An update from the Regional Landcare Facilitator in the South East Local Land Services region of NSW.
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Dear Lauren,

South East Landcare Links

Issue 19, October 2015 - Additional issue to cover some upcoming events in the region.

Welcome to Landcare Links from the South East Regional Landcare Facilitator.  This email update brings together a range of natural resource management (NRM), sustainable agriculture and community information relevant to the region.

I hope to continue to provide relevant and up to date information through South East Landcare Links.  If you have anything that you would like to be included in the newsletter or on the facebook page, please send me an email on

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In this issue:
Have your say on the draft South East Strategic Plan by visiting South East Open

Update on Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative

Extract from Landcare NSW e-newletter 'The Bulletin'

At the 2015 Landcare LLS State Conference held in Sep 2015, the Minister Niall Blair announced the details of the Baird Government’s $15million election commitment to work with Landcare NSW to support the volunteers that make up the Landcare movement.
A Joint Management Committee, co - chaired by The Chair of Local Land Services, and the Chair of Landcare NSW oversees the design and implementation of the program. Progress on the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative to date has focussed on:  
  • Establishing the network of the 60 part time Local Landcare Coordinators, through an open process which encouraged collaborative bids from the regions. This process closed on 14 Oct 2015, and the applications will be assessed by a committee, which includes regional representation, with announcements of successful hosts anticipated in late November.
  • Recruitment of key positions for the program:  - . The Landcare Support Program Manager position, to be employed by Local Land Services, attracted a strong field of 75 applicants and the process is nearing completion, whilst the recruitment for the State Landcare Coordinator, to be employed by Landcare NSW, will commence by late October.
  • Working with the Landcare community during the transition from the previous Landcare Support Program, to the new Initiative. This involved Landcare NSW appointing an Acting State Landcare coordinator and Member Services officer for the period to 31 Dec 2015 to assist in the establishment of the Coordinator network, and to provide general support to groups and networks.
  • Scoping the requirements of the Future Fund component of the Initiative. Landcare NSW has recently been resourced to undertake phase 1 of the project which, during the period from October 2015- June 2016, will undertake planning, research, consultation, and modelling to propose suitable models for the Future Fund.
Landcare NSW welcomes the productive relationship that has arisen between Landcare NSW and Local Land Services in the design and implementation of the program. The relationship between Local Land Services and Landcare NSW is underpinned by the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties at the September conference, which strengthens the partnership between the organisations for the benefit of communities and landscapes throughout NSW.

We look forward to working with the Landcare community and the Local Land Services regions over the coming years in implementing all elements of the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative.

Landcare Employment Toolkit available

Some Landcare Group and Networks employ staff or contractors to assist and support them to undertake their projects and activities.  These employees may be in a diversity of roles including Landcare Co-ordinators, Project Officers, Bush Regenerators, book keepers and many others.

The Landcare Employment Toolkit is designed to assist potential and current employers of Landcare staff with being aware of the legal requirements and responsibilities of being an employer, as well as tools and links to make the recruitment and employee management process easier for community groups.

Employment Toolkit

African Lovegrass Workshop

When: 14th November 2015
What time: 9.30 morning tea -10.00 am start – 2.30 finish
Where: Murrumbateman Fire shed

African lovegrass is moving into the Yass district - a tussocky noxious weed that can aggressively invade vast areas of productive farm, residential properties and public land. It is a ‘Weed of National Significance’ which decreases grazing productivity due to its high growth rates and competitiveness. Learn how to distinguish African lovegrass from native lovegrass. Hear about effective control methods, especially on the Monaro where African lovegrass has been an increasing problem over many years. Biosecurity issues such as the spread of African lovegrass seeds on roadsides will also be covered.

Facilitator: Jacqui Stol, CSIRO Land and Water, Secretary, Yass Area Network Landcare Groups. Chair, Murrumbateman Landcare Group. 

  • Dr. Robert C. Godfree, Senior Research Scientist, 
  • National Research Collections Australia, CSIRO 
  • Alison Elvin, Natural Capital Pty Ltd
  • Sue Howieson, ACT Grazier
  • Cooma Shire Weed Control Officer TBC
  • Damian Minehan , Southern Slopes Noxious Plants authority
FREE Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided; 
RSVP by Tuesday 10th November (for catering numbers): 
Phone: Rebecca Widdows (02 6118 7706) or Email: Please advise Rebecca of any dietary requirements.

NEXT WEEK: Native seedling "pinch out & pot up" days

Ever wanted to grow your own local trees?  Pinching out seedlings & potting them up is the way to do it.  
Two local Landcare stalwarts have germinated hundreds of local Eucalyptus and are keen to share them.
Held at Tablelands Nursery, Countegany, the seedlings you pot up can be taken home for about 30c/tube.
When: Wed 28 Oct & Sun 8 Nov
Hosted by Upper Snowy Landcare & Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare
RSVP to Lauren Van Dyke at Bredbo Landcare on 0411 402978 or see the website for details.

THIS WEEKEND: Soil Assessment Workshops

These two day workshops will provide you with practical tools and soil kits to measure and understand key soil attributes and to assess soil health in your paddocks.
Learn how to make informed farm management decisions to achieve positive outcomes for soil health as well as profitability.
Bredbo - Sat 24 Oct & Sat 14 Nov
Bungendore - Sun 25 Oct & Sun 15 Nov
Sponsored by South East LLS as part of the National Soil Skills Competition.
RSVP to Alice McGrath 6229 7713 or see the website for details.

THIS WEEKEND: Small Farm Walk 'n' Talk - Find out what to consider when buying or managing a small farm.

  • Understanding & managing land capability
  • Property planning
  • Pasture & weed identification
  • Fire management
Saturday 21st November, Rossi.  BBQ lunch included
Hosted by South East Local Land Services and the Small Farms Network.
RSVP to Alice McGrath on 6229 7713 or see the website for details

Small grants for Tablelands land managers

South East Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW is offering grants of up to $10,000 for local land managers to deliver natural resource and sustainable agriculture initiatives. 

The program will support Tablelands land managers to:
1.    protect and enhance remnant native vegetation, threatened species and habitats
2.    implement sustainable land management practices that support managing land within capability (this could include activities that improve ground cover and soil condition)
3.    implement activities that protect and enhance wetlands and local waterways
4.    deliver activities that support local Aboriginal cultural heritage natural resource or land management projects.

Tablelands land owners within the Yass Valley, Boorowa, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn/Mulwaree, Palerang, Snowy River, Cooma/Monaro, Bombala and Queanbeyan local government areas are eligible to apply.

Project activities that may be funded can include, but are not restricted to:
  • fencing and revegetation to improve native vegetation condition including protecting, buffering and infilling of remnant areas
  • fencing and/or revegetation to improve connectivity and native vegetation including paddock trees, clusters and corridors (20 m minimum)
  • riparian fencing and revegetation (10 m minimum from edge of bank)
  • establishing stock confinement areas
  • fencing for ground cover management, land capability and provision of water supply.
For more information and to apply visit  To download the expression of interest form, please click here. Alternatively you can visit your nearest South East Local Land Services office to obtain a form or contact
1300 795 299.

The closing date for EOIs is 5 pm Friday, 30 October 2015.  Late EOIs will not be accepted.  Posted EOIs must be date stamped by Australia Post on or before 30 October 2015 to be eligible.

Your Say: TSR Draft State Planning Framework 2016-19

NSW Travelling Stock Reserves Draft State Planning Framework 2016-19 (481 kb PDF)
TSR State Planning Framework Fact Sheet (141 kb PDF)
Frequently asked questions about the TSR State Planning Framework

Submit your comment

Public comments on the NSW TSR State Planning Framework are welcome until Tuesday 3 November 2015. Comments should be lodged by email  to

Mulloon Creek - Rehydration Field Day and Expert Panel

9 years on - Mulloon Creek Natural Farm’s demonstration of Peter Andrews’ Natural Sequence Farming is an inspiring example of regenerative landcare and floodplain rehydration.

Date: Sunday 8 November 2015
Time: 9:30 - 4pm

Location: Mulloon Creek Natural Farms - Bungendore, NSW

Bookings Essential: / 0427 075 397

Cost: $25 per adult / Children 6 - 12 yrs: $12.50 / Under 6 Free
Join Peter Andrews, Tony Coote, Gary Nairn, Martin Royds, the MI team and reputable scientists for a fully catered all-day event including guided tour and interactive panel discussion. 

Discuss the big issues (regulations, scientific uncertainty, climate change and food security?)

How can the Mulloon experience be transferred into other catchments? Introducing The Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration Project (MCLRP), which includes landowners covering 13,000ha in the Mulloon catchment and over 40km of creek.  MCLRP represents a major scaling up of the original Natural Sequence Farming Demonstration.
Join the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare and Kosciuszko to Coast networks in Mongarlowe near Braidwood for a day of eating and discussion of farmtastic local food!

When: Saturday the 31st of October
Where: Tombarra Institute of Environmental Learning on the Mongarlowe River.
Cost: $20 only to assist with catering

Local sustainable producers will be there to share the great ideas and the pitfalls and failures of farming sustainably. Join discussions and be inspired by Rob Gourlay from PHION on Nutrient Dense Food, special guest Jess Abrahams from ACF on the real values of biodiversity conservation, Rainer Rehwinkel from Kosciuszko to Coast on Ecology and Corridors on farms as well as Colin McLean from Southern Harvests Association, Peter Hazell from Mulloon Natural Farms and Felicity Sturgiss and Victoria Royds sharing the outcomes of Landcare's Biodiversity Program.

After a fully catered local Lunch join us on a tour of two farms - Bronwyn Richards of 'Wynlen house' on super productive microfarming, and Martin Royds of 'Jillamatong' on large scale regenerative farming. Both have years of applied experience to share. Places Limited RSVP ASAP!  

This event is subsidised by Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council with funding from the Australian Government.

THIS WEEKEND: Building Fertile Productive Soils forum and field day

This year we focus on soil fertility, winter feed and general pasture production and quality.

Where: Candelo Town Hall
When: Saturday 24th October 2015 9am - 4.45pm

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

Registration essential for catering.

Cost $20 to assist with soil and leaf analysis costs payable on the day.

RSVP to Heidi on 02 6493 2131 or

Sponsored by: Southern Farm Supplies.  Gosh Seaweed Concentrate.

Speakers include

Peter Norwood;  Agronomist and animal health specialist.  Peter is an internationally recognized consultant, is our major keynote speaker and is returning this year to present on the results of our pasture cropping trial based on his Albrecht soil management system advice including the soil report and why the fertilisers used were chosen. Peter will also be presenting on animal and human health.

Sherryn Heffernan;  Southern Farm Supplies agronomist will be presenting on the results of our pasture cropping trial based on her advice. This will include the soil report and why the fertilisers used were chosen.

Bruce Davison; Farmer will be presenting on the results of 5 pasture cropping  trials and a cost benefit analysis and feed quality analysis.

Grazing Management Field Day

Date: Thursday 5th November, 8.30am to 12.30pm
Location: David and Mary Marsh's property, "Allendale", 713 Lachlan Valley Way, Boorowa

Mid-Lachlan Landcare in partnership with South East LLS invites you to join us for a field day with renowned grazing management educator Terry McCosker (RCS) and holistic grazing practitioner, David Marsh.

The day will provide a focus on:
  • Manage time of grazing to optimize plant growth rates
  • Match stocking rate to carrying capacity
  • Plan, monitor and manage grazing

For more information, please read the flyer here:

South East Circular

South East Local Land Services' South East Circular is a monthly newsletter bringing together information and advice relating to the four pillars of LLS service delivery: Biosecurity, Natural Resource Management, Agricultural Advisory and Emergency Management.  The newsletter is a mix of news and technical articles.

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Green Army Programme

For information on becoming involved or to apply, contact Green Army or one of the five Service Providers whose details are on the Green Army website.
Phone:  1800 780 730

20 Million Trees Programme

There have been two rounds of funding to date, for information about this Programme contact
Phone:  1800 552 008
To subscribe to the 20 Million Trees email updates, send an email to with ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.

South East Local Strategic Plan consultation.

The South East Local Strategic Plan outlines the way that Local Land Services works with its customers and stakeholders in local communities to improve primary production in healthy landscapes now and into the future. This is a five-year plan and is an essential building block for South East Local Land Services.  It sets the future agenda at both a state and local level.
This plan is now open for consultation. We are keen to hear from customers, stakeholders and community about the activities we propose to undertake at the property, community, landscape and industry scales.
Have your say on the future direction of South East Local Land Services. To find out more, download a copy of the plan and to submit feedback, visit LLS Open:
Copies of the strategic plan are also available at your nearest South East Local Land Services office. You may also provide feedback in writing to us.
Consultation commences on Monday, 12 October and will conclude six weeks later at midnight on Sunday, 22 November 2015.

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