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SNELC Events

Membership Explained

Have you gjoin our boardot some great ideas about where Southern New England Landcare should be headed, or how it could operate better in our region? Would you like to be more involved in Landcare activities in our region? With a bit of spare time you could be part of some inspiring events and make a significant contribution to the long-term viability of our region's productivity and ecological health by being nominated to our board of directors.

Nominations to be on the Board of Southern New England Landcare Ltd are now open, and close on Monday 14th November 2016.


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2016 Annual General Meeting Notices

All members and prospective members are invited to:

The Annual General Meeting of Southern New England Landcare Coordinating Committee Inc (SNELCC) which will be held at 5pm Wednesday 30th November 2016 at the Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill St, Uralla. This is the final meeting in the winding up of SNELCC Inc, which was formed in 1994. 

The Annual General Meeting of Southern New England Landcare Ltd (SNELandcare) will be held at 5.30pm Wednesday 30th November 2016 at the same venue. The SNELandcare AGM will review activities of the last 12 months and set the scene for the next year by appointing a new Board.

With the winding up of SNELCC Inc, all members are transitioning their membership to Southern New England Landcare Ltd. 

Click here to sign up as a new member or renew your existing membership (Membership Class Associate). To find out more about becoming a member who represents their group, gains voting rights and can be nominated to the board, please contact our office and ask about Membership Class Guarantee.

Meeting notices are on their way via Australia Post to all current Southern New England Landcare Landcare Group representatives.

PLEASE RSVP to mail@snelandcare or 6772 9123 by Friday 25th November.


Armidale Urban Rivercare Working Bee

Sunday 13th November, 8.30am
First Spring planting day
Creeklands off Erskine St, adjacent to Phil Wheaton Field

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

Morning tea and lunch provided for a gold coin donation.

 

Balala-Brushgrove Pest Species Management Event

Sunday 20th November, 4.00-7.00pm
Brushgrove School Hall

Management techniques, mapping, legislation, FeralScan and other reporting, 1080 canid  pest ejectors, your needs.

Cost: free.

RSVP (for catering): Suzanne Wright on 6778 7133, 0432 936 745, or srfosyloxy@gmail.com.au

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SNELCC Inc and SNEL Ltd AGMs

Wednesday 30th November 2016, from 5pm
Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill St, Uralla

See information provided above or just come along for our Christmas Celebration afterwards.

Christmas Celebration Follows Annual General Meeting

christmasAll members and friends are invited to join the Board, Group Representatives and Staff for our 2016 Christmas Celebration and last hoorah for SNELCC Inc at 6 pm Wednesday 30th November, at the Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill St, Uralla.

Enjoy some festive drinks and finger food!

Hear about special offers for Landcare supporters from Flight Centre Armidale.

Help us announce the 2016 John Winter-Irving Scholarship.

See who wins the Coordinator's Choice Award.

Enjoy socialising with your landcare peers.

We look forward to catching up with lots of you out there. Please RSVP by Friday 25th November, for catering on 6772 9123 or send us an email.


Koalas & Quolls Revealed: UNE museum & nature walk

Thursday 1st December, 6.00 - 9.00pm
New Zoology Museum, University of New England, Armidale

Learn from the experts . . . about koala and quoll behaviour, how to identify the signs of koalas and quolls and how to survey for these species on your property, recognise key threats to these animals and get the skills for reporting sightings of koalas, quolls and other native animals.

Check out the fantastic new zoological museum and go for a guided nature walk. 

Enquires: to Des in the SNELandcare office by email or phone 6772 9123.

 

Horses for Courses - Equine Management on Small Acres

Postponed until May 2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control the workshop which was to be held on Saturday 15th October had to be postponed.

Well done to all those who signed up and looking forward to being in touch with you again about the May date when it is confirmed.

Enquires: to Des in the SNELandcare office or phone 6772 9123.

 

Farming The Sun - solar bulk-buy installations begin

The Farming the Sun solar Bulk-Buy IV was launched on 19th September and builds on previous successful installation of $6.7m worth of solar technologies during the 2008-2011 period. Read on or go to Farming The Sun for further information. To register your interest click here or contact Liz Gardiner on liz@starfish-associates.org or phone 6778 7249.


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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.


Reminder to take out your membership via www.snelandcare.org.au or come into the office

Thank you to those of you who've braved the digital world and completed your 2016-17 SNELandcare membership via our new website.

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 come into the office to renew your membership in person.

 

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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Other Local Events

WormBoss Workshop
Tuesday 15th November, "Europambela", Walcha

WormBoss helps you reduce your number of drenches, reduce losses from worms and reduce your cost of worms. The day's host at "Europambela" has used WormBoss for a number of years with over 10,000 sheep.

Workshop program:
- the WormBoss control program
- weaner worm control
- preparing next year's lambing paddocks, starting now
- all about drenches'
- drench resistance management
-review of project participants' progress.

New participants invited to apply WormBoss program.

Cost: Free, sponsored by MLA and Coopers Animal health.

RSVP essential, by 11th Nov: Deb Maxwellon 0437 524 163 or email deb@paraboss.com.au

 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIS)
Thursday 17th - Friday 18th November, Armidale City Bowling Club

ASIST is the world's leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day intereactive session, partipants learn to intervene and help prevent immediate risk of suicide. In ASIS, participants learn to apply a suicide intervention model - helping people to reconginse when someone may be at risk of suicide, how to connect with them and increase their safety.

Cost: $110 pp(usually $300 pp) .BBQ lunch provided.

Registrations & Further Information: Fiona Livingstone on 0427 072 105 or email fiona.livingstone@newcastle.edu.au 

 

How to Use Feralscan
Between 6th & 8th December, Northern Tablelands

Peter West from the Invasive Animals CRC will be available to run 1.5-2hr sessions to help interested people install the Feralscan app onto their phones and learn to use it, or form groups to use the app.

Feralscan is highly effective for recording bait placemtn, damage, signs, communicating within groups. Sessions need to be held in places with mobile phone reception but once the app is installed it works everywhere.

Contact: David Worsley on 0429 638 078 or dave.worsley@invasiveanimals.com

 

Z-NET Uralla supports local farms & businesses
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

What tree or shrub is that?
Friday 4th November, 9.00am - 3.00pm
Nthn Slopes Landcare shop, Maitland St, Bingara

Learn how to identify and manage remnant vegetation. Take home handy knowledge, books and on-line tools to identify and understand species on your property.

Cost: Free

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/NDHZ

Further details: Col Easton, NTLLS, 6764 5940 or col.easton@lls.nsw.gov.au

 

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

A public forum of innovative farmers, economists, scientists, 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

 

Holistic Nutrient Budgeting Workshop

Thursday 17th November 9.30am - 3.30pm
"Midway", 1892 Allan Cunningham Rd, Bingara

The 'Digging Deeper Programme' of Northern Slopes Landcare will look at Holistic Nutrient Budgeting with David Hardwick and cover the key skills of making decisions around managing nutrients in your enterproise.

Cost: Free (morning tea and lunch included). Bring a soil test, chair, hat and boots.

More information &/or RSVP: by Tuesday 15th November to Brooke Kelly on 0429 653 230 or email nslabarraba@gmail.com

 

Native Bee Workshop

Saturday 19th November 10.30am-3.30pm
RSL Pavilion (rear of Memorial Hall), Light Horse Dve, Tenterfield

2000+ species of Stingless native bees - as pollinators, transferring a hive from a log to a box, splitting a boxed hive, locating hives to protect them, honey tasting.

Cost: $20 (morning tea and lunch included).

RSVP: 02 6736 3500 or email landcare@gblc.org.au by Thursday 17th November.

 

Funding & Resources

Norman Wettenhall Small Environmental Grants

For groups or individuals undertaking projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammalo conservation, and landscape restoration and education

Projects should involve any of:
- monitoring, recording and sharing data
- delivering community education
- provideing community capacity building (e.g. (skills training, orgnaisation)
- research and science.

But do not cover things such as:
- on-ground works
- whole farm planning
- landcare co-ordinators
- workshops alone (they need to be part of a larger project with an 'action' component)
- gardens
- wildlife refuges.

Entry period: opens 20th December 2016, for 4-6weeks.

For more information: got to http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/ 

 

Farming Together

A resource for primary producers to help you value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns

This $14m initiative is a national 2-year campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.

Farming Together aims to build financial and societal sustainabiity across Australia's smaller primary producers.

Visit the Farming Together website at www.farmingtogether.com.au and complete the simple self-assessment. All farmers who register receive one-on-one expert discussion re their opportuniites and appetite to create a =successful collaborative group - a co-operative, a collective bargaining entitiey or a less formal collaborative group.

Want to know more? Phone Nick or Andrew on 1800 00 55 55 or email info@farmingtogehter.com.au

 

Competitions & Surveys

Box-Gum Woodland Photography Competition

To learn about, explore and share the local environment and beauty of special places. Be in the running to win $100 - $1000 

Run by the Tamworth Regional Landcare Association this competition is open to everybody, as long as all photographs are taken in North West NSW. The 5 subject categories are: People in Box-Gum Woodlands, Flora and Fauna, most Creative, Landscape, and Botanical.

Entry period: October 2016 - 31st January 2017. Shortlistings: March 2017. Winners: June 2017.

For more information: got to http://www.trla.org.au/boxgumphotocomp or email penne@trla.org.au

 

Farmers for Climate Action Survey

You could win a Beam Energy & Flex soalr system and battery storage worth $15,000

Farmers for Climate Action have just launched a survey about farmers' levels of concern about damage to our climate, how they are responding to impacts of chaning climate patterns and their views on solutions.

To find out more about the group go to http://www.farmersforclimateaction.org.au and to find the survey go to http://surveymonkey.net/r/farmers_survey

 

Can you help the Cool Country Koala Search?

Landholders and 'citizen scientists' needed to report koala sightings to the Atlas of Living Australia or the Northern Tablelands LLS

The NTLLS Cool Country Koala Project is pulling together reliable information about koala populations on the NSW Northern Tablelands, to try to avert the decline of koala colonis in this region. Together with Southern New England Landcare's Koalas & Quolls Revealed: Une Museum & nature walk event (ses above) this provides an opportunity for community members to contribute to koala conservation and management.

Cool Country Koala Project partners also include the Detection Dogs for Conservation team from the Uni of the Sunshine Coast. The NTLLS will be running community workshops are at Delungra and Glen Innes in November. Koala sightings can be reported at any time.

More information: call Carina Johnson on 0477 395 631.

 

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