February 17, 2021

Reef Water Quality Report Card 2019

The Reef Water Quality Report Card 2019 was released today by the Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley and Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon.

The interactive Reef Water Quality Report Card 2019 is available here:

January 29, 2021

EPBC Act final report

QWaLC welcomes the release of the final report of the second Independent Statutory Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, led by Professor Graeme Samuel AC.

You can read the report here including the 38 recommendations.

We look forward to participating in ongoing discussions that are sure to occur over coming months and years.

QWaLC 2021 Membership and Insurance survey underway

Responses due now and the survey closes 15th March 2021

You should have received an email from Lane by now. In early February we distributed the elink for the QWaLC 2021 Membership and Insurance Survey.

Your information is essential and will contribute to telling the story about the impressive and practical contribution community landcare, environmental, wildlife and conservation groups and more than 30,0000 volunteers make to our landscapes and the life of Queenslanders.

If you have not received the survey link please contact us.

December 21, 2020

Queensland Bushfires Flexible Funding grants Round 2 close 11th Feb 2021

Funding support for communities affected by 2019 Queensland bushfires
Grants of up to $100,000 are now available for community groups, local councils and non-government organisations in 23 communities impacted by the bushfires last year.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said applications were now open for the second round of flexible funding grants, with a total of $4.2 million available for bushfire affected communities.“We know that the communities impacted by devastating bushfires in the spring and summer of 2019 are continuing to rebuild their lives and recover as a community,”
Minister Littleproud said.“The flexible funding grants are available for programs and projects that will support local communities through their long-term recovery.“The Australian and Queensland Governments will continue to support impacted communities on their recovery journey from the bushfires,” he said.

Queensland Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the $4.2 million funding round follows on from the first round of flexible funding grants, which provided $1.8 million to 37 projects across Queensland.“Some of the projects that received funding in the first round included a community disaster recovery hub and animal refuge at Mount Larcom, a community bushfire preparation project in Toowoomba and improvements to the Baffle Creek Community Centre,”
Minister Enoch said.

“Small grants of between $2,500 and $50,000 and larger grants of up to $100,000 are now available,” she said.

The flexible funding grants are open to community groups, local councils and non-government organisations in the local government areas:•          Brisbane (City)•           Bundaberg•           Gold Coast (City)•           Cook•           Fraser Coast•           Gladstone•           Gympie•           Ipswich•           Livingstone•           Lockyer Valley•           Mareeba•           Noosa•           North Burnett•           Redland•           Rockhampton•           Scenic Rim•           Somerset•           South Burnett•           Southern Downs•           Sunshine Coast•           Toowoomba•           Townsville•           Whitsunday

Funding for the flexible funding grants is available under the jointly funded Australian and Queensland Governments Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) through a Category C Community Recovery Fund (CRF).
Grant applications close at 2pm on 11 February 2021.
Successful grant projects must be able to be delivered in line with COVID-19 safety measures.
More information on the flexible funding grants, including how to submit an application, can be found at

December 16, 2020

General Jeffery Soil Health Awards

The General Jeffery Soil Health Award is open to any individual farmer, land manager, extension specialist or educator who is making an outstanding contribution to improving soil health in Australia.


November 12, 2020

There is still time to have your say

Firstly, to anyone who has completed the State of Volunteering in Queensland survey for volunteer involving organisations THANK YOU!

The survey has been open for 3 weeks and whilst we have seen a great response, we do not have a sufficient amount of responses from QWaLC member groups across the Environment & Conservation areas to effectively represent our part of the volunteering sector.

When added to all the other volunteering organisations information this report will inform how we advocate, on your behalf, to key decision makers to ensure volunteering across Queensland is supported into the future.

It would be helpful if you could you take 10 minutes to provide your organisations input into this important report that will provide an empirical evidence base from which the value, and impact of volunteering can be evaluated and celebrated.  

Have your say – Start the survey

If you would like the opportunity to be in the running to win one of two vouchers for upcoming Professions Development Workshops with Volunteering Qld, ensure you complete the survey by 5pm AEST Friday 11 December 2020 and complete the contact details on the survey.Have your say in the State of Volunteering in Queensland Report

Volunteering Queensland and Queensland Water and Land Carers are excited to open the inaugural State of Volunteering in Queensland survey for volunteer-involving organisations! 
The survey data will result in a flagship report into the status, and the economic and social value of volunteering through a State of Volunteering report in Queensland.   

This report will provide an empirical evidence base from which the value and impact of volunteering can be evaluated and celebrated. 
The research will help shape a strong future for your volunteering programs by providing you with key information to:  
Understand the characteristics of volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and the volunteer sector as a whole 
Measure the economic and social value of your volunteers and volunteering  Improve your decision-making and approach to your volunteer workforce  
Inform targeted business cases, by knowing the value of volunteering and its high return on investment 

Your input is essential as this report will inform how volunteering in Queensland is supported and enabled into the future. This is your chance to show decision-makers the true value of volunteering in Queensland.  

This is a Queensland first and you can help us be a part of this inaugural report by taking this survey (or forwarding it onto the appropriate person in your organisation/group or committee). 
Have your say – Start the survey
You can also go into the draw to win one of two vouchers for upcoming Professional Development workshops*! To enter the draw, submit your response by 5pm AEST Friday 11 December 2020 and complete the contact details on the survey
For any questions related to the survey please contact Volunteering Queensland on 07 3002 7600 or email
* One entry per person, per survey. Voucher is valid for one non-accredited workshop, to a maximum value of $155

November 10, 2020

National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases

Did your favourite annoyance make it into the top 42?

 The National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases was released today which delivers on a recommendation of the 2017 review of Australia’s biosecurity system. 

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud, and Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley said the list will be used to prioritise national actions to help prevent the entry, establishment and spread of exotic pests, weeds, and diseases. 

“They pose a high risk to our environment and public spaces. Australia’s biosecurity system is there to protect the great outdoors and we are doing so to protect our way of life,” Minister Littleproud said. 

November 9, 2020

Welcome to Australia’s new Chief Scientist

The Australian Academy of Science congratulates Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM FAA FTSE on her appointment as Chief Scientist of Australia.

Academy President, Professor John Shine, warmly welcomed the appointment.

“As an accomplished physicist, the first dedicated Chief Scientist of CSIRO and numerous leadership roles, Dr Foley has made outstanding contributions to Australian science from discovery to commercialisation and in influencing policy development.

“Cathy is an inspirational role model for her peers and the next generation,” Professor Shine said.

“We look forward to continuing our work with the Office of the Chief Scientist under Cathy’s leadership to provide science evidence to inform Government decision making, as we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic through initiatives such as the Rapid Research Information Forum.”

Dr Foley’s research is in the field of solid-state physics and its applications, combining quantum physics, material science and research translation. Her remarkable career achievements have allowed Dr Foley to advance all areas of STEM nationally and internationally.

Australia’s next Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley and Prime Minister Scott Morrison address the media on Monday.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

Dr Foley’s appointment as Chief Scientist follows her election as a Fellow of the Academy earlier this year, for her outstanding contributions to science.

“Science is absolutely critical for Australia’s future,” Dr Foley told the Academy shortly after her election.

“If you look at the things we’ve been facing recently, like bushfires, the COVID 19 virus, even looking at how we can have our sovereign capability so that we can manufacture onshore in difficult times, where transfer of goods of services and boundaries is difficult,” Dr Foley said.

“That all requires us to be able to have high quality science which then leads to new ways of doing things, but also working out how to translate it from the laboratory, that is something that makes an impact and is used by everyone.”

Dr Foley’s appointment as Australia’s Chief Scientist is for three years, starting in January 2021.

Professor Shine also thanked outgoing Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO FAA FTSE for his strong leadership and for advancing science in Australia.

Dr Alan Finkel said (

“I am delighted that Dr Cathy Foley will be Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist.

Cathy is an excellent choice; I have known her for many years, and I feel somewhat honoured to be followed in the role by such an esteemed person. I am confident in handing the Chief Scientist’s baton to her safe and experienced hands.

Cathy is first and foremost a scientist ─ a world renowned physicist ─ and a leader in every aspect of her professional life.

Her research into superconductors has not only led to vast strides in improving our understanding of these materials; she has translated this fundamental research into massive commercial outcomes – she really understands how the pieces come together, which is invaluable in a Chief Scientist.

Cathy’s tremendous impact in the science communications sphere is also significant.

As a science advocate she champions the importance of diversity in scientific endeavours.

This year’s pandemic, and the bushfires in January have shown that our need for science has never been greater, and the payoff from our investment has never been more obvious than in this difficult year.

I am confident that Cathy will continue to be an influential voice in providing the best scientific advice to government, for the benefit of us all, and I congratulate her wholeheartedly.”

October 17, 2020

Grants for Bushfire Recovery now open

Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program.

Guidelines for this program, including eligibility requirements, are now available at

The $10 million program will support communities to undertake on-ground recovery actions from the 2019-20 bushfires, with grants from $5,000 to $150,000 available.

Applications will open on Thursday 22 October 2020 and close Friday 27 November 2020.

October 6, 2020

#CitSciOzOnline October 2020

ACSA online- every Wednesday in October! It is shaping up to be a great event!

You can register for the event here, and the entire program operates on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis (from $0 – $20 or free for Australian Citizen Science Association members).

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