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SNELandcare Events

Local Christmas Parties

Arding - Tuesday 13th December
Lower Apsley - Friday 16th December
GlenGRO - Sunday 18th December

Contacts: Chris 6775 3285, Ross 6777 2832 or Cherie 6777 6462, respectively.

 

SNELandcare Office Closure for the Festive Season

Friday 16th December - Monday 16th January (inclusive)

The Southern New England Landcare Office will be closed from Friday 16th December to Monday 16th January inclusive.

The Staff and Board wish all landcarers in our region a happy and safe Festive Season and look forward to being in touch about exciting looking landcare activities for 2017.

 

5 Principles for Soil Health

Thursday 9th February 2017, 9am-3pm
Kentucky Hall, Kentucky 

SAVE THE DATE for this landholder-inspired event. Hosted by Harnham Landcare Group in conjunction with Southern New England Landcare this day should kick start some ideas on managing your soils differently, and provide a reason to get together with others wanting to improve the health and productivity of their grazing enterpises.

Enquiries and RSVPs (by 3rd Feb) to: Southern New England Landcare by phone (6772 9123) or email.

 

SNELandcare Community Gathering

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 5pm-9pm
"Kenilworth" Guyra  - soil restoration and John Winter-Irving Award

The first quarterly meeting of landcarers in Southern New England for 2017 will look at:
   - a soil restoration demonstration site
   - celebrate the awarding of the 2016 John Winter Irving Bequest Award
   - catch up with 'landcaring' activities of others around our region
   - have chat over refreshments.

The John Winter Irving Bequest Award is a study grant, given annually to help develop the interest, skills or commitment of someone whose contributions to sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, rural development or leadership have the potential for substantial development.

RSVP: by 17th February via phone (6772 9123) or email.

 

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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Horses for Courses - Equine Management on Small Acres

Saturday 20th May 2017
Armidale, venue TBA

Horse managment specialists, Stuart & Jane Myers, will present this 6-hour workshop in Armidale.  They will cover topics including:
 - allowing your horse to carry out more of their normal behaviours
 - increase their daily moveemtna nd reduce sickness and disease
 - imporve land managment
 - reduce your feed bills.

Cost for you: $30 (normally $150 but subsidised for this event) 

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

 

SNELandcare Offers Specialist Services

Project development, event co-ordination, group facilitation, project management, property mapping, ecological assessment, desktop publishing, skill development

The SNELandcare Staff can provide services outside of our core business and funded projects.

If you need someone with specific skills, knowledge or experience they can help you out with and you are prepared to pay for it ($66/hr for SNEL Members, $88/hr for non-Members) then we can help you.

Just ask - by calling us at the office on 6772 9123 or by sending us an email.

 

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.

 

 

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

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 placement, 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 (even if you miss the above events): David Worsley on 0429 638 078 or by email

 

Guyra Trivia Night
Friday 9th December, 6 for 6.15pm dinner
Guyra Bowling Club

The Northern Tablelands LLS and NSW Farmers are hostingan agriculture-focused trivia night. Lots of prizes and fun. Come dressed smart casual or with a Christmas theme.

RSVP: Jason Siddell 0459 162 295, Brent McLeod 0413 884 710, Nigel Brown 0419 434 087, by 6th December.

 

Soil Carbon Trading Roadshow
Saturday10th December, 12-5pm
Armidale Ex-Services Club

Get the low down on putting soil carbon sequestration and soil carmon projects on your bottom-line.

More information: click here.

 

Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate

5th - 9th February 2017
UNE, Armidale

A conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World.

Join paractitioners from the revegetation industry, land carers, mine rehabiitation, carbon farmers, wildlife scientists, natural resource managers, conservation biologists, resoration ecologists and social scientists

Discounted Registration for Primary Producers, Indigenous participants or full-time Students.

Earlybird Registration closes 7th December 2016. All Registration closes 27th January 2017.

More information can be found here.

 

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 

 

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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Events Further Away
Quad Bike Safety Training

Various locations, various dates

Tocal College in partnership with SafeWork NSW is offereing subsidised quad bike training to eligible farmers and their workers at various locations across NSW.

This 1-day course is aligned to the National Unit of Competency AHCMON212-Operate Quad Bikes, and is tailored to the experience level of attendees.

Cost: $100.

More information: click here.

 

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, organisation)
- research and science.

But do not cover things such as:
- on-ground works
- whole farm planning
- landcare co-ordinators
- workshops alone
- gardens
- wildlife refuges.

Projects eligible for funding need to be part of a larger project with an 'action' component.

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

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

 

RAS Community Futures Grants

The RAS Foundation Community Future Grants offers young people (under 35 years of age) up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local rural area.

Projects need to deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and eliver sustained and broad community benefit will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, well-connected with other local leaders and have a good understanding of issues affecting their community.

Infrastructure for local showgrounds and Show Societies are eligible but the improvements must go beyond benefitting just the local Show Society in running the local show.

Click here for more information.

Closing date: 15th January 2017.

 

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 Project 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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