eNews # 10

In this edition, upcoming training, news, grant and support opportunities from
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Regent Honeyeater Cake 320p with acknowledgmentOur URALLA STREET STORE event is almost here, so it’s all hands on deck cooking, plant potting, sewing & checking for saleable items such as books. Please contribute if you can!

Come and visit us from Monday 28th September to Sunday 4th October to find out about critically endangered Regent Honeyeater and you might see some goodies to purchase to help us raise money to restore their habitat.

Pictured: one delicious Regent Honeyeater cake - one of the fabulous prizes on offer.

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Spring Wild Dog & Fox Aerial Baiting Program

Building on the success of the autumn wild dog and fox aerial baiting program, Northern Tablelands is planning a spring aerial baiting campaign, starting in early October.
 
Since 2015/16 Northern Tablelands LLS has ramped up their aerial and ground baiting program as they are more likely to have a significant impact on wild dogs and foxes if a number of control methods are integrated and implemented in coordination with neighbours – on both private and public land. The key to the success of the program is working with landholders through their local wild dog control groups. NT LLS also work with National Parks and Wildlife Service to maximise the impact on wild dogs and foxes.
 
Get involved in your local wild dog control group by contacting Northern Tablelands LLS on 02 6732 8800 so they can put you in touch with your local wild dog group coordinator.

Three thought-provoking films

Here are three thought-provoking films relating to regenerative agriculture and climate science for you to take a peek at:

  1. Kiss the Ground - out now - Science experts and celebrity activists unpack the ways in which the earth's soil may be the key to combating climate change and preserving the planet.Watch on Netflix
  2. Return to Eden - out now - Miles away from the collective panic, fear and chaos, there is hope, inspiration and reconnection. Youtube online premiere
  3. Sacred Cow - coming soon - From the makers - a 'no-holds' barred documentary that lays bare the real truth behind meat, your health and the environment. Join the waitlist here

Training & Events

Webinar - Tackling uncertainty ahead of the next disaster season

The past year has been incredibly challenging for so many of us with drought, bushfire, flood and Covid. It's not surprising that, as the year turns toward summer and wild weather again, memories about past events are also stirred to life. Red Cross invites community members, recovery workers and service providers to a webinar with clinical psychologist and disaster recovery expert, Dr Rob Gordon, as he talks us through how people's experiences of disasters may impact their sense of safety; and what can be done to prepare our minds for the upcoming summer season.

Dr Rob Gordon - Tackling uncertainty and anxiety ahead of the next disaster season

Audience: Everyone

Date: Thursday 15th October

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n0Ndf3vWRRSeN4G05lU-eQ

Download the flier here.

Natural Sequence Farming Event Fully Booked

Our Introduction to Natural Sequence Farming with Stuart Andrews event on 22nd October 2020 is now fully booked.

During this event, participants will learn how to 

  • Increase resilience in the face of a changing climate
  • Read landscapes
  • Fully utilise your farm’s natural resourcesLocate, design and build landscape structures
  • Redesign your property
  • Begin improving landscape function on your farmIncrease water storage capacity
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Reduce run-off and control erosion
  • Lower your farm costs and boost profits.

If you missed out this time but would like to express an interest in a future event of this nature, please contact Rachel Lawrence.

Funding & Grants

NSW Habitat Action Grants

Funds: $2000 - $40,000

Closing:30 September 2020

The Habitat Action Grant program is a devolved grant program directing money raised from the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee toward projects that improve local fish habitats across NSW.

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Red Cross Emergency Grants

EXTENSION! Now closing: 30 September

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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Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy Round 3

Guidelines for Round 3 of the NSW Rural Assistance Authority Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy have now been released:

  • Applications for Round 3 of the Drought Transport Subsidy are open from 1 July 2020.
  • Eligible primary producers can claim up to a maximum of $25,000 up to 31 December 2020, subject to funds being available. Claims can only be paid until the closing date or earlier if available funds are exhausted.
  • From the 1 July 2020, the subsidy has been expanded to include transport of purchased stock to a farm business.

A reminder that all Round 2 movements must be submitted to the Rural Assistance Authority by 30th September 2020.

To find out more information, visit the Rural Assistance Authority website here.

Youth Action Project Grant Scheme

Amount: $5,000 to $20,000

Closing: 7 October 2020

To support projects that support young people (15-24 years) as they navigate and recover from the impact of the Australian bushfires, COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing challenges with employment, mental health and transportation. YAPGS is open to both individuals and organisations with two kinds of projects to be supported:

  1. New projects that recognise and uniquely respond to the hardship young people are facing now and will face in the future.
  2. Existing projects that provide a valuable on-going service to young people, which require additional funding to adapt or continue that work given the impact of the current environment.

Funds may be used to pay for project costs including, but not limited to, staffing, equipment purchase, consumables, or marketing. More information https://www.fya.org.au/yapgs/.

Smart Farm Small Grants Round 4

Closing: 11 pm 9 October 2020.

Applications for the fourth round of Smart Farms Small Grants opened on 24 August 2020 and will close at 11:00 pm (AEDT) on 9 October 2020.

The Australian Government is offering grants valued between $5,000 and $100,000 to support one to two-year projects that will help farming, forestry and fishing groups and communities increase their awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt smart and sustainable agriculture practices. Further details, including the application form and the Grant Opportunity Guidelines can be found on the Community Grants WebsiteMore information here.

Vinnies Bushfire Community Grants

Grants: up to $20,000

Closing: 16 October 2020

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 Tackling Tough Times Together Grants

Amount: Various

Round 19 closing: 22 October 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.

Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time as follows:

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Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) - Bushfire Recovery

Funds: $25,000

Closing: 17 November 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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Environment Restoration Fund: Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation

Available: $5,000 – $1,000,000

Closing: 29 November 2020

The purpose of the program is to provide funding to support wildlife rehabilitators (including community wildlife carer organisations, veterinarians, animal hospitals, zoos, local shelter operators and foster carers), to rescue, treat and rehabilitate wildlife impacted by bushfires and return them into suitable natural environments or otherwise take care of them. It will also support actions to preserve at-risk populations of threatened species impacted by destruction of their habitat through bushfire. The investment will also build organisational and carer capacity and preparedness to respond to future emergencies. More information here

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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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.

Support

NSW DPI Rural Recovery Support Service

DPI's Rural Recovery Support Service is working with primary producers, small landholders and communities across the Northern Tablelands to support recovery after disasters or adverse events, providing practical and personal support in managing your recovery, linking you with services and assisting with decision making and future planning - please contact a Recovery Officer in your area: 

  • Armidale: Greg Mills 0417 476 884
  • Walcha: Chloe Hoy 0408 993 455

Bushfire Anniversary Support

With many communities around the country coming up to the anniversary of their bushfire events (and some who have just reached this milestone), Red Cross has put together some resources for community members and for agencies.

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Helplines

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

Office hours are 9 am - 4 pm Tuesday to Thursday.
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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