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									Gippsland Natural                                                                              Newsletter
Connection                                  Issue 04/09
                                          September 2009
                                                                                      integrated natural
  In this issue...
                             Executive Meeting                                            resources          forum
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                             The latest Executive Meeting was held on September 3 2009.               GINRF Executive
  National Fire Warning
                             Items discussed included a report on the Natural Resources                Minutes - June
                             Report Card preparation, content and launch, the Narracan
Green Paper on Climate
       Change                Creek Catchment Plan and the Gippsland Region SWS.
 Gippsland Region SWS        The minutes from this meeting are still being finalised, but in the mean time the
       PAGE 3                minutes from the Executive Meeting held in June are now available for download.

                                               Report Card Review Outcomes
 Sustainable House Day
Tunnel Technology Saves
  Megalitres for MID
                             After six years of producing the Natural Resource Report Card and
       PAGE 4                Companion Document, GINRF thought it prudent to review the
 Coastal Safety Projects     structure and process of the GINRF Natural Resources Report Card.
What Does Your Garden        Ethos NRM was engaged to undertake this review after its involvement
       Grow?                 in the preparation of the 2007 and 2008 Report Cards.
What Pesky Plant Is That?
                             GINRF members were invited to participate in a number of workshops
       PAGE 5                to collect opinion and experience of stakeholders. Information
   Agribusiness Forum        obtained was reported to the GINRF Executive Committee and, from
Food, Farming and Health     that, a subcommittee was formed to address any outstanding issues.
       Conference            The outcomes of the review were ratified by the Committee and are
       PAGE 6                reflected in this year’s publication.
Emotional Intelligence and   New Assets - An additional two assets have been included in the
   the Organisation
                             Report Card, namely the Redgum Plains and Bunurong Marine National Park. A
 Catchment Ecosystem         number of review participants nominated the Redgum Plains for inclusion on the basis
   Advisory Groups
                             of their prominence and importance as a remnant. Bunurong Marine National Park was
Latrobe Climate Change
   Committee Meets           chosen as a representative marine asset, recognising that its condition will be closely
                             monitored during and after construction of the proposed Wonthaggi desalination plant.
                             Revised Asset Names and Definitions - Several assets were renamed in an attempt
                             to make clear the reporting boundaries. In addition to these name changes, each asset’s
                             description has been revised. The following changes have been made to individual
                             Condition Weighting and Components - The weightings, originally assigned in
                             2006 or at the time an asset was first included, have been revised to give consistency
                             between like assets and to reflect revised reporting scope.
                             Stewardship Components - Cultural Heritage will be assessed by evaluating a new
                             parameter called Indigenous Engagement. Agencies providing information will be asked
                             to rate Indigenous Engagement in a similar way to the other stewardship parameters of
                             Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, Improvement and Partnerships.
                             The full report discussing the Review outcomes is available on the
                             GINRF website. The report further discusses the revised asset
                             definitions, the standardisation of asset ratings and the new/revised
                             information that will be presented on the 2009 Report Card.

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 New National Fire Warning System
 for Victorian Communities The implementing aannounced that Victoria
                               Premier today
                                              new national framework
    for fire warnings for the next bushfire season following an agreement by all Australian States and Territories.
    Mr Brumby said the fire danger rating system would have a new category of ‘catastrophic’ (code red) to
    warn communities of the risk of fires that are unpredictable, uncontrollable and fast moving.
    “The task for all levels of Government, for communities and for individuals is to make the state and
    individuals as fire-safe as possible,” Mr Brumby said.
    “The new fire warnings system will provide the community with a better understanding of the level of
    bushfire threat on any given day based on the forecast weather conditions.
    “The Black Saturday bushfires on February 7 were an example of the types of fires that may be experienced
    under a ‘catastrophic’ (code red) rating.
    A new fire danger rating has been developed using the Fire Danger Index (FDI). More information on the
    new Warning System can be found here.

                                        Green Paper on Climate Change
    The Victorian Government has released a Climate Change Green Paper - the next step in their response to
    climate change.
                        The Green Paper outlines in detail the risks facing Victoria and the likely impacts of
                        the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, and also proposes ways Victoria can reduce
                        greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the impacts of climate change and become a leading
                        low carbon economy.
                        The Government is seeking feedback from the Victorian community in response to the
                        Green Paper, with a closing date for submissions of 30 September 2009, which will lead
                        to the development of a Climate Change White Paper.
                        For more information about the Green Paper, the submissions process please visit

 Gippsland Region SWS
    DSE has released the Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy Discussion Paper
    to provide the Gippsland community with a snapshot of the water resources currently
    available in the region, and the future risks to water availability.
    The Discussion Paper is the first step in the consultation process for developing the
    Sustainable Water Strategy. Submissions close on 18 September 2009.
      It will be followed by a draft strategy at the end of 2009, with a further chance for the
        public to input, before the final strategy is released in 2010.
           The Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy Discussion Paper is available
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                      News & Events

 Sustainable House Day
    The Baw Baw Sustainability Network is hosting national Sustainable House Day on
    Sunday 13th September 10am - 4pm with 5 houses open in the Gippsland area.
    Sustainable House Day is an enjoyable and informative way to learn about
    sustainable living. It is a chance to learn from the real-life experience of
    homeowners who have embraced renewable energy and found ways to lessen
    their impact on the environment.
    There will be a range of experts on hand at each house to provide advice on sustainable living whether
    you’re renovating, building or just wanting to improve some elements of your home.
    You’ll discover many tips including how to reduce waste, solar and wind power, reducing power
    consumption, saving water, insulation and building techniques.
      •     Trafalgar – 33 Rankins Road
      •     Trafalgar South – 537 Sunny Creek Road
      •     Yarragon South – 52 Earls Road
      •     Cloverlea – 1130 Darnum-Allambee Road
      •     Mt Best – 945 Toora-Gunyah Road
    For more information visit: or visit Baw Baw Shire Council’s environment

 Tunnel Technology Saves Megalitres for MID
    Southern Rural Water is using the same technology that is used to seal leaking walls
    in CityLink’s Burnley Tunnel to repair its Main Southern Channel.
    The flexible hydrophilic polyurethane resin is injected into leaking joints, and cures
    almost instantly when it comes in contact with water.
    Southern Rural Water is more than half-way through the six kilometres of repairs, so
    far saving an estimated 12 megalitres per day in water previously lost through leakage.
    Maintenance Supervisor Jack Hammond explained the resin is applied to the outside of the channel while it
    remains full of water.
    “In the past, other patching methods have always meant that the channel had to be emptied and completely
    dried so the patch could be applied to the inside,” he said.
    The cost of repairs is approximately $28,000 per kilometre, which includes excavation works to allow
    access to the full height of the channel walls.
    Acting General Manager Water Supply Lincoln Eddy, said the channel section was built just after World War 2.
          “Before using this new technology, we could only work in the winter months when the channel could
          be emptied, limiting repairs to small sections each year,” he said. “This new technology is solvent free,
              environmentally safe and approved for use with potable water while the channels are full and
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                    News & Events

 Coastal Safety Projects
    The State Government has dedicated $1 million this financial year to improve safety along the Victoria’s
    coast. The latest round of funding is for 20 projects worth $460,000.
    Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said Victorians would benefit from safety
    improvements at some of their favourite beaches.
    “The Coastal Risk Mitigation Program was established by the Victorian Government in 2001 to assist local
    coastal managers to improve safety for visitors and protect the coastal environment.
    “The Coastal Risk Mitigation Program funds projects such as the erection of safety signage, tree audits and
    infrastructure improvement, as well as strategic projects to ensure the safety of areas subject to erosion.”
    Successful projects in Gippsland include:
    •   San Remo Foreshore Reserve Inc CoM - Stabilisation of dunes adjacent to Sea Wall Walk and Foreshore
        Reserve. This project recieved $70,000
    •   Seaspray Reserves CoM - Coastal risk and safety signage. This project recieved $26,000
    •   Loch Sport Foreshore CoM - Foreshore hazard removal project. This project recieved $26,500
    A full list of successful projects is available here.

                                              What Does Your Garden Grow?
    Weeds CRC has developed the What does your garden grow? materials to assist anyone speaking to
    groups or running courses on weeds. The materials focus on garden escapes and controlling weeds in
    gardens and on the fringe of urban areas and bushland areas. The course relates very strongly to the
    nursery industry program “Grow me instead’.
    When: Tuesday 15th September 2009, Traralgon
    Where: West Gippsland CMA Office, 16 Hotham Street, Traralgon
    Cost: $200.00
    Contact: Gabby Mitchell on (03) 5175 7844 or to register or for more

  What Pesky Plant is That?
    The all new What pesky plant is that? workshop will introduce the recently published DVD 'Environmental
    Weeds of Australia' which includes an easy-to-use Lucid key and fact sheets for over 1,000 important
    environmental weeds.
    This DVD will be an invaluable resource to all those involved with research, training and management of
    environmental weeds in Australia, especially State and local weed control officers, Bushcare and Landcare
    When: Wednesday 16th September 2009, Traralgon
     Where: East Gippsland TAFE, Main Street, Bairnsdale
      Cost: $200.00
            Contact: Contact Clint Bain on (03) 5150 3570 or to register or for more
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                  News & Events

Agribusiness Forum: 5-6 August
 From global food security to banjo-plucking soil science, the range and relevance of speakers at the
 Victorian Agribusiness Summit filled our minds to overflowing. The West Gippsland CMA sponsored the
 event and was highly visible with a well visited display, along with our logo printed on the conference bags.
 Here is a brief snap shot of amazing facts and figures discussed over the 2 days:
  •     Australia exports 60% of our total agricultural production (down from 65% due to drought)
  •     Middle income earners as a % of total population in China expected to rise from 4% in 2000 to 25%
        in 2030 (that’s 25% of a billion!) – that is a lot of new demand for ice-cream, pizza and hamburgers!
        Excellent mid to long term outlook for dairy industry.
  •     Gippsland accounts for 20% of Australia’s milk production
  •     1 year ago there were 850million people hungry in the world, now there are 1.5billion and it is getting
  •     Brazil has astounding capacity for agriculture – the speaker visited one farm that had 1 million head of
        beef cattle
  •     60% of Victorian produced food is exported into Asia
  •     Wild dogs in the southern highlands are now 25% bigger than 30 years ago – soon they may start prey
        switching (ie. from sheep to cattle)

                          Food, Farming and Health Conference
 Nurturing the Land, Nourishing the People – 6 October 2009 Warragul Arts Centre
 A one-day investigation into future farms and food chains. Join experts to examine the way we grow,
 distribute and share healthy food. Get into grassroots networking and strengthen the links between
 farmers, food processors, consumers and health professionals. Explore regional development and business
 systems to get healthy food to the community.
      Great speakers lined up including Andrew Campbell, Sue Brumby, Bruce Kefford & Mick Murphy.
      Checkout the website for more details of program and workshops on
          For more information contact Jenny O’Sullivan on (03) 56632386 or email
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 Emotional Intelligence and the Organisation
    A particular area of interest to many organisations today is Emotional Intelligence (EI). Current EI research,
    from both within Australia and Internationally, is proving and validating Emotional Intelligence to be
    extremely effective in adding value to the organisation’s strategic direction as well as developing individual
    and team leadership capacity.
    EI competency is now highly regarded as a recruitments tool and has been embraced by many organisations,
    both public and private as part of their recruitment process.
    Learning Objective - The purpose of this one day workshop is to develop greater understanding of
    how EI can benefit and add value to the organisation as well as providing further insight into how we can
    personally enhance out own emotional intelligence effectiveness.
    Six courses will be held throughout October in Morwell (6 Oct), Bairnsdale (8 Oct), Sale (9 Oct), Pakenham
    (20 Oct), Inverloch (22 Oct) and Warragul (29 Oct). The cost of each workshop is $275 and includes lunch,
    refreshments and materials.
    Visit for further information venue details and registration forms.

                       Catchment Ecosystem Advisory Groups
    West Gippsland CMA’s Northern Catchment Ecosystem Advisory
    Group (CEAG) welcomed four new members at its August meeting.
    They are a diverse group, with members’ backgrounds including farming,
    nursing, revegetation, plant propagation, local government, education
    and architecture. Agenda items at the meeting included the Gippsland
    Region Sustainable Water Strategy Discussion Paper and the Victorian
    Government’s Climate Change Green Paper.
    For more information on the WGCMA’s Catchment Ecosystem Advisory
                                                                               L-R: (back row) Wayne Bath, April Nutter, Cr Beth
    Groups, contact Mikaela Power on 1300 094 262 or visit                     Ripper, (front row) Jim Ferguson, Ken Roberts, Jos                                                        Connell, Garry Hammer. Absent: Alex Arbuthnot,
                                                                                                 Robin Philbey

 Latrobe Climate Change Committee Meets
    The Latrobe City Climate Change Consultative Committee has met for the first time
    following its appointment by council.
    Latrobe City mayor, Cr Lisa Price, said the first meeting featured a frank exchange of
    views on climate change and the ways forward.
    “Opinion on the cause of climate change is not entirely unanimous and this was evident through the diverse
    range of thoughts that were shared at our first meeting. However, we were all agreed that climate change is
    happening, that it will impact on our community, and we as a community can play a part in helping prepare
    for the effects,” Cr Price said. More information on this Latrobe City initiative can be found here,

            The 2009 GINRF Natural Resources Report
            Card is coming soon...            Page 6

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