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May 2, 2019

Celebrate National Volunteer Week 20 26 May 2019

National Volunteer Week Small Grants Initiative
Would you like funding to support your National Volunteer
Week event?

The inaugural National Volunteer Week Small Grants Initiative provides an opportunity for Queensland volunteer-involving organisations to participate in National Volunteer Week 2019.

The initiative is managed by Volunteering Queensland with funding received from the Queensland Government. Small grants of up to $500 will be made available to eligible Queensland volunteer-involving organisations able to meet the conditions of the grant.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to thank your volunteers, fill in the short online application form today.

Grant applications must be received by 5.00pm Friday 10 May 2019.

December 5, 2018

International Volunteer Day on the 5th December

Today is International Volunteer Day, the day dedicated to recognising over one billion volunteers globally (714,138 in Queensland including 30,000 QWaLC volunteers) This year’s theme is ‘Volunteers Build Resilient Communities’. An especially appropriate theme for this year in Qld.

QWaLC acknowledges and thanks all our member group volunteers who generously contribute their time and energy to making our environment healthier, our communities more resilient and Queensland a better place to live.

Read more about International Volunteer Day https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/2018/10/international-volunteer-day-2018/

Next year National Volunteer Week 2019 – “Making a world of difference”, will be held from 20-26 May

November 21, 2018

National Agriculture Day 21st November 2018

 Don’t forget to wear your green shirt.

Celebrating the good that our farmers do each year.

I like the #paws4climate https://www.farmersforclimateaction.org.au

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 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 www.nrm.gov.au
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 nrm.gov.au website National Landcare Program Phase Two
http://www.nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-program

Here is the latest information from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/joyce/Pages/Media-Releases/Farmers-to-continue-to-farm-smarter-under-Landcare.aspx

“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.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-27/federal-government-reveals-more-landcare-funding-detail/8989736

“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.
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Leah and Narelle from SCEC at the awards

September 18, 2017

Mount Isa Landcare Forum Saturday 23rd September

Mt Isa Forum

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