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Help - Capeweed Wanted!...would you have some you would like to share?
Upcoming - Parkes Motley Crew at PAC Park this weekend!
Upcoming - National Bird Week & Water Week Activities - in the Parkes and Forbes Shires
Upcoming - Talking About Stones - at the Forbes Wiradjuri Cultural Centre
Upcoming - National Landcare Conference offer to drought declared farmers

Upcoming - National Parks Spring Walks - get out and enjoy our beautiful surrounds before the weather warms up
Update - Next Gen Farmers - Insight and the Soil C Quest guys
Update - Making Livestock Decisions with Alastair Rayner

Update - Sustaining Landcare Week, Eco Day and participation from Local Member, Philip Donato MP
Update - Landcare and Reading Down Town in Forbes
Update - Bedgerabong Rural Women's Wellbeing Workshop 
Update - Reading Day in Parkes with Landcare
Update - Rotary/Landcare Planting with Parkes Shire schools
Assistance - Georgie's Pantry Farmer's Friday 
Assistance - State and Federal Drought Relief
Assistance - Relationships Australia - offer for rural counselling services
Info - Salvaging crops for Fodder, Grain or Grazing

Info - Managing and Preparing for Drought 2018
Info - RAS Rural Achiever Award applications - closing tomorrow

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We are looking forward to hosting two POWER HOURS at PAC Park this weekend.
The first will be held between 7am and 8am for the Early Birds, and.....
the second will be between 9am and 10am at the East Street end of PAC Park.
Please bring solid shoes, gloves, water, wear a hat and sunscreen. Please feel free to bring coffee or anything else that is going to prop up your early start!
I know...I never thought I would be saying that!
I have been contacted by a student studying the ecology of invasive capeweed as part of her honours project at Monash University. 

Do you have some Capeweed that she could collect from??? Never thought I'd ask that question! If you do, please email me at or ring 6862 4914 to offer up your weed. You won't have to do anything, just let her collect away....

She is after 2-3 patches in each of Parkes and Dubbo (~25 x 25 km, at least 500 m apart) in a 10 x 10 km area. Paddocks and croplands would be much preferred over nature strips in urban settings, or I could find plenty.
Collection of samples will involve:
- sampling leaf and root tissue, including removal of some plants
- sampling seeds
- roughly 30 plants in each location
- taking place when plants are seeding


21 - 28 OCTOBER 2018

As part of National Bird Week we are undertaking the Aussie Backyard Bird Count again.
You can register for the Bird Count here. Download the App and contribute towards the count!

Sunday, 21 October, 8am: Breakfast with the birds.....
and the official unveiling of new seating at the East Street end of PAC Park. Find out more about the birds living in the constructed wetland off East Street and join us for breakfast.
Monday, 22 October, 9.30am: Parkes Shire Kindy Enviro Morning......
in partnership with Parkes Shire Council. By invitation directly with schools. 
Tuesday, 23 October, 9.30am: Parkes Shire Kindy Enviro Morning......
in Partnership with Parkes Shire Council. By invitation directly with schools. 
Wednesday, 24 October, NPA walk at Goobang Creek.....
Meeting at Lions Park at 0900. This is a Medium rated, 6km walk. Contact walk leader, Martin Bell on 0429 346 586 the evening before the walk. 
Thursday, 25 October, 3.30pm - 4.30pm: Forbes Kids walk and activities.....
from the Wiradjuri Cultural Centre, looking at water and woodland birds. Please bring wear a hat, sunscreen and bring water. 
Friday, 26 October, 3.30pm - 4.30pm: Parkes Kids walk and activities.....
from Bushman’s Dam, looking at water and woodland birds.Please bring wear a hat, sunscreen and bring water. 

For more information on these activities, or to RSVP, please contact Marg on 02 6862 4914 or email
The Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre at Forbes will be hosting an information session with representatives from the Australian National University, the National Museum of Australia, the Australian Research Council and the Museum of the Riverina, on Sunday, 14 October between 11am - 3pm to speak about Aboriginal stone artefacts. Many artefacts are regularly found on farming land in regional Australia, but there is a lot of uncertainty about what to do with them. 
Further information below...
Go to the event listing on the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre Facebook Page
In recognition of the harsh conditions being faced by many farmers and rural communities in drought declared areas, we would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in this invaluable knowledge sharing event with experts, your peers, and community members. If you’re a Landcarer in a drought declared area, and would like to attend this year’s National Landcare Conference, we’re offering you half price community registration. Choose from a one day at $125 or full two day registration at $225. To find out more about the diverse program and great line up of speakers, check out the Conference Program.  
While you’re registering yourself for the conference, why not come celebrate the achievements of your peers and purchase a half-price ticket to the Awards gala dinner to be held on 11 October. Tickets are only $42.50 and includes a three-course meal, beverages, and entertainment.
To take advantage of this special offer, please email providing your full name, address and contact phone number.    
Already registered?
If you are a Landcarer from a drought declared area and you’ve already registered for the conference and purchased a ticket to the gala Awards dinner, we invite you to bring along a friend for free. To register you’re friend for free, please email providing your name, the name of your friend, their full address and contact number.
Visit the 2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards website for more information.    
Additional Terms & Conditions
This offer is restricted to Landcarers living in drought declared areas.
The offer applies to new registrations only.
Limited numbers available.
Attendance to Field Trips must be purchased separately.
Terms and Conditions apply.
Lachlan Valley National Parks Association
Spring Walks

Check out the SBS Insight program that screened last week. We are so proud of our Committee member, and Forbes farmer, Jack Farthing, Tendo and the Soil C Quest boys, Guy Webb and Mick Wettenhall. Find out more from the Soil C Quest website, or follow them on facebook here
In August a series of 'Making Livestock Decisions' workshops were held across the Central West with Alastair Rayner, Principal or Rayner Ag. 
Find out more about the Forbes Workshop here.
Alastair provides a blog from his website that has a wealth of information on feeding in the drought and much more.
Check out Alastair's Blog here
The Sustaining Landcare Week was supported by the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Landcare (PFL). 
The PFL Chair Kevin Anderson, Member for Tamworth, organised a debate (a Notice of Motion) in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament yesterday which enabled MPs to speak about Landcare in their electorate and the events they attended during Sustaining Landcare Week. 
We heard from 11 MPs from across the state commending the hard work and dedication of Landcarers and the significant value Landcare provides. Specific recognition was given to volunteers, Landcare committees and the extraordinary work of the Local Landcare Coordinators. 

Our local State Member of Parliament, Philip Donato joined us for Eco Day for Stage 3 Reps from Parkes and Forbes schools at the Central West Livestock Exchange as part of Sustaining Landcare Week. We were also thrilled to have Cr Bill Jayet from Parkes Shire Council and Cr Jeff Nicholson from Forbes Shire Council join us on the day. 
Click here to read more in our weekly Looking At Landcare blog.
Click this link to read the Hansard
We were thrilled to have the assistance of the Back Yamma guys cooking our snags and making sure we were well taken care of a lunch time. Thanks legends!
Click this link to check out our pics on Facebook
Education plays a large part of our role as Coordinators and it was my pleasure to be part of Reading Down Town on 24 August with more than 700 children learning about worm farms and recycling and heaps of other fantastic activities.
Find out more in our weekly Looking At Landcare blog here
Click this link to check out our pics on Facebook
It was a pleasure last Wednesday to be at Bedgerabong as part of the Rural Womens Wellbeing Workshop with presenters, Rachel Kerin, founder of Kerin Physio Co and mindfulness coach and founder of Blissfully Present, Narelle Hunter, who focus on health, wellbeing and mindfulness. This workshop was funded by Central West Local Land Services and held in conjunction with Landcare in the Central West.
Find out more in our weekly Looking At Landcare Blog here.
Click this link to check out our pics on Facebook

Different costume, but same message with the Parkes Reading Day, based at 141 On Main, it was a pleasure to have groups from schools in the Parkes Shire visiting and learning about recycling and worm farms, with our new worm farm and my two new worm friends.
Find out more in our weekly Looking At Landcare blog here.
Click this link to check out our pics on Facebook
It was a pleasure to work with Rotary, Middleton Public School, Bogan Gate Public School and Parkes Christian School to plant out 200 trees and shrubs as part of work to beautify the Spicer Park off-leash area. 
Click this link to check out our pics on Facebook
Georgie's Pantry are providing grocery staples, fruit and veggies at The Pantry on Friday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm at 43 Currajong Street, Parkes. Go to their facebook page here.
Please don't forget to keep a check on the DroughtHub page on the DPI website for updates.
Click the link for further NSW Government relief information

go to the Australian Government Drought and Rural Assistance page below..
Relationships Australia have free telephone counselling to drought effected individuals in the Central West. Relationships Australia are based in Bathurst. For more information or to make a booking, call 02 6333 888. Appointments are completely confidential. For more information, click here.

Salvaging crops for fodder, grain or grazing - costs and income calculator

This tool was developed to help producers make decisions about salvaging crops affected by drought and/or frost conditions. The calculator helps growers to compare various management options such as grazing, baling crops for hay or silage and taking crops through to harvest.

Growers input data from their own situation to assess the costs and returns of each option. By knowing the costs and potential value of each product, growers are then able to make an informed decision on the best option for failing crops. Click here for more information.

Managing and Preparing for Drought
The eighth edition of the DPI document, Managing and Preparing for Drought is available from DPI and CWLLS offices or click the cover above.
closing Wednesday, 3 October 2018
The RAS Rural Achievers program in 2019 enters its 30th year, identifying young, motivated leaders who are injecting their enthusiasm and skills into their regional and rural communities. Past Rural Achievers now include agronomists, veterinarians, school teachers, farmers nurses and doctors.
The RAS of NSW Rural Achiever Award is a statewide leadership program recognising young people aged between 20 and 29 who are demonstrating a significant contribution to rural NSW.
Each year eight RAS Rural Achievers are selected via an intensive interview process from the dozens who apply across NSW.
The eight chosen receive:
  • A share in $17,000 prizemoney.
  • Complimentary 1 year RAS Membership.
  • An 8 day all expenses paid, behind the scenes experience at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
  • An official Rural Achiever uniform & RAS embroidered Akubra.
  • Invitations to official RAS events, including a Government House Reception, providing unique and extensive variety of networking opportunities with agricultural industry leaders and delegates.
  • An Opportunity for one chosen finalist to represent NSW at the National Rural Ambassador Competition.
Entries for the 2019 RAS Rural Achievers program close on 3 October 2018.
For more information or to apply, visit
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