October 11, 2017

National Landcare Program Phase 2 Consultations

Cairns Consultation

Cairns Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
122 Lake St
Cairns City QLD 4870
Meeting Room: Meeting Room 2
Wednesday 11 October 2017, 0930 – 1130
Community information sessions on Regional Land Partnerships and Smart Farms Program will be held in selected cities from 9 October 2017.
If you can’t attend all the information is available on the website
Queensland Water and Land Carers and the National Landcare Network will be responding to the
online survey about the design and implementation of the Regional Land Partnerships Program

September 29, 2017

Cairns Eco and Cultural Tourism Forum 18th October

The Cairns Eco and Cultural Tourism Opportunities event is happening.

Arts Nexus, Wet Tropics Management Authority and Queensland Water and Land Carers are pleased to be providing this opportunity.

EcoCulture Forum

September 27, 2017

Where is the $1 Billion Landcare funding going to be allocated?

Latest news from the ABC this morning gives some indication as to where the funds for the next 5 or 6 years of the National Landcare Programme will be allocated. It would appear that the resources allocated to community Landcare groups around the country are still going to be sparse. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have also released information. Have a read for yourself and see what you think.

The full details are also on the website National Landcare Program Phase Two

Here is the latest information from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

“Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said farming and regional communities will continue to benefit from the Government’s investment.
“There are three elements to the Smart Farms Program and each will focus on improving soil, vegetation and biodiversity condition and support agricultural systems to adapt to change,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
The three elements to the Smart Farms Program are:
  • Smart Farming Partnerships ($60 million over six years): Large multi-year grants for projects, with organisations working in partnership to develop, trial and implement new and innovative practices and tools that support uptake of sustainable agriculture practices across our agricultural, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries.
  • Smart Farms Small Grants ($50 million over six years): Small grants program (grants between $5,000 and $100,000) to develop and extend new tools and technologies that help farmers, fishers, foresters and regional communities adopt best practice land management.
  • Building Landcare Community and Capacity ($24 million over six years): will support the sharing of knowledge and achievements and community leadership in adopting sustainable agricultural practices.”

“The Federal Government has revealed more details about how its billion-dollar investment in Landcare will be spent.
The bulk of it — $450 million — will go to the Regional Land Partnerships Program which currently funds the Government’s network of 56 natural resource management (NRM) organisations.
But it remains unclear how that money will be allocated, which conservation objectives will take priority, and whether groups other than the NRM organisations will be able to access any of that money.
The Government says those questions will be resolved over coming months, during “extensive” consultations with the sector and the community.
Of the $1 billion for Landcare out to 2023 first announced in the 2017 Budget, $5 million will be shared among community and volunteer groups in grants of up to $50,000.”
ABC Rural 27th Sept 17

September 26, 2017

Qld Climate Change Response and have your say

Have a look at the Queensland Governments Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website. A few interesting activities to participate in or comment on.

September 19, 2017

Well done Sunshine Coast Environment Council

An excellent win and deserved recognition for a great community event.
Attended by thousands of people and supported by community groups, business and volunteers.
The World Environment Day Festival is the State champion for Queensland’s Best Charity or Cause related event of the year!!
They were also one of four top finalists across the county at the Australian Event Awards that were held last week.
Have look at some of the images from previous days.

Leah and Narelle from SCEC at the awards

September 18, 2017

Mount Isa Landcare Forum Saturday 23rd September

Mt Isa Forum

September 1, 2017

Queensland Landcare Awards Nominations Closing Date Extended

Dont panic.
We know you are all working on your nominations for this years Landcare Awards.
The due date has been extended until the 18th September.
Thanks to all of you that have completed your nominations. Excellent work.
For those of you in the middle of completing your nomination keep going, don’t stop.
If you needed more time and haven’t started. Off you go, plenty of time to put in your nomination now.

Landcare E Awards (nominate here)

Here is a reminder of the award categories

Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
Sure Gro Coastcare Award
Fairfax Landcare Community Group Award
Junior Landcare Team Award
Rio Tinto Indigenous Land Management Award
Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award

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August 8, 2017

We would love to host any Green Nomads travelling through an hour or a day helping us to maintain this precious area. The Garden is open from the 20th January to the 20th December – weather permitting – and is a safe haven for all flora and fauna, therefore pets are not permitted.myall park botanic garden 2
Our next working bee will be the 16th to 19th August and will involve painting, timber work, weeding and gardening, putting out signs and preparation area for the Spring Day. On the day of the 20th., there may be some jobs in directing visitors and helping with the food stall and at the gate etc.

Peter Kerr Operations Support & HR Manager 07 32684101

August 1, 2017

Landcare Week 4th to 10th September 2017

32eb630d-d517-4f03-9eb2-59c48e9fddd5Landcare Week is the one week every year when we celebrate Landcare and all the great work tens of thousands of Land and Water carers do to make a practical difference in our local communities around .
It’s the perfect time to get involved in whatever way you can.
Let us know what you are doing for Landcare week.

July 25, 2017

Lights on the Lake

This spectacular event will take place on 10 December at Crummunda Park, Coongarra Esp, Wurtulla 4575
There are volunteer positions available during the day (11am  – 4 pm) assisting with set-up and during the event 4pm – 8pm acting as stewards and assisting organisers with the running of the event.
No particular skills are required. A general level of fitness and mobility will help as volunteers may be required to  move around the park through crowds.
Contact Tony Moorhead 07 54388267

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