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Introducing our new staff

The PPWCMA has welcomed four new staff to the team this month. Adrian Howard is our new Work Crew Coordinator, and Camille Coleman, Osman Sobrie and Narelle Debenham have come on board as our new Farms2Schools program officers.

They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to you working with them over the next six months.

Are you our new Regional Catchment Strategy Renewal Coordinator?

The PPWCMA is seeking a highly motivated individual to lead the renewal of the Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS). 

You will need to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders to foster their commitment and collaboration. You will also need to bring excellent project management and communication skills, previous experience in writing strategic documents and a detailed understanding of the natural resource management issues of the region.

Those looking for flexible working arrangements are encouraged to apply. Applications close Sunday 26 July 2020.

Position description and applications
Calling all farmers and schools!

Farms2Schools is a new and innovative program that will introduce primary and secondary students to farmers and the agricultural industry. 

Through school incursions and excursions, students will be provided with an insight into how agricultural products get from the paddock to their plate. 

We're currenting seeking farmers and schools from across the Port Phillip and Western Port that are keen to be involved.  Sessions will begin in August and run during terms 3 and 4. 

This project is supported by the Victorian Government.

Learn more about Farms2Schools
Landcare Group Health Survey

Landcare and community environmental groups in the region would be familiar with the Landcare Group Health Survey as it is normally part of the Victorian Landcare Grants application process. 

The 2019-20 survey is independent of the grants process this year, but we're encouraging all networks and groups to still take the time to complete it.

This survey data is invaluable to all Catchment Management Authorities, but particularly the PPWCMA, where there are a concentrated amount of volunteer environmental groups, and is a vital tool for helping us leverage more support for the Landcare sector.

Complete the Landcare Group Health Survey
Grow West Planting Day 2019 update

There sadly won't be a Grow West Community Planting Day this year, but we're happy to report that the trees planted at the 2019 event are doing very well. 

We have had some exceptional rain events over the last 12 months that have helped the seedlings survive their first summer and continue to grow into 2020. 

Read more
Webinars and videos
How private landholders can support threatened species recovery

In this video, experts outline the specific habitat requirements of the critically-endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum and provide practical advice for how landholders in the Yarra Ranges can support their recovery through private land restoration.

Watch the video
Removing rabbits from your property for the long term

In this webinar, pest management expert Tim Bloomfield shares his experience and knowledge about how to be genuinely effective in removing rabbits from your property. He provides an in-depth look at best practice rabbit management and how you can minimise effort and maximise outcomes for long-term success.

Watch the webinar
Principles of regenerative agriculture

Learn about the key principles of regenerative agriculture in this eight-part video series created by Bass Coast Landcare Network, Mornington Peninsula Shire, South Gippsland Landcare Network and Western Port Catchment Landcare Network.

Watch the video series
Wild by Nature vlog series

Remember The Wild has recently created a series of vlogs all about nature connection and film making. This great resource will help you to create a short film for the Wild By Nature Film Festival, which PPWCMA (through Living Links) is hosting with Remember the Wild.

Learn more and watch the vlogs
Protecting our Ramsar wetlands

The wetlands of Port Phillip's western shoreline and Western Port are home to amazing range native plants and animals. But their future depends on us. 

That is why, through the Two Great Ramsar Wetlands project, we're working with government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, and community groups to protect them.

We're recently released a series of short videos that highlight some of the wetlands' natural features, the work being done and how you can help.

Watch the videos
Upcoming events

Environmental biosecurity webinar series
Monthly webinar from July to November 2020

Australian Wildlife Conservancy in Conversation webinar series
23 and 30 July, 11.30am-12.15pm

Other news

Calling for ideas for Waterway Blitz

Melbourne Water is creating over 100 positions in a six month Waterway Blitz initiative aimed at protecting and beautifying the city’s rivers and creeks. They're looking for ideas for hot-spot locations to collect litter, remove weeds, or undertake other amenity improvements.

Bob Hawke Landcare Award

Nominations are now open for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award. This is a prestigious, national award that publicly recognises an individual involved in championing Landcare and who inspires others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group. Nominations close on 31 August.

Whole farm planning

Agriculture Victoria's team in the south west region recently ran a webinar on whole farm planning. They recorded the event and you can now view it on Vimeo. 

Nominate for the Premier's Sustainability Awards

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrates Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. The PPWCMA and its partners were honoured to receive a 2019 Premier's Sustainability Award for the Greening the West - 1 Million Trees project.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Premier's Sustainability Award and we encourage any individuals, community groups and businesses working to protect and enhance our environment to apply. They close on Monday 20 July, so be quick!

Learn more about the Premier's Sustainability Awards
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