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G'Day Landcarers,
 
Although I hoped to, I didn't get this newsletter out during National Landcare Week which was last week (1-7 August). The theme of this year's Landcare Week was Celebrating Landcare DiversityLandcare is all about local people working together on land and water issues that are important to their local community. Landcare looks different in each community and this variation reflects the particular characteristics of each community and gives strength to the movement. 
Here on the Far South Coast, our Landcare groups are quite diverse and they work on a wide range of projects and land tenures. This reflects the diversity of landscapes, communities and land management issues we have here in the Bega Valley Shire; rural, urban, coastal and hinterland. Common to it all is local people uniting to care for the land and water around them.

Congratulations to a number of our groups who have recently received additional support from Bega Valley Shire Council.  You can read more about their projects below, or read on to find out about other grant funding available at the moment. 

Winter is proving to be a busy time of year for our local Landcare groups and there are a range of events and opportunities for you to be part of. So grab a cuppa, have a read and hopefully I will see you out and about soon. 

Warm greetings, Jess
Contact FSCLA:

Jess Bettanin
Local Landcare Coordinator
Far South Coast Landcare Association 


Ph: 0477 063 920 
coordinator@fscla.org.au
Old Bega Hospital (southside)
3 Corkhill Place Bega

(I work Wed, Thurs and Fri)






 


 
BVSC Community Environment Grant Success
Congratulations to many of our local Landcare groups in successfully applying for funds through the Bega Valley Shire Council's 22/23 Community Environment Grants. At least 10 local groups have received financial support from council to support and leverage the fantastic and dedicated work of their volunteer members. To read more about the great projects that are being funded through the grant, read BVSC's media release
📷: Beauty Point Bushcare Volunteer Dave continues the great work supported by BVSC

This year, community environment grants have been awarded to:

  • Panboola to undertake weed control in the riparian zones of the Pambula River estuary.
  • Pambula Landcare to further reduce noxious weed species, and to transform weed affected areas in Pambula Beach and Jiguma Reserve.
  • Beauty Point Bushcare group to build on the bush regeneration work of the group, allowing them to revegetate with native species.
  • Cobargo Green Recovery to continue environmental work along the creek banks in Cobargo.
  • Far South Coast Landcare Association to engage professional bush regeneration contractors to support Landcare groups, including Merimbula Lake and Tura Mirador Landcare groups to tackle difficult weeds at reserves in the shire.
  • Wallaga Lake Heights Landcare to restore and maintain the environment of the Wallaga Lake Estuary Foreshore.
  • Bermagui Dune Care to engage a contractor to continue weed management at Setons Headland and Cuttagee Point.
  • Bega River and Wetlands Landcare (BRAWL) to undertake weed control and plant native endemic species to enhance the riparian corridor.
  • Tura Beach Flora Reserve Committee to help tree-hollow-dependent fauna through the installation of hollows and the removal of stems from the dead or diseased trees and redundant saplings.
  • Pambula River Shellfish Quality Assurance Program to enable local oyster growers to purchase a marine spill kit to help their efforts to protect Pambula Lake in the event of oil or fuel spills.
Sapphire Coast Science Festival - National Science Week: August 13 - 20
The Sapphire Coast Science Festival returns this year with a jam-packed program of events. Presented by the Sapphire Science Hub, Bournda EEC and the Atlas of Life, the 2022 Sapphire Coast Science Week will focus on life along our coasts. You are invited to join us for all online sessions, field trips and in-person events. Highlights include:
Click the image below to see the full program of events! 
2022 National Landcare Conference: 23 - 25 August
Power of Landcare | Shaping Our Future
The Landcare community across Australia is coming together in Sydney for the first face-to-face Landcare conference in 4 years. Landcare champion and ABC TV presenter Costa Georgiadis, will host the three-day conference event at the International Convention Centre Darling Harbour in Sydney.

The National Landcare Conference is the largest knowledge sharing convention for people involved in Landcare activities. This national event brings together Landcare groups and volunteers, landholders and farmers, Indigenous land and sea managers, Landcare facilitators and coordinators, educators, research agencies, universities, natural resource management professionals, and other community environmental groups and individuals to share insights, learn and connect.

The 2022 National Landcare Conference will include speakers on urban Landcare, Landcare Farming, wellbeing and mental health, cultural land management, innovation and technology, soil health, young farmers, building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering and partnerships, sharing knowledge, navigating new opportunities to fund good land management, the natural environment, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

From sustainable farming to natural resource management projects, 2022 National Landcare Conference field trip program is an opportunity for delegates to experience the diversity of Landcare in the Greater Sydney region. The field trip program includes a variety of locations and will showcase the conservation outcomes and changing land use in the Greater Sydney region.

You can register to attend the event in-person in Sydney, or register for FREE as a virtual delegate and participate online (all sessions will be live streamed and recorded).

LLS Call for Expressions of Interest from Landholders - Funding for Landscape Works
South East Local Land Services is seeking expressions of interest from private land managers wanting to improve natural landscapes on their properties. Funding is currently available to support land managers across the Far South Coast to restore waterways and riverbanks, protect and enhance saltmarsh, increase koala habitat, undertake general revegetation, enhance high value native vegetation or plant large areas (between 20 to 50 hectares) of native vegetation. Priority activities for grant funding include:
  • 🐮 installation of fences and off stream watering points, to exclude stock from waterways and saltmarsh.
  • 🐟 revegetation and erosion control along riverbanks, to improve water quality, bank stability and native wildlife habitat.
  • 🐨 revegetation and enhancement of koala habitat.
  • 🦎 fencing and vegetation management, to enhance or extend high value native vegetation patches.
  • 🌱 planting small to medium scale native vegetation blocks, for shelter belts, corridors or wildlife ‘stepping stones’.
  • 🌳 planting large scale native vegetation blocks, for wildlife habitat and possible carbon or biodiversity market opportunities.
South East Local Land Services supports the use of wildlife friendly fences as the preferred fence type for habitat enhancement activities. These projects are being delivered by South East Local Land Services with funding from the NSW Government’s Marine Estate Strategy, Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and NRM Services Program.
To find out more or to register an ‘Expression of Interest’ contact South East Local Land Services staff.
- Leanna Moerkerken (Bega Valley): Leanna.moerkerken@lls.nsw.gov.au
- Sonia Bazzacco (Eurobodalla): Sonia.bazzacco@lls.nsw.gov.
- Or call the Bega office on 1300 795 299
📷: A creek-line planting on private property supported by Local Land Services
FSCLA Coastal Weeds Project - Project Update
FSCLA's long-running Coastal Weeds Project has a new officer at the helm. Local lad Luke Hamilton started as the new Coastal Weeds Officer in May and has been out undertaking weed and marine debris surveillance and control, with crews from Local Aboriginal Land Councils up and down the coastlines of Eurobodalla and the Bega Valley Shire. 
📷: New Coastal Weeds Officer Luke Hamilton, with a ute-load of pulled Sharp Rush (left) and training on the job with project instigator Stuart Cameron (right)
The project is in its 15th year is funded by the Bega Valley Shire Council, South East Local Land Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW Marine Estate and various volunteer coastal Landcare groups. Luke leads two 10 week duration 'sweeps' a year by crews from Local Aboriginal Land Councils along all local beaches, removing beach weeds and litter. The crews also control weeds around local settlements at the request of and in collaboration with the coastal Landcare groups. 

The project has been highly successful in reducing the incidence of the key beach weeds, sea spurge and beach daisy, which are now much less common than when the project started. Control of these species once absorbed the greater part of volunteer groups' time and energy. The groups are now able to concentrate on other projects, particularly revegetation works.

For details on the key weeds and how you can get involved please see Atlas of Life: Beach Weeds and check out our Coastal weeds video.


📷: Yuin Kelly and Stephanie Parsons of Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council came across this beautiful diamond python during the autumn sweep.  

Landcare Legends: Friends of Glebe Wetlands

Bega Locals will have noticed the extensive native plantings that have gone in recently around Glebe Lagoon. The Friends of Glebe Wetlands group have been busy controlling weeds and planting native species to improve and augment this important roosting habitat and high-priority breeding site of the Grey-headed Flying-fox at the Glebe Wetlands. 

In addition to the habitat enhancement work done by this passionate group of locals, they also focus on protection and education around the endangered Grey-headed Flying Foxes. In the warmer months, when the flying foxes are present at the camp, the volunteers undertake citizen science with a monthly count at dusk when the flying foxes leave the camp to forage. The data from the monthly count feeds into the National Flying Fox monitoring program coordinated by CSIRO. 


📷: Happy Volunteers at a Friends of Glebe Lagoon Working Bee

The Friends of Glebe Lagoon hold working bees on the first Saturday of each month. For details on upcoming working bees and how to get involved check out the Friends of Glebe Wetlands webpage or call community coordinator Hugh Pitty 0414 525 761.

Bega Circular Valley
Have you heard about "Circularity"? Do you know there is a local group focused on ensuring that resources are keep in circulation, in productive use and out of landfill?
The Bega Circular Valley group aim for the Bega Valley to become a lighthouse model forr how economic, environmental and social resilience can thrive in regional Australia.
To learn more about the circular economy and the group's vision for our region check out their new webpage: https://begacircularvalley.com.au/

A circular economy is one which keeps resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their life. All materials are kept in a ‘close loop’ right along the value chain all the way to consumption. It is a more efficient and environmentally sound alternative to the traditional linear economic model in which we make, use and dispose of resources. Circularity works at every level of the economy, micro, meso and macro.


Landcare Australia: Response to 2021 State of the Environment Report: Landcarers Critical To Addressing Environmental Crisis By Doug Humann AM, Chair of Landcare Australia

The 2021 State of the Environment Report recognises what Landcarers across Australia see on the ground every day: our environment is in crisis. Climate change is compounding the already significant damage to our land, water, waterways and coasts from threats including introduced species, pollution and land clearing.

It is clear from this report that with a changing climate leading to an increase in natural disasters, Landcare has never been more important. Meaningful action must be taken to enhance and conserve our environment, and taking a holistic approach is crucial. As is emphasised in the report, we need to work together to facilitate new partnerships and innovations, and listen and learn from the expertise of First Nations Australians who have been caring for our lands and seas for countless generations.

Forming effective partnerships is what Landcare Australia does best. We have a proven track record of helping to partner our large number of active groups with business, researchers, natural resource management agencies, communities, Traditional Owners and all levels of government, building local ownership of issues and unlocking volunteer knowledge, capability and capacity.

As highlighted in the report, Landcare funding has been progressively cut since 2010. Increasing investment in Landcare is critical to support innovative Landcare-led partnerships that benefit the environment, landscape and biodiversity as well as our communities and personal wellbeing.

Landcarers are on the front lines of critical conservation and land management projects across Australia. We know that with increased support, the more than 5,000 Landcare groups and 100,000 Landcare volunteers across the country have the capacity to grow and expand their work, and Landcare Australia will be well placed to aid them in their ongoing success.

To say this report is crushing is an understatement - but with a proven track record of over 30 years of significant, successful sustainable land management and environmental projects, I am confident that Landcare Australia and Landcarers across the country will stand united and rise to the challenge.

Weekend Landcare Adventures for Young People at the Crossing
The Crossing Land Education Trust has been a Landcare Group with the Far South Coast Landcare Association for over 15 years and young people have helped us plant over 20000 trees along the upper Bermagui River and Coolagolite Creek in that time.

The Crossing Land Education Trust provides the following subsidised weekend programs in 2022 for local young people with support from the Far South Coast Landcare Association:
  • Yr 6/7 Landcare Adventure 5pm Friday 2 to 1pm Sunday 4 December
  • Yr 8/9 Landcare Wild Adventure 5pm Friday 28 October to 1pm Sunday 30 October.
Both weekend programs are great opportunities to meet like minded students from other schools in the region while learning more about the natural environment on a bike, hike, and paddle adventure, with a night in a train carriage bunkhouse. The Wild program for older students also includes a remote tent camp night. Full scholarship places are available to fire affected students thanks to additional support from St Vinnies and The Mumbulla Foundation.

To book any of these programs go to https://www.thecrossingland.org.au/youth-camps/. Please send an email to receive a full sponsorship booking code if you are a fire affected family to josh@thecrossingland.org.au
Grant News: 

Habitat Action Grants - NSW Department of Primary Industries
Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for grants of up to $40,000.

Habitat rehabilitation projects which may be funded include:

  • removal or modification of barriers to fish passage
  • rehabilitation of riparian lands (river banks, wetlands, mangrove forests, saltmarsh)
  • re-snagging waterways with timber structure
  • removal of exotic vegetation from waterways and replace with native species
  • bank stabilisation works.
To learn more click HERE. Applications close at 5pm, Friday, 23 September 2022. 
 
FRRRStrengthening Rural Communities
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, or FRRR for short is a not-for-profit organisation, who connect common purposes and funding from government, business and philanthropy with the genuine local needs of rural people and places.

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. 

Three funding streams are available:

  1. Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC): two tiers – grants up to $10,000 and grants up to $50,000 to respond to ongoing impacts and recovery from the COVID pandemic;
  2. Bushfire Recovery: grants up to $25,000 for 2019/20 bushfire recovery; and
  3. Small & Vital: grants up to $10,000 for broad initiatives that strengthen local people, places, and climate solutions with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

NAB Foundation Community Grants
NAB Foundation Community Grants fund local projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters. 

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for community-led projects that do one or more of the following:

  • Readiness: help communities (people, environments, infrastructure) prepare for natural disasters
  • Recovery: help communities, landscapes and fauna rebuild and rehabilitate after natural disasters
  • Future-proofing: reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions.
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​I wish to acknowledge the Traditional Carers of this land on which we live and work: the Yuin people and their Elders past, present and future. I acknowledge and respect their continuing culture, connection to and care for country and its creatures on the Far South Coast.

My mailing address is: coordinator@fscla.org.au

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