eNews # 4 - 15 August 2019

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Hello Visitor,

Welcome to a bumper issue of eNews. We've put the events up front, but don't forget to scroll to the middle for grants and support - quite a few at the moment - and then right to the bottom for latest news, which includes links to some really super resources you will find quite fascinating. Happy reading!

Events

Australian Plant Society Armidale and District Group

Invitation to the Koala Habitat forum meeting on Saturday 17th August 2.00 pm, at ASCA House corner of Barney and Markham Streets, Armidale. Visitors are welcome. ArmidaleThe Wildlife Habitat Group (WHG) has 4 speakers for us. Find out who they are...

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Landcare Donations Fund Expert Practitioner and Grass Growers’ Gathering

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Are you ready for rain? What will the next rain bring you? What will you change in preparation for the next dry spell? What are you learning from this one?

These are just some of the questions that Dr Judi Earl will have local graziers investigating when she returns to the Southern New England on 26th September to run a three-day course, 'Managing Holistically Out of the Drought'.

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Mobile Service Centre to make visit to New England Towns

Golden Wattle 1New England residents will soon have easier access to government services as the Golden Wattle mobile services truck prepares to visit more than a dozen locations across the electorate. Find out your nearest location in our region. Pictured: The Golden Wattle mobile service centre truck which will visit the New England in the coming days.

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Coming NT LLS Events

Northern Tablelands has some great events coming our way in the next few months. What might interest you?

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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

walcha 2019 rwg flyer a4 320For 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 the flier here.

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Grants & Support

Small Grants for New England

New England Grant Info



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Free NSW Weed Wise App

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has developed an app that helps landholders (and landcarers) identify problem weeds. More information at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds/nsw-weedwise-app

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New Drought Transport Subsidy Guidelines

The NSW RAA has published new Guidelines for the Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy for 2019-2020. Download the new guidelines here.

One major change is the inclusion of invoices dated from 1st January 2018 into the eligibility for the current financial year $40k cap for those farmers who have not made a previous claim prior to 30th June 2019. Prior to these new Guidelines these farmers would have missed out on claiming for that period. Note: Those farmers who have previously applied prior to 30th June 2019 will still need to get all their invoices for claims lodged by 30th September to have them included against the separate $40k cap available for the period ending 30th June 2019.

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Stronger Country Communities Fund

Applications are now open for round three of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Round Three will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019. More information at https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/#overview.

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Small Environmental Grant Scheme

The Grant supports grassroots organisations who are working with on-ground community groups undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment.

In particular, projects around:
- flora and fauna conservation
- threatened mammal conservation.

Please get your applications for the August funding round in asap. The next round begins in October.  https://wettenhall.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/ for more information.

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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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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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News

How much soil Carbon do you need for a healthy productive soil?

Hi I am Nurul Amin, a PhD student at the University of New England. I want to speak to farmers so that I can understand what factors motivates you to build soil carbon. Is it more information? Is it increases in pasture growth? Or is it driven by other factors? Here's why...

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Re-connecting Thunderbolt Country

The NSW Environmental Trust approved our application for a Restoration and Rehabilitation grant under the 2019 round of the program.

A grant of $99,996 has been awarded by the NSW Environmental Trust under their Restoration and Rehabilitation grants, for our project Re-connecting Thunderbolt Country for threatened New England woodland and wetland biodiversity.

Watch this space!

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Bird Survey Reports Now Available

Distribution of Bird Surveys 320pIn 2017 ornithologist Dr Andrew Huggett conducted surveys of bird communities in native vegetation in the Armidale to Uralla district as part of our NSW Environmental Trust 'Closing the Gap' project. Here's what he found.

Image - SNELandcare member Helen Webb enjoys her copies of the survey reports, which contain many beautiful bird images.

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Feral cats targeted in $30M research program


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A world of native plants at your fingertips

Eucalyptus Prava Orange Gum320Native vegetation is a rich and fundamental element, vital for the health of our environment, sustaining wildlife and agriculture, as well as protecting soils, water and threatened species. Find out how a localised native plant database is proving invaluable to local landholders.

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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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