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KCLG incorporates independent Baranduda and Yackandandah Creek as well as fully-merged Kiewa-Bonegilla, Kergunyah, Gundowring, Dederang Primary School & Upper Kiewa Landcare Groups. KCLG has a volunteer committee of representatives from our Landcare groups with one paid position of Landcare Facilitator.

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Soil carbon farming and drought resilience

The Federal Government has funded KCLG to host a project that involves demonstrating soil carbon farming. How are we doing it:

  • three demonstration farms within KCLG selected

  • the Clean Energy Regulator approved methods involved and implemented

  • on-farm field days

  • case studies being documented

  • a conference on soil carbon farming

  • a soil carbon strategy being developed and

  • a final report for dissemination on what the demonstrations results are.

We are seeking expressions of interest in being a demonstration farm within KCLG’s network area, see information and link below:

Expressions of Interest - Open

Kiewa Catchment Landcare Network area landholders

Round One: Deadline 30th June 2021

Farmers Soil Carbon Project activities paid for by South Pole

Investing for the Future of our Climate – have your soil carbon project funded and brought to life by the World’s leading carbon project developer: South Pole.

South Pole has developed more than 700 carbon credit generation projects in Australia and over 40 countries worldwide.

South Pole is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from agricultural landowners who are interested in participating in our Australian Soil Carbon Project Funding Program. An initial group of farms will be selected in Round One. Submissions made by farmers and not selected in Round One will be considered in subsequent rounds.

South Pole pays upfront for your land management activities and receives 80% of the carbon credits once they are generated. The farmer keeps all the productivity gain and receives 20% of the revenue from the credits. The program has the following key features:

South Pole will pay the landowner for all agreed costs to implement the additional farm project activities over 25 years with budgets reviewed annually, payments can include:

o Clean Energy Regulator registration, Land Management Strategy and credit issuance and sale processes

o Soil Organic Carbon baseline and sampling to 30cm and 100cm

o Grazing plan and supply of digital farm management technology

o Planting operations with multi species pasture, including the winter and summer seed mixes and other nutritional soil additives

This EOI South Pole will work collaboratively with farmers and partner organisations as their exclusive carbon project service provider. We will develop a plan and provision of full funding for all agreed land management activities in accordance with a Land Management Strategy.

Soil carbon farming projects involve biologically removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in soil with a permanency period commitment of 25 years. This is done by undertaking additional and eligible carbon farming activities which rejuvenate soil health to improve crop and pasture productivity, increase soil water storage, as well as sequestering soil organic carbon.

Soil carbon projects are established in accordance with the Commonwealth Government’s Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative - Measurement of Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems) Methodology Determination 2018 (Soil Carbon Method). Australian carbon credit units (carbon credits) are generated for the net soil carbon abatement achieved by these projects. One tonne of carbon removed from the atmosphere and stabilised in the soil is equivalent to one carbon credit.

South Pole will also require:

- retention of 80% of the issued carbon credits, and pay market value sales revenue from 20% of the carbon credits directly to farm landowner (s);

- commitment to a 25 year contract term with South Pole (consistent with the 25 year permanence period of the Soil Carbon Methodology Determination).

- your project meets the eligibility requirements of the CER Soil Carbon Method; and

- your project be unencumbered from contractual arrangements agreed with other carbon project development companies or the terms would need to be agreeable to South Pole.

If you are interested in being part of the agricultural industry solution to climate change and food security and think your farm business may benefit from our model, we’d love to hear from you.

All you need to do is complete the Expression of Interest Google-Form and we’ll be in touch.

Kind regards

Jeffrey Castellas

Australian Sourcing Manager - Carbon Projects

0401 067 252

Carbon Farming: Expression of Interest Form - click here

Growing Healthy Hectares North East

KCLG is thrilled to be part of the across-networks Healthy Hectares project! This is essentially a whole farm planning course for new (or curious on how to improve) land managers/owners that will be rolled out over the next 12 months. This project is a collaboration between Wodonga Urban, Ovens, Mid-Ovens and Kiewa Catchment Landcare Networks.

We are currently seeking a project Committee member! Are you interested in helping to design and deliver the KCLG Healthy Hectares project? Ideally you will have good ideas for what needs to be covered for new land holders and what level of information is best. Please contact

Update: Weed and Rabbit Control project (BRP) in Kergunyah

Progress is being made with controlling some major blackberry infestations in the Kergunyah area along Simpson Rd, Jarvis Lane and Hellhole Creek Rd. A huge thanks to our landholders participating who have utilised this available funding to tackle some ‘out of control’ blackberry patches, some in very difficult terrain.

If you are keen to control some blackberry infestations on your property, we are keen to hear from you and please keep an eye on eNews over the coming months for an Expression of Interest Form.

Rabbit control works has reached the stage where all the warren destruction/ripping is completed on participating landholder properties. See images below. Next phase of works is the imploding of rabbit warrens where the excavator could not reach. This will be the last method applied to carry out best practice rabbit control process. After this, a watchful eye on ex- rabbit warrens is needed to check for any attempts to re-dig the warren, rabbit droppings and any sightings. Evidence of further rabbit populations triggers methods being applied again, such as a programme of 1080 baiting in spring, further warren destruction (ones that were missed) or fumigation.


Victorian Landcare Grants 2021 - guidelines and application HERE

If you are a Landcare Group, here is an opportunity to apply for project funding up to $30,000 or a Support Grant of $500.

Project grants of up to $30,000 are available for on-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands, and soils. Support grants of up to $500 - are also available for assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events, newsletters, websites, and other communication. Even if you decide not to apply for any funds, please log in and complete the Group Health Survey - one survey per Group needs to be filled out online. Applications and Group Health Surveys due 5pm 16th June 2021.

If you need any assistance please contact Megan or 0407 227 814.

Bushfire Recovery Victoria - Nature-led Recovery Grants – closes 30th June

Victorian Government is funding grants of up to $5,000 for projects to help bushfire-affected communities deliver on-ground action for wildlife and habitats, or nature-based, educational or arts programs that connect the local environmental recovery with its human recovery.

Community organisations, not for profit community organisations, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, and local organisations that are based in bushfire impacted areas are strongly encouraged to apply. For full application guidelines and criteria please see here.

Understanding and Using GPS – Saturday 12th June

9.30 -11am | Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Rd, Wangaratta.

Come along to learn how and why we use GPS. Presenters from The School of Environmental Science at CSU will look at what GPS is and how we can use and understand it on a range of devices. They will take you through marking a point and finding a point plus much more. This is a great workshop if you would like to get involved in farm mapping, monitoring, bushwalking etc.

Bookings are essential for this free event but all are welcome, please book here. Participants are encouraged to bring their own GPS device if they have one. Please arrive for a prompt start. If you have any questions please contact the project coordinator at

Parklands Access to Crown Water Frontages Survey– closes 15th June

Parklands Albury Wodonga manage a continuous 60 km of regional crown water frontages on the Murray River and tributaries including the Kiewa River and Wodonga creek. They are currently conducting a community survey on the topic of access to crown water frontage. They are very keen to hear from people who currently access crown water frontage for recreation, grazing or other uses, or would like to access in future.

The survey includes opportunities for feedback on the provision of and distance between river access points, trail standards, potential use of trails, community expectations for management of the waterfront reserves, safety and biosecurity issues. It is a relatively short, online survey. No identifying data is collected, except by respondents own choice. Please click here to take the survey.

National Landcare Conference – 4th - 6th August, Sydney.

The conference will now be held during 2021 Landcare Week – Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th August at the International Convention Centre Sydney, including the National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 5thAugust.

With over 60 speakers, the line up includes a field trip program around the Greater Sydney region, and four panels on the topics of Landcare Farming, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Bushfire Recovery and Resilience, and Cultural Land Management.

Due to COVID-19, it is understood that many people may not wish to travel to Sydney this year, so they will bring the conference to you. You can register as an in-person delegate attending the conference, or as an online delegate (free registration). For more information visit the Landcare Australia website

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