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Newsletter, April 2016

In this issue:

  • Landcare Association of SA signs a Mutual Agreement with the 8 South Australian NRM Boards
  • LASA Executive Officer visits landcare groups in the NY and EP Regions
  • Save the date!  2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards, 21-23 September
  • National Landcare Conference call for papers
  • Landcare Australia Special Projects Grants 2016
  • Gorse moth introduced in SA
  • Feral animal and weed control - Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine
  • Introducing Sandy Edwards, LASA Committee Member

Landcare Association of SA signs Mutual Agreement with the 8 South Australian Natural Resources Management Boards

The Landcare Association of SA (LASA) has signed a Mutual Agreement with the 8 South Australian Natural Resources Management Boards.  Mr Gerry Butler, Chair of LASA, said that the signing of the agreement formalises the existing positive working relationship between the Association and the NRM Boards.

“Through Mutual Agreement the Landcare Association of SA and the NRM Boards have agreed to continue working together to support community involvement in decision making and action for natural resources management”.

“Through this partnership we can develop strategies to assist Landcare Groups and individuals to improve the management of our natural resources”.

“The signing of the Mutual Agreement in SA is in line with agreements that have been established in others states and territories between NRM organisations and the peak landcare bodies”, he said.

Mr Frank Brennan, Chairman of the Presiding Members Council and the Presiding Member of the South East NRM Board is very enthusiastic about the partnership and said that the Mutual Agreement was an important step in focusing the organisations on the important work of putting the community at the centre of natural resources management in SA.

“The NRM Boards and the Association will work together for NRM outcomes while acknowledging the common purposes, capacity and responsibilities of each party.

“The agreement includes the shared vision that our natural resources are healthy, productive and well managed for our long-term economic, social and environmental wellbeing”, he said.
Gerry Butler (Chair of LASA) at the signing of the Mutual Agreement with the 8 SA Regional NRM Boards on 15 March 2016. (From left Gerry Butler (LASA), Frank Brennan (SE), Diana Laube (EP), Chris Daniels (AMLR), Parry Agius (AW), Janet Brooks (SAAL), Kay Matthias (Acting) (N&Y), Richard Trethewey (KI) and Sharon Starick (SAM-DB)
LASA Executive Officer visits landcare groups in the NY and EP Regions
During February and March, Glenn Gale, Executive Officer for LASA, visited several landcare groups in the Northern and Yorke and the Eyre Peninsula Regions.  Glenn said that the Regional visits enabled him to meet with and listen to landcare groups on their patch and are an important part of his role.

The visits enabled Glenn to see some of the projects groups are working on and to listen face to face with group members about issues that concern them as well as their past achievements and future plans.  It comes as no surprise that one of the major issues for many groups is the lack of availability of grant funds.  Group management and maintaining membership and enthusiasm are also matters of concern to many groups.

While in the Northern and Yorke Region Glenn was able to attend the successful Feral February event organised by the Yacka Moorundie Landcare Group and see some of their on-ground projects. Tarcowie Landcare Group members June Jenkins and Kieran Brewer showed Glenn some of the highly successful revegetation that the Group has done over many years. The carefully designed plantings have enable the suppression of wild oats and other weeds and the re-generation of native grasses and under-story plants. Gerry Butler, Chair of LASA, joined Glenn at Auburn to take part in a tour of landcare sites with members of the Upper Wakefield Landcare group.

Attending the Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association’s annual Farming Expo at Ungarra was one of the highlights of Glenn’s visit to EP. Other highlights were the Port Neill Progress Association’s coastal protection and revegetation projects and seeing the results of a 15 year landcare plan on Mark and Andrea Hannemann’s property at Cleve.

LASA will use the feedback from the groups to plan activities to support them and to advocate on their behalf at regional, state and national levels.

The Regional visits provided an opportunity to promote the Green Army Programme and to look for opportunities to bring landcare groups together to share Green Army projects.   They also enabled Glenn to catch up with Regional Landcare Facilitators and other regional staff with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
Ros Scrase, Port Neill Progress Association (left) and Rachel Rachael Kannussaar, Coastal Management Officer- Southern and Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, examine some of the coastal revegetation that the Progress Association has undertaken
June Jenkins and Kieran Brewer, Tarcowie Landcare Group, examine some of the highly successful revegetation undertaken by the group.   For more information see
Save the date!  2016 National Landcare Conference
and Awards, 21-23 September 
The 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21-23 September.
The conference theme is ‘Collaborative Communities – Landcare in Action’. The conference welcome and field trips will be held on the 21st, with the 22nd and 23rd as conference days.

The National Landcare Awards ceremony and gala dinner on the evening of 22 September will this year feature 69 finalists, nominated across nine categories, from all parts of Australia.  The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate 30 years of Landcare in Victoria.

National Landcare conference call for papers
On behalf of the 2016 National Landcare Conference, Landcare Australia Ltd has issued a call for the submission of abstracts for conference presentations.  Presenters should look to showcase the Landcare movement’s approach to agriculture and natural resource management and touch upon the conference theme of Collaborative Communities – Landcare in Action.  Presentations are sought for the concurrent session streams:

  • Climate Impacts and Responses
  • Community Engagement
  • Landscape Challenges and Responses
  • Collaboration and Innovation
Anyone involved with the Landcare movement is eligible to submit an abstract. Farmers, volunteers, Landcare groups, natural resource management organisations, primary industry representatives, environmentalists and conservationists, academics and researchers are encouraged to consider whether they have a Landcare story to share.  Individuals and groups can submit an abstract for the 2016 National Landcare Conference on the Landcare Australia Communities Portal 
Landcare Australia Special Projects Grants 2016
The Landcare Australia Special Projects Grants 2016 are intended to support Landcare and farming groups in undertaking projects and activities that protect environmental assets, address priority issues and improve the health of the environment.
Groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 (ex. GST) to support projects that focus on one or more of the following areas:
• Biodiversity and threatened species; and
• Sustainable Agriculture.

Applications open on Monday 18 April and close on Friday 20 May (5.00pm EST).  For more information, login (or sign up if you’re not already a member) to the Landcare Australia Communities Portal and click on the ‘Grants’ tab.

Gorse moth introduced in SA
A new natural weapon in the fight against the highly problematic invasive weed gorse has been deployed into South Australia for the first time.  Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said “This is an exciting development in our attempts to wipe out this extremely costly and detrimental invasive plant.”
“The gorse moth’s larvae feed exclusively on the new shoots and spines of gorse plants, reducing the number of flowers and seeds they can produce.
“Staff from Natural Resources SAMDB and Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges have released the moths at six sites across the two regions, and will now monitor how well they establish here.
Gorse is a declared weed of national significance, forming dense, spiny thickets that reduce available pasture, out compete native vegetation and provide cover for feral foxes and rabbits. With hard seeds that can remain dormant in the ground for up to 25 years, it can be extremely difficult to eradicate.
“Long-term biological control will not eradicate gorse, but we hope the combined impact of new and existing control agents will reduce the plants’ vigour and ability to produce seed,” he said.
Read the full media release here: :
Feral animal and weed control - Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine
The most recent issue of Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine has a focus on feral animal and weed control, including foxes, rabbits, deer and blackberries.  The articles are very relevant to many groups in SA.  The magazine is available online at
Introducing Sandy Edwards, LASA Committee Member.
To enable you to get to know the LASA Committee Members a short profile on one member will be printed in each Newsletter.  In this issue we introduce Sandy Edwards from the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Region. 
Sandy was born and educated in Melbourne. Sandy followed her mother’s footsteps with a sound upbringing with the Equestrian movement, where a love for the environment and the great outdoors were experienced on the 50 odd acre family property. 
Interest in Permaculture saw Sandy on the inaugural committee for Permaculture Melbourne in 1981, and within the next few years, newly married, saw a good quarter of a century breeding beef cattle, working on whole farm plans and improving the natural environment. This was done in several regions of Victoria whilst bringing up two children.
In 1989 as primary producers in the Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, the local  Benalla office of the Department of Conservation and Environment invited landholders in  the catchment area to form a pilot Landcare group, one  of the  first in the state, to be known as the Seven Creeks Catchment Group. Sandy was on the inaugural committee of this group, and later held the inaugural Facilitator position.
Recently, since moving to South Australia, Sandy is presently a member of the Third Creek Catchment Group, volunteer with the City of Burnside Biodiversity Group, on the management committee of the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, the Landcare Association of SA, and the National Landcare Network
Do you have a good news story to tell?
For more information on any item in this newsletter or if you have a story or a project you would like to share with the Landcare Community please contact Glenn Gale, LASA Executive Officer, at 
The Landcare Association of SA is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.  The Landcare Association of SA is a member of the National Landcare Network.
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