Annual Information Statement 2015

Legal Name
Connecting Country (Mount Alexander Region) Inc

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Activities in the 2015 reporting period
Main activity
Environmental activities
Description of charity’s activities and outcomes
Connecting Country (Mount Alexander Region) Inc is a community-based organization whose long-term objective is to connect people and landscapes to achieve a sustainable and healthy environment. It is our stated vision for the people of the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria to be proud of the beautiful, productive, healthy and diverse landscapes, habitats, forests, waterways, flora and fauna that we have supported and created. Connecting Countrys operations are based on four key elements: On ground works to increase and enhance native vegetation and habitat through grazing change, revegetation, pest plant control and pest animal control. Community engagement through education events, an active website and volunteer involvement. The implementation of a long-term annual monitoring program for birds, arboreal mammals and vegetation. Providing support for our 30 local Landcare and Friend groups. In summary, since its commencement (including the past year), Connecting Country has:- Supported more than 200 landholders and 30 Landcare groups to undertake on-ground conservation works, resulting in more than 8000ha of enhanced habitat. More than 40 site management plans were finalised and implemented in 2014-15 covering more than 700ha. A Green Army team was also coordinated in the local area and two community tree planting days were hosted. - Coordinated community education, publications and other awareness-raising activities relating to landscape restoration. We have run annual education events for many years, to which over 1000 people attended in 2014-15. Our website and regularly-distributed blogs are a key source of information in the local area.- Implementing a rigorous long-term biodiversity monitoring program, involving over 400 nest boxes and more than 50 bird survey sites. A collaboration with La Trobe University will result in a PhD student analyzing threatened species as part of our nest box program in 2016.- Developed - and subsequently commenced implementing - a 10-year Woodland Bird Action Plan. In the past year we have completed two on-ground works programs as part of this plan and are commencing a local stewardship program for birds. We are also working on a joint project with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.- Established and implemented a Works Crew program, which annually provides training and employment to local people in natural resource management. In 2014-15, our third crew undertook on-ground works in landscape restoration across the local area.For a fuller description of Connecting Country and its activities during 2014-15, a copy of our latest annual report is available on the website (
Changing or introducing activities in the next reporting period
Beneficiaries helped by charity’s activities in the 2015 reporting period
  • General community in Australia
  • All ages

Section C: Resources and operating locations

Estimated number of unpaid volunteers who worked for the charity during the 2015 reporting period
  • Full time employees: 3
  • Part time employees: 14
  • Casual employees: 3
  • Volunteers: 80
Where the charity operated during the 2015 reporting period

Section D: Reporting and regulatory obligations (This section is optional)

Commonwealth department /(s) and/or agency/agencies charity had to report to over the 2015 reporting period, excluding the ATO and ACNC

State or territory charity had non-corporate reporting obligations to.
Approximate hours spent reporting by paid staff
Approximate hours spent reporting by unpaid volunteers
Total hours spent reporting

Section E: Financial information

Charity's 2015 reporting period
1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2015 Financial report
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State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted

Income and Expenses

Income Statement

Gross Income
Donations and bequests
Revenue from government including grants
All other revenue
Total revenue
Other income (for example, gains)
Total gross income
Employee expenses
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
All other expenses
Total expenses
Net surplus/(deficit)

Balance Sheet extract

Total current assets
Total non-current assets
Total assets
Total current liabilities
Total non-current liabilities
Total liabilities
Net assets/liabilities

Section F: Other obligations

Governing document on the ACNC register current and accurate
Responsible persons' details on the ACNC register complete, current and accurate
Subtypes current and accurate