Chough Chat June 9th 2022

Welcome to the news and events updated on June 9th 2022. 

Irrigation webinar sub-series: Who got the irrigation water this season and why?

On Friday 24th June from 1-2pm, Ag Vic are hosting a webinar on Water trade and water policy.

Register here for these events or call Rob O'Connor on 0408 515 652 for more information.


Committee Chair Training

On Tuesday 14th June from 10.00am-11.30am via Zoom Greater Shepparton are hosting a webinar on being a committee chair. Topics include facilitating open discussion and managing succession for Chair and committee members.

Registrations essential - please click here to attend 

What does net zero mean for irrigator and mixed business farmers?

On Thursday 16th June 8.30-9.30am online, Irrigated Cropping Council are hosting Dr Kate Burke (an agri-strategist) and Dr Cassandra Schefe (soil science researcher) to speak on the topic of what the impact of the 2050 Net Zero target will be for irrigator and mixed business farmers.

For further information please or click here to register

Swanpool Environmental Film Festival

On Saturday 18th June from 1.00pm-9.40pm, Swanpool Landcare and Benalla Sustainable Future Group are hosting the Environmental Film Festival. A selection of movies throughout the afternoon and presentations by Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher on "Indigenous Knowledge and the Shackles of Wildnerness" and Dr Kerryn Higgs "Collision Course: The Growth Delusion". 

Booking essential Click here. Cost $30

DIY Erosion Management in Acheron

On Friday 24th June from 10am-2pm at Acheron, Greg Bekker will be hosting some DIY techniques to manage gully erosion on your property. This will be a practical field day to learn low cost  techniques for managing erosion.

A BBQ will be provided for lunch. Please bring work boots, gloves and wet weather gear. Any queries please contact or 0437 310 840.

Tree Planting Day

On Saturday 25th June there is a planting day on Huges Creek, Avenel from 10.00am. This is a joint planting day with Native Fish Australia volunteers, BBQ lunch will be provided. Please register your attendance for address with 

Agroforestry Seminar - Seymour

On Saturday 9th July from 10.30am-3.00pm in Seymour, The Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society are hosting Rowan Reid. He will present on: Trees for shelter and fodder to support stock; Trees for land degredation and soil quality; Trees for biodiversity; Trees for timber; Trees for other products.

Please register by 7th July to or 0422 058 213 or for more information.


GSSA 63rd Annual Conference

Registrations are now open for the GSSA 63rd annual Conference from July 12-14 July at Lardner Park, Victoria.

Start planning your attendance:

  • Review the program overview and stay tuned for the full program in the coming weeks
  • Register online - a number of registration options are available to suit your needs
  • Accommodation near Lardner Park may fill quickly - view options nearby and secure your accommodation today. 

Emerging Stronger Volunteering Grants - now open

Applications for grants are now open and close on the 18th July. These grants have been established to restore and reinvigorate volunteering in local communities. Grants of up to $80,0000 are available to support local partnerships and innovation projects to re-engage volunteers, broaden the volunteer base and strengthen volunteering in local communities.

Visit the guidelines here