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November 14, 2017

Landcare Forum and Awards Brisbane

Brisbane, 24th 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 4.30pm

QWaLC AGM 8:30am-9:15am

Displays and Presentations by member groups. 9.30am to 1pm

Lunch from 1pm – 2pm

Queensland Landcare Awards from 2pm – 4:30pm

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.

October 24, 2017

NLP Phase 2 Applications open for Smart Farms SMALL GRANTS

The Smart Farm Small Grants $5000.00 to $100,000.00 through the National Landcare Program  are officially open for application as of today.

Applications close 7th December 2017

Grant Connect
https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=91F42211-B949-D848-EED0FC748C00CBEE
Community Grants Hub
https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/national-landcare-program-smart-farms-small-grants

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 https://www.gamblingcommunityfund.qld.gov.au/#/welcome

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
https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/smart-farming-partnerships

Grant Connect
https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=8C474BF9-EE24-E2FD-35A40CF6417DE06A

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 (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/natural-resources/landcare/national-landcare-program/australian-government-investment-in-landcare) and DOEE will shortly have www.nrm.gov.au updated.

Small Grants will follow soon.

 

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

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, darryl@qwalc.org.au

Rockhampton, 1 December
To register as a speaker or an attendee, contact: Jeff Krause, jkrause@capcatchments.org.au

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, ali@scyc.com.au
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, mark.vanryt@bigpond.com

Dalby, 14 October (Completed)
Dalby Senior Citizens Hall
9.30am-3.30pm
To register as a speaker or attendee, contact: MaryLou Gittins, lcows@bigpond.com

Cairns, 18 October (Completed)
Cairns Yacht Squadron
9am-5pm
Topic: ‘Eco Tourism opportunities for rainforest and coastal management groups’
Contact: Melissa, communications@qwalc.org.au
EcoCulture Forum Flyer

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.

http://www.nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-programme/public-consultation-review

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. https://e-award.com.au/2017/landcareawards/newentry/about.php.
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. 

http://www.joshfrydenberg.com.au/guest/mediaReleasesDetails.aspx?id=352
http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/joyce/Pages/Media-Releases/growing-australia-agriculture,-fisheries-and-forestry.aspx
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-05-09/federal-budget-2017-what-it-means-for-farmers/8485442

May 8, 2017

National Volunteer Week

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

https://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/nvw

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.

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