eNews 25 January 2018

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Hello Visitor,

Welcome to our first eNews for 2018!

Happy New Year! It's been a while since you heard from us, but we are back on deck and preparing to play host to a wonderful range of events and projects this year, so watch this space and share our newsletter with those you think would find it useful.

In this issue:

Events

Got quad bike safety ideas?

Are you a farmer who gains more than 50% of your income from farming and use quad bikes as part of your farming operation? DPI is doing research to improve quad bike safety and we are keen to hear from farmers who are actually out there using them to get your ideas. Are you willing to give two hours of your time to help us on Wednesday 31st January at Armidale?

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Celebrate World Wetlands Day at the Racecourse

Join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day at Racecourse Lagoon, Uralla from 7am – 11am, Saturday 3rd Feb, 2018.

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Business EDGE workshop Armidale

Business EDGE is a comprehensive 2-day workshop for owners and managers of grazing enterprises. The workshop is designed to improve financial literacy and business skills.

Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th February, 2018 at Armidale Bowling Club's Duval Room, 92-96 Dumaresq Street – Armidale.

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Vertebrate pest & Canid Pest Ejector training courses

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services will conduct Vertebrate Pest and Canid Pest Ejector training courses at:

Tenterfield: Tuesday 13 February 2018
Glen Innes: Thursday 15 February 2018
Armidale: Tuesday 20 February 2018
Inverell: Thursday 22 February 2018

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Member Musters set to inspire

Remember our good old SNELCC meetings where group reps would come along to Uralla four times per year and share their ideas about what they had achieved, what they were planning and what was going on in the bigger world of landcare? Well, they are now called Member Musters, with a slight change of format and location. Here are the dates for your diary:

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Suicide prevention workshop Armidale

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at Armidale City Bowling Club – 92-96 Dumaresq St, Armidale NSW 2350 from 11am – 4pm on Monday 26th February 2018.

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On 28 February and 1st March, Harnham Landcare Group will host Derek Smith from Working With Nature to run a program with landholders focussing on innovative soil management techniques using Kinsey Albrecht methods. Derek is one of only four Kinsey-Albrecht Soil Practitioners in Australia.

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NT LLS events at a glance

NT LLS is one of our key organisation partners. Here is a quick list of what they have coming up in the first few months of 2018:

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During April and May 2018, Southern New England Landcare will host Soil Land Food's David Hardwick to run 4 days of ecological whole farm planning with an innovation focus. Save the dates: Thursday 26 - Friday 27 April and Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May. 

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Opportunities

Southern New England Landcare has a keen member at Mihi who would like to do some Landcare activities. If you are in the Dangersleigh, Enmore and Gostwyck areas and would like an extra pair of hands for your next Landcare project please contact our office on 02 6772 9123 or mail@snelandcare.org.au and we can give you her contact details.

Help stop the spread of pest fish Tilapia

Female oreochromis TILAPIA ANorris smallThe Murray Darling Basin is under threat from invasion by the pest fish Tilapia. Landholders, fishers and river users are encouraged to be on the lookout for Tilapia in the Northern Tablelands region. Tilapia are widespread in many coastal catchments of QLD and parts of northern NSW and are at risk of spreading rapidly.

Independent Fisheries Scientist Charlie Carruthers said “If Tilapia make their way into a flowing river or creek in the Murray-Darling Basin it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible to eradicate them”.

Photo caption: Tilapia have pale olive to silver-grey bodies, with a long continuous dorsal (top) fin that ends in a sharp point, and can grow to more than 36 cm. Photo Credit: A. Norris, Qld DAF.

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The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services App is an excellent tool to alert people in times of emergency and target messages regarding critical issues such as disease outbreaks and flood warnings.

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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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