December 5, 2018
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 years 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 14, 2017
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
|Cairns||Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
122 Lake St
Cairns City QLD 4870
Meeting Room: Meeting Room 2
|Wednesday 11 October 2017, 0930 – 1130|
September 29, 2017
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.
September 27, 2017
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
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
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
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
September 1, 2017
Landcare E Awards (nominate here)
Here is a reminder of the award categories
Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
Sure Gro Coastcare Award
Fairfax Landcare Community Group Award
Junior Landcare Team Award
Rio Tinto Indigenous Land Management Award
Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award