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Koalas Feature at Special Forum

KoalaForum2020A very productive Regional Stakeholder Forum, held on Tuesday 15 December 2020, has assisted the Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project to forge ahead.

Representatives from Local Councils, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, lead State Government agencies, the University of New England and community organisations from across the region were invited to contribute, resulting in a wide range of interests tabled for discussion.

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Regional Landcare Awards Nominations Open


Do you know someone in our region who is passionate about caring for the land? Nominations are now open for the 2021 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.

Nominate them now at www.bit.ly/nenwnominate 

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Christmas Wishes & Office Hours

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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! 

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

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.

ARC Calls for Community Submissions to SoE Report

Arboretum 5Activities such as energy efficiency and waste reduction, environmental monitoring, education and/or rehabilitation, regeneration works are important contributors to the overall state of the environment.

As such Council invites submissions from individuals or organisations like community groups, schools, and businesses outlining their environmental activities and achievements during 2016 – 2020 for inclusion in the State of the Environment Report.

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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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Nutrition Farming Podcast - Phosphate for Free

Graeme Sait logoLooking for an interesting and educational podcast for the holidays? Our Soil Health Forum Group ran a course with Graeme Sait in 2007 so this podcast might be a great refresher!

Episode 9 “Phosphate for Free - Unlocking the Lode” in the series for Season 1 of the Nutrition Farming Podcast. Discover multiple strategies to release some of the massive frozen P 'bank account', via microbes and the tricks to harness this workforce.

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!

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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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.

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

2021 Highways & Byways Small Grants Program

Funding: up to $3,000  
Applications close: Tuesday, 9 February 2021 (6.00pm AEST) 

2020 has seen our nation challenged by bushfires, ongoing drought and a global pandemic. These grants are open to organisations in rural and regional Australia. The 2021 program theme is Healing the Land – Healing Ourselves – Together.    

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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


NEW! Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme

Under the new Commonwealth funded Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme, small businesses and farmers with legal issues related to the 2019/2020 bushfires can apply through a private lawyer for funding to assist with their legal costs. If you are an eligible small business or primary producer, you can apply for funding of $2000 to assist you to resolve your legal matter, and up to $5000 for related expenses.

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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

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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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