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Catching Up

In the Lockyer Catchment

NEWSLETTER JULY-AUGUST 2012


LOCAL NEWS and EVENTS 25th August Regrowth Vegetation workshop to be held in Gatton from 9.30a2pm at Stockyard Creek Community Hall. This session is being hosted by Lockyer Valley Regional Council and participants will be given a background to Queenslands Vegetation Management Act (1999) and vegetation framework, as well a detailed session on the recently released Regrowth Vegetation Code policy and procedures. Farmers who have questions about the protected native vegetation on their properties or are unsure of what the Regrowth Code is, or how it applies to them, will find these workshops worthwhile. Landholders who do not have a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation (PMAV) or have not recently checked the DNRM website to check their vegetation status on their property are also encouraged to attend. There will be a discussion on Fire and Biodiversity in the Landscape by Craig Weldon (SEQ Fire & Biodiversity Consortium) The workshops are free and lunch and morning or afternoon tea will be provided along with a ready-reckoner summary of the Regrowth Vegetation Code. Participants are encouraged to download their free Remnant and Regrowth Maps and bring them along to the workshop for discussion. RSVP by August 17 to Kaori van Baalen at LVRC on 1300 005 872

PASTURE MANAGEMENT FIELD DAY WIVENHOE


The focus of the day was on managing and monitoring native and sown pastures to maintain good land condition, with the outcome being sustainability and profitability of a grazing business. It captured interest from graziers across the Lockyer from Flagstone Creek to Coominya as well as graziers from neighbouring catchments including the Upper Brisbane, Mid Brisbane and beyond. Damien OSullivan from DEEDi led discussions on: Principles to balance pasture growth, utilisation and animal performance. Using indicator species to assess and monitor and when to sow pastures Suitable pasture and legumes for different land types and tips for successful establishment

Animated discussions with group at recent Wivenhoe Pasture Management Field Day .

RESOURCES - GRANTS - EVENTS


24 Aug 12 FACETS 2012 FREE EVENT from 8.30AM to 5.30PM at the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba Campus. There is a promise of short, interesting and punchy topics with a point, all from the perspective of agriculture. You can find out more info for the event here: http://www.facets.org.au/queensland/

LOCKYER GROUPS CORNER Meetings - Functions Events - News

Everyones Environment Grants


To help people get involved, the Queensland Government will be offering Everyones Environment grants to community groups for a wide range of environmental initiatives from 2 July 2012, such as: tree planting and restoring degraded land community clean up cleaning up our waterways run-off reduction and water quality improvement enhancing the natural beauty of local communities; and monitoring the level of pollutants in streams. The $12 million grant program will provide for grants between $2000 and $100,000 over the next three years. The program will work with local communities, and small and large environment organisations to tackle environmental degradation throughout Queensland. Round One commenced 1 July 2012, with submissions closing 28 September 2012. Visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au, Email: everyonesenvironmentgrants@ehp.qld.gov.au

Helidon Hills/Murphys Creek Landcare Inc Meetings held from 1-3.30pm each 3rd Sunday on a bi-monthly basis Phone Secretary Jeff Birnie 4697 6610 http://www.abclandcare.com.au Atkinson/Buaraba Creek Catchment Landcare Group Inc. Contact Robyn McIntosh, Treasurer/Secretary ph 54264304 or 0488128924

Talking Wildlifecelebrating 50 years with Wildlife Queensland, 7-8 September


The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland is the oldest, largest, and very well respected wildlife-focused conservation group in Queensland and is bringing together some of Queensland's leading wildlife researchers and campaigners to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012. The event, Talking Wildlife, will take place at Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane. Registration enquiries email talkingwildlife@wildlife.org.au

West Moreton Landcare Group 361 Rosewood-Marburg Rd Tallegalla QLD 4340 Phone 5464 4401 The group meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7pm email
landcarewestmoreton@bigpond.com

Lockyer Valley Landcare 13 Berghofer Drv Withcott 4352 (07) 4637-4642 email gandpgrimes@bigpond.com

Atlas of Living Australia


Sharing biodiversity knowledge. See more at www.ala.org.au

Government Extends Disaster Assistance Schemes.


Most measures under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) had been due to expire on June 30, but have now been extended to October 31, 2012.
Please send information on your Groups activities, events, workshops and meeting dates to the Community Partnerships Manager if you would like to have it included in this Newsletter.

SEQ CATCHMENTS OFFICE - IPSWICH 17 Lowry Street, North Ipswich 4305

Ross Bigwood Community Partnerships Manager (Lockyer) P: 07 3816 9743, M: 0438 162 113 Email rbigwood@seqcatchments.com.au