eNews #18


In this bumper edition, news, training, events, grants and support from
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First Koala Conservation Officer for New England

First Koala Officer 320Southern New England Landcare is excited to introduce Des Andersen as the first dedicated Koala Conservation Officer for the Southern New England region.

Mr Andersen will work with Southern New England Landcare to deliver the Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project,  which will draw on recent and historical data to identify koala populations and engage and inform the community to help deliver ‘on-ground’ action.

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$6715 Donation to Landcare!


As a result of our participation in the Regional Australia Bank's Community Partnership Program, and the generosity of Regional Australia Bank and our community members choosing us as their preferred recipient, Southern New England Landcare has received with much gratitude, a bonus payment of $6,715.08!

Thank you Regional Australia Bank! Check out the congratulatory message from Kevin Dupe or the message from the Armidale branch.

Regional Landcare Awards Nominations Open


Do you know someone in our region who is passionate about our landscape?

Nominations are now open for the 2021 NENW Landcare Awards, which close on the 8th January 2021!

These awards are to recognise an outstanding person or group within our region, who is working to conserve our natural environment and/or sustainable, regenerative farming systems. Let them know their work is appreciated and valued. Here’s your opportunity to acknowledge those stellar Landcare contributors.

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Koala Drinkers on Offer

Southern New England Landcare recently engaged with the NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES) to help support a Water for Wildlife project that will provide drinkers for arboreal wildlife (including Koalas) in drought and fire affected areas.

The project will provide 20 koala drinkers to private landholders willing to maintain them. 

Please contact Des Andersen or phone 02 6772 9123 if you live on a rural bushland block and are interested in the drinker program.

Wanted: Seeds for tube stock

Armidale Tree Group (ATG) urgently requires help from landholders with bushland that potentially contains the seed sources needed to replenish native tube stock for customers.

An increase in rainfall in 2020 has increased demand for native plants. As a result, native plant nurseries are running low on native seed supplies needed for plant propagation.Targeted species include yellow box, red gum, stringybark species and wattle species. However any native bushland may help provide a source for new tube stock.

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Training & Events

Webinar: Woorndoo Project

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Date: Friday 27th November 2020
Online from 9:45am to 12:30pm

Join the Woorndoo Land Protection Group for their 4th Annual Community Day. Their DELWP-funded project, involving grassland species research, will be wrapped up with a summary of the group’s activities for the past three years, methods and findings.

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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 

AURG Little Tree Planting Event

AURG WorkingBeeHelp needed! Armidale Urban Rivercare Group's Bruce Whan has prepared a site for a little tree planting event on the creek for the 2/rog group. Help is needed with the working bee to spread mulch for about 2 hours. If you can help out, please give either Bruce a call on 0407 456 169; or reply to Bryan Johnston by email.

Time Out with Friends @ Wollomombi

Flier Wollomombi 32010 am - 1 pm Wednesday 9 December 2020

Wollomombi and surrounding residents are invited to our morning tea event on 9 December at Chandler Woolshed to hear from a range of guest speakers including Eva Knorles, Rachel Lawrence, New England Weeds Authority and Glen Chapman.

More information in this flier. Or check it out on our events page.

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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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

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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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 Community Recovery & Resilience Fund Stream 2

Closing: Friday, 11 December 2020

Funds: $20,000 to $300,000

Source: Resilience NSW, formerly the NSW Office of Emergency Management, is the lead disaster management agency for NSW, responsible for all aspects of disaster recovery and building community resilience to future disasters. They oversee and coordinate emergency management policy and service delivery with a focus on social, economic, infrastructure and natural environment outcomes.

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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 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/.

FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together Grants

Amount: $20,000, $60,000 or $150,000.

Closing: 15 December 2020 (Stage 1 applications for the $150K tier) with applications due Thursday 25 February 2021. 

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.

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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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Safe Havens Grants

Closing: Monday, 11 January 2021

Funds: from $500,000 up to $1.8 million covering up to 100% of eligible project expenditure.

Source: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Here's a brand new program opened by the Environment Restoration Fund for the Safe Havens Grant. This opportunity supports the creation of new or expanded safe havens for priority threatened mammals and other threatened species.

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2021 RAS Foundation Community Futures Grants

Grants: up to $25,000

Closing: 7th February 2021

The 2021 RASF Grants will focus on bushfire and drought recovery projects. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, and have a good understanding of issues affecting their community.
Click this link to learn more  or apply  today!

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RASF Scholarships

Closing 8 Feb 2021

Scholarships: up to $6,000 for full-time study, or up to $3,000 for part-time study are available.

The RASF offers VET (Vocational Education and Training) Scholarships, which are available to support individuals in NSW, who demonstrate a passion for rural life and commitment for any career that will ensure the future. 

More information and applications here

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

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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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