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State and Territory Landcare nominations now open

2023/2024 State & Territory Landcare Awards – nominations are now open!

Calling all Landcare champions from North East Victoria. Nominate yourself, your group, or your organisation across various categories dedicated to preserving, protecting, collaborating and innovating to save our environment.

The State & Territory 2023/2024 Landcare Awards acknowledge and celebrate the individuals, groups and organisations working to protect local ecosystems that contribute to the sustainability and productivity of our land and water assets for the benefit of all Australians today, and for generations to come.

There are new Landcare Award categories including the Climate Innovation, Women, First Nations Landcare Collaboration, NextGen and more!

Nominating is easy. If you know an individual, group or organisation in your community making a difference to the environment and sustainable land use, nominate them for a Landcare Award today.

From volunteers to groups, individuals to partnerships, multiple categories are open for entry. We invite everyone to participate in this celebration of environmental stewardship by submitting nominations and joining us in recognising the remarkable achievements of the Landcare community.

Learn more here https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcare-awards-2023/

North East CMA welcomes new board members

The North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has welcomed three new board members with the recently announced round of Ministerial appointments to the boards of Water Corporations and CMAs. 

The three new Board Members bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board. They are:  

Brendan Foran -  Brendan is an experienced CEO, Chair and Non-Executive Director having worked extensively in environmental, utilities and manufacturing industries.   Brendan was most recently CEO of Greening Australia (Nov 2011 – Aug 2023), and has also served on boards such as NatureCo, Canopy (as Chair), Nindethana Australian Seeds (Chair), Australian Land Conservation Alliance (Chair).  Locally, Brendan has been on the Board of North East Water and the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE. 

Dr Ashlen (Ash) Francisco -  Ash is a proud Wiradjuri person, who recently completed a PhD in NSW Aboriginal History at the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. She now works with Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business Leadership in engagement and ensures the Centre, and its services, remain responsive to business and community wants and needs. Her interests span from historically guided restorative justice to amplifying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurial spirit through shared experiences.  Ash is also the founder of NgaYarra, an Aboriginal led business that offers an environmentally centred humanist approach to business strategy and development. 

Dr Elisa Raulings - Elisa has just launched her own biodiversity-focused company, Woop Woop for Nature.  In the years leading up to establishing this business, Elisa worked as the Science & Planning Manager – Great Southern Landscapes at Greening Australia.  Prior to working for Greening Australia, Elisa worked as a researcher across many disciplines, including pollination ecology, co-evolution of plants and animals, water management, fire recovery and plant dispersal. She has undertaken field work across Australia and South Africa chasing butterflies at day and moths at night, collecting new species of wildflowers and wading through frozen swamps. Elisa is passionate about combining the art of complex restoration with solid science to ensure her work makes a difference on the ground. 

2023 Lake Buffalo Fishing Competition

Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 Dec
Fishing Club - Lake Buffalo
Registrations open Friday aftenoon; competition begins Saturday morning
Contact Myrtleford & District Sports Fishing Club - 0411 146 418

Gather your mates for a great weekend up at Lake Buffalo.

With last year's competition such a success, the committee has decided once again to run this years comp on Cod opening weekend.

As always, registrations will open on late Friday arvo with fishing on Saturday and Sunday morning following by a BBQ lunch and presentations.

The comp is open to both members and non members so everyone is welcome. This is a great comp with something to offer everyone’s from keen comp anglers to folks just keen to wet a line and have a fun weekend away with family and friends.

Please share and tag your friends. For those new to our Comp, don’t hesitate to shoot a message our way and we’ll help out best we can.

Camping is included in entry fees. No pets please. Remember cash only for entry/membership/raffles

Australia's Soil Carbon account with FarmLab

Tuesday 5 December 2023
11am to 12.30pm
Registrations here

Get ready for a deep dive into technology and environmental science. This webinar is designed to help growers understand advanced techniques for soil and environmental measurement, focusing on quantifying soil carbon.

Discover FarmLab's role in the National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge and how growers can actively participate and benefit.

Learn about groundbreaking research in soil carbon modeling across Australia's landscape and how it affects agriculture, including cost savings in measurement.

By attending, you'll gain the knowledge and tools to improve your environmental practices. Embrace technology, explore digital data monitoring, and support sustainable farming.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experts. Secure your spot now and join FarmLab's journey.

Maximising Business Opportunities to Fit your Business Carbon

Tuesday 5 December 2023
2pm to 4pm
Registrations here

Following on from last year's popular webinar on the same topic, Landcare Farming brings you the latest thinking around carbon and maximising ecosystem opportunities to fit your business.

What do resilient agricultural investments look like? As economies transition towards lower emissions, new carbon neutrality and emission-efficient technologies are presenting economic, environmental and social market opportunities to Australian producers. In this webinar, Landcare Farming will bring together five experts to advise on the latest ‘carbon literacy’ for producers and the role of carbon sequestration solutions in reaching decarbonisation targets, alongside the opportunities that will unfold for Australia’s agricultural industry in the coming years.

Prof Richard Eckard (Vic) - Speaker

Richard is Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Systems, the University of Melbourne, and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, a research centre addressing the impacts of a changing climate on agriculture. His research focuses on carbon farming and accounting towards carbon neutral agriculture, managing extreme climate events and options for agriculture to respond to a changing climate. 

Dr Warwick Badgery (NSW) – Speaker

Dr Warwick Badgery is a research leader with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) with over 15 years’ research experience on improving the profitability and sustainability of grazing systems and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions under a changing climate. Warwick has significant experience in investigating soil C under grazing systems, led the Central NSW component of the National Soil Carbon Research Project (SCaRP) and helped develop the first pilot pricing scheme for soil carbon in Australia.

Dr Stephen Wiedemann (QLD) – Speaker

Dr Stephen Wiedemann is an agricultural systems scientist and Managing Director at Integrity Ag. He is a leading expert in carbon footprinting and baselining, emission reduction, carbon offset project development and carbon neutral certification. Stephen’s experience extends across the full suite of agricultural industries including wool and cotton, as well as beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, pork, cropping and horticulture.

Andrew Jones (QLD)- Speaker

Andrew Jones is a Partner with BDO in Brisbane. He is a member of the BDO Food and Agribusiness group, and practices as a taxation specialist. Andrew’s clients include primary producers and renewable energy generators. He also advises on the tax implications of carbon credit generation and offsetting and has been invited to speak about these issues at industry and technical forums.

Melinee Leather (QLD) – Speaker

Melinee Leather is a beef producer from Central Queensland who along with her husband Rob and their son and daughter in law run Leather Cattle Co, a family- owned beef cattle enterprise. Their three properties span 17 500 ha and are currently running 5 000 head of cattle, where they breed and finish for the Organic, EU and natural pasture fed markets. 


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