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August Update #2
15th August 2017

Upcoming Local Events

If your thinking about coming along to the Landcare Winter Dinner then please keep in mind that we will need you RSVPs by This week!
To book you ticket head to:

From the Ground Up - Understanding Soils

Two Days Saturday 2 September 2017 and Saturday 21 October 2017
10.00am - 4.00pm Bywong/Wamboin NSW

In partnership with South East Local Land Services and the ACT Regional Landcare Facilitator we are pleased to present From the Ground Up - Understanding Soils. Soil is the most valuable natural asset on your farm. This field day is all about helping you appreciate your soils as an asset, how to protect soils, keep them healthy and read your landscape for better land management. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the basics of soils and understand what those soil test results mean. The field days are led by Jo Powells, Senior Agricultural Adviser with South East Local Land Services based in Cooma.

As part of this field day participants will be able to access subsidised soil testing.This event will be held a Bywong and Wamboin, NSW, 2621.


Lamb Marking and Weaning Workshop

Friday 8th September 2017
9.30am - 1.00pm Tarago NSW

This field day will cover practical aspects of managing sheep based around jobs to do at and after lamb marking. Topics covered will include lamb marking, weaning, castration, tail docking, mothering up, vaccinations and ewe management after weaning. Under supervision, participants will get the opportunity to handle sheep. The theory of why lamb marking is necessary and sheep health at weaning time will be discussed. You will get the opportunity to learn about managing different breeds of sheep and participants will be encouraged to ask questions and get involved.


Intrepid Landcare Community Engagement Workshop

Tips and Ideas to Support Young People to Create Change

In conjunction with Intrepid Landcare we are hosting an "Intrepid Way" workshop in Goulburn on Wednesday 12th September.
Intrepid Landcare are notorious for having fun, inspiring young people and being a dynamic bunch of go getters!! How do they do it??

The workshop aims to upskill people from a range of Landcare and environmental organisations to engage young people. The workshop will focus on developing a collaborative approach to co-designing and delivering projects that are appealing to a younger generation.

Our primary audience is Landcare coordinators and other facilitators of environmental initiatives, but we would also like to include Landcare committee members, staff from other organisations, youth officers, and anyone who is interested in engaging and supporting young people in the community to lead on local environmental issues. 
Some organisations might also like to send youth representatives to the workshops so there is youth representation.
Workshops will run from: 9 AM – 4.30 PM. 
Please arrive at 8.45 AM for a 9 AM sharp start.

RSVP essential - places are limited!

Ruth Aveyard 0447 242 474

Cattle in paddock

Biosecurity plan information sessions in the South East

Biosecurity and animal welfare are increasingly important considerations in livestock trade. Livestock owners, including those who sell through saleyards and to abattoirs, will soon require a biosecurity and welfare plan for their enterprise. Most producers are pleasantly surprised to learn they are already doing most things required in a biosecurity plan.

A series of information sessions will be held across the South East to help producers develop their plan, well ahead of the proposed introduction of this new requirement from 1 October. 

Events will be held in the following locations:

Braidwood Servicemen's Club Wednesday 13 September 6pm - 8:30pm
Bungendore War Memorial Hall Saturday 16 September 1pm - 3:30pm

RSVP: 02 4842 2594 or via email to or

Film Screening: Understorey

A film about the South-East Forests - The largest environmental conflict in Australian History

UNDERSTOREY   [2016 | 84mins | PG | D: David Gallan]
Featuring: Roland Breckwoldt, Bob Brown, Euey Collins, Heather Meek, Jack Miller, Kim Taysom

When: 6.30pm, Wednesday 20th September 2017
Where: NFSA Theatrette, National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT 2601 map
Prices: $10 All Tickets - Please note: online bookings incur a non-refundable charge of 30 cents/ticket

How do you value a forest? - the forest we all own
When intensive logging threatens native forests on the far south coast of NSW, Australia, local people from all walks of life come together to oppose it. It took decades and turned into the biggest environmental conflict in Australian history. Archival material and interviews outline what the campaigns were really like. Wildlife images show why the forests were worth protecting then and why people are still campaigning to protect our natural heritage today.

For more information:Visit the NFSA website
National Film & Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
Tel: (02) 6248 2000

Visit the NFSA at

Monga State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management

Keep in mind that the Monga State Conservation area Draft Plan of Management is still open for comment. 

Public exhibition for the plan is from 14 July 2017 to 16 October 2017. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission during this time.

 You can download the plan here

Draft National Recovery Plan for the Macquarie Perch (Macquaria australasica)

The Draft National Recovery Plan for the Macquarie Perch (Macquaria australasica) outlines an overarching objective for recovery of this species which is listed as Endangered under the EPBC Act, with recovery strategies that build toward this overarching objective. You are invited to comment on this draft recovery plan in accordance with the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The public comment period closes 1 September 2017.
Download the PDF
Comment on the Draft National Recovery Plan

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Our local Mongarlowe River is home to populations of Maccquarie Perch.  

From 2006 - 2008 the Friends of Mongarlowe River carried out the Macquarie Perch Project. This project improved knowledge of the Macquarie Perch through habitat assessment and species monitoring. 
A summary of scientific and environmental findings by Mark Lintermans here


Available Funding 

Erosion control works

Grant funding available for eligible land managers

Annelies McGaw
Senior Natural Resource Management Advisor
Are you a land manager in the Hilltops, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley, Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan-Palerang and Snowy Monaro Regional Local Government Areas? Are you interested in undertaking works on your property to protect and enhance habitat for wildlife, protect riparian areas, control gully and stream bed/bank erosion and improve grazing management practices?

If so you may be eligible to receive funding under the Tablelands Land Managementgrant or the Rural Landscape Program. The programs, supported by Catchment Action NSW and the National Landcare Programme, are designed to assist land managers to improve the condition and productivity of their properties while enhancing its environmental values.

Each program has specific outcomes to achieve, so we encourage you to get in contact with your nearest Local Land Services office to find out more information about the funding criteria and see if you are eligible.

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation - Small Environmental Grants 

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation - Small Environmental Grants are open in May, August and November 2017. It is best to contact  to just check to see if your project will be suitable. The Small Environmental Grant Scheme will provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects about flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, or landscape restoration and education. For more information go to the website.

Useful Resources

Climate-ready revegetation 
A guide for natural resource managers

This Guide represents a first attempt at compiling online tools available to assist natural resource managers incorporate the inherent uncertainties associated with climate change when planning revegetation activities. The information in the Guide is based on the premise that survival and resilience will be enhanced for species and local populations with large, genetically diverse populations. Species differ in their vulnerability to climate change. Species that cannot evolve and adapt to new environmental conditions in-situ as fast as the climate changes, or disperse to more suitable climes, will be more vulnerable than those with the evolutionary potential and/or the capacity to disperse. In theory, plants with wide distributions are more likely to cope with climate change than those with narrow distributions. However, even if a species’ distribution indicates that it is able to tolerate a broad range of climate conditions, survival of local populations are not guaranteed.

Download the PDF Guide Here

Review of the National Landcare Programme - Results Out Now

The Report on the Review of the National Landcare Programme, together with a report on the results of the survey, are now available online.

NSW OEH Land and Soils Section is now Live

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has launched a new Land and Soils section on their website.  Learn about soil types and remediation programs, and understand the challenges of soil degradation.

Geoff Mosley: a life for the environment

Wednesday 10 May 2017 8:05PM

Geoff Mosley, the former director of the Australian Conservation Foundation, is one of the most significant figures of the environment movement in Australia. World heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef, recognition of the Alpine National Parks, preservation of Fraser Island - his achievements are many. And on Big Ideas he reflects on the history of conservation in Australia.

Listen to the Podcast Here

Good Reads

Invaluable archive shines light on historic river


Friends of Mongarlowe River have been protecting the Mongarlowe River for over 30 years. The story of the Mongarlowe River is not only one of activism but of science, art and community.

Read More

Local Sightings 

We encourage you to send in your local sightings to share with the local Community to help build our knowledge of local flora and fauna. 

This is an old sighting from February this year by one of our local landcarers, we believe it to be a Gould's long-eared bat, Nyctophilus gouldi.



Renew Your Membership Here 

Simone Horn and Rebecca Klomp
Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council 
(02) 4842 2594

PO Box 97 
Braidwood NSW 2622

Come in and say hello 
Staff work days are Mon, Tues, Thurs at the Local Lands Services Office 
42 Ryrie Street Braidwood