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Weekly articles reflecting Landcare activities and relevant events is published in the Forbes Advocate and Parkes Champion Post weekly on a Friday. Articles can also be found on our website here.
NSW DroughtHub
NSW DroughtHub provides a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought. Please go to the DroughtHub for further information on assistance during and beyond the drought. 

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW has announced $100,000 will be released from its Disaster Relief fund to help farm families in NSW struggling with worsening drought conditions.

This is in addition to last month’s donation of $1,000,000 by businessman and philanthropist Dick Smith to help drought-affected farm families across the nation, with the CWA of Australia working with state CWAs to distribute the funds.  

For application information and criteria related to the drought relief grants go to

People can also donate to the CWA of NSW Disaster Relief Fund, with donations tax deductible and able to be made via the CWA website at

Since the fund was established in 2006/07, more than $1.37 million has been given to victims of fire, flood, drought and other natural disasters across the state.

Due to the dry conditions we have carefully chosen sites this year that are under Council maintenance or part of larger projects that were already in place, to maximise opportunities for plant survival, instead of commencing new projects.
Whilst it is great to be able to plant a tree on National Tree Day, it is also a chance for our community to come together and enjoy each others company, meet new people or catch up!
For some, we hope that it will be a chance to come in off the farm and enjoy being part of our fantastic communities. Take a short break and enjoy lunch on us! 
We will be hosting a BBQ following the plantings at Forbes and Parkes. If you would like to join us at these events, or just for a social BBQ at 12pm, we would welcome your involvement.
Please wear sturdy shoes and a beanie/hat and water. 
Please RSVP via the National Tree Day website here:
Forbes - Saturday, 28 July

Parkes - Sunday, 29 July

On 12 May we had a successful weed clear and planting day at the Waterwise Garden at PAC Park. The garden had fallen into disrepair over many years and has been scaled down to keep a clear line of site and has used easy care plantings to avoid weed issues and the need to water and mow a grass space. There are more wonderful things planned for the area! 
We will hold a follow up Motley Crew quick catch ups in August. 
This project was possible with funding from NorthParkes Mine and the support of Parkes Shire Council. 

Did you know that we have a weekly radio update on 2PK? Catch up with what's happening between 12pm and 1pm on Thursdays on 1404. Either Margot Jolly or Marg Applebee provide an update on what is happening in our communities relating to Landcare. 


A study released estimates the net benefits delivered by a supported NSW Landcare community to be $500 million a year, based on the data available.

The report by Aurecon Infrastructure Advisory, commissioned by Landcare NSW with support from NSW Local Land Services, studied Landcare in selected regions, identifying and confirming substantial economic value. The study reviewed the literature, summarised data and applied economic valuation techniques to estimate the significant contribution Landcare makes in NSW. Find out more here.


Sunday, 24 June: Warraderry State Forest
...find out more
Wednesday, 11 July: “Orana” aka Andy’s block...find out more
Saturday, 28 July: Harvey Fire Trail, Goobang National Park...find out more
 Thursday, 9 August: Cookamidgera Nature Reserve...find out more
Sunday 26 August: Moorillah Creek and property boundary...find our more
Walkers are reminded to bring along enough food and water for the entire day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A pair of good binoculars and a fold up chair is recommended. Please contact the listed walk leader the night before the walk if you intend to come. A $2.00 donation for each walker is appreciated.
Rural Agricultural Society Scholarships
Do you know someone who is passionate about rural communities and has a commitment for a career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW? Scholarships of $6,000 for full-time study or $3,000 for part-time study are available.

Find out about Royal Agricultural Society Scholarships here.

JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism
The JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism is a prestigious national award that encourages and supports a young university student who is passionate about pursuing a career as a rural or regional journalist upon graduation. The Award was established through a private donation from Mr John B Fairfax AO.

Find out more about the Award here.
NLN Survey - Landcare Support 
In March 2017  Landcare NSW circulated a survey on behalf of National Landcare Network. The survey sought to gain a nationwide overview on a number of factors concerning support to Landcare.
The NLN wishes to repeat this survey to gain an understanding how your responses over the last 15 months may have changed.
Please follow the link to complete the survey. It should take about 10 minutes to complete

Have your say on proposed changes to Wildlife Licensing

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) commenced on 25 August 2017.
The Office of Environment and Heritage are seeking your feedback on proposed changes to wildlife licensing to support the objectives of the new Act.
The following documents are now on public exhibition until 24 July 2018:
  • a discussion paper on the proposed changes
  • a draft revised Animal Keepers Species List
  • proposed codes of practice for keeping native birds, frogs and reptiles
You can view and comment on these documents on the Office of Environment and Heritage website:
Comments may be submitted by using the online form, by email to, or by post to Wildlife Licensing Consultation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, PO Box 1967, Hurstville, NSW 1481.
Your comments will be considered in finalising changes to wildlife licensing, with approved changes to be progressively implemented from late 2018.

in the Central West
by completing this 10 – 15 minute survey
Click here
Survey closes 20 July 2018
This survey part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries' 
Managing Established Pest Animals and Weeds Project.
 If you have any questions please contact Wendy Gibney 
This activity is supported by the Established Pest Animals and Weeds initiative, part of the Australian Government’s
 Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.  

Landcare Australia and The National Landcare Network are proud to host the 2018 National Landcare Conference on 10-12 October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Click here for more information.
This program is supported by Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Other helpful links:
Quarterly newsletter from Landcare NSW
Visit Parkes Region Events Calendar
Forbes Shire Council Events Calendar

Mixed Farming Technology Forum & Field Day
Agribusiness Today 2018

The Agribusiness Today Forum and Field Day is back, this year focusing on Mixed Farming Technology with expert speakers and live demonstrations.

Mixed Farming Technology Forum – Thursday 2nd August, Parkes Ex-Services Club
Farming Field Day – Friday 3rd August, Northparkes Mine Farm Demonstration Site

The Agribusiness Today Forum is about giving farmers and producers from the Central West a chance to step off the farm for two days to consider how new technologies could make your operation more efficient, productive and even create additional income streams in the next decade.

Info and Bookings via

Tickets close 5pm Friday 27th July 2018

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