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Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019

We are looking forward to another full year of activities and opportunities. Below are some upcoming workshops and events in our local area....including:

Honour for Margot Jolly
CWLL Meeting Dates
Weekly Looking At Landcare updates
BCT Information Session - Trundle
Making Profit from Sheep and Beef - various locations
Growing Livestock Success - various locations
Cert II in Conservation and Land Management
Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Workshop - Parkes
Chisholm Cottage - Accommodation near Westmead 
Drought Hub
Creative Kids Voucher
Marg's Blogs have moved
Funding and Grants

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Hidden Treasure Honour
Margot Jolly was added to the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll and presented with her certificate at Orange on 18 January by Member for Orange, Mr Philip Donato MP. Margot was nominated by Marg Applebee, one of many who recognise the work that Margot undertakes voluntarily for both the Parkes and Forbes communities. As well as being our Chairperson for many years and volunteering for Landcare locally, Margot has also contributed to Landcare through Landcare NSW Council. 

Margot was recognised along with Lyn Frecklington from Peak Hill, and seven other women from the Orange Electorate.
Central West Lachlan Landcare Meeting Dates
Our meetings are held alternatively between Parkes and Forbes. With Parkes meetings being held at our office at Kelly Reserve and Forbes meetings being held at the Forbes Services Club.  Details below.
Looking At Landcare
Our weekly Looking At Landcare articles can be found in the Forbes Advocate or Parkes Champion Post each Friday, or via our website here.
BCT Information Session at Trundle
The Biodiversity Conservation Trust are holding an Information Session at Trundle on Monday, 4 February. For further details, or to book, click the flier below. The Central West Map can be found here
Making Profit from Sheep and Beef
Workshops are being held in our local area (Bathurst, Uralla, Coonabarabran, Dubbo and Forbes). See details below.
All proceeds are donated to the CWA of NSW for Drought Relief Aid. Bookings can be made here.
Growing Livestock Success
The Central West Local Land Services are running workshops on Confinement feeding/feedlotting and Sheep Condition Scoring in February. For more information, click the flier below.
Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
Expressions of Interest in this course are being accepted now. For more information, click here.

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Full Day Workshop - Parkes NSW

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Informed by the latest research in suicide prevention, Wesley LifeForce training equips participants with a variety of skills such as managing suicidal crisis, understanding risk and protective factors, as well as how to recognise potential warning signs. We offer both full-day workshops and half-day seminars. Our programs are aimed at training individuals from all walks of life, as well as organisational groups.
For more information and to book your spot, click here.

Are you travelling to Sydney for medical treatment? Looking for accommodation in walking distance of Westmead Adult and Private Hospitals, or Westmead Children’s Hospital?
Chisholm Cottage is the perfect home away from home for guests travelling from rural NSW. Located at 49 Alexandra Avenue Westmead, the cottage features four bedrooms; including Double and Twin Rooms at $60.00 a night and Family Rooms accommodating up to four people at $80.00 a night.
Thanks to the generosity of the NSW State Government, Temple & Webster, Bunnings Warehouse Northmead and TAL Insurance, the space has been transformed into a warm and relaxing oasis with a paint job, new furniture and a bevy of beautiful plants.
IPTAAS bulk billing and third party billing available
Chisholm Cottage seeks to serve its clients most in need with IPTAAS bulk billing and third party billing. Please discuss your specific needs with the Accommodation Manager when making reservations.
For reservations phone: (02) 9633 4228 or email:
Find out more information here.
Drought Hub
Please don't forget that the Department of Primary Industries has their 'go to' website page to find assistance for those impacted by the drought. Please click the picture below to link to the website. If you are requiring assistance of any kind, please access this website and contacts.


The NSW Government is helping kids get creative through the new Creative Kids program. From 1 January 2019, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each school-enrolled child.

The voucher can be used towards the cost of participation in or tuition fees for activities such as music lessons, drama and theatre, language classes, visual arts, coding and design.
You can also help to spread the word – share the details of the Creative Kids program with anyone working in the creative industries, and ask your child’s teacher (whether it’s music, art or creative digital arts etc) to sign up to the program so you can claim the $100 voucher.
Phone 13 77 88 or visit the Service NSW website to discover more about Creative Kids, register to become a provider or to apply for a voucher.


Marg - Campaign photo

Our Coordinator, Marg Applebee was part of a Campaign for Landcare NSW leading up to Christmas. She took this opportunity to share a little bit about her life and how she came to have a passion for the environment and agriculture….and Landcare. The Campaign is now closed, but please feel free to read through the blogs. Most are fairly light-hearted. We hope that you connect with some of the stories. Enjoy! The blog page is here.

Find out more about Landcare NSW here.



Back to the 70s

Let’s go back to where it all started. I was the queen of the wheelbarrow!
Dad’s right hand girl in the garden.


Bringing in the side-kick

My trainee, accomplice, the one I wore the silly hats with. The one that has my back.



A real living doll!

I embraced my brunette-ness.



Mother Murrumbidgee & Pa Claud’s Stories

Mother Murrumbidgee and my grandfather’s stories.




Baling Twine Reins

Jingle bells on the carry-all. The Massey Ferguson was our main form of transport.




Skirts and Gumboots

Skirts and gumboots were my nan’s standard on-farm dress code. If you missed the cows…you helped nan get breaky and make mash.



Canine Companions

We all remember those companions that had a special place in our heart.
This was sparked by a sad story....about a big man with a small dog that he had to say goodbye to.



Fabulous Events of 2018…that weren’t mine!

We are fortunate to partner with many organisations and attend some fantastic events during 2018….



Ernie and Bert…..and Frieda?

If your neighbour is Ernie…surely he lives with Bert?


What’s with all the Egg Cartons?

Moving time! How could we possibly have so many egg cartons? Stepping out of my comfort zone.


Strategic Skills Learnt on Roller Skates & at the Card Table   

We all need to learn Strategic skills.
Pitching a tent, roller skating and wild card games were where I learnt mine.



Grateful for Roller Skates & Crash Helmets

It was hard for others to accept how fabulous I was on my roller skates….we are the fortunate ones.

Grants and Funding
Highways and Byways is a new Public Benevolent Institution established by the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) to carry on the work of the John Wallis.
This year the focus is women addressing disadvantage through the sharing of skills across generations and cultures.  We welcome applications from community organisations, community groups and not-for-profits. Organisations applying must operate in at least one of the council areas listed here in the Grant Guidelines. Projects need to demonstrate that they are addressing economic distress and geographical disadvantage, through locally led action. Application Form and more information here 
Applications close 5pm, Thursday, 14 February 2019.

AgriFutures Australia wants to prepare school students for the future by sponsoring the startup business Entrepreneurial Learning in Action education program. This program teaches secondary students in Year 9 and Year 10 to solve problems facing agriculture in Australia.
AgriFutures Australia will provide seven Australian Secondary Schools with funding of $7,040* ex GST each, which covers:
  • partial funding* of the startup business Entrepreneurial Learning in Action Program, including all course materials, agriculture-specific case studies, connections with local business, and ongoing support from the startup business Education and Program Director;
  • a 2-day professional development course for two teachers per school selected to deliver the program;
  • a school visit by the startup business Founder and CEO, as well as the Education and Program Director, to officially launch the program at a school assembly in front of students, staff and guests.
The course will culminate in a pitch competition, where students will have the opportunity to pitch their innovative business idea to a panel of judges. Winning students are invited to compete in a national pitch competition as part of the Brilliant Business Kids Festival in Sydney, November 2019.
PLEASE NOTE: To nominate a school in regional or rural Australia with a current agriculture program, please provide the school name and address and we will let them know of your nomination and encourage them to apply for this opportunity.
To see more about the application process and eligibility visit click here.  
Applications close 5.00pm AEDT Friday, 8 February 2019.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is giving rural and regional NSW community organisations the chance to receive kitchen cabinetry and appliances worth more than $20,000, including appliances and white goods such as a gas cooktop, oven, sink, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer!
The RAS Foundation invites rural and regional community organisations to apply and tell us how a new kitchen would benefit many in their local community.
Who is eligible to apply?
Community Centres, Welfare organisations, Churches, Service Club e.g. CWA/Rotary, Sporting clubs, Show societies
Judging and selection
Applications will be judged on merit by a panel of selectors, including representatives from the RASF Board. The application judged to be the most considered, meritorious and achievable will be awarded the kitchen. The selected projects must be implemented through the local community agency or group nominated in the application. The successful applicant is announced in approximately April each year.
Further information
If you have any queries about eligibility or any aspect of RASF Community Kitchen grant program, please contact Cecilia Logan, Manager RAS Foundation on 02 9704 1226 or email
Applications close Sunday 17 February 2019.

Central West Local Land Services Resilient communities small grants are supporting the communities in which we live will empower resilience and strength, particularly during difficult times.  Understanding that sometimes a small grant can have a significant impact, we are offering grants to community-focused groups with a passion for what is important to them and their wider community. Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available. 

Funding is made available through the Catchment Action NSW program. For more details, click here.
Applications close Thursday, 14 February 2019.

Don't forget that both Parkes and Forbes Shire Council's have Grants Officers, contact:
Andrew Rawsthorne in Forbes on 6850 2327 or send an email to 
or Sally Chapman in Parkes on 68612398 or send an email to 

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