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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.

Water for Wildlife - management guides complete

In the Wah Wah region, north of Hay, major changes to how stock and domestic water is delivered are underway. To generate water savings, channels and ground tanks are being replaced with pipelines and troughs. Since 2011, Murrumbidgee Landcare has been working closely with local landholders to address their concerns about the loss of habitat associated with the replacement of the old system. The focus has been on the ground tanks but the region also contains significant natural wetlands. Thanks to a $9000 grant from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, five management guides have been developed for some of the most important Wah Wah wetlands.  

Hay Plains Landcare Revival

Through the efforts of Local Landcare Coordinator Annabel Lugsdin and a group of enthusiastic community members, Landcare is undergoing a revival on the Hay Plains.

Hay Plains Landcare held their Annual General Meeting on the 3rd of June at the Hay Services Club. Seventeen people attended the meeting with many more sending in their apologies due to the recent rains making driveways difficult to navigate.

Hay Plains Landcare AGM 2016

National Tree Day 2016

31 Jul 2016 (All day)

Sunday 31 July is National Tree Day!

National Tree Day is held every year in July. It is a great opportunity to do something good for the environment and give back to your local community in a meaningful way. Participants from across Australia unite with thousands of generous, green-minded individuals, to reconnect with nature, enjoy and protect Australia’s unique natural environment, and just have fun.
Schools Tree Day will be held on Friday 29th July, 2016, and is an excellent opportunity for your school to have a positive green impact on your local environment.
You can find out more about National Tree Day from the official Planet Ark National Tree Day website.
Communities across our region are hosting Tree Day events, so keep an eye on the list below as we add events to it. 
  • Humula Public School and local volunteers will be planting 180 trees on Friday 29 July at 11:30am. A BBQ will be provided for volunteers and there will be a viewing of MLi's new Paddock Trees video. Contact Local Landcare Coordinator Maddy Gorham for more details:   mgorham@mli.org.au 0429 458  717 
  • Temora Shire Council and Local Landcare Coordinator Megan Harris will have free trees, and kids' activities sheets available from a stall in Hoskins Street Temora on Friday 29 July 9:30am - 4:30pm. Find out more.
  • Hay Shire Council in conjunction with Riverina Local Land Sevices will have trees available for urban and rural residences, from a pop-up shop out the front of the Hay Shire Council building (134 Lachlan Street), Friday 29 July, from 11am to 3pm. Find out more.
  • Riverina Highlands Landcare Network, in conjunction with Snowy Valleys Council, Riverina Local Land Services, and Mountain Landcare: From July 25th to 30th local residents can visit the Landcare Nursery in Tumut (located on Gocup Rd) and collect a free native tree, shrub or understorey plant. For residents in the Tumbarumba area, Mountain Landcare will be providing free native trees, shrubs and understorey plants at a street stall in the main street of Tumbarumba on Friday the 29th of JulyFind out more.
  • Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare Group will be holding a tree-planting event at 211 East Bomen Road on Sunday 31 July, 10am - 12pm ; Free sausage sizzle and seedling for each participant. Find out more.
  • The Irrigation Area Landcare Collective and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be hosting a National Tree Day/World Ranger Day combined event, with an activity called ‘Hollows as Homes’ at Cocoparra National Park on Sunday 31 July, 11am-2pm. Find out more. Directions to Woolshed Flat. About Hollows as Homes.
If you'd like to organise or join a local Tree Day event in your area, or add your event to the above list, please contact your Local Landcare Coordinator.

Nominations Open for 2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award


'The Advocate' June 2016 newsletter online

The latest edition of Landcare New South Wales' newsletter 'The Advocate' is available.  This edition contains news about the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative, biodiversity workshops, Sustaining Landcare update and the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare event held recently at Parliament House.  
You can also read about support for the National Landcare Network and the call for candidates in the upcoming election to commit to supporting policies to enhance and ensure the sustainability of Landcare.
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Exotic pest alert - Russian Wheat Aphid

FarmlinkLandholders and agronomists carrying out crop inspections across Southern New South Wales are being urged to keep an eye on emerging cereal crops and report any signs of damage or strange pest activity, after the exotic pest - Russian Wheat Aphid - was detected in South Australia's mid-north.

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Winter 2016 edition of 'The Innovator' online

The Winter 2016 edition of 'The Innovator', the newsletter from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is now online.
IN THIS ISSUE: Centre outreach activities, research highlights, conferences and member profiles. 
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Registrations open for 2016 National Landcare Conference

Be part of Australia’s key knowledge sharing event for the Landcare movement. Further your knowledge and engage with your fellow Landcarers at the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards.
All Landcarers are invited to Melbourne for three days of knowledge sharing, insightful discussion, as well as informative presentations by pioneers, leaders of NRM bodies, scientists, academics, government, and environmental, climate and biodiversity experts.
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Community consultation – priority weed list – Biosecurity

In 2017 the Biosecurity Act 2015 will repeal the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and the current declaration list will be null and void. A critical part of the implementation of the Biosecurity Act is the development of Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (RSWMP). The recently appointed Riverina Regional Weed Committee (RWC) will be developing the RSWMP that will clearly explain the weed management responsibilities and obligations of land managers.
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by Dr. Radut