eNews # 7 - 29 August 2019

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Hello Visitor,

There seems to be so much happening! This issue, we have reduced the clutter in our eNewsletter, and to help you navigate, we've used four main section headings: News, Coming Events, Grants & Support, and Publications. Enjoy.


Help available in tough times

With the unprecedented drought taking its toll across our region, it is more important than ever that we look to our friends, family and outside services for support.

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Congratulations to two Armidale school winners

Southern New England Landcare Congratulates two Armidale based schools on their success in the The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Schools Property Planning Competition.

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Great track record acknowleged

Southern New England Landcare experienced a proud moment this week when an email arrived from the NSW Environmental Trust, acknowledging the great track record we have with the Trust for developing and rolling out exceptional projects in the region. We thank the NSW Environmental Trust for this acknowledgement and have published the email here for all to see...

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Landholders to muster around key climate challenges

Landholders in the Southern New England will soon have an opportunity to participate in four local forums designed to exchange ideas, knowledge and techniques that are more likely to succeed during challenging climatic conditions.

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Cat de-sexing subsidy to help responsible pet owners

Southern New England Landcare has partnered with Creeklands Vet Clinic in Armidale to provide an opportunity for cat owners in areas of high urban biodiversity to recieve a subsidised de-sexing rate for the month of September 2019. Find out how you might be able to participate!

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Indian Mynas targeted in control program

Have you noticed Indian Mynas encroaching on your patch? Indian mynas have been spotted across the Southern New England, having increased their territory significantly in recent years. Find out how you can help reduce their numbers...

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Wilmot wins regional 'Excellence in Landcare Farming' award

We have great pleasure in congratulating Stuart Austin and Trisha Cowley from Wilmot Cattle Co. Ebor, in winning the Excellence in Landcare Farming Award at this year's NENW Regional Landcare Awards held in Narrabri.

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Coming Events

Local Land Services Coming Events

Northern Tablelands LLS has some great events coming our way in the next few months:

  • 19th September Walcha, 25th September Guyra - Ladies in Livestock Sessions. Topics include understanding on-farm infrastructure options and watering and feeding stock in dry times. More details to follow. Contact Georgie Oakes 0429 310 264.
  • 4th November Walcha, Digging Deeper soil courses. One of Australia's most successful soil courses for farmers who want to build strong soil management skills. Cost $50 per participant which includes two soil tests. To book your place contact Karl Andersson 0437 867 523.

Drought Communities 1 Stop Shop in town

The Drought Communities One Stop Shop truck is in our area soon: Walcha Wednesday 4 September 9.30am to 4pm Located near McHattan Park on Fitzroy Street and Uralla Thursday 5 September 9am to 3pm Near the Memorial Hall, Salisbury Street. Download a flier for Walcha and a flier for Uralla.

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Grass Grower's Dinner Party

Are you a Southern New England grazier who needs a breakand a night out with friends? Join us for a social night out on 26th September in Uralla to break the monotony of the drought! Southern New England Landcare will host dinner and a Q&A panel with special guests including Dr Judi Earl, Bec Smith and Bill Perrottet. More information on the dinner here. This event is being held in conjunction with Southern New England Landcare’s Managing Holistically Out of the Drought workshop series.

Managing holistically out of the drought

Are you ready for rain? What will the next rain bring you? What will you change in preparation for the next dry spell? What are you learning from this one? These are just some of the questions that Dr Judi Earl will have local graziers investigating when she returns to the Southern New England on 26th September to run a three-day course, 'Managing Holistically Out of the Drought'.

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Grants & Support

Communities Environment Program Grants

The Communities Environment Program provides each of the 151 electorates across Australia with up to $150,000 to fund small, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities. In consultation with their community, each Federal Member of Parliament must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Applications close: 10 October 2019. More information here.

Fish habitat action grants

The Habitat Action Grants are funded from the Recreational Fishing Trusts which direct funding generated by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee towards onground actions to improve fish habitat and recreational fishing in NSW. Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for small grants of $2,000 or large grants of up to $40,000. Applications close 5 pm Friday 20th September. More information here.


Free NSW Weed Wise App

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has developed an app that helps landholders (and landcarers) identify problem weeds. More information at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds/nsw-weedwise-app

Small Environmental Grant Scheme

The Grant supports grassroots organisations who are working with on-ground community groups undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment. In particular, projects around: flora and fauna conservation and threatened mammal conservation. The next round begins in October. https://wettenhall.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/

Stronger Country Communities Fund

Applications are now open for round three of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund. Round Three will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects. Applications close 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019. More information at https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/

New Drought Transport Subsidy Guidelines

The NSW RAA has published new Guidelines for the Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy for 2019-2020. Download the new guidelines here. One major change is the inclusion of invoices dated from 1st January 2018 into the eligibility for the current financial year $40k cap for those farmers who have not made a previous claim prior to 30th June 2019. Prior to these new Guidelines these farmers would have missed out on claiming for that period. Note: Those farmers who have previously applied prior to 30th June 2019 will still need to get all their invoices for claims lodged by 30th September to have them included against the separate $40k cap available for the period ending 30th June 2019.

Qantas Regional Grants

Qantas is offering $5 million over five years through a new program to support regional communities. The Qantas Regional Grants program provides financial, flight, and marketing support to community groups and organisations to help further their causes. Applicants can apply for a share of $1 million offered per year. Entry is open to Australian-based individuals, not-for-profit community groups and organisations seeking to help people in regional communities. Apply . Applications close Friday, 30 August 2019 at 5pm AEST.

RAA Young Farmer Group Grants

Here is an opportunity for groups who would like to unlock their potential with their younger members...T he Rural Assistance Authority's Group’s Vault funding aims to build business and leadership skills in your community. The aim of the Young Farmer Business Program Group's Vault Grant is to provide a “training for groups” grant to formal and informal groups (minimum of 3 members) who support young farmers and fishers, locally and regionally in NSW. The funds must be used for a project to develop the business and leadership skills of its members.

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Emergency Drought Relief Package 2019-20

For the information of members and friends who may need more information about drought assistance, we provide the following information, which is also available at www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

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Tackling Tough Times Together Grants

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. https://www.frrr.org.au/Round 15 closes 16 October 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 25 September 2019.

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Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Closes: 30th of June 2021 or when the $12 Million funding allocation is exhausted. Value: Up to $25,000 per farm enterprise. Run By: NSW Government Department of Primary Industries, Rural Assistance Authority. Eligible Primary Producers can claim a rebate of 25% of the cost of purchase, delivery and if applicable, the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure for animal welfare needs.The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to costs incurred from 1st July 2018 for new purchases, and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, de-silting dams, and associated power supplies such as generators. More information here

Group Action Planning Assistance

Do you have a project or grant idea? Know a neighbour or two who might like to get involved too? Why not gather them around the barbecue, and ask one of our Local Landcare Coordinators to assist with some action planning? We can help you develop project ideas and source funding and resources. Call us on 02 6772 9123 or email mail@snelandcare.org.au


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