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    Landholders Inspired and rewarded at SNELandcare's Guyra 'Muster'

    The 'Soilkee' soil renovation technique was demonstrated to a sizeable gathering during the 'site visit' component of SNELandcare's Community Muster at Guyra  on 22nd February. Participants were keen to see the 'Soilkee' machine and all reported that the presentations and field observations gave them a better understanding of the importance of stimulating soil biology and how the 'Soilkee' renovator could do this. This site visit reinforced or added to the knowledge of most participants, giving them ideas for changing or further modifying what they do, or the machinery they use, on-farm.

    More inspiration was provided in presentations from Michael Taylor and Rebecca Smith. Having received SNELandcare's 2014 John Winter-Irving Bequest Award, Michael described  his experiences and learnings from attending the Australian Forest Growers 2016 Biennial National Conference in Launceston. Michael participated in lectures and field visits by private forest growers and their industry, and presented on his family's forestry enterprises on their property. Michael felt the conference gave him a better perspective on his activities, given the scale of his enterprise relative to others, and provided him with new contacts and inspiration to take his 'next steps' in growing his forestry enterprises.

    Rebecca Smith gave an inspiring description of how she has mentored Armidale High School's Black Gully Bushcare (BC2) Group. The Group is made up of students from Yrs 7-11 who have begun regenerating the weed-infested upper reaches of Black Gully behind the Gymnastics Hall, participate as mentors at the annual Frog Dreaming Youth Conference, continue to develop the school wetland and other plantings at the school, and are looking at developing bee-friendly gardens and environmental peace activities.

    Rebecca has not only had a central role in supporting Armidale High School's students, in environmentally-responsible ways, but has previously supported students at Guyra Central School in similar ways, jointly initiated and continued to actively support the annual Frog Dreaming Youth Conference, assisted the Uralla Rivercare Group with community consultation and their creek walk, run the Discovery Program for NSW National PArks and Wildlife SErvice and supported restorative local womens' activities.

    Rebecca's active roles in community-based environmental leadership, the development of sustainable natural resource management practices among those she influences, delivering community-based Landcare education, participating in events supporting or promoting sustainable ag. and natural resource managment, as well as her commitment to excellence and leadership in 'landcare' and personal development have earned her the 2016 John Winter-Irving Bequest Award. Congratulations Bec on a well deserved award.  Southen New England Landcare trusts it will support and inspire you.

    Soilkee demo at Kenilworth Guyra 22Feb2017

     

    JWI Award 2016 Rebecca Smith22Feb2017

     

    Arding Landcare Re-invigorated

    Arding Landcare was once a thriving group but activity levels have waned over the past 5 years as a result of various factors. A wetland day at Little Llangothlin Lagoon in February 2016 gave new landholders, from near Thomas Lagoon at Arding, a chance to meet up with Southern New England Landcare and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services staff. The landholders wanted to discuss getting Arding Landcare Group activities going again and sort out ‘what next for 'Thomas Lagoon’ – an Endangered Ecological Community which has been a focus of many Arding Landcare Group activities in the past.

    When Two Become One

    In mid 2015, Southern New England Landcare almost wound up its operations. This was due to a number of factors: key staff had left the organisation, core funding was cut, project funding reduced, administrative burdens were at an all-time high, group activity was extremely low and volunteer board members were struggling to keep the organisation afloat. This case study showcases how Southern New England Landcare is‘re-birthing’ to become a more relevant organisation for its members, the community and investors.

    Membership Explained

    Have you gjoin our boardot some great ideas about where Southern New England Landcare should be headed, or how it could operate better in our region? Would you like to be more involved in Landcare activities in our region? With a bit of spare time you could be part of some inspiring events and make a significant contribution to the long-term viability of our region's productivity and ecological health by being nominated to our board of directors.

    Nominations to be on the Board of Southern New England Landcare Ltd are now open, and close on Monday 14th November 2016.

    Diversifying Income with Corporate Partnerships

    Southern New England Landcare has had or maintained partnerships with a few local businesses for some years. These partnerships have provided valuable but small financial contributions or other in-kind support to our core operations. However, through developing an annual Action Plan in mid 2016, and in a bid to diversify our funding sources, we identified an opportunity to boost our financial stability and long-term viability by partnering with corporate entities.

    Locals well-represented at National Landcare Conference & Awards

    September 2016 saw Landcarers from all over Australia coming together in Melbourne for our biggest knowledge sharing and networking event of the year: the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards. There was a strong New England North West NSW contingent, including four of the Regional Landcare Facilitators: Jodi Kelehear and Felicity Steel from the North West and Christine Davis and Karen Zirkler from the New England.

    Koala & Quoll Survey Yields Encouraging Results

    Article by Des Andersen, SNELandcare Project Manager

    In 2015, Southern New England Landcare commenced a project with landholders and the wider community to provide a helping hand for the conservation of two iconic local species.

    "Quollity Koala Corridors and Questions" aims to provide a range of active and passive management tools that enable meaningful community involvement in the conservation of the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and Spotted tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus). The project will enable us to better manage koala and quoll populations in terms of numbers and movements throughout corridors around Armidale.

    NSW Fish Habitat Survey

    Building a fish friendly NSW – the NSW Fish Habitat Action Plan 2026

    We need your help!

    The NSW Fish Habitat Partnership seeks your feedback on how to build a fish friendly NSW.

    Click here for survey

    The NSW Fish Habitat Partnership (FHP) is developing a Fish Habitat Action Plan for NSW that will help set the direction and priorities for investment in fish habitat for the state for the next 10 years and ensure we leave a lasting legacy for future generations. More information about the Plan can be found here. Please complete the survey by 31 August 2016.

    Southern New England Landcare set for Renewal

    Southern New England Landcare’s renewal phase ramps up with several new initiatives that have taken place over recent months.

    Chairman of the organisation, Mr Steve Harvey said, “Since gaining our new Local Landcare Coordinator in March this year, several exciting changes have taken place for Southern New England Landcare that mean we can better assist community members who are keen to develop or support sustainable production enterprises and ecological systems.”

    NLP Community Grants for Northern Tablelands

    New England North West Landcare is inviting landholders, community members and groups in the Northern Tablelands to take advantage of a new round of funding. National Landcare Programme Community Grants are now open for events, training and capacity building activities that increase community resilience. Expressions of interest and applications close on Friday 7th October. For details visit New England North West Landcare, and for assistance, please call us on 02 6772 9123 or email us.

    Master TreeGrower Program Registrations Open

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    Southern New England Landcare is set to run a second of the very successful Master TreeGrower programs in the region, starting on 27th September. Earlybird registrations close 9th September. $220 inc GST. Discounts for additional family members.

    Download the flier here and download the program hereTo book your place, go to https://www.trybooking.com/MSZF or to make enquiries, contact Shane Andrews on 042775380.

    Farming The Sun - announce solar bulk-buy

    Farming the Sun is launching a fourth community bulk-buy of solar power systems, building upon its earlier success in coordinating the installation of $6.7m worth of solar technologies during the 2008-2011 period. Read on or go to Farming The Sun for further information and to register your interest.

    Farming The Sun - solar bulk-buy installations begin

    The Farming the Sun solar Bulk-Buy IV was launched on 19th September and builds on previous successful installation of $6.7m worth of solar technologies during the 2008-2011 period. Read on or go to Farming The Sun for further information. To register your interest click here or contact Liz Gardiner on liz@starfish-associates.org or phone 6778 7249.

    Farm-Link to Provide Healthy Living & Suicide Prevention Skills

    Farm-Link together with SNELandcare, GWYMAC Landcare and local councils are providing free healthy living and suicide prevention skills for people in local communities. The format will be a short friendly workshop on ways you can support yourself and others. These are free events. Tea, coffee & light refreshments will be available for a gold coin donation.

    • Guyra - Tuesday 18th October, 10 am - 2 pm, Guyra Council Chambers, 158 Bradley ST, Guyra.  RSVP (for catering): Ruth at Southern New England Landcare by email or phone 6772 9123.

    • Bundarra - Thursday 20th October, 10 am - 2 pm, CWA Rooms, Court St, Bundarra. RSVP (for catering): Anya at GWYMAC Landcare by email or phone 6721 1241.

    • Walcha - Friday 21st October, 11 am - 3 pm, Walcha Council Chambers, 2W Hamilton St, Walcha.  Register: at http://farmlink.eventbrite.com.au

     

    Book with Flight Centre and benefit SNELandcare!

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    Flight Centre Armidale is supporting SNELandcare in an exciting new partnership where a percentage of the cost of all travel or accommodation booked with Sylvia Hobbs will support our organisation! There are also group travel opportunities for our members and the local community. You don't have to be a member of SNELandcare for the benefits to flow through, so tell all your family and friends, and enable some big business dollars to flow through to our member organisation!

    National Landcare Conference in Melbourne

    The National Landcare Conference is on in Melbourne from 21-23 September and Early Bird registrations have been extended until Friday 12th August. Program and registrations at http://www.nationalandcareconference.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-Program-for-WEB.pdf

    NSW Environmental Trust Funds Local Projects

    Environmental Trust funds local projects in the Southern New England. Read more at http://www.adammarshall.com.au/southern-new-england-landcare-lands-183700-for-local-projects/

    New Virus to Control Rabbits

    A new strain of virus could help New Zealand farmers slash rabbit numbers by up to 30 per cent.

    Read more at http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/about/news/media-releases/new-virus-to-control-rabbits

    Want to get a few people to a ‘get-together’, but don't know where to start?

    Are you new to the area, or have developed an interest in a sustainable agriculture or natural resource management topic? Are you part of a Southern New England Landcare group that has lapsed due to seasonal circumstances or lack of help, or not had a reason to get together for a fair while?

    If, yes to any of the above, you are not alone! Our coordinators have been assisting a number of groups to get started or to get some stumps back under them. So, come join the fray and get started by:

      • having a chat with us in the office at Level 1, 119 Beardy St Armidale East Mall
      • phoning us for a chat on 6772 9123
      • emailing us

    Whatever your needs, we'll be able to help.

    The koalas are coming!

    Koala seen by a Landholder at Herbert ParkSouthern New England Landcare engaged specialist ecologists to survey 11 participating landholder sites for signs of our local iconic species, the Koala and Eastern Spotted-tailed Quoll. The survey was undertaken over the summer months by professional ecologist Steve Debus with assistance from PhD student Heidi Kolkert. Surveys were undertaken on the basis of tree species present (for koala food) and the occurrence of logs or rocky landscapes preferred by Quolls, along with habitat assessment, call playback, spotlighting and camera trap detection.

    Results show koalas are present on eight out of the 11 properties surveyed. The results were mostly supported by scratches and scats (droppings), although one koala was detected by call playback (a male responding to the artificial call).

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