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 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

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

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

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

Cooktown, tba October
To register as a speaker or an attendee, contact: Ali Ward,

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
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,

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.

September 13, 2017

Commonwealth Government GrantConnect

Want to know were to find information about Australian Government Grants

Go to GrantConnectGrantConnect

August 17, 2017

Living Landscapes Local Livelihood

Together, NRM Regions Queensland (NRMRQ) and Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWaLC) have developed Living Landscapes Local Livelihoods to articulate a shared vision to secure Queensland’s sustainable future through stronger community-based delivery of natural resource management. The document was launched in Chillagoe on the 14th August 2017.

June 28, 2017

Report released on the Review of the National Landcare Programme

The Australian Government has completed a review of the delivery arrangements for the National Landcare Programme to inform future decision making. You can access it at the link below.

May 10, 2017

National Landcare Program Budget 2017

QWaLC welcome’s the retention of the current NLP funding levels in the current difficult fiscal circumstances.
We also welcome the provision of the $100m MYEFO funds as an additional allocation of funds.  With the National Landcare Network we look forward to working with the government and other stakeholders in the near future on the design of the community Landcare streams and projects within the National Landcare Program.
We are pleased  to be able to continue our work with Landcare Australia to better meet the needs of the Landcare movement, including delivering the Queensland Landcare awards announced over the weekend.
The Government will provide $1.1 billion over seven years from 2016-17 from the Natural Heritage Trust, including $100.0 million provided in the 2016-17 MYEFO measure titled Green Army Program termination, to continue the National Landcare Programme (NLP).
• $15.0 million for new Indigenous Protected Areas additional to those already declared or already under formal consultation as part of the existing Indigenous Protected Areas Network; and 
• $85.0 million to support on-ground projects by Landcare groups; support the work of Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network; and for a Sustainable Agriculture small grants program. 
The NLP is the Government’s primary environmental program and operates in five-year tranches with the next tranche to commence on 1 July 2018. The specific application of NLP funding is determined by the Natural Heritage Ministerial Board. The program supports natural resource management as well as local and long-term environmental, sustainable agriculture and Indigenous outcomes.,-fisheries-and-forestry.aspx

May 8, 2017

National Volunteer Week

Don’t forget it’s National Volunteer Week
8 – 14 May 2017

National Volunteer Week is celebrated every year as an appreciation of the contribution millions of Australian’s make by giving their time and energy to worthy causes. This includes the over 30,000 hardworking Queensland environmental volunteers who passionately protect and care for our valuable land and water assets. Do you want to get involved? You could find a Landcare group near you to volunteer with. Volunteering offers many benefits, including opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge, enjoy a sense of achievement and fulfilment, personal development and boosted self-esteem, as well as connect to and better understand your local community.

2017 State Landcare Awards

Queenslanders, get involved and tell your story and be acknowledged. Queensland Water and Land Carers is once again pleased and excited to be part of the Landcare awards.

To find out more or submit a nomination visit

It’s time to recognise the commitment of those Australians working to protect the environment and delivering more sustainable agriculture.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today urged all Landcare groups and volunteers to nominate those hard working, passionate people for recognition in the 2017 Landcare awards.
“Landcare is an important part of the Australian Government’s billion dollar plus investment in improving the condition of our natural resources including soil health, and it’s vital we acknowledge those individuals, partnerships and organisations that are carrying out this essential work,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Landcare has more than 6000 groups and more than 100 000 volunteers. As we head into National Volunteer Week, these awards are not only a timely reminder to encourage people to get involved in their local community but also an opportunity to acknowledge the many significant environmental and agricultural outcomes being achieved.
“We can’t have a sustainable agricultural industry without looking after its productive base – soil management, weed, pest and disease management, water management and biodiversity.
“Agriculture relies heavily on the health of the natural environment and the Australian Government is proud to acknowledge those dedicated to protecting it for future generations.”

This year there are nine categories in the state and territory Landcare awards including sustainable farming, indigenous land management, young landcarers, coast care and innovation.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will sponsor the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award, Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award, Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award and the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award.
Tessa Jakszewicz, CEO of Landcare Australia, encouraged everyone to get involved and nominate deserving Landcarers.
“Recognising our Landcare champions is vital for sustaining Landcare and its future,” Ms Jakszewicz said.
“The awards are a mechanism to celebrate all that the Landcare community do and can learn from each other.
“Importantly it provides an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of individuals and groups, enables us to share knowledge, and serves as an inspiration for the next generation of Landcarers. ”All winners at the state and territory level will go on to be finalists at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.

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Threatened Species Recovery Fund Open Round

Funding amounts between $20,000 and $250,000 are available for grants to eligible groups though this Competitive Round.

The Threatened Species Strategy contains a five year Action Plan that sets out areas where the Australian Government will focus to achieve signi cant, positive results. The four key Action Areas are: Tackling feral cats; Creating safe havens for species most at risk; Improving habitat; and Intervening in emergencies to avert extinctions.

The Action Plan also contains one, three and five year targets by which to measure success. Broadly, the year five targets include: Improving the population trajectories of 20 threatened mammals, 20 threatened birds and 30 threatened plants by 2020 (the Targeted Species); Feral cat targets—including culling two million feral cats, establishing 10 mainland feral-free fenced areas, achieving 12 million hectares of best-practice feral cat management and eradicating feral cats from five islands, by 2020; and Improving recovery practices—to ensure our threatened species are backed by the best systems of governance and accountability to support
their recovery.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday 15th June 2017 at 2pm [AEST]

March 8, 2017

The State of the Environment

Have a look at the state of the environment.
Every five years the Australian Government conducts a comprehensive review of the state of the Australian environment.
National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures for the Australian continent, surrounding seas and Australia’s external territories.

Don’t forget to have a look at Queensland’s as well

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