eNews #17

In this edition, upcoming training, news, grant and support opportunities from
Landcare Inline Green on White

Timeout with friends at Winterbourne

Wbourne groupWinterbourne Landcare group gathered for a long overdue catch-up on 18th November 2020.

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Another Spring Tree Planting Complete

ATG eN18Landcarers  active members, Paul and Cathryn McFarland recently completed another spring tree planting and have contributed the following article to the Armidale Tree Group Newsletter, Number 119 Spring Edition, November 2020.

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Our Virtual Landcare Allstars

Des Koala eN18Southern New England Landcare's Koala Conservation Officer, Des Andersen and Kelly the Koala were some of the many stars at the 2020 Black Gully Festival. To watch Des' interview, click this link to the festival facebook page and then click on the blue "Watch Video" button. Fast forward the video to the timeframe 1:44:20 for their segment.

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Training & Events

UNE Smart Farm Pastures Field Day

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Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Download the flier here

Birds of Prey Workshop

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Date: Saturday, 28 November 2020
Time: 8.30am - 11am.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet leading national expert and author of Birds of Prey in Australia, Steve Debus on an observation workshop, for nesting birds of prey.

Spaces are limited for this event, so please RSVP by midday on Friday 27 November (revised closing date).

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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MLA Pasture Walk

Are you planning to restore or renovate pastures on your farm?
Northern Pastures Group will run a pasture walk on restoring pastures in the Northern Tablelands. 

Date: Wednesday, 9 December 2020, from 9.30am to 12pm.
Location: "Te-Angie", 338 Fishington Road, Wongwibinda NSW

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National Landcare Conference Webinar Program

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

Click here to register

Low Stress Stock Handling Course

Date: 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

Pest Symposium 2021

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“Pest Management for Practitioners”
2021 NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium
Dates: TBC
Venue: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW

The symposium will bring together people involved in pest animal management, research and policy to discuss the key elements for successful pest management in NSW. This event is not a scientific forum. The symposium brings together government and non-government pest practitioners to participate in a range of pest related talks and discussions.

Click here for more details. 

Find Your Future in Ag

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Next year, RuralBiz is offering the Diploma of Agriculture, with face-to-face learning in Armidale. For eligible students it will be fee free! 

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Funding & Grants

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.

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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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Working Together Small Grants Program

Funds: up to $2000

Closes: 30 April 2021

Landcare NSW has launched the “Working Together” Small Grants Program which seeks to support locally-driven collaboration activities to ensure that Aboriginal people become more immersed in the Landcare movement in NSW.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to Aboriginal organisations and/or Landcare NSW Member Groups located within NSW.

To provide an additional incentive for Aboriginal communities to maintain ongoing engagement with the Landcare movement, successful applicants who are identified as an Aboriginal entity will also receive one year’s membership of Landcare NSW, which includes access to the full range of  member benefits.

More information at https://landcarensw.org.au/projects/aboriginal-communities-engagement-program/

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

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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