eNews # 12 - 27 September 2019

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Lending a hand to Cool Country Koalas

Koala Inverell320Northern Tablelands Local Lands Services has been researching the location of koalas across the Northern Tablelands since 2016.

Image - A koala west of Inverell - the Cool Country Koala project found high koala activity around Inverell and Delungra.


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New podcast on regenerative agriculture to ignite change

A new podcast, produced by the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance and Southern Cross University, is set to ignite a much-needed national conversation about resilient farming practices in the face of climate change and drought.


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Optimal time for rabbit control around Armidale

Rabbit fumigation croppedCalling all Feral Fighters! Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is encouraging landholders to join the fight against feral animals, specifically targeting rabbits.

Image - Peter Frizell from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, demonstrates fumigation as a rabbit control method.



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Coming Events

Gondwana Rainforests 25th Anniversary Celebration

Here is a great school holiday actvity for the kids! Join the Gondwana Rainforests 25th anniversary celebration at Gibraltar Range National Park and learn about this stunning World Heritage-listed park during this free activity, between Glen Innes and Grafton.


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Field Day: Regent Honeyeaters and their Habitat

8 am - 12 noon Tuesday 22nd October.

Join Southern New England Landcare and their new group, ‘The Regent Honeyeater Revivalists’ to learn about the Regent Honeyeater’s habitat and how we can help improve it on known and predicted sites. 

Guest speakers:

  • Dr Ross Crates (Expert, Australian National University) on why Regent Honeyeaters are so rare
  • Peter Metcalfe (Local Nature Educator) on Regent Honeyeater habitat in our area
  • Sara Schmude (Local Landcare Coordinator) on Indian Myna management.

All welcome. Breakfast and morning tea provided so registrations are essential for catering purposes. Click through to register below.

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Namoi Surface Water Resource Plan on public exhibition

Public exhibition for the draft water resource plan and draft water sharing plans for the Namoi Surface water area has commenced and will conclude on 29 October 2019.


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Member Muster | Focus on Ferals Forum

On Thursday 14th November 2019, join us for special guest speakers and interactive workshops that focus on the challenges associated with feral animal control in the Southern New England. Landholders, extension staff and experts all welcome!

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Free TUFF Workshops for Rural Men

TUFF (Tune Up For Fellas) is two days away for farmers, fishers and rural blokes to relax, reflect, reset and laugh with new mates and attendance is FREE. Dates for Ebor and Copeton below. Why go?

  • Be more effective in your business and personal life
  • Improve your ability to deal with uncertainty and change
  • Improve your communication skills and ability to deal with conflict.
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Grants & Support

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/

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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.

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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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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

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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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