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Vale: Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery

Gen. Michael JefferyLandcare Australia has honoured our much loved & admired Patron and Australia’s first National Soils Advocate, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, who sadly passed away on Friday 18 December, 2020. Click here for press release

As soil advocate, he met with thousands of farmers, scientists, indigenous interest groups, policy makers, politicians, consultants, students and community groups. "I believe there are substantial benefits for all Australians from a more focused and integrated approach to the health of our soil.  A regenerated agricultural landscape will ensure the whole community will be healthier in terms of the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink." 

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Regent Honeyeater - exciting discovery!

regent HE making nestFrom the UNE Environment FB page, UNE PhD student, Candice Larkin made the exciting discovery of three Regent Honeyeaters in Glen Innes, one winter’s morning last year. Read her story here.

Image: Dr Paul McDonald (Regent Honeyeater with nesting material)

Pasture Cropping for Increased Resilience - Colin Seis

Colin Seis Resilience talk

Soils For Life has recently uploaded a new YouTube presentation about Colin Seis and his property, Winona, which was featured in one of the first Soils For Life case studies in 2012.  

Colin, one of the guest presenters at the forthcoming 2021 New England & North West Regional Landcare Awards, discusses the ecological journey of his farm.

Training | Events | Opportunities

Next Friends of Barry Munday Reserve Working Bee

Date: Saturday, 30 January, 2021
Time: 11:30am
To be followed by a meeting at 2 pm.

Following this working bee, the Friends of Barry Munday Reserve group will resume their regular time, i.e. on the second Saturday of the month: February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th.

Find Your Future in Ag in 2021

RuralBiz training eN18

This year, RuralBiz is offering the Diploma of Agriculture, delivered online or face to face in Armidale. This opportunity will suit local school leavers or young people (who meet the specific eligibily criteria) with an interest in developing their farm management skills. For those students - it will be fee free! 

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ARC Calls for Community Submissions to SoE Report

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

Activities 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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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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Farming for Change Opportunity

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

North West Regional Agriculture and Landcare Facilitator, Lana Andrews, has advised about a new program, ‘Farming for Change’ with Dr Judi Earl and Craig Carter.
Click here for a copy of the flyer.

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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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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!

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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