VRAN plans for new rabbit bootcamp

VRAN and Aboriginal Victoria representatives discuss planning for the 2018 rabbit bootcamp
VRAN, Parks Victoria and Aboriginal Victoria representatives discuss planning for the 2018 rabbit bootcamp

Planning is underway for the second Rabbit Bootcamp, to be held in the second half of 2018.

The course is part of VRAN’s efforts to boost the expertise of community members and others who manage rabbits in Victoria. The 2018 program will build on the first successful rabbit ‘bootcamp’, held in 2015, which connected participants with rabbit management experts, and then provided ongoing support as they returned to their communities and began implementing their new knowledge.

A workshop was held on Friday 23 March to review the original course and begin planning the new program.

VRAN thanks all those who gave their time and knowledge for this initiative, including: VRAN steering group and mentors, members of the Leaps and Bounds Learning Network, Aboriginal Victoria, Parks Victoria, Landcare, Trust for Nature, Department of Premier & Cabinet, Agriculture Victoria, Arthur Rylah Institute, Catchment Management Authorities and local government.

The Expression of Interest process for the next Rabbit Bootcamp and Learning Network will be launched soon. To see what previous participants have to say about the program, visit rabbitaction.com/stories/.

Hopetoun rabbit control workshop

A rabbit browsing on a shrub.Join the Hopetoun Landcare Group for a free community rabbit control workshop on Wednesday 28 March.

Landowners and community members are invited to hear the latest information, see practical demonstrations, and chat with industry and Agriculture Victoria staff.

The day kicks off at 9:30 am, and includes a free pub roast lunch and transport to the field demonstration.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Claire Kelly at the Hopetoun Landcare Group: southernmallelandcarenetwork@gmail.com or 0478170765.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Get a budget boost: community grants now available

A rabbit browsing on a shrub. Are you looking for a kick-start to your local rabbit or weed control program? Do you have a great idea to boost community participation or education?

Community groups can now apply for grants to improve their environment, raise awareness and promote local action. Funded through the National Landcare Program, Environment Small Grants will support a range of activities led by local community groups.

If it’s a local weed or rabbit problem you’d like support with, there’s quite a few eligible activities you can apply for:

Weed treatment – activities that focus on reducing the spread and impact of existing weeds, or local eradication or containment of new or emerging weeds listed on the National Environmental Alert List.

Pest or disease management – activities that focus on local eradication or reducing the impact and spread of existing pests or diseases.

Fencing – activities that provide high environmental benefits (e.g. where fencing is the most cost effective management action for the protection of a sensitive riparian area, remnant native vegetation, critical habitat area or is part of a strategy to reduce soil erosion)

Recording of Indigenous ecological knowledge – for Indigenous groups; applications must define the end products to be produced, demonstrate a reasonable future use for the knowledge to inform land or sea management

Education activities and raising community awareness/participation – activities such as workshops, field days, website development, demonstrations of techniques, community monitoring, surveys, and other awareness-raising activities

Administration support – for administration costs related to the project.

Grants will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure. The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum is $50,000.

Applications close 5 pm, 19 March 2018

More information www.business.gov.au/assistance/national-landcare-program-environment-small-grants

Free field day on rabbit control

Participants and speakers at a rabbit field day
The North Central CMA and Ag Victoria are hosting a free info session and demonstration on rabbit management in Kerang.

Do you live in the North Central Victoria or the Mallee region? Do you want to know more about how to undertake effective rabbit control?

Come along to a free event to be held in Kerang on Thursday 1 March 2018.

Learn about the benefits of rabbit control, see field demonstrations on baiting, ripping and fumigation, and meet people who are tackling rabbits in your area.

Where: Kerang Agriculture Victoria office (formerly DPI office), 26-28 Wellington St, Kerang

When: 10.00 am – 3.30 pm, Thursday 1 March 2018

RSVP: Lunch is included. To assist with catering numbers please register by email on info@nccma.vic.gov.au or phone North Central CMA on 03 5448 7124.

This is event is part of Rabbit Buster Month program. The free information session is suitable for community members and land managers of private and public land. The event is hosted by Agriculture Victoria in collaboration with North Central Catchment Management Authority.

For more information, download the event flyer.

Tackling pests together in 2017

The Weeds and Rabbits Project bannerThe Weeds and Rabbits Project is partnering with Victoria’s four Community Pest Management Groups – including VRAN – to boost community-led weed and rabbit action.

The project is building on the experience and networks of the CPMGs to support collaboration, capacity building and knowledge sharing.

The project has published its first newsletter covering updates, information and opportunities in collaborative pest management.

Read the newsletter online and subscribe to future editions by emailing pestanimalsandweeds@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

VRAN breeds stronger partnerships

Learning network participants at Neds Corner Station
VRAN learning network participants at Neds Corner Station

People-power and collaboration are helping improve the management of pest rabbits across Victoria.

While rabbits continue to breed like …well, rabbits, government and community are finding new ways to tackle this environmental and agricultural vandal more effectively together.

A series of real-life stories from around Victoria show the impact of the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) on people, communities and organisations. An impact analysis soon to be published shows the project has already reached over 5000 Victorians and has the potential to influence the management of over 2.5 million hectares. Importantly, it has helped producers and communities across the state to share and spread best-practice rabbit management techniques and begun changing mindsets about how government and community can collaborate more effectively.

Find out more through this series of videos and written case studies.

Coastcare grants open

Coastcare logoApplications are now open for the 2018 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program, which supports community efforts to protect Victoria’s 2,000 kilometres of coastline.

$250,000 will be distributed to Victorian community groups, with up to $10,000 available for one-year projects, and $15,000 available for two-year projects.

Funding can be used for a variety of environmental restoration and conservation activities, including control of weeds and pest animals.

Applications close 20 February 2018.

Find out more.

Funding for community action

Rabbit baitDid your community group miss out the most recent round of VRAN community grants?

Do you have a great idea for a community-based project, and just need some funds to get you started?

There’s a few opportunities open at the moment which might suit. Take a look at the links below.

(And if you know of any other funding streams suitable for community rabbit action, please let us know and we’ll add them to this list.)

 

NAB Sustainable Regions Grants support the development and implementation of regional approaches to:

  • strengthen co-ordination and collaboration between environmental groups, business, landholders and government,
  • involve the community in practical on-ground action to improve the environment, and
  • implement regional solutions to environmental challenges.

Grant amounts will start from $100,000 to $1,000,000 payable over a maximum period of up to three years. The scheme is open to charities
that are registered with the ACNC as well as social enterprises (not-for-profit and for-profit) and startups.

More information

 

Fonterra Grass Roots Fund support initiatives that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition.

Support is provided from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per application. Applications must be from within the regions that Fonterra operates: Darnum, Stanhope, Dennington, Cobden, Bayswater, Spreyton and Wynyard.

More information

 

Victorian Government Community Skills Development Grants aim to strengthen environmental volunteer group and network capacity by supporting learning and skills development opportunities, and encouraging knowledge sharing with other groups and networks.

Groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 and networks or partnerships of groups and networks can apply for up to $20,000.

Grants will be open to all Victorian volunteer community-based environment groups and are involved in the delivery of on-ground environmental works.

More information