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February 18, 2020

Costa Georgiadis and Junior Landcare ask Aussie kids Whats in Your Backyard?

QWaLC, Landcare Australia and Costa are joining forces with Junior Landcare, the popular TV star and Landcare champion has launched the ‘What’s in your Backyard?’ campaign to encourage the next generation to get outside and document what’s in their local environment.

Costa wants kids across Australia to grab a camera, and snap photos of the flora and fauna in their backyard.

With the help from their parents, carers and teachers, kids can submit photos to Junior Landcare to be in with a chance to win one of ten $250 cameras. The major school prize will be a visit from Costa!

When submitting your photo, select from one of the four categories biodiversity,food productionIndigenous perspectives and waste management and tell us why it is important to you.

Costa says “the entire environment is your backyard…”

Your backyard might be a garden. If you live in an apartment, your garden could be plants on your balcony. You may live near a park or bushland area, or a river or wetland. You may live on the coast close to the sea, or on a farm. 

‘What’s in Your Backyard?’ is a key activity in Junior Landcare’s new Learning Centre. With 30-minute learning activities developed by education professionals, the Junior Landcare Learning Centre has been created to help children be aware, empowered and active in caring for their local environment. The Learning Centre will help children understand biodiversity, where their food comes from, Indigenous perspectives and recycling and waste management. 

The ‘What’s in your Backyard?’ campaign closes April 20! Get snapping and send us your photos today!

Get involved here: https://juniorlandcare.org.au/campaigns/whatsinyourbackyard/

February 8, 2020

QWaLC 2020 Membership and Insurance Survey

Keep and eye on your inbox.

We are now distributing the elink for the QWaLC 2020 Membership and Insurance Survey.

I look forward to reading your responses.

Your information will contribute to telling the story about the impressive and practical contribution community environmental groups and volunteers make to our landscapes and the life of Queenslanders.

2020 National Landcare Conference

Call for abstracts

2020 National Landcare Conference Call for Abstracts

On behalf of the Landcare community, Landcare Australia and QWaLC are pleased to call for the submission of abstracts and posters for the 2020 National Landcare Conference. The bi-annual event will be held from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November 2020, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. We are seeking presentations for the concurrent sessions that demonstrate the Landcare ethos for the following streams:

Sustainable Agriculture
Innovation and technology, soil health, adaptation to climate change, integrating productivity and conservation.
Farmers manage over half of the Australian landscape, and innovation in primary production and conservation of natural capital are critical to ensure a better future. This stream will focus on how farming and agriculture is adapting to an ever-increasing range of challenges, including climate change. Also, how Landcare is developing and implementing innovative farming practices to sustainably manage our productive natural assets.

Environment & Climate Change
How to encourage individuals to take positive action to mitigate climate change with Landcare?
With impacts of climate change increasing through extreme drought, fire and flood events, Australia’s landscapes and biodiversity are under immense pressure. Communities and individuals need to have confidence in effective actions that will make a difference individually and collectively, and help restore, protect and manage our natural assets and our own wellbeing. This stream will demonstrate how various Indigenous, Bushcare, Coastcare and other Landcare community groups, as well as the organisations they work with, are contributing to successfully meet these challenges, and provide ideas for more people to take positive action with Landcare.

Community Partnerships in Action
Building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering, partnerships, building and sharing knowledge.
Community participation is at the heart of Landcare. This stream will demonstrate the achievements of individual Landcare community groups and projects, and the value of actively investing in communities and successful partnerships. The stream will also explore how Landcare can enhance engagement with rural communities, support the sharing of knowledge and help breakdown the disconnect that exists between the city and the bush.

Landcare Impact
Landscape, biodiversity, community resilience, mental and physical health of individuals, community wellbeing, agriculture productivity, economy. This stream will demonstrate the positive impact Landcare has in multiple areas including the environment, landscapes, agriculture, community, health, and the economy. Demonstrating the multiple impacts of Landcare is essential to help showcase to government, business, and philanthropic supporters the value of continued and increased investment into Landcare – as well as why ongoing investment is required now more than ever.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in accordance with the guidelines below and should be submitted by 11.59 pm (EST) on Wednesday 8 April, 2020. Authors may submit more than one paper, but the program is limited and your submission(s) may not be included in the conference program.

For further information and to submit an abstract please visit the Landcare Australia website:

https://landcareaustralia.org.au/call-for-abstracts

January 28, 2020

Qld Land Restoration fund applications open

Applications for the first intake of the Land Restoration Fund 2020 Investment Round close on 28 February 2020. A second intake will close 15 April 2020.

Information about upcoming information workshops and other support is on the Land Restoration Fund website. Workshops for those who wish to engage on koala habitat areas will be added soon.

January 14, 2020

Australian Government Volunteer Grants

Applications for the Australian Government Volunteer Grants are open until 6 April 2020

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:

1.  help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers

2.  help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering

3.  encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

Please note that you will need to speak to your Local Member of Parliament to be nominated to apply.

For more information see the link below:

https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/volunteer-grants-activity-%E2%80%93-2019-20-volunteer-grants

Qld Citizen Science Grants round 2

The second round of Queensland Citizen Science Grants are now open for applications.

The Queensland Citizen Science Grants provides funding of up to $30,000 to applicants over a period of up to three years. Applications are sought for projects that actively engage citizen scientists and address one or more of the strategy goals:

•         raise awareness: work together to ensure the Queensland community has an understanding of citizen science and the projects which are relevant to Queensland

•         make it easy for our community to find and participate in projects and for scientists to recruit and train citizen scientists. 

•         grow the community of citizen scientists and scientists working together to make scientific discoveries.

Visit the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist website or Advance Queensland website for more details. 

Applications close 1:00 pm Monday 9 March 2020.

January 13, 2020

Qld Govt Wildlife Carer Grants

Of the available $250,000, $120,000 will be divided up evenly between the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA Wildlife Hospital and Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to help cover the costs of caring for animals being brought in for treatment. 

The remaining funding, $130,000, will be provided to individual carers and wildlife care groups.

Eligible individual carers who do this selfless work on behalf of all Queenslanders can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 and eligible care groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

The round will open 29 January 2020 with grants provided in an ongoing basis until all funding is allocated, so interested applicants should apply early when the round opens.

Applications for the Wildlife Carers Assistance Grants will open for funding at 9:00am on 29 January 2020.

  • Grants up to $2,000 (ex GST) are available to individual wildlife carers.
  • Grants up to $5,000 (ex GST) are available to wildlife care organisations. 

Funding will be provided for items which directly assist existing Queensland wildlife carers and care groups in the rescue and rehabilitation services they provide to sick or injured wildlife.

Applications will be accepted from individuals and organisations who:

  • have held a current Queensland permit as a wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife care group for at least 12 months
  • are undertaking rehabilitation activities from their registered location
  • have no convictions under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 or the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 during the past ten years
  • have not had an authority cancelled or accumulated ten or more demerit points during the past three years
  • have submitted annual returns and maintained a register for all protected animals rescued or cared for in accordance with the requirements of their rehabilitation permits
  • have consent from the relevant property owner to undertake wildlife care activities.

In order to ensure a smooth application process, please have the following on hand when applying:

  • a copy of a current Queensland permit as a wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife care group. The permit must be in the name of the individual or the organisation applying for the grant
  • confirmation from the relevant property owner to undertake the wildlife care activities
  • a budget which details your project expenditure
  • a quote and design dimensions for any proposed enclosures to be constructed.

Grant program guidelines and the application form will be published on the Department of Environment and Science’s website on 29 January 2020 at https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/funding/community-sustainability

January 9, 2020

QWaLC 2020 Membership and Insurance Survey

Keep an eye on your emails in the first week of March . We will be distributing the elink for the annual QWaLC Membership and Insurance Survey.

You will contribute to telling the story about the impressive contribution community environmental groups and volunteers make to the life of Queenslanders.

The Inaugural John Sinclair Memorial Lecture Saturday 7th March 2020

November 8, 2019

2019 Qld Landcare Awards Celebrate outstanding champions

Winning Land and Water care projects were announced on Friday at the 2019 Queensland Landcare Awards held at the Cairns Aquarium, where Landcare champions and their supporters from across Queensland came together to celebrate impressive achievements in the Landcare community.

Hosted by Phil Staley from ABC Radio, the awards celebrated incredible efforts to protect and enhance Queensland’s land, water and biodiversity.

Phil Staley and Geoff Elliot open the Awards

The ceremony saw award winners from diverse categories, including farming, Coastcare and Indigenous land management, announced by representatives of award sponsors and Queensland Landcare community champions/stalwarts.

2019 Queensland Landcare Award winners:

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award – Anthony Rossi – Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group 
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award – City of Gold Coast- Beaches to Bushland Program
  • Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award – Central Queensland Soil Health Systems
  • Indigenous Land Management Award – Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Incorporated 
  • Australian Government Landcare Farming Award –  V. Rossi and Sons
  • Virgin Coastcare Award – Straw No More – Emily Walker and Molly Steer
  • Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award – Hinterland Bush Links (Sunshine Coast)
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award – McDonnell Creek State School
  • AustCover Young Landcare Leadership Award – Gold Coast Catchment Association – Rosalinde Brinkman
Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award – Anthony Rossi from Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group being presented his award by the Hon Warren Entsch
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