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    Current Projects

    Malpas Catchment Project

    Funds: $20,000 per annum

    Source: Armidale Regional Council

    Members began the Malpas Catchment Project in 1997 to improve natural resource management, sustainable and profitable landuse, and water quality in the Malpas and Guyra Dams and Macleay River Catchment. Since then, the project has seen a long-term comittment for support from Armdidale Regional Council to support a part time role to support the Malpas Catchment Group, and activities within the catchment.

    FRRR Community Impact Program - Preparing Communities for Drought

    Funds: $62,214

    Source: This project is supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

    Purpose - to increase the reach and activities of community leaders, mentors, netorks and organisations driving action on drought resilience through the delivery of a series of community actvities and events that will share information on the local impacts of drought, drought preparation activities and strengthen local connections, networks, and relationships.

    The project will be run across two years until June 2025 and deliver 12 local events across our region covering Junior Landcare, Young Farmers, Intrepid Landcare and Member Musters as well as one workshop delivered by the Australia Rural Leadership Foundation. 

    For more information on Young Farmers and Junior Landcare contact Elizabeth Rosser

    For more infomation on Intrepid Landcare and Member Musters contact Struan Ferguson.

    Agroforestry Peer Group Mentoring Service

    Southern New England Landcare boasts six local landholders who have been trained in Peer Mentoring for Agroforestry type projects. If you or someone you know would like to find out how to go about an agroforestry project on some land in the Southern New England region, we are happy to set you up in the process. Here's how it works:

    2024-2025 FRRR Community Connection for Outlying Areas

    Funds: $19,984

    Source: This project is supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund

    The grant will be used to support the Walcha and Billy Creek – Hernani communities to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of six community events to bring people together, meet neighbours, strengthen networks, and increase knowledge and capacity around drought preparedness. 

    The project proposal is to hold 6 small local “community catch ups” between June 2024 and June 2025 – 4 would be in the Walcha area and 2 near Hernani in the north east of the SNEL area.

    A 7th event in the project would be a “disaster debrief” bringing people together to network, reflect on the challenges of 2018-20, the decisions made share some of the challenges and learnings. This would be a facilitated session with the information captured and key findings drawn out which would feed into Walcha’s disaster recovery planning work and understanding gaps within the community.

    2024 PHN Mental Health First Aid

    Funds: $27,000

    Source: This project is supported Primary Heatlh Network 

    This project will improve wellbeing and resilience of people in rural communities around Walcha, Uralla and Guyra, and increase their capacity to deal with challenges to mental health from drought. We will engage up to 60 people and deliver three Mental Health First Aid workshops to communities affected by drought.

    Please click here to see more information and to register your interest to attend a Mental Health First Aid course. 

    2022-2024 UNE Drought Resilient Pasture Landscapes

    Funds: $89,397

    Source: Australian Government's Future Drought Fund, via University of New England

    The purpose of this project is to trial and demonstrate how scaling of particular practices (or combinations of practices) to improve management of natural capital, can build drought resilience. Through this, the project aims to create and communicate an evidence base and case studies that contribute to scaling out the successful practices.

    2022-2023 Weedy Wasteland to Wildlife Wetland

    Grant funds: $290,030

    This Project is being led by Armidale Urban Rivercare Group to rehabilitate a highly weed-infested section of Dumaresq Creek at Kennedy Street in Armidale NSW.

    The WW2WW Project aims to remove exotic woody weeds, install a wetland to filter the creek water, and replant riparian areas with local indigenous native plants.

    The Aquatic Ecology and Restoration Research Centre at the University of New England will partner with Armidale Urban Rivercare Group to design the wetland, while Armidale Tree Group will partner to select and grow riparian and wetland plants.

    2019-2023 Local Landcare Coordinator

    Funds: $323,490

    Source: The NSW Landcare Program 2019-2023 is a partnership between LLS and Landcare. It buids on a number of previous Landcare Support Programs, the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative and regional Landcare investment made through National Landcare Program and Catchment Action.

    This project funds the employment of 0.75 FTE Local Coordinators for the Southern New England Region from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023. The NSW Landcare Program 2019-2023 supports Local Landcare Coordinator positions right across the State. At Southern New England Landcare, the role is job-shared and supplemented with wages from other projects.

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