Valley

Landcare Links March 2022

ISSUE 31st MAY 2022

Over the past two days, I have been travelling around to farms with demonstration sites funded by the Regional Landcare Program (RLP) to highlight the work done by farmers in our region with two of the project officers for Agriculture working to support RLP in Canberra.

We were able to travel to four different farms to listen to the different journeys of farmers who are working to improve the soil in their farming system. They are hosting demonstrations specific to the farming needs in their region.

I was interested to hear the key concepts coming out of their learnings. One, a farmer must understand their soil type, constraints and structure. Two, covering soil through plant growth is vital to cool the soil, improve the water holding capacity and structure. All are working towards increasing pasture productivity.  

If you are interested in knowing more about your soil, please contact me at the Goulburn Broken CMA 0437 310 840 or kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au.

Warm Regards,
Kerstie

Kerstie Lee
Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority


Acknowledgement

The Goulburn Broken CMA pays our respects to Elders past and present, and acknowledges and recognises the primacy of Traditional Owners’ obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

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News & Events

Australian Network for Plant Conservation Conference 'Seeds to Recovery'

On April 3rd-7th 2022, the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) is holding its 13th conference in Albury City. With the overall theme ‘Seeds to Recovery’ presentations, workshops and field trips will cover such topics as recovery of native plants and vegetation after fire, and native seed supply. 

Goulburn Valley Roadshow

Join Farmers for Climate Action as we tour across the Goulburn Valley. We will chat over some snacks and drinks about what Farmers for Climate Action is all about, celebrate what we have achieved and discuss our plans the future. It’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded farmers from around your local area. Travelling to Seymour: 3rd April; Euroa: 4th April; Kyabram: 4th April; Shepparton: 4th April; Echuca: 5th April; Yarrawonga: 5th April.

 

Energy Webinar Series: Energy Storage Options

On Wednesday 6th April from 12-1pm online, Agriculture Victoria is hosting a webinar on energy storage options to capture excess energy generated on-farm to be utilised at a later time when there is energy demand.

Contact Sarah Clack on sarash.clack@agriculture.vic.gov.au for assistance with registration or more information.

Spiders

On Friday 6th May, at the Yea Butter Factory, 13 Rattray St, Yea, Ron Litjens will be presenting on spiders. 

Spiders are a pretty fascinating bunch, and this is a great chance for those who hate or love spiders to either change a prejudice or learn many interesting facts about the habits and biology of our native spiders and the important role they play in the environment as generalist predators. 

Ron Litjens’ painstaking research is supported by his own exquisite photography and videos

Contact Judy for further information or for booking juncball@bnigpond.com

 

 

2022 Bob Hawke Landcare Award now open

Inspired by the former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, the Bob Hawke Landcare Award publicly recognises an outstanding leader and innovator in landcare across Australia who has demonstrated a commitment to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture. The winner will receive a prize package to the value of $50,000 for further development of their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management.  

Nominations close 1 May 2022.

 

Grants information

Bushfire Recovery Local Community Project Grants due by Mon 11th April - Click here

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program Now Open - to find out more and application - Click here

Foundation Murrindindi - Green Grants Program open until the 31st March - Click here for details

 

My Waterway Strategy Survey

We want to know how Victorian’s use their waterways and what they value about them. This survey is designed for any Victorian who visits a waterway. This survey will build on data collected in a previous survey (2009) to identify trends in waterway use, perceptions, and knowledge over time.

Your responses will help us understand what the community’s vision is for how waterways are managed – now and into the future.

RIVER - Film

A profound cinematic and musical reflection on how rivers have shaped both the planet’s elaborate landscapes and all human existence. RIVER is the sequel to the 2017 hit documentary MOUNTAIN, reuniting the creative team of director Jennifer Peedom, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, narrator Willem Dafoe and writer Robert Macfarlane.

 

Trees on Farms Survey

‘Trees on Farm: Maximising Co-benefits’ project is funded by MLA and DJPR. We are developing a database of benefits and challenges of trees on farms, estimating their value to farm operations, and creating a decision  framework. The aim is to enable more informed decisions around planting trees on farm. We are interviewing farmers and managers operating farms with an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations >$40,000. The interviews are scheduled for 90 minutes but usually take about an hour on Zoom.

If you are interested please contact Dr Rachelle Meyer meyer.r@unimelb.edu.au 

 

For further information or to order a hard copy of the newsletter please contact:

Goulburn Broken CMA
168 Welsford Street (PO Box 1752) | Shepparton, Victoria 3630 | Phone: 03 5822 7700
Email: reception@gbcma.vic.gov.au | Website: www.gbcma.vic.gov.au