March 21, 2017

Volunteers Needed for the Maleny Wood Expo 2017

Maleny Wood Expo is Barung’s major
educational and fundraising activity.

Volunteers Needed
for the
Maleny Wood Expo 2017


We still need Volunteers to help out for the
Barung BBQ, Admission Gate, Registration Tent
and Thursday & Friday Set Up and Tuesday Take Down
Its a great family friendly event so why not get involved.


If you would like to volunteer give us a call 5494 3151
register online and we will be in touch.


March 15, 2016

2016 Maleny Wood Expo

2016 marks 20 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo From Chainsaw To Fine Furniture, held over three days in early May at the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Begun in 1996 to promote sustainable use of our beautiful native timbers through the work of local and regional wood artisans the Expo is now recognised as one of the best wood shows in Australia.

Maleny Wood Expo
30th April to 2nd May 2016

In line with this aim, all wood exhibitors are required to use sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers.

Wander at your leisure through lovingly crafted timber products and talk to the craftsmen and women who’ve created them – from furniture-makers and toy-makers, musical instrument-makers and box-makers, whittlers, carvers and everything in-between. There’s ‘something wood’ to suit every taste and budget.

View the 2016 Wootha Prize exhibition – themed “Against the Grain” in 2016 – where entrants vie for over $4,500 in prize money.

Glimpse the skills of the early timber-cutters who first opened up the Blackall Range, and see the best in both handcrafted traditional and high tech tools.

Smell the spicy aroma of newly milled timber and catch live demos of chainsaw carving, woodworking, trade tools and more.

There’s hands-on woodwork for the whole family with WoodShed Workshops and Woodwork for Women. Even kids can join in a Cool Stool Workshop or the Kids Space where kids can make and take home their own masterpiece. Visit for the full workshop program which will be available early March.

Plus there’s gourmet local produce to take home, native plants to encourage birds and wildlife to your garden, and displays showcasing environmental initiatives in the region to preserve our natural biodiversity.

And when you need a break, pull up a hay bale, enjoy great food and fabulous local music.

Have a great day among the sawdust!

February 15, 2015

Release of the new In Safe Hands Toolkit and Workshop Series

The In Safe Hands Toolkit is safety management system for community groups working in practical conservation.

Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Conservation Skills Centre are pleased to annouce that the revised version is now available.

Go to where you can download the Toolkit for free

If you have previously downloaded or received the In Safe Hands Toolkit then you are recommended to download the 3rd Edition with new inclusions:

  • Format easier to read
  • New Safety Policies
  • New Safety Guidance Notes
  • New Safety Prompts
  • New templates

In Safe Hands Toolkit Workshops

In the next few months there will be 30 free, half-day workshops to explain the In Safe Hands Toolkit and how it can be implemented.

These are valuable sessions for any community group wanting to either commence implementation of safety management or revise current safety practice.

Go to to see workshop locations and to register your attendance.

Cleaner, Greener Schools

In 2014 Green Cross Australia is leading a huge waste pick up across Queensland and we want your school to get involved, if you are already running a clean up why not register it with us, you’ll be supporting the important work of Tangaroa Blue, and also becoming eligible for your accreditation through Cleaner Greener Schools! Plus, at the end of the year your efforts will be recognised at the Green Lane Diary Awards.

Register now: School participation agreement form

We will provide you with the tools and resources you need to clean up your local community’s parks, creeks and beaches. Your school will work with other groups to make a positive difference and pick up rubbish that ends up in our waterways.

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This is a great way to give your students and the wider school community a chance to make an important contribution to the reduction of waste in our natural environment!

If you particpate in the Green Lane Clean Up and are also involved in other green activities, you will become eligible for your first star through Keep Queensland Beautiful’s program Cleaner Greener Schools .

QLD plan environment spotlight

The QLD Plan has been released check out the environment section.

View the Plan here:

2014 National Landcare Awards Winners

A big congratulations to the 2014 National Landcare Awards winners, particularly Russel Fry from Queensland.

Russel won the Australian Government Individual Landcarer. Russell often has to deal with the misconception that Landcare is essentially about planting trees. His strong belief is that Landcare is about the sustainable use of natural resources to build sustainable farms, supporting communities and the environment.

To see the full list of winners click here.


Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper

The Australian Government is asking everyone in agriculture to have their say on a range of new proposals and policy suggestions. Have your say on the agricultural competitiveness green paper by clicking here.

Welcome to our new board members!

QWaLC welcomes two new board members, Geoff Elliot representing Queensland Murray Darling and Michelle Hanrahan from the Fitzroy region. Geoff and Michelle have been appointed to fill casual vacancies in their regions. We would also like to thank our departing board members Sue Ferguson, Karen Tully and Rhonda Sorensen for all the time and effort they contributed during their time with QWaLC. Finally, we would like to thanks everyone how joined us for the Annual General Meeting in Caloundra.

Insurance Update

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines we have once again been able to renew our three insurance policies with Aon Insurance. By offering this coverage to Natural Resource Management group we are able to ensure the great work of thousands of volunteers across Queensland can continue. We will be emailing all groups their certificates within the next two weeks. In the mean time, all your group activities are covered by the new policies. If you have any queries please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Green Army project round now open

Applications are now open for Round 3 of the Green Army Programme. If you are a community organisation, environment group, Indigenous organisation or local council we encourage you to apply for projects in your region.

Key dates

Round 3 applications open 12 February 2015
Round 3 applications close 17 March 2015 at 2pm AEDT (Canberra time)

What projects are eligible?

Projects must have a clear environment or heritage conservation focus and offer participants valuable practical experience, while supporting a safe work environment. Projects will be guided by local community needs and contribute to Australia’s national and international environmental priorities and obligations. A full list of eligible activities is provided in the Green Army Round 3 Project Guidelines 2015-16. To be eligible for this round, one project must be ready to commence between 1 June 2015 and 30 June 2016. Applicants who were unsuccessful through previous rounds may re-apply under this round.

While it is encouraged that potential applicants discuss their project ideas with one or more of the appointed Service Providers, applicants are welcome to apply even if they are not working with or consulting a Service Provider.

Submitting an application

Step 1: Read the Guidelines available at
Step 2: Complete the online application form addressing each of the selection criteria in the relevant fields. Please note a separate form must be downloaded for each application. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can request a hard copy application form by calling the Green Army hotline on 1800 780 730.
Step 3: Submit your application by the closing date and ensure you keep a copy for your records. Additional information provided by the applicant but not requested in the application form will not be assessed.

Want more information?

Call the Green army hotline on 1800 780 730
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Round 2 approved projects

An announcement about the results of Round 2 will be made in coming days.





Community information sessions on the Green Army Programme will be held in each state and territory during February 2015.

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the Australian Government Department of the Environment about the Programme. Those interested in becoming a project sponsor or participant are welcome to attend.

Please register your attendance by sending an RSVP to: by 06 February.

Brisbane Monday 16 February, 9:00am – 11:00am, Mercure, 85-87 North Quay

Cairns Tuesday 17 February, 9:00am – 11:00am, Mercure Cairns Harbourside, 209-217 The Esplanade

 The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment has annouced a major step forward for the 20 Million Trees Programme, the Australian Government today released a Request for Tender, seeking one or more service providers to undertake large scale revegetation projects across Australia. The Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme is a key election commitment, providing $50 million over four years to deliver tree planting projects across the country.

Read the full article here.

Everyone’s Environment Grants – Round Three Announcement

We are happy to advise that the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection has announced the round three recipients. The list of successful recipients is available on the EHP website and can be accessed here:

Thank you once again for your valuable participation in this process.

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