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    tim goedhart vnpTRdmtQ30 unsplash320In recent days, there has been much media talking about the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak as a result of self-isolating and the stress and anxiety that comes from the economic implications for individuals, businesses and communities.

    For those of us in the regions, it comes on top of the drought and the fires we have experienced over the last year or two. Here are some tips for looking after yourself during these difficult times:

    cpp social tileSouthern New England Landcare is pleased to announce our participation in Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program. This program allows you to support us without costing you a cent!

    CoronaVirus cdc w9KEokhajKw unsplashOn Monday 16th March 2020, the board of Southern New England Landcare Ltd adopted an Epidemic/Pandemic Policy amidst concerns around the spread of COVID-19.

    Southern New England Landcare Ltd hereby gives notice to staff, members, groups, volunteers, clients, and any persons likely to be affected, that our epidemic/pandemic procedures are in effect.

    Download the policy and procedures here. We ask that staff, members and friends please become familiar with the procedures and behaviours we need to observe.

    Productive Producer High resAccessing relevant, geographically specific, up-to-date information, is crucial to delivering significant benefits to producers. Finding the time to seek out and evaluate the most appropriate information can prove challenging.

    cane toad cathy zwickTwo Cane Toads have been found in Glen Innes. Cane toads are a serious invasive pest which would have devastating impacts on biodiversity if allowed to establish.

    paul johnston dcT6 uwDbzU unsplash320A forum in Uralla on 4th March will be a timely opportunity to bring together landholders, extension staff and leading experts to discuss developments and best practice in pest animal management, with a special emphasis on a changing climate.

    benoit gauzere 320The first of a series field days introducing concepts and principles behind landscape rehydration and Natural Sequence Farming will be held at Balala Station, west of Uralla on March 28th 2020 where Natural Sequence Farming expert Stuart Andrews will be present for a day of teaching and demonstrating the techniques.

    Sheep on feedArticle provided by Max Newsome, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Livestock Officer

    It is very tempting to let sheep onto pasture at the first sign of a green pick however the transition needs to be managed.

    ryan magsino Armidale Bird WatchersThe Armidale birdwatching group is an informal organisation of people who enjoy birdwatching. Regular outings occur on the first Sunday of the month except January and July (or Easter Sunday if it falls on that date).

    Xmas card image MomentThe board and staff at Southern New England Landcare would like to wish all our members and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to supporting you and your Landcare endeavours in 2020!

    Our office will be closed from 20 December and reopening on 7 January on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, until most staff return on 20 January, at which time we will resume our normal operating hours of 9 am - 3 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays.

    Coolatai2New England Weeds Authority (NEWA) is diverging from the normal spray program to work on Coolatai Grass east of the Great Dividing Range.

    KimDeansFireShotLocal expert Kim Deans recently penned a blog article, which we think many of our members and friends who have been affected by fire in recent months, may find helpful.

    Image - a fenceline effect after the Tingha Paleau fire 2019. Courtesy Kim Deans.

    Stuart Austin and FamilyWilmot Cattle Co from Southern New England Landcare's Ebor district, is the recipient of the Landcare Farming Award at the NSW Landcare Awards.

    Image - Stuart Austin, pictured with family at Wilmott near Ebor, was in Broken Hill to receive the award.

    LNSW Founders Elders320To mark the milestone of Landcare’s 30th anniversary in 2019, Landcare NSW held an event on 13 November to launch the booklet, ‘Caring for Land and People – A History of Landcare NSW 2007-2019‘.

    Image - Landcare NSW Founders from L-R: John Carter, John Hughson, David Walker, Mandi Stevenson, Rob Dulhunty, Karen Zirkler, John Carter.

    Regent Honeyeater Mugga Ironbark Bundarra320The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Environment Team have spent the past 18 months painstakingly working to protect and improve the habitat of the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater, without ever having laid eyes on the species.

    Image - A Regent Honeyeater feeding on Mugga Ironbark flowers near Bundarra. Courtesy NT LLS.

    Poor quality silageNorthern Tablelands Local Land Services District Vet, Dr Nigel Brown, warns producers to be wary when purchasing stock feed.

    Image - Contaminants and foreign materials in feed can cause digestibility problems and reduce overall nutritional value of the feed. Courtesy NT LLS.

    NTLLS Tim Norton Greg Livermore ARAG Anniversary ACHLocal Land Services is calling on the community to step forward and help make a difference by applying to join one of its local boards.

    Image - Northern Tablelands Local Land Services board member, Tim Norton, and Anaiwan Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Greg Livermore. Courtesty NT LLS.

    Tenterfield saleyards320With one hundred percent of the Northern Tablelands region in intense drought and just a few weeks to go until local saleyards wind down for the end of year break, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is urging producers to consider how they are going to feed and manage water supplies for their livestock over summer.

    Image - Cattle at Tenterfield saleyards - local saleyards wind down for the end of year break very soon. Courtesy Northern Tablelands LLS.

    Regent Honeyeater DEAN INGWERSEN320Bird lovers from the Southern New England will soon have an opportunity to hear from one of the most informed experts on the endangered Regent Honeyeater, when Dr Ross Crates from the Australian National University will speak at a field day near Uralla Tuesday 22nd October.

    Image courtesy Dean Ingwersen, Birdlife Australia

    Koala Inverell320Northern Tablelands Local Lands Services has been researching the location of koalas across the Northern Tablelands since 2016.

    Image - A koala west of Inverell - the Cool Country Koala project found high koala activity around Inverell and Delungra.

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