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    Current Projects

    ATG Drought Monitoring Project

    Over the next year, the Armidale Tree Group is hoping to collect information on the effects of drought on our bushland and they need your help.

    2019-2022 Re-connecting Thunderbolt Country

    Title: Reconnecting Thunderbolt Country for threatened New England woodland and wetland biodiversity

    Funds: $99,996

    Source: NSW Environmental Trust

    This project will help restore habitat connectivity for threatened fauna and flora in Thunderbolt Country around Uralla, Kentucky and Salisbury Plains on southern New England Tablelands. A lack of viable habitat and poor condition of existing vegetation is jeopardising the survival and impeding movement of 19 key threatened fauna and 7 key threatened plant species.

    2019 - 2023 Local Landcare Coordinator

    Funds: $323,490

    Source: The NSW Landcare Program 2019-2023 is a partnership between LLS and Landcare. It buids on a number of previous Landcare Support Programs, the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative and regional Landcare investment made through National Landcare Program and Catchment Action.

    This project funds the employment of 0.75 FTE Local Coordinators for the Southern New England Region from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023. The NSW Landcare Program 2019-2023 supports Local Landcare Coordinator positions right across the State. At Southern New England Landcare, the role is job-shared and supplemented with wages from other projects.

    2019 - 2021 Mustering Members 4 Climate Change Challenges

    Funds: $47,215

    Source: National Landcare Program Phase 2 Smart Farm Small Grants

    This project will build awareness, knowledge and skills among at least 280 members and friends of Southern New England Landcare, around four topics that align with natural resource management and sustainable agriculture priorities identified in our Strategic Plan: feral animal control, revegetation, grazing and pasture management, and soil health.

    2019 Managing Priority Environmental Pest Animals & Alert Species

    Funds: $10,000

    Source: This project is funded through Northern Tablelands Local Land Services under the Feral Fighters Program.

    The aim of this project is to educate the community on best practice control methods of feral cat and Indian Myna in peri urban areas and promote new technologies and strategies including Feral Catc Scan, Indian Myna Scan and Feral Fighters.

    2018 - 2020 Agroforestry Peer Group Mentoring Service

    Southern New England Landcare boasts six local landholders who have been trained in Peer Mentoring for Agroforestry type projects. If you or someone you know would like to find out how to go about an agroforestry project on some land in the Southern New England region, we are happy to set you up in the process. Here's how it works:

    1. Make contact with us and tell us a bit about what you think you would like to do. It might be some kind of food tree production, native trees and shrubs, shelter belts or any other agroforestry idea.
    2. We then make contact with those of our peer mentors who who have skills in the area of your interest, and set up an appropriate time for 2-3 of them to visit you on your property.
    3. The mentors spend 2-3 hours with you on your property, taking a look around and asking you lots of questions and discussing ideas and taking some photos.
    4. The lead mentor will then prepare a site visit report for you (approx 12 pages), detailing everything discussed, including possible ways forward, with useful links, contacts and even species lists.
    5. You then have access to another 2 vists from your chosen mentor over the next 12 months to support you in your endeavours.

    The cost of the program is $100 plus GST. Please contact our office by email or phone 02 6772 9123.

    2019-2023 Turning the Tide for the Regent Honeyeater

    The Regent Honeyeater is a unique Australian songbird on the verge of extinction, with fewer than 400 estimated to survive in the wild.

    At this level every individual counts, and the Northern Tablelands is significant for the conservation of this critically endangered species as breeding pairs regularly establish nests in our region.

    The “Turning the tide on threatened species - Regent Honeyeater” project is supported with funding over 5 years by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

    2017-2019 Trees on Small Farms Partnership Project

    Funds: $60,000

    Source: Northern Tablelands Local Land Services

    Native vegetation provides significant benefits for domestic livestock, native wildlife and ecosystem health... even on small farms. This project will fund smaller (<200ha) landholders in the Armidale, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha areas to plan and undertake revegetation projects that suit their individual needs, thanks to a partnership project with the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

    2016 - 2019 Closing the Gap for Threatened New England Fauna

    Funds: $99,998

    Source: NSW Environmental Trust

    Closing the Gap: functional habitat for threatened New England fauna will help close a key gap in habitat connectivity, between the Dangarsleigh-Enmore area in the east and the Mt Butler-Saumarez Ponds area in the west.

    2014 - 2019 Armidale Urban Planting Maintenance

    Funds: $29,000 per year

    Source: Armidale Regional Council

    The Armidale Urban Planting Maintenance (AUPM) partnership project was developed to manage Armidale’s urban environmental assets. Works coordination, reporting, monitoring and evaluation are the responsibility of staff from Southern New England Landcare Ltd, while contractors conduct works and the AUPM working group provides advice and feedback. Maintenance works include removal of weeds, planting, trimming branches and mulching application.

    The program, now in its 6th year, is made possible with the on-going financial support and direction provided by Armidale Regional Council.

    2013 - 2019 Indian Myna Control Program

    Are Indian Mynas turning up at your place?

    If so, you've seen an introduced pest species that is ever encroaching on our area, to the detriment of our local native species. Southern New England Landcare is currently calling for help from people in urban and rural areas who wish to be involved in a trapping program to reduce their numbers.

    2008 - 2019 Schools Program

    Southern New England Landcare offers a Schools Landcare Program under the guidance of our part time Landcare Coordinator (Urban & Youth) Sara Schmude. Useful resources for interested schools include:

    2008 - 2019 Frog Dreaming Conference for Kids

    Funds: Annual sponsorship

    Source: Various

    The award-winning Frog Dreaming gathering brings people with place together through storytelling. Frog Dreaming began as an annual two-day event in 2008. Since 2016, it has been held at the base of Mt Duval, Armidale NSW, and cocusses on bringing years 5 and 6 primary school students together with secondary students in a forum supported by local community members from Landcare, University of New England, government agencies and environmental education specialists.

    1997 - 2019 Malpas Catchment Coordinator

    Funds: $20,000 per annum

    Source: Armidale Regional Council

    Members began the Malpas Catchment Project in 1997 to improve natural resource management, sustainable and profitable landuse, and water quality in the Malpas and Guyra Dams and Macleay River Catchment. Since then, the project has seen a long-term comittment for support from Armdidale Regional Council to support a part time role to support the Malpas Catchment Group, and activities within the catchment.

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