eNews #31


In this edition, news, training, events, grants and support from
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Koalas in the Spotlight

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“Koalas in the Spotlight” is a special event to learn how you can get involved in conserving Armidale’s koala population. Watch how ecologists trap and monitor koalas, and see koala detection dogs in action! Enjoy dinner and a spotlighting walk. 

Date: Friday, 19th March 2021
Time: from 5.15pm
Location: Newholme, UNE Field Studies

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Greener Grazing: Principles, Paddock, Potential

Flier v5 320Date: Wednesday, 24th March 2021

Southern New England Landcare invites members and friends to a milestone event for Balala-Brushgrove Landcare Group, as part of Southern New England Landcare’s Celebration of 30 Years! Holistic Management practitioners Dr Judi Earl and Tim Wright are our keynote speakers. It will be held at Tim and Suzanne Wright's property 'Lana', near Uralla.

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Time Out! Save a date & join us at an event near you.

Flier ALL PHN EVENTS 320Catch up with the neighbours over a cuppa or a bite of lunch. Hear the latest updates from Landcare, Local Land Services, New England Weeds Authority and the Rural Support Services. Find your local district event here, and keep an eye on future eNews for any updates.

Tenterden: 9 March
Balala-Brushgrove: 20 April
Glen Morrison: 21 April
Lower Apsley River: 4 May
Wongwibinda: 11 May
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Training | Events | Opportunities

Beef Cattle Welfare Benchmarking - seeking trial participants

cattle benchmarkThe CSIRO Animal Welfare Team in Armidale, in conjunction with NSW DPI and MLA, are embarking on a joint venture to develop a science-based animal welfare benchmarking program for the beef cattle industry. Help is required from local beef producers to participate in the trial. 

Please apply as soon as possible. (Closing date: TBA)
Producers need to onboard by mid/end of March.

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Next AURG Working Bee

IMG 3087 AURG Tree Planting 320p Date: Sunday, 14th March 2021
Time: 8.30am

Location: Creeklands near Saint Peters Preschool (87 O’Dell Street).

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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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Forecasting Australian livestock to 2025 - NTLLS workshops

Wrkshp ForcecastingAustLivestock 2025Northern Tablelands Local Land Services invites cattle and sheep producers to a FREE workshop with market analyst, Simon Quilty. 

Book your place at a workshop in Guyra, Glen Innes, Uralla or Walcha.
Dates: 23 March, 24 March & 2 x 25 March respectively.

Numbers limited filling fast, so don't delay. RSVP's close: 12 March. 
Click here for the full flyer.

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Be Chem Safe! Update or renew your Chemical Card today!

RuralBiz is pleased to announce face to face courses are back!

Date: Thursday, 25th March 2021
Location: Armidale NSW

Facilitator: Ant Wright

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TAFE Training - Chemical & Chainsaw use

TAFE NSW has chemical application training & chainsaw operations courses available. Great opportunity for Landcare volunteers to update or learn new skills.

Chemical Application Workshop

Date: 25th & 26th May 2021
Location: Armidale

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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 NAIDOC Local Grants

NIAA logoCloses: Sunday, 15th March 2021 (8:00pm)
Value: $200 to $1,000

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2021 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants

JNR landcare woolies grantGrant Amount: Up to $1,000 each
Age Groups: 0-7 | 7-13 years old
Applications Closing Date: 19th March 2021

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Coles Nurture Fund

Applications close: Friday, 19th March 2021, at 5pm AEST
Value: Up to $500,000

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Community Hall Grants now open

Essential energy logoFunding: $200 donation
Closing Date: 28th March 2021

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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.

Funding: up to $20,000
Applications close: 31st March 2021.

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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" Aboriginal Communities Engagement Program 

WT artwork storyHey fellow Landcarers. Do you have connections with local schools and community in your area, who are doing Aboriginal and Landcare related activities?

They could be eligible for a grant of up to $2,000 under the Working Together Program with Landcare NSW!

Closing date: Friday, 30th April 2021

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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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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


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

Want full membership advantages with Southern New England Landcare?
We offer members discounted or free registration at all our events.

Sign up as a member today - click here


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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