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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 ​​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

May 13, 2020

Landcare Wellbeing survey

QWaLC would like to invite and encourage member groups, landholders, farmers and volunteers in Queensland to contribute their experience working with and/or being part of of the land and water carers community.  

To start the survey you can visit the link https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcarewellbeingsurvey

The environmental benefits of QWaLC member groups’ activities are often quantified and promoted. However, we all know that groups provide deeper benefits for their communities and contribute to Australia’s identity.

Landcare Australia has partnered with KPMG to better understand the nature and extent of the benefits experienced by the people involved in Landcare groups or engaged in Landcare like activities.

Together, we can assess and communicate those benefits to a wider range of stakeholders, ensuring that the real value of Landcare and environmental volunteerism is recognised and receives the additional support we know is strongly justified.

We are seeking insights from individuals involved in Landcare Groups and Networks, Bushcare Groups, ‘Friends of’ Groups, Coastcare Groups and other environmental community groups. The survey responses and the insights will help us develop a picture of how we all contribute to the wellbeing of communities and individuals.

The information collected through the survey will be combined with other evidence to develop a report on the findings of the research. Respondents that complete the survey will not be named, therefore neither Landcare Australia nor KPMG will receive any respondent’s names, and only aggregated data will be provided to KPMG.

The survey is open for two weeks, closing at 11.59pm AEST Tuesday 26 May, 2020.

The results from this study will be made publically available. Your collective insights will help everyone involved in the Landcare movement generate a stronger case for funding support into the future for all.

For more information and to start the survey, please visit the link below https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcarewellbeingsurvey

If you have any questions feel free to contact Darryl

May 12, 2020

Boost for bushfire recovery

Recent announcements

To access support and to find further details, visit the National Bushfire Recovery Agency website at www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au

The new support also includes:

  • Forestry Transport Assistance ($15 million): To assist the forestry industry with the increased costs of transporting burned salvaged logs over longer distances to surviving timber mills or storage sites in bushfire affected areas in Victoria and New South Wales.  
  • Community Wellbeing and Participation ($13.5 million) – backing Primary Health Networks with additional funding to provide critical, localised emotional and mental health support for bushfire affected individuals.
  • Bushfire Recovery for Species and Landscapes ($149.7 million) – supporting efforts that go beyond the immediate devastation on species and natural assets through habitat regeneration, waterway and catchment restoration including erosion control, weed and pest management.
  • Telecommunications Emergency Resilience ($27.1 million as well as $10 million from the mobile blackspots program) – strengthening telecommunications capabilities prior to future natural disasters, including the deployment of approximately 2000 satellite dishes to provide a link if other connections are damaged, plus batteries and solar panels, to rural fire depots and evacuation centres.

The $2 billion Bushfire Recovery Fund has been committed to programs and initiatives to support bushfire recovery in affected communities. This is in addition to those funds already available through existing disaster recovery measures.

11 May 2020

Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, The Hon David Littleproud MP


Local economic recovery plans will help towns and regions hit by bushfires get back on their feet as part of a new $650 million package of support from the Morrison Government.

As part of the Regional Bushfire Recovery and Development Program, bushfire affected communities will share in $448.5 million from the Morrison Government to support the delivery of local recovery plans with priority given to the most severely impacted regions, drawing on local voices and local governments in close partnership and as part of cost-sharing arrangements with states.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the National Bushfire Recovery Agency (NBRA) would lead work to drive a strong economic recovery so the more than 18,600 families and businesses in bushfire-affected areas could get back on their feet.

“The same communities that were hurting most from the bushfires are hurting from the impacts of COVID-19. The impacts have been devastating,” the Prime Minister said.

“This funding injection comes as the damage from the bushfires has made itself clear in the weeks and months after they passed and regions have been finalising the sorts of projects they want to get underway to build back better.

“Every community is different and every community is at a different point in their recovery. That’s why the projects that these funds will support are not one-size-fits-all – they will reflect community needs.

“This is about locals leading the recovery with the NBRA and our state and local partners ensuring our support gets to where it’s needed most.

“I urge local communities to work with their state governments and to provide the National Bushfire Recovery Agency with their priority projects as soon as possible.

The support will back local projects and recovery plans, in specific areas, as well as initiatives that benefit all bushfire-affected communities. The projects could include those that build community capability and wellbeing, including through workshops and events, projects that focus on the landscape and water, replacing produce and stock, supporting local jobs and building future resilience.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said I’ve always wanted a locally led recovery not a Canberra led recovery. This is the mechanism to deliver that and to build it back better.

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