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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.

March 29, 2021

Landcare Webinar series

Landcare Webinar Series – Register Today 

The Landcare Webinar Series is helping to bring together the many people involved in a diverse range of landcare activities across Australia. You can access this wealth of knowledge that exists in the landcare community and be involved in the conversation by participating in the webinar on the day of the event. Or you can watch past webinars via the Landcare Australia website. It is free and easy to register – you only need to register once and we will keep you informed of upcoming webinars throughout the year.   

Hosted on the online community platform Landcarer, here is the Landcare Webinar Schedule with more to be added to the program next month:

Landcare Benchmarking Project: Natural capital footprint for improving sustainability | 8 April at 2pm AEDT

·       Facilitator: Mick Taylor, Landcare Farming Program Manager at Landcare Australia 

·       Speaker(s): Adrian Ward, Nature Accounting for Nature Ltd

·       Description: Throughout 2021 the Landcare Farming Program team will deliver a series of carbon footprint and natural capital accounting workshops nationally. Join us and find out how carbon footprint and natural capital schemes will underpin industry/sector sustainability strategy reporting, future investment and potential new markets.

Landcare outside Australia – what’s been achieved, and what can we learn? | 6th May at 2pm AEST
  • Facilitator: Andrea Mason, Chair Global Landcare
  • Speaker(s): Rob Youl, Vice Chair Global Landcare | Tony Bartlett, former Forestry Research Program Manager
  • Description: Rob and Tony will share the incredible work occurring in landcare outside of Australian borders, what we can learn from it, and where it is all headed.
Natural resource management – from traditional methods to modern innovation | 24 June at 2pm AEST
  • Facilitator: James Walsh, Head of Landcare Services for Landcare Australia
  • Speaker(s): Tein McDonald, Bureau of Meteorology | Amy Lepinay, Sunbirds Aero
  • Description: Coming up in this webinar is a fascinating discussion with Tein who will provide a history of the bush regeneration movement in Sydney. Amy will introduce how technology has impacted our resource management methodology by using drones for weed spotting.
The Power of Landcare Partnerships | 29 July at 2pm AEST

·       Facilitator: Xuela Sledge, Greater Sydney Landcare Network

·       Speaker(s): Henrietta Mooney, Hunter Region Landcare Network | Nicole Maher, Murrumbidgee Landcare

·       Description: In this discussion, Nicole and Henrietta will speak to Xuela about how their networks coordinate and build strong relationships within and across landcare communities and government bodies. 

To register for the Landcare Webinar Series, or watch the recordings of previous webinars please Visit this page.

March 25, 2021

Commonwealth Government 2021 Volunteer Grants

Better get in touch with your local Member of Parliament, have a chat and see if you can be nominated.

Expressions of Interest open — 2021 Volunteer Grants

The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a restricted non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2021. 

Volunteer Grants form part of the government’s work to support volunteers, as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

The 2021 Volunteer Grants round begins with a call for Expressions of Interest, with your local Member of Parliament (MP) using a community committee to develop a list of organisations to nominate. Following the Expression of Interest process, the MPs will nominate organisations from their lists. The nomination period closes at 2:00 PM AEST 29 April 2021.

Only organisations nominated by their MP will receive an invitation to apply for the 2021 Volunteer Grants. 

Information about this grant opportunity can be found on the Community Grants Hub website andGrantConnect.

March 18, 2021

Community Sustainability Action Grants Round 5

Litter and Marine Debris Clean up and Prevention

Funding for Round 5 – Litter and Marine Debris Clean up and Prevention of the Community Sustainability Action grants is now available for projects which seek to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and/or litter and marine debris in our environment.

Grants will be provided for activities that fall within one of the following two categories:

  • Category 1: Litter and marine debris clean upGrants of up to $50,000 (ex GST) will be provided to remove litter from Queensland’s public spaces such as parks and reserves and/or projects to remove marine debris from Queensland’s beaches and waterways.
  • Category 2: Community approaches to preventing litter and marine debrisGrants up to $50,000 (ex GST) will be provided for projects to work with Queensland communities to implement place-based solutions to prevent litter and/or marine debris.

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 (ACNC)
  • 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
  • regional natural resource management (NRM) bodies.

More information is available in the Round 5 – Litter and Marine Debris Clean up and Prevention guidelines (PDF, 1 MB).

All applications must be submitted using the online grants system with forms accessed via the following links:

Applications close at 4pm on 12 April 2021.

March 10, 2021

Vale Geoff Elliot

It is with profound sadness that I write on behalf of the QWaLC Board and staff about the loss of our Chair and friend, Geoff Elliot on the 26th February 2021.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Geoff was a longstanding and proud landholder and really loved his property “Verona”.  He held a great passion in caring for and restoring our land and waterways, particularly in rural and remote areas of Queensland.  His care and respect for his fellow landholders was always evident, first and foremost in his endeavours as part of the Landcare movement generally, and in his role as representative QWaLC Chair and Director for the Queensland Murray-Darling region.

In his role as Chair Geoff worked closely with members of Government (both State and Federal), the National Landcare Network, Landcare Australia, NRM Regions Queensland, NRM Regions Australia, Global Landcare and many other organisations that collectively contribute to natural resource management across our State and Nation.  Geoff was well respected in all of these circles and will be missed.

Geoff was a good and kind man with whom I had many considered and thoughtful discussions. He will be sorely missed in Landcare and more widely no doubt. Doug Humann (Chair Landcare Australia)

Geoff never tired in his efforts to give voice to QWaLC’s 400+ volunteer member groups, especially those west of the Great Divide, nor in his leadership of QWaLC since his appointment as Chair in 2015. His driving passion was to see a Community Landcare Coordinator program put in place to support volunteer groups across Queensland.  It is a great regret that he did not live to see his efforts in this area rewarded. 

 The QWaLC Board and I will continue to pursue gaining increased recognition, support and resourcing for the exceptional work volunteers and members undertake across Queensland.  I will do my best to continue to lead QWaLC’s Board and support our members in a manner that Geoff would be proud of.  As such, I look forward to working with our member groups in the year ahead.

MaryLou Gittins OAM

Incoming Chair Queensland Water and Land Carers

8th March 2021

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: https://reportcard.reefplan.qld.gov.au/

January 29, 2021

QWaLC 2021 Membership and Insurance survey underway and now due

Responses are now due and the survey closes today 5pm 12th March (if you are really struggling with time the 15th March will be okay)

You should have received an email from Lane by now. In early February we distributed via email the link 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 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.

NOMINATIONS OPEN DECEMBER 5 AND CLOSE MARCH 31, 2021.

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