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Landcare Links May 2022

MAY 2022

After attending the Carbon Neutral Agriculture Conference at Melbourne University last week, presented by Professor Richard Eckhardt, the key messages for farm-based enterprises were:

Soil carbon is crtical for soil health. Soil carbon is volatile and the percentage of soil carbon in your soil is primarily dependent on the rainfall and soil type. This needs to be taken into account if you are considering soil carbon credits.

Determining your businesses baseline carbon emissions is important to understand how your enterprise could become carbon neutral or meet emissions obligations in the future. Insetting carbon credits on farm, rather than offsetting, will become increasinly important as all businesses work to meet emissions obligations.

The Land health team at Goulburn Broken CMA will be working with people who are interested in understanding their baseline carbon through carbon calculators. If you are a producer who is wanting to start this process but unsure how to go about it, please feel free to contact kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au or rhiannons@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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Upcoming Events

The Indigenous Kitchen 2022 - cooking with native crops

On Friday 27 May from 1pm - 2pm, University of Melbourne, Dookie campus is offering a demonstration of dishes using native crops with Mr Colin Atkinson who will provide First Nation's perspective on growing and eating indigenous foods.

Bookings essential, please contact Dorin.gupta@unimelb.edu.au to register and for more information.

Soil health and hydrology of a Strathbogie Tabland farm landscape

On Monday 6th June from 10am-2pm in Strathbogie, there will be a farm walk with Walter Jehne connecting practices to support soil health and ultimately health for human existence. Lunch will follow the walk and then a talk where Walter will delve into the science of soils to build a resilient stable soil biota.

Cost: $38

 

Energy Webinar Series: Insights from the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan

On Tuesday 7th June online via zoom from 12.00-1.30pm, Agriculture Victoria is hosting a webinar to share insights and key findings from the research and demonstration projects completd under the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan. Webinar will cover: On-farm energy opportunities; Economic insights from farmers' energy journeys; Dairy Energy at Ellinbank; Orchard Agrivoltaics and Pasture Agrivoltaics.

 

Dirt Matters - a journey into the mycobiome with Alison Pouliot

On Thursday 9th June from 11am-3pm at Carters Mill Picnic Area, Swamill Settlement, Alison Pouliet will be discussing the importance of fungi in soils and how they relate to soil architecture and water retention.

COST: $20/person. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and closed in shoes. Lunch included in prices. Books can be purchased at venue @ $45. 

Contact: Kim on projects@up2us.org.au or 5779 1593 for more information. 

 

Future Drought Fund Science to Practice Forum

On June 7-9th online and in-person, the 2022 Science to Practice Forum is available for viewing/attending. 

This event aims to connect researchers, practitioners, farmers, agri-businesses, governments, and end-users who are making regional Australia better prepared for drought.

Engage with best-practice experts, government representatives, and on-ground practitioners working across the fields of sustainable agriculture, climate science, community development, and farm business management.

Please click here for viewing the program 

 To register, please click below 

 

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 kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au or 0437 310 840.

 

 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 secretary@seymouragshow.org.au or 0422 058 213 or for more information.

 

News and information

Seed Funding available in Goulburn Broken CMA

To kick start the implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS), the GB CMA is offering $130,000 in grant funding for innovative projects that benefit the Goulburn Broken Catchment. The catchment includes the municipalities of Shepparton, Moira, Campaspe, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Mansfield, Strathbogie and Benalla. Grants between $5,000 to $30,000 are available to local groups and organisations who have innovative ideas that can be put into action to improve the health of the catchment.

Expressions of interest close 9am Monday 31 May 2022.

 

Recycling Victoria Organics Markets Fund

Victoria is on track to halve the volume of organic materials going to landfill between 2020 and 2030 with an interim target of 20% reduction by 2025. The Recycling Victoria Organics Markets Fund (opening 6th June) is a support package designed to ensure the 'end user' adoption and growth of that market opportunities for quality recycled organics. Access of grants from $15,000 to $400,000 for projects that increase the adoption of Recycled Organics Products.

 

Dung Beetle Nurseries EOI

The Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers (DBEE) program is seeking partners to assist in the rearing, distribution and establishment of several new dung beetle species and strains. The goal is for establishing an ongoing network of dung beetle suppliers and collaborators.

For more information or EOI form:

 

Goulburn Broken CMA seeking positions

NRM Officer - Talent Pool

The GB CMA is anticipating a variety of new positions to become available for NRM project delivery over the coming year and in preparation is calling for applications from passionate NRM professionals to be placed in to a talent pool for future vacancies.  Two levels of position are available to deliver projects and activities across areas including: Climate Change adaptation and carbon sequestration; Riparian health; Biodiversity conservation; Floodplain management; Community engagement

To find out more about these positions and how to apply for the talent pool please head to our websiteApplications close 9am Monday 6th June. 

Corporate Governance Coordinator

A shared initiative between Goulburn Broken and North East CMA’s is providing the opportunity for an experience Governance professional to join our Corporate teams and support the development of systems and capabilities to manage governance and risk including procurement compliance, information management, FoI and policy and procedure.  This an ongoing, full time position working across office locations of both CMA’s.

A copy of the position description for these opportunities & details on how to apply can be found on our websiteApplications close 9am Monday 30th May.

 

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

The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.


We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.


We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

Shepparton
168 Welsford Street, PO Box 1752, Shepparton VIC 3630
T (03) 5822 7700
F (03) 5831 6254

Benalla
89 Sydney Road, PO Box 124, Benalla VIC 3672
T (03) 5822 7700

Yea
Shop 5/10 High Street, Yea VIC 3717
T (03) 5822 7700