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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

September 1, 2017

Queensland Landcare Awards Nominations Closing Date Extended

Dont panic.
We know you are all working on your nominations for this years Landcare Awards.
The due date has been extended until the 18th September.
Thanks to all of you that have completed your nominations. Excellent work.
For those of you in the middle of completing your nomination keep going, don’t stop.
If you needed more time and haven’t started. Off you go, plenty of time to put in your nomination now.

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

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August 1, 2017

Landcare Week 4th to 10th September 2017

32eb630d-d517-4f03-9eb2-59c48e9fddd5Landcare Week is the one week every year when we celebrate Landcare and all the great work tens of thousands of Land and Water carers do to make a practical difference in our local communities around .
It’s the perfect time to get involved in whatever way you can.
Let us know what you are doing for Landcare week.

July 21, 2017

Deadline Extended Environmental conservation grants up to $50,000 on offer

For more information, or to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/funding/community-sustainability.
Grants Deadline Extended until 4pm 21st August 2017
Media Release
The Palaszczuk Government has opened the second round of its $12 million Community Sustainability Action Grants to projects that address conservation and climate change impacts or improve eco-efficiency of buildings.
Environment Minister Steven Miles said eligible community groups and individuals can apply for up to $50,000 for environmental conservation projects. A total of $2 million in grant funding will be made available.
“The second round of conservation grants is now open for applications until 15 August,” Mr Miles said.
“We received a tremendous response to the first round of these grants last year.
“102 recipients shared in more than $1.76 million in grant funding for projects across Queensland.
“$50,000 can go a long way for local projects to improve habitat and biodiversity and boost the climate resilience of Queensland’s natural landscapes.
“Innovation often requires up-front investment, so we are looking to support the development of new ideas – or grow existing programs – at the grassroots level.
“I encourage all organisations that want to reduce the impacts of climate change or protect and conserve the environment, to lodge an application for funding now.”

June 19, 2017

Plant a tree 20 million of them

20 Million Trees Round Three now open.
The Australian Government is seeking applications from eligible groups or individuals interested in undertaking a tree planting project as part of the 20 Million Trees Program. Applications are invited for projects seeking funding between $20,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive).
This is the third, and final, 20 Million Trees Competitive Grants Round.
Community groups, organisations or individuals can now apply for grants between $20,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive) for tree planting projects.
$6 million is available for community tree planting projects.
In this grant round, projects must support a threatened ecological community and/or threatened species.
The Grant Round Three Guidelines and the Application Form are available at:
http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/20-million-trees/competitive-grants-round-three

Applications must be submitted by the closing time of 2.00 pm AEST (Canberra time) 15 August 2017.

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