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2024 Victorian Landcare Grants now open

The Victorian Government is helping volunteer groups and networks protect and restore our precious environment.

Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos has announced the opening of the 2024 Victorian Landcare Grants, with $3.55 million available to support volunteers in caring for the state’s landscapes and biodiversity. Applications will close on 30 April 2024.

Flood works underway on five more high priority cases

The North East CMA is in the process of undertaking flood recovery works on a further five high priority cases in the North East catchment.

The funding for these works comes from the Victorian and Australian Governments as part of the State’s recovery from flooding in October 2022.

The five cases were selected following an assessment process that takes into account any risks, including the threat to public infrastructure and river health if no action is undertaken.

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. 

Moving to Higher Ground: Lessons from Grantham

Jamie Simmonds is an internationally renowned expert in the field of managed retreat and community relocation.

Mr Simmonds is the guest speaker at a free community public lecture hosted by North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA), La Trobe University - Albury-Wodonga, and Wise Water Ways.