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    Elephant ZNet1One of our most proactive, affiliated Landcare groups, ZNET Uralla, has just completed another project, "The Elephant in the Woodland". This was a three year project on sustainable firewood funded by NSW Environmental Trust.

    NoticeSouthern New England Landcare Ltd hereby notifies members of a change in company auditor. Due to the establishment of Roberts & Morrow Audit Services Pty Ltd as an Authorised Audit Company, Michelle Paull is seeking the permission of ASIC to resign as the auditor to the Company at the date that ASIC consent is received.


    Landchat 119 FRONT PAGEOur "Landchat" showcases the achievements of our members and their organisation.

    Read some great landcare stories including our participation in the week-long Regent Honeyeater Roadshow with a field day near Bundarra, and the touching tribute to Beth Williams OAM, who was a leader and stalwart of the Bundarra-Barraba Regent Honeyeater Recovery program. Friends of Barry Munday Reserve Landcare group are featured too, highlighting the many goals they've kicked since their inception last year.

    Members receive their full colour, hard copy in their letterbox to read at their leisure. Download your copy of Landchat 119 January - June 2021 (1.54 MB) now.  Or follow this link and scroll down for previous editions!

    Pasture checklist 2021 front pageRecently, Southern New England Landcare identified a need to reprint three popular publications that have proven so informative and useful to members and friends, that supplies were fully depleted.

    anshu a yAXbfq1wI7I unsplashThe SNELandcare office resumed operating from Monday, 13th September, with a few more changes to ensure we continue to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines, for the safety of our staff and the wider community. 

    If you wish to visit the office, please call to book an appointment. A suitable time will be arrranged to meet the member of staff you need to connect with. Please phone 02 6772 9123. Some of our staff may still be working from home for the moment.

    If you have recently been to a COVID hotspot, we ask you please DO NOT visit the office. Call us instead and we will do our best to assist.

    When you visit the office, you will be required to strictly adhere to the current public health advice:

    • Scan in with our QR code on the door or sign in manually. 
    • Masks must be worn (unless medically exempt).
    • Hand sanitiser is available at the door – please use as you enter, then again before you leave.
    • 1.5m rule applies, please keep socially distanced.

    Thank you so much for your understanding and we look forward to a return to business as usual soon!

    PXL 20210619 At Play 320

    ‘Just Add Water’ was a fantastic community get-together, held at the Kingstown Hall on Saturday 19 June, providing social support for residents of the Upper Gwydir and neighbouring areas, including Balala, Brushgrove, Retreat, Watsons Creek, Kingstown, Torryburn, Yarrowyk and Bundarra, in the wake of drought, fires and Covid.

    Minister Littleproud has confirmed three finalists in the 2020 Bob Hawke Landcare Award.

    Southern New England Landcare would like to congratulate Andrew Stewart from Victoria, Justin Kirkby from New South Wales, and James Walker from Queensland for becoming finalists in this prestigious award.

    Des presents 320On a cold morning on Saturday 29th May, some 30 local landholders from around the Dangarsleigh, Castledoyle and Kelly’s Plains localities attended Southern New England Landcare's latest landholder engagement event focussed on Koalas.

    Eva and Jenny 320A series of events to empower Southern New England communities has just completed successfully.

    The eight events supported landholders affected by the devastating drought and bushfires with information and access to service providers such as animal welfare, pests and weeds, community wellbeing and mental health, where the service providers came to their local district.

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    The Armidale community currently has the opportunity to give feedback on the Armidale Regional Council’s draft Koala Management Strategy.

    The purpose of this strategy is to encourage the conservation, management and rehabilitation of areas of natural vegetation that provide habitat for koalas to support a permanent free-living population over their present range in Armidale local government area (LGA).

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    Land managers across the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services region have been invited to apply for long-term access to a number of Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs).

    Helen Ward, from the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services TSR team, said producers can now submit an application for a Management Agreement Permit, which will provide them with certainty of TSR access for years to come.

    Image: The Travelling Stock Reserve Management Agreement Permits will give confidence to livestock producers to make long-term business decisions.

    Agroforestry Michael Taylor Taylors Run Kentucky 320pIt has been 29 years since the Taylor family at Kentucky hosted more than 6000 participants at ‘Treefest’, a field day to showcase current understanding and techniques in broadscale tree planting of the time, in response to widespread New England Dieback. To mark the anniversary, Michael Taylor, son of Treefest’s original hosts Jon and Vicki Taylor, has partnered with Southern New England Landcare to co-host Silvopasture 2021.

    working with nature 320

    In March 2021, more than 100 conservation, farming and land management organisations came together to release the report, Working with Nature.

    This report outlines how thousands of workers can be employed to deliver practical conservation and land management work across the country - delivering targeted economic recovery support to regional communities while leaving lasting benefits for the environment, tourism, farm businesses and local communities.

    Landcare NSW added its community voices to this 100-strong coalition, calling for Federal Government investment in a land management and environmental stimulus package post-COVID19.

    Detection DogKoalas in the Spotlight was held at University of New England's Newholme field laboratory on the evening of March 19th, 2021 and attended by 40+ people.

    Newholme is a research property at Mount Duval and is a well-known koala corridor.

    LandcareWinners2021 320The 2021 New England and North West Landcare Awards have been run and won.

    Southern New England Landcare is thrilled to announce that one of our longstanding members, Mr Gordon Williams, was presented with the New England Region Individual Landcarer Award. Congratulations Gordon!

    Image: 2021 Award winners - Gordon Williams is top row, third from the right. 

    Andrew Biddle Worm Egg CountHere is a recent media release, dated 9 March 2021, by Northern Tablelands Local Land Services District Vet, Dr Andrew Biddle, to help producers manage Barber’s Pole Worm in their sheep flocks.

    The recent rain and warm weather have provided ideal conditions for a barber’s pole worm explosion in our region and it is important that producers know how to monitor, test and treat them. Click this link to download the full article, "Warm weather the perfect storm for Barber’s Pole Worm".

    Image: NTLLS District Vet, Dr Andrew Biddle conducts a worm egg count under the microscope.

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    SNEL's Des Andersen's koala interview with Michael Pearce
    Interview date: 21 January 2021

    Project/Research Title: Bush Blocks – Living with Koalas and Australian Wildlife
    Description of Project: To provide a case study that explores the relationship of rural residential living for people, wildlife and the environment.

    "We didn’t expect to what extent there is an abundance of wildlife. We’ve helped Koalas in dry times by providing water buckets at the base of these trees. You really feel part of nature by helping animals when they’re under stress."

    Read the full interview with Michael here.

    Gen. Michael JefferyLandcare Australia has honoured our much loved & admired Patron and Australia’s first National Soils Advocate, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, who sadly passed away on Friday 18 December, 2020. Click here for press release

    As soil advocate, he met with thousands of farmers, scientists, indigenous groups, policy makers, politicians, consultants, students & community groups. "I believe there are substantial benefits for all Australians from a more focused and integrated approach to the health of our soil.  A regenerated agricultural landscape will ensure the whole community will be healthier in terms of the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink."

    CS3 Saving Soil Health Hydration

    Two events, held in the latter half of 2020, supported 70+ local farmers to better understand landscape rehydration.

    Workshops by David Hardwick and Damon Telfer, and Stuart Andrews in September and October respectively, promoted key messages that supporting diverse and healthy perennial plant communities, restores hydration to farms.

    Koala Image Brian WilsonIf you are a landholder managing a few acres or more, this opportunity could be for you. 

    The Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership project is offering landholders an opportunity to secure direct funding for Koala habitat development and Koala habitat conservation. Funding is available for planting Koala specific vegetation including primary feed trees and habitat trees. This will help increase Koala and wildlife corridors in our local area. Funding will also be available to fence, improve and conserve existing habitat through livestock exclusion and weed management.


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