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Our City in Nature: exploring Melbourne’s relationship with its flora and fauna

Will our great grandchildren get to experience great wildlife in and around Melbourne? What does the future hold for our native habitat? What is being done to boost the number of parks and help connect people with nature?⁣

These questions and much more will be discussed at Our City in Nature, a special forum on Tuesday 21st May, 9am-3pm, at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The event is a collaboration between Port Phillip & Westernport CMA, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning).

Tickets are on sale now. Only $60 per person with morning tea and lunch included.

Tickets and more information

Managing feral pigs on Quail Island

Feral pigs are a major environmental pest that wreak havoc on Australia’s fragile landscapes, including Quail Island, which is part of the Western Port Ramsar site.

PPWCMA and Parks Victoria are about to commence a joint project that aims to remove all feral pigs from Quail Island over the next 12-24 months, starting with a monitoring program that will determine baseline measures of feral pig distribution. 

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Backyard Bird Count survey results

It was wonderful to see so many community members attend the Living Links bird walks and participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count back in October 2018. 

A total of 58,708 individual birds were observed in the Dandenong catchment throughout the week and a full report from Birdlife Australia can be viewed on the Living Links website.

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Regenerative farming workshops with Charles Massy

7-8 May, 5 sessions across various locations

It took a drought and some deep reflection to turn farmer and author Charles Massy from a conventional farmer to one of the leading thinkers in regenerative agriculture today.

At these special workshops, Charles will explore how regenerative agriculture can assist farmers to combat the many challenges farmers face in regard to climate, soil health, water and biodiversity.

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Yarra Ranges Intrepid Landcare Retreat

31 May - 2 June, Woori Yallock

We're excited to be teaming up with Intrepid Landcare again for another leadership retreat, this time in the Yarra Ranges!

The retreat is open to anyone aged 16-35 years, who is up for making a difference and having some damn good fun doing it. Participants will hear from inspiring legends who are doing great things for the environment and design ways they work towards a more sustainable future.

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Adopting variable fertiliser rates in grain production

The PPWCMA, Precision Agriculture and Balliang Food and Fibre Group recently ran a field day for cereal growers in the west of the region. The event focused on the results from recent trials looking at the philosophy of continuous improvement and precision technology to adopt variable fertiliser rates.

The trials highlighted that soils had ample available nitrogen, negating the need for topdressing and still achieve a target 3t/ha wheat crop. A full case study is now available.

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PPWCMA and Mornington Peninsula Landcare Partnership Agreement

The PPWCMA was excited to sign a formal partnership agreement with the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network in late February. 

The agreement outines both organisations' goals, objectives and their shared commitment to working together.

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Bunyip State Park bushfire recovery resources

As we move into the recovery phase following the Bunyip State Park bushfires in February, there’s a lot of useful information being released relating to land management recovery.

We've put some of the key resources and guides on our website to help landholders work through the recovery process.

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Biosecurity threats in the region

Exotic pests and diseases can threaten the region's agricultural sector, environment, horticulture and animal industries and potentially harm human health.

Agriculture Victoria, with the support of the PPWCMA and other organisations, businesses and landholders have been dealing with a number of threats, including Queensland Fruit Fly, water hyacinth, phylloxera and salvinia.

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Strawberry Springs wins National Biosecurity Award

Yarra Valley strawberry grower, Luciano Corallo, from Strawberry Springs in Millgrove, was recently awarded the National Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award.

Strawberry Springs was nominated for the award by the PPWCMA, with the support of local partners, for the proactive steps they’ve taken to ensure the farm is at the forefront of farm management best practice, quality assurance, and biosecurity protocols.

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Leadership Development Grants

The Victorian Government's Our Catchments, Our Communities Leadership Development Grants are open for 2019. These grants aims to strengthen skills and capabilities while fostering a new generation of leaders in catchment management.

One grant is available in each of the following three categories - Innovation, Aboriginal Leadership, and Women in Leadership. Applications close 26 April 2019.

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Grow West celebrates 15 years of landscape change

15 years ago, the Grow West program was established by local landholders and organisations in response to serrated tussock, rabbits and erosion issues. Thanks to a clear vision and passionate community, it has grown into one of Australia’s most ambitious landscape restoration programs.

Over those years, 250 landholders, 2,500 volunteers and many organisations, businesses and community groups have worked hard to plant over 1.3 million trees and revegetate 5,233 hectares, as well as foster relationships and improve land management practices.

Living Links is now on Facebook!

Living Links' vision is to create an urban ‘web of green’ across Melbourne's south east where people and nature connect. To help achieve this, they're creating an online community where people and organisations can share all the great work that’s happening (including opportunities to get involved). Like their page for the latest events and updates, including the pictures from the recent Discover Dandenong Creek Festival!

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