eNews 8 September 2017

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Welcome to our 8 September 2017 eNews listing coming events that may be of interest to you!

In this issue:

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, 

Creeklands Cycleway Ride & Rivercare

Photo by Scott Webb on UnsplashSmallJoin everyone at 10:00am on Sunday 17th September at the Creeklands Cycleway off Elm Avenue, near UNE for a friendly, social ride. This is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. Then, join us for an Armidale Urban Rivercare Group planting PLUS morning tea and BBQ lunch provided by Armidale Dumaresq Lions (gold coin donation).

The ride is approximately 6km long, all on the Creeklands Cycleway (no road riding). If that’s too far for you, join us at any point along the Cycleway! We will be riding past the Farmers Markets at around 10:15-10:20am.

All riders that make it to the end can go in the prize draw, with the grand prize being a voucher from the Armidale Bicycle Centre worth for over $400! Download a flier here!

Image by Scott Web on Unsplash.

Trees on Small Farms

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 partnership project with the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

Small properties <200 hectares are eligible and up to a total of 50% of the total project costs is available. In kind contributions from successful applicants is expected. Successful applicants may:

  • Revegetate using local provenance seed.
  • Plant shelter belts or wind breaks with native trees and/or shrubs.
  • Subsidise fencing to protect native vegetation.
  • Connect remnant vegetation.
  • Protect paddock trees and clump plantings.
  • Plant scattered vegetation to form landscape linkages.
  • Plant wildlife corridors and riparian buffers.
  • Improve habitat for threatened species.

Successful applicants will also gain access to our Agroforestry Peer Group Mentor program as part of the project.

Applicants are advised to download the Guidelines and the Application Form and then contact our office on 0267729123 to book an appointment for assistance in applying by the due date. Applications for the funding close 5pm Friday 22nd September 2017.

This project is part of the $26.5 million of Catchment Action NSW investment that Local Land Services is delivering to enable better management of our water, soil, vegetation, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Armidale to host 19th NSW State Weeds Conference

SerratedTussockNew England Weeds Authority in conjunction with the Weeds Society of NSW and the NSW Department of Primary Industries will host the 19th NSW Weeds Conference at the University of New England, Armidale from 16 -19 October 2017.

Image - Serrated Tussock is a 'Weed of National Significance'.

The Chairman of New England Weeds Authority, Councillor Mark Dusting said “we are delighted to be hosting such a prestigious conference that will bring together delegates from not only across the State but from interstate as well. With the recent introduction of the new Biosecurity Act 2015, and the fact that the financial impact of weeds on agriculture alone costs approximately $2.5 billion a year in lost production and an estimated further $1.8 billion annually in control activities, there has never been a more important time to come together to meet the many and varied challenges faced by weed professionals and the industry in general.

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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 a workshop focussed on real life experiences and are pitched at today's leaders and business owners. Thursday 26th October - Team Leadership Skills and Practices - Concentrates on Issues that Affect Team Performance. Register here.

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.

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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