CHRL Executive Communique New Constitution adopted

An extra General Meeting was held on 4 July 2018 to seek members approval to pass a new constitution under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009.

10 members attended the meeting which was held in the Offices of CHRL.

The new constitution was unanimously passed by special resolution and will now be lodged with the Office of Fair Trading (NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation) for registration.

Background

The Constitution was last reviewed and updated in 2012 in response to revisions made to the Associations Incorporation Act 2009.

Since that time a new Regulation (Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016) has been introduced. The 2016 Regulation prescribes a new model constitution with this taking precedent over any matters an Associations constitution may be silent on.

The Executive Committee agreed at the end of 2017 that a review of the constitution was required in light of the new model constitution and regulation, and also to resolve any areas of ambiguity.

Approach

A subcommittee of the Executive comprising the President, Vice President Treasurer, and Secretary were formed in 2017 to work on reviewing the constitution and reporting back to the executive.

A review of the 2012 CHRL constitution against the new model constitution showed a number of significant gaps. While the 2012 CHRL constitution covered many of the same requirements, there were parts of the constitution where it no longer aligned with the requirements of the Act or the new Regulation.

As a result of the initial review, the Subcommittee used the model constitution as the foundation of the redraft, and then customised it to capture the objectives and operations of Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare.

Key points

The revised constitution is now compliant with the Act and Regulations. While the new Constitution is fundamentally the same as the 2012 Constitution, it is clearer and provides a number of new elements that will help the Association. key changes include:

  • Allowing the association to use modern technology (ie: reference to paying bills by cheque is removed; and emails; on-line registers; tele/video conferencing are permitted)
  • Aligning the nomination process at AGMs with the model constitution and removing previous ambiguity
  • Formalising the operation of sub-committees in accordance with model constitution
  • Reducing the Executive from 8 to 7 members, while noting that members can be co-opted to help the Executive through sub-committees.
  • Affiliated groups (formally group members) now do not have to supply a list of their members when they apply but do need to show that the purpose of their incorporated entity is aligned with CHRL.
  • Affiliated Groups (being an incorporated entity) are clarified to have one vote, removing the conflicting clauses in the previous constitution.
  • Addition of new Part that formalises the nomination and approval of sites as CHRL Landcare sites – this formalises the current practice and ensures that the Association has visibility over sites where members carry out Landcare activities. This is necessary to improve governance.
  • Dispute resolution clause—revised so that it now applies to staff as well as members, and references the CHRL Grievance Policy
  • General meeting quorum—now requires any 7 members, not 7 members from 7 separate sites. This is because there are members now who are not affiliated with a site, or who work across several sites, and also reflects ongoing changes to types of activities Landcare conducts (ie: blitzes, short-term projects) rather than being associated with only one location.

ET – Environmental Education Grants 2017

The Environmental Education grants program is now open for Expressions of Interest. The closing date is 3pm Monday 10th April 2017.
The aim of the Environmental Education Grants Program is to support educational projects or programs that develop or widen the community’s knowledge of skills in, and commitment to, protecting the environment and promoting sustainable behaviour.
The Environmental Education application process has two stages: expression of interest, and then application by invitation only.
Click here to link to the Trust page for guidelines and application form.

Expressions of Interest sought from Qualified Bush Regenerators

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Inc. is seeking expressions of interest from qualified bush regenerators interested in contract Landcare works and/or Landcare training provision in the Coffs Harbour region.

Respondents must have demonstrated experience in a range of bush regeneration techniques & situations.

Public liability insurance to the value of $20 million, current Chemcert accreditation & compliance with WH&S requirements are essential.

Current accreditation from BNG Contractor Services Pty Ltd is essential.

Respondents should provide their current fee schedule.

Contractors who have previously provided an expression of interest should resubmit their details with updated information and fee schedules.

Expressions of Interest should be received by close of business 20th May 2016.

Expression of Interest documents are available here:

 

Tender Notice – EOI – Bush Regenerators2016

2016 Bush Regeneration Contractor EOI form

Allocation of Bush Regen. Works Policy

For further information:

Phone: 02 6651 1308

Email: jude@coffslandcare.org.au

 

 

 

Pest & Weed Drought Funding – LLS

Land managers in drought affected areas throughout NSW are encouraged to apply for up to $3 million through the 2015-2016 Pest and Weed Drought Funding program.
Based on the Australian Government’s priorities land managers in the Central Tablelands, Central West, Hunter, Murray, North Coast, North West, Northern Tablelands, Riverina and Western Local Land Services regions are encouraged to apply before 4 April 2016.
Funding will be used to:
– reduce grazing pressure from pest animals
– reduce stock losses from pest animals
– reduce the spread of weeds.
Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply for funding, which will be allocated through a competitive assessment process.
Applications close on 4th April 2016.
Go to http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/seasonal-conditions/droughts for more information, guidelines and application form.

Small grants for rural communities – Round 29

Opened:  21st December 2015

Closes: 24th March 2016

Grants available:  up to $5000 (projects undertaken between July 2016- July 2017).

The Small Grants for Rural Communities is a collaborative program administered by The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and funded by a number of private donors.

Not-for-profit community based organisations from communities in rural, regional and remote locations in Australia can apply for funds to support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (are for a charitable purpose) and clearly address a need in the community in the areas of social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education and cultural development.

For more information click on the following link

http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round29

Planning to prevent blueberry orchard erosion

North Coast Local Land Services and Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare are working together to reduce the potential for soil erosion on their farms. The high rainfall experienced on the North Coast, combined with blueberry production on slopes, can result in high rates of soil loss and pollution of waterways. Planning for drainage and earthworks prior to planting can lead to better conservation of soils on farm.

Supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Programme, Coffs harbour Regional Landcare is able to offer support to local blueberry growers to reduce their farm’s soil erosion risk.

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Project Officer, Pia Dollman said “We can provide professional Soil & Water Management Plans which take slope and soil properties into consideration when setting up blueberry rows, roll-over banksand access roads at the correct angle and distance.

“We have worked with local growers for a number of years and these Soil & Water Management Plans take the guess work out of the equation for a workable farm layout. We are now looking for growers interested in such plans,” Pia concluded.

Growers are encouraged to stay tuned for additional activities in the project including an upcoming workshop about the re-development and soil rejuventaion of ‘old’ and ‘tired’ blueberry rows that will increase production and prevent and minimise soil erosion.

For more information please contact Pia Dollmann at Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare.

25th January 2016

 

CHRL receives Landcare NSW Coastcare Award

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare (CHRL) was one of three winners of the New South Wales Coastcare Award. The award was presented by Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair at the 2015 NSW Landcare Conference held in Orange from September 1st to 3rd.

The Coastcare award is awarded to a community group/ network for excellence in activities that have contributed to the significant improvement of local coastal and/or marine environments including estuaries, coastal and marine wetlands and salt marsh ecosystems.

CHRL representatives Elisabeth Edwards, Jude Turner & Lindy Davis receiving Coastcare Award from Minister Niall Blair

CHRL representatives Elisabeth Edwards, Jude Turner & Lindy Davis receiving Coastcare Award from Minister Niall Blair

The Acting Chair of North Coast Local Land Services, Mark Bulley, sent his congratulations to CHRL on winning this award. Mr Bulley said he was very impressed by the achievements and strong presence of North Coast Landcare representatives: “This recognition through the State level awards only reinforces the importance of Landcare to North Coast LLS and I hope that our relationship can prosper through the Regional Partnership Agreement and ongoing collaboration”.

All CHRL volunteers should be very proud of this achievement as they have all contributed to making CHRL such a success.

Congratulations to our 2015 CHRL Annual Awards Winners

The 20th annual Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Awards were celebrated on Sunday 13th September at Red Rock. The day’s program included a guided kayak tour of the estuary, a walk amongst the wildflowers, a celebratory lunch, award ceremony and a visit to the worksites at Red Rock.

Very fittingly Red Rock Landcare won the Dee Wallace Memorial Award 2015 for outstanding effort by a Landcare group or site. The Red Rock Landcare volunteers have been working in the nature reserve areas around the village for the past five years. Their outstanding achievements include the large area of weeding and planting (24 ha in total), their excellent effort in planning and reporting, including monitoring, and their involvement in relevant training.

Red Rock volunteers Rose and Vern Treilibs receiving their award

Red Rock volunteers Rose and Vern Treilibs receiving their award

Red Rock Landcare is also very good at liaising with other organisations to maximise the outcomes at their sites. Rose and Vern Treilibs keep excellent records and coordinate these volunteer activities.

Long-serving volunteer at Dolman’s Point in Sawtell, Bill Zimmerman, won the Eileen Moody Award 2015 for outstanding contribution by an Individual Landcarer. Bill has been working for over 12 years at Dolman’s Point removing weeds and keeping the bush in good condition.

Bill Zimmerman Eileen Moody Award recipient

Bill Zimmerman Eileen Moody Award recipient

 

Congratulations to the winners, and the nominees, and to all our volunteers on another terrific year of Landcare. Everyone who attended the Awards had a terrific day. Special thanks to members of the Executive Committee who took on various jobs from catering to cooking snags to transporting gear to and from Red Rock. It really was a great team effort.

2015 National Tree Day

Jetty Dunecare took part in a local National Tree Day event last month on Sunday 26th of July.

A beautiful morning was a great start to the event with Jetty Dunecare volunteers arriving at 8am to help set up. It was a fun and fabulous time tying pink tape to the stakes for easy finding, filling mulch bags and setting out plants.  Great teamwork everyone! National Tree Day 2015 Jetty Dunecare_150731

Community volunteers arrived at 9am and after a site induction and planting demonstration by Lindy Davis planting tasks were allocated and the plant out began. Fertiliser, stakes, bags, mulch and water were all ready on site. By the end of the morning approximately 200 natives were planted out.

National Tree Day Jetty Dunecare (2)_150731

The event was held at the northern end of Boambee Beach in the foredune and hind-dune areas.

It was situated here for ease of access to our 21 volunteers who consisted of all ages from 4yrs to 80yrs.  The plan was infilling an area to increase the plant diversity. Species planted were Coastal Banksia and Wattle, Beach Birdseye, Lilly Pilly and Knobbys Rush.The plants were donated from CHCC and some remaining from the 14/15 EL funds.

National Tree Day 2015 Jetty Dunecare (4)_150731This special 20th anniversary of National Tree Day will also complement Jetty Dunecare Group’s 6 year Environmental Trust funded Project from Coffs Creek to Boambee Creek.

Volunteer Community Service certificates will be sent out to participants.

Thankyou to all volunteers – what a wonderful success the morning was!

Peta Fairbairn

Highway Biodiversity Offsets

Roads and Maritime Services have just released a public Expression of Interest for interested landowners within 100 km of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade to participate in the Biodiversity Offset Program. Registrations are due by Friday 31 July 2015. Further detail including a fact sheet and registration form is available at this link

 

The Advocate – Landcare NSW News June 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of The Advocate.

It has been a very busy few months for Landcare NSW, following the NSW State Election and the announcement of the Coalition’s Landcare Program.

This is a great achievement for the Sustaining Landcare campaign and a testament to commitment and influence of Landcarers all over NSW. Now let’s hope the policy can deliver what the grass roots need. Our May Council meeting focused on agreeing how the policy should be implemented so a united position could be conveyed to the Government.

Our Council meeting also included a presentation by National Landcare Network CEO, Jim Adams, regarding NLN’s governance and structure. A draft Communications Strategy for LNSW was also discussed.

Also in this issue;

  • Sustaining Landcare campaign
  • NSW Landcare Business Plan
  • Program 2011-15 Draws to a Close
  • “From the Ground Up“ – NSW Landcare & Local Land Services Conference & Landcare Muster
  • Green Army Underway
  • Parliamentary Friends of Landcare
  • Landcare NSW Successful in LECG Grant
  • Landcare NSW Youth Ambassador
  • Review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009
  • National Landcare Advisory Committee
  • Political Engagement
  • What is the 20 Million Trees Programme?

Download The Advocate – Landcare NSW Newsletter June 2015 (PDF)