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Spring 2020

This quarterly newsletter keeps you up to date with all the latest happenings of Living Links, a collaborative urban nature program working to create a web of green spaces across Melbourne's south-east. Visit our website to find out more:

Latest News
Last chance to enter the 'Wild by Nature' short film competition!

Time is ticking for our Wild By Nature short film competition, with entries closing Sunday 13th September. We've been seeing some fantastic entries coming in and we want to see MORE! There are 3 age classes, 3 themes and 3 amazing prizes on offer! Open to films made in Victoria, by Victorians, only. The film festival screening will be running as an online event in November, so keep an eye out for further details. Proudly brought to you by Living Links and Remember the Wild.

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Announcing a new Aboriginal arts trail for Dandenong Creek

We're very excited to announce the commencement of a new project to create an Aboriginal arts trail along the Dandenong Creek. In partnership with Living Links, the City of Greater Dandenong has secured $150,000 from VicHealth to facilitate the project, which will work closely with Aboriginal Peoples and the broader community. 

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South East Water community grants available

South East Water is currently offering grants of $500 to $10,000 to support community or charitable organisations across their service area. Applications close 14th October.

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Calling all Community Conservationists

Remember the Wild has three places available for the 2020-2021 Community Conservationists program, which includes the development of a short film celebrating your work. Applications close 21st September. 

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Transforming the Dandenong Creek update

Together with our six partner councils, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water, we’ve been working to transform the Dandenong Creek corridor into a world-class urban Living Link over the past four years. Here's the latest update.

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Welcoming our new committee member, Judith Sise

The Living Links Coordination Committee is delighted to welcome a new member, Judith Sise. Judith represents the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, but is involved in many environmental groups and activities across the region.

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Knox Nature Discovery Tours

The Knox Council Biodiversity team has been producing a series of fantastic videos showcasing their 70+ bushland reserves. While we can't all get out at present, we can enjoy the reserves through these beautiful and informative videos.  

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COVID-19 and nature connection research report

This report from Remember the Wild explores changes in how people accessed and felt about nature during the initial lockdown in the first half of 2020. It provides recommendations to enhance nature access for all.

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Rediscovering childhood joy along Dandenong Creek
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This beautifully-written piece by Kelley Anne Leech of Remember the Wild evokes the magic and serenity of the Dandenong Creek.  

Tiny urban forests
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Read on to discover how a method developed in Japan is being adopted worldwide to create tiny urban forests that boost biodiversity and fight climate change.

Can we make our cities wild again?
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This fascinating BBC short film examines whether the global rewilding movement can help our urban spaces recover and shape a better future for everyone.

Growing up in green spaces boosts your IQ
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New research from Belgium’s Hasselt University adds to the growing body of evidence affirming that spending time in nature is good for human health and wellbeing. 

What to do if you find a baby bird on the ground
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Spring is springing, and with the warmer weather comes the chance you will happen across a baby bird on the ground. Find out what you should (and shouldn't) do. 

Upcoming Events

8 September - 27 October (Tuesdays)
Wildlife Gardening Series

City of Greater Dandenong is offering a series of free online events 7pm every Tuesday, covering a fabulous range of topics related to wildlife gardening. Bookings essential

1 September - 31 October
Spring Backyard Birds Survey

Can you spare 20 min to help Birdlife Australia monitor the health of our urban bird populations? Conduct a quarterly survey from your own backyard or local nature reseve. 

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