September 29, 2017
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.
September 27, 2017
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 nrm.gov.au 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
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
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
September 1, 2017
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
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.
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 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
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 email@example.com 07 54388267
July 24, 2017
Activity: Walking Gorge Creek spotting rubber vine
When: Saturday 29th July 2017
9.00am to 12.00pm
Where: West Leichhardt Station – North West Queensland
Induction on site.
Contact: Mark Van Ryt – 0419752568