eNews # 38

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Hello Visitor,

In this edition, upcoming webinars, news and some new funding opportunities!

Webinars & Training

Guyra Groundwater Network Community Webinars now available

Two community webinars were held in May 2020 to give community members the latest information about the Groundwater Supply Network being developed in the Guyra district. If you missed out and would like to watch the webinars, recordings of both sessions are now available to view on Armidale Regional Council's YouTube channel.

Watch Session 1

Watch Session 2

Governance & Operations Workshop | Natalie Bramble

9 June 2020 , 12:00 PM until 02:30 PM

Southern New England Landcare board members or landcare group committee members are invited to this community of practice webinar.

Member Muster | Landcare at the National Level

11 June 2020 , 07:00 PM until 08:30 PM

Southern New England Landcare members are invited to hear the latest news about Landcare at the national level, and make suggestions for the way forward via a facilitated online workshop.

Dr Adrian Zammit, CEO of Landcare NSW Inc, recently wrote an open letter to all Landcarers in the state, explaining the situation surrounding Landcare Australia Limited and the National Landcare Network. See the letter here.

The workshop will be facilitated by Southern New England Landcare Executive Officer, Karen Zirkler.

Registrations are essential so that you can obtain the online Zoom meeting link. Please register your attendance at www.stickytickets.com.au/adsta by 5pm on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

A link to the online meeting will be sent to all registered participants via email on the morning of the event.

COVID-19 Pesticide Training Exemption

If you use pesticides as part of your work, you must complete initial accreditation training and then maintain your competency by completing a short refresher course every five years, unless you are part of an EPA approved quality assurance or stewardship program.  

Currently, some training and refresher courses are unavailable due to COVID-19 social distancing rules; as such, the EPA has issued a pesticide training temporary exemption. The temporary exemption allows some pesticide users a six-month extension until 21 October 2020 to complete their training or five-yearly refresher course.

For more information on pesticides training and exemptions, click here.


SNELandcare Collaborates to Deliver Biggest Restoration Project

Restore Australia Image320For the past few months, Southern New England Landcare has been involved in developing an implementation role in the Restore Australia Project, the largest restoration project the country has ever seen.

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Nominate a Worthy Woman for the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll

Nominations for the 2020 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll are now open! If you know a rural woman who makes your community a better place to live, nominate them today.

Simply complete the Nomination Form and tell us in 250 words or less, why your nominee is worthy. All rural women nominated will be included in the 2020 Honour Roll.

Nominations close 24 July 2020.

New National Vendor Declaration Forms

This year will see some changes to the National Vendor Declaration (NVD). These changes include updated NVD versions, the release of a new electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system and the decommissioning of the eDEC system. 

Updated versions of the NVD will be available from 1 July 2020. Current versions for all livestock species will still be accepted until 31 December but as of 1 January 2021 only updated versions will be accepted. The good news is that as a part of the MLA Accelerated Adoption Initiative, there will be no cost for the new NVD books ordered until 30 June 2021. 

After 31 December 2020, users who access the eDEC will need to transition to the eNVD. For more information visit the Integrity Systems website.

COVID Support

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has established a COVID-19 Primary Industries Liaison Team to help primary producers navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 on their business and industry. Key topics covered include:

  • Border crossing information
  • Your health and the health of your workers
  • Managing primary production workforce

For more information and resources click here.

Southern New England Drought Recovery Support

Confidential one-on-one support tailored for you and your family is available through the Armidale Family Support Services and the MAZDA Foundation. Support is offered to farmers, workers, and businesses in the Armidale, Uralla, Walcha and Guyra areas, to link you with the right help for your situation in the areas of:

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Funding & Grants

Local Land Services Public Land Boundary Fencing Program

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.

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The office of Southern New England Landcare will re-open while observing
appropriate social distancing rules and regulations, from Tuesday 16th July 2020.
Office hours are normally 9am-3.30pm Tuesday to Thursday.

Members and friends are enouraged to make an appointment before visiting. Please contact us by leaving a message on the office phone 6772 9123 or by via email on mail@snelandcare.org.au.


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