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Annual General Meeting Wangaratta Sustainability Network   
The Vine Hotel 13 November 2017
     Chair’s Reports
  Tony Lane Click Here

Guest Speaker at the combined Wangaratta Sustainability Network and Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group AGM was Linton Briggs a local apiarist whose subject was "Bees and Trees". Linton's vast knowledge and experience was greatly appreciated by the members.

A recent Student Environment Day held in Wangaratta.

· Overall a great day. The children love SEED Day & gain a lot from the presenters.

· It was a fantastic day! Activities were extremely relevant & the children were really engaged.
· Great selection of workshops. Loved having secondary students also part of the day.
· Great Day!
· Students enjoyed practical activities and being able to participate in different events.
· A fantastic interactive day. Well organised and resourced.

The shopping aspect was
· A great comparative task that provided an awareness of the environmental impact of waste.

Let's have a waste wise Christmas
Wangaratta Chronicle article 13 Dec 2017

Wangaratta Waste Wise
Article from Wangaratta Chronicle 10 Nov 2017
  Wangaratta Community 
Nature Day
Apex Park
Sunday 19th November
10-30 am to 1-30 pm 

A workshop brought to you by the Wangaratta Sustainability Network and the North East Catchment Management Authority
Friday 24 November, 5.30pm - 8pm
Galen College Auditorium, Entrance 2, Phillipson St, Wangaratta
Please join us for a free dinner featuring Murray Cod fillets.
Bookings are essential at

A letter from Craig Ingram
State Director - National Carp Control Plan
Victorian Fisheries Authority
Hi all
I would like to invite you to attend a workshop to discuss the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), the workshop is being held by the Victorian Government in collaboration with the North East Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) and the NCCP
The NCCP aims to have the required approvals in place for the release of the CyHV-3 (carp herpesvirus) as a biological control agent to reduce carp numbers in Australian waterways by the end of 2018.
· 12 pm – 4 pm on the 8th November at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre 33/37 Ford Street, Wangaratta VIC 3677, Australia
The workshop will give participants an opportunity to ask questions, provide input and receive the latest information on the proposed release of the virus including scientific research and risk assessment undertaken. The formal approval process required under the NCCP will also be outlined.
Through community representation and participation at the workshop, the Victorian Government aims to better understand local issues that will need to be considered to minimise the impact of the virus release and ensure an effective clean-up strategy.
The common carp is the dominant fish species in many south-eastern Australian rivers and is recognised as one of the worst invasive pest species in Australia. Detrimental impacts of carp include decreased water quality, algal blooms, river bank damage and destruction of aquatic vegetation, with economic costs estimated at up to $500 million per annum.
Managing for healthy Victorian waterways is critical to deliver ecological values of habitat for a variety of native fish, plants, birds and animals, while also providing strong regional economic and social benefits. It is for this reason that the State and Territory governments are working on development and implementation of the NCCP. I have been asked to coordinate the Victorian Government’s involvement and consultation on the plan.
Community meetings will also be held from 6pm-8pm on the 8th November at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre and at 6pm-8pm on 9th November St Ives Wodonga, 64 Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island, Wodonga.
We would welcome you attending these meetings and would welcome your assistance in sharing details of the community meeting with your contacts.
More details on the plan are available at the NCCP website
If you would like more details please feel free to contact me on 03 9658 4737 or and RSVP your attendance by return email.
Craig Ingram

Business Benefits of Climate Change Forum

The recently held forum in Wangaratta involved respected, knowledgeable and interesting speakers.  Seven presenters have kindly agreed to having their talks available to view here or on the Climate Change tag above.

Macquarrie Perch Release

Article and Photo DELWP Hume
More than 8000 Macquarie Perch fingerlings were released into the Ovens River between Wangaratta and Whorouly on Tuesday (31 January) in another boost for the nationally threatened species.
This unique project involves several government agencies and the community including local schools, and hopes to re-establish a viable self-sustaining population in the Ovens catchment.
The program has been accelerated over five years instead of 10 by also including the translocation of larger fish from Dartmouth Dam as well as the fingerlings reared at the Fisheries Victoria hatchery at Snobs Creek.
Prior to the 1950s MacPerch were abundant in the Ovens River but were considered extinct before this re-introduction program commenced.
Pictured: Ian Davidson (Ovens Landcare Network), Huiking Ho (Fisheries Victoria), and Tony Lane and Kelvin Berry from Wangaratta Sustainability Network, and landholder Paul Kneebone.
North East CMA Native Fish Australia Rural City of Wangaratta Alpine Shire Council

Guest Speaker at Wangaratta Urban Landcare and Wanaratta Sustainability Annual Meeting 2016
Freddie Dowling

Uncle Freddie is a respected elder of the Bpangerang people, the traditional custodians who occupied much of what is now North Eastern Victoria. Freddie grew up in Wangaratta and is a storyteller and published author. No More the Valleys Ring with Koorie Laughter and Grandpa Milawa Stories feature tales told to him by his family.


Wangaratta Summer Carp Muster 2016

 How to use the “Feral Fish Scan”

Go to and register your details – or click here to register

Record your sightings on the Carp Map here..
You can also download a free Mobile Phone App (Apple iOS/Android) to record your sightings and captures, directly from the riverbank. 

Click here for Android devices, and  here for Apple devices, or go to the FeralFishScan full website homepage.
Delivery of Carp:
If you want to have your carp counted as part of the Summer Carp Muster and potential prizes , they must be delivered to Wareena Park Hall in Swan St Wangaratta. Kelvin Berry will be there to measure the carp and put them in the freezer. Later they go to Nutrisoil to be turned into fertilizer and compost. Fish do not need to be delivered on the day theyare caught as they will keep for 24 hours.
Contact Kelvin on 0407 805 670 regarding drop off times. 

Other Information:
The participants agree that Wangaratta Sustainability Network, its organisers & volunteers will not be liable for:
Injuries sustained by the participant.
Lost or damaged property owned by, or in the possession of the participant.
Participants will:
Take reasonable care for their own safety and that of others, wear sturdy enclosed footwear & watch out for snakes.
Comply with State of Victoria’s fishing methods & legal requirements. In late January there will be an event to highlight the results on Australia Day. 

Further information phone: Kelvin 0407 805 670 

or Tony 0417 378 983

 ____________________________________________ off Pledge Action Day at the MCG

More than 180 Victorian-based organisations have signed up to Sustainability Victoria’s TAKE2 climate change program to help Victoria reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today kicked off Pledge Action Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), one of the TAKE2 Founding Partners.

Several TAKE2 Founding Partners joined Minister D’Ambrosio and Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan at the MCG to mark Pledge Action Day where they were acknowledged for their work in climate change and their goals for a clean energy future.

Founding Partners come from all sectors, including business, local government, community service organisations and educational institutions.

In June this year, the State government set an ambitious net zero emissions target for Victoria by 2050 to help keep the global temperature rise under two degrees. Delivered by SV, TAKE2 will help Victorian organisations and individuals follow the lead of the Founding Partners and make a meaningful contribution to reaching that target.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said TAKE2 is the first state-government led, voluntary climate change pledge program in Australia and one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the world.

“TAKE2 requires all sectors and communities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, but to also motivate and inspire others, such as staff, members, suppliers and networks, to also take action.

“Through TAKE2, Victoria has taken a significant step towards real and achievable climate change action.

“Our long-term target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 puts us in line with other states and territories, and shows that we have a clear climate change agenda,” Mr Krpan said.

TAKE2 also helps participating organisations promote their commitment to a zero carbon future for Victoria and get the recognition they deserve.

Wangaratta Sustainability Network is a Founding Partner of TAKE2 and encourages other organisations and individuals to make their TAKE2 pledge at and then choose the climate change actions they will take to do their part.

Check out the latest videos from DELWP, which feature the partnership with WSN
Carp Removal



Fish boost for Ovens
Article from Wangaratta Chronicle 25 January 2016

Article from Border Mail re Wangaratta Sustainability Network's  Climate  Action Group.
This article has information about the presentation of our climate change petition to Cathy McGowan  on November 8 and attending the People's Climate Change March on November 27.

Click on this link to read the article:
Did you miss the North East Victorian Carp Conference?
Click on the links below to get some of the important information shared.


The Mullinmur Billabongs area, On Galen College land has been revitalized.
From Wangaratta Chronicle Monday 18 May 2015

Please click on the link to view a new video showcasing the collaborative multi-agency & community project helping to re-establish the Macquarie Perch into the Ovens.
By Diane Farmer
The FeralFishScan is a new resource that was demonstrated by Peter West from Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) on Friday the 24th April at the Ovens River, Tarrawingee. The FeralFishScan is a mapping resource for communities to track and record the presence of pest fish species in our waterways.  Wangaratta Sustainability Network– Restoring Our Waterways (WSN) has been heavily involved in the removal of Carp from our waterways and this resource is going to be a fantastic tool for local members of the community to assist WSN – ROW with our Carp Removal Programs that have been taking place over the past four years. It will assist us in knowing what areas to target next Summer and in the future and will help us to put in place and achieve our effective three year management plan”.
In May, WSN will be releasing a full report on our Carp Removal Program which has taken place over the past few years, and will include the number of Carp removed from our local Rivers and Creeks, and the weight transport to NutriSoil for recycling, which will astound you.
By entering your data into the FeralFishScan you will help WSN plan future management control of Carp in our local area. The mapping of carp spawning sites is particularly important for controlling their numbers, and this data entered will be helping WSN – ROW to map feral fish hotspots, identify breeding sites, and control feral fish in our local area.

Kelvin Berry WSN – ROW Fishing Coordinator along with other WSN-ROW members  attended the FeralFishScan Launch Event on to ensure we gain all the necessary information about the FeralFishScan that was presentef by Peter West from IACRC.

There is always something happening to control feral fish locally and you can learn about current programs and how you can get involved by checking out the Wangaratta Sustainability Network’s website: WSN - ROW are always looking for new members and volunteers to help with our programs.

Tim McCurdy MLA,  also attended this community event.
For more information about our Carp removal programs in schools, Carp Musters and other activities contact
Diane Farmer on 0439020448 or
Kelvin Berry on 0407805670 or

Wangaratta Chronicle  (Mon 27 April 2015)
Macquarie Perch Released Into Ovens River

Wangaratta Chronicle (Fri Feb 20) 
Ridding River of Pest Fish

Reaching Beyond Demonstration Reaches project videos

Find more information about this exciting project on the 

Restoring Our Waterways page.

click here

Drone camera in action on the Uppper Murumbidgee demo reach

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