eNews 1 September 2017

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Hello Visitor,  Welcome to our 1 September 2017 eNews.

Welcome to Spring!

In this issue:

Land Girls Communication & Leadership Workshop

GLENRAC and Land Girls are hosting a one-day workshop in Glen Innes covering communication and leadership skills development for women. The purpose of the workshop is provide an opportunity for women to develop new skills and knowledge to enhance participation in family, business and community activities. Women attending the event will be more confident to represent themselves and their community in any situation.

The workshop will be delivered by NFP Success, the organisation that delivered the recent ‘Creating Confident Committees’ workshops. The workshop will run from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Club Hotel, Rose Room. This event is heavily subsidised and will cost $25 per person to attend to cover catering and workshop materials. RSVP: 1st September 2017. To register to attend visit https://www.stickytickets.com.au/56512

Trees on Small Farms grants available!

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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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Potential Community Investment Initiative - Sapphire Wind Farm

Sapphire Wind Farm is a 270MW wind farm situated 18km west of Glen Innes and 28km east of Inverell in the New England High Country. Once operational it will be the largest wind farm in NSW, offsetting over 700,000 tonnes of carbon each year and delivering substantial economic benefits to the New England region. It is scheduled for completion in mid 2018. CWP Renewables, who are building the Sapphire Wind Farm, want to find out how much local interest there is in investing directly into the project. With enough interest, the Sapphire Wind Farm will consider pioneering a community investment initiative. So why not join in the Discovery Sessions across the region to hear more about this exciting opportunity?

Monday 4 September - Inverell RSM: 10AM - 11:30AM and 5:15PM - 6:30PM; Wellingrove Hall: 2:00PM - 3:30PM.
Tuesday 5 September - Moree Town and Country Club: 9:15AM - 10:30AM; Glen Innes Services Club: 2:00PM - 3:30PM and 5:15PM - 6:30PM
Wednesday 6 September - Tamworth Town Hall, Passchendalele Room: 12:30PM - 1:30PM; Armidale City Bowling Club: 5:15PM - 6:30PM

Register here.

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.

Business Chamber workshops for business leaders

Armidale Business Chamber is hosting Dr Peter McClenaghan, Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour and Leadership at the UNE Business School to run two workshops focussed on real life experiences and are pitched at today's leaders and business owners.

  1. Thursday 7th September - Values Based Self - Concentrates on self awareness and will allow participants to take part in a Myers Briggs personality assessment. Register here.
  2. Thursday 26th October - Team Leadership Skills and Practices - Concentrates on Issues that Affect Team Performance. Register here.

Biosecurity Planning Workshops

Red meat producers are invited to join a series of biosecurity planning workshops across New South Wales - Casino, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth. Each workshop provides hands-on training to producers about developing an on-farm biosecurity plan for their property. The Tamworth workshop will be held on 12th September. Those wishing to attend can register can do so at www.livestockbionet.eventbrite.com.au

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.

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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Dick Richardson | Grazing Naturally | Hernani

Wilmot Cattle Company are hosting a one day Grazing Naturally Clinic with Dick Richardson at Wilmot, Armidale Road, Hernani on September 20th, 2017. More information on Dick can be found at www.grazingnaturally.com.au. Cost is $110/person. Smoko provided, bring your own lunch. RSVP by 15th September to Dick Richardson, 0429 069001 or  dick@dickrichardson.com.au, 

Advanced Seed Collecting Course

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services will be hosting a four day Advanced Seed Collecting Course in Uralla on 6-7 December 2017 and 8-9 February 2018. This course is great for anyone wishing to learn how to collect native seeds for propagation. Download the flier with more information here.

5th block of NENW community solar power bulk-buy now open

This marks a significant milestone for the Farming the Sun program. The bulk-buy is making available a range of high quality, Tier 1 solar power systems which have been substantially discounted by up to 33% below normal retail prices. Renewable energy credits are in addition to this discount, which means that some residents and businesses are getting back nearly half of their up-front investment! Register your interest here. 

Farming the Sun's purpose is to significantly increase the understanding, affordability and take-up of solar energy technologies as a key strategy for rural and regional sustainability. The collaboration is led and facilitated by rural sustainability specialist and charity, Starfish Initiatives. The solar power bulk-buy offer is available in the Tamworth, Moree, Armidale, Gunnedah, Uralla, Liverpool Plains, Narrabri, Guyra, Coonabarabran, Walcha, Glen Innes and Tenterfield regions.

Contact Liz Gardiner at liz@starfish-associates.org, or 6778 7249.

NSW Habitat Action Grants

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.

Environmental Trust Grants change timing

The NSW Environmental Trust usually calls for applications to its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program in August / September each year. The call for applications will now commence in November 2017, with applications closing in early February 2018.

Successful grantees will still be announced in May/June, with projects commencing as normal in August. This shift is in response to internal process reviews and feedback from applicants and grantees within the recent independent program evaluation (undertaken by the Natural Resources Commission), including concerns about the length of time between application submission and notification of successful projects.

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. Members are also covered with insurance when undertaking landcare activities.

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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