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Summer 2020

This quarterly newsletter will keep you up to date with all the latest happenings of Living Links, a collaborative urban nature program working to create a web of green spaces across Melbourne's south-east. Visit our website to find out more: 
www.livinglinks.com.au

Latest news

Wild by Nature short film competition now open

Living Links is super excited to be organising our first short film festival in partnership with Remember The Wild! It calls for entrants from primary schools, secondary schools and the wider community to produce short films that celebrate their love for nature. Entries close Sunday 12 April 2020 and the top films will be screened at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong on Saturday 16 May. There are great prizes up for grabs!

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Seeking our next Ambassador School

Applications are now open for the 2020 Living Links Ambassador School. We will support one primary or secondary school to undertake a project relating to the Living Links vision. The school will receive a $2000 grant, sponsorship to attend the Kids Teaching Kids conference, and more. 

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Community event grants available

Living Links is once again offering small grants (up to $2000) for non-profit environmental and recreation groups to run public events that raise awareness and appreciation of the Dandenong Creek corridor, and/or the natural values found along it. 

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Wayapa for Earth connection and wellbeing

Our ‘Wayapa in the Park’ summer series ran every Sunday throughout January. The sessions provided a free introduction to Wayapa: an Aboriginal wellness and connection practice based on the ancient knowledge of deep connection to the earth and spirit.

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All abuzz about pollinators

Our ‘Wild Pollinator Discovery Day’ last November was a huge success. Around 70 people came and learned about Australia’s huge diversity of native pollinators, went on a bush walk to observe wild pollinators in their natural habitat, and built our own ‘bee hotels’ to take home. We're planning more events like this - stay tuned!

Read more and check out the video 

Transforming the Dandenong Creek:
Six month update

Our four-year project to transform the Dandenong Creek corridor into a world-class urban Living Link is now on the home strait, with environmental works completed at 32 of the 40 sites, and the rest due for completion in the next few months.

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Celebrating our achievements

It's nice sometimes to stop and look back at all we've achieved together. The Living Links Annual Snapshot does just that, collating data from across all the Living Links partner organisations to see what we have collectively achieved. For example, in 2018/19 we planted 146,000 native plants!

View the full Annual Snapshot 
 

Upcoming events

Clean Up Australia Day

1 March

There will be lots of clean-up events across the Living Links region – check the Clean Up Australia Day website to find one near you. 

Parks Week

7-15 March

Parks Week 2020 will focus on the how spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing. Visit the Visit the website to find activities near you.

Nature Play Week

25 Mar - 5 April

Nature Play week encourages people of all ages to take a break from screens and spend time playing outside in nature. With 150+ events over 12 days, there is something for everyone. Visit Nature Play Week to find events near you.

Discover Dandenong Creek Festival

2 April

Living Links and the City of Greater Dandenong are delighted to invite you to the third annual Discover Dandenong Creek Festival. Read more

Frog Census survey month

April

April is a key month (along with August, October and November) to listen out for frog calls and help monitor the health of local frog populations. Anyone can help by taking part in Melbourne Water's Frog Census program. Read more

Wild Pollinator Count

12-19 April

Australia has hundreds of native pollinator insects that are often overlooked. The Wild Pollinator Count invites you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help build a database on wild pollinator activity to assist in their conservation. Read more

Premier's Active April

April

Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. There are a stack of incentives and prizes on offer. Read more

 

Film Festival screening event

16 May

The Wild by Nature Short Film Festival will culminate with a screening event at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong. The top five films from each age group will be screened and prizes awarded at this event. Read more

Features

Feature walk: 
McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery

Feature animal:
Rakali (Water Rat)

Get involved

There is always a lot going on in the Living Links region. Check out our upcoming events,
or search for local volunteering opportunities

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