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Steaming Ahead to a Chemical-Free Future

steam weederArmidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG) have received $25,000 in funding through the NSW State Government's Community Building Partnerships Program.

The funds will go towards the purchase of a steam weeding machine to be used for planting preparations and maintenance in the Armidale creeklands and bushlands.

"Currently, Landcare, Rivercare, and Bushcare groups and the Armidale Tree Group (ATG) around Armidale use chemicals to eliminate invasive weeds, annual weeds and environmental weeds from areas they wish to restore or rehabilitate," said Bruce Whan, a spokesperson for AURG and the successful grant writer.

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Grants Now Open for Groups & Individuals

angelina litvin 32188 unsplash320During the period December 2018 – February 2019, there are a few grant application opportunities of which members and member groups may wish to take advantage:

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Tails Wagging on the Research Trail

Baxter Detection Dog320When attempting to sniff out solutions to learn more about Australia’s biodiversity such as koala populations, what better way than to enlist man’s best friend for the job?

Detection dogs may not spring to mind as the first thing we think about when looking for koala habitat, but Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has commissioned a team of researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to find out more about local koalas.

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Project Expressions of Interest

If there are no current funding opportunities for you or your group but you would like to 'table' your project idea(s) with us and have us keep them on file until a suitable opportunity arises, why not fill out a Southern New England Landcare Expression of Interest form? We can help members develop their project ideas, or include them in a regional-scale project idea, and submit to a suitable funding opportunity whe the time comes. Anyone wishing to have an Expression of Interest held on file are required to be a member of Southern New England Landcare.

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Smart Farm Small Grants Close 11 Jan 2019

Smart Farms Small Grants ($55 million) range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $200,000 (GST exclusive). Organisations and individuals may apply for funding for projects that promote and deliver land manager adoption of best practice sustainable land management. Applicants may also apply for projects that strengthen the capacity of Landcare groups and others to improve land manager adoption of best practice. Projects may be delivered locally, regionally and multi-regionally. Projects will fall into one of four categories, based on their value and the outcomes they are focussed on achieving. This will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and forestry industries, protect and improve the condition of natural resources (in particular soils and vegetation), and assist in protecting Australia’s biodiversity.

More information about the Smart Farms Small Grants including application forms here. If you want to know what was funded in round 1, download the list here. If you want help from Southern New England Landcare to apply, please download our Grant Writing Guidelines here, and our suggested Program Logic Templated here.

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Landcare NSW Announces New Chair

 Landcare NSW new Deputy Chair Stephanie Cameron 320pLandcare NSW has announced that Deputy Chair, Stephanie Cameron, will become the organisation’s new Chairperson, in what marks a significant transition for the peak representative body of Landcare in NSW.

The transition marks the end of nearly 30 years of volunteer service to Landcare for outgoing Chair Rob Dulhunty, who was a founding member of Landcare NSW in 2007 and has served as Chair since 2012.

Landcare NSW CEO, Dr Adrian Zammit, thanked Mr Dulhunty and congratulated him on his momentous contribution to the Landcare movement during his time with the organisation. Read more

Events

Tackling Tough Times Together Grants Close 5 Feb 2019

rawpixel com 570908 unsplashThe Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. See the case studiesbelow for examples of the types of projects we have funded in the past, which may provide some ideas.

Thanks to the generous support of donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

More information on these grants can be found here.

If you want help from Southern New England Landcare to apply, please download our Grant Writing Guidelines here, and our suggested Program Logic Templated here.

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Are you interested in attending a seed collection day?

dev 465360 unsplash seeds 320pLocal ecologist and ATG Inc. Vice President, Dave Carr and other committee members will be out and about collecting local native seed in the Armidale area this Friday. If you would like to help out and learn some valuable tips on collection of native seed, then meet us at the Armidale Tree Group this Friday.

Where: Armidale Tree Group, 80 Mann Street


When: Friday 14th December, 9:00am


What to bring: your vehicle (carpooling might be an option, but bring your own transport just in case),your lunch, snacks and water, long pants, boots and hat  and secateurs (if you have them).

Wild dog info day

Grants & Opportunities

Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund Grants Close 27 February 2019

The Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund (AFTF) provides grants and loans for the enhancement, maintenance and protection of Aboriginal cultural fishing as well as for Aboriginal communities to develop businesses associated with fisheries resources throughout NSW. Read more.

Private Native Forestry Review Submissions Close 31 January 2018

arnaud mesureur 88560 unsplash 320pPrivate Native Forestry is the sustainable management of native forests on private property for timber production. It is a key resource for the NSW Forest Industry and an important land management option for many landholders.

Local Land Services is leading the review of Private Native Forestry in collaboration with the Environment Protection Authority and Department of Primary Industries. Full details and how to lodge your submission are on the North West Local Land Services website.

 

 

Christmas Closure

The SNEL office will be closed on Friday 23 December 2018 and reopen on Tuesday 8th January 2019

 

 

 

Christmas Bush320Happy Holidays

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