May 27, 2021
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
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
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
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
April 27, 2021
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2021
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 – 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.