You may not realise it but there is a silent underground army working around the clock to bury dung throughout North East Victoria. The Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups, with support from the North East Regional Landcare Facilitator recently hosted a field day with Dr Graeme Stevenson - a great advocate of dung beetles. Dung beetles have great benefits for the environment and help improve soil fertility and soil structure as well as increase the availability of grazing area, increase pasture production, improve water quality and reduce pest species associated with livestock.
People can more easily find solutions to local environmental challenges via a new online resource developed by the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA). The new website provides a one-stop shop to natural resource management by offering tips, technical information and resources for solving issues like weed management, water supply and protection of vegetation. It also offers the latest information about environmental grants, conferences and volunteering opportunities.
The Launch of the new ‘Frog Bog’ in Beechworth will be celebrated this week. The project, made possible with funding from the Hugh Williamson Foundation, is part of a joint ‘Bug Blitz’ effort from the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA), St. Joseph’s Primary School in Beechworth and the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program.
A Wangaratta Flood Investigation will review and revise current flood mapping for the Wangaratta urban waterways and update flood intelligence for emergency response thanks to funding from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries. The North East Catchment Management Authority will manage the investigation in partnership with the Rural City of Wangaratta and the Victorian State Emergency Service.