eNews 25 May 2018

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Hello Visitor,

As we head into winter, the drought conditions worsen, so we share with you avenues for information and assistance. On the other hand, there are still some great opportunities around for building our skills and knowledge and we encourage you to join in where you can.

In this issue:


Have your say on Mother of Ducks Draft Plan

The Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management is now available for review and commen at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/mother-of-ducks-lagoon-nature-reserve-draft-plan-management.htm Public exhibition of the draft plan provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve located on outskirts of Guyra.

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Malpas Catchment Action

Burke 320Malpas Catchment action is happening once more. Project Officer Rachel Lawrence has commenced in a part-time role with Southern New England Landcare. Rachel will work with landholders and community groups in the catchment as well as Armidale Regional Council and NT LLS towards improved outcomes for Malpas Dam and Armidale and Guyra’s water supply.

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Drought: Issues, Information, Help

Dry Dam 320By Nigel Brown, Geoff Green and Beth Brown - Northern Tablelands LLS

The January to April 2018 period was the driest first quarter of the year for NSW as a whole since 1986. Few places across the Northern Tablelands have had a typical growing season and much of the area is in a really weak condition for livestock production this winter.

Making timely decisions is crucial so asking for professional help is a priority. The aim of this article is to provide resources and contacts for expert advice. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – it’s what we’re here for!

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Bright, Young Minds at Property Planning Field Day

GI High Biosecurity320The future of resilient agriculture is in good hands judging by the enthusiasm at the 2018 Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Schools Property Planning Field Day.

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Farming the Sun Sails Past it's Goal!

FarmingTheSunThe take-up of solar power has accelerated throughout the New England North West region. Farming the Sun's community bulk-buy program has added 2% installations in the last 18 months alone!

“We've seen the level of community interest in solar power grow greatly over the ten years that we have been coordinating the Farming the Sun community solar collaboration”, said Project Director, Adam Blakester.

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Helen Elizabeth Schwarz 1940 - 2018

HelenSchwartzOur dear friend and long-term Southern New England Landcare member, Helen lost her battle with cancer on April 30 this year. She was in Yass District Hospital, being looked after by a wonderful team, pain free, and having just seen all her children the Saturday before. 

A Celebration of Thanksgiving was held on Friday May 18, 12 Noon, at Piddington’s Funeral Chapel, Uralla Rd, Armidale. Donations in lieu of flowers to the McGrath Foundation, as Helen could not say enough kind words about them; they make such a difference every day to those fighting breast cancer.

Helen loved her art, garden and nature, and has left a wonderful impact on those she worked with over the years. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Follow your Farm Biosecurity Plan in dry conditions

Feeding hay to cattle320Introducing feed

As seasonal conditions worsen many landholders are bringing feed onto their farms from external sources, including interstate. This poses significant biosecurity risks and highlights the value of the farm biosecurity plan. A farm biosecurity plan includes actions before introducing animals, feed, chemicals and visitors onto the farm, actions on arrival and routine management on farm.

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Got your ducks in a row?

Fit for the future final 01 01A one day workshop for rural business owners to cover topics including:

Farm succession planning & business structure
Considerations when planning to transfer the farm or exit farming
How to make farm work easier physically as we get older
Looking after your mental health during times of change

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Farm Health and Safety Day

FarmHealthSafety320A Farm Health and Safety Day is being held at Kilburnie Angus on Friday 1st June 10:00am - 3:00pm. The day covers Practical demonstrations and short talks on working with livestock and horses (low stress handling), mental health, Hazardous chemicals and quad bike safety. Northern Tablelands Beef Officer Jason Siddell will be presenting on low stress handling of livestock. Other topics include services available to you from Safe Work NSW, Local Land Services, NSW Farmers and Country Women' Association. Understanding your responsibilities and obligations and building work, health and safety innovations into farm management practices. Please RSVP as per the flier.

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Green Globe Awards

green globes logoFrom the boardroom to the bush, the NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards celebrate sustainability leaders who are protecting the places we love. The NSW Environmental Trust encourages you to nominate yourself or someone else who’s making a difference to environmental sustainability. Businesses, NGOs, community groups, government and individuals working in NSW can apply across a range of categories. Last year more than a third of finalists were from regional NSW, so nominate an innovator, mover or shaker from your home town. You might help their innovative, game-changing or passionate work get the recognition it deserves. Nominations are open until 5pm Friday 8 June 2018. Don’t miss your chance. Click here to nominate.

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Coordinated Fox Control Starts 14 June

hans veth 385492 unsplash320Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is coordinating a fox baiting program to be held in the Armidale district and surrounds commencing on 14th June 2018. Get involved by contacting your local fox group coordinator or Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Armidale office on 02 6770 2000.

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Ladies in Livestock - Armidale

On 21 June Guyra and Walcha Ladies and Livestock groups will combine at Armidale. Exciting guest speakers from Auctions Plus and Meat and Livestock Australia. To book go to www.stickytickets.com.au/67468 or for further information contact Georgie Oakes 0429 310 264.

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National Landcare Conference - save the date

Dates have been announced for the National Landcare Conference to be held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre between 10-12 October 2018!

ANZBC18 Final Programme Announced

The Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2018 (ANZBC18) working group are excited to announce what they think is the best programme to date with an eclectic mix of International & National Keynote Speakers, ANZ Presenters and Poster Presenters. Take a look at it here https://anzbc.org.au/programme/ 

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Eco Schools Grants Program - Environmental Trust

A new round of the Eco School Grants Program through the NSW Environmental Trust has opened and closes on 18 Jun 2018. This program provides funding for schools to create environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community. More information at https://www.fundingcentre.com.au/grant/G00872/info 

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Transport Fund to Help Drought-Affected Farmers

freestocks org 100754 unsplashSMALLA new Drought Transport Fund announced by the NSW Government will help farmers manage livestock through dry conditions. The NSW Drought Transport Fund will provide up to $20,000 in low interest loans, with a two-year interest and repayment free period.

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