investment in healthy people and healthy environments in Central Victoria
Born out of adversity
than a decade of drought, devastating floods and the global financial crisis
have left a significant scar on farm businesses and the environment of Central
Victoria. While many farmers have left the land, many others confront the
challenge of economic survival in the face of climatic extremes. They continue
to struggle to identify and adopt farming systems that hold the promise of
RENEW was first proposed by community members of the Northern United
Forestry Group (NUFG). It is being developed in partnership with the City
of Greater Bendigo, La Trobe University, the Northern United Forestry Group and
the North Central Catchment Authority. RENEW
is building on the strong credibility and support of this alliance.
project aims to achieve landscape restoration in ways that help secure the
health, resilience and general wellbeing of rural communities.
Our Strategic Plan for 2013 and 2014
Read about the things we want to do and think about how we might work together through a collaborative approach. Talk to us if you wish to explore ways of advancing community-based programs that secure the productive capacity and environmental values of the land in your area. Email us at NUFG@NUFG.org.au and we will consider how RENEW can hep you.
E-mail us at NUFG@NUFG.org.au if you want to chat
needed to make it happen
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust has already allocated $100,000 per year for the
next three years and RENEW is actively exploring opportunities to match this
funding with contributions from the corporate sector and both State and
Commonwealth natural resource initiative programs.
RENEW alliance is taking responsibility for establishing the project. In time,
it is anticipated this partnership group will step aside and a Committee of
Management will assume the responsibility for running the project.
When the full funding is secured a coordinator will be employed to implement the project. He/she will work with local community leaders in identifying opportunities for RENEW to support restorative land-based programs that inspire community participation and well-being.
understanding of the social
benefits of RENEW established through research conducted by
La Trobe University.
A significant knowledge-based contribution to the science of land management established through comprehensive monitoring and investigation programs
A meaningful social and intellectual connectivity established between volunteer workers engaged in land protection and restoration programs
An inter-generational cross-discipline exchange of knowledge and skills between participants e.g. silviculture and farm management
opportunity for participants to join NUFG with additional benefits including
insurance cover, information, training and mentoring etc.
Enduring social and knowledge-based networks
An adaptive learning environment that engages, informs and involves
Multiple outcomes for land managers including carbon credits, biodiversity offsets, firewood, saw logs, seed etc.
Environmental benefits including wildlife corridors, improved water quality, erosion and salinity control
Acquired knowledge disseminated across the broader community (landcare groups, schools, universities etc)
Our Latest Newsletter
Renew Newsletter - December 2013
RENEW Newsletter - March 2013
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