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Edition June 2022


Feature Articles
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Landcare Opportunities


Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to winter! The cold season is definitely here with the alps receiving a fantastic amount of snow already, and a number of flurries in Stanley plus Beechworth and the upper valleys recording a few flakes right on the first of the month.

Winter is always a busy time for Landcare with many plants to go in the ground and we also have a number of funding opportunities open at the moment. Navigate or scroll down to Funding Opportunities to see what grants are currently open, and reach out to your local Landcare group and facilitator if you have any ideas and are able to support a project over the coming year.

The Ovens Landcare Network AGM will be coming up in the next couple of months and we are seeking new and enthusiastic committee members who would like to help our network as we aim to continue to strengthen and support Landcare in our area.

Stay warm and dry everyone!
- Penny and Kerrie 

Image: Snow outside Penny's flat in Beechworth.
Beechworth snow

Feature Articles

Healthy Hectares in North East Victoria

Healthy Hectares is a program that has been specifically developed to help small landholders learn the in and outs of effectively managing their land in North East Victoria. Whole farm planning can seem daunting to new and smaller landholders, and the Healthy Hectares program sets out to break this down into small, hands on workshops that allow landholders to gain confidence and the skills to effectively manage their properties to be assets for them, and for the larger landscape.
Over the next year, the Ovens Landcare Network is teaming up with neighbouring Landcare networks Wodonga Urban Landcare Network and the Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups to continue to run this excellent program. On the 24th of July Healthy Hectares will be running two introductory sessions that are open to everyone interested  in learning what Healthy Hectares is all about. These information sessions introduce you to the Healthy Hectares NE program and how it will help you better manage your land through the development of a whole farm plan.
These sessions will be at: For any further information contact Healthy Hectares Project Officer - David Thorpe 0400 740 791 or

Upcoming Events

Making Sense of your Soil Test

Sunday 19th June | 10am to 2pm
Bobinawarrah Hall

Agronomic soil tests are a really useful tool for soil management but the ability to read and interpret them effectively takes skill and understanding. David Hardwick from Soil Land Food will help participants to learn the essentials when it comes to reading soil tests. At this half-day workshop hosted by Carboor Bobinawarrah Landcare Group attendees will pull apart soil tests and learn how to make sense of them.
Free lunch provided, register here.

Introduction to Dung Beetles

Monday 20th June | 7pm to 8pm 
Bobinawarrah Hall

Gayle South, local dung beetle advocate, will teach us the basic biology of these fascinating beetles found in cattle dung and will explain why they are so important to agriculture and how to look after them on your property. 
Local identification resources will be provided to attendees. Light supper provided, please register here.

Nesting Boxes - New Design Concepts

Wednesday 22nd June | 7 -9pm
German Austrian Club, Wodonga West

The Friends of Willow Park invite you to an information session on new design concepts for nesting boxes. Researcher and Terrestrial Ecologist for Habitat Innovation and Management, Mick Callan, will provide his solutions to some of the problems that are often encountered with conventional nesting boxes.
For more information
Tickets $5 or $20 with meal. Register here.

Pest Animal Management Expo

Thursday 23rd June | 10.00am-2.00pm
Whitfield Football Ground

Agriculture Victoria with support from DELWP is holding a field day in the North East showcasing the latest information and tools available to manage pest animals.
The day will include presentations and displays from government agencies, wild pest management organisations and product suppliers, with demonstrations on control techniques including trapping, baiting and fencing options.
Click through here to register and for more information. 

ESG in Agriculture

Thursday 28th July | 9.30am-10pm
La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) is arguably the biggest move seen in agriculture, with consumers demanding a high level of product integrity and proof of source. This conference offers the opportunity to learn more about what ESG means for farmers and their market partners.

Main conference - 9.30am to 5.00pm - $23pp (including GST) at La Trobe University, Wodonga

Followed by - Drinks, dinner from 6pm - $40pp (including GST, drinks at own cost) at The Albury Club, Kiewa St, Albury

For more information and tickets go here.

Funding Opportunities

Victorian Landcare Grants | VLP

Applications close 5pm Tuesday 26th July 2022

The Victorian Government is providing $3.35 million through the Victorian Landcare Grants to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and natural environment. 

Up to $20,000 is available for on-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands, and soils. Up to $500 is available for assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites, and other communication.

For more information and to apply click here.

Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants | VLP

Applications close 3pm Tuesday 9th August 2022

Grants up to $5,000 are available for projects that involve and educate young Victorians in valuing and caring for Victoria’s native plants, animals and natural environment.

Funding is on offer for hands-on projects and / or learning activities  with a biodiversity focus.

The $450,000 of grants are open to all schools, kindergartens, childcare centers, Scouts, Girl Guides, Junior Landcare groups and youth groups in Victoria. For more information go here.

Emerging Stronger Volunteer Grants | Volunteer.vic

Applications close 18th July 2022

The Victorian Government is providing $1 million in grants to support local partnerships and innovation projects to re-engage volunteers, broaden the volunteer base, and strengthen volunteering in local communities. Grants up to $80,000 are available. Contact your facilitator if you have any ideas or would like support in an application.

For more information click 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.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal | FRRR

Applications open early July 2022

ANZ Seeds of Renewal is a small grants program designed to help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.
Now in its 19th year, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program demonstrates ANZ’s ongoing commitment to shape a world where people and communities thrive. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life; and
  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand, and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium to long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

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

Pilot Soil Monitoring and Incentives Program

Program closes on 30 June 2023

Farmers and other land managers can apply for up to $10,000 of Commonwealth funding to help pay for soil testing and contributions to a national soil database. DAWE’s two year, $54 million, Pilot Soil Monitoring and Incentives Program will capture and store new soil data that is vital for the management of this important resource.
The Program encourages land managers to begin or expand soil testing. It also supports farmers to undertake soil carbon measurements for soil carbon projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund. Find out more and register your interest 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.


Combating Weeds: Chilean Needle Grass

As part of the Rural City of Wangaratta's Supporting Pest Animal and Weed Control project they have created this video to assist with the identification of Chilean Needle Grass.
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