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1st September 2017

Upcoming Local Events

Threatened Species Day 
Thursday 7th September 

Students to plant ‘stepping stones’ in Hassall Reserve

Students from Braidwood Central and St Bede’s Schools in Braidwood will plant habitat ‘stepping stones’ in Hassall Reserve. The project will coincide with Threatened Species Day on Thursday 7 September.

Stepping stones provide food and shelter for native animals, increase the size of existing wildlife corridors and provide links between corridors – for example, Braidwood’s reserves, creeks, and the Shoalhaven River.

This activity is part of Upper Shoalhaven Landcare’s ongoing work to engage youth in Landcare and the natural environment. Students will learn about some of the threatened species that live in Braidwood and surrounds, and how to protect them.

Damon Oliver, Senior Ecosystems and Threatened Species officer with the Queanbeyan Office of Environment and Heritage, will speak to the students, staff and helpers on the day about a project being run locally by South East Local Land Services and funded by the NSW Environmental Trust – the Save our Scarlet Robin project.

This project provides habitat protection and enhancement for several threatened woodland birds found across our council area and beyond: scarlet, flame and hooded robins, diamond firetail, speckled warbler, brown treecreeper, gang gangs and glossy black cockatoos. Damon will speak about these beautiful and useful birds, the threats they face, and what we can do to help.

Council is preparing for the planting day by spraying exotic grass and other weeds in two planting sites, and providing mulch to keep weeds down and moisture in. The granite boulders in each site prevent regular mowing in these areas, but provide valuable habitat for lizards, frogs and invertebrates. Planting will both increase the biodiversity values of the reserve, and solve a regular maintenance problem – a win-win for the local environment. Plants are a mix of hardy local trees, shrubs and groundcovers.

For more information about the day, or for assistance to provide your own habitat stepping stones, contact Braidwood LLS office on 4842 2594.


As Braidwoodians emerge from winter hibernation, here's an event to stir the brain cells into activity.

Braidwood's school students will showcase their public speaking and critical thinking skills at a forum to be held in the National Theatre on Sunday 17th September from 2pm. 
Sponsored by the Two Fires Festival Inc and supported by the Braidwood Community Bank, ‘VOICES FOR INDIGENOUS RECOGNITION” will explore the complex and controversial issues relating to recognition and representation of Indigenous Australians, and potentially stimulate conversations in families and groups across the Braidwood community.

Two Year 6 BCS students will start the event delivering a speech prepared for NAIDOC Week 2017 on the importance of Indigenous Australian languages. Students from St Bede's will follow with a performance of poetry by eminent Australian poet and activist, Judith Wright. Judith lived in and around Braidwood for the last decades of her life, and was actively involved in Aboriginal rights.

Then, responding to the recent release of the Uluru Statement by the Referendum Advisory Council, our award-winning BCS debating team will explore the topic: “Evolution or Revolution, how to achieve recognition and representation of Indigenous Australians”.
The students have enthusiastically embraced the topic, and, under the wise tutelage of Julian Davies, they welcome the opportunity to have their voices heard on this significant matter. 
They will explore possible ways the nation can respond to the call in the recent Uluru Statement for an Indigenous voice to parliament to be enshrined in the Constitution, just 50 years after Aboriginal people were first counted as Australian citizens.
The students’ research has included an examination of the Australian Constitution, and a look at other colonial settler societies, as they debate the implications and significance of these issues for all Australians.
Come along and listen to the voices of Braidwood’s youth!

Gold coin donation at the door. Afternoon tea provided.
An invitation from Tarago Landcare group

Landcare members and district residents interested in progressing the Peace and Reflection Garden will be welcome at the Tarago Cemetery this Saturday morning for a working bee from 9.30 through to noon.
We'll be putting a truckload of mulch, provided by the Council, around the 53 shrubs TLG planted earlier. We’ll take a short break for morning tea, and probably accept the hospitality of fellow-worker and neighbour Paul Beileiter – tea and coffee, etc. will be provided but feel free to bring a plate.
It would help if you could bring along wheel barrows, shovels, rakes and gloves.
The work will be in preparation for the ceremony to dedicate the Garden - at 11.00am on Sunday 10th September. It will be presided over by Tom Frame, Priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Tarago.
I hope to see you on Saturday.
Chris Elford
Publicity Officer
Tarago Landcare Group


2017 Women's Gathering


Women, Culture, Land - Just add water! 27-29 October,

Rural women's gatherings provide the opportunity for rural women to come together to build resilience, network, learn, share experiences and support each other while gaining access to decision-makers, information and service providers. They also allow regional towns to showcase their local talent, produce and environment.

Narrandera's them, Women, Culture, Land - Just add water! captures the essence of the Riverina region, celebrating the local landscape and the region’s rich culture and history. You can keep up to date with gathering news via the Narrandera Rural Women's Gathering Facebook page or Narrandera Rural Women's Gathering Blog.

Sustainability Expo


WHAT: Expo showcasing the latest technology in water, waste, energy. Also a range of seminars, workshops and main stage events. It really is a great expo and open to the public. This is the first time it has been located in Woden.

WHEN: 7 September 10am - 5pm 

WHERE: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden

REGISTER: Free register here

ACTSMART Understanding Solar Workshop


WHAT: Come along to this workshop to find out how solar and batteries can add value to your home, providing savings on your bills and energy independence. This workshop is useful if you don’t know where to start in this fast changing energy space. Topics covered are solar, batteries, energy efficient appliances and solar hot water.

WHEN: 14 September 6.00pm - 8.00pm 

WHERE: Renewables Innovation Hub, 19/23 Moore Street, Canberra ACT 2601

REGISTER: Free but registration required as spaces limited register here

Working with Weeds Workshop

Who: Small Farms Network
When: 14 Oct
Where: Sutton

Whether you have land for productive farming or pleasure, it’s likely that weeds are part of your landscape. This field day will help you manage weeds in a positive way by getting to understand why they grow and the options for reducing them.

This field day is about giving you the practical skills to manage weeds effectively on your farm. Learn how to boost small farm productivity and diversity by understanding the biology of weeds and why they do so well in your environment. What can the weeds tell us about soil, land use and your paddocks? This is an opportunity to learn about weeds and why they love your place.


Massive tree planting Extravaganza

  Hosted by Three Gullies Farm
498 Mount Fairy Rd, Mount Fairy, New South Wales

You are invited by Three Gullies Farm to help us to nail our next major milestone, one thousand trees for spring. We will target the main effort on the Canberra Public Holidays, Monday 25 Sept and again Monday 2 October (

Bring a picnic lunch to make for a great day out healing the earth. 

Last Autumn, we were able to get 500 trees tucked into the earth and the transformation is well underway. Now for spring, we hope to double this effort and we need your help. We are transforming this blank canvas into a regenerative farming system, that will work as one with nature.


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.

Habitat Action Grants

If your Landcare Group would like help with an application for this grant please contact Upper Shoalhaven Landcare on 

Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for grants.

Habitat rehabilitation projects which may be funded include:

  • removal or modification of barriers to fish passage
  • rehabilitation of riparian lands (river banks, wetlands, mangrove forests, saltmarsh)
  • re-snagging waterways with timber structure
  • removal of exotic vegetation from waterways
  • bank stabilisation works
  • reinstatement of natural flow regimes

Applications are now open

Before completing your application please, download and read the Habitat Action Grant funding guidelines:

Applications close 5.00pm September 18 2017.

For further information please contact the Habitat Action Grants Administrator on or ring (02) 6626 1396 or (02) 4916 3817.

Useful Resources


Intrepid Landcare has developed a great new resource, a "Tips & ideas to support young people to create change" workbook to help engage young people in project design. Visit the Intrepid Landcare website and download the workbook now!

The latest livestock distribution maps have been released

Visit Pestsmart to learn about Stakeholder Views on Pest Management in Australia. 

Some animals and plants cause significant environmental, economic, social and emotional damage. This article reports on five surveys carried out across Australia from 2013-2016. The surveys sought stakeholder insights on the institutional arrangements affecting private citizen engagement in pest management. As expected, many responses noted issues with resourcing, coordination, administration, policy and demographics.

Download PDF HERE


Over the past century, average land surface temperatures have risen by almost 1° C across the Australian continent. Models suggest this may have already had significant impacts on Australia’s ecosystems and biodiversity, but these impacts have not been systematically investigated.

CSIRO Land and Water and the Department of the Environment and Energy are undertaking an exciting project to collect stories and anecdotes that will help to build a national picture of the kinds of ecological changes that have been occurring across the country over the past 10-20 years, or more. We are looking for people with strong links to Australian environments (e.g. farmers, natural resource managers, ecologists, naturalists) to share their perceptions of recent ecological change in an area they know well, and how this might link with climate or other change.

To participate, you would need to be able to select a natural area (e.g. your local region or farm, a Nature Reserve, urban bushland) that you have been familiar with for at least the last 10 years. Note that we are interested both in areas where change has been observed and where change has not been observed.

The survey will take about 30-40 minutes – please click here to undertake the survey.

For further information please contact


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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