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What's New in December 2021

BCLN E-news

Hello to all of our Landcare Members, Partners, Sponsors and Friends throughout the Bass Coast Landcare Network and welcome to the December edition of the BCLN Enews, our final Enews for 2021!

2021 has been a tough year for so many people, and we want to take this opportunity to thank you for getting involved in Landcare in any way at all, whether it was attending one of our few community plantings, a field day, group activities, or online events. We hope you have a fantastic summer catching up with family and friends and we look forward to bringing you an exciting year of Landcare events and activities to connect again in 2022. 

From all of the Bass Coast Landcare Network Staff and Board, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year!

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

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Bass Coast Edible Gardens Open Food Gardens Weekend - February 19th and 20th

Visit 20 Bass Coast Gardens this summer over the weekend of February 19th and 20th, including the River Garden! This inspiring weekend of open gardens features a selection of some of the most interesting and productive edible gardens across Bass Coast. You will be able to visit a diverse selection of gardens including community, backyard and acreage properties all producing a range of foods and using a variety of approaches. Tickets are available for a single garden visit or multiple and if you commit to doing a 3 hour volunteer shift at one of the gardens over that weekend, you can get a free ticket. Contact Bass Coast Edible Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Adams if you are interested in volunteering Leslie.adams@bcal.vic.edu.au or call 0491 217 584.

Click here to check out the website and read about all the gardens on display, and to book your tickets.

GROUP AND NETWORK NEWS

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Office Closed Over Christmas

Please note that the Bass Coast Landcare Network office will be closed from December 25th, reopening on January 3rd. Feel free to send us an email anytime to info@basscoastlandcare.org.au however this email address wont be attended to between December 24th and January 10th, when we will reply to all emails. 

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Bunny Boiler a Big Success

The 2021 Bunny Boiler, held on 1st December, was a fabulous night. 70 attendees loved the slow cooked rabbit dishes prepared by Mario from Mario's restaurant in San Remo and the Head Chef at Phillip Island Winery.  Tim Bloomfield's presentation on rabbits was inspiring and Doc played  music outside, suited to the quiet, warm Summer evening. Big thanks to Phillip Island Winery for hosting the event and supporting the occasion as a fundraiser for the Phillip Island Landcare Group. 

Click here to check out some pictures from the night

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Sustainability festival resources to help continue your sustainability journey

The final event in six weeks of our Sustainability Festival 'Reimagined', was  held on Sunday 5th of December. Our produce and sustainability Market, held at the River Garden in Bass, attracted around 500 people who enjoyed a day filled with talking to local groups and organisations about their projects and programs, checking out electric vehicles, buying local goodies and eating delicious food from our vendors.  We hope you were able to attend some of the 60 events held during the festival this year, we have had excellent feedback from all involved.  This year's festival events might be finished but it doesn't stop there, we have a page up on our website with recordings of events and a whole host of resources to help you continue on your sustainability journey. Click on the link below to take you to the 'Available anytime' page to check them out. Recordings of events will be loaded up onto this page as they become available so keep checking back in, enjoy!

Click here to view recordings from the festival events and useful sustainability links and resources on a range of topics.

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Local Groups Win Coastcare Award

The 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards were held recently with one group acknowledged for their contribution to the significant improvement of a coastal or marine environment. The Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association (CPRRA) and Harmers Haven Residents and Ratepayers Group: Friends of Harmers Haven (HHRRG—FoHH) have worked together since 2009 to care for coastal foreshore habitat from Coal Point in the west through to the eastern end of Undertow Bay, respecting the culture, rights and aspirations of the Bunurong and Boonwurrung people. The group’s work on Harmers Haven Flora and Fauna Reserve, the Bunurong Marine Park, Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve, Cape Paterson Foreshore Reserve, and the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park has helped to protect unique intertidal rock platforms, sub-tidal reef areas, threatened beach-nesting shore birds, and rare remnant heath.

Click here to read more about their great work

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Local Knowledge at Coastcare Site Visits

On Saturday 27 November, Phillip Island Landcare organised a field day as part of their Coastcare grant. 30 attendees visited 5 coastal sites on Phillip Island including Ventnor, Saltwater Creek, Silverleaves, Surf Beach and Cape Woolamai. The day was a great success with each Coastcare group providing local knowledge about their group and activities they undertake to support the land. Expert advice and further local and historical knowledge was shared by John Eddy. John also provided suggested visionary ideas for the groups to consider into the future. A rewarding day with plenty of shared learnings amongst all who attended. 

Click here to visit the Phillip Island Landcare website

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Victorian Landcare Grants 2021 - Local Recipients

The Victorian Government provides funding to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and natural environment. Through the Victorian Landcare Grants, a total of $4.09 million has been provided for 206 project grants and 282 support grants across Victoria in 2021. Congratulations to these five BCLN groups who  were successful in their applications:

  • Bass Valley Landcare Group - Connecting the Bass Valley: Corridors and Community
  • Phillip Island Landcare Group - Phillip Island Wildlife Corridor Community revegetation and connection to cultural heritage
  • Powlett Project Landcare Group - Community led Biodiversity action in the Powlett River Catchment   
  • 3 Creeks Landcare Group - Targeting the Tributaries: Riparian Revegetation in the Lower Powlett Catchment
  • Korumburra Landcare Group Inc - Community support for the environmental enhancement of South Gippsland

Click here for the full list of recipients

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New MOU signed with Westernport Water

BCLN works closely with Westernport Water through their MoU where Landcare assists Westernport Water to manage its land with tree planting, pest and weed control and activities that enhance biodiversity outcomes. The relationship between Westernport Water and Bass Coast Landcare Network has been going strong for over two decades and the signing of the updated MoU in 2021 provides both organisations certainty for planning over the next five years to 2026. The partnership first began back in 1999, when the world was nervous about the Y2K meltdown. Over the years, the partnership has gone from strength to strength as we have worked together for shared environment and community outcomes.

To learn more about Westernport Water and the partnership with Bass Coast Landcare Network click here

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Boost in the Fight Against Sea Spurge

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, initiated research to develop a biocontrol solution for sea spurge in 2009 and an agent was found in the Mediterranean region. Following host-specificity testing, the foliar blight fungus Venturia paralias was identified as having most potential based on test results and damage it caused on sea spurge in the field. Large-scale releases of the biocontrol agent in many sea spurge infestations in Victoria and Tasmania will be coordinated in partnership with local community members, State/Local Government land managers and Landcare groups. Effective biocontrol of sea spurge will reduce the requirement for labour-intensive weeding. For more information or to register your groups interest in participating in community-led releases of the sea spurge biocontrol agent in Victoria, please contact Dr. Gavin Hunter (gavin.hunter@csiro.au) and BCLN's Robbie Gray (robbie.gray@basscoastlandcare.org.au).

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New Dung Beetle Monitoring Project Across Southern Gippsland

In Partnership with South Gippsland Landcare Network, BCLN has received funding for a dung beetle monitoring program. Summer active dung beetles are well established in most parts of Australia including South Gippsland. However, winter-active and spring-active dung beetles are not, meaning at these times of the year the dung is not buried and causes pollution. This 12-month citizen science dung beetle monitoring project will train local farmers to monitor dung beetles, to determine what species are currently established in the region and when they are active. It will identify the gaps in dung beetle distribution and activity and start filling those gaps by releasing dung beetles (bred in SGLN and BCLN’s current dung beetle nurseries) onto local farms. Contact Robbie Gray for further information, at robbie.gray@basscoastlandcare.org.au

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Innovative Invention Helps Wildlife Cope in the Heat 

Basalt to Bay Landcare Network Facilitator, Lisette Mill, has invented an innovative 'Pop-up-Puddle' gadget that helps wildlife get a drink in places where there is no accessible water. The design uses a 20-litre water container, a battery-operated low flow tap timer, a few bits of plumbing hardware and a shallow ceramic dish. Lisette has even provided step-by-step instructions in this YouTube video so that anybody can make them. By using wildlife cameras, Lisette has seen her invention used by 40 different species that needed it. 

Click here to read the full article.

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Virtual Tool to Help Manage Invasive Species

The Virtual Extension Officer tool developed by the Victorian Gorse Taskforce, Victorian Rabbit Action Network and the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party explores different ways to control three of Victoria’s most invasive species - gorse, serrated tussock and rabbits. The virtual landscape has been developed so you can access information anytime and customise the information to suit your situation.

Click here to explore the tool

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Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine Spring 2021 issue

The Spring 2021 issue of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine is now available. This issue features all the winners of the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards and their stories, plus Editor Carrie Tiffany reflects on 25 years of Landcare stories.

Click here to view

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A Tree a Minute; Planting 1440 Trees in a Day

Beau Miles, local adventurer, YouTuber, and recent guest speaker at our Bass Coast Landcare Network AGM, has just released his latest film, 'A Tree a Minute; planting 1440 trees in a day'. Those who attended the AGM got an early viewing of this fantastic short film, which is full of laughs, as we watch Beau trek up and down the hillside, putting a tree in the ground every minute for a full 24 hours. You would think it'd be hard to watch a 17 minute video of somebody planting trees, but trust us, you will be hooked!

Click here to watch the film

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Volunteering Victoria Volunteer Awards 2021 - Nominations Open Now

The Volunteering Awards 2021 recognise and celebrate the impact volunteers, volunteer leaders and volunteer programs have in building resilient communities, services and connections across Victoria. The annual Awards showcase excellence by individuals, teams and volunteer involving organisations, and are being run by Volunteering Victoria with the support of the Victorian State Government through the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH). The Volunteering Awards 2021 are a combination of the Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards and the Volunteering Victoria State Awards. Volunteering Victoria is pleased to announce that nominations will open at 12.30pm on Wednesday 20 October, 2021 and run through to 14 January, 2022.

Why not consider nominating one of your fellow Landcarers? 

Click here to view award categories and for further information.

GRANTS, TRAINING, INFORMATION, RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR LANDHOLDERS

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Community Conservation Grants in Australia

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites grant applications for conservation projects. The purpose of the Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia.  FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas: Growing Australia’s National Parks, Protecting our native flora and fauna, Preserving our Cultural Heritage, and Educating and Inspiring.

Click here for further details.

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Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund Seeking Ideas

Parks Victoria’s Youth Volunteering for Nature fund seeks to empower youth all over Victoria to become champions for nature by creating innovative answers to challenges facing Victoria’s green spaces. The fund is looking for ideas from individuals aged 18-29 that benefit Victoria’s natural environment, cultural and/or historic heritage through volunteering, and encourage more young people to volunteer to protect and preserve these special places for future generations. Successful recipients will be awarded up to $1,500 to help fund their environmental volunteering idea, a 6-month mentorship with an expert in their field of interest, and much more.
Applications close Monday 20 December 2021.

Click here for further information

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Zero Emissions Farming – Towards 2050 Conference Videos Now Available

The presentations and videos from the ‘Zero Emissions Farming – Towards 2050’ conference are now available for viewing. The feedback from the 100 participants and the large number of farmers who livestreamed was very positive.

Click here to access the videos, presentations and more resources

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Survey on Principles of Regenerative Agriculture

The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance are seeking feedback on the latest principles underpinning regenerative agriculture in Australia. Their short online survey for regenerative agriculture farmers, graziers and consultants across Australia is to test the Principles of Regenerative Agriculture that can provide resilience in a changing climate, increase biodiversity and sequester carbon into the future.

Take the survey here.

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Win $500 with Landcarer

Did you know there is a social media platform specifically made for Landcarers to connect with other Landcarers? It's called... Landcarer!  There is a currently a competition happening; invite your friends and colleagues to join for the opportunity to win $500 for your group or network! Maybe you could use this money to launch a project in 2022, or hold an event with your organisation. Invite your mates to the platform, then comment on the story about the competition between 6 December and 20 December for an opportunity to win.

Click here to head to Landcarer

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2021 Arthur Rylah Institute Recordings Available

The Arthur Rylah Institute seminar series aims to showcase the excellent applied ecological research being conducted by scientists at ARI and other organisations, and to provide a forum for engagement with our broader community. All seminars recorded in 2021 are available for viewing at the link below.

Click here to browse recordings

PROJECT UPDATES

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River Garden Update

With a big injection of time and effort prior to hosting the Sustainability Festival Market day on the 5th of December, the River Garden has never looked so good! It was great to see so many people enjoying and spending time in this great community space. On Saturday  11th of December we welcomed back guest speaker, local Horticulture teacher Adrian James to the monthly River Garden Blitz. This time Adrian showed participants how to install an irrigation system, using our garden bed boxes at the bottom of the swales. A small but interested group now have the skills to set systems with confidence in their own gardens, just in time for Summer watering. Stay tuned for notices of Blitz days to be held in 2022 with more great speakers and learning opportunities.

We are still in low maintenance mode while we slowly re-engage our community back into action at the River Garden, with the swales and garden bed boxes only lightly planted this summer while we return to some kind of new normal. We love hosting our weekly Interchange participants who help to mow and keep our fruit trees mulched, and we hope to engage more disability groups in more activities next year when we resurface some of our paths to improve accessibility with funding from Bass Coast Shire Council. Next year we look forward to ramping up our growing activities with some new school programs and organising a monthly playgroup meeting with assistance from our VicHealth funding. These meetings will be a great spot for families with young children to meet and participate in simple growing activities with a yummy morning tea. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, we would love to hear from you, please email lisa.wangman@basscoastlandcare.org.au and you will be contacted when more details are available in February next year.

See you down at the River Garden!

Click here to see how you can get involved with our emerging River Garden Community!

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Offset Your Vehicle Emissions for 2021/22 with Local Planting Projects!

If you feel passionate about the environment and want to do your bit for our beautiful native flora and fauna, why not consider offsetting your car emissions with Bass Coast Landcare Network? Just click on your car's size to make a donation, which will cover the planting of enough indigenous plants to offset your car’s emissions for a year and contribute to restoring your own local landscape.  All your friends and family will also see your complimentary car sticker showing your commitment to the Bass Coast environment.

Offset today
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Bass Coast Arc – Landcare Public Fund Making Projects a Reality – Donate Today to Make a Difference!

The Bass Coast Landcare Public Fund is a regional non-profit organisation focusing on conserving biodiversity throughout Bass Coast.​ The Bass Coast Arc – “Community Access to Public Space” concept supports community groups to work with public land managers to improve the environment of our public spaces and create appropriate access to these unique areas. Your contribution, no matter how small, helps to protect native plants and animals in Bass Coast’s most ecologically important landscapes. ​

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What's your story?

We would love to hear from you and your Landcare group with stories and photos of what's been happening in your area and any suggestions of things that you would like to see in your E-news.

We look forward to meeting and catching up with you at upcoming events and activities around Bass Coast.

Until next edition, 

Happy reading, from the Bass Coast Landcare Network.

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