November 12, 2020

It is time to have your say

Have your say in the State of Volunteering in Queensland Report

Volunteering Queensland and Queensland Water and Land Carers are excited to open the inaugural State of Volunteering in Queensland survey for volunteer-involving organisations! 
The survey¬†data¬†will result in¬†a flagship report into the status, and the economic and social value of volunteering through a State of Volunteering report in Queensland.‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮ¬†

This report will provide an empirical evidence base from which the value and impact of volunteering can be evaluated and celebrated. 
The research will help shape a strong future for your volunteering programs by providing you with key information to:  
Understand the characteristics of volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and the volunteer sector as a whole 
Measure the economic and social value of your volunteers and volunteering  Improve your decision-making and approach to your volunteer workforce  
Inform targeted business cases, by knowing the value of volunteering and its high return on investment 

Your input is essential as this report will inform how volunteering in Queensland is supported and enabled into the future. This is your chance to show decision-makers the true value of volunteering in Queensland.  

This is a Queensland first and you can help us be a part of this inaugural report by taking this survey (or forwarding it onto the appropriate person in your organisation/group or committee). 
Have your say – Start the survey
You can also go into the draw to win one of two vouchers for upcoming‚ÄĮProfessional Development workshops*!‚ÄĮTo enter the draw, submit your response by‚ÄĮ5pm AEST Friday 11 December 2020‚ÄĮand complete the contact details on the survey
For any questions related to the survey please contact Volunteering Queensland on 07 3002 7600 or email
* One entry per person, per survey. Voucher is valid for one non-accredited workshop, to a maximum value of $155

November 10, 2020

National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases

Did your favourite annoyance make it into the top 42?

 The National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases was released today which delivers on a recommendation of the 2017 review of Australia‚Äôs biosecurity system. 

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud, and Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley said the list will be used to prioritise national actions to help prevent the entry, establishment and spread of exotic pests, weeds, and diseases. 

‚ÄúThey pose a high risk to our environment and public spaces. Australia‚Äôs biosecurity system is there to protect the great outdoors and we are doing so to protect our way of life,‚ÄĚ Minister Littleproud said.¬†

November 9, 2020

Welcome to Australia’s new Chief Scientist

The Australian Academy of Science congratulates Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM FAA FTSE on her appointment as Chief Scientist of Australia.

Academy President, Professor John Shine, warmly welcomed the appointment.

“As an accomplished physicist, the first dedicated Chief Scientist of CSIRO and numerous leadership roles, Dr Foley has made outstanding contributions to Australian science from discovery to commercialisation and in influencing policy development.

‚ÄúCathy is an inspirational role model for her peers and the next generation,‚ÄĚ Professor Shine said.

‚ÄúWe look forward to continuing our work with the Office of the Chief Scientist under Cathy‚Äôs leadership to provide science evidence to inform Government decision making, as we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic through initiatives such as the Rapid Research Information Forum.‚ÄĚ

Dr Foley’s research is in the field of solid-state physics and its applications, combining quantum physics, material science and research translation. Her remarkable career achievements have allowed Dr Foley to advance all areas of STEM nationally and internationally.

Australia’s next Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley and Prime Minister Scott Morrison address the media on Monday.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

Dr Foley‚Äôs appointment as Chief Scientist follows her election as a Fellow of the Academy earlier this year, for her outstanding contributions to science.

‚ÄúScience is absolutely critical for Australia‚Äôs future,‚ÄĚ Dr Foley told the Academy shortly after her election.

‚ÄúIf you look at the things we‚Äôve been facing recently, like bushfires, the COVID 19 virus, even looking at how we can have our sovereign capability so that we can manufacture onshore in difficult times, where transfer of goods of services and boundaries is difficult,‚ÄĚ Dr Foley said.

‚ÄúThat all requires us to be able to have high quality science which then leads to new ways of doing things, but also working out how to translate it from the laboratory, that is something that makes an impact and is used by everyone.‚ÄĚ

Dr Foley’s appointment as Australia’s Chief Scientist is for three years, starting in January 2021.

Professor Shine also thanked outgoing Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO FAA FTSE for his strong leadership and for advancing science in Australia.

Dr Alan Finkel said (

“I am delighted¬†that Dr Cathy Foley will be Australia‚Äôs ninth Chief Scientist.

Cathy is an excellent choice; I have known her for many years, and I feel somewhat honoured to be followed in the role by such an esteemed person. I am confident in handing the Chief Scientist’s baton to her safe and experienced hands.

Cathy is first and foremost a scientist ‚ĒÄ a world renowned physicist ‚ĒÄ and a leader in every aspect of her professional life.

Her research into superconductors has not only led to vast strides in improving our understanding of these materials; she has translated this fundamental research into massive commercial outcomes ‚Äď she really understands how the pieces come together, which is invaluable in a Chief Scientist.

Cathy’s tremendous impact in the science communications sphere is also significant.

As a science advocate she champions the importance of diversity in scientific endeavours.

This year’s pandemic, and the bushfires in January have shown that our need for science has never been greater, and the payoff from our investment has never been more obvious than in this difficult year.

I am confident that Cathy will continue to be an influential voice in providing the best scientific advice to government, for the benefit of us all, and I congratulate her wholeheartedly.”

October 17, 2020

Grants for Bushfire Recovery now open

Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program.

Guidelines for this program, including eligibility requirements, are now available at

The $10 million program will support communities to undertake on-ground recovery actions from the 2019-20 bushfires, with grants from $5,000 to $150,000 available.

Applications will open on Thursday 22 October 2020 and close Friday 27 November 2020.

October 6, 2020

#CitSciOzOnline October 2020

ACSA online- every Wednesday in October! It is shaping up to be a great event!

You can¬†register for the event here, and the entire program operates on a ‚Äėpay what you can afford‚Äô basis (from $0 – $20 or free for¬†Australian Citizen Science Association¬†members).

October 2, 2020

QWaLC 2020 AGM

QWaLC is pleased to announce that it’s AGM will be held on the 5th November via ZOOM and at the Toowoomba Library (limited numbers)

10am to 11am

Agenda, proxy form and RSVP are available here.

September 29, 2020

Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Program Grants

Time to get your writing groove on.

The Australian Government is inviting applications under the Future Drought Fund: Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grants.

The Program is focused on support for experimentation in NRM practices, systems and approaches that go beyond current best practice. This aims to foster innovation and transformational change in the management of Natural Capital to deliver drought resilience in agricultural landscapes.

Through holistic management and adoption of new or existing technology and practices, this program will deliver a range of on-ground outcomes achieving benefits that meet local priorities and contribute to landscape-scale drought resilience.

The intended outcomes of the Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grants are:

  • NRM is improved in Australian agricultural landscapes in ways that support primary producers‚Äô capacity to prepare for and respond to future droughts and climate change
  • Primary producers and other land managers are enabled to experiment with adaptive or transformative NRM practices, systems and approaches that can build drought resilience in agricultural landscapes
  • Increased uptake of ‚ÄĚwhole-of-system‚ÄĚ natural resource management thinking and practices ‚Äď that is, approaches that acknowledge the linkages between the ecosystem services on which agriculture depends; environmental and economic aspects of drought resilience on farms; and the social drought resilience of communities in agricultural areas
  • Networks are established or strengthened between stakeholders who partner and share responsibility for managing natural resources (including public and private land managers), which improves connectedness and diversity of approaches across the landscape

Closing Date & Time 30 October 2020 – 11:00pm AEDT

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

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.

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.

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