eNews 15 March 2019

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Drought Support Available Locally

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As this devastating drought continues, remember, you are not alone.

St Vincent de Paul Society is working locally to roll out this support to farmers in our area. Download a detailed flier here.

The funding is available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.

St Vincent de Paul Society are distributing packages to affected people in the Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha and Walgett districts.

To access this support contact (02) 5776 0200 (Armidale) and one of their representatives will call you back to help your family.

Volunteers needed please!

Vinnies in Armidale are looking for volunteers to assist with the large number of incoming drought enquiries. If you can spare some regular time each week for the next few months, please contact Phil Donnan (Armidale) on 02 5776 0200.

The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia and builds on the more than $5.7 billion in additional Australian Government drought support measures already announced. The Drought Community Support Initiative information page can be found at https://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/drought-communities.aspx

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Calling all Kingstown & Yarrowyck Area Residents

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Do you live in the Kingstown or Yarrowyck area? Are you keen to fire up your old Landcare group, or perhaps just do some Landcare type work on your own place as an individual? Have you ever thought about:

  • Fencing that hard-to-access remnant of native vegetation?
  • Fencing off a creek to assist with easier livestock management?
  • Establishing some shelter belts/wind breaks/wildlife corridors in an open area of your farm?
  • Getting some technical advice on native vegetation?

Well, opportunities are coming your way soon with the launch of the Turning the tide on threatened species - Regent Honeyeater project and it's related field days.

Southern New England Landcare Coordinators are keen to help landholders in your area to do some action planning, because these types of activities will be eligible for financial and technical assistance through this project. We look forward to hearing from you! Give us a call on 6772 9123 or mail@snelandcare.org.au.

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"Every Tree Counts" Enmore Planting Day - Thank You!

ETC Enmore TSR Planting 16 March 2019 320pWith the generous help of 50 volunteers on Saturday, we planted out 2000 trees and shrubs to add to the Saumarez Creek Corridor!

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The planting will form part of a habitat block at the Enmore TSR on Salisbury Waters.

The Saumarez Creek Corridor will consist of habitat patches and stepping stones (smaller plantings) and will eventually stretch from Dangars Falls to Invergowrie, providing a link between east and west across the tableland

 It was a great day and the Armidale Tree Group would like to thank everyonewho came along for their hard work.

For those of you who missed it, watch this space, we will have more Every Tree Counts community days in the future!

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Introducing Feral Fighters to the Northern Tablelands

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Invasive species have no place in our landscape. The economic impact of pest animals is estimated to be $170 million in NSW. This affects all landholders, including livestock, cropping and conservation lands. Pest animals cause significant damage to crops, pastures, trees, natural landscapes and native animals. It is the responsibilityof every landholder to manage pest animals on their land.

Feral Fighters are local landholders who work together in groups to control pest animals. They undertake control programs simultaneously
to cover a wide area which results in better knockdown.

There are plenty of reasons to get involved in Feral Fighters:
• Better knockdown of feral animals
• Reduce the spread of feral animals within your area
• Increase production, crop yields and lambing percentages
• Protect the environment

Get on board with Feral Fighters. Read more.

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Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training

For interested landholders, Northern Tablelands Local Lands Services are running additional Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training courses in the first week of April.

Exact dates/location are as follows:

 Tenterfield - 2nd April
 Glen Innes - 3rd April
 Inverell - 4th April
 Armidale - 5th April

Tania Stone is the contact for anyone who wishes to register - 02 6770 2000

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Armidale Urban Rivercare News and Events in March 2019

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We assisted Armidale Tree Group with their Every Tree Counts Community Planting Day last Saturday. 1,900 odd trees and shrubs were planted and catering provided for 50 persons.

Many thanks to Angus, Bryan, Helen & Terry, Imi, Ken & Leontine, Deirdre & daughter who looked after us with Pistachio nuts. AURG’s support was much appreciated.

Maintenance Monday - We will continue with our weeding and woody weed control near Site 13.

When: 3.00 pm Monday 25th March

Where: Near Site 13 downstream from the Prickly Problems sign, accessed off Erskine Street at the Phil Wheaton Soccer Fields or along the bicycle track.

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.

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Permaculture Design Certificate

PhotoGrid 1549925033006 002320pArmidale, New England, NSW
Facilitators: Jane Pickard and Ray South of Banded Bee Farm

Learn about how to design for resilience and
sustainability. Visit local properties and see design
in action. Emphasis will be on the opportunities
and challenges of high altitude, cold country land
management. However, permaculture can be used
to design almost anything, from your house to
running a community group to financial systems.

Download the flyer here.

Ten day course will be run over 2 weeks: 26-30th August and 4-8th November 2019
Limited places so please book early - call Jane on 0413 725 386
or email: jane.eleanor.pickard@gmail.com

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Grants & Opportunities

FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital Grants

angelina litvin 32188 unsplash 320pThe Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has made $440,000 available for Strengthening Rural Community – Small & Vital grants to support the broad needs of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. The grants include $299,000 targeted to focus areas and geographic regions. Funds are aimed at helping in education, capacity-building, poverty and disadvantage, health, culture, the arts, tourism and heritage, healthy ageing and Indigenous wellbeing. Applications from not-for-profits in communities of fewer than 15,000 people have priority. Applications close Tuesday, 26 March 2019. More info: visit the Funding Centre

Ideas? Action Planning Assistance Now Available for Groups

diego ph 249471smallIf you and your neighbours are keen to do landcare-type projects in your area, why not have a group get-together around the barbecue, and ask one of our Local Landcare Coordinators to come out and assist with some group action planning? We can also assist you to develop project idea(s) and source funding or other resources. The group need not be a formal landcare group, it could be just a keen group of neighbours.

Alternatively, if you are a member and would like to would like to 'shelve' your project idea(s) with us 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.

If you are interested in pursuing this further contact us by phone on 6772 9123 or at mail@snelandcare.org.au.

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