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eNewsletter Oct/Nov 2016

Hello Landcarers,
We hope you are keeping your heads above water with all this rain! It is wonderful to have the catchment so charged and ready for Summer, but in the meantime, many have some hard work ahead to catch up again. The wet has extended the planting season with the soil full of moisture, so if you have a planting site in mind, take advantage of these conditions and the nurseries selling discount seedlings.

On another note! My computer had a meltdown about a month ago and I have lost many important filed emails and contact email addresses. Please send an email to my new email address so I can re-establish contact with you!  Importantly, anyone who has already submitted an Expression of Interest for a fencing/revege project in 2017, please re-submit! New EOI's are welcomed too. Email below.

If you have something to promote; an event, planting day or other Landcare thing, let me know and i'll include it in the next issue. Thanks, Megan, Facilitator - Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups, 0407 227 814.

Our Native Garden CLEARANCE SALE – these plants must go:
Red-stem  Wattle, Ovens Wattle, Blackwood, Love grass, Moria grass and River Red Gums asking price is $1 – make an offer! The nursery is located at the Wodonga Waste Transfer Station at 29 Kane Rd, Wodonga. MONDAYS TO THURSDAYS 9am - 1pm FRIDAYS 9am TO 11am SUNDAYS 10.30am - 1.30pm.
Our Native Garden
0418 579 331
In invitation to learn about impacts of climate change
The Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria invites you to attend a forum on the
Impacts of Climate Change on Rural Landscapes
Mon 28th Nov 10am - 4pm

This forum will spell out the science of climate change and how its impacts are shaping our rural landscapes and communities. You will hear from leading researchers and practitioners who will highlight the climate trends for rural Victoria and the impacts on our agricultural industries and biodiversity. Responses to climate change will be featured including case studies of adaptation by rural councils and the application of indigenous knowledge of climate change to adaptation planning. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and engagement.
Venue: Garden Room, Narmbool Function Centre
Horsehill North Rd
Elaine Vic 3334
RSVP with dietary requirements by 14th Nov to



The new Victorian Landcare Gateway has been launched at, after extensive consultation with the Landcare community including the FTLA and 195 community members. So take a look and see the results!
Your help is needed to make sure relevant and accurate content can be shared with the whole Landcare community.  Everyone is invited to immediately begin by looking for your group or network and to start updating your content, especially your contact information so that people can find your group!
How do we login?
Visit 'Login' and use 'forgotten password' to reset your login for the new Gateway.  Importantly, you must use the same email used in the old Gateway. Or if you didn't have an account in the old Gateway please contact your RLC to create a new login (RLC Contact list: )

If you have feedback about the new Gateway or experience any issues, please use the feedback form on the contact page. For more information read the announcement message. or for more information on the process go to

Free public lecture: Reptiles of the Granitic Hills & Woodlands - Fri 7 Oct, 7pm - 9pm

Herpetologist Dr Damian Michael, will be giving a free public presentation on the reptiles found in granitic landscapes, explaining their habitat, ecology, role in the food web, why they are a special part of our landscape and what we can do to help them.  This is the first part of a two-part event. 
RSVP: 03 5726 1611

Free guided walks in the Granitic Hills surrounding Chiltern - Sat 8 Oct, 9am - 12pm; 2pm - 5pm; 7.30pm - 9pm

Three Feature Walks are scheduled for Saturday 8 October:  Reptiles up close in the granitic Hills and Woodlands led by herpetologist Dr Damian Wells (9am – 12pm); Birds Flowers, Fungi & Insects – Discovering the other Communities of Granitic Woodlands led by Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot (2-5pm); an evening Spotlight walk :  Looking for Woodland Nightlife, led by a local ecologist from DELWP (7.30pm – 9pm). RSVP: 03 5726 1611

Friends of Yackandandah Creek, Sunday 16th Oct 11am - presentations on local frogs and gliders in the reserve, Recreation Reserve, Yackandandah

Biodiversity Spring - Monday 24th October
: Managing and Understanding Environmental Water  -  Wodonga. 
See the full calendar at

Aussie Backyard Bird Count will be held 17- 23 October. All you need to do is choose your site, set aside 20 minutes, and record the birds you see. To find out more, or to register, go to

Alpine Mountains, Rivers and Valleys (Bus Tour) - Sat 22 Oct, 10am - 4pm (lunch provided)

The Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group will host a free bus tour to explore some of the outstanding natural values of the Upper Ovens Valley and how people have interacted with them through time.
The tour will visit several sites between Harrietville and Mount Buffalo National Park where experts will collectively tell the story of the environment and the influence of people and climate change.
The bus will leave Bright at 10.00am and return by 4.00pm
Booking essential and can be made by contacting Peter Stokie on 0409 356 426



WildDogScan is a website and free smartphone app for land managers, livestock producers, pest controllers and community members to record sightings of wild dogs, their impacts and control activities for their local area. With funding from the National Wild Dog Action Plan, a new five-minute video tutorial has been produced to show users how to use the WildDogScan website and smartphone app effectively.

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for groups or individuals undertaking biodiversity conservation projects in Australia. Projects of up to $10,000 can be about one or more of the following: monitoring, recording and sharing data, delivering community education, providing community capacity building (training), research and science, or landscape restoration and education (Victoria only). For more information or to apply, visit:  November 2016 – grant round opens 27th September 2016


Closing 17 Oct 2016. For more information:

·         Community Group Futures program is aimed at helping not-for-profit organisations affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to think beyond day to day operations and look ahead to ensure they can meet ongoing community needs.

·         Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) - Round 10: assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to build strength and capacity for the future.

·         Repair-Restore-Renew (RRR) 2013 - Round 5: helps communities in NSW, VIC and TAS recover from the fires, floods and cyclones that affected communities during 2013.


The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award. The Award celebrates women who demonstrate a commitment to primary industries and rural communities and have the potential to expand their contribution and leadership. If you are a woman involved in primary industries and/or rural Australia and have a vision or project that will contribute to one of the key areas listed below, you could receive $10,000 towards realising your goals. Key award areas are as follows: Community sustainability, Innovation, Creativity, Education, Productivity, Agribusiness, Regional development.  Nominations are open until Friday 30 October 2016, visit's-award


The Whites Rural Community Grants program provides grants of up to $4,000 for projects designed to help kids in rural communities through art, music, sport, sustainability, or social well-being. Closes 31st October 2016.


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Contact info:
Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups
incorporating Baranduda, Kergunyah-Gundowring, Kiewa-Bonegilla, Upper Kiewa & Yackandandah sub-groups and Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group 
Phone: 0407 227 814
Post: PO Box 50, Wandiligong, VIC 3744
President - Peter Serpell 02) 6028 9356
Vice President - Rowan Wallace 02) 6027 5227
Treasurer - Julie Pearce 02) 6027 5286
Secretary - position vacant

Upper Kiewa: Alan McDonald 03) 5754 1000
Kergunyah - Gundowring: Rowan Wallace 02) 6027 5227
Kiewa - Bonegilla: Pam Davis - Jones 02) 6027 3356
Baranduda: Glen Johnson 02) 6020 8667
Yackandandah: Edith Nicholls 0418 494 101
Upper Ovens: Peter Stokie 0409 356 426
Equipment hire for Landcare members:
Organic spray unit with Quik Spray & Wick Wiper - Brian Lane 02) 6027 1433
Trailing seed drill & chemical spray unit - Peter Serpell 02) 6028 9356
Chemical spray unit & rabbit ripper - Rod Mitchell 02) 6027 5155
Chemical spray unit - Michael Bonhote 03) 5754 4714
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