eNews 3 November 2017

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Welcome to your eNews for 3 November 2017!

In this issue:

Funding

$60m to encourage Smart Farming Partnerships​

  • Part of the $134 million over six years for the Smart Farm grants through the next phase of the Coalition Government's $1 billion National Landcare Program.
  • Smart Farming Partnerships are multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million for groups of organisations—applications open on 19 October and close 21 December 2017.

The Na​tional Landcare Program's new Smart Farming Partnerships is offering multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity. Grant details here.

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$50m to help land managers farm smarter​

  • $50m is part of the $134 million over ​six years for the Smart Farms Program through the next phase of the $1 billion National Landcare Program.
  • Smart Farms Small Grants are available between $5,000 and $100,000—applications for Round One open 24 October and close 7 December 2017.

Farmers, fishers, community and industry groups can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to assist them to protect and improve the condition of soil, vegetation and biodiversity and support agricultural systems to adapt to change. Grant details here.

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NW LLS seeks sites for work on Bell’s Turtle recovery project

Work on the ‘Turtles Forever’ Bell’s Turtle recovery project is about to commence with ecologists ready to trek into the last remaining areas of Bell’s Turtle (Myuchelys bellii) habitat in NSW.

Specially trained sniffer dogs will also be used to detect turtle nests. Eggs will then be protected from foxes using exclusion cages on site or incubated off site so that hatchling turtles can later be released into the environment.

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Events

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.

Slow fashion takes hold

The slow fashion movement is growing in momentum with Southern New England Landcare’s ‘Friends of Black Gully’ group engaging a broad cross-section of the community in a festival that celebrates the arts, music and our local environment.  Black Gully Music Festival is on next Saturday 11th November - Black Gully behind NERAM. More insigts at http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/5017263/schools-hit-the-catwalk/?cs=474 or https://www.facebook.com/slowfashionblackgully/

Wanted: Letterbox drop volunteer in Armidale

Armidale Urban Rivercare Group has 100 bookmarks advertising our Working Bee on Sunday 12 November and they need to be letterbox dropped in the area off Erskine Street between Taylor Street and Cooks Road Armidale. Is anyone available to do a letterbox drop around this area in the coming days? If so, please contact Bryan Johnston.

Armidale Urban Rivercare Group Working Bee

Join us from 8.30 am on Sunday 12 November 2017, at Dumaresq Creek south of Phil Wheaton Soccer Field, access off Erskine street or along bike/walking track. BYO long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy boots. Please also bring gloves, broad brim hat and sunscreen. AURG will provide equipment, however additional wheelbarrows will be appreciated.

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A day in the life of your soil workshop

This workshop will be delivered by David Hardwick, an agroecologist with Soil Land Food. David’s unique presentation style guarantees you will learn a lot and have fun. David has worked with farmers all over Australia in grazing, cropping, sugar, cotton and dairy. This workshop is for farmers in New England interested in harnessing the benefits of soil organisms for increased productivity and sustainability.

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Keeping rare raptors on the wing

Little Eagle David WhelanSmallNorthern Tablelands Local Land Services is offering a chance to see some of the region’s most impressive raptors, in the company of Australia’s foremost expert on these magnificent birds, Dr Steve Debus.

All are welcome to the “Nests in your neighbourhood” guided tour of eagle nest sites near Llangothlin, Malpas and Armidale on Wednesday 15 November.

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Bush for Birds Day: are we closing the gap?

BushForBirdsImageSmallAre we ‘closing the gaps’ in habitat? So we, our kids and grandkids can continue to experience the wonder of our native fauna?

Join us on 25th November 2017 at a field event to find out:

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SNELandcare AGM & Christmas Celebration

XmasSquareSouthern New England Landcare Ltd will hold it's Annual General Meeting from 5.30 - 6.00 pm on Thursday 30th November 2017 at the Uralla Community Centre, Hill St Uralla. All members are invited to attend, and stay on afterwards for the annual Christmas function, where members and friends can enjoy...

  • Discussion on the Australian Government’s new National Landcare Program and Smart Farms Grants.
  • 2017 John Winter Irving Bequest recipient announced.
  • 2017 Coordinator’s Choice Award, and
  • Festive finger food and drinks until 8.30 pm.
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News

Students speak for the planet in Armidale

Struan Ferguson did a great job representing SNE Landcare on the judging panel for the 'Speaking for the Planet' event held last week in Armidale. The theme for the day was 'Connection to Nature'. Struan said 'I was very impressed by the high quality of the presentations and the diversity of ideas the students had for connecting with nature. Schools from across the region attended the day - hosted by Phil Smith and Armidale Regional Council. More at http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/5024491/pupils-speak-for-the-planet-in-armidale/?cs=471

Congratulations to our local State Landcare Award winners!

Last week saw the State Landcare Award champions announced at a celebration dinner in Albury. Southern New England Landcare would like to congratulate them all, especially the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Aboriginal Reference Group, Bec Smith and the Armidale High School Black Creek Bushcare Group, and Gwydir Shire Council. The latter two were chosen to represent NSW at the National Awards next year. Well done! More information here.

LNSW launches eWallet so retailers donate when you shop!

Want to support landcare when you shop? The Landcare NSW supporter program offers a range of discounts and benefits from leading Australian retailers, and put the power to save and donate in your hands! Retailers include Rebel, Woolworths, Coles, The Good Guys, Bonds, Adrenalin, Just Jeans, Dan Murphy's, Barbecues Galore, Target, JB Hi Fi, Rays Outdoors, Sportsgirl, Hoyts, BWS and Liquor Woolworths. More information and registration at www.landcarensw.ewallet.com.au

Landcare NSW seeks first Chief Executive Officer

Landcare NSW is a member based organisation. As a result of programs underway, including the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative, the operational task of leading Landcare NSW has grown significantly. It is felt that the time is right to engage our first Chief Executive Officer to support the valuable work that our member groups and volunteer Landcarers do.

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Reminders

Memberships due

Just a quick reminder that members no longer receive a paper membership invoice at this time of the year... if you signed up last year at our website, you will receive via email, an automatic reminder a few weeks before your 12 month anniversary of joining online. If you are not a member and would like to become one, please visit our membership page and follow the prompts. Please note, you do not have to be a member to continue receiving our eNewsletter. For help, just call us on 6772 9123.

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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