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NSW Farm Crime Survey 2020

UNE Rural Crim Survey T3One of the primary problems facing rural communities is incidents of crime that impact on the function of pastoral, agricultural and aquaculture farming operations. To address this issue, the UNE Centre for Rural Criminology is undertaking a survey on farm crime in New South Wales.

In order to combat farm crime, they need valuable information from those involved in farming who have key insights into the important issues. Have your say in the fight against rural crime! Click here to take the survey

Keep Australia Beautiful Awards

Have you got a sustainability project that has started since June 2019? If so it may be eligible to enter the Sustainable Cities Tidy Towns 2020 Awards! The awards are open to community groups, councils, NGO’s, schools, businesses and individuals at no cost. More information here

Training

2020 Improving Farm Business Skills Webinar Series

Our peer network GLENRAC is running a 2020 Improving Farm Business Skills Webinar Series. View the flier here.

Free Webinars: The Community Builders with Peter Kenyon

Rural Aid invites you to participate in the The Community Builders Series of free webinars, supporting small towns in rural and remote Australia. 

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Funding & grants

Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program

Funds: $100,000 - $1M

Tranche 2 closes 28 May 2020

The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program will provide funding to support the immediate survival and long-term recovery and resilience for fire-affected Australian animals, plants, ecological communities and other natural assets and their cultural values for Indigenous Australians.

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Youth Innovation Grants Open Now

Up to $10,000

Closing date: 26 May 2020.

Each year, the Heywire Competition winners attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit to develop ideas to improve regional Australia for young people. Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to make these ideas a reality.

Check out the ideas at www.abc.net.au/heywire/grants/ and apply for a grant.

Local Land Services Public Land Boundary Fencing Program

The NSW Government has committed $209 million to help bushfire-affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands.

Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences.

Note that for the purposes of this grant, public lands includes: National parks; Forestry Corporation land; Travelling stock reserves; Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases and Roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or Local Government.

Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands.

Volunteer Grants

Closing 1 June 2020

The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. The grants form part of the Government’s work to support volunteers, as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering.

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Support

Drought Support Workers for our Region

The following are drought support workers for our region as at March 2020:

  • Armidale Co-ordinator Rural Adversity Mental Health Program - Andrew Daley (02) 6776 9962, Mob 0428 109 990
  • Tamworth Social Worker & Drought Support Counsellor - John Zerafa 02 6767 8686, Mob 0427 369 345
  • Glen Innes Community Health Drought Peer Worker - Justine Clark (02) 6739 0285
  • Northern NSW Local Health District Farm Gate Counsellor, Drought Relief - Fiona Couch 0439 882 804
 

Free Online Tool Kit - ifarmwell

The ifarmwell website has been designed by Australian farmers to help other Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. It does this by sharing practical ways of coping with difficult circumstances, thoughts and feelings (especially worries about things you can’t control) and helping you to work out where it is most useful for you to put your attention and energy. Find out more here.

 

The office of Southern New England Landcare is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

All staff are working from home and we are still available on our regular work days to assist you. Please contact us by leaving a message on the office phone 6772 9123 or by via email on mail@snelandcare.org.au.

Please stay safe during this very uncertain time.

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