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June 29, 2020

Landcare Week August 3-9 2020

Get connected with the environment in your local community

June 25, 2020

Regenerating your group activities

Great to see that in Qld we are are able to progressively undertake activities again.

We still need to follow the health directives of the Qld Govt Health officer.

Some new COVID-19 Resources are now available on the Volunteering Australia website as well as on the QWaLC Covid-19 web page.

For Volunteer Involving Organisations

For VolunteersResponding to a Pandemic: A Practical Guide for Volunteers

Justice Connect has released the fact sheet Managing the return of volunteers to the workplace. This fact sheet helps answer some of the most commonly asked questions as government restrictions ease, and organisations make plans to transition workers back to the workplace.

June 17, 2020

National Landcare Conference 2021

Please take the opportunity to submit an abstract.

Landcare Australia are proud to host the 2021 National Landcare Conference taking place between 10 – 12 March at ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour. QWaLC is pleased to be part of the conference and we would like to invite you to submit an abstract, sharing a story that showcases the Landcare approach to natural resource management or sustainable agriculture. This is your opportunity to promote your project outcomes to a national audience. We also encourage you to share this with your community to provide them the opportunity to share their story.

We are seeking presentations that fit the following stream topics:
Sustainable Agriculture: Innovation and technology, soil health, adaptation to climate change, integrating productivity and conservation.
 
Environment & Climate Change: How to encourage individuals to take positive action to mitigate climate change with Landcare?
 
Community Partnerships in Action: Building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering, partnerships, building and sharing knowledge.
 
Landcare Impact: Landscape, biodiversity, community resilience, mental and physical health of individuals, community wellbeing, agriculture productivity, economy.

Click here for more information and to submit.

Submissions close 1 July 2020 

The National Landcare Conference is supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

June 7, 2020

Qld DES Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience grants round 4

Applications are now open for Round 4—Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience of the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grants program.

Grants up to $100,000 (ex GST) are available for on-ground projects which benefit threatened flora and fauna species negatively impacted by bushfires and drought in 2019–2020 and projects to build threatened species’ resilience to climate change. 

Activities funded will be those which encourage community/volunteer participation and engagement. Activities may include but are not limited to:

  • flora and fauna surveys and mapping 
  • habitat protection from pests and future climate associated pressures 
  • habitat improvement and restoration activities such as weeding and revegetation 
  • education or awareness programs. 

Applications will be accepted from:

  • properly established incorporated associations (incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981
  • Australian charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission 
  • not-for-profit organisations registered under the Corporations Act 2001 
  • Indigenous corporations incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth) 
  • tertiary education institutions administered by the Commonwealth or State 
  • Natural Resource Management bodies. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate how their proposed project activities align with a threatened species recovery plan, conservation advice or threat abatement plan. Where this documentation doesn’t exist, proposed project activities should be based on strong evidence such as a scientific paper. 

It is recommended applicants seek technical/scientific advice regarding their proposed project prior to submitting an application. 

Applications close 4pm on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Program guidelines and application details are available on the Queensland Government website.

If you require further information, email ​​CSAgrants@des.qld.gov.au.

May 18, 2020

Volunteer Week 2020

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

From 18 – 24 May 2020, say thanks to 35,000 QWaLC members and Volunteers, 714,138 Queenslanders who volunteer, and the 6 million volunteers across Australia.

The places we live are all the better for the contributions and commitment of people everywhere who volunteer their time to make a difference to someone else’s life, the environment in which we live and Queensland a better place to be.

This year’s theme is Changing Communities. Changing Lives. 

https://volunteeringqld.org.au/nvw

Some excellent resources released today from Not-for-profit-Law

https://www.nfplaw.org.au/volunteers

May 13, 2020

Landcare Wellbeing survey

QWaLC would like to invite and encourage member groups, landholders, farmers and volunteers in Queensland to contribute their experience working with and/or being part of of the land and water carers community.  

To start the survey you can visit the link https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcarewellbeingsurvey

The environmental benefits of QWaLC member groups’ activities are often quantified and promoted. However, we all know that groups provide deeper benefits for their communities and contribute to Australia’s identity.

Landcare Australia has partnered with KPMG to better understand the nature and extent of the benefits experienced by the people involved in Landcare groups or engaged in Landcare like activities.

Together, we can assess and communicate those benefits to a wider range of stakeholders, ensuring that the real value of Landcare and environmental volunteerism is recognised and receives the additional support we know is strongly justified.

We are seeking insights from individuals involved in Landcare Groups and Networks, Bushcare Groups, ‘Friends of’ Groups, Coastcare Groups and other environmental community groups. The survey responses and the insights will help us develop a picture of how we all contribute to the wellbeing of communities and individuals.

The information collected through the survey will be combined with other evidence to develop a report on the findings of the research. Respondents that complete the survey will not be named, therefore neither Landcare Australia nor KPMG will receive any respondent’s names, and only aggregated data will be provided to KPMG.

The survey is open for two weeks, closing at 11.59pm AEST Tuesday 26 May, 2020.

The results from this study will be made publically available. Your collective insights will help everyone involved in the Landcare movement generate a stronger case for funding support into the future for all.

For more information and to start the survey, please visit the link below https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcarewellbeingsurvey

If you have any questions feel free to contact Darryl

May 12, 2020

Boost for bushfire recovery

Recent announcements

To access support and to find further details, visit the National Bushfire Recovery Agency website at www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au

The new support also includes:

  • Forestry Transport Assistance ($15 million): To assist the forestry industry with the increased costs of transporting burned salvaged logs over longer distances to surviving timber mills or storage sites in bushfire affected areas in Victoria and New South Wales.  
  • Community Wellbeing and Participation ($13.5 million) – backing Primary Health Networks with additional funding to provide critical, localised emotional and mental health support for bushfire affected individuals.
  • Bushfire Recovery for Species and Landscapes ($149.7 million) – supporting efforts that go beyond the immediate devastation on species and natural assets through habitat regeneration, waterway and catchment restoration including erosion control, weed and pest management.
  • Telecommunications Emergency Resilience ($27.1 million as well as $10 million from the mobile blackspots program) – strengthening telecommunications capabilities prior to future natural disasters, including the deployment of approximately 2000 satellite dishes to provide a link if other connections are damaged, plus batteries and solar panels, to rural fire depots and evacuation centres.

The $2 billion Bushfire Recovery Fund has been committed to programs and initiatives to support bushfire recovery in affected communities. This is in addition to those funds already available through existing disaster recovery measures.

11 May 2020

Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, The Hon David Littleproud MP


Local economic recovery plans will help towns and regions hit by bushfires get back on their feet as part of a new $650 million package of support from the Morrison Government.

As part of the Regional Bushfire Recovery and Development Program, bushfire affected communities will share in $448.5 million from the Morrison Government to support the delivery of local recovery plans with priority given to the most severely impacted regions, drawing on local voices and local governments in close partnership and as part of cost-sharing arrangements with states.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the National Bushfire Recovery Agency (NBRA) would lead work to drive a strong economic recovery so the more than 18,600 families and businesses in bushfire-affected areas could get back on their feet.

“The same communities that were hurting most from the bushfires are hurting from the impacts of COVID-19. The impacts have been devastating,” the Prime Minister said.

“This funding injection comes as the damage from the bushfires has made itself clear in the weeks and months after they passed and regions have been finalising the sorts of projects they want to get underway to build back better.

“Every community is different and every community is at a different point in their recovery. That’s why the projects that these funds will support are not one-size-fits-all – they will reflect community needs.

“This is about locals leading the recovery with the NBRA and our state and local partners ensuring our support gets to where it’s needed most.

“I urge local communities to work with their state governments and to provide the National Bushfire Recovery Agency with their priority projects as soon as possible.

The support will back local projects and recovery plans, in specific areas, as well as initiatives that benefit all bushfire-affected communities. The projects could include those that build community capability and wellbeing, including through workshops and events, projects that focus on the landscape and water, replacing produce and stock, supporting local jobs and building future resilience.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said I’ve always wanted a locally led recovery not a Canberra led recovery. This is the mechanism to deliver that and to build it back better.

QLD

  • Livingstone
  • Noosa
  • Scenic Rim
  • Southern Downs
  • Sunshine Coast

April 24, 2020

beescount.org

The world bee count looks like an great activity to engage in.

Anyone, anywhere can upload a picture of bees and other pollinators to the Global Pollinator Map.

Only 6 days before you can download the app.

https://beescount.org

April 23, 2020

National Landcare Conference new date

March 10 to 12 2021 in Sydney

As you are aware, the National Landcare Conference was scheduled for this year, November 11 to 13. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the National Landcare Conference Steering Committee have announced that the conference will now take place in Sydney on March 10 to 12, 2021. The committee have also extended the deadline for the Call for Abstracts to July 1st.

Now that you have a bit more time submissions under the four conference streams are welcome:

Sustainable Agriculture: Innovation and technology, soil health, adaptation to climate change, integrating productivity and conservation.

Environment & Climate ChangeHow to encourage individuals to take positive action to mitigate climate change with Landcare?

Community Partnerships in Action: Building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering, partnerships, building and sharing knowledge.

Landcare Impact: Landscape, biodiversity, community resilience, mental and physical health of individuals, community wellbeing, agriculture productivity, economy.

For more information about the conference streams please visit this page on the conference website

April 2, 2020

Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program Grants Available

The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program will provide funding to support the immediate survival and long-term recovery and resilience for fire-affected Australian animals, plants, ecological communities and other natural assets and their cultural values for Indigenous Australians.

There is up to $12 million available for grants under the Program, with grants of between $100,000 and $1 million being offered.

Applications close 22nd April 2020 11.30am ACT time

www.grants.gov.au

GO ID:GO3818

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