eNews # 15, 17 October 2019

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Hello Visitor,

Wow, this is a big one - grab a cuppa and read through - we have some awesome events and some fantastic opportunities for you.

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For those impacted by FIRE...

For those impacted by fires in our region in recent weeks, a very useful newsletter has been produced covering topics including disaster relief, animal welfare, fencing repairs, health and wellbeing, insurance, legal assistance, housing assistance, domestic water assistance, and free mental health support. Download the newsletter here. Please circulate to those who may find it useful.

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Thanks Regional Australia Bank!

Southern New England Landcare has received a mighty $10,070 through the Regional Australia Bank Community Partnership Program! Thank you to all our members and friends who chose us as their community organisation! It didn't cost you a cent and we are that much better off! Watch a short video about the Community Partnership Program here.

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Support Landcare with Armidale Servies Community Jars!

The Services Club are giving more back to their community through the Community Jars Program. With each purchase from the Mill Bistro, guests have the chance to place bottle caps in the jar associated with the community group they wish to support. The Community Jars Program aims to provide financial support to organisations that service the New England region specifically, with a total of $500 donated by the Servies each month. Southern New England Landcare received $100 during September, so get down to the Servies for a meal and support local Landcare at the same time!

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Bird Lovers: Regent Honeyeater Expert to Attend Field Day

Regent Honeyeater DEAN INGWERSEN320Bird lovers from the Southern New England will soon have an opportunity to hear from one of the most informed experts on the endangered Regent Honeyeater, when Dr Ross Crates from the Australian National University will speak at a field day near Uralla Tuesday 22nd October.

Image courtesy Dean Ingwersen, Birdlife Australia

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Valuing Natural Capital on Farms - Sheep Producer Survey

Evidence has shown that integrating biodiverse plantings of native trees and shrubs into farming systems can mitigate risk, enhance productivity and provide an array of valuable ecosystem services besides. The proven benefits of this ‘natural capital’ are rarely translated into demonstrable economic value, which means property valuers and banks still tend to consider native vegetation and other natural features on farms as having ‘zero productive value'. Greening Australia are inviting sheep producers to participate in a nationwide survey that aims to put a dollar figure on the benefits native vegetation provides for lamb survival in Australian sheep production systems. Participate in the survey here.

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Serrated Tussock Control During Dry Times

ST2During these hard times of drought, the best control option for Serrated Tussock is to chip out individual plants or small infestations and for larger infestations wait until it rains to use herbicides.

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Coming Events

Field Day: Regent Honeyeaters and their Habitat

From 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. Breakfast included!

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SOFT Workshop for Women

Shaping Our Futures Together: the DPI Rural Resilience Program invites you to a 2 day rural women's workshop on developing self esteem, networking, goal setting, communication and leadership. Kyogle | 23-24 October 2019. Download the flier here. If there were enough interest, Southern New England Landcare OFT workshop in our own region. mail@snelandcare.org.au

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Birds of Prey Workshop

Join leading national expert and author of Birds of Prey in Australia, Steve Debus, for a fascinating discussion on birds of prey on the Northern Tablelands. Saturday 26 October 9:00am – 3:00pm. Download a flier here

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Kentucky Community BBQ & Rain Dance

Kentucky Community Drought Dinner Social MediaIf you are a community member from the  Harnham, BOZO, or Winterbourne Landcare Group areas, or Kentucky, Wollun, Uralla, Walcha, or Woolbrook, join Southern New England Landcare for a night out to:

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TUFF Workshops for Men

TUFF workshops are all about getting a group of about 15 men together to relax, reflect and reset for the future. It's a time to think about what is important to them, practice some tools and ideas for being more effective and to focus on what needs to happen next in their lives. There are group activities, as well as some great social time to network. Workshop registration, fees, accommodation and meals are covered by the Department of Primary Industries. Download the flier here.

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Soil Balancing Course - Working With Nature

2-Day Soil Workshop Lismore NSW, supported by Southern Cross University and SoilCare Landcare, 6 & 7 November 2019. Download the flier here.

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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! Morning tea and lunch provided.

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Coming NT LLS Events

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has some great events coming up - crop walks, soils courses, farm planning and early weaning workshops. Check them out:

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Grants & Support

CWA of NSW Drought Aid Fund

Assistance to meet household expenses for drought affected families, up to a maximum of $3,000 per family/household. Expenses can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, medical treatments etc. For more information and or to apply visit www.cwaofnsw.org.au/droughtaid.html or phone 02 8337 0200.

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National Science Week Grants

The National Science Week Grants provide individuals and organisations with grants between $2,000 and $20,000 to support the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week. Applications close on 30th October. More information here.

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Small Environmental Grant Scheme

Do you have a project that needs funding around flora and fauna conservation and/or threatened mammal conservation? The Wettenhall Environment Trust Small Environmental Grant Scheme grant round for funding in November opened on 1st October and the round for funding in February opens on 2nd December 2019. More information here

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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. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

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Recreational Fishing Trust Grants close 31 October

To provide funding that enhances recreational fishing. Matching funding is not a requirement, however, other contributions towards the project will improve the value for money of the project. Include details of other contributions to the project including any voluntary labour and project management time as an ‘in-kind’ contribution (this includes hands on volunteer work, project management, administration, reporting, donations etc.).

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Recovery grants for farmers in Walcha & Uralla districts

Recovery grants are now available to help eligible primary producers who were affected by severe storms in Walcha and surrounding areas from 20 December 2018.

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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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