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    Adrian Zammit 3 1080x675Dear Members - re the National Landcare situation,

    As I settle into my third year as CEO of Landcare NSW, there is much to celebrate. Our community of dedicated Landcarers is doing a wonderful job. At the national level, however, Landcare faces a serious threat.

    WaterImageA free public webinar being held this month will give community members the latest information about the Groundwater Supply Network being developed in the Guyra district.

    parthenium weedRecently Parthenium weed has been found west of the Northern Tablelands on the slopes and plains. Plants were found on a drought feeding station, sourced from millet hay which came from northern Queensland last winter in the middle of the 2019 drought.

    Ill thrift weanerA spike in health issues and deaths in sheep, particularly amongst weaners, has prompted a call to farmers to investigate ill thrift early and take action before problems spread to the rest of the mob.

    Image - An ill thrifty weaner. If landholders take early action to investigate ill thrift in their sheep they can prevent problems spreading to the rest of the mob.

    jack bassingthwaighte 9IREjcphNHs unsplash 320Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said individuals and organisations at the centre of protecting our native species could now receive additional Federal Government support to help with the recovery of wildlife and habitats following the devastating bushfires.

    State Chair of Local Land Services Richard Bull 320Rural landholders will decide who is elected to Local Land Services boards around the state with voting underway since Thursday, April 9.

    Speckled Warbler Ian Colley320

    A grant to the value of $100,000 has been awarded so that landholders in the Uralla district can restore habitat connectivity for threatened fauna and flora.

    Image: A Speckled Warbler courtesy of Ian Colley.

    Blue Heliotrope PLANTBlue Heliotrope is a native of South America and is a major agricultural weed in in New South Wales.

    Regent Honeyeater Mugga Ironbark Bundarra320Now that we have moved towards drought and bush fire recovery in the Northern Tablelands region there is some hope on the horizon for better seasons ahead. Perhaps there is an opportunity to rebuild our production and environmental landscapes.

    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.

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