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Vote for us in the People's Choice Award!

10 Oct 2018 (All day)
Voting in the National Landcare Awards People's Choice Award is now open. This year, there are five finalists from our region, all in different categories (so you can vote for all five!):
  • David Marsh is in the running for the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
  • Murrumbidgee Landcare are in the running for the Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
  • John Ive is in the running for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
  • Miranda Gardner is the running for the Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award.

We encourage you to vote for your favourite finalists today!

Riverina Landcare Strategic Plan progress

Consultation with landholders, community members and groups across the Riverina in May-June has revealed a strong commitment to a collaborative future of landcare for the region. Over 50 people took part in focus groups in Hay, Leeton, Murrumburrah, Adelong, Humula, Henty and Wagga Wagga. Almost 20 have participated in one on one interviews and a further 111 in an online survey.
 
A key theme to emerge is the importance of working together collectively at a “grassroots” level.
 
Chair of Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc, Mr Michael Gooden, said, “the focus groups were a success and highlighted the interest and commitment of people across the region for sustainable natural resource management”.

Tree Planting Event - Wallacetown TSR (nr Wagga)

15 Jul 2018 - 10:00am
Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare are holding a tree planting event at Wallacetown Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR) on Sunday 15 July.
 
We have 300 plants to get in the ground and would love your help! The forecast is looking clear and cool, so it should be great weather for planting.
 
A map of the location is attached; you can also look out for our tear drop banner as an indication of where to turn on the day!
 
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Algal monitoring workshop - Hay

19 Jul 2018 - 9:00am
A/Professor Simon Mitrovic (Freshwater and Estuarine Research Group, University of Technology Sydney) will present this workshop on algal monitoring.
 
When: 9.00 -11am Thursday 19th July
 
Where: 25,542 Sturt Highway (10 km east of Hay)
“Amaroo” Jill and Geoff Chapman, (wet weather venue to be organized if needed) 
 
Cost: Free!
 
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Coota Landcare Network meeting - Cootamundra

23 Jul 2018 - 6:00pm

For more information, contact Annie Jacobs: 0429 458 717 or midmurrumbidgeenorth@mli.org.au

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Morning bird walk - Murraguldrie (nr Humula)

2 Aug 2018 - 9:00am

Kyeamba Valley Landcare Group and Tarcutta Valley Landcare Group invite everyone to a morning bird walk with renowned ecologist Ian Davidson.

We will take a walk through the Murraguldrie woodlands, with Ian to help us identify all the local native birds - hopefully including the incredible Swift Parrot, which have been sighted recently in this area!

Following the walk we will have a morning tea, and there will be information on funding which is currently available for landholders wishing to protect or enhance Swift Parrot habitat on their properties.

This event is FREE and open to everyone!

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Nicole Maher: 0438 452 814, or nmaher@mli.org.au

 

Threatened species children's art competition

3 Aug 2018 (All day)

The 2018 Threatened Species Children's Art Competition is open to children 5-12 years old  in NSW and the ACT. At least fifty finalists’ works will hang in a two week exhibition in September, with winners announced on September 7, Threatened Species Day.

2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards - Brisbane

10 Oct 2018 (All day)
Registrations are now open for the 2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards. The event will be held from 10 - 12 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
 
It’s a fantastic opportunity to gather with the Landcare community and hear about the inspiring work that’s being done across our country.
 
The theme of the Conference is ‘Landcare - Building a Better Tomorrow’, with presentations to be based around the following stream topics:
  • Sustainable Agriculture – Innovation and Conservation in a Changing Landscape
  • Community in Action – Grassroots with a Purpose
  • Partnerships – Collaboration for Successful Outcomes
  • Environment – Improving and Protecting our Natural Assets

Sandhills Artefacts at Narrandera and a revegetation site in the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park

Thanks to Michael Lyons from Sandhills Artefacts and Glenn Currie for a great time on Saturday the 26th May 2018.

Michael is a very lucky bloke, he has two sheds which he very kindly guided us through, showing us in the first shed how he takes raw wood and turns them into magnificent didgeridoos (Boomerangs and Coolamons) by soaking the branches in water, debarking, hollowing it out on his lathe where required, sanding, polishing and painting.

Michael treated us to some tunes on didgeridoo’s he had made, including Waltzing Matilda as well as bird calls such as the Boobook Owl, a Rooster (white man alarm clock) and Kookaburra.

Behind the first shed on the river flats Michael showed us some plants including “Old Man Weed” (Common name: Sneeze weed: Centipeda cunninghamii) this is a medicine plant for a wide range of health problems including eczema and arthritis. There was a tree carving of the goanna which is the Wiradjuri totem as well as a scar tree where a Coolamon had been made from the bark of the tree.

On the way to Michael’s second shed we saw winter and summer humpies, the second shed was a treasure trove of old and new artefacts including grinding stones, fire starting stones, hunting boomerangs, fighting shields, payback (law enforcement) shields, message sticks, soap stone, emu eggs, possum skins, kangaroo skins made into a rug which would be good for the footy, which Virginia tried on. Michael made a phone call on his Bull Roarer, we assumed he rang Betty Bradney, as she knows how to make these out of school rulers.

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