enews September 2016

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Hello Visitor,  Welcome to this month's enews.

SNELC Events

Renew your membership via www.snelandcare.org.au

Signing up as a SNELC member is easy via our website. Just click on MEMBERSHIP towards the top right hand side of our Home Page. You will then need to choose the 'Membership Signup' for the first time round, even if you have been a SNELC member previously, utilising our old way of collecting subscriptions. Choose a membership category which suits you and pay using Paypal, Direct EFT to our bank account or by coming into the office to pay using a cheque or cash.  Please let us know if you need help, as we can assist you over the phone (6772 9123) or by email, or in person at the office.


Armidale Urban Rivercare Group Working Bee

Sunday 11th September 2016, 8.30am
Creeklands off Erskine St adj to Phil Wheaton Field

BYO long-sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy boots, hat, gloves, suncsreen.


Armidale Tree Group Members Seed Collection Course

Saturday 17th September 2016, 10am - 3pm
Armidale Tree Group Nursery

ATG Members Only


BYO lunch, hat, gloves, secateurs, pen and paper.

Morning tea provided for gold coin donation

Register with Armidale Tree Group by phoning 6771 1620.


Equine Management on Small Acreages

Saturday 15th October 2016, 9am - 3pm
N.E.G.S., Uralla Road, Armidale
Next to Reception, entry and parking from Uralla Rd

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 SNELandcare office or phone 6772 9123.


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


Farming The Sun - announce solar bulk-buy

Farming the Sun is launching a fourth community bulk-buy of solar power systems, building upon its earlier success in coordinating the installation of $6.7m worth of solar technologies during the 2008-2011 period. Read on or go to Farming The Sun for further information and to register your interest.

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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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New SNELC entry - from Coles Carpark

The main entrance to the SNELC office is now from up the steel staircase at the rear of our building, on the southern side of Coles carpark. This is more practical for many of our customers, as it gives them the utilises convenience of Coles Carpark and utilises a much more bright and warm part of our premises.


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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 Other Local Events

Help the Search for Cool Country Koalas

Saturday 10th September, 2-4pm 'Newholme', 10km N of Armidale
Tuesday 13th September, 2-4pm, Walcha Council chambers
Thursday 15th September, 11am-12.30pm, Nowendoc School
RSVP to John Lemon, 0427 414 871 by Friday 9th September

Carina Johnson at Northern Tablelands LLS on 0477 395 631 or by email.
Dave Carr at www.stringybarkecological.com.au or by email.


Farmer Field Day - Wetlands at Bald Blair, Guyra
Tuesday 13th September, 9.30am-12.30pm

Sam & Kirsty White, WetlandCare Australia, Northern Tablelands LLS, New England Weeds Authority, SNELC and GLENRAC looking to ways to manage farm wetlands for benefits all round. Funding for fencing wetlands, providing alternative water points, revegetation, etc is available.

Free.BBQ lunch provided.

RSVP & more info: Eli Dutton, 1800 816 147 or ballina@wetlandcare.com.au


Z-NET Uralla to support local farms & business
As part of its support for Uralla Shire businesses, Z-NET Uralla is compiling an email contact list to assist in keeping farms and other local businesses updated with relevant news and information on sustainable energy.

If you would like to be included on the Z-NET Business list please email the Z-NET Co-ordinator Steve Griffith at coordinator@zneturalla.org.au with your name, property name, email contact best telephone contact.

Further details on Z-NET URalla can be found at http://www.zneturalla.org.au 


Events Further Away

Threatened Species Day
11th September 2016, Tamworth Marsupial Park

NWLLS Threatened Species Day 2016


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

Woodland, Creek & Habitat Field Tour
Bathurst district
5.30pm Friday 23rd - 4pm Saturday 24th September 2016

Hear about improving habitat for the Bathurst Copper Butterfly and cat-tracking at Lithgow.

Visit Box Gum Grassy Woodland resotration sites, creek restoration projects and Regent Honey eater habitat for restoration.


Questions & registrations: secretary@aabr.org.au 


 The Compost Revolution 3rd Worshop
Tuesday 19th October, 9am-2.30pm
DPI Training Rms, 4 Marsden Rd, Calala, Tamworth

Compost industry; recycling; on-farm composting; using biochar in feeds, fertilisers, composting; digesting and purifying waste water.

RSVP: Anne Mitchie 0432 258 983 or anne.m@eastwestonline.com.au

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 Suicide - Taking on the Last Taboo
Suicide is Killing Us. But you can help change that!

Join the Ripple Effect

Log on www.rippleeffect.com.au


 Future Farming Statement for NSW
Farmers support an new vision for land management

See their statement and join hundreds who have signed it.

Go to www.FarmingFuture.org.au 


Futurelands 2
Saturday November 12th - Sunday November 13th 2016

A public forum of innovative farmers, economists, scientits, artists and writeres exploring our chaning relationship to land. Why are farmers working with artists, and why does soil biology matter to economists?. Futurelands2 fosters unlikely alliances and productive exchanges.

A weekand of site visits and conversations at Marloo Farm Ganguddy and Kandos Community Hall.

Registrations: http://cementa.com.au/futurelands or email info@ksca.land


Funding, Competitions, Scholarships
National Landcare Programme Community Grants

These grants are offered to give organisations, groups and individuals the financial capacity to support events, training or capacity building activities that increase community resilience. Groups can be farmer or producer groups, 'friends of' or 'care' groups or other community environment groups, indigenous communities or individual landholders working in the landcare or NRM sector. Unincorporated groups must be sponsored by an incorporated organisation.

Eligable activities include: succession planning, leadership development, farmer to farmer mentoring for practice change, fostering regenerating community groups, planning sessions, partnerhsip projects between community organisations, schools, local council.

Further information & application forms: www.nenwlandcare.org.au or contact Southern New England Landcare by email or on 6772 9123.

Close: 30th September 2016.


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.


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