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In your April newsletter...

Community gets hooked on 'Catch a Carp' 
and 'Fishing for the Future'

Riverside Golf Club’s annual Catch a Carp day on Sunday was much more than a chance to win great prizes for doing your bit to remove the pest fish from our waterways.

For the first time the day was being combined with a Fishing for the Future Forum to allow keen anglers and river-lovers to find out more about the health of River Murray fisheries.  Some of Australia’s leading fisheries researchers and scientists shared their knowledge on: 
  • The potential use of the carp killing virus
  • What can be done to help Murray Cod to breed
  • The science and secrets of golden perch
  • The safe handling of native fish species
Everyone knows the huge impact carp are having on our river system and removing them is a great thing to do - but there's also so much work going on to try to find long-term solutions to the carp problem and other ways of improving the health of the River Murray.

A terrific crowd turned out to enjoy a spot of fishing and learning in a beautiful part of our region - thanks to everyone involved and all who turned out for a great day.

Premier and Ministers visit Wycheproof

After two years of drought, Mallee residents were again offered another opportunity to speak with the Premier, Daniel Andrews, and two key Victorian Government Ministers at a community barbecue at Wycheproof last week.
Drought-related issues such as water security and drought support were raised with Mr Andrews and the Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford and Water Minister Lisa Neville.  
The Premier announced $27 million of drought support measures during a visit to the region in November and ahead of his second Mallee drought visit last week confirmed a further $3 million expansion of the Drought Employment Program.
Southern Mallee Drought Employment Program teams are based at Birchip and Hopetoun and have been working across the region on community-based projects.  Additional positions on the teams are now available, and you can find out more at the Mallee CMA website.
Mr Andrews also announced $5 million to build a Doppler weather radar station in the Wimmera, to address a longstanding weather information black-spot across the Wimmera and Southern Mallee, as well as $40 million in funding to connect the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline to the rest of the state grid.
Funding of $72,000 was also announced to look at how to address seepage issues at Green Lake at Sea Lake to enable future recreational water delivery.
Pictured: Southern Mallee Drought Employment Program team leader Chris Pridgeon chats with the Premier, Daniel Andrews and Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart.

Capturing the beauty of Mallee wetlands
A huge response to a photographic competition to mark World Wetlands Day has showcased the beauty and diversity of the Mallee’s stunning wetlands.
The competition was run in conjunction with ABC Open and photographers were invited to submit photographs reflecting the theme ‘Wetlands for our future: Sustainable Livelihoods’.  
More than 100 entries came from across the state, capturing the beauty of wetlands in the Mallee region.
The sheer number and quality of entries made judging the competition a tough task as well as the amazing, natural photo subjects our wetlands provide.
Melbourne photographer Craig Francisco’s beautiful image of King’s Billabong was assessed by the judges to be the best and his winning entry (above) earned him a GoPro video camera.

Fun, feminism and frivolity - Libby Price hits the mark at Women on Farms

Hopetoun and many other surrounding Mallee towns were booked out when more than 250 women from across Victoria converged for the Women on Farms Gathering 2016.
Fun and friendship, learning and networking were just some of the outcomes from an action-packed event.

The weekend featured a mix of workshops, displays, tours and guest speakers and benefited the entire region, not just Hopetoun.

Tours went to local notable sites as well as neighboring communities including Woomelang, Yaapeet, Patchewollock, Beulah and Brim. 

Mallee CMA was proud to sponsor the gathering, providing the keynote speaker, former ABC Countryhour presenter Libby Price on the Sunday.  With her irreverent wit, sharp insight, a healthy dose of feminism and plenty of belly laughs, Libby captured the essence of a fabulous weekend.

Pictured:  Top left, Libby Price addresses the gathering and top right, Yarriambiack Shire Councillor and Hopetoun Women on Farms organiser Helen Ballentine with Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart.

Mallee Farmer Newsletter


Edition 10 of the Mallee Farmer newsletter is now available.
This issue celebrates the contributions of four Mallee women, active in agriculture.
It also contains the latest season outlook data, results from the latest national wheat and barley trials and an update on grazing shrub performance trials.
You can read an online copy here, or if you would prefer to receive a hard copy, please contact the Mallee CMA on 5051 4377.

Have your say!


Water for Victoria
The Victorian Government has released the Water for Victoria discussion paper, which  identifies the key issues and potential responses that will ensure water continues to support a healthy environment, a prosperous economy and thriving communities now and into the future. Your views and ideas are important to help shape the final plan. A community information session will be held in Mildura from 6 to 8pm on Thursday 21 April 2016. You can register to attend or to find out more about how to have your say here Submissions must be submitted by 29 April 2016, via the website or general post.

Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036
You can also have you say on Victoria’s new 20-year plan for stopping the decline of Victoria’s biodiversity, called Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036.
The Victorian Government has worked with key groups to develop the draft plan, and now needs your input and ideas for how together, we can enjoy an environment that is healthy, valued and actively cared for.
To read the draft report and have your say, visit the website 
Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036 To attend the community information session in Mildura on Monday 2 May 2016, register online

Turtle protection program outfoxes predators

Manangatang students recently got a first-hand look at an innovative project at Hattah Lakes that’s aiming to reduce the number of turtle eggs eaten by foxes during the breeding season.
Mallee CMA Project Officer Mal Thompson fielded plenty of tough questions from the students about the program, which were captured by ABC Rural journalist Emma Brown.

The fox baiting program is supported by the Mallee CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Learn more about the project here or  listen to Emma's interview here:

Pictured: Students are part of the interview experience at the Hattah Lakes

Stock Containment Area grants now available

A second round of funding under the Drought Extension Program has been released for Stock Containment Area (SCA) grants.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) invites landholders to express their interest in undertaking works to protect their soils by installing a SCA.  

Grants of $2000 are available for each Stock Containment Area (SCA) with a maximum of three SCA’s or $6000 per approved applicant to assist with implementing this valuable management tool.

Funding is not guaranteed.  Project funding will be subject to assessment against funding priorities and funding availability at the time of the application. All applicants will be advised of their applications success or otherwise.

More information is available at the Mallee CMA website:

A bug's life at Cardross Primary for global water program

Thanks to Cardross Primary School students who took part in a recent  wetland learning session with the Mallee CMA  - it's fantastic to be looking after our environment together! As part of the session, the students learnt about food webs, threatened species and water bugs. Students are completing a Global Water for Life Project, where they link up with schools across the globe to complete projects. The students also got a chance to learn about the impacts of pollution in the Murray River and did some water bug identification.
We hope the students enjoyed the day as much as we did
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