Annual Information Statement 2016

Legal Name
Connecting Country (Mount Alexander Region) Inc

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2016 reporting period?
Main activity
Environmental activities
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
In the 2015-16 financial year, Connecting Country implemented 12 projects that had the ultimate aim of habitat restoration in the Mount Alexander Region. These were implemented by the Connecting Country staff with assistance from volunteers and members, and with the oversight of the Committee of Management. Over 80 volunteers contributed more than 2500 hours of support towards the organisation's aims and objectives as part of these projects and other activities.During the year our major ongoing program, Connecting Landscapes Across the Mount Alexander Region involved the establishment and implementation of an additional 28 new stewardship agreements with local landholders. Once again, a works crew was employed for 9 months to assist landholders with the implementation activities, including remnant vegetation protection, revegetation, weed and pest animal control, stock grazing changes and protective fences. The works crew members also received formal and on-the-job training as part of their employment.The Stewards for Woodland Birds program supported local community members to obtain a better understanding local bird species, their distribution, habitat requirements and threatening processes. Local action planning and habitat restoration programs were designed and are in the process of being launched and implemented. Connecting Countrys 10-year woodland bird action plan continues to be implemented, with promising early results.Twenty-one education events were supported during the year, with 847 participants learning about a range of land management techniques including living with fire risk while maintaining and restoring bushland; biodiversity on farms; fencing for habitat protection; sustainable farming field days; weed control techniques; and woodland bird identification and habitat restoration. Other environmental education activities supported during the year included the development of information brochures, distribution of more than 100 website blog-posts and the development of online videos about weed and rabbit control. An active presence on Facebook was also established. A monthly Nature News article in the local paper commenced, using a different writer each month from the local community.Thirty-one Landcare and Friends groups were supported by the local Landcare Facilitator. In addition to general advice and support, the local groups were assisted with successful shire-wide grant applications, liaison with government agencies, Landcare Link-up events, three Green Army teams and information sharing. Landscape change was measured through the continuation of our long-term scientifically-rigorous monitoring programs (birds, nest boxes, vegetation, reptiles/frogs), five community nature walks and a range of new citizen science activities. Copious data was submitted to national and state-based biodiversity databases. Local landholders were provided with lists of species relevant to their properties.
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2017 period?
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2016 reporting period
Who was helped most by the charity's activities in the reporting period
General community within Australia

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 2
  • Part time employees: 10
  • Casual employees: 1
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 80

Section D: Finance

Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Charity's 2016 reporting period
1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2016 Financial report
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State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

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Other comprehensive income
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Balance Sheet extract

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