eNews # 5

In this edition, upcoming training, news and support opportunities from
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Results are in and Elwyn wins prize!

ElwynHegartySouthern New England Landcare congratulates Elwyn Hegarty of Armidale as the winner of our 2020 Member Survey $100 voucher draw!

Elwyn was 'over the moon' when she called in at the Landcare office in Hanna's Arcade to pick up her gift voucher, and has chosen to spend it all at her favourite local bookstore, Boobooks in Armidale. We hope you enjoy many hours of reading, Elwyn!

Image - Elwyn Hegarty is pictured with Struan Ferguson (left) and Karen Zirkler (right) at the Southern New England Landcare office, while receiving her prize.

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Armidale Urban Rivercare Group News

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Armidale Urban Rivercare Group are planning to re-start our 3rd Sunday of the month working bee commencing on Sunday 16th August.

Time: 8.30am
Date: Sunday 16th August, 2020

Location: Dumaresq Creek upstream of Yoogoona Gully. Access off Erskine Street through the gate at the Phil Wheaton Soccer Oval and park near the gully, or access along the bicycle way.

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2019 - 2020 Achievements

2020 SP Infographic 320Despite a challenging 12 months this last financial year, Southern New England Landcare achieved much. Take a look at the goals we've kicked against each of our Strategic Plan objectives by downloading this informative little infographic here.

Plenty to do during National Science Week!

Science Week ImageAustralia's annual celebration of science and technology kicks off this Saturday and runs until August 23. There are plenty of online and real world activities you can experience from home during National Science Week this year, including virtual tours, talks, DIY experiments and citizen science projects.

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Regenerating Rural Landscapes | David Hardwick Boot Camp

16 September 2020 - 17 September 2020 , 09:00 AM until 05:00 PM

"It is imperative we farmers have a basic working knowledge of complex creative systems, because that is exactly what we are managing." Dr Charlie Massy (2017).

Essential learning for those keen to develop a whole farm plan that optimises ecology for a resilient, regenerative and productive enterprise.

  • Learn the fundamental principles of landscape rehydration
  • ‘See’ your landscape using landscape thinking
  • Understand landscape patches - building blocks of your farm
  • Hydrate your farm while regenerating soils and biodiversity.

David Hardwick is an agroecologist and a leading educator in soils, regenerative agriculture, land management and whole farm planning. David works across eastern Australia on soil and land management projects and his skills lie in helping landholders build practical skills and knowledge in regenerative agriculture through innovative and fun learning approaches.

This boot camp is the first two days of a 6-day ‘Planning your Farm Landscape’ course by Soil, Land, Food.

Places limited. More information in the flier attached or by calling 02 6772 9123. Register by Friday 11 September at www.stickytickets.com.au/3iets for full directions.

Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms

"Because a great deal of land has been changed to produce food, agroforestry, the practice of deliberately introducing trees into farms, is an important way to restore degraded land. These trees, outside of forests, have tremendous commercial and ecological value... Because of this, agroforestry is increasingly  as a key practice, supporting nine out of the 17 sustainable development goals – the global action to end poverty and protect the planet."

We agree! This excerpt has been taken from https://theconversation.com/why-massive-effort-needs-to-be-put-into-growing-trees-on-farms-106729 and is well worth a read. Anyone wishing to explore Agroforestry in our own region is invited to contact us here at Southern New England Landcare, where we have an Agroforestry Peer Mentoring Program to help local landholders to get started.

Review of Crown Lands

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently seeking feedback on its draft Strategic Plan for Crown Lands. Submissions are due by the 20th August. Click on the following link to make input https://www.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say/state-strategic-plan-for-crown-land


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:

  • 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.

Want full membership advantages with Southern New England Landcare?
We offer members discounted or free registration at all our events.

Sign up as a member today - click here!


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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