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Landcare eNewsletter Feb-Mar 2017

Hello Landcarers,
Welcome back to Landcare eNews for another year! Hoping you had a great refresh and break over Christmas and the holiday period. Now its time to start planning your Landcare project/s for the year, whether it be fencing off a creek or wet area, planting a shelterbelt for shade and wind protection or working on a community project with your Landcare Group, now is the time to start thinking about designing the project, gathering supplies and working out who else to get involved. 

Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups is pleased to announce 10 members are receiving incentive funds towards their fencing and revegetation projects to be done this winter. This funding is through the Victorian Landcare Grants via an Expressions of Interest process which we promoted through the second half of last year. We also have $500 for each Landcare Group as a Maintenance Grant for groups to primarily use for what they think best.

Congratulations to the Upper Kiewa Landcare Group who have secured funds for their Rockpool Rd project site, to do weed control, planting and install nesting boxes. If you're interested in getting involved in this project contact Ian Howley on

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.

All the best and please jump on board with some of the opportunities below, like Whole Farm Planning!
Facilitator - Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups
Wed & Thurs 

Friends of Yackandandah Creek Landcare Group Update
Since finishing the Threatened Species grant project Yack Landcare have been monitoring the nesting boxes installed in the reserve using a pole camera (a camera on a pole!) and using the infrared camera. The image above of a Swamp Wallaby was just one of the animals captured on a small wildlife trail, also seen was a fox lurking around and a wombat having a dust bath. Hopefully one day an image of a Squirrel Glider or a Phascogale, the two threatened species the project particularly looked at, will be captured. They are very cute indeed. The group meets every third Wed at the Rec Reserve. To get in contact with the group: Kath Bragge
Changes to Victorian Child Safety Standards
As part of the Victorian Governments response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry, Child Safe Standards have been developed and have been effective since 1 January 2017.This means that some Landcare and community groups which deal with schools and children may be affected by the standards, as Category 2 organisations.The advice from the Commission is that this includes any groups with activities which children (under 18) might attend with their families or as members of the public as well as any children specific activities such as schools programs.

Activity leaders and organisers will need a Working With Children Check, even if parents are present. Parliament has introduced further changes, planned for later this year, when supervision  by someone with a Working With Children Check will no longer be sufficient. Unless volunteers are taking part in an activity with a child in the same way that a child participates, e.g. planting at a planting day, each person who has contact with children will need a Working With Children Check.

For more information go to    or call 1300 652 879

Whole Farm Planning - express your interest!
I only have a small farm and I got as much out of doing the Whole Farm Planning course as the primary producers in the room. This is a great course for those looking to refresh or start their knowledge on soil, pasture management, shelterbelts, water budgeting, biosecurity, degraded land and other central themes in land management or farming.

The course delivered is called Farm Plan 21 and  Agriculture Victoria will deliver this giving p
- an aerial photo to aid development of a whole farm plan as part of the course
- a wide range of speakers from Agriculture Victoria and external partners
- held over 5 group sessions with topics tailored to the group. There is some flexibility around when in the week the course is run to suit those who work off farm. Weekends are not an option though.
- course will be held winter - spring 2017.

Some landholders may have previously developed a farm plan and would now like to revise and update their plan. Other landholders may be interested in developing specific plans such as water budgets. To provide a farm planning course for landholders in Kiewa Catchment we are seeking your expression of interest up until the end of March 2017. Please email and I will send an Expression of Interest form for you to complete. 

For course information contact Kylie Macreadie at Agriculture Victoria on (02) 60437 900 or email k

Updated Membership Form - it's never been easier to renew your membership


Incorporating Baranduda, Kiewa-Bonegilla, Kergunyah-Gundowring, Upper Kiewa & Yackandandah subgroups.
Log in / Sign up box on the left of the screen.
Existing members (financial or needing to renew) can choose the ‘Log in’ link to check membership status and/or update details.
 The KCLG Executive Committee have set the subscription at $25.00 per year
(a family is one membership).

Online Membership – our preferred method

Find our membership website - and look for the
New Members choose ‘Sign up’ – select a sub group and number of years – scroll down to complete the required information and click the blue Sign Up button at the bottom of the page. You should get a Sign Up Complete! message.
Your sign up request requires email confirmation and approval. Please follow the confirmation steps sent to you in the email. Once approved you will be sent an acceptance notice to your entered e-mail address. When you receive the acceptance notice you will then be able to ‘Log in’. Now Log in and make your membership payment via Paypal or credit card, or direct deposit or cheque.
Forgot your Log in details? Log in details can be retrieved by choosing the Forgot Login? button.
If you experience a problem please contact Tony Marsh 0417687842 or

Offline Membership

Complete the form below and forward it with a cheque to the KCLG Secretary or pay by direct deposit.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: (If different)
TELEPHONE:                                                                                         MOBILE:
SUBSCRIPTION:          ___I yr $25.00                ___2yrs $50.00                    ___3yrs $75.00                    __5yrs $125.00
SUBGROUP:         ___Baranduda               ___ Kiewa-Bonegilla          ___Kergunyah-Gundowring           ___Upper Kiewa                                   
                              ___Yackandandah            ___ other
SIGNATURE_____________________________________           DATE_____________________
Number of family members covered by this membership__________
I have paid by:         ____ direct debit              _____cheque         ______   cash     Payment amount  $___________
By Cheque or Direct Deposit:
Cheques payable to Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups
Bank Account details:  Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups
BSB: 063-534         Account Number: 902483 *Please include your surname as a reference.
Post to KCLG Secretary, 5280 Kiewa Valley Hwy, Running Creek VIC 3691 OR email to

Join us on Facebook - Kiewa & Upper Ovens Landcare Group
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 - Rhonda Serpell 02) 6028 9356

Upper Kiewa: Ian Howley
Kergunyah - Gundowring: Rowan Wallace 02) 6027 5227
Kiewa - Bonegilla: Pam Davis - Jones 02) 6027 3356
Baranduda: Glen Johnson 02) 6020 8667
Yackandandah: Kath Bragge
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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