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Are you like me and can't believe that it is February already??
In this issue:
Meeting Dates for Central West Lachlan Landcare in 2017 (Parkes and Forbes)
Local events for February and March
Waste 2 Art Competition
Links to helpful websites and apps
What is the Future of the Green Army?
New Skillset Green Army Team
Thanks to....
Does your desk look like mine?
Well, at least it looked this way a couple of weeks ago - after the cleanup!


15 February - Forbes

15 March - Parkes

19 April - Forbes

17 May - Parkes

21 June - Forbes

19 July - Parkes

16 August  - Forbes

20 September - Parkes

18 October  - Forbes
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

Below are dates for events in our area - click here for details
Tues, 14th (8am-11am)
Wed, 15th (6pm-7.30pm)
Fri, 17th (1.30pm-4pm)
Tues, 21st (8.30-11.30am)
Sat, 25th
Tues, 28th
Tues, 28th

Fri, 3rd
Sun, 5th
Thursy, 9th
Wed, 15th
Fri, 17th
Sat, 18th
Wed, 22nd
Wed, 22nd
Fri, 31st

Pasture Pre-season Workshop (Eugowra)
Central West Lachlan Landcare Meeting (Forbes)
NSW Farmers Wkshop - Protecting Your Business (Pks)
Pasture Pre-season Workshop (Forbes)
Forbes Farmers Market (Victoria Park, Forbes)
Partnership Forum - Linking With Landcare
Business Clean Up Australia Day

Schools Clean Up Australia Day
Clean Up Australia Day
Grants and Funding Forum with Parkes Shire Council
Central West Lachlan Landcare Meeting (Parkes)
National Ride2School Day
Forbes Rodeo
World Water Day
Earth Hour
Youth Week
Do you know someone who is committed to recycling and has a crafty flare? The Waste 2 Art Community Art Competition is open and entries will be accepted up until 1pm on Monday, 10 April 2017. Opening Night at Parkes will be on Tuesday, 11 April. Click here for entry forms and further details.
Contact Parkes Library on 6861 2309 for more information.
Do you want to be the person that has all the apps and links relevant to our area? Be the one that everyone knows will have the answer??
Here are some helpful links to information to keep you on top of everything this year. I have to list these ones first because they are very relevant at the moment...
Rural Fire Service (RFS) Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans - Parkes and Forbes Shire Council are in Region 15, with Bland; Dubbo; Lachlan; Narromine; Temora; Weddin; Wellington, withe other helpful resources on their website as well.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) Fires Near Me - Most of us would probably have this up pretty regularly at this time of the year. Just click the Alert Level tab and you can see more details regarding the fire. This site is updated regularly and they feed through the update on Twitter and Facebook @NSWRFS. All of their social media links and apps are available on their website here.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) - the BOM website has current weather warnings and if you want to know what the El Nino-Southern Osillation (ENSO) is doing or just see a quick forecast it is all there. Of course, everyone likes their own weather website or app, but the BOM is the bomb...
Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) - We are a registered not-for-profit, with a focus on providing training and resources to our community. Click here for all of the dates in our calendar, with links, where possible, to relevant events happening in the Parkes and Forbes Shires and a few extras, including Central West Show dates.The Looking At Landcare article is uploaded weekly to our website under the blog, shared over facebook and twitter (@cwlllandcare) weekly and of course, in the Forbes Advocate and Parkes Champion Post. 
Central West Local Land Services (CWLLS) - The NSW Government department overseeing biosecurity, livestock health, natural resource management, stock movement and identification, travelling stock reserves, agriculture, pest animal and insect control agricultural production and emergency management in relation to agriculture and natural disasters. Also on Facebook and Twitter @CentralWestLLS
The Environment Protection Authority have a handy guide to keep track of chemical use, that outlines information that is worth recording when applying pesticides. This includes an overview of the Beaufort wind scale.
NSW Government WeedWise website - have you wondered about the name of a particular weed? This link will take you to the App overview and has a link to the website.
Parkes Shire Council (PSC) - covering the towns and villages of Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle, Tullamore and Bogan Gate.
Forbes Shire Council (FSC) - covering the towns and villages of Forbes, Bedgerabong and Eugowra.
National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) - when you click this link it will take you through to the 'Country NSW' section of the map. Check out what is available nearby.


You might have heard that Round 5 of the Green Army Programme will no longer be running. Yes, it's true....but we still have two more teams running this year up until November. Please feel free to click the links below to find out more about the media's interpretation of the decision and why the decision was made. 

We will not be commenting on how or why this decision was made or what we think about it, but we will be commenting on what fantastic work we have already achieved with our first Green Army Team and how much we are looking forward to working with our current team and the team that follows on. We will comment on the positive benefits that the Programme has brought to not only the farming, environmental and local council partners, but also the positive benefits that our young workers have gained from being part of this Programme.

We have been thrilled with the outcomes from the Green Army Programme and pleased to work with Skillset Environment to employ 14 people so far and our communities and the environment are reaping the benefits of these young people being willing to get out and have a go. I can't wait to see what we can achieve this year!

Farm Online National (6/12/16)
ABC News(5/12/16)
Our second Skillset Green Army team have commenced and have undertaken Induction Training, First Aid and CENTROC WHS training. The team have been busy working in the Parkes and Forbes Shires.
The Team are keen to learn new skills and make a difference. Have you thought about any small projects on your property or small jobs in town for a not for profit group? Please contact Marg on 6862 4914 or email
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