eNews # 25

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In this edition, news, coming events and disaster assistance.

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Locals Star in RegenerativeAg Alliance Videos

'The importance of soil health in regenerative agriculture' is the latest video produced by the RegenerativeAg Alliance, and featuresour very own Derek Smith. Other videos produced by the Alliance include Tim Wright and Michael Taylor, again from our own network. Check them out here.

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Cane Toads Found in Glen Innes

cane toad cathy zwickTwo Cane Toads have been found in Glen Innes. Cane toads are a serious invasive pest which would have devastating impacts on biodiversity if allowed to establish.

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New Podcast for Northern Tablelands Producers

Productive Producer High resAccessing relevant, geographically specific, up-to-date information, is crucial to delivering significant benefits to producers. Finding the time to seek out and evaluate the most appropriate information can prove challenging.

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4 Missing Goats Invergowrie Area

One of our members has had four white goats (a mature buck and doe; and two doe kids) go missing from 1898 Bundarra Road (just after the pinnacle from Invergowrie). They are tagged with pic no: NCO2 5609 a round green tag with a mobile number. If anyone sees them please call Leon on 0448 084 996.

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Opportunities

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant
Armidale, NSW
$25.20/hr 17.5 hr/wk ($46,000 pro rata 0.5 FTE)

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Rural Biz Students Available for Volunteering & Work Experience

Do you have an opportunity that would see an international student out experiencing Australian agriculture? If so, RuralBiz Training would love to hear from you.

RuralBiz Training has a new influx of international students this year who are studing towards their Diploma in Agriculture and Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness. You might have some tree planting, fencing, or a landcare group field event or workshop. Or you may even be able to host a student for some ongoing work experience so they can gain basic prctical agricultural skills.

For more information, contact Danielle Andersson at RuralBiz Training in Armidale.

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Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements

The Royal Commission is currently inviting submissions. Individuals, community groups and the broader community can make submissions on the 2019-20 bushfire season. You can make a submission online or call 1800 909 826 to make a submission over the phone.

The Commissioners will meet with a small group of people in each location who are representative of the communities affected by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. Click here to find out the locations and submit an Expression of Interest to attend the community forum meetings.

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How you can support us!

Last year, Southern New England Landcare raised more than $10,000 through the RAB Community Partnerships Program. Help us earn even more this year!

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 Events

Silvopasture 2020 Postponed

Silvopasture 2020 has been postponed due to concerns around COVID-19. Watch this space as a new date will be set by the organising committee shortly.

Awakening the Sleeping Beauties

Australian Plant Society Armidale and District Group invites you to their forum meeting "Awakening the sleeping beauties: relieving dormancy and other germination constraints of native seeds" with Dr.Lorena Ruiz Talonia.

Date: Saturday 21st March 2 pm

Venue: ASCA House, corner of Barney and Markham Streets, Armidale. 

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Habitat and Haven Planting Day

Armidale Tree Group will be holding their first community planting day for their "Habitat and Haven" project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust on 29th of March. ATG will provide a BBQ at the end of the day, along with planting tools, portaloo etc. More information and directions.

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Tocal Training in the Tablelands

Tocal College delivers accredited training at your doorstep to improve farm safety. Most training is fully funded to eligible participants. Download the flier to see what's available from 30 March to 3 April.

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Save the date - National Landcare Conference - Sydney

The bi-annual National Landcare Conference will be held from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November 2020, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
More information at https://landcareaustralia.org.au/national-landcare-conference-2020/

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Funding and assistance

NRM Bushfire Information Portal

A portal has been created to gather information, tools and resources, summarise regional NRM responses, provide updates and share stories from across our bushfire affected communities. Click here to go to the portal.

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Environment Restoration Fund: Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation

Available: $5,000 – $1,000,000

The purpose of the program is to provide funding to support wildlife rehabilitators (including community wildlife carer organisations, veterinarians, animal hospitals, zoos, local shelter operators and foster carers), to rescue, treat and rehabilitate wildlife impacted by bushfires and return them into suitable natural environments or otherwise take care of them. It will also support actions to preserve at-risk populations of threatened species impacted by destruction of their habitat through bushfire. The investment will also build organisational and carer capacity and preparedness to respond to future emergencies. More information here

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$1,000,000 for Rural Events

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is encouraging local event organisers to apply for a share of $1 million in State Government funding to deliver local events that attract visitors and provide an economic boost to businesses.

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Bushfire recovery grants

The Grants Hub has lots of information about various grants and initiatives available to support bushfire affected communities/individuals/businesses.

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