eNews 15 September 2017

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Hello Visitor,

Welcome to our 15 September 2017 eNews listing coming opportunities that may be of interest to you!

In this issue:

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.

Saumarez Spring Garden Fair this Sunday 17th September

SaumarezSpringFairTo celebrate the Spring re-opening of Saumarez Homestead after a short Winter break, the Saumarez Spring Garden Fair will be held on Sunday 17th September 2016 from 10am to 4pm at Saumarez Homestead: 230 Saumarez Road Armidale.

  • Free entry to the gardens and grounds.
  • Landscape designers, gardeners and writers will be presenting special lectures from 11am in the Saumarez Function Centre.
  • As a special treat, there will be guided tours of the gardens and ground floor of the main Saumarez Homestead which will be decorated with flowers from Mary’s Garden, the Picking Garden and from Volunteers’ gardens. (Gold coin donation for house tour).
  • The Heritage Rose Garden Saumarez Homestead will be open to visitors along with the other formal and cottage gardens.
  • Lissa Kathe Rummery and her friends will provide music in the afternoon.

There will also be garden stalls, garden sculptures and artworks as well as Devonshire teas on the Homestead Verandahs, BBQ and the Saumarez Café will be open for light lunches and Daily Ritual specialty teas and coffee.

Visit Saumarez Homestead Gardens or download the Saumarez Homestead app for more information. Contact Saumarez Homestead on 6772 3616 or Saumarez@nationaltrust.com.au

Funding Available to Increase Community Resilience

DerekSmithFDNew England North West Landcare is offering organisations, groups and individuals the opportunity to apply for grants to support events, training or capacity building activities that increase community resilience.

“Grants of between $2000 and $8,000 are available to support events, training or capacity building activities,” said Regional Landcare Facilitator (Northern Tablelands), Anneka Ferguson.

“Similarly to grants awarded last year, the focus of activities could be succession planning, governance, mentoring, planning sessions, leadership development, farmer to farmer peer mentoring, regenerating community groups, or partnership projects between community organisation, local government and or schools,” she said.

Image - Derek Smith of Working With Nature, Guyra, speaks to participants at a project event in 2017. Image courtesy Melissa Edwards.

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Grants available for 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 smaller 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.

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. Applications close 5pm Friday 22nd September 2017. Please call 02 6772 9123 or email us here.

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Local subsidies to attend State Landcare Conference & Awards

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SNELandcare has made available three subsidies to the value of $550 (the cost of conference registration) to the first three members who would like toattend the State Landcare and LLS Conference and Awards in Albury from 25-27 October 2017.

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To take advantage of the subisdy, you must be a member, and you must contact our office as soon as possible to express your interest on 02 6772 9123. First in first served. We will arrange and pay for your conference registration once we have all your details. You will be responsible for the cost of your travel and accommodation.

Locals we know of who are already registered to attend include SNELandcare president David Henderson from Guyra, SNELandcare Local Landcare Coordinators Karen Zirkler (Kentucky) and Sara Schmude (Armidale), as well as Bec Smith (Guyra) who will also be representing Award Finalists, Armidale High School's Black Creek Bush Care group BC2, at the Awards Dinner. Why no join us for some fun-filled days connecting, learning and sharing? Call us today on 02 6772 9123.

Considering farm expansion?

If you are considering farm expansion, now is the time to attend the Holmes Sackett ‘Buying More Farm Land’ workshop. Holmes Sackett (John Francis) and Rabobank (Nick Pearce) are running a series of workshops responding to interest from farmers and other stakeholders in relation to farm expansion opportunities. Fees may be subsidised depending on eligibility. Download a flier here.

Walcha - Tuesday 10th October 2017 9am-4pm at Walcha Vet Supplies conference room.
Ben Lomond - Wednesday 11th October 2017 9am-4pm at Ben Lomond Hall.
Barraba - Thursday 12th October 2017 9am-4pm at Barraba Playhouse conference room.

The workshops will cover:

  • How much bigger should I go?
  • Why buy more farm land?
  • Can I afford to expand?
  • What is leverage and how does it work?
  • Farm performance – what does it matter?
  • Procedures for due diligence.
  • Excel tools to assess opportunities.

Register here or contact Prue on 0435 052 255 for more information.

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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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.

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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