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August 26, 2020

Supporting Australia’s Volunteers and Building Resilient Communities

2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants round now open

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Funding of between $1000 – $5000 is available under the 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants Program to help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers.

The grants can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs, amongst other things.

Applications close 20 September 11:59pm

For more information about the Volunteer Grants and contact details for your state and territory volunteering peak body, see Volunteering Australia’s website at: https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/svg2020#/

August 25, 2020

National Landcare Program small grants round 4 now open until 9 Oct

Funding is available to increase adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture and increase the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

The guidelines and information are available at https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/smart-farms

Applications close 9th October 2020 at 11pm AEDT

August 20, 2020

Support growing for an environmental job stimulus package

Strong support for conservation and landcare job creation initiatives as Australians increasingly struggle to find work: new polling results  

More than four in five Australians (83%) think the Morrison Government should fund practical environmental initiatives like tree planting, weed removal and river restoration to keep people in regional communities employed while Australia recovers from the economic impacts of COVID-19, according to a recent poll. 

In order to keep people employed while Australia recovers from the impact of COVID-19, an alliance of more than 70 conservation and farming organisations is calling on state and federal governments to fund thousands of jobs undertaking practical conservation activities like planting trees, removing weeds and restoring rivers. 

https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/news/politics/

August 18, 2020

2020 Bob Hawke Landcare Award closes 12 Oct

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award is a prestigious, national award that publicly recognises an individual involved in championing Landcare and who inspires others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group.

Nominations now close on Monday 12th October 2020

Nominate Now

The award acknowledges an individual’s leadership and commitment to Landcare, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture. The award nomination is open to an individual who champions the uptake of sustainable agriculture practices and can demonstrate the adoption of improved practises among landholders as a consequence this action. They will be closely involved in Landcare, and can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to local communities and drive community activity.

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award acknowledges the role that former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, played in elevating Landcare from a grass-roots community initiative to a national movement with bi-partisan government support that endures today.

August 14, 2020

A National conservation and land management employment program

The idea is to take people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, especially in tourism impacted regions, and redeploy them into temporary roles undertaking practical work such as restoring coastal habitats, tackling weeds and pests, planting trees, building National Park infrastructure and repairing river banks. It is perfect work for young people who can’t get employment, or tourism and hospitality workers who are facing a long shut down and decline in their industry. 

COVID-19 has dealt a hammer blow to our economy and, with hundreds of thousands of workers having lost their job, it is clear that decisive action and unprecedented investment is needed to temper the worst social and economic impacts of this crisis. 

A detailed proposal for a jobs-rich conservation and land management economic stimulus program has been developed by over 70 organisations including Landcare, National Farmers Federation, NRM Regions Australia, the Australian Land Conservation Alliance and the Australian Conservation Foundation. This program could provide safe, meaningful and socially beneficial work during the period of economic recovery that will leave enduring benefits for the environment, local communities, tourism and farm businesses. 

What can you do?

Well an easy thing to do is write, email, text or visit your local decision maker and let them know you support Ministers Ley and Littleproud in any budget proposal they might progress that helps create jobs in Queensland.

The Queensland’s governments recent $10 million Reef Assist program is a great start.

There is much more to do and plenty more jobs to create.

June 29, 2020

Landcare Week August 3-9 2020

Get connected with the environment in your local community.

Landcare Week celebrates and acknowledges the many thousands of volunteers, Landcare networks and groups, Coastcare, Bushcare and ‘Friends of’ groups, Traditional land managers, Junior Landcare schools and youth groups, farmers and landholders, Landcare coordinators/facilitators and natural resource management agencies, and many other community environmental groups.

All who have a shared vision to restore and protect the environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities. Thank you to all the corporate, philanthropic and government supporters who provide financial and in-kind support to thousands of Landcare projects across Australia.

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 Volunteers Responding 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 now in August 2021

Landcare Australia are proud to host the 2021 National Landcare Conference taking place 4th – 6th August 2021 at ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour. QWaLC is pleased to be part of the conference.
https://landcareaustralia.org.au/national-landcare-conference-2020
Presentations will be across 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.

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 â€‹â€‹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

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