eNews # 13

In this edition, upcoming training, news, grant and support opportunities from
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Introducing our new Koala Conservation Project Officer

Des Andersen 320Southern New England Landcare welcomes back to the team, Des Andersen who has recently been appointed as the dedicated Koala Conservation Officer for the Southern New England region.

Des has lived and worked in the New England for 30 years and holds a master’s degree in environmental management. He has 14 years’ experience as an environmental practitioner with a passion for Koala conservation.

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Landcare welcomes Alex Hunter

AH staff shot1Southern New England Landcare is pleased to welcome Alex Hunter to the team as the new Administrative Assistant in the office in Beardy Street Armidale.

Growing up in Armidale NSW, Alex was actively involved with the family’s livestock grazing property and has a strong rural background. Passionate about agriculture, Alex completed her Systems Agriculture Degree at Hawkesbury Agriculture College.

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Mustering the community to help re-hydrate New England

Roumalla creekSouthern New England Landcare is hosting an introduction to Natural Sequence Farming with Stuart Andrews (Tarwyn Park Training), October 22nd 2020 at Balala Station near Uralla.

This is the second of two events introducing concepts and principles behind landscape regeneration and rehydration.

“With the recent drought and bushfire crises, there is unprecedented interest in restoring hydration to rivers, creeks and wetland areas on farm as well as the broader landscape, maximising our ability to trap and hold water in our landscapes for as long as possible," said Rachel Lawrence, Landcare Coordinator with Southern New England Landcare.

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PhD student seeks farmers for drought preparedness survey

Emily Webster is a PhD student at Charles Sturt University.  She is currently doing research into the farm preparedness for drought.

The aim of her research is to understand the ability of farmers to integrate new knowledge into their business practices, and how this impacts drought preparedness.

Perhaps you might be interested in assisting Emily with her survey.

Please contact our new Admin Assistant, Alex Hunter, with you expression of interest (EOI), via email mail@snelandcare.org.au. We will liaise with Emily on the EOI’s received, and when appropriate put Emily in contact with you.

Weed Watch: Identifying and Controlling Broom

CapeBroom flower

Originally introduced from Europe, most probably as a hedge plant, broom species prefer cooler climates and have established in many parts of the Northern Tablelands.

Once established, brooms will form very dense thickets, which will exclude desirable species in native communities and reduce stocking rates on agricultural land. Additionally, they provide habitat for feral animals including rabbits, foxes and pigs. It is also believed to be toxic to both stock and humans.

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Service NSW Coming to Guyra & Uralla

Service NSW visiting Guyra UrallaResidents in Guyra and Uralla will have easier access to State Government services and business transactions when Service NSW’s Mobile Service Centre visits the rural communities next week.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the custom-fitted Service NSW bus would be in Guyra and Uralla on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

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Training & Events

Armidale Urban Rivercare Group Working Bee

IMG 3087 AURG Tree Planting 320pCurrently, Bruce, Gordon and John are working along the creek clearing invasive vegetation every second week.

We will be holding our third Sunday of the month working bee at 8.30 am on Sunday 18th October 2020. Location to be advised.

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Save the Regent Honeyeater Group Meeting

6 pm - 8 pm Monday 18th October, Uralla. Join us for an annual review of our group action plan. A fun evening with food and drink for all. Please RSVP by today to save.rhe@snelandcare.org.auMore details here.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count needs you!

Birdlife logo topThere's only 1 week to go until the Aussie Backyard Bird Count begins — have you registered yet?

By participating in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, you will be helping BirdLife Australia find out about the birds that live where people live. This is especially important because it’s these more common species that give us the best indication of the health of the environment — think of birds as a barometer for nature.

Register here for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

And if that's not incentive enough, there are some exciting prizes on offer. With thanks to the generous supporters, you could win — a pair of Swarovski binoculars, a custom "create your own flock" print by Egg Picnic, or a mixed pack of Merini Ferlazzo stationery. Simply submit a count from 19-25 October to be in the running! 

AGM Notice & Agenda

The Annual General Meeting of Southern New England Landcare will be held on 29th October this year - about a month earlier than normal.

All members and friends are welcome to enjoy some food and refreshments from 6.30pm before the meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Please note that the time and venue have changed since sending out membership paperwork via Australia Post last month. Due to space requirements under COVID-19 restrictions, the venue is changing to the RSL Memorial Hall in Uralla.

Download an updated version of the meeting notice and agenda here.

Webinar: Livestock Productivity Pasture & Forage Symposium

Are you interested in hearing about current research and development in tropical pastures, dual-purpose crops and forage brassicas, and legumes in your region? This webinar is a unique opportunity to hear from consultants and scientists about the most recent pasture and forage research and development.

When: 3 November 2020
Time: 9 am – 12 pm (AEDT)
Location: Online
Cost: FREE

Download the flier hereRegister here.

Ladies in Livestock Ag Tech Field Day

LIL FD2Ladies in Livestock Touch and Trial Field Day
Date: 11 November 2020
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: 'Eastern Plains' 9212 Guyra Rd, Guyra.

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services will be offering a hands-on practical session exploring Ag Tech options. For more details, download the flier here.


Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions the event will not be catered, so please remember to bring your own food, drinks and chair. Feel free to share this with other ladies you think may be interested in attending.

Please register via stickytickets or the QR code on the flyer. If you are having trouble booking, call your local LLS office. Beth Brown and the Ladies in Livestock Team will be looking forward to seeing you there.

Funding & Grants

ARC Small Business Relief Grants

Funding: $2000

Closing: 30 October 2020

As part of the $900,000 NSW Government Drought Stimulus Funding, Armidale Regional Council is offering 50 x $2000 grants to eligible businesses that need start-up assistance, are wanting to expand, or need to improve their online services. Businesses will need to meet a specific criteria, and all applications will be assessed by an independent panel. https://www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au/community/community-support/grants-and-funding-opportunities/small-business-relief-grants

Future Drought Fund NRM Drought Resilience Grants

Closing: 30 October 2020.

The Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grants is an open and competitive, grant opportunity to support organisations, famer groups and individuals undertake projects that contribute to improved drought resilience of agricultural landscapes.

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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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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 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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