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We're back!

koalas at workHappy New Year and welcome to 2021!

The Southern New England Landcare team and office is back on deck. We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in person soon.

A reminder to all our Landcare groups to email us any interesting updates, or notices about forthcoming working bees, for inclusion in our eNews.

Biodiversity Conservation Trust Board Enters New Era

Chocolate Lilly320Three new members have been appointed to the board of the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) to help drive conservation outcomes on private land across NSW, including CEO of Southern New England Landcare, Ms Karen Zirkler.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said the new board members will bring a wealth of skills and experience to the board.

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Interested in giving Koalas a helping hand?

Koala Image Brian WilsonIf you are a landholder managing a few acres or more, this opportunity could be for you. 

The Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership project is offering landholders an opportunity to secure direct funding for Koala habitat development and Koala habitat conservation, with funding available to plant Koala specific vegetation including primary feed trees and habitat trees.

This will help increase Koala and wildlife corridors in our local area. Funding will also be available to fence, improve and conserve existing habitat through livestock exclusion and weed management.

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Regent Honeyeater: 'Beauty on the Brink'

RHG Colin Ritchie Severn River Nov2020Local Landcare member, Mahri Koch shared this interesting article featuring the Regent Honeyeater, on the Woodland Birds of the New England NSW Facebook page.

She writes, “Doug Gimesy has had an article, “Beauty on the Brink” on ecosystem collapse and the Regent Honeyeater published in the Australia Geographic”.

Doug is an Australian based wildlife, conservation & animal welfare photojournalist, whose hope is that the images and information he shares "will inspire people and communities to discover, value and better protect the natural world.”

@DougGimesyPhotography, Image credit: Colin Ritchie

Saving Soil Health & Hydration

CS3 Saving Soil Health Hydration

Two events, held in the latter half of 2020, supported 70+ local farmers to better understand landscape rehydration.

Workshops by David Hardwick and Damon Telfer, and Stuart Andrews in September and October respectively, promoted key messages that supporting diverse and healthy perennial plant communities, restores hydration to farms.

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Landchat 118

Landchat118 FRONT PAGELandchat showcases the achievements of our members and their organisation. Members receive their full colour hard-copy in their letter box to read at their leisure. Download your copy of Landchat 118 Jul 2020 - Dec 2020 (1.54 MB) now or scroll down for previous editions!

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.

Closing Date: Friday, 26 February 2021, by 5pm.

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Survey input needed: Post-bushfire management actions

ANU fauna mgt 320You are invited to participate in an important survey being conducted by the Australian National University and the Charles Darwin University which closes on 14th February 2021.

The survey primarily addresses post-wildfire management actions that are implemented for fauna. The preferred target audience includes practitioners and conservation managers from within government, non-government organisations, and private organisations, working on public or private land; particularly for those involved with the planning, implementing and monitoring of post-wildfire management actions for fauna conservation and recovery.

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Training | Events | Opportunities

Walcha Farmers' Market - this Saturday

Walcha Farmers Market flyerDate: Saturday, 16 January 2021.
Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm.

With so many local events continuing to be hit by COVID-19 restrictions, we thought we would give a shout-out to the Walcha Farmers' Market. Visit the markets at McHattan Park & support our local farmers and Landcarers who have stalls & goodies!

AURG Working Bee - this Sunday!

201204 AURG workbee 320Date: Sunday, 17th January 2021
Time: 8.30am
Location: Dumaresq creekbank near sites 13.

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Ag Diploma Scholarships for Armidale

ag scholar 320RuralBiz Training has been awarded several Destination Australia Scholarships for students to study both our Diploma of Agriculture and Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management.

Scholarships: Valued at $15,000 per year, and are for full-time study on-campus in Armidale. 

Semester 1: Commences 1st February, 2021.

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2021 Regional Landcare Awards with guests Seis & Bassett

NENW Awards InstagramNew England & North West Regional Landcare Awards

Guest presenters - Colin Seis and Geoff Bassett

When: 9.30 - 4 pm Thursday 4th March 2021
Cost: $35 per person
Location: Inverell RSM Club

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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 

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!

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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