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SNELC Events
 

Walcha Community Landcare Gathering

Wed 17th August 2016, 6-8pm, Walcha Bowling and Recreation Club

Interested in using drones for weed management, becoming a Master Tree Grower, finding out how landcare can help you with land management issues?

Join Southern New England Landcare for a relaxed and informative evening in Walcha.

RSVP by Friday 12th August (for catering purposes) to 6772 9123 or mail@snelandcare.org.au

FREE, gold coin donation for supper.


 

Balala-Brushgrove Native Vegetation Update

12.30 pm - 3.00 pm, Friday 2nd September 2016 at the Brushgrove School Hall

In response to questions raised by Balala-Brushgrove Landcare group members at the Solstice meeting in June, Luc Farago (NTLLS Investment & Partnerships Team Leader) will provide information on:

  • legislation relating to thinning and harvesting vegetation for sustainable commercial firewood production (wood-lotting)
  • biobanking – how it works and the likely incentives for Southern New England
  • laws relating to clearing invasive grey teatree (Leptospermum brevipes) and
  • limitations to sowing improved pasture into native grasses.

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Master TreeGrower Program Registrations Open

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Southern New England Landcare is set to run a second of the very successful Master TreeGrower programs in the region, starting on 27th September. Earlybird registrations close 9th September. $220 inc GST. Discounts for additional family members.

Download the flier here and download the program hereTo book your place, go to https://www.trybooking.com/MSZF or to make enquiries, contact Shane Andrews on 042775380.


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Keeping Healthy Horses on Small Acreages

Saturday 15th October 2016 - Save the Date

Armidale, venue TBA

A 6-hour workshop including allowing natural behaviours, worm and manure management, horse health and welfare, reducing feed bills and saving money.

Cost: $30 per person.

Enquires and RSVP to Des in the SNELC office.

 

 

Farm-Link to Provide Healthy Living & Suicide Prevention Skills

Farm-Link together with SNELandcare, GWYMAC Landcare and local councils are providing free healthy living and suicide prevention skills for people in local communities. The format will be a short friendly workshop on ways you can support yourself and others. These are free events. Tea, coffee & light refreshments will be available for a gold coin donation.

  • Guyra - Tuesday 18th October, 10 am - 2 pm, Guyra Council Chambers, 158 Bradley ST, Guyra.  RSVP (for catering): Ruth at Southern New England Landcare by email or phone 6772 9123.

  • Bundarra - Thursday 20th October, 10 am - 2 pm, CWA Rooms, Court St, Bundarra. RSVP (for catering): Anya at GWYMAC Landcare by email or phone 6721 1241.

  • Walcha - Friday 21st October, 11 am - 3 pm, Walcha Council Chambers, 2W Hamilton St, Walcha.  Register: at http://farmlink.eventbrite.com.au

 


 

Want to get a few people to a ‘get-together’, but don't know where to start?

Are you new to the area, or have developed an interest in a sustainable agriculture or natural resource management topic? Are you part of a Southern New England Landcare group that has lapsed due to seasonal circumstances or lack of help, or not had a reason to get together for a fair while?

If, yes to any of the above, you are not alone! Our coordinators have been assisting a number of groups to get started or to get some stumps back under them. So, come join the fray and get started by:

    • having a chat with us in the office at Level 1, 119 Beardy St Armidale East Mall
    • phoning us for a chat on 6772 9123
    • emailing us

Whatever your needs, we'll be able to help.


NENW Landcare Adventure – Farming Smarter Communities

There are currently so many advances in technology and new approaches to sustainable agriculture, productive enterprises and supporting rural and regional communities. The 18th New England North West Landcare Adventure on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th May 2017 in Armidale and Uralla will be such a great place to catch up on it all!

Download a flier here.

Register at TryBooking. Discounts available for landcare members so sign up with your local network before booking.

This year’s event, hosted by Southern New England Landcare, will showcase a number of leading edge activities in the region, and host the NENW Regional Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

Nominate a local champion in the Regional Landcare Awards!


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Flight Centre supports Southern New England Landcare!

IMG 7035 sylvia frontSouthern New England Landcare has an exciting new partnership with Flight Centre, Armidale. A percentage of the cost of all travel booked with Sylvia Hobbs at Flight Centre Armidale supports Southern New England Landcare.  Just call Sylvia on 6771 5474 to discuss your booking needs and mention this article or an ad in "Landchat".


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Events Further Away

 Plant Propagation & Seed Collection Workshops

24th & 25th August, Tamworth & Barraba

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National Landcare Conference in Melbourne

The National Landcare Conference is on in Melbourne from 21-23 September and Early Bird registrations have been extended until Friday 12th August. Program and registrations at http://www.nationalandcareconference.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-Program-for-WEB.pdf


 Threatened Species Day

11th September 2016, Tamworth Marsupial Park

 NWLLS Threatened Species Day 2016

 
Funding, Competitions, Scholarships

Funding Available for Trees and Waterways

NTLLS LogoFunding is now available for on-farm projects to: protect or manage waterways, provide alternate stock water, plant shelter belts, protect exisiting native vegetation, improve native habitat or conserve paddock trees.

Expressions of interest from individuals or groups of individuals, for funding through the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services close on 31st August 2016.

Click here for more information or Contact Iestyn Taylor (Ph 6770 2008) for trees, Andrew Walsh (Ph 6720 8313) for water. Groups of landholders who are members of Southern New England Landcare can also seek assistance and/or sponsorship from Southern New England Landcare on 02 6772 9123.



 
 

Fish Habitat Action Grants Available

Anyone interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in NSW can apply for a Habitat Action Grant from the Recreational Fishing Trusts. Projects suitable for funding include rehabilitation of riparian lands, removal of exotic vegetation from waterways, bank stabilisation works, work o barrier to fish passage, re-snagging waterways an reinsttement of natural flows. Funding applications must relate to the enhancement of recreational fishing by improving fish habitat. Applications can be for large grants (to $40,000) or small grants (to $2,000). Further details can be obtained from www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag or by phoning Scott Nichols 02 6626 1396 or Kylie Russell 4916 3817. Closes 30th September 2016.


Armidale Regional Council Community Grants

 Stronger Communities Fund Community Grants

Armidale Regional Council is calling for applications from not-for-profit community organisiations for funding to support local projects which provide social, cultural, environmental or economic benefits to local communities and address an identified community priority.

Applications can be for up to $50,000 but need a clear budget and th applicant must have demonstrated capacity to manage funds.

Further information is available from council's website.

Close: 30th September 2016.

 

Australian Farm Institute's Essay Competition

 John Ralph Essay Competition now open for cash prizes

"Farm environmental stewardship programs are just subsidies in disguise and should not be adopted in Australia". Do you agree or diagree with this statement?

Essays need to be between 1,500 and 4,500 words.

There are 2 categories:
OPEN - over 25 years of age; $5,000 cash prize.
NOVICE - 25 years or younger; $1,000 cash prize.

Closes: 5th September 2016.

 

ABARES Pest and Weed Survey

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Big Data in Agriculture - What is it? Have Your Say!

 Big Data in Agriculture - what is it? What is the potential and what re the pitfalls. Your chance to have your say.

Participate in the anonymous 15-minute online questionnaire "Big data in Primary Production - What do Farmers Know and Not Know, Do and Not Do, Concerning Farm Data in Australia?".

Researchers at UNE Armidlae want to find out what farmers thinkg about Big Data and related technologies - is it a powerful tool to help farmers or more empty pormises and hyped up workds? A means to improve productivity or a step towards dependencyt on suppliers? A way to make better decisions on farm or a loss of controlDo you agree or diagree with this statement?

To participate click here.

 

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