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Resource Newsletter - SUMMER 18/19

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2 RE-SOURCE I SUMMER 2018 Environmental scholarships now available Council is offering support to members of the community who are striving to create positive environmental change. Financial assistance can be provided to cover up to 80 per cent of the overall cost of eligible short courses and conferences. Disciplines that will be considered include conservation, land management, environment and sustainability. Up to $1,500 per applicant is available. For information on eligibility and application details visit hume.vic.gov.au/environment or call Council's Sustainability Engagement Officer on 9205 2200. Keep stock out of waterways Keeping stock out of Hume's waterways will reduce the risks to human health and benefit your farm. Stock manure contains pathogens that can cause disease in humans and stock. Stock defecate more when standing or crossing in waterways. They also stir up sediments and pathogens in the water. Poor quality water can also adversely affect stock growth, lactation and reproduction. Landholders play an important role in protecting the health of our waterways. You can reduce the impacts by ■ fencing waterways ■ establishing permanent off-stream watering points ■ maintaining adequate groundcover in paddocks to reduce runoff ■ locating stock laneways away from streamside vegetation ■ revegetating streamside areas. BENEFITS TO YOUR FARM Better stock management Fencing prevents stock falling down banks, getting stuck or wandering. Enhanced productivity and value Stock water from troughs is of better quality, easier to access and less likely to contain pathogens. This leads to stock being healthier and more productive. Improved water quality and recreational values Removing stock from waterways and revegetating streamside areas decreases soil erosion and improves bank stability. This leads to improved habitat for fish and improved recreational values. Melbourne Water's Stream Frontage Management Program provides advice and financial assistance to help improve the condition of waterways. To apply for a site assessment and grant funding call the River Health team on 9679 7431 or visit melbournewater.com.au Rural HIGAP update The current round of community consultation for the Rural Hume Integrated Growth Area Plan (Rural HIGAP) project has recently closed. Council would like to thank those who took the time to provide their feedback. Council received 69 submissions to the Emerging Issues and Options Paper. The submissions were insightful and creative, proposing innovative ideas for protecting and enhancing Hume's rural areas. Council officers will be reviewing the submissions and drawing upon the responses to develop draft strategies. In 2019, another round of consultation will be conducted where landholders and businesses will have a further opportunity to help shape the proposed strategies before they are formed into a final strategy. Look out for regular updates in upcoming RE-Source newsletters. Swap your yabby nets Did you know opera house nets will be banned in all public and private waters throughout Victoria from 1 July 2019? You can swap your opera house nets for FREE open-top lift nets at selected fishing stores. For further information, visit the Victorian Fisheries Authority website at vfa.vic.gov.au/yabbynetswap

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