eNews - January 2017

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SNELandcare Events

Happy New Year

The SNELandcare Office has re-opened for 2017
9am-3pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays

The SNELandcare Staff and Board wish all landcarers in our region a happy and satisfying year for 2017.

It is lining up to be a year of interesting and useful events, so stay posted and keep your eye on e-News as this is where you'll see what's happening. Feel free to contact the office by phone (6772 9123) or email, if you have any queries or something you'd like to contribute.


5 Principles for Soil Health

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

Hosted by Harnham Landcare Group in conjunction with Southern New England Landcare this day will kick some ideas around about soil management, and be a good reason to get together with others wanting to improve the health and productivity of their grazing enterpises.

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Wild Dog Forum - Have Your Say
Group Forum, Tuesday 7th February
Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill St, Uralla, 3-5pm
 - or individual times between 7th-11th February

Jen Quealy will be on the Northern Tablelands, 7-11 February, for a short term 'interview and case study writing' project for the Invasive Animals CRC (IACRC). The project is funded by the IACRC and focussed on stakeholder feedback, to report the effectiveness of current wild dog management. Interviews will be with landholders, who may be members of wild dog and/or Landcare groups from five regions (Qld to Vic) and will gather impressions, opinions and suggestions (and maybe some photos and video).

SNELandcare is supporting this event and offers our members the opportunity to participate either in an interview in person, via phone or Skype, or at a group forum at the Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill St, from 3-5pm on Tuesday 7th February.

If you are interested in meeting with Jen please book early to arrange a time that suits you. You can register for an individual interview or book for the group forum by calling SNEL on 6772 9123.

Please RSVP for the group forum: by Friday 3rd February.


Trees on Farms - Peer Mentoring Opportunity

Interested in multi-purpose tree growing on your property?
Need a sounding board or some help to support your ideas & goals?

The New England Agri-Woodland Network (a subgroup of SNELandcare) has a project where local landholders are available to visit and mentor other farmers on any aspect of agroforestry, that is, multi-purpose trees-on-farms.

This information exchange project utilises an extension model known as peer group mentoring. A small group of local landholders, experienced in tree growing, come to your property, discuss ideas, and provide relevant information for your site. A record is kept of any site discussions and is provided to you. Follow-up visits (included in the initial cost) are also available to help you get started on specific works.

All mentors have been fully trained in the peer mentoring approach.

If you need help on your property on any aspect of trees-on-farms why not become involved?

Topics could include:
• plant identification on your farm
• species selection – native or exotic
• tree establishment

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• windbreak design
• farm planning for trees,
• private native forest management
• even a specific tree project.

Cost: $50 (for SNELandcare members) or $50 + your chosen SNELandcare membership level ($33 or $55) 

Enquires: to the SNELandcare office by phone 6772 9123 or email. Or contact Shane Andrews, the Agroforestry Project Co-ordinator, on 0427 753 808 or by email.


SNELandcare Community Muster

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 4pm-9pm
"Kenilworth" Guyra
Soilkee 'soil renovator' demonstration, John Winter-Irving Bequest Awards & landcaring in our region

The first community gathering, for 2017, of landcarers and friends for SNELandcare will:
   - look at a 'Soilkee' soil renovator demonstration (see article below) on-site
   - hear of the exploits of a previous John Winter Irving Bequest Awardee
   - celebrate the awarding of the 2016 John Winter Irving Bequest Award
   - catch up with 'landcaring' activities 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.

Enquiries & RSVP: by 17th February to the SNELandcare office by phone (6772 9123) or email.


'Soilkee' soil renovator demonstration

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 4pm
"Kenilworth" Guyra

'Soilkee' technology has yielded results from field trials that indicate a significant improvement in soil carbon, dry matter, essential nutrient availability and structural quality. Results have also shown a noticeable improvement in feed palatability for livestock.

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Derek Smith of "Kenilworth”, Guyra, has facilitated a demonstration of 'soilkee' technology on his property over summer 2016-17 and will provide results of this trial for discussion.

Dr Maarten Stapper, Neil Olsen and Ranald Braund have developed the machinery and will be on hand to showcase “Soilkee” technology and answer your questions. Southern New England Landcare encourages anyone who is interested to come along and have a look, collect some information and discuss this technology with the 'Soilkee' team.

Enquiries & RSVP: by 17th February to the SNELandcare office by phone (6772 9123) or email.

Bird Bus Tour

Friday 3rd March 2017
Armidale Tourist Information Centre, 8.45am for 9am departure

Dr Andrew Huggett, professional ornithologist, will lead this tour to look at some good, bad and ugly bird habitats south of Armidale.  See and be inspired by what makes good, better and best bird habitat.

Your chance to see wetlands and vegetation plantings in the Arding-Kellys Plains areas, a have a look at Imbota Reserve, guided by Dr Andrew Huggett.

Cost: Free, with morning tea and lunch provided.

Email or phone (6772 9123) Des at SNELandcare to find out more or book a space on the bus.


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
 - increasing your horse's daily movement and reducing sickness and disease
 - improving land managment
 - reducing feed bills.

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

Enquires: email 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, water resource assessment & management, 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 in relation to the above topics we can help you out.

Cost: $66/hr for SNEL Members, $88/hr for non-Members.

Call us at the office on 6772 9123 or send 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

Dazed By Dieback- Exhibition and Comic Book Launch
Friday 3rd February, 6pm
Armidale Tree Group, Michael O'Keefe Woodland Centre
80 Mann St, Armidale

New England artist Angus Nivison will launch an exhibition of original artworks and a comic book by ecologist, artist and musician Dr David Curtis.

All welcome at what should be a fun evening.


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, mine rehabiitation, carbon farmers, wildlife scientists, landcarers, 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.


Low Stress Stock Handling School

Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th February 2017
Bald Blair, Guyra

A 2-day stock handling school with trainer Rod Knight

More information & registration: see the form here

Enquires: Sam and Kirsty White on 02 6779 2141 or by email.


Vertebrate Pest & Canine Pest Ejector Training

9th February, 9th & 11th May

Cost: free, for landholders.

More information: Nicole Miller.


Soil Health and Production Field Day - Guyra

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Cost: free, includes morning tea, lunch and 2 lab soil tests/farm business.

More information & RSVP: by Friday 17th February, to Sandy Hodgens on 0428 744 287 or by email.

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Soil Health and Production Field Day - Bundarra

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Cost: free, includes morning tea, lunch and 2 lab soil tests/farm business.

More information & RSVP: by Friday 17th February, to Sandy Hodgens on 0428 744 287 or by email.

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Soil Nutrient Management Workshop - Glen Innes

Friday 24th February 2017

Cost: free, includes morning tea and lunch.

More information & RSVP: by Friday 17th February, to Sandy Hodgens on 0428 744 287 or by email.

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 Subsidised Quad Bike Handling & Safety Training

8th March, Glen Innes
9th March & 13th April, Inverell
10th & 23rd March, Armidale
24th March, Walcha

Tocal College in partnership with SafeWork NSW is offering subsidised quad bike training to eligable farmers and farm workers across NSW, including locations in our region.

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 (subsidised), $410 (full price)

More information: click here.

To register: click here.


Events Further Away

Watch this space


Funding & Other Opportunities

Intrepid Landcare Youth Engagement Workshops

Expressions of Interest

With support from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Intrepid Landcare has developed a training resource to assist communities in NSW in their efforts to engage younger people into Landcare and environmental initiatives.

This resource will be rolled out across NSW with a series of workshops in four locations across the state in March and early April 2017.

Intrepid Landcare is seeking expressins of interest from communities who would like to host one of these workshops.

More details can be accessed in the expression of interest form here.

Closing: 27th January 2017.

For more information: contact Megan Rowlatt on 0412 532 817.


Farming Innovation & Best Practice Land Management

Call for articles for Fairfax Agricultural media's 'Landcare in Focus'

If you would like to submit an article on Farming Innovation & Best Practice Land management to the 'Landcare in Focus' magazine, to reach a readership of over 295,000 via Fairfax Agricultural MEdia's weekly publications then this is a great opportunity.

The above theme will be the feature of the March 2017 issue of 'Landcare in Focus', so your article needs to be submitted by 3rd February 2017.

More information & submissions to: Manjari Fergusson by email.


Community Kitchen Grants

Does your community kitchen need a facelift?

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is giving rural and regional NSW community organisations the chance to win funding and appliances worth more than $20,000 to create or upgrade a community kitchen.

In 2017 the RASF Community Kitchen Grant will be made up of a $10,000 cash grant to fund benches and cabinetry, along with more than $10,000 worth of state of the art appliances and white goods. These include a gas cooktop, oven, sink, taps, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer.

Closing: 12th February 2017.

More information: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/ras-foundation-community-kitchen/


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


Seeking property owners with Brown or Stubble Quail

Ionie-Lee Smallwood is a PhD student at UNE, Armidale who is researching the ecology and logistics of Stubble Quail and Brown Quail across NSW.

If you have either of these species of quail on your property and would like to find out more about them, then get in touch with Ionie-Lee by email.


Can you find a Spiny Crayfish?
or host reserachers on your property?

First survey, 5th-11th February

Researchers from UNE and Charles Sturt University are looking for spiny crayfish in the Southern New England Landcare area.

So far researchers have developed information about Murray Crayfish but more needs to be found out about spiny crays in other parts of Australia, as their biology seems to link with water quality. There are about 52 known spiny crayfish species and they are only found in Australia, with nearly 80% listed as Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

this summer, surveys are being done in the New England area and researchers need more sets of eyes than their own.

Possible species in the New England area include:
- Sutton's Crayfish in tributaries of the Severn, Dumaresq, Deepwater, Timbarra and Clarence rivers;
-McCormack's Terrestrial Crayfish above 800m in tributaries of the Cobrabald, Apsley, Tia, Yarrowitch, Mummel, Walcrow, Coopacurripa, Nowendoc, Barnard, Hastings, Peel and McDonald rivers;
-Small Mountain Crayfish in the tributaries of the Guy Fawkes, Bellinger, Nymboida, Macleay and Styx rivers; and

- New Hairy Crayfish in the Dorrigo area and tributaries of the Nymboida, Orara, Bellingen and Nambucca rivers.

How to know if it is a spiny crayfish?
Look at the base or bottom of the claws - if they are spiny then it is a spiny crayfish, if they are smooth, then it is a yabby or something else. For a picture go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/species-protection/conservation/what-current/critically/fistzroy-falls-spiny-crayfish

More information about this research or to volunteer your place contact Maggie Watson by email at mawatson@csu.edu.au


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