Wodonga Urban Landcare 2022 Annual Report

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OUR VOLUNTEER HOURS trees, shrubs andplantedgrasses2,300 VALUED AT $18,000 OVER On-groundwork7,515 VALUED AT $263,000HOURS Admin managementand3,368 VALUED AT $117,880HOURS Promotion180 VALUED AT $6,300HOURS 7 part time and casual 368 hours of providedtraining OUR STAFF 52 events facilitated & supported by staff for 3,448 participants $217,608FUNDING in new grants $6,574 in donations $6,109 in contractsservice $975 raised from events $200 in sponsorships 16 membergroups 491 volunteersactive8 newmembersindividual MEMBERSOURWULN at a glance (APPROX.)

3. ANNUAL REPORT 2022 President’s Report............................................ 4 Treasurer’s Report ............................................. 6 Facilitators’ Report ............................................ 8 PROJECT REPORTS Gardens For Wildlife ........................................ 10 Waterways ......................................................... 12 Healthy Hectares ............................................. 14 Climate Action Plan ........................................ 15 Member Group Projects ................................ 16 LandcareAWARDS Awards ............................................. 18 WULN Awards ................................................... 19 Grantmakers, Sponsors and Partners ..... 20 The WULN Team ............................................... 21 CONTENTS

This year we embarked on a three-stage approach to making our strategic direction come to life. We have made great strides in all three actions of the first stage.


• We have partnered with four groups in the Mid Ovens Landcare Consortium. These groups are contracting WULN to provide project officer support. This is a first for us and them and while there have been some teething issues, the arrangement appears to be working.

• We have been successful in ensuring more employment stability for staff. Three-year funding has been secured for the equivalent of 1 day per fortnight for each of Karen’s citizen science work and Lizette’s Garden for Wildlife program. The Committee of Management has also structured finances to enable another day a week for the NetworkFacilitator. Among other benefits, this additional day will help relieve the volunteer workload of the President.

• To relieve the volunteer workload of the Secretary, we employed an Administrative Officer. This has been so successful that the Committee has approved an upgrade to Office Manager and an extension from a few hours a month to the equivalent of half a day a week. This upgraded position will now allow us to also relieve the volunteer burden of other members of the Executive. Heather Davies has been appointed and will take up the position in July.

• To strengthen the governance of the organisation, the Committee of Management undertook governance training; reviewed the organisation’s financial processes and systems; changed to a more user-friendly financial software system that, over time, will result in more efficient and effective financial and payroll processes; and taken up a free government service to review and improve our occupational health and safety processes and systems.


• We have made a small investment to begin improving our IT systems. Karen was given a small budget to complete a renewal of our website and to provide basic IT support to staff, Committee, and group coordinators.

I am thrilled to report that the organisation has also made preliminary progress in five of the six actions that fall in our second stage. Apart from the actions led by staff and which will be reported in their section of the Annual Report, I take this opportunity to highlight three other key actions.

• To sharpen the focus of the Landcare Facilitator, we separated the position into two roles – one focused on support to members and one on the broader network and our external relationships. In October, Amy Daeche became our Member-Facilitator and in January, Jo Vincent joined us as Network-Facilitator. They have now settled into their roles and have set the basis for great outcomes in the coming years. I take this opportunity to thank our transitional cofacilitators, Sue Gold and Tammy Atkins who continued to fill the Facilitator role while we recruited to the new positions.

The coming year will see more evolution as we continue to make our strategic direction come to life. Key priorities include: consolidating and strengthening our member groups and their capacity; diversifying funding; securing funds to enable more of our staff to have greater employment stability; equipping the new shed; finalising (and implementing) our Climate Action Plan; further improving our IT systems and training; and continuing on-ground works in our local patches and across landscapes.

In January, Wodonga experienced extensive storms and severe flooding. Many of our groups found much of their revegetation work severely damaged, which was very dispiriting. Our members rose to the occasion and worked together and alongside Council to clear the mess and consider future steps. This resilience is typical of our members. I thank all our members for their efforts to conserve, protect and improve the landscapes of Wodonga. This year they contributed more than 7,500 volunteer hours to on-ground improvements and planted more than 2,300 trees, shrubs, and grasses. Their efforts can be seen across the municipality.

Governing an organisation the size of WULN requires an able Committee of Management. Without it, the organisation cannot exist. I am proud to lead a very capable team. Each member of the Committee provides valuable input. This year we welcomed Sharleen Sharp. Such renewal on the Committee is important because it brings new perspectives to the task of governing. Today, we say goodbye to Matt Trebley who is not renominating due to work demands. Matt has been an active Committee member for the past six years. I wish Matt all the best for his future.

Julie Hind - President 24 August 2022

The work of the Committee of Management is supported by our three standing working committees. The Finance and Risk Working Committee has met monthly to review our finances and ensure that our general governance infrastructure is working. The Marketing and Communications Working Committee has met on an as-need basis. The Equipment Working Committee was completely refreshed with the three former members retiring from their role and three new members taking up the baton. Many thanks to everyone for the extra efforts taken to support the important work of WULN.

I wish everyone who is a part of this wonderful organisation success in their endeavours in the coming year. Whichever way you choose to participate, your efforts are important and valued. Stay connected to each other and to the landscape.

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network


Donors and Sponsors

Grant Funds

We thank all our grant funding bodies: The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; The North-East Catchment Management Authority; The Albury City Council; The Wodonga Council; The National Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts; The National Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science; and The National Department of Social Services.

We also thank those who donated to, or sponsored our work:

Our trading expenses totalled $198,081.75 of which 72% was for the delivery of projects – made up of salaries and project goods and services.

Payroll Generalexpensesexpenses Project MembershipExpenses&Insurance Donation/Gift Income Income MembershipFundraisingfromEvents ServiceInterestGrantSponsorshipIncomeIncomeFees (State) DELWP (State) NECMA (Local) Albury City Council (Local) Wodonga Council (National) DITRDC&A (National) DIIS (National) DSS

The Norman Wettenhall Environment Trust; Rotary Club of Albury; Sunrise Albury; the Rotary Club of Wodonga; and the Wodonga Council.

This year we posted a net profit of $86,613.54 to add to our retained earnings of $223,147.31, leaving a total equity of $309,760.85. The bulk of this equity is committed to meet our obligations under our grant agreements.



Our trading income for the financial year 2021-2022 was $232,801.05. Of this, 93% was obtained from grants.

We have continued to be successful in obtaining the needed funds to continue our valuable work. Income

Trading Expenses

WULN maintains a healthy financial position. We have sufficient income to meet our obligations in the coming year. As we grow, it is increasingly important to delegate administrative and management functions to paid staff or relevant external professionals.

By reducing the volunteer burden, we will be better able to sustain the important volunteer input of our Committee of Management. To help us fund this approach we are now applying the real costs of service delivery to all funding applications and have approved an increase in membership fees.

Paul Treasurer,SchupinaWodonga Urban Landcare Network 24 August 2022

This year, the Finance and Risk Working Committee reviewed its financial processes We thank Jeanenne Stewart who volunteered her expertise to this revie w. While that our processes and systems are robust, we nonetheless continue to improve This year we also said goodbye to our bookkeeper, Wilds Bookkeeping Services Sharon Casagrande from Passion Business Services. With Sharon’s help we have MYOB to Xero as our financial software system and introduced an electronic Instaff.the

coming financial year, we look forward to introducing more efficiencies improve our financial systems and processes and reduce the volunteer load on Working Committee.

7. ANNUAL REPORT 2022 Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

The coming year will see us bed down improved financial processes and systems and explore ways of increasing the diversity of our income.

Paul Schupina- Treasurer 24 August 2022

This year, the Finance and Risk Working Committee reviewed its financial processes and systems. We thank Jeanenne Stewart who volunteered her expertise to this review. While the review found that our processes and systems are robust, we nonetheless continue to improve where we can.

This year we also said goodbye to our bookkeeper, Wilds Bookkeeping Services and welcomed Sharon Casagrande from Passion Business Services. With Sharon’s help we have transitioned from MYOB to Xero as our financial software system and introduced an electronic timesheet system for staff.

In the coming financial year, we look forward to introducing more efficiencies that will further improve our financial systems and processes and reduce the volunteer load on the Finance and Risk Working Committee.

Amy Daeche took up the position of Member Support in October 2021 and Jo Vincent began in the Network Support position in late January 2022.

with staff on delivery of a range of projects, with 52 community events successfully delivered. Time was spent reengaging with our various partners (excitingly with some face-to-face meetings), confirming direction and priorities for the future, and seeking funding.

With the lessening of COVID 19 restrictions, there has been a heightened sense of community within the network, with more opportunities for in-person events and onground activities.



Amy has spent time establishing relationships and communication with each of WULN’s 18 member groups. A key focus has been to begin the implementation of the recommendations identified in an extensive Member Group Needs Analysis survey conducted by Lizette Salmon in JoSeptember.hasworked


Over 7,515 hours of volunteer time was invested by our member groups in the past year through planting and weeding days and the implementation of grant projects. Staff facilitated many notable community education and capacity building events, ‘walk and talks’, and presentations given by local experts.

Amy Daeche and Jo Vincent

WULN was excited to receive another three years’ of facilitator funding. Sue Gold and Tammy Atkins worked with the Committee of Management on a new structure for the position. The implementation of this is bringing a new dynamic to the network, with the Facilitator position split into two roles.


Groups and staff successfully reconnected with our dedicated local organisations and school partners.

Our quarterly gatherings got shaken up to prioritise community networking, resource sharing, and engaging with local experts on topics such as climate change, habitat corridors, wildlife gardening, and new nest box technology.

Climate change mitigation has been on the forefront of most of our groups and staff events and has guided on-ground works and influenced plant selections this past year.

Our monthly bulletin continues to inform of funding opportunities, events and of useful resources. Many thanks to our volunteer administrative assistant, Bec Humphries, for her outstanding work on pulling this together each month.

Urban Landcare Network

Work continues with our primary partners North East Catchment Management Authority and Wodonga Council, and we continue to engage with the North East Region Sustainability Alliance, the North East Environmental Actions Roundtable, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the North East Landcare Professionals Network. We have also re-established connections with Gateway Health and Dhudhuroa Dhargal Aboriginal Corporation and look forward to future collaborations.


We would like to acknowledge the resilience, dedication of staff and the volunteer effort shown by all our members despite the challenges they faced this year. We look forward to the opportunities for new projects and plans for setting up new groups in the next year ahead.

This was especially so for the groups working along House, Huon, and Middle creeks, which were hit heavily in the floods at the beginning of 2022. These floods damaged recently installed infrastructure, caused significant bank erosion, increased sediment, and washed away recent and established plantings.

Our ‘Tree Challenge’ (funded through a Landcare Victoria Grant), has helped us to renew, strengthen or establish connections with Ambulance Victoria, Jacob Toyota, the Personnel Group, St Francis Of Assisi, St Augustine’s and Grace Christian College.

10. ANNUAL REPORT 2022 PROJECT REPORT Gardens for Wildlife toparticipantsAttracted256fiveeventsoractivities. Hostedattractingstallsthree264residents. includingmediaGenerated5pieces,threeBorderMailarticles. Created withFacebookWildlifeGardens154for(G4W)posts,reachesupto14.5Kperpost. presentations15 on wildlifeservicegivengardeningto345membersofcommunityclubs. Created three videos and two webinarviewedrecordings,by628people. giveaway270Providedplantsforresidentialgardens. Grew our 1500followingFacebookfrompeopletomorethan1900 Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

Although the G4W program was a success across all measures, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to pose significant challenges. The changing nature of COVID restrictions required us to be as nimble as possible during the roll-out of our program and resulted in two in-person events switching to Withoutwebinars.a

pandemic, we would have hosted more in-person events, accommodated more attendees at events, participated in community planting events and held our stalls in a greater variety of locations. The pandemic did, however, give us the opportunity to create additional videos and webinar recordings that will remain a valuable resource into the future.

- Lizette Salmon

Our project officer, Lizette Salmon, reached new audiences by giving presentations on habitat gardening to ten community service clubs in Wodonga and a further five in Albury, including seven Rotary clubs.

Our events in the past year included a presentation on native plants in a Splitters Creek habitat garden, an open garden in Glenroy, a video on creating critter-friendly gardens and two webinars (one on native grasses for residential gardens and another on attracting birds to gardens). Speakers included horticulturalist Sue Brunskill and ecologist Dr Nicki Munro. All inperson events were fully booked.

2. An Albury City Financial Assistance Grant will provide us with recurrent funding to continue our program in Albury for the next three years.

11. ANNUAL REPORT G4W2022received

1. A Bush for Birds Project Grant and a Victorian Landcare Grant are being used to create a ‘Habitat gardens of Albury-Wodonga’ photo book. This professionally-produced book will feature eight, diverse habitat gardens. It will be available in hard copy at local libraries and online from November 2022. Four Rotary Clubs have also sponsored this project.

G4W Facilitator

Residents browsed our displays and enjoyed free plant giveaways at Music in the Gardens and Kiewa Rotary Market stalls.

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two grant applications during the 2021-22 financial year:

The project complements other work by WULN staff and member groups, including the expansion of the Sloane’s Champions model into Victoria, working with Turtles Albury Wodonga, and other engagement activities delivered by WULN and Parklands Albury Wodonga. It also sits within the wider Lower Kiewa Stewardship Action Plan project, and WULN staff are participating in the steering group for this, too.

In May 2022 WULN successfully developed an agreement to deliver citizen science and engagement activities as part of the Lower Kiewa Stewardship project coordinated by the North East Catchment Management Authority with funds from the Victorian Government. The citizen science and engagement project is funded over three years and will provide opportunities to participate in citizen science and to support stewardship within the lower Kiewa River catchment. The project will host activities and events as well as use social and traditional media to engage with residents and the broader community.

Wodonga Regional Waterway Action Plan

Lower Kiewa Stewardship – Citizen Science and Engagement



WULN continues to collaborate with City of Wodonga and the North East Catchment Management Authority to deliver the Waterway Action Plan. The group has sought funding opportunities to support engagement with the plan and actions, including ongoing project officer time. During 2021-22, project officer engagement activities and WULN’s participation in this collaborative project were funded through other grants.

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

IT HighlightsSupport

this year:


The project tested a range of tools for engaging participants and evaluating their experiences across events hosted by WULN staff and member groups, in particular Parklands Albury Wodonga.

Developed and test engagement and feedback tools across more than 12 events, including walks, working bees and presentations.

FrogID and Sloane’s Champions webinar, with Dr Jodi Rowley, Dr Helen Waudby & Dr David Hunter. More than 40 people attended the session and the three presentations are available on the WULN YouTube channel.

Led three walk-and-talk events including promotion of volunteering, citizen science tools and stewardship opportunities.

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

Feedback from participants included exploring their motivations to participate, any barriers that made volunteering difficult or unappealing, and ways the local volunteer experience could be improved.

River Stewards

School events: 10 activities, including a webinar, 4 classroom-based sessions and 5 outdoor sessions. Combined these total more than 285 students and over 230 hours of participation.

The River Stewards project is funded by a Victorian Government 2021 Community Volunteer Action Grant. The project aims to develop a community engagement framework to explore and better understand the motivation and needs of volunteers. This framework seeks to inform future engagement activities and to assist WULN staff, members and groups.

I’ve continued to assist with IT support for staff and members, primarily with use of Google Workspace tools and content on the WULN website. - Karen Retra

Healthy Hectares

After the successful implementation of Healthy Hectares North East WULN in conjunction with Mid Ovens Landcare Consortium, Ovens Landcare Network and Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group have commenced the roll out of Healthy Hectares North East. The program is aimed at building the capacity of small and new rural property owners to apply best practice land management principles to their property.

Project officers David Thorpe and Gervaise Gaunt have planned the program and we thank them for their commitment to the project and look forward to commencement of the workshops in September 2022.


Introductory sessions were conducted in late July at Myrtleford and Chiltern and 60 participants turned up to hear how the program can help them achieve goals on their property.

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

A survey during sign up has identified a range of issues that participants are keen to explore and delivery of content will be based on this feedback.

- Jo Vincent Network Facilitator

Twenty two properties and 36 participants are currently signed up and will participate in six face to face workshops on property management planning, soils, pests and weeds, water, livestock management and managing biodiversity. In addition, we will be conducting an additional six webinars on a variety of related topics for participants and the wider community.

Climate Change: The impact on Wodonga’s birds

Climate Change: How to revegetate with fire in mind


Opportunities to participate in thoughtprovoking and informative events

Climate Change: A First Nation’s perspective


The workshops conducted included:

Climate Readiness and Adaptation: U3A presentations

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

The project has provided:

Locally relevant information about climate change impacts, and

Ideas about how workshop participants might adapt their personal actions and WULN’s actions to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Climate Change: The impact on Wodonga’s flora and fauna

DELWP funded WULN to complete a climate action plan through their Climate Ready Hume program. A number of workshops were held between February and June 2022 for the Wodonga community to investigate the impacts of climate change in the Wodonga area and synthesise actions which could be undertaken by WULN.

Climate Change: Action plan workshop

Climate Action Plan

WULN is now distilling key messages from government strategies and our locally run workshops to identify issues and actions for WULN and use these to inform and develop a climate action plan for the network 2023-2028. This will be completed by the end of 2022 and will form part of WULN’s strategic direction.

Member Group Projects

The installation of a fence and a water trough will enable off dam stock watering thus improving the water quality. The group is undertaking extensive revegetation to restore the grassy woodland, and installation of benches will improve the amenity for people visiting the hill.

Friends of Federation Hill received a grant from the Australian Government through its Stronger Communities Programme. This grant is enabling the group to undertake restoration work of the dam on the hill.

PROJECT REPORT Wodonga Urban Landcare Network


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Clyde Cameron Reserve Group has purchased much needed equipment for their on-ground weeding, planting, and mulching that they do with students from St Monica’s. This money, from the Australian Government’s 2021 Volunteer Grants program, has enabled volunteers to work more productively and safely.

Landcare Network

Friends of David Winterbottom Park, with the permission from the Wodonga Council, has deferred the second year of its Community Impact Grant. Flooding in January impacted significantly on work undertaken in the first year of the grant. Therefore, an extension of time has been granted to enable a new plan of action to be developed.

Friends of Susan Campbell and Kent McKoy Reserves has been implementing the third year of its Community Impact Grant from the Wodonga Council. This year, as well as more revegetation, the group purchased key pieces of equipment to help them maintain the tracks that were constructed in the first two years of the grant. This will improve the track amenity for the many people who use it.

Turtles Albury Wodonga has been undertaking conservation activities to save endangered turtles in Sumsion Gardens, Belvoir Park. Through the sponsorship of the Norman Wettenhall Trust, the group has undertaken citizen science activities, held education sessions for the community, protected nesting grounds, and supported members to obtain much needed wildlife demonstration licences.

Friends of Lou Lieberman Park, with a grant from the Wodonga Council, has refurbished the entry of the underpass at the northern entry to the park. This has turned a dilapidated entry into an aesthetically pleasing one.

Friends of Ewart Brothers Reserve received a grant from Wodonga Council to instal a waterpoint in the reserve. Pedestrian traffic along the walking track has increased in recent years. The water point now provides pedestrians with a drinking water fountain. It also gives the group access to water to help them maintain the community garden.


“I do see (the award) very much as a tribute to the hardworking, dedicated Gardens 4 Wildlife volunteers,” Ms Salmon said.

Environmental Volunteer Award


WINNERS: Gardens 4 Wildlife Albury-Wodonga volunteers Heather Davies, project officer Lizette Salmon, Garry Knight and Joy Bayes with Victorian Landcare Environmental Volunteer Award.

Volunteer achievements included planting 2720 native and indigenous species in Wodonga’s parks and reserves, planting 810 native and indigenous species in residential gardens and hosting 45 free or low-cost events/activities for 1800 residents.

Read the full story herehttps://www.bordermail.com.au/story/7527924/albury-wodonga-gardens-project-takes-out-victorian-landcare-award/?cs=9681

Gardens for Wildlife Albury Wodonga won the 2021 Environmental Volunteer Award which is part of the annual Victorian Landcare Awards. The Wodonga Urban Landcare Network initiative involved more than 330 volunteers who donated 1500 hours of their time.

Project officer Lizette Salmon said wide-ranging appeal had been a strength of the program, with cat lovers, habitat gardeners and busy parents among the participants. “We have attracted a broad demographic and we’ve engaged them in new directions,” she said. “There’s been things like eco treasure hunts or water bug detective, things to keep the kids entertained and it’s a bit educational as well.”

Presented to Bart Citroen

in special recognition for outstanding performance in protecting and enhancing the natural environment, inspiring the involvement of the local community, and collaborating with others.

Community Engagement in Waterways Excellence Award


AWARDSWULN Community Group Award

Quiet Achiever Award

Presented to Sharleen Sharp

This award acknowledges an individual who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment to Landcare. Through their actions, they will have had a positive impact on land management practices through onground activities and by creating awareness of the environment and sustainable land management in their community.

This award acknowledges a WULN group that has inspired and involved community participation in Landcare.

They will have delivered projects that have achieved environmental outcomes that protect, enhance, or restore the natural values of an area on behalf of the wider community.

This award acknowledges a group or individual who has contributed to the significant improvement of a waterway environment through the use of community engagement.

in special recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the natural environment, raising awareness of the environment and sustainable practices, actively involving community participation, and collaborating with others

In special recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to engaging the community in the improvement of waterway environments and the promotion of citizen science

Presented to Clyde Cameron Reserve Group

As a not-for-profit we rely on the generosity of our volunteers, sponsors and grant makers and funders.


The North-East Catchment Management

The National Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts



We would like to thank the following organisations:

Rotary Club of Wodonga

Rotary Club of Albury


The National Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science; and The National Department of Social Services.

Sunrise Albury

Jacob Toyota

Wodonga Council Personnel Group

StBunningsFrancis of Assisi

TheAuthorityAlbury City Council

Our Native Garden Nursery

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

The Norman Wettenhall Environment Trust


WULN’s members and community volunteers’

The Wodonga Council

Grace Christian College Ambulance Victoria

Noeline Elvin – Wild’s Bookkeeping Services (until Sep 2021)

Heather Davies Bart JohnCitroenWhale

Julia Jones Matt Trebley

Julie Hind Paul HeatherSchupinaDavies

Sharon Casagrande – Passion Business Services (since Sep 2021)

President – Julie Hind

Secretary – Heather Davies


Finance and Risk Working Committee

Until September 2021Simon Fisher Brian Trebilcock Joy BruceBayesNulty


From October 2021Sharleen Sharp Jacqui Tornow-Ziersch Matt Bennett

Marketing and Communications Working Committee


Sophie Enders – Project Officer, Healthy Hectares (until Nov 2021)

Simon Fisher Sharleen Sharp

Cameron Butcher – Project Officer, Climate Change and Mid Ovens Landcare Network


Sue Gold and Tammy Atkins – Network Facilitator (until Dec 2021)

Jo Vincent – Landcare Facilitator – Network Support (from Jan 2022)

Lizette Salmon – Project Officer, Gardens for KarenWildlifeRetra – Project Officer, Waterways and website and Google Workspace support


Heather Davies – Administration Officer Bec Humphries – Administration Volunteer

Treasurer – Paul Schupina


David Thorpe – Project Officer, Growing Healthy Hectares (April – June 2022)

Amy Daeche – Landcare Facilitator – Member Support (from Oct 2021)

Equipment Working Committee


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