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47 new jobs to help deliver PPWCMA projects

47 new jobs are on offer to help deliver PPWCMA projects funded by the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. 

There are 2 full-time Environmental Project Support Officer roles (to be employed by the PPWCMA) and 6 Works Crew Supervisor roles and 39 Works Crew Member roles (to be employed by labour hire company, Chandler Macleod, on behalf of the PPWCMA) available. 

These positions are being advertised and shortlisted within the next few days so potential candidates need to act NOW by registering themselves on the Sidekicker platform.

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Work crews help to get the job done

Over the next six months we’re helping farmers, organisations and community groups to deliver their agricultural and environmental projects while providing employment to Victorians. Six crews will work across the Port Phillip and Western Port region to provide a range of agricultural and environmental services. 

If you are a farm, government organisation or Landcare group, you can register your interest in accessing these services.

The PPWMCA’s Work Crew project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Working for Victoria initiative.

Register your interest now
Wild By Nature Film Festival submissions closing soon!

Victorians have until Sunday 13th September to submit a short film about nature to our Wild by Nature Short Film Festival. There are some amazing prizes to be won, including $3000 for the adult age category. All skill levels are welcome and backyard creations are encouraged. We cannot wait to see your stories from all over Victoria. 

The Wild by Nature Short Film Festival is produced in partnership with Remember the Wild through the Living Links program.

Learn more
‘Greener, Brighter Future’ Photographic Exhibition

To celebrate Biodiversity Month, Grow West’s annual ‘Greener, Brighter Future’ Photographic Exhibition has gone digital!

The beauty and wonder of the animals and plants of the upper Werribee Catchment is celebrated through the lens of talented local photographers - Bernie McRitchie, Chris Lindorff and David Whelan.

View the exhibition now at the Moor Art Space Online. A big thank to Moorabool Shire Council and the team at the Lerderderg Library for their support.

View the exhibition
Virtual tour of Observation Point and Rhyll Inlet

Do you want to discover and explore a world renowned wetland from the comfort of their own home? We've has teamed up with Phillip Island Nature Parks to create a virtual tour of Observation Point and Rhyll Inlet which form part of the internationally-significant Western Port Ramsar site.

This tour allows you to discover the unique wildlife and other natural values that exist on Phillip Island, including coastal saltmarsh, mangroves, waterbirds, and shorebirds. You can learn about the importance of the intertidal zone, that provides important habitat for global travellers including Red-necked stints and Eastern curlews. 

Take the tour
Project updates
Students and farmers connect online

The Farms2Schools program officially kicked off at the start of August and since then has delivered a whopping 23 online incursions to 422 students. 

The incursions have allowed students to learn first hand about Australian agriculture, sustainability and biodiversity, built their appreciation of food and fibre production and gotten them thinking about career opportunities in agriculture and related service industries.

Farmers from across the Port Phillip and Western Port region have being presenting the incursions, covering commodities from lavender, grains, vegetable, bees and livestock. Key industry partners Agriculture Victoria also hosted a special climate change session for teachers wanting to learn more about the variability of rainfall in Victoria. Resources have been created to allow conversation about agriculture to continue after their Farms2Schools sessions. 

Do you know a school who would benefit being part of the Farms2Schools program? All they need to do is complete our EOI form and we'll be in touch

Learn more and complete an Expression of Interest from
Transforming the Dandenong Creek corridor

Since 2017, the Living Links program has been working with six partner councils (Maroondah, Knox, Whitehorse, Monash, Greater Dandenong and Casey), Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water to transform the Dandenong Creek corridor into a world-class urban 'living link'. 

This has involved restoring habitat for wildlife in this important corridor, as well as making it a more beautiful place for people to enjoy.

Read the 2019-20 project wrap up
Protecting and connecting species in Melbourne’s west

For the last four years, this Grow West project has worked to protect and enhance threatened plants and animals in the Upper Werribee Catchment by undertaking large-scale pest plant and animal control programs. 

 Efforts focused on Lerderderg State Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and Brisbane Ranges National Park and adjoining private properties, covering an area of approximately 30,000 hectares.

Read the project snapshot
Other news

Avian Influenza

Golden Plains Shire, on the cusp of our region, has had two outbreaks of high pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza, and a third farm has had an outbreak of the low pathogenic strain H5N2 and tracing investigations lead to a poultry farm in Bairnsdale. A separate strain of low pathogenic H7N6 avian influenza has been detected at an emu farm near Kerang. 

Please be aware of the requirements for a permit on the movement of poultry, poultry products and vehicles involved in poultry production within the restricted and control areas. 

Learn more

Bushfire recovery webinar

In a recent Landcarer webinar, Chris Cobern from the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network spoke all about his experiences working on recovery projects after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. He talked about sourcing funding and volunteers, training and supporting local landholders in difficult circumstances, and answered questions from the webinar audience. 

View the webinar

Myrniong and Korkuperrimul Biolink

From 2010-2014, Pentland Hills Landcare Group undertook a revegetation and landscape connectivity project to link up Wombat Forest and Lerderderg State Park through to Werribee Gorge State Park. 10 years on, they've created a retrospective video showing what was achieved and how it was done. 

Watch the video

Funding opportunities

Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4

Smart Farms Small Grants fund short-term projects that build the capacity of farmers, fishers and foresters to adopt best practice natural resource management.

Up to $6.5 million is available for Round 4, with funding of between $5,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive) for each grant.

    Applications close 11pm, 9 October 2020.

    More information

    Climate-Smart Agriculture Fellowship

    Applications are open for Victorians to apply for the Farmers for Climate Action Climate-Smart Agriculture Fellowship. Funded by the William Buckland Foundation, the fellowship is aimed at current and emerging industry leaders who are committed to the sustainability of the agricultural sector. It is designed to build capacity to manage climate risk, while supporting business and industry resilience.

    Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 September 2020.

    More information and applications

    Victorian Rural Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program 2021

    Do you want to improve your leadership skills or gain hands-on board experience? Perhaps you are an experienced leader looking for opportunities to extend yourself further? 

    The 2021 Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program aims to provide funded places for Victorian-based rural women connected to agriculture or the agriculture supply chain who want to improve their leadership skills or gain board experience.

    More information

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