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Resource Newsletter - SPRING 2018

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Hume City Council recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage within the municipality and acknowledges the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri as the Traditional Custodians of this land. Council embraces Aboriginal living culture as a vital part of Australia's identity and recognises, celebrates and pays respect to the existing family members of the Gunung-Willam-Balluk and to Elders past and present. Hume Enviro Champions might be for you! Enviro Champions are everyday people who work together to help make Hume a better place to live. It's a chance to be involved in a community project, while meeting new people and learning new skills at the same time. This FREE program runs for 11 Wednesday evenings from February to May 2019. Training includes Learning about positive behaviour change, Group activities to help create, define and refine projects that support the environment; Field trips around Hume to sites of interest, and Tea, coffee and a light meal every week. Opera house nets, commonly used for yabbying, will be banned in all public and private waters throughout Victoria from 1 July 2019. The reforms will benefit native animals such as platypus and turtles, which are often the unwitting victims of the nets. Opera house nets will be phased out and replaced with new open top lift nets, which are now more readily available to replace them. Open top lift nets can be used in both public and private waters and are proven to be effective yabby catchers; in fact, trials have indicated that open top lift nets and hoop nets can actually catch more yabbies than opera house nets when fished actively. A one-for-one trade-in is planned as part of the reform, whereby you can trade in old opera house nets for free 'wildlife friendly' open top lift nets. Opera house nets have been placing our native animals at risk and so it's time for us to embrace different fishing gear that will catch just as many yabbies without impacting our precious wildlife. Nets banned to save wildlife Want to work towards a more sustainable Hume, but don't know where to start? If you have ever wanted to form a community group to help with local issues this is a great opportunity for our rural landowners. Previous Enviro Champions projects have included creating 'bee hotels' as habitat for native bees and assisting with the conservation of a native grassland reserve. There is a maximum of 20 participants, so places are limited. If you are interested or want more information, please contact Environmental Community Development Officer Liz Shield on 9205 2310 or email envirochampions@hume.vic.gov.au This newsletter is printed on Revive Laser 100 per cent recycled

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