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Boorolong & Dumaresq - Time Out with Friends

FlierBoorolong27FEB IMAGE 320Join Boorolong and Dumaresq community members for some time out with friends, hear from some guest speakers. Plus, enjoy some morning tea and lunch!

Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021
Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Tom's Gully TSR, Tom's Gully Rd, Black Mountain NSW.

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Govt $$ Incentives for Seasonal Work

Incentives to Encourage Australians to Undertake Seasonal Work
To support the agricultural sector and young Australians affected by the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government is committing $16.3 million to temporarily introduce a new pathway for achieving independence for the purposes of Youth Allowance (student) and ABSTUDY.

From 30 November 2020 to 31 December 2021, a person who earns $15,000 through employment in the agricultural sector will be considered independent for Youth Allowance (student) or ABSTUDY purposes, if claiming from 1 March 2021.

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Training | Events | Opportunities

Time Out with Friends?

Flier ALL PHN EVENTS 320Would you like to spend a couple of hours having a cuppa and some lunch with neighbours, and hear the latest updates from Landcare, Local Land Services, New England Weeds Authority and the Rural Support Services, all in the one location at a venue in your local district?

We will have an event near you!

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2021 Regional Landcare Awards

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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Small Town Tour - Drought Outreach

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National Drought & Flood Agency Small Town Tour

Uralla: Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9am - 4pm
Walcha: Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9am - 4pm

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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!

Australian Graziers or Rangeland Pastoralists Study Award

AW Howard Trust logoThe AW Howard Memorial Trust aims to promote and support pasture research. This Award is to enable an Australian pastoralist (farmer, grazier or rangeland pastoralist) to undertake a study tour (in Australia or overseas) to examine pastoral systems and practices that will deliver economic, environmental or social benefits to Australian pastures or rangelands or to rural communities.

Applications close 31st March 2021.

Funding: up to $20,000

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Salvo's Bushfire Recovery grants

The Salvation Army’s national Bushfire Recovery Team is here to help, making regular informal visits to fire affected communities from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads, as well as Walcha to the QLD border, and everywhere in-between.

Grants available. Guidelines and conditions apply

  • DSS Bushfire Aid grant
  • Hardship grant
  • Loss of residence grant
  • Total loss household goods grant (principal place or residence)
  • Education and workplace grant

Click here for more info. Please contact Helen Cumming, Bushfire Recovery Outreach Worker. Email: Helen.Cumming@salvationarmy.org.au  Mobile: 0429 705 179
Assessments for financial support: sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au or 1300 662 217

News Corp Bushfire Fund Grant

Round 4
Requests: up to $25,000

Closing Date: 17th February 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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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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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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