eNews 18 August 2017

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Hello Visitor,  Welcome to our 18th August 2017 eNews.

In this issue:

An Evening on Farm Based Tourism

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Ever wondered how you might profit from sharing the beauty or biology of your farm? Or how you might go about using your farm cottage for paying visitors? What’s this YouCamp thing? What are the options? And does it pay?

From 5.30 - 7.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd August, our quarterly Member Muster will focus on farm-based tourism. Join us for an evening on the opportunities and challenges, with guest speakers:

James Gresham from Glen Elgin adventuring in YouCamp.

Lucy Frizell - Wollomombi grazier who have set up their FarmStay Waterfall Way Accommodation - with extras.

David ThompsonRegional Development Australia.

A Q&A session will follow. Download the flier here

In addition, SNELandcare member groups will have a chance to update everyone on upcoming activities and your Local Landcare Coordinators will provide information on the latest landcare funding and project opportunities.

All welcome - members are invited to fill up their vehicle with friends or neighbours and make the trip worthwhile!

A light supper will be served and seating is limited so be sure to RSVP and reserve your seat soon. This is a free event. More information and bookings here.

This event is part of the $25 million of National Landcare Programme investment to boost farm gate productivity and improve environmental health across NSW. Image courtesy of Lukas-H on Unsplash.

Sprouted barley as green fodder | field day

DSC 0165SmallSouthern New England Landcare will hold the first field day of its kind in the Southern New England region for farmers and students in late August.

A Guyra property is currently producing sprouted barley as an alternative green feed, and will be hosting a field day from 09:30 am on Friday the 25th of August 2017.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the potential of green fodder technologies to improve livestock productivity in all conditions and its use as supplementary feed.

Derek Smith, a current owner and operator of the technology said, “This event is the perfect opportunity for people to see first-hand how this option may be able to fit into their business.”

“We’ll be demonstrating how we here at Working with Nature, are adopting this technology into our system, suiting it to all types of livestock in all types of conditions,” he said.

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Hot, Dry and Deadly

Join the Nature Conservation Council for an evening of discussion in Armidale as they launch their new report, Hot, Dry and Deadly: Impacts of Climate Change on Nature in NSW, in collaboration with Sustainable Living Armidale, the NSW National Parks Association, and Starfish Initiatives. If you have already observed effects on local flora or fauna or if you want to learn what to look out for, please come along.

WHAT: Hot Dry and Deadly: Impacts of Climate Change on Nature in NSW Report Launch and #Repower campaign overview.
WHEN: 6pm-7.30pm, 28th August, 2017.
WHERE: The Tops Function Room, Armidale Bowling Club.
RSVP: Here for catering. Some drinks and snacks will be provided.

New Landcare Office to be Launched

HannasArcadeImageMembers and friends of SNELandcare are cordially invited to the launch of the new Landcare office located at Suite 10 Hanna's Arcade, 128 Beardy Street Armidale. The celebratory launch will take place from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday 31st August.

Executive Officer, Mrs Karen Zirkler, said, "The move has already made us much more accessible to the community, and we are seeing more people drop in to check it out."

Anyone wishing to come along to the launch are asked to please RSVP using the sticky tickets registration process so we can cater appropriately.

The team are very excited about the new premises and wish to thank the management of Hanna's for negotiating such a lovely new location and supporting our not-for-profit organisation in doing so.

Trees on Small Farms grants available!

TreesSmallFarmsFBNative vegetation provides significant benefits for domestic livestock, native wildlife and ecosystem health... even on small farms.

Southern New England Landcare now 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, thanks to a new partnership project with the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

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Small holdings have big impact on revegetation

Positive activities on even a handful of acres can make a big difference to the environment, and trees in particular provide many benefits, no matter how big or small the property. Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and Landcare networks around the region have teamed up to work with landholders on smaller blocks to make native revegetation projects more accessible.

Building on the Northern Tablelands ‘Trees on Farms’ program, the project is focused on enabling and growing a community of ‘small’ landholders on lifestyle blocks, hobby farms and properties skirting our towns within the region, to implement revegetation works.

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Landscape restoration equipment helps plant trees with ease

Landholders with landscape restoration projects can find solutions with easy-to-operate equipment on loan from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services. From grass seed harvesting, establishing windbreaks, and tree and shrub planting, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has a stable of equipment to offer small and large landholders revegetation solutions for no charge and substantive support.

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Koalas Still Present in Corridor East of Armidale

South Armidale KoalaAs part of the joint 2015-17 CWC/SNEL Quollity Koala Corridors and Questions Project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, eleven properties in the corridor between Dangars Falls and Tilbuster were surveyed for koalas during summer 2015-16. As a result, nine of these properties revealed evidence of recent koala activity, or the actual presence of at least one koala.

These results confirmed anecdotal reports from landholders and information from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, in 2004, that the semi-continuous habitat corridor from Dangars Falls, to Imbota Nature Reserve, Yina Nature Reserve, then via properties adjacent to Donald and Herbert Park Roads to the Tilbuster and Black Mountain areas provides habitat for Koalas.

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Kentucky Soil Health Workshop with David Hardwick

Kentucky: 9.00am - 3.30pm Thursday 7 September 2017. Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is holding a “Soil Health and Production Field Day” for landholders who are interested in maintaining optimum soil health and maximising production from their pastures and livestock systems.

More information on the flier here.

Soil Carbon & Alternative Cropping Systems Field Day

14th September at Ran and Jenny Mitchell’s cropping property ‘Leyland’, west of North Star. Download the flier here. Speakers include Dr Terry McCosker of RCS and Carbon Link, and Ian Moss, the founder and managing director of Farm Agronomy & Resource Management. The day will be an opportunity for like-minded people to gather on property and discuss soil carbon and alternative cropping systems with leading field experts.

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LandArtFarm walks invitation

Dr Sandra Welsman spoke at our recent Walcha Member Muster, which focussed on Art in the Landscape. Recently, Sandra thanked us for asking her to speak and asked us to invite members and friends to her Spring and Summer 2017 LandArtFarm walks. LandArtFarm is a private artistic venture on 100 acres of bush-farm landscape in the beautiful New England region. Their aim is for LandArtFarm visitors to immerse themselves and enjoy a unique art and landscape experience.

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Good Space Workshop - Suicide Prevention

A workshop will be held in Armidale from 10am to 2pm on 13th September. More information and registrations with Alicia Moran by email, or phone 02 9393 9556.

Uralla Community Grants Available

Grants of up to $3000 are available from Uralla Council, closing 31st August 2017. More information on how to apply at http://www.uralla.nsw.gov.au/index.cfm?page_id=1511.

NSW Habitat Action Grants now open

Submissions close 5 pm 18 September 2017.

Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for grants. Habitat rehabilitation projects which may be funded include:

  • removal or modification of barriers to fish passage
  • rehabilitation of riparian lands (river banks, wetlands, mangrove forests, saltmarsh)
  • re-snagging waterways with timber structure
  • removal of exotic vegetation from waterways
  • bank stabilisation works
  • reinstatement of natural flow regimes.

Before completing your application please, download and read the Habitat Action Grant funding guidelines: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/habitat/rehabilitating/ahr-grants-program. For further information please contact the Habitat Action Grants Administrator on fish.habitat@dpi.nsw.gov.au or ring (02) 6626 1396 or (02) 4916 3817.

Akabane cases on the rise: check your calving herd!

Producers should be on the lookout for Akabane in their calving herds this season, with an increased potential risk of losing both cows as well as calves. Producers should monitor calving herds for Akabane virus affected calves following detection of positive results in sentinel herds and the investigation of reported cases of increased late term abortions and affected calves.

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Annual Land and Stock Returns vital for market access

Land managers across the Northern Tablelands region are reminded to lodge their annual land and stock return by the end of the month. More than 9,600 land managers across the Northern Tablelands region who pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code received their annual return notice during June. The information collected from more than 150,000 annual returns helps Local Land Services build a statewide picture of agricultural use and livestock numbers.

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Book with Flight Centre and benefit SNELandcare!

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Next time you travel, remember, 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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Become a member and access so much more...

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 choose to participate in one or more of our locality-based or interest-based 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, including developing funding applications.

There are several membership price points, starting from as little as $11 per year! Sign up here. Contact us by email or phone 02 6772 9123 to find out more.

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