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Congratulations Tanya Howard!!

Dr Tanya Howard has been awarded Armidale's 2021 Environmental Citizen of the Year. She is convenor of Sustainable Living Armidale (which has a Landcare group) and Climate Action Armidale, and is a passionate advocate for action on climate change.

Dr Howard has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness of natural resource management, environmental sustainability and climate change.  She is Senior Research Fellow with Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, at the University of New England. Currently she is leading a multi-disciplinary team on the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC project ‘The Human Dimensions of Environmental Crime’.

Read more about Armidale's local Australia Day awardees here.

Lingering at Llangothlin - Field Day

Llangothlin FD flyer320Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021
Time: 9:30am – 12noon
Where: Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve, Bagot Road off Tubbamurra Road approx. 18km north of Guyra.

The Northern Tablelands LLS will host a Field Day, as part of their Upland Wetland NLP2 project (jointly funded together with the National Landcare program), which noteably falling in the year of the 50th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention.

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AWI Webinar: It's Fly Time.

fly time AWI 290121Date: Friday, 29th January 2021
Time: 1:00pm

FLYSTRIKE – prevention, monitoring and treatment all play key roles in flystrike management, but what is the right course of action? And when?

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Panorama Project - travelling art collective

panorama project2The Panorama Project is a collective arts activity from Arts North West, engaging hundreds of people across the New England North West of NSW, from the places they call home.

Touring Exhibition
Location: Armidale Library
Dates: 17th January - 4th February 2021
More dates & locations below.

Image: Arts North West - Panorama Project
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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.

Composting and Worm Farm Workshops

GLENRAC composting wormfarmingDates: Friday, 19th February 2021, or Saturday, 20th February 2021

Venue: Glen Innes Showground Tea Rooms

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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: Thursday, 4th March 2021
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
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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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!

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, 9th 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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News Corp Bushfire Fund Grant

Round 4
Requests: up to $25,000

Closing Date: 17 Feb 2021

** A good opportunity for our local Landcare groups!!

Applications can be made by not-for-profit community-based organisations operating in rural communities in an LGA with a bushfire disaster declaration, from September 2019 to April 2020.

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Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital grants

Round 8
Funding Requests: up to $10,000

Closing Date: 23rd February 2021, 5pm AEST

Funding announced: June 2021.

The FRRR's Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) programs aim to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Key information here.

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Strengthening Rural Communities - Bushfire Recovery grants

Round 8
Requests: up to $25,000

Closing Date: 23rd February 2021, 5pm AEST

Funding announced: June 2021.
Key information here.

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FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together grants

Round 20
Funding Tiers: $20,000 or $60,000

Closing Date: Thursday, 25th February 2021. 

SNEL Landcare groups, please consider Tiers 1 & 2 in this funding round. Key information here. 

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2021 FNPW Community Conservation Grants

Foundation of National Parks & Wildlife Community Conservation Grants
Funding Requests: up to $10,000 (Special provision for requests over $10K - refer below)

Closing Date: 26th February 2021, 8pm AEST

The purpose of the Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Key information here

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Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investments

BBRF - Round 5
Grants: from $5,000 to $1 million, to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs.

Applications close: 5th March 2021. 

** Good opportunity for our local Landcare groups!! This funding stream supports new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

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Building Better Regions Fund - Infrastructure Projects

BBRF Round 5
Grants: from $20,000 to $10 million, to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs.

Applications close: 5th March 2021. 

** Good opportunity for our local Landcare groups!!  This funding stream supports investment ready projects that provide economic and social benefits for regional and remote areas. Projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.

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NAB Foundation Community Grants

Funding: up to $10,000

Closing: 31st March, 2021 (First round of applications)
Closing: 30th 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

Funding: up to $2,000

Closes: 30th 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

From 1 July 2020, the NSW Government lifted the cap for the Drought Assistance Fund (DAF) to $100,000 per primary producer. This interest-free loan has a term of seven years, with no repayments in the first two years. It is available for the implementation of systems & management practices that enhance the sustainability of farm businesses.

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LLS Public Land Boundary Fencing Program

Funding: up to $5,000.
Applications close: 31st March 2021.

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. They can provide 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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