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Sheep Ill-Thrift: Investigate Early

Ill thrift weanerA spike in health issues and deaths in sheep, particularly amongst weaners, has prompted a call to farmers to investigate ill thrift early and take action before problems spread to the rest of the mob.

Image - An ill thrifty weaner. If landholders take early action to investigate ill thrift in their sheep they can prevent problems spreading to the rest of the mob.

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Training

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.

Next up: Tuesday May 12th - Building good businesses in small towns
Peter Kenyon from BOI & Tom O’Toole from Beechworth Bakery

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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.

Funding & grants

Healthy Rivers Program Funding

The Northern Tablelands Healthy Rivers Program will improve habitat, re-establish and protect remnant native vegetation which will improve water quality and river health. On ground works projects with landholders are now available.

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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

Website connects rural men to mental health support

You Got This Mate

The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) have announced the official launch of a men’s website which helps rural men reach their best possible mental health.

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Armidale - Ebor: need help after the fires?

DPl's Rural Resilience Program works with primary producers, small landholders and communities across rural NSW to support your recovery after disasters or adverse events. Across the Armida le - Ebor aea - Greg Mills can provide practical and personal support to help you manage your recovery, link you with services, assist you in decision making and future planning. Download a flier here.

Contact rural.recovery@dpi.nsw.gov.au or visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rrp 

Drought Support Workers for our Region

The following are drought support workers for our region as at March 2020 and are now available to visit you on farm:

  • 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

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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