eNews - February 2017

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Hello Visitor,  Welcome to this month's enews.

SNELandcare Events

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.

Bookings or enquiries: ASAP by Email or phone (6772 9123) to Des at SNELandcare.


Soils for Healthy Farm Production & Ecosystems
Starting late March 2017

This NLP-subsidised program includes:
- a 2-day soils course (incl. the Albrecht soil balancing system)
- an on-farm workshop day
- soil testing
- an international expert guest speaker, presentating on animal nutrition.

Cost: $380/business.

Enquiries & bookings: ASAP, to Working With Nature on 67791772 or email dsmith@auzzie.net 

This soils program is part of the $25 million of National Landcare Programme investment to boost farm gate productivity and improve envionmental health across NSW.

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Launching Uralla Rivercare Group's Riverplan - 2016
Thursday 30th March 2017

An opportunity to learn and support what Uralla Rivercare are planning for the future to help manage the Uralla Creeklands for the benefit of all.

More information: contact the SNELandcare office on 6772 9123 or by or here by email.


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.


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.



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

Pasture Cropping Explained - Colin Seis
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 9am-3pm

Multi-species pasture cropping - how to consistently increase productivity and reduce costs. Grasslands, grazing management & pasture cropping, multi-species pasture cropping, gross margins-profit, enterprise stacking - more profit, soils - health, nutrients, structure and carbon.

Cost: Free.

RSVP: by Friday 3rd March, to GWYMAC on 6721 1241.

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Farm Planning Course - Uralla
Starting Tuesday 14th March 2017
Then monthly to July 2017

A 5-day farm planning course to help you maintain farm viability, improve your natural resource base, maximise profits, access technical expertise and learn from other farmers.

Cost: Free.

Enquiries & bookings: contact Kim Deans on 0448 182 183 or kim.deans@lls.nsw.gov.au

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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.


Raptor Identification Days
Monday 20th March 2017, Armidale
Tuesday 21st March, Ben Lomond/Llangothlin
Wednesday 22nd March, Inverell

These 1-day events are part of the NTLLS Threatened Species Partnership Project and  will be delivered by a specialist in raptor identification. Each day will include a short indoor presentation, with most of the day then spent visiting known raptor habitat on public and private land .

More information & bookings: contact Carina Johnson, 0n 6770 2000 or email carina.johnson@lls.nsw.gov.au

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Oak (Quercus) Field Day & Farm Tour
10am, Wednesday 22nd March 2017
"The Hill", Kentucky

Do oaks from the northern hemisphere have a role in highly altered temperate environments (in gardens or on farms) in south-east Australia? View numerous Quercus species which have been planted in on-farm sites across "The Hill". Hosted by Michael Taylor and Andrew Curr this day will include opportunities to hear Bill Funk - an oak expert from Victoria, view different plantings of oaks and share information with other oak growers.

Cost: $25, byo lunch.

More information & RSVP: contact Michael Taylor on 6778 7214 or 0412 332 484 or via Facebook.


Events Further Away

Drone Essentials at TAFE Tamworth
Saturday 25th February 2017, 8.30am-5pm
Tamworth TAFE Campus, Janison St, Tamworth

Cost: Free.

Enquiries and registrations: contact the Commercial Short Course Team on 6768 2204 or 67682039 or email commercial@tne.edu.au


Running a Farm Office - Course
2nd & 24th March 2017, 8.45am-3pm

Cost: $385 per person per workshop ($175 rebate may be available pp/w'shop).

Enquiries and registrations: go to Partners in Grain NSW at http://partnersingrain.org.au/regions/new-south-wales/nsw-events/


Being a Better Boss - Course

Cost: $385 per person per workshop ($175 rebate may be available pp/w'shop).

Enquiries and bookingsEnquiries and registrations: go to Partners in Grain NSW at http://partnersingrain.org.au/regions/new-south-wales/nsw-events/


Funding & Other Opportunities

Nominations  for 2017 NENW Regional Landcare Awards

Nominations are now being received for the 2017 New England North West Regional Landcare Awards. These awards recognise the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations to our region.

Closing: 30th March 2017.

More information: contact your local Landcare office.

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Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investments Stream

Funding is available for projects to support new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic an social benefits to regional and remote communities

Closing: 5pm Friday 31st March 2017.

More information:https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund/building-better-regions-fund-community-investments


Information & Surveys

Be Inspired - Case Studies From Across NSW

A wonderful collection of case studies of things Landcare and Sustainable Ag groups are doing around the state is now available for viewing on the Landcare NSW Gateway website at http://www.landcare.nsw.gov.au/casestudy_listing

Some awsome snippets of things people are doing to positively change their land and their lives.


Have Your Say
Before 3rd March:
    NSW Koala Strategy
    Saving Our Species Iconic Koala Project
    Nthn Tablelands Regional Strategic Weed Plan
Before 24th March:
    New England North West Regional Plan

For more information go to: https://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/consultations/search?Search=&action_search=Search&Topic=&PastOrUpcoming=


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Stop the Spread of Tilapia Fish

Tilapia are in the top 100 of the world's worst invasive species and are one of the greatest threats to Australia's native aquatic biodiversity.

We need to help stop them spreading.

For more information: go to www.industry.nsw.gov.au


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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?

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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