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Hello Visitor,

In this edition, upcoming webinars, news and funding opportunities! Our eNews editor is taking a break for the next two weeks. The next edition will circulate after 20th July.

Webinars & Training

Short Film - TheRole of Fire in Wetlands

Our upland wetlands, unique in Australia to the Northern Tablelands, are under the ever-increasing threat of damage or destruction from fire. The short film , has been produced by a partnership between Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and our peer network GLENRAC at Glen Innes.

Together, they are undertaking four years of scientific monitoring, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program to further understand and preserve our upland wetlands. The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is an important collaborator, not only in managing fire risk and control in the region, but has the world’s largest volunteer base, many of whom have a deep understanding of the land. This film attempts to bring a better understanding of what these wetlands represent, how they ‘work’ in our region and what it means if they were ever allowed to burn.

News

Landcare signs MOU with Armidale Regional Council

Susan Law ARC SNEL Board MOU Signing CROPPEDThe start of the new financial year marks a fresh milestone in a 25 year partnership between Southern New England Landcare and Armidale Regional Council.

From left to right: Kàren Zirkler (Executive Officer), Peter Metcalfe, Bryan Johnston, Bev Stubberfield, Jill Moore-Kashima, David Henderson (President), Susan Law (ARC CEO), Richard Daugherty, Steve Harvey and Bill Perrottet. Image courtesy of Struan Ferguson.

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Update - National Landcare Situation

Landcare NSW CEO Dr Adrian Zammit provides the following update for members and friends of Landcare in NSW:

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Woodland Birds of Southern New England NSW

Join us and other community members from the New England region on our Facebook page Woodland Birds of Southern New England NSW and share sightings and photographs of woodland birds. We will also be promoting local events that share information about the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater and how you can contribute to its recovery. 

This Facebook page contributes to Southern New England Landcare's project partnership with Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program.

Future Drought Fund

On 1 July 2020, the Australian Government announced the foundational programs for the Future Drought Fund. These programs will help boost the performance of Australian agriculture and increase its resilience to the impacts of drought. Read the media release

The $5 billion Future Drought Fund provides secure, continuous funding for drought resilience initiatives. It will help Australian farms and communities prepare for the impacts of drought. Programs include:

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Funding & Grants

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund Program

Funds: undisclosed.

Closing: 10 July 2020

The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund Program (CRIFP) supports Crown land managers (CLMs) by providing funding for repairs and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure or environmental initiatives. Phone 1300 886 235 or email cl.PRMFP@crownland.nsw.gov.au. More information at https://reservemanager.crownland.nsw.gov.au/funding/

FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together Grants

Funds: various

Closing: 16 July 2020

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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Australia Post Community Grants

Funding: Up to $10,000

Closing: 17th July 2020

The 2020 Australia Post Community Grants program aims to help local community organisations improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australians, by helping individuals and communities be more connected through projects that:

  • Support mental health awareness and early intervention to help people understand more about how to stay mentally well
  • Increase opportunity for individuals to experience meaningful connections that enhance mental wellbeing 
  • Help people access mental health support at a local level

More information at https://auspost.smartygrants.com.au/2020grants

EPA Community Litter Grants

Closing: 28 July 2020 - 10am

  • Stream 1: On-Ground litter prevention projects - $4,000 to $40,000
  • Stream 2: Own It and Act partnership projects - $50,000 to $90,000

To help deliver the NSW Government target to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. More information here.

FRRR News Corp Bushfire Fund Grants

Funds: $25,000

Closing: 5th August 2020

News Corp has partnered with FRRR to enable the delivery of grants up to $25,000. This support is for local not-for-profit organisations and community groups that are delivering locally led projects and activities to assist people in their recovery as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires. Grants can be used for:

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UPDATED: Red Cross Emergency Grants

Closing: 31 August 2020

Updated information on the Red Cross bushfire assistance grants, a number of which have increased, is now available. People who have already received these grants will automatically be contacted by SMS and / or email for top ups. All of our grants remain open for new applications until 31 August 2020: https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/recovering-from-emergencies/grants

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Support

Drought Assistance Fund Expanded

The NSW Government has announced the Drought Assistance Fund has been increased to $100,000. This interest-free loan has a term of seven years, with no repayments in the first two years. 

Available to primary producers for the implementation of systems & management practices that enhance the sustainability of their farm business. The loan can fund:

  • NEW: Restocking purposes.
  • The transport of stock, fodder and water
  • Genetic banking of breeding herds
  • Installation of on-farm fodder and water infrastructure
  • Activities that promote profitability and resilience as a result of the on-farm investment

For more information, visit the Rural Assistance Authority here.

Reminder - Drought Transport Subsidy

Applications for Round Two funding of the Drought Transport Subsidy are now closed. RAA will continue to process invoices for the 2019/20 financial year dated prior to and including 30 June 2020, that are received by the Rural Assistance Authority until 30 September 2020.

The NSW Government has announced an additional $116 million to continue the Drought Transport Subsidy for Round Three. Further details will be available when updated Guidelines are released.

Wild Dog Problems?

If you have experienced a wild dog attach or even a sighting, you can report it to Northern Tablelands Local Land Services staff, Clayton Burey 0427007191 clayton.burey@lls.nsw.gov.au  If you are a member of your local Wild Dog Control Association, you can also let them know, or upload the attack/sighting on the group's Feral Scan record.

Helplines

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.

https://snelandcare.org.aumail@snelandcare.org.au

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