eNews 8 December 2017

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Hello Visitor,

Welcome to your last eNews for 2017!

Just a reminder that the SNELandcare office will be closed from Friday 15th December until Tuesday 9th January for the Christmas New Year period.

We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year! Be safe, enjoy your holidays (if you get them!) and we will see you in 2019 with a great array of projects and events for you to enjoy.

In this issue:

Grants

RASF grants for young people

Community Future Grants - Royal Agriculture Society of NSW. Closing Date: 14 Jan 2018. The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering young people up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local rural area. More information at http://www.fundingcentre.com.au/grant/G05524

Dip Business (Governance) Scholarships Available

In a move to further break through the barriers of unconscious bias, cultural and structural issues that often preclude women from leadership positions, Our Community is partnering with the Women's Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) which is offering $1000 scholarships for women towards Diploma of Business (Governance) enrolments.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit and likely impact for the communities served by each recipient. To learn more about the WLIA, this scholarship offering and the application process, visit www.communitydirectors.com.au/scholarships Hurry, applications close at 3:00 pm AEDT, 20 December 2017.

Urban Youth Tackle Regenerative Ag for Next Generation

Armidale youth landcare group, Black Creek Bush Care (BC2) are congratulated on their successful grant application to the NLP Small Community Grants recently "Regenerative Agriculture for the Next Generation". Under the BC2 project, the Agriculture Teaching Departments at Armidale High School (AHS) and New England Girls School (NEGS) will combine to host a field day for the Northern Tablelands Secondary School Agriculture Network. The project aims to build capacity within the school community to gain skills and knowledge around regenerative agriculture and innovative farming practices.

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Armidale Urban Rivercare Group wins grant

Armidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG) are to be congratulated on their successful grant application to the NLP Small Community Grants recently. This Project will erect signage and host an open day at a rehabilitated section of Dumaresq Creek in Armidale to:

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Events

Celebrate 2018 World Wetlands Day at Thomas Lagoon

Date Claimer: 10am – 1pm, Friday 2 Feb, 2018... In partnership with NTLLS, we are currently looking at the possibility of celebrating World Wetlands Day, 2018 at Thomas Lagoon. The day would bring together Thomas lagoon stewards, Arding Landcare Group, and distinguished wetland ecologist Dr John T Hunter for a morning of activities and BBQ lunch. Participants would have the opportunity to try their hand at identifying wetland plants, naming wetland birds, sampling aquatic invertebrates, and discovering some of the fascinating features of these unique wetlands and how we can conserve them for future generations.

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Harnham Landcare's Healthy Soils Workshops

Harnham Landcare Group will soon lift the lid on healthy soils, having been successful in attracting an NLP Small Community Grant to train landholders in the Kentucky - Walcha districts in the early part of 2018. Derek Smith from Working With Nature will train participants in innovative soil management techniques through a multi-day intensive soil management course. Derek is one of only four Kinsey-Albrecht Soil Practitioners in Australia.

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Ecological Whole Farm Planning for SNE Graziers

Southern New England Landcare has been successful in attracting funding from the National Landcare Program Small Community Grants, to facilitate 4 days of ecological whole farm planning wiith an innovation focus, by Soil Land Food's David Hardwick. 

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NT LLS Supports 'Ladies in Livestock'

Women are taking the wheel with both hands when it comes to self-empowerment and education on-farm with the expansion of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Ladies in Livestock program.

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National Wellbeing Survey asks you to participate

It’s time once again for the annual Regional Wellbeing Survey! Would you consider participating in the survey at www.regionalwellbeing.org.au?

Each year the Unviersity of Canberra asks people about the quality of life in their community, their wellbeing, and their views about a number of issues affecting rural and regional communities. They make survey results publicly available, and produce results for every community and group from which we receive more than 100 responses (you can access results from the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 surveys here. This year they are doing a ‘pulse check’ survey: it’s shorter than previous years, but still lets us track how quality of life is changing across Australia. The support of organisations around Australia is critical to the Regional Wellbeing Survey.

Reminders

Podcast suggestions for the holidays

Do you enjoy podcasts, or perhaps you are new to podcasts? Here are some you may find some time over the Christmas period to enjoy.

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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.

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