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Seed Collecting to Save a Species

RHE Group Seed Collecting 320For their last meeting of 2020 on Wednesday, 9th December, members of Southern New England Landcare's Save the Regent Honeyeater Group met up at Sue and Peter Metcalfe’s place on Dumaresq Dam Road to learn some native seed collection techniques. 

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Regent Honeyeaters Nesting!

RHG Colin Ritchie Severn River Nov2020Here’s are delightful and encouraging report from Candice Larkin, updating us on the results of the Regent Honeyeater nest spotted near Severn River.

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ATG Nursery calls for Wattle Seed

Wattle seed pods 320The Armidale Tree Group nursery is short of Acacia (wattle) seed. If you have access to fruiting wattle trees/shrubs in your yard, would you be able to collect some and drop it into the nursery?  It would greatly appreciated.

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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.

Christmas Wishes & Office Hours

Karens koala 360

Our office in Armidale will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 18th December 2020, and re-open on Tuesday 12th January 2021.

Wishing all our wonderful Members, Friends, Landcarers, Rivercarers, Collaborators and Partners all the very best for a safe, healthy and happy Christmas from the whole team at Southern New England Landcare! 

Image: A juvenile koala decorates a pine tree at the Zirkler residence near Kentucky in readiness for Santa's visit! Photo by Karen Zirkler with artwork by Alex Hunter.

Training | Events | Opportunities

Final 2020 AURG Working Bee

201204 AURG workbee 320Date: Sunday, 20th December 2020
Time: 8.30am
Location: Dumaresq creekbank near Prickly Problems area between sites 12 and 13. Assemble at the Lions Picnic Table.

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Apprenticeships with Armidale Tree Group

Do you know someone who would be interested in a horticulturist apprenticeship with a production nursery?

Armidale Tree Group is looking to fill two apprenticeship positions as soon as possible.

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General Jeffery Soil Health Award Nominations

GenJefferySoilHealthAwardThe General Jeffery Soil Health Award is open to any individual farmer, land manager, extension specialist or educator who is making an outstanding contribution to improving soil health in Australia.

Nominations open 5th December 2020.
Close: 31st March 2021
For more information:  General Jeffery Soil Health Award 

Junior Landcarer Fun in the Sun!

Junior LandcareHere's a reminder to all Junior Landcarers from Landcare Australia.

Now that it’s Summer, before we break from school and maybe take a family holiday, it’s important to ensure you organise rosters to ensure plants are watered while you’re away. We hope you all enjoy the Summer break and continue to explore and be active in the great outdoors. The Just for Kids pages and Junior Landcare Learning Centre have lots of fun educational activities to keep you busy. Visit the Learning Centre for more information.

Farming for Change Opportunity

F4C EOI Flyer LATEST 320Commencing: March 2021
Locations: Piallaway - Manilla - Croppa Creek

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Funding & Grants

If you need help writing a grant, we are here to help. If your organisation wishes to partner with Landcare in a grant application, we are happy to partner in grants that support our mission. Or perhaps you just need a letter of support for your own great grant idea - call us on 02 6772 9123!

Bushfire Community Recovery & Resilience Fund Stream 2

Funds: $20,000 to $300,000

Closing: Friday, 11 December 2020

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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NTLLS Bushfire Recovery Small On-Farm Grants

Funding: up to $25,000

Closing: Friday 22 January 2021

Grants will be offered to support farmers, land managers and community groups to implement local projects for weed control and pest control, animal welfare and veterinary services in bushfire impacted areas in the Northern Tablelands. Classifications of grants available are for small scale on-farm demonstrations or on-farm projects.

For more information follow this link.

NSW Environmental Trust R&R Grants

Funds: $50,000 - $170,000

Closing: 14 December 2020 (3pm)

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

Funds: $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

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

Closing: Monday, 11 January 2021

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. Source: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

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Extended - Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund

Business Funding: $200,000 and $20 million
Community Funding: $20,000 and $300,000

Revised deadline for applications: 28 January 2021

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2021 RAS Foundation Community Futures Grants

Funds: 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

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

Closing: 8th February 2021

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

Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) - Bushfire Recovery

Funds: $25,000

Closing: 23rd February 2021

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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NAB Foundation Community Grants

Up to $10,000
Closing: 31 March 2021 (First round of applications)
Closing: 30 July 2021 (Second & Final round of applications)

Grants are available for local projects which prepare communities for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience, with criteria giving priority to smaller organisations.

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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.

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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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