eNews # 3

In this edition, upcoming training, news and support opportunities from
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Friends Preserve Iconic Reserve

Angophora Reserve sign 320Angophora Bushland Reserve, at the junction of Bona Vista Road and Burgess Street in south Armidale, is a precious piece of bushland remaining within the town boundaries. It is small, only 1.35 ha but enough for large native trees to grow, mature, and shed branches. This is when most eucalypts develop hollows.
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Bob Hawke Landcare Award Nominations Open

BHLA2020 1298x450 01 UPDATEDFINAL colour scaledThe Bob Hawke Landcare Award is a prestigious, national award that publicly recognises an individual involved in championing Landcare and who inspires others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group.

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Seedlings Grow Threatened Grassy Woodlands

Peppermint 3 320A small team of researchers, land managers and practitioners at the University of New England and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services are embarking on an environmental project to protect and restore two locally endangered woodlands here in the heart of the New England.

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Disaster Recovery Grants Support a New Start for the Region

Armidale Region LGA bushfire drought recovery grant$1 million worth of projects funded in the Armidale and Guyra region

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced upgrades to a number of community halls, a new Beer and Barbecue Festival and a shop local gift card program as part of a $1 million State Government strategy to stimulate the Armidale region’s economy following the devastating summer bushfires and drought.

Left - Armidale Regional Council’s Manger Marketing and Communications Darren Schaefer, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Armidale Business Chamber President Anthony Fox discuss the new projects and programs funded under the $1 million recovery grant.

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Weed Watch - Serrated Tussock

Serrated Tussock fencelineSerrated Tussock is a high priority weed in the New England Tablelands due to the fact that it is not palatable to stock and can become a dominant species in a very short period of time. It has extremely low nutritional value and all animals forced to graze serrated tussock will lose condition and feed supplements will be needed to provide energy and protein.

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2020 Maximising Plant Survival Short Film

Achieving successful revegetation is not easy. Numerous steps in the process have to be well done in order to attain success. Given the significant human and economic resources required to revegetate an area, maximising plant survival is imperative. Southern New England Landcare has secured $5000 from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services to produce a short informative video - Maximising Plant Survival Post-Planting - which will be a good resource for landholders undertaking revegetation projects in the future.

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2020 Revegetating Urandangie Creek

Considerable work has been done along Urandangie Creek near Guyra, as part of the High Country Urban Biodiversity Project and by the owner of 'Urandangie'. Inspired by this, adjacent landholders on Urandangie Creek are starting to protect this important tributary to the region's water supply (Malpas Dam). Southern New England Landcare has secured $5000 through Northern Tablelands Local Land Services to purchase plants for a section of Urandangie Creek that has been fenced (and off-stream water infrastrucutre constructed).

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Supporting Children & Young People to Cope

Whether because of drought, the Black Summer fires or COVID-19, supporting children and young people has been particularly challenging in recent times. This webinar will provide information, advice and tips on ways to support children and young people. Ask questions, understand common reactions and signs of stress, and get practical tips of parenting through uncertainty.

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Tocal Skills Training

Tocal College delivers accredited training at your doorstep to improve farm safety. Most training is fully funded to eligible participants. Upcoming training includes:

  • Quad Bike Handling - Inverell - 5 August 2020
  • Off-Road 4-Wheel Drive - Tamworth - 17-18 August 2020
  • Chainsaw - Trim and Cut Felled Trees - Armidale - 27-28 August 2020

If you are interested contact Jayne, Jessica or Olivia in the Tamworth office on (02) 6763 1276 or by email at tamworth.tocal@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

Funding & Grants

Communities@Work Bushfire Assistance

If you were affected by the bushfires in 2019-20 (ACT, NSW or VIC) and are currently in the ACT, we can help. Get in touch with us using the form below or contact us on 6293 6500 / admin@commsatwork.org. More information at https://www.commsatwork.org/bushfires. Communities@Work has recently been allocated funds by the Australian Government to support those who are under financial strain and who live in or relocated to the ACT following the bushfire crisis.

Vinnies NSW Community Bushfire Grants

Grants: up to $20,000

Source: St Vincent De Paul.

You must be a registered community group or organisation in order to apply for a Vinnies NSW Community Bushfire Grant. Your organisation must be located in Australia and be directly assisting people in an identified NSW bushfire postcode. More information here.

FRRR - Strengthening Rural Communities Grants

Funds: $25,000

Closes: 25th August 2020

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

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Growing Good Gardens Grants

Funds: $1000 x 10 grants

Closes: 28 August 2020

Yates Gardening and Life Education Australia are encouraging young people to get out into the garden to grow and learn healthy habits. Ten grants of $1000 each are available to groups chosen based on the following criteria:

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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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Drought Recovery Hub

NSW DPI's Recovery Hub is an overview of resources available to support primary producers as they transition from drought to recovery, and recommencement of normal operations. 
The Drought recovery guide provides information and resources to assist primary producers in getting their businesses to resume normal operations following drought.

Fire Recovery Services

The NSW Department  of Resilience has produced a fact sheet on Fire Recovery Services available across the state. Click here to download the fact sheet.

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The office of Southern New England Landcare has re-opened with physical distancing guidelines.

Office hours are normally 9am-3.30pm Tuesday to Thursday.
However we request that all visitors make an appointment to ensure we are able to
keep everyone safe, and observe the signage provided at our door.

Please contact us on 6772 9123 or at mail@snelandcare.org.au 


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