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Community Landcare Pop-up Grants

30 Oct 2016 (All day)

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The Community Landcare ‘Pop-up’ Grants Program aims to support Landcare and community groups in the Riverina Local Land Services area to promote community-driven natural resource management.

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We're Green Globe Award finalists!

 

We're excited to be able to announce that Murrumbidgee Landcare's Cross Property project is a finalist in the 2016 Green Globe Awards. The Green Globe Awards are the leading environmental recognition program for NSW, celebrating excellence, leadership and innovation in sustainability.

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Champions of Change - Farmers and their Paddock Trees

The humble paddock tree is a familiar sight across the farming landscape. Often hundreds of years in age, these landscape giants provide valuable shelter for livestock, crops, pastures, and wildlife. Unfortunately, the number of paddock trees is declining across Australia, due to age, isolation, fire damage, and other stresses. 

However, many farmers are seeking to address this decline, by protecting their existing trees, and encouraging the growth of new paddock trees on their properties. Murrumbidgee Landcare has launched a new video featuring some of the inspiring work being done by farmers to arrest the decline in paddock trees and nurture future generations. The video includes footage from across the Murrumbidgee Catchment, and is punctuated by some lighthearted behind-the-scenes bloopers.

The Cross Property Project Nest Box Program

Mammals such as sugar gliders, squirrel gliders and phascogales need hollows for shelter for nesting and breeding.  However, in revegetated areas with few mature trees  there are not enough natural hollows to support populations of these animals.  In these situations, nest boxes can provide a means of survival for the animals until sufficient natural hollows develop.

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Riverina Local Land Services 2016/17 Funding Program Open

 
On Wednesday 27 July 2016, Rob Kelly, General Manager of Riverina Local Land Services, launched the RLLS 2016/17 Funding Program, including the RLLS Community Grants program. 
 
In total $2.8 million is available in grants and incentives to farmers, land managers and community groups across the Riverina.
 
There are a wide range of projects that address the broad areas of:
  • productive farms
  • natural landscapes
 
 
Activities to be funded include:
  • construction of stock management areas
  • fencing to subdivide paddocks to land capabilities
  • soil testing and training to increase the adoption of sustainable land management practices
  • assistance to attend conferences and workshops to increase knowledge in sustainable farming practices
  • innovation for irrigation
  • fencing to protect remnant native vegetation
  • fencing and planting of native trees and shrubs
  • native vegetation management
  • threatened species protection
  • wildlife corridors
  • cultural burning
  • engaging and sharing cultural knowledge

Tarcutta Landcare Looking to the Future

 
Did you know that the Tarcutta Landcare Group have been active in the community for over 25 years? In that time they have completed more than 40 major environmental projects on both privately and publicly owned land - now, that is a real achievement! I know that much of this work is often done unnoticed or forgotten, but the work done by landcarers has made a real difference to the landscape that we live and work in today. Recently, the activities of Landcare in the Tarcutta area have been sustained by the efforts of an active but reduced number of individuals as part of Murrumbidgee Landcare’s Cross Property Planning Project, facilitated by Nicole Maher and Jacinta Christie. This project is on track to finish in June 2017.

Expression of Interest for Spring Silverleaf Nightshade Workshops

With spring almost upon us, we'd like to know of any farmer/landcare groups that are interested in learning more about quality management techniques for tackling silverleaf nightshade in their area.

The silverleaf nightshade team offer half day on-farm workshops that feature up to date research on management of this common summer growing weed as well as answering questions from participants about the best control options for the local area.   The results from 366 on-farm trials established across Vic, NSW, SA & WA can also be presented.

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Help wanted with rabbit sample collection

Seeking wild rabbit and hare samples: Following the recent outbreak of RHDV2 in rabbits, now also detected in hares (http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid.php/Reviewreport/Review?page_refer=MapFullEventReport&reportid=20384), invasive animal researchers are requesting samples from dead wild rabbits and hares. 

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National Feral Cat Control Survey

You are invited to participate in a survey about feral cat control in Australia. The information provided in this survey will help generate a better understanding of feral cat management in Australia, including how to make improvements.
 
This survey is being conducted by Mr Richard Faulkner, Dr Georgia Garrard and Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy at RMIT University, and has been approved by the RMIT Human Research Ethics Committee. This research project is funded by the Australian Government.
 
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Young Farmer Business Project

The Young Farmer Business Project survey, which was run recently, received 509 responses. For a snapshot of the results, click here.

As part of the initiative, an information hub is being developed to provide business support resources using digital platforms that meet the needs of our younger generation of farmers.

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