April 23, 2020
March 10 to 12 2021 in Sydney
As you are aware, the National Landcare Conference was scheduled for this year, November 11 to 13. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the National Landcare Conference Steering Committee have announced that the conference will now take place in Sydney on March 10 to 12, 2021. The committee have also extended the deadline for the Call for Abstracts to July 1st.
Now that you have a bit more time submissions under the four conference streams are welcome:
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.
For more information about the conference streams please visit this page on the conference website
April 2, 2020
The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program will provide funding to support the immediate survival and long-term recovery and resilience for fire-affected Australian animals, plants, ecological communities and other natural assets and their cultural values for Indigenous Australians.
There is up to $12 million available for grants under the Program, with grants of between $100,000 and $1 million being offered.
Applications close 22nd April 2020 11.30am ACT time
March 24, 2020
Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government and the ongoing support of AON we have renewed insurance coverage for all QWaLC member groups until 31st March 2021.
All member groups who have completed this years membership and insurance survey will receive, via email, the new certificates of currency. If you don’t receive your new certificates by the 1st April you will need to contact Darryl.
In these different and challenging times we all need to follow the most recent information from trusted sources about COVID-19.
QWaLC will soon have a general information page with resources about the virus. In the meantime we provide some links to trusted sources of information.
Download a free epidemic/pandemic policy template
You may need to cancel or postpone events, meetings or gatherings. If you have any questions or unsure as to what you should do about your group, volunteers and activities please give Darryl a call or send an email.
March 20, 2020
Dear QWaLC Members
I want to touch base with you on behalf of the Board and staff of QWaLC to let you know that we are thinking of you, your loved ones and your communities at this difficult time.
Following hot on the heels of the drought (still ongoing in a lot of areas), the fires, the floods, and the plagues of moths and locusts that some areas have experienced, COVID-19 is the last thing we needed but it is here and we have to deal with it and with the ongoing effects for the foreseeable future.
Like myself, many of our membership are ‘senior’ land carers and it is vital that you take the time to assess your risks and put whatever practices in place you can to minimise these risks – practices such as effective handwashing, social distancing and other recommended and mandated actions such as avoiding gathering in groups. See the Queensland State Government websitehttps://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19 and QWaLC website https://qwalc.org.au/coronavirus-covid-19/ for a fuller explanation of actions that you can take to protect yourself, your family and friends and your community as much as possible.
When this passes we will need all hands on deck, particularly the experience of our ‘senior’ members as well as the energy and drive of the young and young at heart, to ensure that our movement continues and that the effects of the fires, floods and droughts continue to be addressed on-ground. This means that we each need to take care of ourselves – put the necessary processes in place to lesson risk, continue to listen to the authorities as things change, cancel gatherings until advised that it is safe to reschedule them and look to non-contact ways (telephone, email, Facebook, zoom) to continue to support each other and those in your communities if you are able. Please stay safe and well but if you do become unwell, take the necessary action as advised by the authorities.
If you are presently the recipient of a Grant for activities that require groups of people to participate, please contact your grant provider to arrange an extension period. There appears to be no formal policy announced on this at the moment but, through my network I have examples of this happening.
We look forward to continuing to support you and your group however we are able as we weather this storm together. Part of our upcoming work will be to distribute the Certificates of Insurance to groups that have completed the Annual Membership and Insurance Survey. Our plan is to have these emailed before the end of March so watch out for them.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Executive Officer Darryl if you have questions or concerns.
Geoff Elliot, QWaLC Chair
March 16, 2020
The World Health Organization has announced that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pandemic. All levels of government within Australia are taking steps to minimise the spread of this virus through the community.
As community groups you will need to take additional care when considering, organising or undertaking your normal activities. Especially considering the social distancing advice.
- Pay close attention to good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating, touching your face and after using the toilet.
- Practice cough/sneezing etiquette by coughing into your elbow as opposed to hands and sneezing with a tissue. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
- Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, shaking hands, hugging and kissing.
- Regularly wipe down surfaces.
- Face masks are not recommended for use by members of the public in Queensland.
- If you feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness do not go to work, meetings or events and contact your doctor.
There are plenty of resources online to refer to and keep up to date with the latest information relating to government decisions and guidance.
It is a good time to stop and consider what you may need to postpone or change based on the expected length of this event.
Some QWaLC member groups have already decided to postpone or cancel planned events, forums or workshops.
February 18, 2020
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 production, Indigenous 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
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.
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:
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.
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:
January 28, 2020
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.