded Friends of Warby Ovens National Park through my facilitator role with the Ovens Landcare Network.
This National Park protects three distinct landscapes – the granite hills and woodlands of the Warby Range, the Box‐Ironbark forest of Killawarra, and the River Red Gum forests and wetlands of the heritage-listed lower Ovens River. Warby Ovens NP offers some of the best remaining examples of these habitat in Victoria.
Once the flood waters clear I hope many of you can make time to enjoy the wonders of Warby Ovens National Park, the spring wildflowers are always worth the effort.

Aussie Bird Count 17th - 23rd October

Join one of Australia’s largest citizen science projects!
To take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need is 20 minutes, the Aussie Bird Count app or website form available on
Once counts have been submitted, participants will be able to see the number of birds and species being counted nearby and right across Australia, with real-time updates on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app and website.
And let us know if you see anything interesting!

Upcoming Events

Soil Health: Your Wealth

Friday 21 October - 8am I 5.30pm
Corowa Cricket Club

Join Corowa District Landcare for a free one-day workshop with Graeme Sait from Nutri-Tech Solutions. You'll learn how to create a more profitable and productive farming enterprise by boosting biodiversity, reducing reliance on chemicals, regenerating the soil, improving plant vitality and enhancing human health.
Lunch and morning tea provided.
RSVP to, please specify any dietary requirements.

Everton Bushland History and Seed Collection

Saturday 22nd October I 2 - 4pm 
Everton Railway Station

Join us for an afternoon heritage walk and seed collection workshop at Everton Reserve.  Arthur Bennett, a long-term resident, and Brian Pritchard from Park's Victoria will talk about the history of Everton Station and the Reserve.  Sue Brunskill will then conduct a native seed collection workshop. This is a free event
Meet at Everton Railway Station. 

The Reel Story: The science behind management of native fish in north east Victoria

Tuesday 25th October I 4 - 5.30pm 
La Trobe University Lecture Theatre, Wodonga

Speaker, Jarod Lyon leads a team that examines various aspects of restoration ecology, ecological management plans and intervention-based research that helps inform management and policy decisions. Jarod has many years’ experience as a freshwater fish scientist, including planning for, undertaking and monitoring the restoration of woody habitat into rivers and streams, understanding the impact of bushfires on aquatic systems, threatened species management and angler liaison.
Booking is essential 

Happy Cats, Happy Wildlife - Responsible Cat Ownership

Thursday 27 October I 7 - 8pm 
Myrtleford Anglican Church Hall, Great Alpine Rd Myrtleford

Join Myrtleford Landcare at their Happy Cats, Safe Wildlife community event.
Brief AGM from 6.30pm, guest speakers from 7pm.
Hear from a local vet and wildlife expert about why keeping your cats secure at home keeps them happy and healthy, and protects your local biodiversity.

Register your attendance online here or text/call 0448 983 109.

Better Beef Tour 

Sunday 6th November I 8.30am - 1pm 
Bus departing from Everton Public Hall

Julian Carroll at Stellar Livestock's sustainable beef farm will conduct a tour of the farm and discuss how they have built resilience into their beef enterprise.  Topics covered will include: drought preparation, herd health, pasture improvement, and other resilience measures. 
The tour will be followed by a light lunch in Myrtleford.
This is a free event, but registration is essential. RSVP

Funding Opportunities

Incentives for Irrigation Farmers 2022/23

Applications close midnight Friday 11th November 2022

Expressions of interest are being sought from Irrigators in the North East CMA region and the Goulburn Broken CMA dryland region to access financial incentives to assist with purchasing irrigation scheduling equipment or to develop an Irrigation Drainage and Environment Plan (IDEP) to increase water use efficiency.

The financial incentive will provide up to $2,000 per irrigator to contribute to costs for either the purchase and installation of Irrigation Scheduling Equipment or for developing an IDEP. Project officers will provide technical advice to support applicants in understanding their needs and further establish their application scope. The North East CMA is leading this grants project in collaboration with Goulburn Broken CMA.

If you have any questions contact the NECMA Project Officer, Scott McDonald on 0429 275 171 or Find out more and how to submit your EOI online here.

Community Grants Program | Responsible Wood

Applications close  Monday 31st October 2022

The 22-23 Responsible Wood Community Grants program supports regional and rural Australian communities create and complete local forest based projects that suits both communities and the forests’ needs. Funding can be used for many different types of forest based projects, and may include; the construction or upgrade of picnic facilities, tracks, interpretive signage, forest rehabilitation or habitat improvement, bushfire related commemorations or forest based art installations.

The funding available per project is between $2,000 and $15,000 with the project to be completed by 31st May 2023. For more information click through here and ask your Landcare Facilitator for support.

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

Get the Word Out - Online Workshops

Working with the media - 14 Nov, 1-2.30pm
Promotion - 21 Nov, 1-2.30pm

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network are holding a series of free workshops to help people learn how to better promote achievements and engage with volunteers. Whether you are a chairperson, a volunteer committee member or a Landcare Coordinator, you have a role to play in ensuring our community is aware of the extraordinary work being done and its importance to the future of Australia's environment and agricultural sector.
To register for any of these workshops click here.

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.


Citizen Science App - Frog ID

After joining the Aussie Bird Count are you looking for more citizen science opportunities? Why not download the FrogID app onto your phone and record your local frog calls? This easy activity will help provide scientists with valuable data for the protection and conservation of frogs.
You can find out more about the project at
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