November 1, 2019

National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3 (Closed)

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects to deliver services under the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3.

This round closes on the 19th December 2019

Smart Farms Small Grants is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities’ awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations.The purpose will be achieved by supporting projects that contribute to achieving one or both of the program outcomes outlined below:

  • Outcome 1 – Increased adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Outcome 2 – Increase the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture

A total of $43.5 million (GST exclusive) is available for Smart Farms Small Grants across an anticipated six annual rounds (2017–18 to 2022–23).

  • The first round opened for applications in October 2017 from which the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources approved 77 projects.
  • The second round opened 13 November 2018 and the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources approved 110 projects.
  • This grant opportunity is the third round.

October 31, 2019

Future Drought Fund

Have your say

The Australian Government are building drought resilience through a new $3.9 billion Future Drought Fund(External link). The fund will support drought resilience measures that benefit all Australians.

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan is high-level framework to guide funding decisions for the projects and activities.

Share your feedback

You can now provide feedback on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan.

To have your say:

Submit your feedback online by 13 December 2019.

You can also share feedback in person. The Consultative Committee are consulting with stakeholders across Australia. Together, the Consultative Committee has a wealth of experience in agricultural economics, climate risk, rural and regional development and natural resource management.

Find out about dates and locations of meetings.

September 13, 2019

Power of Community

This year the Gambling Community Benefit Fund celebrates its 25th birthday.  To commemorate this milestone, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (which administers the Gambling Community Benefit Fund), in partnership with QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, will host the ‘Power of Community’ conference specially designed for small to medium-sized community organisations (organisations with an annual turnover of less than $1 million). 200 attendees will access workshops on governance, marketing, fundraising and volunteer management. They will gain insights, strategies and ideas on how to make their organisations more successful and sustainable, while growing the skills and connections required to better service their communities.

When: Thursday 21 November, 2019
Where: QUT, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane
Cost: $47Link:

June 6, 2019

2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards: Qld nominations are now closed

Landcare Australia and Queensland Water and Land Carers received a great range of nominations for the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards which recognise individuals and groups across the country for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape. 

We look forward to reading and learning about the great work of the nominees as we judge them over the next week.

In 2019, Landcare celebrates its 30-year national anniversary. And over the last three decades, Landcare has played a leading role in changing Australia’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, conservation of land and waterways, coastlines and biodiversity. 

The Landcare Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Landcare champions from rural and urban communities motivated by a shared vision to restore and protect the environment in their local community.

Winners from the 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards will go forward to the 2020 National Landcare Awards held during the 2020 National Landcare Conference to be held in Sydney. The National Landcare Awards ceremony also includes the Bob Hawke Landcare Award sponsored by the Australian Government.

Nine national award categories are now open for nominations:

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
  • Australian Government Landcare Farming Award
  • Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
  • Virgin Coastcare Award
  • Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award
  • Indigenous Land Management Award
  • Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award

May 17, 2019


Hon Bob Hawke AC

In partnership with the rest of the Australian Community, Community Landcare across Australia through its peak body, the National Landcare Network, commemorates and celebrates the work of Bob Hawke in launching and supporting over the years the Landcare Movement.  We know he was proud of the community movement that Landcare has become, springing from a national government initiative in 1989.

It is a sign of his vision and human touch that Bob Hawke possessed that in launching the Decade of Landcare in 1989, he said;

When the earth is spoiled, humanity and all living things are diminished. We have taken too much from the earth and given back too little. It’s time to say enough is enough. Today’s announcements won’t solve everything. But with the right mix of political commitment and community support we can ensure that our country is simply the best in the world. This is our country, our future.

– Bob Hawke launching the ‘Decade of Landcare’, 20 July 1989 

The existence of today’s flourishing and growing Landcare movement from Darwin to Dover, from Nannup to Narrabeen, is testimony to the wisdom of those words. Today Community Landcare reflects, celebrates and resolves to redouble our efforts in Bob’s honour and memory.

Vale Bob!

Peter Bridgewater Chair, NLN     

May 2, 2019

Climate Week Qld 2019

Hold your own Climate Week QLD event

Climate Week QLD 2019, to be held from 2–8 June, will showcase how the State is transitioning to a low-carbon, clean growth future and building a community of action to address climate change. 
Play your part in climate change action and host your own Climate Week QLD event.
Queensland community groups, businesses, universities, not-for-profit groups, schools, landholders and individuals are invited to host climate action events.
You may wish to hold a public seminar, host a guest speaker, book reading, presentation, musical event, tree planting, BBQ or another activity that celebrates, explores and encourages climate action. 

Visit the Climate Week QLD website for further info.

Join in Climate Week QLD 2019 and be inspired on how you can play your part in climate change action. 

For further information contact

April 23, 2019

Landcare and the Federal Election

Queensland Water and Land Carers are supporting the National Landcare Network (NLN) and Landcare Australia’s policy statement, Landcare Communities – Australia’s Future.

The policy statement seeks an ongoing commitment to our community Landcare movement. This commitement is about providing ongoing funding that supports a foundation of local action undertaken with regional, state and national support.

Extract from The Landcare Organisations, Policy Statement 2019 Executive Summary:

Collectively, the Landcare Organisations together represent community Landcare nationally. Community Landcare is a foundation of strong communities, with tens of thousands of Landcarers acting together to restore land, water and coastal landscapes across all boundaries. This approach builds resilience in communities, towns, on farms and in the outback, improving human and environmental health and wellbeing. Investment will empower the movement.

Landcare Communities – Australia’s Future is a statement from Landcarers from across the country. The document’s focus is on giving the community the capacity to ensure a stable Landcare system in the long term. 

The key principles to underpin a renewed strategic investment in community Landcare in Australia are:

  • A clear philosophical approach to support a grass-roots movement and volunteerism
  • Funding delivered at the most local level possible – to support action on ground with paid local coordinators/facilitators
  • Landcare Network Hubs leverage state and territory funding, staffed by federally funded but locally directed community Landcare networkers
  • Modest core funding to support Landcare Organisations provide impact at scale, government relations, a unified voice and wider connections
  • Measure and amplify local successes at regional, state and national scales.

These identified outcomes will meet local, regional and national commitments with a more than six-fold return on investment to:

  • Empower local communities to act
  • Address downward trends in land, water and coastal degradation, species loss and climate change
  • Build overall resilience in communities and nature
  • Increase carbon capture in soil and vegetation
  • Deliver on local, regional, national and international commitments efficiently and effectively, maximizing co-benefits
  • Empower Traditional Owners land management and decision making, recognising them as leaders in Landcare
  • Provide children and youth a lifelong connection to place, community and food systems, bridge the city-country divide, and nurture a new generation of Landcarers
  • Increase our knowledge base and capacity to learn, linking local knowledge and observations to national research, monitoring and evaluation systems.

To support Landcare you can:

Find out who is standing in your electorate: Find Your Candidate;

Write, email or phone candidates in your local electorate to ask for their support for Landcare policies before they go to the polls on 18 May;

Follow QWaLC on Facebook and Twitter and share key messages with your networks;

Talk to people in your community about how candidates in the Federal election can support Landcare.

Supporting Documents:

NLN and Landcare Australia Landcare Policy Statement 2019Policy

March 20, 2019

Open for application National Landcare Program: Smart Farming Partnerships Round 2

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects to deliver services under the National Landcare Program – Smart Farming Partnerships Round 2. Projects are expected to commence before the end of 2019 and be complete by 30 April 2023.

Funding between $250,000 to $4 million (GST exclusive) per grant is available.

Applications close at 11:00 pm AEST on 17 May 2019.

March 12, 2019

Guidelines for wildlife carers

National Wildlife Biosecurity Guidelines

The National Wildlife Biosecurity Guidelines have been developed to document best practice biosecurity measures for those working with Australian wildlife. The guidelines are intended for all people who work (or interact) with wildlife including wildlife managers, researchers, veterinarians, carers and others. All organisations which work with wildlife are encouraged to use the information in these guidelines to assess their own biosecurity risks and to develop and maintain an optimum level of biosecurity for their operations. Click here for the Guidelines. WHA has also developed a one-page information sheet.

March 4, 2019

A possible funding opportunity Communities Environment Program

Investing in cleaner and greener communities

The Australian Government will invest more than
$22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.

Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects nominated by the local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community will focus on environmental priorities such as:

  • waste and litter reduction
  • protecting native animals, including our threatened species
  • addressing weeds and pest animals
  • restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
  • greening parks and urban areas.

Each electorate can receive funding for up to 20 projects, with the minimum grant amount being $2500 and the maximum grant amount set at $20,000. And sitting Members of Parliament will consult with their community to identify potential projects for their respective electorates.

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