eNews # 2 - 18 July 2019

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Deer: Landcare ladies need your help!

The Northern Tablelands LLS Pest Animals team are holding an invite only, one-day forum on wild deer and have invited a representative from the Southern New England Landcare team to attend.

So that we can take an informed and repsresentative perspective from our members to the forum, we have prepared a 3 minute survey questionnaire. If you have had any experience with feral deer at your property, please take 3 minutes to answer these few questions for us by Friday 9th August 2019.

As deer and other ferals will feature at a more public event later this year, we will be sure to keep in touch. Thanks!

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What future for the Regent Honeyeater?

RHE Lucy Farrow HiRes320A new Regent Honeyeater Action Group has formed in our region and will meet for the second time on 24th July in Uralla to plan the next steps needed in our region to help save this critically endangered species. Download the flier here. Image courtesy of Lucy Farrow.

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Shane Joyce on Biodynamics Innovation at Wollomombi

27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019. This 2 Day workshop with Shane Joyce sharing Biodynamics Innovation & Simplification for Regenerative Farming will be hosted by Southern Blue Regenerative. 

Shane Joyce is a well-known innovative farmer with extensive practical knowledge in regenerative agriculture, organic beef cattle grazing and agro-forestry since 1974. His irreverent approach and unique way of viewing the world inspires and empowers people that come to the field days & workshops.In this workshop, Shane Joyce is excited to share processes and tools of Biodynamics and his innovations for the practical application. More information here.

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A Tinge of Green

NorthUrandangieCreekCrossing320Creek restoration and property planning for high production at ‘Urandangie’

Field event 10 am - 1 pm Wednesday 31st July 2019

A short, free field event will be held at Urandangie, east of Guyra. The owner, Bill Perrottet will talk about the work that has been done on Urandangie Creek, current works that are underway on North Urandangie and what he has planned for the future of the property to improve the level of on-farm biodiversity on this highly productive farm. Bill will also talk about his approach to pasture management including precision fertiliser technology and pasture cropping.

Download the flier here. 

Register NowA Tinge of Green - Creek restoration & property planning for high production at 'Urandangie'

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TUFF - Tune Up For (Drought Affected) Fellas

TUFF Forster Ebor 2019 front320Organisers are providing 2 nights accommodation and all meals for this 2 day workshop, for fellas to take time out to relax, have some fun, meet new mates, create new networks, share experiences, kick some goals, make decisions and reset. Foster and Ebor dates are confirmed with more information on the flier.

SNELandcare is also working hard to see if we can get a second program more central to the Northern Tablelands region so keep an eye on your eNews.

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RCS Fundamentals of Business Workshop

Resource Consulting Services (RCS) will host a Fundamentals of Business 3 day workshop in Inverell starting 23 September. Final details are not yet confirmed but you can download the interim flier here.

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NSW Landcare & LLS Conference - Broken Hill

Registrations are now open for the biannual conference. Informative and insightful speakers, amazing workshops and field trips, as well as a number of unforgettable social events is what awaits those who venture out west to Broken Hill on 22-24 October 2019!

Southern New England Landcare encourages members and friends to take this opportunity to visit a special part of NSW for a great event on the Landcare calendar.

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference.

Image of the Simpson Desert near Broken Hill courtesy of TripAdvisor.

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Walcha to Host Rural Women's Gathering

For those who have experienced they joy of a Rural Women's Gathering before, you are about to be treated to one quite close to home! For those who have not, you now have a chance to get along and enjoy it in our own patch. Walcha has been working hard to put together a fabulous program of events for 1-3 November. Download a flier here.

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Grants & Awards

Australia Post Community Grants

auspostAustralia Post's Community Grants program aims to support projects that bring people together around what matters most in their communities.

Have a project that could provide positive benefits for your community? Australia Post are offering up to $10,000 for eligible projects that:

  1. Help people connect with each other through group activities (e.g. volunteering programs, civic engagement and environmental activities)
  2. Reduce barriers to participation in community life (e.g. transport, ability to pay, or access to community spaces)
  3. Develop skills and leadership capability to strengthen community networks.

Closing on 4th August 2019. Applications can be made at https://auspost.smartygrants.com.au/2019CommunityGrants.

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Qantas Regional Grants

tina 0DAOyC1q9LI unsplash320Qantas is offering $5 million over five years through a new program to support regional communities.

The Qantas Regional Grants program provides financial, flight, and marketing support to community groups and organisations to help further their causes. Applicants can apply for a share of $1 million offered per year. Entry is open to Australian-based individuals, not-for-profit community groups and organisations seeking to help people in regional communities.

Apply here. Applications close Friday, 30 August 2019 at 5pm AEST.

Image by Tina on Unsplash.

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RAA Young Farmer Group Grants

Here is an opportunity for groups who would like to unlock their potential with their younger members...The Rural Assistance Authority's Group’s Vault funding aims to build business and leadership skills in your community.

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Tackling Tough Times Together Grants

angelina litvin 32188 unsplash 320pThe Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. https://www.frrr.org.au/ Round 15 closes 16 October 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 25 September 2019.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

Projects must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. 

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Emergency Drought Relief Package 2019-20

For the information of members and friends who may need more information about drought assistance, we provide the following information, which is also available at www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

● In response to the protracted drought and negative outlook for the season ahead, the NSW Government is further boosting its drought support package.

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Armidale Urban Rivercare Needs Your Vote!

MCP digital flyer4 320Armidale Urban Rivercare's Project "A complete turnabout in the creek" will be included in the public vote in our electorate under the My Community Grants scheme. If enough community members vote for it, the project stands to receive $150,000 in funding. Voting opens 15 July and closes 15 August. You can vote online at or at your local Service NSW Centre. For more information on how to vote, visit Fact sheet for voters.

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Turning the Tide for Critically Endangered Species

Regent Honeyeater Field Day320Southern New England Landcare is playing a significant role in national recovery efforts to protect the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater.

The five-year project, 'Turning the Tide on Threatened Species - Regent Honeyeater', is being delivered by Northern Tablelands Local Land Services in partnership with Landcare networks on the Northern Tablelands, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, to reverse the trend of events that has led to the potential extinction of the species.

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Call out to Local Schools - Bee in the Junior Landcare Challenge!

damien tupinier OFEvgVfr6iU unsplash320Junior Landcare has a challenge for kids across Australia to build 1,000 bee hotels in schools, homes and with community groups. With the support of teachers, parents and landcare groups, children will learn why bees are important to their local environment.

Get ready to bee involved, the campaign will launch during Landcare Week on Monday 2 September. Register your interest HERE.

Image by Damien Tupinier on Unsplash.com.

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Continual Improvement of TSRs for Lasting Benefits

Mulching Mimosa Yetman Station TSR cropped320Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) are a public asset managed by Northern Tablelands Local Land Services for the benefit of the whole community.

Image-  Mulching an extensive infestation of Mimosa Bush on Yetman Station travelling stock reserve.

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