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Yass Landcare: Bushfire Readiness Forum

Murrumbateman Landcare Meeting: Wine, Cheese and Seed
Thurs 9th June, 7pm
 Murrumbateman Community Church Shed


All welcome! Come along and enjoy a glass of mulled wine while we give an update on our very own nursery. Find out about the latest developments and how we are progressing with our Climate Ready approach. Quiz and free plants to give away!
There is heating, but wear something warm. The entrance is off Barton Hwy, next to the pub. RSVPs to Bob by 7 June for catering

Small Farms Network: Blackberries in waterways

Webinar: Thurs 16 June 
Online, FREE

Join Lori Gould from the Australian River Restoration Centre and Christine Aughey, a small farmer from Yass, to discuss managing blackberries in waterways. This webinar will look at options for managing woody weeds in a degraded gully, Lori will talk about how to plan a small creek/gully restoration project, landholder obligations, neighbours, control options, erosion management after weed removal, revegetation and fencing. This webinar is free but bookings are essential. 
More information and bookings
Workshop: Sat 18 June
Yass, $11 per person 
Tour a degraded gully in Yass with Lori Gould and landholder Christine Aughey. After morning tea we will walk to the gully discussed in the webinar. Meet other landholders and discuss woody weed management.
Participants are encouraged to learn about the theoretical aspects of blackberry management by watching the webinar in the comfort of your own home before attending.

More information and bookings

Sutton Landcare: Native Vegetation Presentation

Tues 21st June, 7:30pm 
Sutton Primary School and via Zoom


Sutton Landcare is pleased to welcome Christian Wythes, the Senior Landcare Services Officer of Land Management (Native Vegetation) at Yass Local Land Services.
Christian will give an overview of the allowances and approval requirements for the management of native vegetation on rural zoned land. This is an opportunity for Local Land Services to discuss Native Vegetation Management options and:
  • For people to ask all their questions and concerns they have about the management of Native Vegetation in your local area
  • Provide information on the allowances and approval requirements under the Local Land Services Act 2013
  • Discuss the management and control of any problem species (Sifton Bush) 
  • Know what is possible under the Local Land Services Act 2013
Everyone is welcome to join attend - supper provided. The presentation will also be streamed via Zoom. A link will be emailed closer to the date.
Any queries, or if you would like to join Sutton Landcare, please

Hilltops & Upper Lachlan Drought Resilience planning workshop 
Thurs 22nd June 22nd, 10am-2.30pm. 
City Hall, Young
Lunch & refreshments provided 

Hilltops and Upper Lachlan LGAs are one of three pilot areas across NSW undertaking the preparation of a Regional Drought Resilience Plan. As a locally-led process, we invite you to join us for a session to explore drought-specific resilience opportunities. This project is a partner project to the SE NSW Resilience Blueprint. 
This is an opportunity to provide your personal experience and perspectives about living with drought in the region and ideas for a more drought resilient future. 
If you would like to express your interest in participating in this project please contact Bronwen Wicks, the project coordinator, via m: 0458 286 632  or email.   

Bowning-Bookham Landcare Farm Tour:
 A Journey to Regenerative, Sustainable and Profitable Farming

Fri 24 June, 9am – 4pm
2090 Old Hume Highway, Mundarlo

Bowning Bookham Landcare invites farmers and graziers to hear and see first hand Nick Austin's journey from a conventional mixed farming operation to regenerative farming on his farm, 'Mundarlo', near Gundagai.

Nick will be showing us how he and his family were able to take a look at their multi generational conservative farming business with fresh eyes to make it not only environmentally sustainable,

but profitable, giving his family the current lifestyle they enjoy.

You will hear and see how Nick has transitioned from a conventional mixed farming operation to a regenerative farm managed using holistic principles.
$55 per person. Some concession tickets available.
Please contact

Book your ticket here.

2022 South East Landcare Muster

What’s possible when we come together to celebrate our achievements & support each other into the future?

The 2022 South East Landcare Muster is on Thursday 30th June at the National Theatre in Braidwood. The Muster is held annually (usually in late May, but not this year!) and is the highlight of the Landcare calendar in our region. It provides the opportunity to bring together Landcare volunteers/coordinators, and representatives of other organisations we work with, along with the South East Local Land Services board and staff. The day is spent celebrating achievements, collaborations, sharing project outcomes and learnings and co-creating future initiatives.
Note: A separate Regional Community of Practice day will be held for Landcare groups representatives (coordinators & committee members) on the day before, Wed 29th June 2022, at Tombarra near Mongarlowe, about 10 minutes out of Braidwood. 

If you are interested in coming along, please get in touch for further details.   

'Champions of Change' short film festival
Fri 8th July, 4pm, Crookwell Hall
Sat 9th July, 4pm, Gundaroo Hall
Sun 10th July, 4pm, Dalton Hall

Local people. Local stories of environmental heroes in our community.Join Southern Tablelands Arts and Landcare as we premier locally produced documentaries about real people working to create a more sustainable future in our community.

The documentaries premiered in the Champions of Change film festival have been created by a local emerging film makers especially for the Champions of Change film festival. They attended creative film making workshops with Brain Rapsey from Rhapsody Films.


  • Street Trees for Bees by Vivian Straw
  • Pygmy Perch by Rhian Williams and Kim Morrison
  • Climate Change by Elizabeth Goodfellow
  • Whole Paddock Regeneration by Sue MacKenzie
  • Waste not, want not by Heidi McGeoch
Each Champions of Change film festival screening will feature a Q&A from one of our film makers. Local Landcare groups will be on hand with info about how to get involved and make positive change in your local environment.

Find out more here.

Yass Landcare Nursery regular working bees
1428 Yass Valley Way (behind the Yass Men’s Shed)
9:30am-12pm, second Sat and fourth Tues of the each month, behind the Yass Men’s Shed, at 1428 Yass Valley Way. 

Upcoming Dates: Sat 11th June, Tues 28th June; Sat 9th July, Tues 26th July. Help Yass Landcare to grow the future trees and shrubs for our region, there is always plenty to do, and friendly people to get to know.
Come along or email Kath for more information.

Gallagher Landcare Electric Fencing Grants – now open 

Applications for the 2022 Gallagher Landcare Electric Fencing Grants are now open. A total pool of $132,000 (ex-GST) of support is available for up to 16 groups or individuals to receive a grant. At least four grants will be provided specifically for farm dam restoration projects. Eligible applicants are invited to apply for an individual electric fencing project grant valued at up to $8,000 (ex-GST) for fencing materials and cash to support projects – with costs to be determined in consultation with their local Gallagher Territory Manager.

Grant submissions close on 4 July 2022.
Read more: 

ANU survey about environment and windfarms

Dear landholder/manager,
You’re invited to share your experiences and views on the environment and wind farms by completing an online survey. We are interested in how awareness and stewardship of the environment may be different across NSW, specifically in reference to the location of wind farms. We want to hear from you, even if there are no wind farms on or near your property.
By completing the survey, you can go in the draw to win one of six $75 VISA vouchers. This survey should only take 20 minutes of your time.
Click this link to start the survey:
To enter the draw, you’ll need to provide your contact details after you have completed the survey. This way, your responses will remain completely anonymous. The prizes will be drawn July 1st, 2022. The winners will be notified via email.
Your responses are important and will help bring light to the many intricacies of renewables development in rural and regional areas of NSW.
Heather Studley
Honours Student, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2022/220).

News and resources
Junior Landcare Learning Centre
Landcare Australia has made it easy and FUN for you to get the children in your life involved in environmental sustainability activities at school, at home or in your community. The learning activities help to build knowledge and deeper connections to: 
As educators and Landcare facilitators, feeling confident to respectfully and comprehensively address First Nations perspectives in our teaching is vitally important. Grow your knowledge by watching this recorded conversation with Junior Landcare Ambassador Costa Georgiadis, First Nations Educator, Wiradjuri man Adam Shipp and Landcare educator and facilitator Sam Harrison.
BCT: Challenging Captures - How to best monitor fauna on your property with remote cameras

Interested in using motion sensor cameras for monitoring wildlife? Join Dr. Mason Crane from the BCT as he draws on his extensive wildlife research experience to explain the subtleties of camera deployment, and how to optimise results across a range of different species and landscapes. 

Dr. Crane shares his tips and tricks for using remote wildlife cameras effectively. Cameras have been used in wildlife research for decades and are a fantastic resource for landholders to capture images of animals on their property. 

Other upcoming events:
  • Managing your property for conservation, Upper Murrumbidgee and Upper Snowy Landcare. Sat 4th June, 9:30am-2pm, Berridale, Join us for this free, half-day interactive workshop with expert ecologists to learn more about biodiversity on your property and opportunities available through the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. Find out more and register here.
  • 'Prograze', South East Local Land Services. Yass - starting Wed 8 June; Braidwood - starting Fri 10 June; Goulburn - starting Wed 15 June; Moss Vale - starting Mon 27 June. Prograze is one of South East Local Land Services flagship training courses that has been running since the 1990s. The main aim of Prograze is to help you build skills and knowledge around pasture and livestock assessment. The course is presented over 8 x ½ day workshops, generally held 4 weeks apart. Sessions are held on-farm and include a mix of theory, practical exercises and discussion in the paddock. All sessions will be held on the same day of the week, starting at 11am and finishing at 4pm. For example, all Goulburn sessions will be held on Wednesdays. Dates for future sessions will be set at the first meeting. Because the 4 courses are being run concurrently, if a future date doesn’t suit you can catch up with another group. COST The entire course (8 sessions) costs $400 (+GST) per farm business and includes a hard copy of the Prograze manual. Two or more members from a farm business may participate for this fee. REGISTER by filling out the online enrolment form. More details will be sent before the first session. For more information contact Ross Kuchel on 0428 314 588 and by email and read the flyer here.
  • African Love Grass Field Day, NSW DPI, 15 June 9.30am-12.30pm, 778 Numeralla Rd Cooma and then drive to another location nearby. Join the Department of Primary Industries Principal Weed Research Scientist Dr Hanwen Wu to discuss best practice management of African Love Grass. Learn about the latest research on crop and pasture competition, integrated management options using slashing and post emergent herbicide and set seed control through spray topping. For further information contact Hanwen Wu on 0428 274 199 or by email.
  • Carbon Neutral Properties, Upper Lachlan Landcare, Wed 22nd June, 5.30pm, Crookwell CWA Rooms. All are welcome to Upper Lachlan Landcare’s June 2022 meeting; Starting at 5.30pm we will hear an update of all that has been happening in Landcare locally, since our last meeting in early April.
    We are then, very excited to be hosting CSIRO Scientists Dr Senani Karunaratne and Mark Glover who will be exploring the factors influencing Carbon emissions and containment on local properties. Do you run a grazing enterprise? Are you managing your property for increased biodiversity?
    Whatever your priority, being aware of the practices and activities that influence your carbon footprint balance sheet is the first step to decreasing your carbon emissions and increasing your carbon sequestration. Please RSVP for this free event to; P: 0447 242 474 or E:
  • Aboriginal Cultural Burning Workshop - Birkenburn Farm Bungendore, Sat 25th - Sun 26th June: 2-day practical workshop On Country with Aboriginal Cultural Fire practitioners, led by Den Barber of Yarrabin Cultural Connections. An introduction to Caring for Country through Aboriginal cultural burning practices. Engage in cultural awareness and connection to Country. Observe and learn how it relates to bushfire hazard reduction, weed management and increased biodiversity. Click Here for more details.

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