eNews 20 October 2017

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Hello Visitor,

Welcome to our 20 October 2017 eNews, listing coming opportunities that may be of interest to you!

In this issue:

Funding and events

Survey on how groups manage pests and weeds

For those of you who are involved in pest animal or weed management groups, you are invited to to take part in a research study into Collective Weed and Pest Animal Management in NSW, being conducted by the University of New South Wales. The research seeks to understand the extent and nature of local weed and pest animal management efforts across NSW, in order to benefit invasive species practitioners and policymakers. More information about the project can be found through the survey link.

Taking part in this research is voluntary, and should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Please click here to start the survey. This research has been reviewed and approved by The University of New South Wales Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns about the research study please email humanethics@unsw.edu.au or phone +61 2 9385 6222 quoting the following number HC17741.

2-Day Soil Balancing Course

In the last year local Guyra grazier Derek Smith completed further study with Neal Kinsey, Bob Brush and Garry Zimmer in the USA and visited farms that have adopted the Kinsey/Albrecht Soil balancing system with stunning results. Now Derek is offering a two day course to help locals use this methodology on 28-29 October.

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White Rock Wind Farm Tour

White Rock Wind Farm near Glen Innes is hosting an open day on Saturday 4th November. All welcome. No RSVP required. Please click here for the flier/invitation.

Women's Health Night @ Kentucky

A Women’s Health Night will be held at 6pm on 4 November at the Kentucky Hall, Noalimba Ave Kentucky. Topics include breast health, stress and anxiety and healthy hearts. Light dinner provided. BP & blood glucose checks available. RSVP: 26 October 2017 essential for catering to Letecia Kearney, HealthWISE 02 6771 1146. Download the gorgeous flier here.

Birds for Bambinos Field Day coming soon

Diamond FiretailWhat is 'functional habitat'? What are indicator birds? How we can plug the holes in habitat and enable our kids and grandkids to experience the wonder of its inhabitants, not least the birds. Bring your bambinos - children and grandchildren most welcome at the field day to be held from 3pm on 25th November.

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LandArtFarm Walks over summer

LandArtFarm are hosting art-walk days on Sunday afternoons 12th, 19th and 26th November, 10th December, and 7th and 21st January. Sandra Welsman guides all walks fully. During summer, walks start at 3.30pm, meander to about 5.30 then include refreshments. There are no fees for LandArtFarm walks. If you would like to visit for a Sunday walk please let Sandra know. Interested family and friends are also welcome. Contact Sandra on phone 0411 100 048.

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.

Farmers to continue to farm smarter under Landcare

Farmers, fishers and community groups will soon be ‘farming smarter’ thanks to $134 million for a landmark new program under the next phase of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion National Landcare Program.

  • $134 million over six years for the Smart Farms program
  • Part of Coalition Government’s $1 billion investment in the next phase of the National Landcare Program
  • Smart Farms is focused on protecting Australia’s natural resources of soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity by facilitating the development and adoption of more sustainable agricultural practices

More information at www.nrm.gov.au or https://www.facebook.com/NationalLandcareProgramme/ over the coming weeks.

News

Australia's national electricity opportunity: community energy

Real Australian energy policy leadership this week has been shown by the independent Federal member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, says Starfish Initiatives.

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Weed updates

Our representative on the Regional Weeds Committee, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Anneka Ferguson, has kindly provided the following update on weeds matters:

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Reminders

Wind Farm Background Documents

Following the community meeting at Kentucky in September "The Farmer, The Finance and The Fineprint", the following documents have been sent through by Lauren Zell from the Office of Environment and Heritage, for anyone interested in further reading on the topic:

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Sapphire Wind Farm Community Investment Survey Needs You

Early results show strong support for community investment in the Sapphire Wind Farm but more expressions of interest are needed for this groundbreaking project to go ahead. For those in our own area who are interested to learn more about wind farm developments, the online survey provides some interesting insights into some winning ideas this development has ... you many also win an iPad if you fill in the survey!

A timely reminder about Serrated Tussock

It’s weed season again so we are promoting timely management of Serrated tussock. Download the information flier here.

Biochar Conference Recordings now available

Recordings from the Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference held on August 10-12, 2017 at Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia are now available to download for a small fee.

New Biodiversity Laws now in place

Land management and biodiversity conservation reforms to improve both environmental outcomes and farmers’ productivity commenced on 25 August. Visit the Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation website to find out more.

Bill's Story - why it's important to lift the stigma around mental health

Take 6 minutes out. Watch this video. And pass it on. 

Bill's Story is one of an Australian farming family at Narromine, who got hit unexpectedly by depression and suicide. In a raw and honest account, Bill describes how he lost his father to a disease that is all too prevalent in males in the agricultural community. By sharing this story we hope we can raise awareness, lift the stigma and start conversations. Thanks to Graziher for the tip!

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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