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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    Innovation in Agriculture Awardee to Speak in Guyra

    JeffAndMichelleFor many of us, where we find ourselves on any given day may not resemble where we thought we would be when we started out on our journey.
    When Jeff Pow purchased Southampton Homestead in 2006, he started with a Bed and Breakfast and a weekend getaway. Today he and his wife Michelle run Western Australia’s only vertically integrated pastured poultry business.

    “The business has grown through boldness, resilience and hope,” says Jeff.

    After starting full- time farming in 2011, using regenerative farming principles and practices, the Southampton Farm is an amazing multi enterprise farming business based on perennial pastures. All this was recovered from a pine plantation which had been cleared before Jeff bought the property.

    Harnham Landcare's day with Dr Christine Jones

    ImageHarnhamSoilsHarnham Landcare Group hosted and subsidised a successful "Five Principles for Soil Health' day at Kentucky Hall on 9th February 2017.

    Nearly 40 people attended the day, to hear Dr Christine Jones outline how photosynthesis, microbes and diversity are all important mechanisms supporting soil health.

    Attendees came from the immediate locality as well as from the Lismore and Wallangra areas. Lively discussion put forward other ideas, helped clarify Christine's messages and made the content of the day relevant to livestock and human health, pasture management and grazing options.

    Thoughts and suggestions were forthcoming for possible follow-up events and sharing with other Landcarers in adjacent regions.

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