Landcare Links September 2021

ISSUE 09 / 23.09.2021

Earlier this month most of Goulburn Broken region had a few very large rain storms. Whilst driving in to do the shopping I noticed many dams overflowing, some with water breaking through their walls.

Dams need maintenance to preserve their integrity. There are important measures that landholders can take to assess their dams capability - click link here for virtual instructions from Agriculture Victoria (AgVic) expert Kerri Goschnick. 

With dams full, now is the time to estimate how long the water will last for the stock that you have, especially coming into the summer months. Noting that in summer you can have up to 8-10mm evaporation per day. Click here for a summer water calculator developed by AgVic.

A final resource for landholders interested in 'Enhancing farm dams' is available from Australian National University who says that "Native vegetation in and around a farm dam has many benefits for water quality, farm productivity and biodiversity". If you are interested in receiving a pdf version online please contact Kerstie Lee on or or click here.

Warm Regards,

Kerstie Lee
Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority


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

Biolinks Alliance 2021 annual symposium Leaky Landscapes

On October 8th and 9th online, Climate proofing our landscapes and biodiversity will be looking at practical approaches to fixing the damaged landscapes of central Victoria, making them more absorbent (less leaky) and so more biologically productive and better able to withstand the impacts of climate change. 

Planning & Planting to maximise the potential of farm dams

On Thursday 14th October from 12pm-1pm online, ANU Sustainable Farms is presenting a lunchtime webinar to highlight the latest research on biodiversity and productivity benefits of enhancing farm dams and what to plant where. RSVP essential.

Landcare Australia Webinars

Friday 24th Sept, 2-3pm - Bob Hawke Landcare Award Finalists; Thursday 7th Oct, 2-3pm - Carbon Projects;                                Thursday 21st Oct 2-3pm - Landcare and Traditional Owners;      Thursday 11th Oct 2-3pm - From Method to Market - unlocking ecoystem service opportunities for livestock producers.

Women in NRM Workshop -

Registration open

Restoring land - how women create change is a Workshop on Thursday 11th November online (to ensure that it happens no matter what). This workshop is for women by women and is designed to connect, encourage and inspire action in caring for our land.

Speakers include: Anika Molesworth, Sally Murfet and Cassie Leatham.

Contact Kerstie Lee or 0437310840 for further information.


Landcare Australia Conference videos

The 2021 National Landcare Conference videos are available for download on the conference website until September 30 2021. Click the link below to access these videos.


Holistic Management Course Jan 2022

Inside Outside Management with Brian Wehlburg is coming to Macedon Ranges for a 4 x 2day course in Holistic Management. The first session is anticipated to start on the 18th-19th January 2022.

For more information or registration contact 


Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities

The final grants round of the National Landcare Program - Smart Farms Small Grants will open for applications from 7 September to 12 October 2021.  The objective of the Smart Farms Small Grants - Soil Extension Activities grants round is to promote the Pilot Soil Incentives Program (under the National Soil Strategy), supporting farmer participation in the program through activities that will aim to improve the understanding of soil data and educate farmers to act on results with evidence-based measures. 


Campfire - Connecting farmers to prevent workplace mental health risks

National Centre for Farmer Health is a new chat-based platform 'Campfire' hosting podcasts, blogs and events. On alternate Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm small group Q&A sessions are held online and the Farmer Health webpage has the resources they have developed in response to the conversations. 

Upcoming Bonfire Topics: Oct 6 - Seasonal/Contract Labour - it works both ways. Oct 20 - Strengthening Your Support Team - Working Dog Training School.


Young farmer and new entrant mentoring program 2022

This program provides young farmers and new entrants the opportunity to be paired with an experienced farmer or 'mentor' to assist them in: developing skills to better manage their farm; identifying risks; developing strategies to build resilience and achieve their business goals.

The program will run until November 2022. Applications close on Sund 24th October.


Farm Business Resilience Program

Agriculture Victoria are partners are offereing an exciting new program to support farm business. What do I need to know about my business to manage it successfully?; How well is my farm business performing?; What are the aspirations for my farm?; How do I take my business to the next level?; Complete a strategic business plan for my farm.

To find out more contact Kit Duncan-Jones 0427 749 466 or email


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: | Website:

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.

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

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

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

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