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June 4, 2021

World Environment Day

QWaLC is proud to be a sponsor of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council World Environment Day month long festival.

https://www.wed.org.au/

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May 27, 2021

The Future Drought Fund Networks to Build Drought Resilience grants program is now open.

FRRR is delighted to be launching the first round of the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program. Funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund, the program will offer funding to enable communities to become more prepared for and resilient to drought.


How will it work? 

Over the next 18-months, the program will distribute $4.5 million across remote, rural and regional Australia in agriculture-dependent communities that are vulnerable to drought. Grants can fund events, projects, activities, training, and small-scale infrastructure that assists communities to build their capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement, and wellbeing. Note, all project activity must be completed by 27 June 2022.


How much can I apply for? 

This first round will fund approximately 50 grants to not-for-profit organisations, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000.


What type of activities do the grants support? 

The Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program will fund events, projects, activities, training, and small-scale infrastructure that assist communities to build their capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement, and wellbeing to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought under four opportunity types, details of which are set out on our website.

The proposed project must be for charitable purposes and offer clear public benefit. Organisations can submit one application per grant round.


Who can apply? 

You can apply if you are a not-for-profit organisation in remote, rural, or regional Australia with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate in an area that is agriculture-dependent. Organisations with or without DGR-1 endorsement are eligible.

A full list of criteria is detailed in the Program Guidelines. Applicants are highly encouraged to read the guidelines before applying.


Want to know more? 

To learn more about the program, the types of initiatives the program will support, how to apply, and download the guidelines, visit our website: https://frrr.org.au/networks.

May 25, 2021

Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants (SEQ Rainforests) now open

QWaLC is pleased to advise that the application portal for the Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants Program is now open! 

Applications close on the 16th of June
More information is available here: https://landcareledbushfiregrants.org.au/
The FAQ section has some great information, including draft letters of support, etc. 

May 21, 2021

Threatened Species Strategy 2021 2031

Learn more here https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/strategy-home

The new Threatened Species Strategy launched 21st May 2021 sets the Australian Government’s forward plan for action to protect and recover Australia’s threatened plants, animals and ecological communities, and includes:

  • a 10- year vision ‘Australia’s threatened species are valued, protected and on the path to recovery
  • two high level objectives to improve the trajectory of priority threatened species and improve the condition of priority places by 2031
  • six prioritisation principles to select priority species and places, based on risk of extinction, multiple benefits, feasibility and effectiveness, importance to people, uniqueness and representativeness
  • and eight key action areas, including both on-ground and supporting actions, that are fundamental to the recovery of threatened species and where the Australian Government can make a difference.

May 19, 2021

Volunteer Week 17-23 May

The State of Volunteering in Queensland 2021 Report is the inaugural report into the status, and the economic and social value of volunteering.

This report provides an empirical evidence base that will inform the future of volunteering in Queensland.

The report’s findings are numerous and have the potential to significantly influence the strategic direction of Queensland’s volunteering sector by providing:

  • Quantification of the social, economic and cultural contribution that volunteering makes to Queensland volunteers, businesses, all levels of government and the broader community
  • Robust social and economic information and advice to assist stakeholders in making strategic decisions about future resource allocation
  • Benchmarking of the outcomes of volunteering in Queensland against which to measure future performance and the impact of any strategic changes
  • Comparative data on the outcomes of volunteering in Queensland, the impact of a crisis and the barriers to participation
  • Evidence-based data for informed decision making by Volunteering Queensland, government, volunteer involving organisations and other key stakeholders

May 3, 2021

QWaLC welcomes $14 million for post-Black Summer bushfire recovery grants to support regeneration and community resilience

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley today announced a landmark $14 million for Landcare led bushfire recovery projects in the rainforests of SEQ Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. The funding will support Landcare led bushfire recovery projects in seven Commonwealth government designated bushfire regions impacted by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/2020

http://www.landcareledbushfiregrants.org.au/

April 27, 2021

2021 National Landcare Conference Early Bird

2021 National Landcare Conference Early Bird delegate registrations will close on May 1

WEDNESDAY 4 TO FRIDAY 6 AUGUST, 2021

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE, DARLING HARBOUR, SYDNEY

For information about the conference program please visit:

https://nationallandcareconference.org.au/

Land and water carers from across the country will gather in person or online this August to share knowledge, ideas, and plan for the future – as part of the 2021 National Landcare Conference

Rescheduled from last year, the largest knowledge sharing event for the Landcare Community will take place from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 August at Sydney’s International Convention Centre. Delegates who can’t be there in person, can register as an online delegate. All sessions will be live streamed and recorded for online delegates.

With over 60 speakers, the conference program includes a field trip program around the Greater Sydney region, and four important panels on the topics of Landcare Farming, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Bushfire Recovery and Resilience, and Cultural Land Management.

April 8, 2021

Not for Profit Insurance Week

12th to 16th April 2021

Next week a series of five free webinars are available to participate in. Our Community and AON are providing these resources.

 Learn more about Not-for-Profit Insurance Week here 

Fundraising at Your Not-for-Profit: Prize Indemnity Insurance and how it can help raise funds for your organisation

Presented by Gavin Deadman and Derek Turner, Aon 

Monday, 12 April, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

An introduction to Prize Indemnity Insurance, a tool that can be used to increase your fundraising initiative and donations to your not-for-profit.

 Register now 

Not-for-Profit Insurance Premiums Explained: A hardening market

Presented by: Gavin Deadman and David Harry, Aon

Tuesday, 13 April, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

An overview on the current trends in the insurance market and how this will affect your insurance policies.

 Register now 

Cyber Insurance Risk: What is ransomware, and how can you reduce risk?

Presented by Rachel Green, Aon.

Wednesday, 14 April, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

An in-depth explanation on cyber crime and real world examples of how hackers are attacking organisations, and how to protect yourself from this risk.

 Register now 

Protector Liability: Ensuring your Directors are protected, and why boards should be too

Presented by Gavin Deadman and Derek Turner, Aon.


Thursday, 15 April, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm AEST

An overview of common risks not-for-profit boards and committees face, and what you can do to protect yourself and your charity. 

 Register now 

Community Events: How to protect yourself and your volunteers

Presented by Gavin Deadman and David Harry, Aon.

Friday, 16 April, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

An in-depth look into risk management you should consider when planning a community event, including the latest on COVID, and little known and forgotten exposures.

 Register now 

Can’t make the scheduled times?

The webinars are recorded and a copy is sent out to every registrant by default. If you are unable to watch the webinar live at the scheduled time, you can still register at any of the above links and they will send you a copy you can watch at your own pace and in your own time after the live broadcast.


April 7, 2021

Dung together with the beetles in South West Qld

South West Queensland Dung Beetle Field Day

Friday the 23rd April 2021 8.30am to 3pm at Halton Station 45km east of Charleville on the Charleville Morven Highway

https://dungbeetleexpert.com.au

Supported by MLA, Landcare Farming, SQL and QWaLC

March 31, 2021

Insurance coverage continues

QWaLC has finalised ongoing insurance coverage for all QWaLC member groups (until 31st March 2022). Due to a quite volatile and difficult insurance market it took a bit longer this year to ensure that the coverage available was suitable across our diverse membership.

Thanks to AON Brisbane and continued funding from the Queensland Government we are able to offer ongoing governance and insurance support for the fantastic work undertaken by more than 430 member groups and 28,000 volunteers across Queensland.

There are some changes required this year so we will be providing updated information over the next few weeks. The new policy wording documents will be available on the QWaLC website as soon as they are received.

For those members who have completed this years annual membership and insurance survey your three certificates of currency will be emailed out to you over the next few days. Keep an eye out for an email from Lane. (Certificates are being emailed out now Wed 7th April)

If you haven’t completed the survey yet or don’t receive your certificates of currency please contact us.

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