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    Do you know someone in our region who is passionate about caring for the land? Nominations are now open for the 2021 Landcare Awards, which close on the 8th January 2021!

    These awards are to recognise an outstanding person or group within our region, who is working to conserve our natural environment and/or sustainable, regenerative farming systems. Let them know their work is appreciated and valued. Here’s your opportunity to acknowledge those stellar Landcare contributors.

    Nominate them now at www.bit.ly/nenwnominate 

    First Koala Officer 320Southern New England Landcare is excited to introduce Des Andersen as the first dedicated Koala Conservation Officer for the Southern New England region.

    Mr Andersen will work with Southern New England Landcare to deliver the Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project,  which will draw on recent and historical data to identify koala populations and engage and inform the community to help deliver ‘on-ground’ action.

    Wbourne groupWinterbourne Landcare group gathered for a long overdue catch-up on 18th November 2020.

    ATG eN18Landcarers  active members, Paul and Cathryn McFarland recently completed another spring tree planting and have contributed the following article to the Armidale Tree Group Newsletter, Number 119 Spring Edition, November 2020.


    WorkingTogetherArtworkJasonRidgeway320Landcare NSW today celebrated a new look for the ‘Working Together’ Aboriginal Landcare Engagement Program to mark NAIDOC Week.

    Landcare NSW CEO, Dr Adrian Zammit, says the initiative within the NSW Landcare Program will increase opportunities to consciously develop stronger connections and partnerships between Landcare groups and Aboriginal Communities.

    Stock troughDuring the drought of the last couple of years, water quality was a topic high on the list of enquiries made to the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services team.

    Many farmers asked about the impacts of livestock on water quality, the impacts of water quality on livestock, how to interpret water tests, how to manage livestock around riparian zones and more.

    UNE NTLLS Raptor Nest 320Researchers for Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and University of New England are currently on the lookout for raptor nests on the Northern Tablelands and need your help!

    DavidHenderson320Each year, Southern New England Landcare's Coordinators recognise a member who provides significant assistance or support with the "Coordinator's Choice" Landcarer of the Year Award.

    "This is the person who has helped the most to keep us sane throughout the last 12 months," quipped Karen Zirkler, Executive Officer of Southern New England Landcare.

    "Seriously though, it's a chance for our team at Landcare to reflect on and recognise the incredible support that a key volunteer makes to our organisation and our community," she said.

    Ray South 320The 2020 John Winter-Irving Bequest, made each year by the Winter-Irving family in memory of John, has been awarded to long-time Southern New England Landcare member Ray South.

    Acting President of Southern New England Landcare, Steve Harvey, made the announcement at the organisation's annual general meeting on Thursday 29th October in Uralla.

    Des Andersen 320Southern New England Landcare welcomes back to the team, Des Andersen who has recently been appointed as the dedicated Koala Conservation Officer for the Southern New England region.

    Des has lived and worked in the New England for 30 years and holds a master’s degree in environmental management. He has 14 years’ experience as an environmental practitioner with a passion for Koala conservation.

    AH staff shot1Southern New England Landcare is pleased to welcome Alex Hunter to the team as the new Administrative Assistant in the office in Beardy Street Armidale.

    Growing up in Armidale NSW, Alex was actively involved with the family’s livestock grazing property and has a strong rural background. Passionate about agriculture, Alex completed her Systems Agriculture Degree at Hawkesbury Agriculture College.

    Roumalla creekSouthern New England Landcare is hosting an introduction to Natural Sequence Farming with Stuart Andrews (Tarwyn Park Training), October 22nd 2020 at Balala Station near Uralla.

    This is the second of two events introducing concepts and principles behind landscape regeneration and rehydration.

    “With the recent drought and bushfire crises, there is unprecedented interest in restoring hydration to rivers, creeks and wetland areas on farm as well as the broader landscape, maximising our ability to trap and hold water in our landscapes for as long as possible," said Rachel Lawrence, Landcare Coordinator with Southern New England Landcare.

    Birdlife logo topThere's only 1 week to go until the Aussie Backyard Bird Count begins — have you registered yet?

    By participating in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, you will be helping BirdLife Australia find out about the birds that live where people live. This is especially important because it’s these more common species that give us the best indication of the health of the environment — think of birds as a barometer for nature.

    Register here for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

    And if that's not incentive enough, there are some exciting prizes on offer. With thanks to the generous supporters, you could win — a pair of Swarovski binoculars, a custom "create your own flock" print by Egg Picnic, or a mixed pack of Merini Ferlazzo stationery. Simply submit a count from 19-25 October to be in the running! 

    The Annual General Meeting of Southern New England Landcare will be held on 29th October this year - about a month earlier than normal.

    All members and friends are welcome to enjoy some food and refreshments from 6.30pm before the meeting starts at 7.30pm.

    Please note that the time and venue have changed since sending out membership paperwork via Australia Post last month. Due to space requirements under COVID-19 restrictions, the venue is changing to the RSL Memorial Hall in Uralla.

    Download an updated version of the meeting notice and agenda here.

    Regen Rural Landscapes SquareLandholders are invited to attend a two-day boot camp on September 16-17 with sought-after presenter, David Hardwick.

    PMetcalfe1Local Landcare member was telling us about his orchids at a recent meeting and agreed to share their beauty with us all in these lovely photos he sent in.

    ElwynHegartySouthern New England Landcare congratulates Elwyn Hegarty of Armidale as the winner of our 2020 Member Survey $100 voucher draw!

    Elwyn was 'over the moon' when she called in at the Landcare office in Hanna's Arcade to pick up her gift voucher, and has chosen to spend it all at her favourite local bookstore, Boobooks in Armidale. We hope you enjoy many hours of reading, Elwyn!

    Image - Elwyn Hegarty is pictured with Struan Ferguson (left) and Karen Zirkler (right) at the Southern New England Landcare office, while receiving her prize.

    IMG 3087 AURG Tree Planting 320p

    Armidale Urban Rivercare Group are planning to re-start our 3rd Sunday of the month working bee commencing on Sunday 16th August.

    Time: 8.30am
    Date: Sunday 16th August, 2020

    Location: Dumaresq Creek upstream of Yoogoona Gully. Access off Erskine Street through the gate at the Phil Wheaton Soccer Oval and park near the gully, or access along the bicycle way.

    2020 SP Infographic 320Despite a challenging 12 months this last financial year, Southern New England Landcare achieved much. Take a look at the goals we've kicked against each of our Strategic Plan objectives by downloading this informative little infographic here.

    Armidale Region LGA bushfire drought recovery grant$1 million worth of projects funded in the Armidale and Guyra region

    NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced upgrades to a number of community halls, a new Beer and Barbecue Festival and a shop local gift card program as part of a $1 million State Government strategy to stimulate the Armidale region’s economy following the devastating summer bushfires and drought.

    Left - Armidale Regional Council’s Manger Marketing and Communications Darren Schaefer, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Armidale Business Chamber President Anthony Fox discuss the new projects and programs funded under the $1 million recovery grant.

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