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Edition September 2022


Feature Articles
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Spring everyone! While it's still very cool in our area, there are definitely signs of the changing season. We hope that the continuing wet weather isn't causing anyone too much grief, if you are seeing significant problems from creek or gully erosion please reach out to your local Landcare group or facilitators so we can try and help. 

Now is also the time to start thinking about ordering tubestock for any planting next year, and maybe with another La Nina on the table it is a good time to consider investments like tanks or looking into off-stream watering to protect dam and creek banks. As we all know, in Australia you're either in a drought, recovering from a drought, or you should be getting ready for the next drought!

There are lots of different Landcare activities on the calendar before the end of the year, and we hope to see you at an event or workshop soon!

Feature Articles

National Landcare Conference

I had the great pleasure of attending this years National Landcare Conference in Sydney near the end of August. It was fantastic to be there in-person with hundreds of other Landcare representatives, and it was also great to hear that hundreds more joined by watching online.
If you didn't have a chance to tune in to the conference as it ran, don't worry as all the recordings can be found here on Landcare Australia's Landcarer website. I'd highly recommend watching the recording of Keynote Speaker Professor Mark Howden and the plenary session recording of Dr Ian Creswell. If you have a chance, definitely have a browse of the stream sessions and I'd also recommend the Cultural Landcare Management Panel.

- Penny
MC Costa Georgiadis
Edible Centrepieces at the Gala Dinner
National Soils Advocate Honourable Penelope Wensley AC

Upcoming Events

Birds in Garden - Online

Eastern Spinebill

Wednesay 21st September I 6.30pm 
Online via Zoom

Swamps Rivers and Ranges are please to have Dr Nicki Munro and Richard Loyn presenting at this informative workshop where they will discuss which native bird species access our garden environments and what we can do to encourage them and provide suitable habitat and food resources.
Free to attend, please register here.

Celebrate the Beechworth Bush Botanic Gardens

Thursday 24 September 2022 I 4pm to 6pm
Albert Rd, Beechworth

These beautiful gardens were designed to celebrate the local vegetation of the Beechworth area in a garden style – to inform, inspire and encourage the planting of local species.
The Gardens were the brainchild of the late Ali Garnett, who, together with Mary Bould and a dedicated group of regular volunteers, planned, planted, designed and gardened the BBBG into the gorgeous public space it is today.
Park your car in carpark off Albert Rd. Botanic Gardens are to the left of Chinese Garden.

Understanding Soils


Saturday 8th October I 12pm - 4.30pm 
Boweya Comunity Centre - St James Rd, Boweya

The theme of this Warby Ranges Landcare event is new ideas in precision soil testing, interpreting soil test results and mapping. Brad Costin (Agriculture Victoria) will be the guest speaker. The afternoon includes site visits to focus on the “how to” for effective soil sampling as well as visits to nearby properties to view an automatic weather station and a continuous soil moisture probe monitoring site.
Bus from the hall will take attendees to all sites. Free event with lunch & afternoon tea provided.
Booking Essential , RSVP by 5th October to: Mike Reid 0406 269 729

Farm Forestry Open Day

Farm forestry

Sunday 9th October I 1-5pm 
Brimin Lodge, Brimin

FFORNE (Farm Forestry North East) and Forestry Australia are delighted to invite you to Farm Forestry Open Day to examine opportunities for trees on farms.
View demonstrations of the whole of tree life cycle from planting to harvest and furniture. The open day will feature a farm walk, timber machinery demonstration and afternoon tea.
This is a free event, but registration is essential 

Green Listing Celebration and Launch of Friends of Warby-Ovens National Park

Grass Trees

Sunday 9th October I 11am Formal Presentation I 1-3pm Community Activities
Wenhams Campground, Warby-Ovens National Park, Booth Rd, Wangandary

Warby-Ovens is the first site in Victoria and only the fourth site in Australia to be admitted to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Green List.
The IUCN Green List is the global standard for nature conservation, recognising the best-managed sites on an international level.
Join with Parks Victoria, the new Friends of Warby-Ovens National Park and the local community to celebrate this outstanding achievement.
For more information call 13 19 63 or visit Warby-Ovens NP 
Bookings are essential 

Managing Your Property for Biodiversity and Bushfire - Online

Bushfire recovery

Wednesday 12th October I 6pm 
Online via Zoom

Join Swamps, Rivers & Ranges to discuss how to best manage your property for both biodiversity and bushfire safety outcomes.
More information on speakers coming soon - register to attend for free here.

Wildflower Walk & Talk 

Boorhaman Purple Diuris

Friday 14th October I 5pm
46 Boorhaman Rd, Boorhaman  
Friday 21st October I 5pm
Wangaratta Common, Greta Rd (next to Merriwa Industries)

You are invited to view some of the best native grasslands in the region.
Learn more about native grasses and wildflowers, threatened flora species and grassland fauna. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to share a light meal.
Bring: Sturdy footwear/gumboots, hat, long pants &/or gaiters (for snake protection) and camera.
For more details, please contact 0418 501 936 or 0418 427 730

Ovens Landcare Network AGM

OLN Logo

Sunday 6th November I Starting 5pm 
Remel 185, Whorouly

Please save the date for the Network's Annual General Meeting. We will be hosting presentations for three of our Landcare groups and 2 representatives from each Landcare group will receive subsidised dinner. Invitations to be sent early October, please contact Kerrie or Penny if you are interested in joining the OLN committee.

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

Annual Community Grants | Indigo Shire Council

Applications close 4pm Monday 3rd October 2022

Indigo Shire Council Community Grants program aims to help community groups and organisations deliver projects that support community connections, improve community health and wellbeing and social inclusion opportunities across the Shire. Grants of $200 - $4,000 are available.
If you need assistance with your application, please contact the Community Development Team on 1300 365 003 or email 
Ready to apply? Click here.

Horticulture Netting Grants

Applications close Monday 17th October 2022

Grant applications are now open to all eligible horticultural enterprises, excluding wine grapes, to support the purchase and installation of new netting over established production areas. The expanded Horticulture Netting Program is being delivered by the Victorian state Government on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. 
The grants (capped at $150,000) are available to eligible producers covering up to 50 per cent of the cost to purchase or install horticultural netting over commercial production areas.
Applications can be submitted by eligible producers who have had netting already installed after 14 December 2021, and from eligible producers who seek to purchase and install netting before 30 May 2025.
For more information on the Horticulture Netting Program or to lodge an application, visit:

Volunteering Innovation Fund | Parks Victoria

Applications close 5pm Monday 3rd October 2022

Have you got a great idea to protect our precious environment, or are you part of a community group already working with nature? Through the Volunteering Innovation Fund, the Victorian Government is funding community-led projects that consider new ways of volunteering in and for the environment. The Volunteer Innovation Fund has two streams of funding open at the moment, click through for more information and to apply:

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

OLN Smart Farms Project Officer - Property Management Mapping

Applications due 30th September

The OLN has received funding to deliver an exciting landholder-based project aimed at
increasing the capacity of landholders to adopt Best Management Practice in various farming enterprises. A first step in developing property management planning is providing clear property maps based on recent aerial photography. This project aims to deliver property management maps to a large number of Landcare Group members and to engage landholders in discussions about sustainable land management.
This position requires excellent communication skills, and a strong interest in sustainable land management, knowledge of GIS and basic mapping skills. The position also requires the ability to work independently and take the initiative to ensure the project meets its goals.
The responsibilities required of the role are to:
  • Create and deliver Property Management Maps for individual landholders; and
  • Assist the OLN facilitators where needed to engage with landholders and member Groups to promote the project.
Find the position description here and all queries to Penny Raleigh 0427613970 or

MOLC Facilitator Position

Applications due ASAP

The Mid Ovens Landcare Consortium (MOLC) is seeking a Landcare Facilitator to support seven member Landcare Groups for the delivery of a range of NRM, sustainable agriculture and contractor and volunteer- based projects and programs.

The role also involves seeking and obtaining grant funding, management of projects,
conducting workshops, supporting local community groups, and the development of local
partnerships and programs.

More information can be found by contacting Alan Goodwin - Email

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.


Cultural Burning

Following the recent extreme bush fires across the country there has been renewed interest in aboriginal cultural burning practices, the following two videos were produced locally and are very relevant to our area. Please let your local Facilitator know if your Landcare group would like to learn more about cultural burning.  

Bitja Wokka (Fire Country)
This excellent short video was inspired by the knowledge shared from the ancient culture of the Bpangerang people. It was recorded on the ancestral lands of the Bpangerang, Yorta Yorta, Gunaikurnai and Taungurung peoples. View here.

Collaborating with Fire for Community and Land Management 
This video brings together highlights and reflections of a four-year project between Wooragee Landcare and Duduroa Dhargal Aboriginal Corporation.
At 12 minutes long, this video requires a bit more of a commitment to sit down and watch, but it is a highly recommended overview of this important practice. Collaborating with fire for community and land management - YouTube
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