Our exciting news is that we are reinvigorating the South Gippsland Landcare Fund. The Fund is a charitable organisation run by SGLN that can accept tax deductible donations to help protect and enhance the environment. Our first campaign is a Real Community Carbon Action program to help environmentally-minded drivers feel better about their vehicle’s carbon emissions. Every donation will be used to plant indigenous trees and shrubs in South Gippsland which will help store carbon, create habitat for wildlife and provide many other benefits for our community. As well as a tax deduction, you’ll also get a funky sticker to show your commitment to being part of the carbon solution. Capturing a vehicle’s carbon emissions starts at just $56 and is a great Christmas gift idea. Donations can be made online at sgln.net.au. Our less exciting news is that our Western Sector Facilitator, Andrea Clifford, is leaving us to take up a role with the South Gippsland Shire Council. While we are all sad to see her go, we know this is a fantastic opportunity for Andrea. We thank her for everything she has done at SGLN and wish her well for the future. Regards, Jillian Staton
Real Community Carbon Action
Real Carbon Action Success
Landcare Protecting Hooded Plovers
SGLN Annual Report 2021-2022 released
Expansion of Tarwin Landcare’s Community Deer Control Group
Landcare Australia Webinar: Carbon – 1 December
Coastcare Week – 5-11 December
Controlling Woody Weeds Workshop – 11 February
Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways
Water is Life
Help a Hoodie this Summer
SGLN Staff Contacts
REAL CARBON ACTION
SGLN has reinvigorated its Real Community Carbon Action program and is inviting all community members to capture their vehicle’s carbon emissions for the year 2023 with a simple donation.
The Real Carbon Action program uses tax deductible donations to plant indigenous trees and shrubs in South Gippsland to help capture the carbon emitted from the use of personal vehicles. These plantings:
Create habitat for wildlife
Protect precious waterways
Reduce nutrient runoff into streams
Protect precious soil
Create shade for livestock.
Offsetting your vehicle’s carbon emissions starts at just $56 and is a great Christmas Gift idea! Taxable donations can be made online via this link or via the SGLN office and includes bumper sticker and certificate.
Let’s make 2023 the year we all reduce our carbon footprint!
In 2012 Peter and Kate Walsh of Koonwarra received carbon offset funding from SGLN which enabled them to plant 2,500 seedlings and transform an eroded bare gully into a thriving piece of bush. Ten years on, the gully (pictured above) is teeming with a healthy bird and animal population.
One of the benefits of joining a local carbon action program such as SGLN’s Real Community Carbon Action is that the community can view the positive impact the project is having. As you drive over the new road at Koonwarra, look out to your right past Tarwin River and up on the hill you will see the results of the revegetation.
To learn more about SGLN’s Real Community Carbon Action project please follow this link.
Last month SGLN facilitators Nick and Andrea attended a Landcare gathering at Rawson, alongside Landcare staff from across Gippsland and Melbourne Water Catchment Management Authority (CMA) areas.
A range of presenters and topics were covered across two days including: working with schools, breaking into the agriculture space, grant writing, A-Z of site visits, developing a Strategic Plan, engaging new & diverse audiences, taking inspiring photos and values & motivations of volunteers.
Speakers included Fern Hames, Director of the Arthur Rylah Institute who delivered research on how people value nature and overcoming impediments to people being involved with nature, and Rachael Robertson who spoke about the intricacies of managing a team over 12 months as Station Leader in Antarctica. There were also many off-line discussions and ideas shared between facilitators.
Please feel free to contact Nick or Andrea for more information on the topics covered.
LANDCARE PROTECTING HOODED PLOVERS
SGLN together with Bass Coast Landcare, Birdlife Australia, Friends of Hooded Plovers and Tarwin Landcare Group have launched a program to protect Hooded Plovers along the shorelines between San Remo to Waratah Bay.
The program has been funded by the Australian Government and is guided by the Threatened Species Action Plan. Activities include delivering a fox control program, a euphorbia paralias (sea spurge) biocontrol release program, an awareness campaign, volunteer recruitment and hooded plover monitoring workshops. The program will run over the summer months.
To get involved and to attend any upcoming hooded plover events contact Kirsty Richardson
To read or download the Annual Report please follow this link.
EXPANSION OF TARWIN LANDCARE’S COMMUNITY DEER CONTROL GROUP
Originally focusing on the Cape Liptrap area, Tarwin Landcare’s Community Deer Control Group (CDCG) has expanded to include landholders in Tarwin Lower, Fish Creek and even Yanakie.
The CDCG’s goal is to reduce the environmental and agricultural damage done by feral deer through a community-led control program that prioritises safety and animal welfare. To read the full story please follow this link.
LANDCARE AUSTRALIA WEBINAR: CARBON
ON TODAY: Thursday 1 December at 2pm 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 ‘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. Register here.
COASTCARE WEEK 2022
Coastcare Week (December 5 – 11) is an opportunity for local groups and volunteers to celebrate and promote the work they are doing throughout the year to care for our coasts and marine environments, and encourage people to get involved.
The Summer Up with Coastcare campaign will launch as part of Coastcare Week with an aim to raise public awareness of the important work done by volunteers, and to encourage all Australians to get connected to their local environment through Coastcare, and support groups to continue their invaluable work.
Landcare Australia will develop a promotional tool kit to help groups create awareness of their group activity and manage a communications campaign.
If you would like to share your story with a national audience this Coastcare Week as part of the Summer Up with Coastcare campaign, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTROLLING WOODY WEEDS WORKSHOP
Woody weeds are a serious threat to the biodiversity within remnant vegetation. They quickly out-compete the local indigenous plants for light and moisture, and can drastically change the ecology of the bush. Many woody weeds originate from home gardens. At this practical session you will learn about local woody weeds and the various techniques used to control them. Lunch is provided and the Meeniyan Community Garden will also be open.
When: Saturday, 11 February 2023 Time: 10am-1pm (Followed by BBQ Lunch) Where: Tanderra Park, Tompkins Rd, Meeniyan. (Park behind shops on Tompkins Rd) To Register: contact Nick Stephens | 0499 271 251 For more information please follow this link.
LIVEABLE COMMUNITIES, LIVEABLE WATERWAYS
Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways is open throughout the year to Melbourne Water customers including landowners, councils and public land managers, school and community groups, universities and research institutions, not for profit and collaborative multi-stakeholder groups.
To learn more about funding available please follow this link.
WATER IS LIFE
The Water is Life, Traditional Owner Access to Water Roadmap, was formally launched on 29 September by Minister for Water Harriet Shing on behalf of the Victorian State Government.
Water is Life is a key deliverable from Water for Victoria. Currently, Traditional Owners hold less than 0.2 per cent of all water access entitlements in Victoria. In 2019, legislation was passed to enshrine Aboriginal cultural values and knowledge in water and catchment management into law for the first time and to include Traditional Owners in these processes.
The Aboriginal Water Program is an important step to better include Aboriginal people in the way water is managed in Victoria and to reconnect communities to water for cultural, economic, customary and spiritual purposes. Water is Life will support Traditional Owners to Care for Country in ways that benefit Traditional Owners, the natural environment, and wider communities.
Along the sandy beaches between San Remo and Waratah Bay lives a special little shorebird called the Hooded Plover. Hooded Plovers are medium-sized shorebirds found along the shorelines of beaches, and typically nest on the sand during the busy summer months when we are also enjoying the beach. Unfortunately because their nests and chicks are so small and well camouflaged, they can be easily crushed underfoot or destroyed by dogs and foxes. Hooded Plovers are shy by nature and easily disturbed by beachgoers and animals. If disturbed, adult Hooded Plovers may abandon their nest leaving chicks vulnerable to predators or starvation.
To ensure Hooded Plovers have a successful breeding season this year we can all play a part in protecting them. While enjoying the beach this summer you can help a Hooded Plover by:
Walking your dog on a leash at all beaches
Keep to designated paths and walking areas
Following beach signage suggestions to protect shorebirds
Maintaining a distance from fenced off areas
Walk close to the water’s edge where possible
Place towels and beach activities well away from nests (not between the nests and shoreline).
We can all enjoy our beautiful Gippsland beaches this summer while sharing them with these special birds. Photo credit: Glenn Ehmke, Birdlife Australia
SGLN STAFF CONTACTS
Andrea Clifford: Landcare Facilitator (Western Sector) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday