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    ORY Guyra Emily from Australian Museum demonstrating 320Family Nature Night held at Mother of Ducks Lagoon, during the Autumn break, brought together over 25 families for an evening packed with fun.

    The Southern New England Landcare organized event, held on Tuesday, April 16th, with presentations from guest experts from the Australian Museum and the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

    EB header imageSouthern New England Landcare is thrilled to announce the launch of several new initiatives aimed at bolstering drought resilience in the Walcha area, thanks to a series of grants recently secured by the organization.

    The first of these initiatives is scheduled for Friday, 31st of May with a Walcha Resilience Dinner, starting at 6:00 PM at the Walcha Rams Clubhouse.

    This event will feature talks from Renae Hanvin from Resilient Ready and Anna Hughes from the Lachlan Hughes Foundation.

    20240504 PLP Event1 Emergency RediIn a world fraught with uncertainties, preparation is key to safeguarding yourself and your loved ones.

    Our sister network GLENRAC is taking proactive steps to empower individuals and communities with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate emergencies effectively.

    Picture1 SquareSouthern New England Landcare's May Member Muster at 6 pm on Wednesday 8th May, will host Reinventing Agriculture's Kim Deans as our guest speaker, and focus on Personal Drought Resilience.

    Through Reinventing Agriculture, Kim Deans and her husband Angus deliver programs built on a holistic foundation of human capacity building, soil health restoration and farm business management.

    Storm Fire Flood workshopFINAL v2 320pHave you done your emergency and fire risk plans yet?

    Are you new to the district?

    Join us at a 'how to' workshop with guest speakers from the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) - Tamworth, NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) - Diggings (Rocky River) Brigade.

    Topics include:
    • Regional Threats Overview,
    • SES Response – how it works…
    • RFS Response - how it works…
    • How people could prepare themselves – SES Get Ready Campaign,
    • Step by Step – Do an Emergency Plan and a Fire Risk Management Plan for your home/business,
    • How to keep you and your family well during a disaster.

    Free Event. Dinner Provided.

    Download Flyer

    Registrations essential at Sticky Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/ZOT94

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    Sticky NightshadeEach month, NEWA (New England Weeds Authority) News will feature a local and currently threatening weed to be aware of.
    How does this weed affect you?
    Sticky nightshade is an invasive plant that:
    • competes with crops and pastures
    • prevents native plants from growing
    • has sharp prickles which can injure people, pets, livestock, and native animals
    • can make harvesting difficult (for example in vineyards).

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    boxley feature image drpl projectAs managing the effects of climate variability continues to be a growing concern for producers across the NSW Northern Tablelands, University of New England (UNE) researchers are stressing the importance of healthy waterways when trying to achieve a resilient and productive grazing system.

    It was the key message at a series of recent coaching sessions held as part of the Drought Resilient Pasture Landscapes (DRPL) project, where producers from across the region gathered to learn more about how aquatic ecosystems and pasture health go hand-in-hand.

    “The quality of water and the health of waterways depends on good grazing and pasture management practices,” says Professor Lewis Kahn, who leads the DRPL project.

    “Equally, healthy waterways support healthy pasture and animals," he said.

    Caterpiller pic 320Have you ever wondered about the amazing slithering, squirming, flying, crawling native critters that live in your garden or favourite bushwalking spot? Have you ever considered that among them there might be a new invasive insect that could devastate Australia’s environment?

    Well we’ve made it fun and easy for you (and your kids or grandkids) to find out and help out.

    It’s time to join over 10,000 Australians on the great Australian Bug Hunt!

    Using powerful AI and a simple app, it’s easy to identify weird and wonderful insects just by snapping a photo with your mobile phone. You can satisfy your curiosity, be entertained, and learn interesting facts about our valuable native species!

    Click here to Get a Bug Hunt Package

    Young Farmer‘AG.Biz Ready Northern Tablelands' is a FREE micro-learning program available to all young farmers operating across the Northern Tablelands in New South Wales.
    Registrations are now open with the first round of modules to be released on 2nd April 2024.
    Funded by the Young Farmer Business Program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries, 'AG.Biz Ready Northern Tablelands' is a Resilient Ready Business Community Resilience (BCR) Toolkit solution.

    Animations 1500pxWater as you’ve never seen it before!

    A stunning new animation series has been developed by Mulloon Institute to support public understanding of the principles of landscape rehydration and restoration.

    These five beautiful animations tell the story of the roles of Solar Energy, the Small Water Cycle, Erosion & Deposition, Surface Roughness and Soil Infiltration in Earth's water cycle.

    For more information and to watch these beautiful documentaries please click here.

    The NSW Government has reached a major milestone on an election commitment, allocating funding for 83 full-time equivalent local and regional Landcare coordinators and support staff through its $59 million NSW Landcare Enabling Program 2023-2027.

    Following a competitive grant and assessment process, 16 Landcare networks based across NSW were successful in receiving funding for coordinators and support staff.

    banbai fire season calThe Ben Lomond Landcare Group invites you to join them for a special presentation from guest speaker Lesley Patterson from the Banbai Rangers.

    When: 20th of February @ 7pm

    Where: Ben Lomond Hall, 1227/1239 Ben Lomond Rd, Ben Lomond NSW 2365

    Lesley was awarded the Guyra Environmental Citizen Award at the 2024 Australia Day Awards and will be presented with this award on the night before giving a presentation about the Banbai's seasonal calendar (see attached).

    Also on the night, there will be presentations from group members Ian Reeve and Belinda Parkinson.

    A light supper will be provided. To RSVP please contact Beth White or call 02 6733 2014.

    EOI AG.Biz Ready Northern Tablelands

    Do you have a farming business story to share? Would you like to recieve $100 to do it?

    Resilience Ready in partnership with Southern New England Landcare is looking for 10 farmers from across the New England to share their stories in a short 2 minute video.

    Topics include:

    • -Transforming knowledge into revenue
    • -Understanding who’s a linchpin
    • -Having the right insurance
    • Being happy at work
    • Staying financially viable in business
    • Having the right team on your farm
    • Developing solid business networks
    • Turning disasters into opportunities
    • Dealing with financial hardship
    • Protecting against cyber attack

    If you have a story to share please get in touch with Elizabeth Rosser or Bekah Baynard-Smith for more information and to register your interest.

    PasturePlantsFrontCover320Graziers: who remembers this great book?

    Pasture Plants of the Slopes and Tablelands of NSW, by Lewis Kahn, Belinda Heard and Wal Whalley, has been so popular over the years that it has been out of print for some time.

    Southern New England Landcare has been working with the authors to source funding and prepare a Third Edition, which is almost ready.

    wether trialWould you like participate in a unique benchmarking activity designed to assess and elevate your flock's performance against regional and industry standards?

    The Northern Tablelands wether trial is a long-standing tradition in the sheep farming community in the New England region of New South Wales and it is looking for new participants!

    This trial has been conducted for over 40 years, with its roots dating back to the 1950s.

    At the core of the Northern Tablelands Wether Trial is a robust benchmarking initiative aimed at setting new standards in wool growing excellence.

    This trial isn't just about participation; it's about measuring, improving, and leading the way in the sheep industry.

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    Landchat122FrontPage320Landchat showcases the wonderful achievements of our members and groups, and Landchat 122 is no exception.

    Members - you will receive your full colour hard-copy of Landchat 122 in your letter box in the coming days. Enjoy it at your leisure over the summer. If you are not a member, download copy by clicking on the image.

    IMG 5654 RAY SOUTHSouthern New England Landcare held its Annual General Meeting at Uralla Community Centre from 6pm on Wednesday 15th November.

    Special guest speaker on the night was local Landcarer, Ray South. Ray is a past recipient of the John Winter Irving Bequest, which he used to study and implement Syntropic Agriculture, the topic of his talk. 

    The composition of the Southern New England Landcare board of directors changed this year, with the retirement of two board members.

    Bill Perrottet volunteered his time on the board for an outstanding 12 years, culminating in his final year as President. The board and membership thanked Bill for his significant contribution over many years, noting that he will be missed. Bill reassured everyone that he is still the group respresentative for the Guyra Landcare Network and intends to support biannual member musters.

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