October 20, 2017

New round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund

Eligible member groups are encouraged to submit applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund online grants portal. The fund is open to organisations that have not-for-profit objectives and are community based.

Groups have until midnight November 30 to submit their application.

For more information and to apply, visit

October 19, 2017

NLP Phase 2 Applications open for share of $60m Smart Farming grants

Smart Farming Partnerships is now live on Community Grants Hub and Grants Connect.
Applications close 21 December 2017

Community Grants Hub

Grant Connect

Final documents can be downloaded from the websites.

Applications are now open for a possible share of $60m Smart Farming grants.

The Na​tional Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships is offering multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.

The Dept. of Agriculture and Water Resources web page has been updated to reflect this ( and DOEE will shortly have updated.

Small Grants will follow soon.


October 11, 2017

National Landcare Program Phase 2 Consultations

Cairns Consultation

Cairns Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
122 Lake St
Cairns City QLD 4870
Meeting Room: Meeting Room 2
Wednesday 11 October 2017, 0930 – 1130
Community information sessions on Regional Land Partnerships and Smart Farms Program will be held in selected cities from 9 October 2017.
If you can’t attend all the information is available on the website
Queensland Water and Land Carers and the National Landcare Network will be responding to the
online survey about the design and implementation of the Regional Land Partnerships Program

September 29, 2017

Cairns Eco and Cultural Tourism Forum 18th October

The Cairns Eco and Cultural Tourism Opportunities event is happening.

Arts Nexus, Wet Tropics Management Authority and Queensland Water and Land Carers are pleased to be providing this opportunity.

EcoCulture Forum

September 27, 2017

Where is the $1 Billion Landcare funding going to be allocated?

Latest news from the ABC this morning gives some indication as to where the funds for the next 5 or 6 years of the National Landcare Programme will be allocated. It would appear that the resources allocated to community Landcare groups around the country are still going to be sparse. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have also released information. Have a read for yourself and see what you think.

The full details are also on the website National Landcare Program Phase Two

Here is the latest information from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

“Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said farming and regional communities will continue to benefit from the Government’s investment.
“There are three elements to the Smart Farms Program and each will focus on improving soil, vegetation and biodiversity condition and support agricultural systems to adapt to change,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
The three elements to the Smart Farms Program are:
  • Smart Farming Partnerships ($60 million over six years): Large multi-year grants for projects, with organisations working in partnership to develop, trial and implement new and innovative practices and tools that support uptake of sustainable agriculture practices across our agricultural, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries.
  • Smart Farms Small Grants ($50 million over six years): Small grants program (grants between $5,000 and $100,000) to develop and extend new tools and technologies that help farmers, fishers, foresters and regional communities adopt best practice land management.
  • Building Landcare Community and Capacity ($24 million over six years): will support the sharing of knowledge and achievements and community leadership in adopting sustainable agricultural practices.”

“The Federal Government has revealed more details about how its billion-dollar investment in Landcare will be spent.
The bulk of it — $450 million — will go to the Regional Land Partnerships Program which currently funds the Government’s network of 56 natural resource management (NRM) organisations.
But it remains unclear how that money will be allocated, which conservation objectives will take priority, and whether groups other than the NRM organisations will be able to access any of that money.
The Government says those questions will be resolved over coming months, during “extensive” consultations with the sector and the community.
Of the $1 billion for Landcare out to 2023 first announced in the 2017 Budget, $5 million will be shared among community and volunteer groups in grants of up to $50,000.”
ABC Rural 27th Sept 17

September 26, 2017

Qld Climate Change Response and have your say

Have a look at the Queensland Governments Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website. A few interesting activities to participate in or comment on.

September 19, 2017

Well done Sunshine Coast Environment Council

An excellent win and deserved recognition for a great community event.
Attended by thousands of people and supported by community groups, business and volunteers.
The World Environment Day Festival is the State champion for Queensland’s Best Charity or Cause related event of the year!!
They were also one of four top finalists across the county at the Australian Event Awards that were held last week.
Have look at some of the images from previous days.

Leah and Narelle from SCEC at the awards

September 18, 2017

Mount Isa Landcare Forum Saturday 23rd September

Mt Isa Forum

September 14, 2017

Queensland Local Landcare Forums 2017

‘Keeping it Local’, this year Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWaLC) have moved away from one central conference to allow greater opportunities for participation, sharing and celebrating what makes our local Queensland groups great.

2017 Local Landcare Forums

Cairns, 18 October
Cairns Yacht Squadron
Topic: ‘Eco Tourism opportunities for rainforest and coastal management groups’
Contact: Melissa,
EcoCulture Forum Flyer

Brisbane, 24 November
QWaLC Annual General Meeting, Local Groups Expo, Queensland Landcare Awards 2017
Brisbane International Hotel Virginia
Sandgate Rd and Zillmere Rd Boondall Qld 4034
8.30am to 5.00pm

Guest Speaker at the Queensland Landcare Awards
Dr Cameron Murray is an economist with a passion for improving society. He specialises in property markets, resource and environmental economics, and corruption. His research on grey corruption in Australia has been transformed into a book called Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation. The book explains how the Game of grey corruption is played, how much it costs us, and what we can do about it.

To register as a speaker or an attendee, contact: Darryl Ebenezer,

Rockhampton, 1 December
To register as a speaker or an attendee, contact: Jeff Krause,

Cooktown, 6th December
Working with Young Landcarers
Jabalbina Ranger Base
8.30am to 4.00pm
To register as a speaker or an attendee, contact: Ali Ward,
South Cape York Catchments, Jabalbina and QWaLC

These one day events, supported by QWaLC and local member groups, will give groups the opportunity to share:

– their best project over the past 12 months,
– how they plan to reinvigorate their group in coming months,
– how they have linked up with other organisations to achieve local priorities.

QWaLC’s local Board Members will share the work that QWaLC does in advocating on behalf of volunteer groups and highlight the services and benefits available to member groups.

Mount Isa Community Landcare Forum, 23 September (Completed)
Mount Isa Civic Centre
10am – 3pm
To register as a speaker or an attendee, contact: Mark van Ryt,

Dalby, 14 October (Completed)
Dalby Senior Citizens Hall
To register as a speaker or attendee, contact: MaryLou Gittins,

September 13, 2017

Commonwealth Government GrantConnect

Want to know were to find information about Australian Government Grants

Go to GrantConnectGrantConnect

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