eNews # 15

In this edition, upcoming training, news, grant and support opportunities from
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Ray South Congratulated for 2020 John Winter-Irving Bequest

Ray South 320The 2020 John Winter-Irving Bequest, made each year by the Winter-Irving family in memory of John, has been awarded to long-time Southern New England Landcare member Ray South.

Acting President of Southern New England Landcare, Steve Harvey, made the announcement at the organisation's annual general meeting on Thursday 29th October in Uralla.

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Coordinator's Choice Awarded to David Henderson

DavidHenderson320Each year, Southern New England Landcare's Coordinators recognise a member who provides significant assistance or support with the "Coordinator's Choice" Landcarer of the Year Award.

"This is the person who has helped the most to keep us sane throughout the last 12 months," quipped Karen Zirkler, Executive Officer of Southern New England Landcare.

"Seriously though, it's a chance for our team at Landcare to reflect on and recognise the incredible support that a key volunteer makes to our organisation and our community," she said.

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Water Quality Resources

Stock troughDuring the drought of the last couple of years, water quality was a topic high on the list of enquiries made to the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services team.

Many farmers asked about the impacts of livestock on water quality, the impacts of water quality on livestock, how to interpret water tests, how to manage livestock around riparian zones and more.

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Eagle Eyes Needed!

UNE NTLLS Raptor Nest 320Researchers for Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and University of New England are currently on the lookout for raptor nests on the Northern Tablelands and need your help!

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Moroccan Dung Beetles Get Down & Dirty in Oz

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Australian livestock produce about 80 million tonnes of dung a year, and a new species of dung beetle from Morocco is set to help farmers recycle and make the most of the nutrient-rich poo pats.

A new species of dung beetle has been imported into Australia to fill seasonal and geographic gaps and help livestock producers improve pasture health and productivity.

See the full article here.

Parliamentary Tribute to Landcare in NSW

TRIBUTE J Aitchison 29 10

The NSW Landcare community was recently recognised in the Parliament of New South Wales Legislative Assembly, by Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and NSW Parliamentary Friends of Landcare member, Jenny Atchison MP (Maitland).

Training & Events

National Landcare Conference Webinar Program

2021 NLC webinar eN5 11

Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 12.30pm (AEDT) - How you can get involved in the Landcare Farming Program

Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 2pm (AEDT) - Landcare as a business – a strategic approach

Thursday, 10 December 2020 at 12.30pm (AEDT) - Interventions to Improve Soil Health in Australia

Click here to register

Women Like Us at Ebor!

Women Like Us Ebor Poster eN5 116.30 pm Saturday, 14 November 2020

Book at www.womenlikeus.com.au 

Low Stress Stock Handling Courses

16-17 November 2020
Location: Furracabad Station, NSS
Trainer: Grahame Rees
Contact: Ryan Usmar on 02 6732 5112

10-11 December 2020
Location: "Marinka", Walcha NSW
Trainer: Chook Kealey
Contact: Chook Kealey on 0428 418 795

  • Increase productivity
  • Be more efficient
  • Improve management
  • Create a safe working environment
  • Have quiet stress free stock
  • Learn to work confidently

Return to Malpas Dam with ATG

Malpas dam flyer21 November 2020

Download the flier here.

Glen Elgin Valley Bird Spotting

GLENRAC walk among snow gums640 29 10 10 am - 2 pm 21 November 2020

UNE Smart Farm Pastures Field Day


9.30 am - 12.30 pm 26 November

Download the flier here

Landcare Youth Summit 2020

LandcareYouthSummit Survey1st December 2020, Parliament House, Canberra

The Landcare Youth Summit is an online conference event for 20 high schools from across Australia. This is a small pilot online conference event for young adults aged between 14 and 18 years.

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Funding & Grants

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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Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife & Habitat Community Grants

Funds: $5,000 to $150,000

Closing: 27 November 2020

Grants from The Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program supports local community groups to deliver bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna supporting broader long-term recovery and resilience.

Community and environment groups, Traditional Owners, Indigenous Organisations and Indigenous businesses can apply to encourage recovery efforts in areas affected by the 2019-20 bushfires by:

  • supporting recovery of native flora and fauna
  • involving local communities, community groups and Traditional Owners, in delivering bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna

The program is confined to bushfire-affected areas within the eastern and southern part of Australia affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, or adjacent to an affected area. There is $10 million available for this grant opportunity.

More information and application details here.

Red Cross - Additional Support Grants

New “Additional Support” grants from Red Cross, will be delivered in two rounds:

  • Round 1 – 6 November to 27 November 2020
  • Round 2 – February 2021
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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

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 Environmental Trust R&R Grants

Funds: $50,000 - $170,000

Closing: 3pm 14 December 2020

The NSW Environmental Trust is now inviting applications to the 2020/21 round of its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program. A total of $4 million is available for projects that assist in the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services in NSW.

The Program Guidelines, Developing Your Application guide and a range of other resources are available on the Trust's Restoration and Rehabilitation grant program webpage: https://environmentaltrust.cmail20.com/t/t-l-xirithk-sikthktp-r/.

Drought Resilience Research & Adoption Program

Closing 23 December 2020

The Australian Government is inviting applications to deliver services under the Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program – Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs (Hubs).

This program will establish eight regionally-focused Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs. The Hubs will be located in regional areas that reflect the key agricultural and climatic zones across the country. The regions targeted are:

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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.

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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NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust

Do you have native vegetation on your farm? Could you benefit from some additional income to manage this land? The newly-established Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) has a new program that could be of interest. BCT are calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from people interested in earning annual payments to conserve biodiversity on their property.

Download the Conservation Tender Fact Sheet here. For more information, contact the BCT on 1300 992 688 or by email: info@bct.nsw.gov.au


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

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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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