Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network eNews October 2022

The link below will take you to the monthly eNews from Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network.

It is full of information about what is happening across the catchment including up coming events.

Of particular interest might be the availability of funding for a Shade and Shelterbelt project in 2023

You can also catch up with earlier news articles from this link

Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network eNews October 2022 2022-10-04T09:52:06+11:00

Webinar – A Farmer Perspective – making sense of carbon and emissions

The following webinar, part of the Agriculture Victoria climate series, on 15th September may be of interest to you.

6 September 2022

A farmer perspective – making sense of carbon and emissions

Cam Nicholson and Fiona Conroy have a long interest in improving, measuring and understanding the benefits from managing the natural resources on their farm.

The main focus has been on soil, water, vegetation and fauna.  Actions include extensive tree planting, fencing off water storages, reticulation into troughs, soil testing every paddock every 3 years (since 1993), as well as bird and fauna monitoring.

More recently they have been interested in understanding the opportunities and future market challenges around carbon accounting and reporting.  In this webinar Fiona and Cam will describe their progress so far and their future thinking around carbon, emissions and sequestration.



Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022

Time: 12 pm (AEST)

Duration: One hour

Cost: Free

Go online to register your attendance on Zoom.



Cam Nicholson, Partner in Nicon Rural Services

Fiona Conroy, Manager of Knewleave Partnerships

Fiona and Cam run a self-replacing, commercial performance recorded Angus herd and a superfine wool Merino flock with a focus on productivity, animal welfare and environmental management.


You can join our webinars via your web browser, the app on your phone, tablet or iPad or by dialling in.

More information

For more information about these webinars, including assistance joining the webinar, email

Webinar – A Farmer Perspective – making sense of carbon and emissions 2022-09-06T17:53:44+10:00

More Productive and Biodiverse Farms Forum

This forum in October in Melbourne may be of interest to you:

More Productive and Biodiverse Farms Forum

On behalf of the Australian National University Sustainable Farms team and the Deakin University Blue Carbon Lab, you are invited to an upcoming event at Downtown Deakin, Melbourne.

More Productive and Biodiverse Farms is a half day forum to share the vision for restoration on farms in Australia’s temperate woodlands. We will share ground-breaking research on the opportunities to improve biodiversity conservation and productivity on farms through improved management of natural assets, including remnant vegetation, plantings and farm dams.

This event will bring together environmental scientists, economists, regional field ecologists, farmers and investment advisors for a reflective and robust discussion about how we can save our disappearing woodlands.

Featured speakers include:

  • Professor David Lindenmayer, Lead Scientist Sustainable Farms, Professor of Ecology and Conservation Biology, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
  • Dr Martino Malerba, Research Fellow, Blue Carbon Lab, Deakin University

View the full program and list of speakers here

Wednesday 12 October
9am – 12.30pm followed by lunch
Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins St, Melbourne

Please RSVP by Monday 3 October (click here to register)

More Productive and Biodiverse Farms Forum 2022-08-31T16:51:38+10:00

Farmers Digging Deeper: Soils and Understanding Soil Tests

For all Neerim District landholders:

The Farmers Digging Deeper project and its partners are running an introductory program for landholders who are at an early stage in their learning about soils and soil testing. The program includes soil testing on your farm plus two workshops designed to help you better understand your soils and interpret your soil test results.

The program will cost you $150 + GST which covers:

  • 2 soil chemistry tests
  • 1 biology (microbial mass) test
  • 1 soil carbon test
  • 2 interactive workshops

Note that soil sampling will take place in late spring 2022, with the workshops being held in autumn 2023.


For those landholders west of the Main Neerim Road, ie in the Western Port Catchment, including the Tarago Catchment, the information about the program and how to register your interest is in the link below.

Please submit your EOI by Wed 31st August.

Introduction to soils and understanding your soil tests


For those landholders east of the Main Neerim Road, ie in the Latrobe Catchment, please click on the following link below to submit an expression of interest.

Please submit your EOI by Wed 31st August.

For more information contact Kelsey Tong on


Places are limited and submission of EOI does not guarantee participation. EOIs will be assessed and participants selected by the project team whose decision will be final.

Please note: the program is the same, run by the same people, whichever side of the main road you live on.

Farmers Digging Deeper: Soils and Understanding Soil Tests 2022-08-09T17:36:51+10:00

Caring For Nature Expo Ballarat 11 Sept 2022 – Save the Date

Dear Landcarer

Ballarat caring for nature expo – Sunday 11 Sept 2022
Put a save the date note in your diary

This Expo funded by DELWP Victoria is aimed at attracting young people to consider careers and volunteer opportunities in nature.

The Caring for Nature Expo is to be held at the Earth Education Centre in Ballarat as part of the Victorian Nature Festival in September.

The Victorian Environmental Friends Network is organising food vans, coffee, music and a variety of environmental speakers and stalls.

While the event is specifically targeting secondary and tertiary students, everyone is welcome!


  • When: Sunday, 11 September 2022 from 10.00am – 3.00pm with networking hour afterwards
  • Where: Earth Education Centre, 59 Olympic Avenue, Mount Clear (Ballarat)
Caring For Nature Expo Ballarat 11 Sept 2022 – Save the Date 2022-08-02T16:08:24+10:00

NSPS National Tree Planting Day & FMD Webinar & Tacklebox – a Young Landcarers Conference

There are 3 events coming up that you may be interested in.

  1. As local Landcare volunteers you are invited to Neerim South Primary School next Friday, 5th August, to join in with the students as they put more native plants in the school habitat garden. There will be 2 sessions – 10.00am to 11.00am and 11.45am to 12.45pm. You will need to present your Working With Children Check to the school office when you arrive.
  2. There will be a free Webinar on Monday, 1st August, repeated on Thursday, 4th August on Foot and Mouth Disease – Risks, Preparations  and Actions for individual landholders. The details are at the link below:  AgVic FMD Webinars Aug 2022 (002)
  3. Gippsland Intrepid Landcare is hosting a statewide 2 day conference at Walkerville  in September for young people interested in becoming involved in landcare and making changes for the environment. Limited to 25 attendees. You must be between the ages of 25 and 40. Intrepid Landcare is a national movement that connects young people to their local landcare community and environment. Tacklebox 2022_poster_v1-min
NSPS National Tree Planting Day & FMD Webinar & Tacklebox – a Young Landcarers Conference 2022-07-29T11:16:09+10:00