eNews 14 July 2017

 

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Hello Visitor,  Welcome to our 14th July 2017 eNews.

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Members receive significant discounts or free entry to our events, and a full colour hard copy of our quarterly Landchat newsletter, which provides some great reading about recent events, projects and member's achievements. Members may also participate in one or more of our locality-based or interest-based landcare groups, where they can interact with like-minded people and get support from our staff to think through and develop any project ideas they might have.

There are several membership price points, starting from as little as $11 per year! Sign up here. And remember, our Coordinators can help you get your ideas or activities moving forward. Contact us by email or phone 02 6772 9123 to find out more.

Science in the Paddock event to focus on local technology for local agriculture

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On Wednesday 26 July 2017, Southern New England Landcare will host an event at the Mike O'Keefe Woodland Centre in Armidale that will draw audiences from around the New England to explore how locally manufactured scientific instruments can be used to optimise plant water use and species selection.

Shane Andrews from Southern New England Landcare said, “Like in many other industries, agriculture is moving fast when it comes to new technologies that are changing the way we work with plants and animals.”

“Keeping abreast of these changes is essential if we are to continue being effective,” he said.

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Farm-Based Tourism Focus in August Member Muster

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From 5.30 - 7.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd August, our quarterly Member Muster will focus on farm-based tourism.

Local guest presenters will talk about their experiences, and the opportunities and challenges in our region.

This Member Muster will be held in Armidale at a venue to be confirmed. All members and their friends are welcome so mark the date in your diary now. More details about speakers and how to book coming soon.

Image courtesy of Lukas H via Unsplash.

Wanted: Trees on Small Farms!

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Southern New England Landcare has funding for peri-urban landholders in the Armidale, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha areas to plan and undertake revegetation projects that suit their individual needs.

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Annual wild dog aerial baiting campaign gains ground in 2017

Almost 128,000 baits injected with 1080 poison have been dropped across the Northern Tablelands in the 2017 autumn aerial baiting campaign targeting wild dogs.

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Soil Restoration Farming Events with Dr Christine Jones

On 2nd and 4th August 2017, Dr Christine Jones will deliver practical, scientifically based information for farmers who want to increase the health of their soil, animals, plants and gross margins. Download the flier, and check out amazingcarbon.com for background papers.

Regenerative Farming Tour to Victoria

Southern Blue Regenerative has recently launched their Regenerative Farming Tour to Victoria in September of this year. As part of their program development, they will be providing a sponsored position for an aspiring farmer.  More information at https://www.southernblue.com.au/farming-study-tours/regenerative-farming-tour/ or at https://www.facebook.com/pg/SouthernBlueRegenerative/events/

Biochar update - you could win a trip to Peru!

Starfish Initiative's Biochar for Sustainable Soils (B4SS) program is entering its final year and things are getting really exciting. The results of the last 2-3 years of research are coming in and their focus is now shifting to sharing this practical and important knowledge. Check it out and you could win a trip to Peru!

Changes to Weed Management in NSW

Weed management legislation is about to change across the State with the implementation of the new Biosecurity Act 2015. The Biosecurity Act aims to better manage the negative impacts of animal and plant pests, diseases and weeds for the benefit of the people of NSW. It is expected the new Act will come into effect from 1st July 2017.

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Weed inspections for weeds in the Uralla Shire Council area

As part of their annual operations in controlling weeds on the Northern Tablelands, New England Weeds Authority (NEWA) will be inspecting properties in the Uralla Shire Council area during 2017-2018.

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19th Biennial NSW Weeds Conference in Armidale

The New England region will host the 19th Biennial NSW Weeds Conference to be held at the prestigious University of New England campus, Armidale from 16 – 19 October 2017. The Conference is a unique opportunity for the State’s weeds professionals and related industry representatives, researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials and policy makers to showcase their work, network ideas and share in a vision for the future of the weeds industry. The theme of the Conference is “Experience the Highs – working smarter together”. We encourage you to visit the conference website where you will find the detailed program and instructions on how to register for the event.

New Crown Land Management Act

Following the passing of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (the Act) in November 2016 and the Crown Land Legislation Amendment Act 2017 in May 2017, a consolidated, modern piece of legislation will govern the management of Crown land in NSW. This update provides information on how Crown Lands Dept will work with you to deliver improved management of the State’s vast Crown land. For more information contact the Department of Industry, Lands & Forestry Division on 1300 886 235 or email legislation@crownland.nsw.gov.au

Book with Flight Centre and benefit SNELandcare!

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Flight Centre Armidale is supporting SNELandcare in an exciting new partnership where a percentage of the cost of all travel or accommodation booked with Sylvia Hobbs will support our organisation! There are also group travel opportunities for our members and the local community. You don't have to be a member of SNELandcare for the benefits to flow through, so tell all your family and friends, and enable some big business dollars to flow through to our member organisation!

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