eNews 8 February 2019

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The Evolution of Drought Management on “Eastlake”

Recent media stories of dry conditions affecting New South Wales and Queensland have shown the depressing conditions that seem to go hand in hand with the regular onset of dry weather in Australia.

Cows1 320pGordon Williams is a New England grazier who has lived on “Eastlake” (1202 ha), between Uralla and Walcha for 47 years.

Previous experiences during drought conditions led Gordon and his father to re-examine the way they were managing and make changes to improve their drought resilience into the future. Gordon has documented the evolution of drought management on "Eastlake" in an article entitled "Drought Management and History on Eastlake" (2018) G. Williams. Download Gordon's drought management article here.

Today, Gordon and his family have made substantial changes on “Eastlake” including a large and successful, long-term native revegetation program to enhance on-farm biodiversity, in conjunction with robust and resilient livestock grazing practices that are now undertaken by lessees.

Gordon works closely with his grazing lessees to ensure that both native and improved pastures on the farm are managed in a sustainable, profitable and resilient way. Gordon is considered a leader in successful revegetation strategies. Read Gordon's article, first published in The Rangeland Journal in 2017, about cost-effective landscape revegetation here.

Recently, Gordon and Wendy Williams hosted a Landcare field day for the Trees on Small Farms and Closing the Gap projects.

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New Regenerative Agricultural Alliance

Lorraine Gordon Farming Togethers New Regenerative Agricultural Alliance RAA320pMy name is Lorraine Gordon. I am a beef farmer and Director of Strategic Projects at Southern Cross University.

My team and I delivered the ground-breaking Farming Together program to 28,500 Australian farmers seeking better farmgate returns. From those farmers we learned that collaboration creates strength, so we established the Regenerative Agricultural Alliance (RAA) and now launch this free monthly update.

Please enjoy it and share it. Like you, we believe in leaving the land better than we found it. info@farmingtogether.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/regener8ag

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Planning for success of your next crop or pasture

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Glen Uebergang – Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Mixed Farming Officer

The most productive crops or pastures require a successful plant establishment, but that all
depends on timely rainfall, right? Sure, sufficient moisture is fundamental, but there are levers you
can pull in your operation to better manage your fallows and best prepare for planting to increase
the chances of success from your next crop or pasture.

Here are some elements for you to
consider, and how each might affect your operation.

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Armidale Urban Rivercare Working Bee Sunday 10th February 2019

AURG 9 October 2011 St Peters NorthWe will be continuing with the planting Eucalyptus, Leptospermum and Juncus sp.

Time: 8.30am

Date: Sunday 10th February, 2019

Location: Dumaresq Creek upstream of junction of Yoogoonda Gully with Dumaresq Creek accessed along bicycle way. Vehicles enter at either Holmes Avenue or Cnr. Jeffery Street and Douglas Street.

What to bring: BYO long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy boots. Please also bring gloves, broad brim hat and sunscreen.

AURG will provide equipment, morning tea and BBQ lunch for a gold coin donation.

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Unstress & Simply Be Well a seminar & workshop presented by Dr Ron Ehrlich

Ron Ehrlich Headshot 320pDr Ron Ehrlich, an Holistic Dentist from Sydney and founder of Nourishing Australia, is visiting our region to give a free public seminar “Evolution Bites Back” on Thursday February 21st.

The seminar will explore key drivers of human success in evolution, how these drivers are coming back to bite us in our busy modern lives and constructive ways to manage the resulting challenges.

This will be SNEL's February Member Muster and will focus on that important aspect of Landcare – people care.

Dr Ehrlich will also be running a workshop “Unstress & Simply be Well” on Saturday 23rd February to be held at the Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill St, Uralla. An attendance fee ($40 members, $50 non-members) will cover catering for the day and valuable and inspiring information exploring what Dr Ehrlich refers to as the “five pillars of health”. Read more...

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Gardening (and Growing Food) in a Hotter, Drier Climate

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Armidale and District Group

Web:http:/www.aps-armidale.org.au  email: apsarmidale@gmail.com


 You are invited to the forum 2.00pm Saturday 16th February

ASCA House, corner of Barney and Markham Streets, Armidale

at which Dr Jane Pickard will speak on "Gardening (and Growing Food) in a Hotter, Drier Climate"

 Jane practices Regenerative Farming at the “Banded Bee Farm”, Saumarez Ponds. Our current hot dry summer is providing lots of challenges for us all and her talk will provide ideas for us to consider and try.

Afterwards there will be time to check out the array of currently flowering plants from members’ gardens, join in the raffle of native plants to grow in your garden, and enjoy afternoon tea.

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Grants & Opportunities

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Strengthening Rural Communities Grants

angelina litvin 32188 unsplash 320pThe Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs.

This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed. Read more

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New SNEL Group Project Application Process

If there are no current funding opportunities for you as an individual and you know of some other people who are keen to do a project in your area, why not get together and have us come out to assist with a group application? We can assist you and your group to develop your individual project idea(s) and then source funding for your project/s as a group The group need not be a formal landcare group, it could be a group of neighbours or a group of people in your district who are keen to do a project. If you are interested in pursuing this further contact us by phone: 02 6772 9123 or Email: mail@snelandcare.org.au

Alternatively, if you would like to would like to 'table' your project idea(s) with us and have us keep them on file until a suitable opportunity arises, why not fill out a Southern New England Landcare Expression of Interest form? We can help members develop their project ideas, or include them in a regional-scale project idea, and submit to a suitable funding opportunity when the time comes. Anyone wishing to have an Expression of Interest held on file is required to be a member of Southern New England Landcare.

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Funding Available for Natural Resource Projects On-Farm

Tree planting Deenyi K Hardy 002 320pLandholders looking at ways to improve the management of natural resources on their farm are encouraged to contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services who have funding available for on-farm projects.

Local Land Services is working to boost environmental outcomes on farm by connecting native vegetation patches and improving the health of our waterways and adjacent land, as well as improving conditions for threatened species and threatened ecological communities.

An Expression of Interest process is now open for projects that achieve improved natural resource management on farms.

The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services team can help identify opportunities and work through project ideas with landholders. Projects are to be delivered by December 2019.

Examples of eligible projects include protecting and improving waterways; providing alternate water points where stock are excluded from water sources; planting shelter belts or wind breaks with native trees and shrubs; improving habitat for threatened species like woodland birds and koalas and protecting and managing existing native vegetation.

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