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Wild by Nature Short Film Festival: Screening Event

Saturday 7 November

3pm-4.30pm: Pobblebonk (12 years and under) and Swamp Skink (13-17 years)
7pm-8pm: Black Swan division (18 years and above) 

Over the many months that Victorians were kept close to home, hundreds in our community chose to also get closer to the nature near them and filmed stories for the Wild by Nature Short-film Festival.⁠

Join us this Saturday 7 November as we screen the finalists, announce the winners and celebrate what we love about nature in Victoria!⁠

This online event is free and all are welcome!. Register to receive the Zoom link. ⁠

The Wild by Nature Short Film Festival is presented by Remember The Wild and Living Links, supported by the PPWCMA and the Victorian Government.⁠

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New funding for fisheries habitats

The Australian Government is investing $8 million in 28 projects across the country under the Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program to assist in restoring the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.

Two projects will be delivered in the Port Phillip and Western Port region - one focused on restoring critical vegetation communities throughout Western Port and another that will create an artificial shellfish reef in eastern Port Phillip Bay.

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Local schools embrace local farms

Since August the Farms2Schools program has delivered 102 online incursions to 5,586 students all across the Port Phillip and Western Port region. They've learnt about many aspects of agriculture, including production, farm life, food variety, technology and careers. 

Many of the participating schools have shared their experiences and the positive relationships they've forged with  their local farms so we gathered together some of the highlights.

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Work crews hit the ground

The PPWCMA's six Agricultural and Environmental Works Crews are now on the ground and started work this week across the region. They're part of a six month project to assist farmers, organisations and community groups to deliver their agricultural and environmental projects while providing employment to Victorians.

The crews will be spending the next couple of weeks completing important training and supporting Parks Victoria with work on their sites before they moving onto work engaged through the EOI process.

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Upcoming events
Mental Health First Aid -
additional sessions

Due to the overwhelming interest we had in this training, we have created an additional session for 20 and 27 November. 

Volunteers and professionals working in natural resource management can for this online course, which uses self-guided and group learning to outline the five significant mental health classifications and how to support people experiencing them.

Details and bookings
National Landcare Conference Webinar Series

This year’s National Landcare Conference wasn’t to be, but Landcare Australia have decided to team up with some fantastic Landcarers from around the country for the National Landcare Conference webinar series.

New webinars are being released each month focused on a range of topics and you can access all past webinars.

More information and dates
Indigenous Agriculture - A Wurundjeri Story with Uncle Dave

As part of Farms2Schools and to celebrate NAIDOC Week, secondary students and their teachers are invited to take part in this special online event on Tuesday 10 November, 11am-12.30pm. 

Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Elder, Uncle Dave Wandin, will talk about Indigenous agriculture and land management and answer student questions.

Details and bookings
Wild Pollinators and Beneficial Insects Online Forum

Join us online on Thursday 12 November and learn about the contribution native pollinators and beneficial insects make to farms and the environment and what you can do on your property to encourage these important invertebrates. 

The event will feature keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a Q&A panel session.

Details and bookings
Managing run off and mud on horse properties

At this webinar hosted by Cardinia Shire Council on Wednesday 18 November, Dr Mariette van den Berg will provide horse property owners with information on mud and related health problems for horses, ways to manage run-off and mud and more. 

Details and bookings
What about people? The shifting role of people in our ecological equations

At this webinar hosted by the Arthur Rylah Institute on Monday 23 November, Fern Hames will look at how behaviour change sciences can support biodiversity. This is the final ARI Legacy Seminar for 2020.

Details and bookings
Events for Landcare and community groups

The PPWCMA has some great training and development opportunities specifically for Landcare and community environmental groups on offer over the next few months. Check them out below.

13 & 20 November, 10am – 1pm
Eco-Anxiety Forum

A couple of places are still available for this forum. Discuss the impact of environmental events and disasters (with a focus on recent fire events) and share ideas on how to re-empower volunteers and groups in the face of real-life climate change and this two-part online forum.

Get involved
November 2020 - June 2021
Waterways of the West - Traditional Owner Engagement Project

Landcare and community environmental groups in the Werribee or Maribyrnong catchments have the opportunity to undertake a cultural heritage activity with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation in 2020-21 at no cost to their group.

Learn more
Other news

New deer control strategy for Victoria

Last week the Victorian Government announced that the Victorian Deer Control Strategy has been released and is being kick-started with a $1 million investment to manage the growing problem of deer in the outer northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Landcare Farming Program

Landcare Farming Program program aims to provide easy access and support for farmers to connect with leading university and industry-led research programs, partnership opportunities, tools and resources. A new website for the program was launched recently and can be viewed at https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcarefarming

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