Central West Lachlan Landcare News

Keep up to date with what is happening in Landcare in the Parkes and Forbes Shires. Click the bold print for more information.

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for the remainder of 2017:
21 June - Forbes

19 July - Parkes

16 August  - Forbes

20 September - Parkes

18 October  - Forbes
and by November, hopefully we are enjoying a fabulous harvest and no-one will have time for a meeting!

Meetings will be held at the Central West Lachlan Landcare building in Parkes and in at the Forbes Services Club on the dates above.
If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact the CWLL Office to RSVP on 02 6862 4914 or email

Our plants have arrived and we are keen to get planting at Gum Swamp. Please remember to bring a hat, preferably gum boots, your thermos and a chair to join us for morning tea after the planting. If you can't plant, we always need encouragers as well. Please RSVP to Marg on 02 6862 4914 or email
We are pleased to be partnering with Central West Local Land Services  to provide a Soil Pits and Kits Day on 23 June at Cookamidgera between 9am and 3pm.
This is a FREE workshop and we will even provide a delicious morning tea & lunch!
Can't get better than that - so don't forget to RSVP to Marg on 02 6862 4914,
0418 611 053 or email
Ian Packer will be presenting the workshop, so don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Details below in the flier.
Looking forward to seeing you at Cooka!

Other workshops are being held at Bedgerabong, Peak Hill, Wambangalang and Marthaguy. See details here.

Gerald Carnie Memorial Award

Keeping the Landcare flame alive

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Gerald Carnie Memorial Award. Nominations will close Friday 1 September 2017.

In June 2011, Gerald Carnie, a committed Landcarer from the Parkes area, died suddenly at the age of 46, leaving his wife Lorraine and sons, Ryan and Jarrod grieving and the Landcare community shocked.

The Gerald Carnie Memorial Award for Keeping the Landcare Flame Alive was established by Landcare NSW to recognise this very special individual’s contributions to the Landcare movement.

It will be awarded at the bi-annual NSW State Landcare Conference to an individual in recognition of their contribution to the development of “the philosophy of Landcare”. The recipient will champion the development of Landcare as a means to support and engender change in attitudes, which translates to a more cohesive and resilient community that acts to achieve a healthier environment and/or more productive and sustainable farms. Applicants will be judged on the impact they have had at the local AND regional or state scale to ensure that Landcare can prosper.
To register, go to the Landcare NSW website here.

The latest copy of the Landcare NSW newsletter is out now!
Find out more about:
Parliamentary Friends of Landcare
The Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative
The Landcare and LLS Conference
Landcare Muster and much more....
Run by the Central West Local Land Services, the workshop included speakers from Forbes Shire Council, Forbes Community Garden, NSW Police, NSW Rural Fire Service, SafeWork NSW and Central West Lachlan Landcare.
On 31 May the National Parkes Association Lachlan Valley Branch and Central West Lachlan Landcare hosted Michael and Sarah Guppy with over 20 people attending.
Michael gave an informative and thought provoking presentation on bird nest predation, with unexpected outcomes. It seems that the feral cats and foxes aren't always to blame. Have you ever drawn a connection between the Southern Oscillation Index and nesting? The couple have undertaken extensive surveying including nest inspections and sensor camera imaging. For more information, click this link to our article.
Skillset Green Army - Team 2 Graduation
Our second Green Army group completed their employment on Tuesday of this week where we celebrated with a graduation ceremony. We were pleased to have Clr Ken Keith from Parkes Shire Council and Clr Graeme Miller from Forbes Shire Council in attendance and families, Council staff, Ashley Bland and Graham Stirling from Skillset. The team have completed some fantastic projects over the past 20 weeks, working on the heat and cold. We wish them well in their future endeavours.
Our next and final Team will commence next week.
If you are a CWLL member and are interested in having tree planting work undertaken on your property, contact Marg on 02 6862 4914 or at 
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