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    Merry Christmas 2019!

    Xmas card image MomentThe board and staff at Southern New England Landcare would like to wish all our members and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to supporting you and your Landcare endeavours in 2020!

    Our office will be closed from 20 December and reopening on 7 January on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, until most staff return on 20 January, at which time we will resume our normal operating hours of 9 am - 3 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays.

    Coolatai Grass Control

    Coolatai2New England Weeds Authority (NEWA) is diverging from the normal spray program to work on Coolatai Grass east of the Great Dividing Range.

    After the Fire: Recovering, Redesigning and Rebuilding

    KimDeansFireShotLocal expert Kim Deans recently penned a blog article, which we think many of our members and friends who have been affected by fire in recent months, may find helpful.

    Image - a fenceline effect after the Tingha Paleau fire 2019. Courtesy Kim Deans.

    Wilmott Cattle Co Wins NSW Landcare Farming Award

    Stuart Austin and FamilyWilmot Cattle Co from Southern New England Landcare's Ebor district, is the recipient of the Landcare Farming Award at the NSW Landcare Awards.

    Image - Stuart Austin, pictured with family at Wilmott near Ebor, was in Broken Hill to receive the award.

    Landcare Elders Reunite to Launch History Book

    LNSW Founders Elders320To mark the milestone of Landcare’s 30th anniversary in 2019, Landcare NSW held an event on 13 November to launch the booklet, ‘Caring for Land and People – A History of Landcare NSW 2007-2019‘.

    Image - Landcare NSW Founders from L-R: John Carter, John Hughson, David Walker, Mandi Stevenson, Rob Dulhunty, Karen Zirkler, John Carter.

    Seeing a Regent - What are Your Chances?

    Regent Honeyeater Mugga Ironbark Bundarra320The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Environment Team have spent the past 18 months painstakingly working to protect and improve the habitat of the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater, without ever having laid eyes on the species.

    Image - A Regent Honeyeater feeding on Mugga Ironbark flowers near Bundarra. Courtesy NT LLS.

    Poor Quality Feed Puts Stock at Risk

    Poor quality silageNorthern Tablelands Local Land Services District Vet, Dr Nigel Brown, warns producers to be wary when purchasing stock feed.

    Image - Contaminants and foreign materials in feed can cause digestibility problems and reduce overall nutritional value of the feed. Courtesy NT LLS.

    NT LLS Recruiting for New Chair and Board Member

    NTLLS Tim Norton Greg Livermore ARAG Anniversary ACHLocal Land Services is calling on the community to step forward and help make a difference by applying to join one of its local boards.

    Image - Northern Tablelands Local Land Services board member, Tim Norton, and Anaiwan Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Greg Livermore. Courtesty NT LLS.

    Producers - Plan Ahead for Summer

    Tenterfield saleyards320With one hundred percent of the Northern Tablelands region in intense drought and just a few weeks to go until local saleyards wind down for the end of year break, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is urging producers to consider how they are going to feed and manage water supplies for their livestock over summer.

    Image - Cattle at Tenterfield saleyards - local saleyards wind down for the end of year break very soon. Courtesy Northern Tablelands LLS.

    Bird Lovers: Regent Honeyeater Expert to Attend Field Day

    Regent Honeyeater DEAN INGWERSEN320Bird lovers from the Southern New England will soon have an opportunity to hear from one of the most informed experts on the endangered Regent Honeyeater, when Dr Ross Crates from the Australian National University will speak at a field day near Uralla Tuesday 22nd October.

    Image courtesy Dean Ingwersen, Birdlife Australia

    Lending a hand to Cool Country Koalas

    Koala Inverell320Northern Tablelands Local Lands Services has been researching the location of koalas across the Northern Tablelands since 2016.

    Image - A koala west of Inverell - the Cool Country Koala project found high koala activity around Inverell and Delungra.

    Optimal time for rabbit control around Armidale

    Rabbit fumigation croppedCalling all Feral Fighters! Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is encouraging landholders to join the fight against feral animals, specifically targeting rabbits.

    Image - Peter Frizell from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, demonstrates fumigation as a rabbit control method.

    'Urandangie' featured at Malpas Catchment field day

    Urandangie crowd 1320More than 50 people, including Mayor Simon Murray, attended a field day hosted by the Malpas Catchment Group at Bill and Jacqui Perrottet's property 'Urandangie' near Guyra on 31st July 2019.

    Image - part of the crowd at a site along Urandangie Creek which has been fenced as a riparian zone. Courtesy Karen Zirkler.

    Fodder for bushfire affected farmers

    Ian Trow Tenterfield Fodder PointThe Northern Tablelands region was in severe drought before the bush fires and unfortunately the drought continues. The bush fires have fast-tracked the need for landholders to make very tough decisions.

    Image - Ian Trow from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services loading emergency fodder for bush fire affected farmers at the Emergency Fodder Collection Point at Tenterfield Showground.

    School dung beetle breeding program

    Zac Sara Monty sorting beetlesCould dung beetles save the world? The students from Armidale Waldorf School are on a mission to breed up winter active dung beetles and find out just what is so special about these humble insects!

    Image - Dr Zac Hemmings with Sara and Monty Schmude sorting beetles into their new homes, courtesy of Oliver Schmude.

    Kids speak for the planet in Armidale

    OConnor at S4PThe Armidale Regional Council chambers was an ideal backdrop for students from across the New England region to debate and explore the big questions around the health of our planet.  

    Image - Students from O'Connor Catholic College celebrate their accomplishments at Speaking for the Planet. 

    Koala tracking at Armidale needs you!

    Dave Carr picThe Cool Country Koala Project found that the Northern Tablelands is home to many koalas, indeed areas such as Nowendoc, Delungra, Armidale, Black Mountain and Uralla have large populations.

    Image: A koala captured near Armidale for tagging and drelease. Image courtesy Dave Carr.

    Help available in tough times

    Drought Feed CalculatorWith the unprecedented drought taking its toll across our region, it is more important than ever that we look to our friends, family and outside services for support.

    Congratulations to two Armidale school winners

    SPPC Winners OConnor Catholic College320Southern New England Landcare Congratulates two Armidale based schools on their success in the The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Schools Property Planning Competition.

    Great track record acknowleged

    Environmental Trust COLOURSouthern New England Landcare experienced a proud moment this week when an email arrived from the NSW Environmental Trust, acknowledging the great track record we have with the Trust for developing and rolling out exceptional projects in the region. We thank the NSW Environmental Trust for this acknowledgement and have published the email here for all to see...

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