eNews # 14

In this edition, upcoming training, news, grant and support opportunities from
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National Landcare Situation - Update

In recent days, Dr Adrian Zammit, CEO of Landcare NSW has written to all Landcare participants with an update on the future of the organisation. There is a call to action from the NSW Landcare community for a restructure of Landcare nationally.

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$250m Funding for Bushfire Local Economic Recovery

In a media release for the local Federal member, Barnaby Joyce yesterday it was announced that applications will open soon for $250 million bushfire recovery fund for nine areas in the New England.

Applications for Bushfire Local Economic Recovery funding open on 27 October, 2020.

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Training & Events

Aussie Backyard Bird Count needs you!

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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

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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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Bushfire Local Economic Recovery program

Business Funding: $200,000 and $20 million

Community Funding: $20,000 and $300,000

Closing date: Friday, 11 December 2020

Businesses and communities in Armidale, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter, Uralla and Walcha local government areas, can apply from 27 October, 2020 for grants co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

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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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