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TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
A large portion of our newsletter recipients are landholders. Before we launch into the other 'stuff' below......did you know that we will have the chance to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century tomorrow (Saturday) morning? I had to have an early start for National Tree Day in Forbes anyway....maybe not that early! Find out what time will be the best viewing here.

A moment to remember our landholders....
We have lots of concerns in our rural communities at the moment and I really feel for our landholders and everyone that relies on them. I don't just mean financially...we rely on these people on our committees, our schools, everywhere!
Take some time out in the peace of the morning and focus on this amazing sight, but I challenge you to also spend some of this time to think of our landholders. Mentally express your gratitude or pray (however you want to express yourself). I will be thinking of you all as I look to the sky and be thankful that you keep going and that you are hanging in there.
If you aren't hanging in there and you need help, please make contact with someone here
In this newsletter, find out more about:
Landcare meeting with Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Michael McCormack
The Economic Value of Landcare - Youtube link
Weekly Landcare Updates
National Tree Day Activities - Forbes and Parkes
National Parks Association Walks
Harvest Field Day & PBS Vehicle Demonstration
Making Livestock Decisions
Drought Hub
NFF 2030 Leaders Program
MEETING TO DISCUSS LANDCARE WITH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
It was a pleasure to meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina, The Hon Michael McCormack MP in Parkes, with Landcare NSW CEO Dr Adrian Zammit and Landcare NSW Chairperson, Mr Rob Dulhunty.

Minister McCormack expressed his support for Landcare and we look forward to pursuing further opportunities with Landcare NSW to build on our relationship with the Federal Government. 

The Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative (LLCI) has been an investment from the State Government that has provided benefits to communities all over NSW that has seen significant value added to the program.
Find out more about our meeting here.
Find our more about the Economic Value of Landcare in NSW and the LLCI here on the Landcare NSW website.
Aurecon Report on the Economic Value of Landcare in NSW
In our previous Newsletter (here) I gave a link to the Aurecon Report that was launched at State Parliament on 21 June 2018.

Please follow the link to watch the launch of the Aurecon Report. This was to showcase the report that has identified the dollar value of a supported Landcare Network in NSW. It is compelling evidence of the impact that Landcare has and provides an idea of how data collected by a Landcare Network can be used to evaluate in economic terms, the return on investment at a local/regional scale. Click this link to view on Youtube.
(the presentation of findings commences at time marker 10:26 for 16mins)
WEEKLY LANDCARE UPDATES
Thursday on 2PK
Catch up with what's happening between 12pm and 1pm on Thursdays on 1404 with Margot or Marg and John. 

Friday's in the Parkes & Forbes Newspapers

Marg's weekly article is published in the Forbes Champion Post and Forbes Advocate on Friday! They are also published on our website. For previous articles, please click here.
NATIONAL TREE DAY ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL BBQ - this weekend!
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
NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION WALKS
Click the calendar below for more information on upcoming walks.....
HARVEST FIELD DAY AND
PBS VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION

Farmers, contract harvesters, transport companies, agricultural machinery retailers, local businesses, Councillors and Council staff are invited to attend the 2018 'Be Road Ready For Harvest' Field Day/Performance Based Standards (PBS) Vehicle Demonstration on Wednesday 8 August at the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange. More details on flier below...

Registration is free but essential. You can register for either or both sessions here at Eventbrite
For further information please contact Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, on (02) 6861 2364.
MAKING LIVESTOCK DECISIONS WORKSHOPS
Throughout August, the Central West Local Land Services will be partnering with Alistair Rayner and Landcare to hold a series of workshops on 'what information to consider when making livestock decisions'. These workshops are designed to be highly practical and to better equip farmers to understand their costs of feeding v the likely market return. 
Yeoval, Wednesday 1st August 12– 4pm
Dubbo, Thursday 2nd August 12– 4pm
Coonabarabran, Friday 3rd August 12– 4pm
Albert, Tuesday 14th August 12– 4pm
Nyngan, Wednesday 15th August  9am - 1pm
Coonamble, Friday 17th August 12– 4pm
Forbes, Tuesday 21st August 12- 4pm    
Condobolin, Wednesday 22nd August 9am – 12pm 
Lake Cargelligo, Wednesday 22nd August 2 – 5pm
Click the flier below for more information and to register.....
DROUGHT HUB
The Drought Hub is a Provided by the Department of Primary Industries to provides an online destination for information on services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought. Click the Hub picture below for more information.
DROUGHT DROP IN SESSIONS
Looking for production and livestock advice around the current conditions? 
The Central West Local Land Services Agricultural Advisory and Animal Health teams are hosting weekly drought drop in sessions to discuss your circumstances.
Tuesdays - 9am - 11am 
Coonamble, 12 Buckley Drive
Nyngan, 58 Cobar St
Dubbo, 96 Victoria Street
Wednesdays - 9am - 11am
Forbes, 46 Sherriff Street
Condobolin, 32 Bathurst Street
Additional session
Monday 16 July - 8am - 10am
Lake Cargelligo, Elders, Lot 2 Narrandera St
Contact 1300 795 299 for more information.
The National Farmers' Federation 2030 Leaders Program
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) invites people interested in a playing a lead role in agriculture's vibrant and prosperous future to apply for the NFF 2030 Leaders Program.
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate an active involvement in agriculture (which needn't be limited to farming) and be over 18 years of age. Applications are now open. Apply here.
Applications close 31 July 2018.The NFF 2030 Leaders Program is has been made possible by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
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