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July 2017 e-update #2
18/07/2017
 
Good Afternoon Landcarers, we trust that you are keeping warm and making the most of these winter days. We have more great events coming up soon, including:
LANDCARE WINTER DINNER: BUY TICKETS NOW
Who's Living on My Land? Register for Event Here

Lamb Marking and Practical Sheep Husbandry Field Day

Friday 8 September 2017
9.30am - 1.00pm Tarago 


This field day will cover practical aspects of managing sheep based around jobs to do at lamb marking. Bill Johnson, District Veterinarian, and Matt Lieschke, Livestock Officer, from South East Local Land Services will be discussing and demonstrating practical skills including lamb marking, mothering up, weaning, vaccinating and looking after the breeding ewe. Under their supervision, participants will be able to practice their sheep handling skills. READ MORE AND BOOK NOW

Working with Weeds 2 - SAVE THE DATE

14 October 2017
9.30am-3.30pm Sutton

Spring is the perfect time to talk about weeds, how to identify them, management options and what to plant after weed removal. Find out how the way you manage your land can play a big part in weed control. There will be a weed and plant identification session, paddock walk and information on control options. More details coming soon.

Farming seminars and courses for small farms

Term 4 October - November 2017
NSW TAFE Yallah Campus (Nowra)

 
TAFE NSW is offering a range of courses for small area farmers in term 4 this year. The seminars include Farm Fencing, Cattle Handling and Weed Control Methods. The short courses are Quad Bike Accreditation and Chemical Use Accreditation. Contact YALLAH TAFE by email for more information and a brochure.

Community Engagement Workshop - Creating a Formula for Success

21 July 2017
9.30am-3.30pm Jerrabomberra
K2C Forum
Learn how to engage with your community group for continued growth and success. A free event with morning tea and lunch provided. Contact Geoff Robinson 0403 221117 or email

Indigenous Walks in the Sutton Area

6th August 10.00 - 13.30 


Join Sutton Landcare for an Aboriginal interpretive walk to see an ancient Ochre Quarry, scar trees and stone artefacts and learn more about cultural values in the Sutton area from Aboriginal Elders.
The walks will be led by Aboriginal custodians of the area Matilda House and/or Wally Bell, accompanied by Dave Johnston, Indigenous archaeologist and heritage manager..
Any inquiries contact Jane Vincent 6230 3584 or Karissa Preuss 6278 3309
The walk will be approximately 4km return. There is road access for those unable to walk this far, please advise prior to booking if you will need road access. Wear walking boots and warm clothes.
Each walk will be followed by billy tea and damper.
These events have been organised as part of the Greater Goorooyaroo Project in conjunction with Ginninderra Catchment group and Sutton Landcare. They are supported by the NSW Environmental Trust.
 

Tickets 

Join us on the 5th of August for a rewarding day of helping to restore and protect two threatened species; Araluen Gum and Araluen Zieria, and the surrounding ecological community. 

RSVP by clicking attending and completing this form:
https://goo.gl/forms/vpxFdhsv543v77803

The day will include volunteers being split into two groups and rotating between conducting two different methods of weeding and bush regeneration. At the end of the day we will enjoy a lovely bush walk and then some afternoon tea and mulled wine around a bonfire!
This event is open to anyone, and is a great way to become more familiar with the Australian landscape. As a project which supports the Federal government’s Threatened Species Strategy Targets for Protecting Australia's plants, it will be both an encouraging learning experience and an enhancement of practical skills for anyone interested in plant species, sustainable land management, and biodiversity. 

Natural Sequence Farming - 4 Day Training Course

 
SUN, NOV 12, 2017 5:00PM 
THU, NOV 16, 2017 5:00PM

Join Stuart and Peter Andrews from Tarwyn Park Training for a hands-on workshop on redesigning your farm for maximum productivity and enhanced landscape function, while also minimising costs. 

More Information 

Monga State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management

The Monga State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management is available for review and comment from 14 July 2017 to 16 October 2016 (click the link below).

Public exhibition of the draft plan provides an important opportunity for members of the community to have a say in the future management of Monga State Conservation Area.

Regional Australia Bank Funding

Regional Australia Bank is a member owned bank that has been helping regional Australians achieve their lifestyle goals for almost 50 years. Now they are helping local Landcare groups achieve their goals through their corporate sponsorship to Landcare NSW.

Landcare NSW utilises this valuable resource to support our Landcare group members in the best ways to assist their volunteers, including;

  • Small equipment
  • Event support (speaker, catering, venue hire)
  • Basic training
  • Materials for on-ground works

Landcare NSW is offering grants of up to $1,000 (incl. GST) to Landcare NSW member groups with a proposal for any of the above items. The current round  has $7,000 available for distribution.

To apply, simply complete and submit the online form below.  To be eligible your group must be a member of Landcare NSW and must operate within an area covered by Regional Australia Bank. Applications will be assessed by Landcare NSW on how the project helps the group to achieve its on-ground outcomes and/or builds the strength of the group to undertake its operations.

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday 31st July, 2017.

Just under two weeks left to apply for Trailblazers! We're looking for young advocates, event organisers, leaders and change makers from regional Australia to take part in this exciting program. Up to something great? Applications close July 24! http://ab.co/2ub73gq
BRAIDWOOD FARMERS MARKET
National Theatre Wallace Street
8.30am - 12.30pm  
 
Saturday 5th August
Saturday 19th August

Protect Our Places Grant Funding

The Protecting Our Places grants program is now open for applications. The closing date is 3 pm Monday, 4 September 2017.

The Protecting Our Places Program is a contestable grants program for Aboriginal community groups and organisations, seeking to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment.

Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, the program encourages and empowers Aboriginal communities to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways that are of importance to local Aboriginal communities.

For more Information: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/pop.htm

Save Our Scarlet Robin – will you answer the call?

 

The Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang) is a small, insectivorous woodland bird whose male population sports a bright red breast and a white cap. Many are lucky enough to still see them around paddocks and homesteads they visit in the cooler months, however they are a species in serious decline. It has been determined by the NSW Scientific committee that the Scarlet Robin is facing a high risk of extinction in New South Wales in the medium-term future.
South East Local Land Services are calling on local land managers to get involved in the ‘Save Our Scarlet Robin’ project. The project is funded by the NSW Government via it’s Environmental Trust and will run for ten years (2016-2026) providing a great opportunity to make real inroads into securing the future of the Scarlet Robin in the South East.
South East Local Land Services’ Felicity Sturgiss states that “the involvement of the community is vital to the recovery and long term security of the threatened woodland birds in our region. By becoming more aware of the needs of the birds we can work to improve the quality of their habitat, the loss of which is the largest threat they face.”
“We work with land managers by looking at the whole-farm and designing a plan that secures the long term integration of native flora and fauna values with long-term farm productivity goals, and then take steps to work toward those goals. It’s often easier to achieve that you think” Felicity said.
 “Revegetating creek-lines and putting in some ‘stepping stone’ native vegetation patches in the paddocks not only provides an important refuge for threatened woodland birds, but also controls erosion, cleans the water, provides shade and shelter to livestock, pollen to the bees and insects, as well as gives an all-round increase in property value and amenity.”

Save Our Scarlet Robin land manager grants are available in the Braidwood, Burra, Michelago, Bredbo and Delegate areas. Funding up to $10,000 per property is available for successful applicants on signing a 10 year management agreement. All funding is to be matched with input from the landholder in either cash or in-kind contributions. Please contact Felicity Sturgiss at South East Local Land Services to discuss these options and any other questions, enquiries or input on 48422594 or email felicity.sturgiss@lls.nsw.gov.au. Expressions of interest for Round 2 close on August 31, 2017.

A shared path to conserving our country

BY CLARE WATSON |JULY 12, 2017
 

A guide to what we can learn from Indigenous landcare. 

“THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL privilege to welcome you to my Country, and I’ll do it in my language,” Uncle Paul Callaghan says warmly, his back to the ocean, hands wide and feet grounded in sand. He continues in Gathang, the language of the Worimi people of the Great Lakes region and Port Stephens area, on the lower north coast of New South Wales.

For an Aboriginal perspective on caring for the land, the Hunter branch of Intrepid Landcare recently invited Uncle Paul to take their group of young conservationists on a walk through Country to learn about Indigenous culture – the oldest, continuous culture on the planet....

Estelle is one of the many inspiring volunteers around the country who is working to restore habitat and protect our native species. She has been working as a volunteer with the Port Macquarie Landcare Group for over 17 years.

Estelle lives and breathes Landcare. She is just one of the tens of thousands of passionate and dedicated people in our community wanting to make a difference for our environment, especially habitat restoration.

Estelle’s community group has over 180 volunteers who come together for passionate working bees, contributing a massive 18,000 hours of volunteer work per year. The group’s current focus is to create habitats for koalas in the Port Macquarie area.

 

Renew Your 2017 Membership Here 

if you haven't already done so.
 
Simone Horn and Rebecca Klomp
Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council

upper.shoalhaven@gmail.com 
(02) 4842 2594

PO Box 97 
Braidwood NSW 2622

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