July 1, 2016

Bob Hawke Landcare Award


The Bob Hawke Landcare Award acknowledges an individual who has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to caring for the land; champions better practices; and gives their time to share knowledge with others so that they too can prosper.

In 2014 the Bob Hawke Landcare Awards was presented to Colin Seis, who is known as the pioneer of ‚ÄėPasture Cropping‚Äô. Colin has fine‚Äďtuned and improved the technique on Winona, his 2000 acre property in the central tablelands of NSW.

In 2012 the first Bob Hawke Landcare Award was presented to Lynne Strong of Jamberoo, New South Wales who was recognised for her commitment, passion and leadership in sustainable agriculture through her award-winning dairy enterprise, Clover Hill Dairies.

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Nominations are now open for the 2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award and close on 10 July 2016.

June 29, 2016

South East Qld A New Era commences

A new era for the management of South East Queensland’s land and waterways has been formally announced, with the official formation of Healthy Waterways and Catchments.  This new entity combines not-for-profit organisations Healthy Waterways and SEQ Catchments, whose members officially voted in the change on 28 June 2016.

Healthy Waterways and Catchments has been formed as a community-focused and science-based waterway and natural asset management organisation which will improve the coordination and implementation of best practice catchment management.

As the two organisations continue to transition, a thorough strategic planning and branding process will be undertaken for Healthy Waterways and Catchments. In the meantime, both organisations will continue to operate under their existing brands.

May 31, 2016

World Environment Day 5 June

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.
World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.  Find your local event.  Click here for directions to the WED Festival will be held at Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore Sunshine Coast

World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

May 6, 2016

Green Army Round 5 Information session

Information Sessions and Webinar

The Department of the Environment will host information sessions in capital cities across Australia in the week beginning 23 May. These information sessions will provide applicants with an opportunity to hear from and speak to a Department representative.

Tuesday 24th May 2016

10am – 12pm

Brisbane – Novotel Brisbane 200 Creek st Brisbane

The Department will also hold a webinar on the 19th of May 2016 from 2:30pm until 3:30pm (Canberra time). The webinar is accessible at

The webinar is a good opportunity to get further information if you are unable to attend an information session in a capital city. The webinar is interactive and participants will have the opportunity to send in questions to be answered by a Department representative.

If you are interested in attending an information session or the webinar, you can register your interest on the Department website here:

You can also put the webinar into your calendar, or set yourself a reminder to attend via

If you are unable to attend an information session or webinar, a copy of the presentation will be made available on the Green Army website.

For more information about Round Five, including registering for information sessions please

Green Army Round 5 Now Open

Green ArmyThe Minister for the Environment today announced the call for projects for Round Five of the Green Army Programme. The Green Army Round Five Project Guidelines and application forms are now available on the Green Army website at

NRM organisations have successfully applied to host 82 projects so far under previous rounds of the programme, and have supported other groups in the regions to apply for and host projects. We encourage your organisation to continue the valuable contribution that NRM organisations have made to the success of the Green Army.

Round Five is made up of two streams:

  • Stream 1¬†is to develop large-scale programmes of work that will use multiple Green Army Teams to achieve outcomes at a regional level or for specific environmental or heritage assets. Proposals are to include between three and fifteen Green Army Projects over a two to three year period. Projects in these Proposals may commence from 1¬†July 2016 and must be completed by 30 June 2019.
  • Stream 2¬†is for one or two discrete or related Projects that address environmental or heritage matters. Projects under this Stream may commence from 1¬†July¬†2017 and must be completed by 30¬†June¬†2018.

Multi-project proposals are an opportunity for NRM organisations to incorporate Green Army teams into longer-term work programs and to bring together a number of smaller environmental groups to deliver lasting environmental outcomes in the region.

For both Streams of Round Five, the Australian Government may give priority to projects that provide outcomes for threatened species, including threatened ecological communities.

You are encouraged to contact one of the five Service Providers to find out more about hosting a Green Army project. Service Providers are responsible for all recruitment and on ground delivery for the Green Army Programme. Contact details of Service Providers are listed on the Green Army website:


April 19, 2016

National Landcare Conference and Awards 2016 Call for Abstracts by 10th June


On behalf of the 2016 National Landcare Conference, Landcare Australia is pleased to call for the submission of abstracts for conference presentations.

Submissions must be received by 10 June 2016.

The conference, to be held between 21 and 23 September 2016 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,¬†will centre around conference theme ‚ÄėCollaborative Communities ‚Äď Landcare in Action‚Äô.

Presenters should look to showcase the Landcare movement’s approach to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture. We seek presentations for the concurrent session streams:

  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Climate Impacts and Responses
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Community Engagement
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Landscape Challenges and Responses
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Collaboration and Innovation

Anyone involved with the Landcare movement is eligible to submit an abstract. We encourage farmers, volunteers, Landcare groups, natural resource management organisations, primary industry representatives, environmentalists and conservationists, academics and researchers to consider whether they have a Landcare story to share.

We additionally seek poster exhibits for display at the conference. These should illustrate the outcomes and lessons from Landcare or natural resource management projects, which you would like to share with other conference delegates.

We look forward to receiving your submissions, to help us create an engaging program for all Landcarers.

How to Submit an Abstract:

Individuals and groups can submit an abstract for the National Landcare Conference & Awards 2016 on the Landcare Australia Communities Portal:

1. Login or register as a user on the Landcare Australia Communities Portal.

2. Click on ‚ÄėCreate Application‚Äô.

(If you wish to leave a partially completed abstract, press ‚ÄėSave‚Äô and log out. You can log back in and continue to edit your abstract by clicking on your application number (e.g.GA-000004342),¬†until you are ready to submit).

3.To submit your abstract, select the ‚ÄėIs your abstract submission complete?‚Äô checkbox and press ‚ÄėSave‚Äô.

You will receive a confirmation email when when your application has been successfully submitted.

For questions about online submissions, please refer to the FAQs tab on the Landcare Australia Communities Portal or email

April 6, 2016

Landcare Australia Support Grants 2016

Applications are now open for the Landcare Australia Support Grants 2016.

Groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 (GST exclusive) to support projects and core activities which will improve the health of the environment.

For more information visit:

 Key Dates: 

Applications open: 4 April 2016 (9.00am EST)

Applications close: 28 April 2016 (5.00pm EST)

Recipients announced:  Early June 2016

These grants are funded by Landcare Australia’s Workplace Giving Program, a program that allows individuals to make regular pre-tax donations to Landcare Australia through their employer’s payroll system.

March 15, 2016

2016 Maleny Wood Expo

2016 marks 20 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo From Chainsaw To Fine Furniture, held over three days in early May at the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Begun in 1996 to promote sustainable use of our beautiful native timbers through the work of local and regional wood artisans the Expo is now recognised as one of the best wood shows in Australia.

Maleny Wood Expo
30th April to 2nd May 2016

In line with this aim, all wood exhibitors are required to use sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers.

Wander at your leisure through lovingly crafted timber products and talk to the craftsmen and women who‚Äôve created them ‚Äď from furniture-makers and toy-makers, musical instrument-makers and box-makers, whittlers, carvers and everything in-between. There‚Äôs ‚Äėsomething wood‚Äô to suit every taste and budget.

View the 2016 Wootha Prize exhibition ‚Äď themed ‚ÄúAgainst the Grain‚ÄĚ in 2016 ‚Äď where entrants vie for over $4,500 in prize money.

Glimpse the skills of the early timber-cutters who first opened up the Blackall Range, and see the best in both handcrafted traditional and high tech tools.

Smell the spicy aroma of newly milled timber and catch live demos of chainsaw carving, woodworking, trade tools and more.

There’s hands-on woodwork for the whole family with WoodShed Workshops and Woodwork for Women. Even kids can join in a Cool Stool Workshop or the Kids Space where kids can make and take home their own masterpiece. Visit for the full workshop program which will be available early March.

Plus there’s gourmet local produce to take home, native plants to encourage birds and wildlife to your garden, and displays showcasing environmental initiatives in the region to preserve our natural biodiversity.

And when you need a break, pull up a hay bale, enjoy great food and fabulous local music.

Have a great day among the sawdust!

January 11, 2016

QWaLC AGM and Annual Report 2014-2015

The QWaLC Annual General Meeting was held on the 28th November 2015.

Thanks to those who attended both by phone and in person.

The QWaLC Annual report is available for download.

QWaLC Annual Report 2014-15 Final

October 28, 2015

Membership Survey 2015

Don’t forget to respond to the 2015 QWaLC membership survey.

Details on how to complete the survey will be available soon.

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