A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
On 1 July 2020, the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) comes into force. This is the single greatest overhaul of environment protection legislation in Victoria since the tabling of the Environment Protection Act 1970.
An important part of the Act is the general environmental duty (GED). The GED says that any person engaging in an activity that can cause harm to public health or the environment, from pollution or waste, must minimise those risks. From government to business to community, the GED applies to all Victorians.
These new laws will ensure we are all responsible for minimising our impacts on the environment.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are working together to help Victorians seamlessly transition to the new laws.
Public comment is open from 2 September - 31 October 2019.
To review and have your say on the proposed environment protection regulations and environment reference standards go to - https://engage.vic.gov.au/new-environmental-laws/subordinate-legislation
LVI 2020 AGM & Election Outcome
Over 65 delegates, members and guests joined the Landcare Victoria Inc.’s first virtual AGM on 29th May. The videoconferencing option proved popular with many new faces, over half attending an LVI Forum for the first time. Click into news item for a copy of LVI’s 2020 Annual Report and election outcome.
New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) - Open until 18 June 2020
The New Energy Jobs Fund makes $1 million in grants available to fund projects that encourage more community-owned renewables and create more environmental, economic and employment opportunities. Click into news item for more details and/or to apply.
Have you used the Landcare Employment Referral Service? Is it helpful?
The Landcare Employment Referral Service has been operating for over a year now and we’d like to get your feedback – is it useful? Do you think it’s an important service even if your Landcare Group/Network hasn’t yet used it? Click into news item for survey link to have your say today.
Free Webinar - Soil Carbon - what is it all about? 11 June 2020
Hear from Dr Cassandra Schefe from AgriSci who will talk about the basics of soil carbon on your farm and what this may mean for your business followed by LaTrobe University’s Jim Radford and Jen Wood who will talk about a project they have been working on using compost to increase soil carbon in a dryland grazing system. Click into news item for further details and to register.
Weeds & Rabbits Landholder Survey - Open until 24 June 2020
Pests and weeds are a problem for all Victorian land managers and cost more than $1 billion a year. Agriculture Victoria is working together with land managers to improve their management of pests and weeds. Landholders are being invited to take part in a state-wide survey to better understand the social and behavioural factors that influence pest and weed management. The results will provide a better understanding of the barriers people face with implementing weed and rabbit control practices. Click into news item for link.