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Landcare Update

January, 2013

VENUE:  Cooma Ex-Services Club, COOMA
DATE:  Tuesday 5 February, 2013
TIME:  8 am – 11 am
This workshop is one of 21 being held around NSW.  Hosted by John Keniry and facilitated by Mick Keogh, these workshops are the next phase of consultation on Local Land Services.
Background papers on the key pillars for discussion will be placed on the Have Your Say site: during January for participants to read prior to attending the workshops.
Southern Rivers CMA recommends that local landholders/managers attend, in order to have the maximum opportunity to shape the Local Land Services. 
Limited transport is available.   Contact Kristy Moyle on 4842 2594 to enquire.
VENUE:  Goulburn Mulwaree Council Chambers Civic Centre, 184 - 194 Bourke Street GOULBURN
DATE:  Friday 22 February 2013
TIME:   9.00 am to 3.30 pm
COST:  FREE.  (Refreshments provided)
Do you want to take a fresh look at your property?
Do you wonder why weeds are growing on your property?
Do you want to aim for a weed resilient property?
Do you need help to learn how to develop a weed management plan?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions then this workshop is for you!
Morning Session:
* What key questions to ask when assessing your property;
* Broad mapping, monitoring and land capability assessment     techniques;
* The importance of setting plan objectives; and
* How to put all this down into a workable integrated weed management plan.
The afternoon will be spent applying what you have learned by developing your own integrated weed management plan for your property.
 RSVP by Wednesday 13 February or for more information contact Cathy Crawford on 4823 4410.
DATES:  17, 18 & 19 FEBRUARY 2013
COST:  $180.00 per person per course (One day courses)
Join Joel Salatin for a series of one-day master classes, exploring the secrets of Polyface Farms.
Learn how to create a vibrant, diverse, profitable and successful small farm.  These master classes are packed with practical information and the nuts and bolts of how establish 'beyond organic' on-farm enterprises that are both regenerative and profitable.

Are you interested?  There may be some funding assistance available.  Contact me on to find out more.

DATES:  15 – 17 MARCH 2013
COST:  Early bird (until 31 January): $250 (AUD)
              Full price (from 1 February):  $300 (AUD)
Be part of a world-changing conversation!   Join with 25 leading thinkers and activists from 6 continents to explore strategies for effective action.
The Economics of Happiness Conference will focus on the multiple benefits of localisation; an economic strategy that can take us away from jobless growth towards sustainable livelihoods; from giant, unaccountable corporations towards human-scale business - from competition to collaboration towards an economics of human and ecological well-being, or “an economics of happiness”.
VENUE:  Berridale (Exact location to be advised)
DATE:  19 & 20 February 2013         CLAIM THE DATE
The ever popular and inspiring Champions of the Catchment awards are back for 2013!  Upper Snowy Landcare are hosting this one, in partnership with South East Landcare and the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.
The event runs over two days and includes dinner and an awards ceremony on Tuesday, 19 February and a series of field tours on Wednesday 20 February.  The venue will be somewhere in Berridale (to be confirmed) but it is worthwhile claiming the date now if you want to attend!
For more information, visit the Upper Snowy website:

DATES:  Friday 29 March, 2013    BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
Caring for our Catchment Through Cultural Exchange
The Three Tribes Meeting Place cultural exchange will provide attendees with a unique Indigenous cultural experience. The meeting place, situated north of Braidwood, has not been in use for some years.
The three tribes of the Dhurga speaking people used to meet annually to trade, practice culture, exchange ideas and share information.  Ulladulla Local Aboriginal Land Council will host the cultural exchange day.
Local landholders, neighbours and anyone who is interested in learning more about Aboriginal culture or share their knowledge about Country are invited to attend. 
Landcare Update

October, 2012


VENUE:  Mulloon Creek Natural Farms

DATE:  6 October, 2012

COST: $130.00 Per person


Seminar & Field Day

VENUE:  Young Services Club

DATE:  10, 11 & 12 October, 2012

COST:  Full package - $418   One-day attendance $132 (Inc. GSt)

CONTACT: YLAD Living Soils on 1300 811 681


VENUE:  Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre

DATE:  TUESDAY, 23 – 25 October

COST:  $295 FULL REGISTRATION Other options available

CONTACT: Jan Grady on 0429 821 425 


VENUE:  Goulburn Soldiers’ Club, 15 Market St Goulburn

DATE:  Saturday 10 November, 2012    TIME:  9.30 am – 2.00 pm

COST:  FREE!  Morning tea and drinks provided

CONTACT: Vanessa Keyzer on 4725 3041


VENUE:  Garanvale, Braidwood

DATE:  Friday 16 November   *CLAIM THE DATE!!!*

TIME:  6.30 – 9.30pm

COST:  $5 PER PERSON / $15 Per family of four  (Includes full dinner and dessert)

CONTACT: Kristy Moyle on 48422 594


VENUE:  Ryrie Park, Braidwood

DATE:  Friday 30 November   *CLAIM THE DATE!!!*

This is going to be a big day where the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council (USLC) and Kosciusko to Coast (K2C) showcase regenerative farming ideas and innovations, species survey techniques and insights (birds, bats, reptiles and more) as well as industry, government and community stalls, specialist guest speakers, demonstrations and displays. Keep your eyes open for more information in the coming weeks and save the date!

CONTACT: Felicity Sturgiss on 48422 594




DATE:  Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December   *CLAIM THE DATE!!!*

MARK GARDNER, Farm Management Consultant from Vanguard Business Services and  the Southern Rivers CMA invite you to join them to discuss and deliberate succession planning in farming families.

The workshop will help participants to:                                                     * determine personal and farming families goals                                     * identify and understand the key factors of business           * viability, sustainability, valuations and restructuring needs  * plan and understand the need for proactive estate planning,

The field day will present information on:                                                   * MEGA trends in agriculture and their impact on the farm (current and future)                                                                                               * Why past thinking on farm profitability may not cope with the complexity of the current agricultural environment         * Taking a RISK management approach to the business         * How to become a low cost producer                              * Practical ways to substitute higher costs for lower cost

CONTACT: Rebecca Hall or Andy Taylor on 48422594

 Call-out for participants
Streamwatch training is on again on the 18th and 19th of November. This is an excellent (and rare) opportunity to train up in your water quality monitoring skills and be part of a very long running and esteemed program. Please let me (Felicity) know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. 
Go to:
to see what goes on.   Streamwatch_St_Aloysius_College___10_jpg_1479545326
Landcare Update

June July, 2012

Congratulations to the
Friends of the Mongarlowe River group
for all your hard work on ‘The Bank Job’.
The Mongarlowe River is in good hands.
looking upstream, feb, dry

  Sustaining Our Towns


The Sustaining Our Towns project is offering FREE sustainable home and/or garden reviews A Sustaining Our Towns review will help you to save money, energy and water in your home and garden. 

Booking a review is simple.  Register your interest and provide up to 12 months bill data.  One of our advisors will then contact you to organise a suitable time to visit your home.  Within 10 days of this visit you receive a Sustainable report with both simple and longer term sustainable measures.   These measures will make your home both more comfortable and more sustainable. 
Contact them on 1300 994 289
Current Funding, Grant Opportunities and Awards
  • 2011 – 2012 Community Action Grants,
Applications close 1 August.
  • Regional Achievement and Community Awards. 
Entries close 5 August
  • FarmReady Reimbursement Grants - re-opened on the 1st of July. Go to the FarmReady website

MONDAY, 4 JUNE ‘Soil Health and Your Wellbeing’ workshop 

5- 7 JUNE Statewide Regional Landcare Support Forum 

9-10 JUNE  Food Forest Workshop @ Mulloon Institute 

18 July Braidwood Soil Microscope Group information evening: 6 - 8.30pm - National Theatre

Postponed:  BEHAVE workshop

CALL KRISTY at Southern Rivers CMA on 48422594 for more information

Coming up in July and beyond...  

  • Free course: Permaculture Basics Queanbeyan
  • ‘Fundamentals of Soil’ with Dr Christine Jones 
  • Joel Salatin Workshop in Jamberoo - 2 August 
  • Alternative Fuel and Energy Conference – Cowra
   5 & 6 August
  • 2011 Landcare and Catchment Management Forum
   5-7 September
  • Soil Food Web Course: Compost Tea
   19, 20 & 21 September Bookings open NOW.
  • Sustaining our Towns, Cert IV in Carbon Management
   11-13 October 2011 & 8-10 November 2011
  • 7th National Native Grasslands Conference
   Holbrook, 9 & 10 November.
    Contact Kristy or Felicity at the Braidwood Office
 on 0248422594 for more details or to book a place.

New Landcare Logos are here..


 Holistic Management DVD Showing

Sunday 15th May at 6pm
At The National Theatre, Wallace St Braidwood
No Cost
  • “Healing the Earth - The First Millimeter”
    A  Documentary
The Public Broadcasting Service of the USA captures the passion of a growing movement of people across the globe who are drought proofing their land and reversing degradation and desertification.
Filmed in Australia, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Canada and the USA.
You will see them work with mother nature and animals, in novel and enlightening ways.
You will hear them share their excitement, offer up some challenges to the viewer, but give us hope.
Presented by:
George Gundry
Certified Educator in Holistic Management.
Through the Savory Institute of Holistic Management
Landcare Update

April, 2012

Healthy Soils Healthy Farms – Maartin Stapper in Moruya

Friday, 6 May  9.30am  to 3.30pm

Maarten has 30 years experience as a farming systems agronomist, including at the CSIRO
Maarten’s focus is to help farmers improve profitability by harnessing the power of natural soil processes through biological farming to produce healthy crops and pastures, reduce fertiliser use and increase plants resistance to pests and diseases.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL or for further information contact Rod Logan 6491 8224

This project is funded through the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative


Landcare Update

February, 2011

2010 Audit of the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment
This report is very worthwhile if you are interested in the rating of sub-catchments in the Sydney Catchment. There are summary reports on water quality, biodiversity and habitats, wetlands and stress assessments and some nice little maps.  Subcatchment reports exist for Bungonia Creek, Boro Creek, Endrick, Reedy Creek, Mongarlowe River, Braidwood, Jerrabutgulla Creek and the Upper Shoalhaven.

A Bushfire Preparedness Workshop for Women

Women are often the ones who take responsibility for looking after home, family and property during a bushfire.  With this in mind, Mongarlowe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade has organised a workshop especially for local women.  Come along and learn how you can prepare yourself, your home and your property for the eventuality of fire.
When:  Sunday 6 March 2011, 9.45 am to 3.30 pm
Where:  Mongarlowe Fire Shed, Northangera Road, Mongarlowe.
Come join us for a cuppa at 9.45am, followed by the official start of the workshop promptly at 10am.  Please bring a salad or cake to share for lunch.  The Brigade will supply barbequed sausages and bread. 
Keynote Speaker:  Jenny Filmer.  Jenny has over 40 years experience as a volunteer firefighter and community educator.  In 2003 Jenny was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of the workshop program she developed, Fire Fighting for Non Fire Fighting Women.
RSVP: Contact Gail Nichols on 48428133 or

Rural Landholders Guide to Environmental Law in NSW

The ever energetic and elegantly expertised NSW Environmental Defenders Office have updated the this wonderful tome to a 3rd edition...hard copies will be landing in the Braidwood Office soon – it is also available to download from the EDO website.
The purpose of this booklet is to help you understand your legal rights and obligations as a landholder and to manage your land in accordance with environmental and natural resource management law.
The topics covered in this booklet include:
   vegetation management
   protected plants and animals
   bushfire management
   water management
   development consent
   agricultural chemicals
   crops and stock
   mining and quarrying
   heritage protection
   voluntary conservation
'Carbon Myth Busters - Soil Carbon' Dept. I. & I.
The Sustainable Grazing Program will be hosting a 'Carbon Myth Busters - Soil Carbon'workshop on Tuesday 22 March, 2011.

The workshop will be free of charge and will run from 8.45 am - 3.30 pm.

There will be two components to the day; an indoor lecture and discussion (before lunch), followed by an outdoor visit to a soil pit and discussion (after lunch).

Lunch and morning tea will be provided on the day.

To enrol in the workshop, please RSVP prior to Tuesday 15 March, using the contact details below:
  • or
  • 48286646 or 4828 6600
Clean up Australia Day – Sunday March 6th
The ‘Clean Up Asutralia Day’ campaign started in Sydney in 1989 and is now the largest community based environmental event in Australia
Business Clean Up Day
The 2011 Business Clean Up Day is happening on Tuesday, 1 March. The event is a great opportunity for Australian businesses to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment, both in their own workplace and beyond.
Schools Clean Up Day
2011 Schools Clean Up Day will be held on Friday, 4 March. The event is about inspiring the next generation to learn about their environment and make a real difference in their local community. Students, teachers and parents work together to Clean Up a Site that is special for them.
You can register online to be part of it all – I believe Mongarlowe Landcare have already done so – they will be having their Clean up Austyralia day a week later than the rest of the country but with the same enthusiasm…meet at the Mongarlowe Fireshed at 10.30 on Sunday the 13th of March to help…
Lake George
 (from the February edition of newstreams
Months of above average rainfall have transformed Lake George, north of Canberra, into a waterbody. After 10 years of drought, the area has had its fourth highest rainfall since 1890 and is currently 1.5 metres deep. In November 2010 it reached 2 metres for the first time in decades. It is Australia's second largest natural freshwater lake when full and is currently at a third of capacity. Fish are known to have once lived in the lake and the arrival of small numbers of pelicans, swans and ducks suggests some aquatic life is re‐establishing itself.
Junior Landcare
Round 1 of the 2011 Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants close on the 25th of February.
Since 2008 Coles has been providing School Garden Grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds or community, such as bush tucker gardens, water wise gardens or veggie gardens.
These programs encourage students to learn about the environment through “outdoor learning” and interaction in developing their own school gardens.
    Round 2 closes Friday, May 13, 2011
    Round 3 closes Friday, August 5, 2011
Go to for more info on Junior Landcare
Courses for Horses – Planning and    Management of a Horse Property.
Jane & Stuart Myers + Alison Elvin April 7&9
Jane & Stuart Myers and  Alison Elvin will be discussing the planning and management of horse properties at an evening seminar and field day in the Braidwood district.
WHAT?: Planning and Management of a Horse Property
WHO?: Jane & Stuart Myers and Alison Elvin
WHEN?:  Thursday the 7th of April - Evening Seminar: 6:00 – 9:00pm + Saturday the 9th of April - Day 9:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE?: Thursday Seminar @ Garanvale Woolshed, Mongarlowe Rd Braidwood Saturday Workshop at ‘Roscommon’, Bombay Rd, Bombay.
HOW MUCH?: $20/head – limited numbers – Call Rebecca Hall at Southern Rivers CMA in Braidwood to book and for more details. Ph: 48422594.
Newsletter Articles – Deadline - 25th February
The Landcare Perspective quarterly newsletter goes out to all members of the Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua Landcare Network. Any photos, articles of comments are most welcome – the newsletter has a 13 year history and is loaded with wonderful information from inspiring people from all across our catchment.
 The Weeds of National Significance strategic plans are now available for public comment.
Visit to view the plans and make comment. The website also contains contact details for each Weeds of National Significance Coordinator.
If you have noticed new incursions or increased numbers of weeds in your area, please report this to your state’s biosecurity hotline, local government ( or local catchment management authority.

Department of I&I Paddock Plants Field Days

The Sustainable Grazing Program (Department of Industry and Investment NSW) will be hosting three Paddock Plants Field Days in the near future.
The dates and loactions are:
Monday 21 March, 2011 in the Braidwood region
Friday 15 April in the Bungonia/ Marulan region
Saturday 16 April in the Goulburn/ Tarago region
  *Learn to identify and recognise common paddock plants
  *Understand what plants tell you about your paddock or landscape.
  *Identify and recognise weeds as well as useful plants
Cost: FREE, with morning tea provided.
Please register your interest in attending by contacting Industry & Investment NSW (Primary Industries)
Phone: 02 4828 6600

R.E.G.E.N. Festival – ReGrowth 2011

Every year the Regrowth Festival, created by the not-for-profit REGEN inc combines targeted native revegetation, with music, education and arts.  For its 2nd year, in the 6 year legacy, this project will be situated in the Braidwood area, near Majors Creek.
The event that celebrates unity and peaceful cooperation will be held over the Easter/ANZAC long weekend (22nd – 25th of April).  We welcome participants to be involved with adding to the massive 55 000 native plants already planted by REGEN, and encourage everyone to come and share ideas, music and dance with a local, interstate and international community.
The revegetation project will focus on the re-establishment of native vegetation to support fauna and further floral integrity. It will also look to secure an area affected by erosion, abating future siltation of local creeks and rivers.  REGEN is looking for support with this 2000 plant revegetation project and would love to speak to any individuals or landcare groups that may want to be involved in supervision. Contact if your interested.
Our workshop calendar over the festival is always diverse and is filling up quickly, from bush tucker to yoga, and from bamboo construction to landcare or mining discussion - all ideas are welcome.  Contact if you are keen share.
Discounted local entry will be available.  And workshop presenters and revegetation supervisors receive free entry. for more information.
Landcare Update

January, 2011

Rabbit traps cont...
The trap is ‘Friendly’ because you catch the rabbits without painful injury but MOSTLY because:
    There are no poisons involved
    It is harmless to native animals
    It is safe for kids to use. I still have the scars from my early years as a juvenile rabbit trapper.
Even though they are ‘Friendly’ it is worth noting that under the Vermin and Noxious Weeds Act 1958 it is an offence to keep live wild rabbits OR to release rabbits into the wild…..
Traps are available from the Southern Rivers CMA Office free of charge in numbers relative to you property size and infestation levels.
If you are not in the Windellama region and would like some traps – please give Felicity or David a call on 0248422594 and we will see what we can do.
For more info on the taps go to:
Two Fires Festival – 1, 2 & 3 of April
The The Two Fires Festival will be held in Braidwood on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April 2011.
The festival was established in 2005 to celebrate the legacy of Judith Wright as a poet/writer, environmentalist and activist for Indigenous rights.
The festival happens every two years in Braidwood, NSW where Judith Wright lived the last three decades of her life. The festival is gaining a reputation as a uniquely adventurous event, delighting and surprising its audiences with its wide range of creative and intellectual offerings.
Braidwood, in the dramatically beautiful Southern Tablelands, provides a relaxed, warm-hearted and intimate setting for the festival. In a world where the push is often to make everything bigger and more dazzling, the Two Fires Festival takes pride in celebrating simplicity, renewed contact with land and community, strong Indigenous involvement, as well as artistic and intellectual vitality.
Go To for more..
Braidwood Urban Landcare Group – Working Bee
Flood Creek Working Bee
When 9:30am Sat 12th February
Where: Meet at the Flood Creek low level crossing, near Archers Bridge
What: Planting more ground cover species, mulching, weeding, path maintenance
Bring: Gloves, hand trowel, shovel, gardening fork or rake
Free sausage sizzle at 12:30pm
Come and check out how much last summer’s plantings have grown!
Federal Governments Carbon Farming Initiative
The Government is currently consulting on proposals for design of the scheme, including the range of activities that will be eligible to generate carbon credits. These proposals are outlined in more detail in the consultation paper released on 22 November 2010 by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP.
Interested stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the proposed scheme design by making a submission to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency by 21 January 2011. Details on how to make a submission are included in the consultation paper.
Click the HERE to see the details.
Dargues Reef Goldmine Responses to Submissions
A number of people in Landcare Groups in the Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua put in submissions to the state planner last year with regard to the Environmental Assessment of the proposed Dargues Reef gold mine in the headwaters of the Deua River catchment at Majors Creek, just south of Braidwood.
The response to these submissions has been made available at the website of the NSW Department of Planning.
They (and all associated documents) can be viewed here:
If you would like more information about this gold mine and its potential impacts there are a number of places you can go:
I have also started an information page on our Landcare website that is open to contributions. If you have any pertinent information that you would like to share please contact me on

Rabbit traps are Ready To Go!

The Locals Linking Landscapes project being run out of the Windellama area has an abundance of rabbit traps to give to people in that region. The traps are ‘friendly’ traps (for the first part of the trapping process anyway) consisting of a chicken wire tube with something like a flowerpot with a lockable swing gate at one end (put down the rabbit hole).
Click HERE for the rest of the January landcare update
Landcare Update

December, 2010

2010 Community Action Grant’s announced              
Three groups in the Upper Shoalhaven & Upper Deua catchment area were successful in their applications to have conservation projects funded by the Australian Government through the Caring for our Country business plan.
The groups were:  
          Upper Deua Landcare
          Windellama Landcare
          Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council
Go to to see the the full list of successful projects nation wide.

Joel Salatin Visits the ANU and Bungendore’s Mulloon Creek

Click on the Picture to hear the story

A group of Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua (USUD) folk headed over to Canberra last week to hear renowned progressive farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Virginia USA speak. An audio recording of the nights procedures has been requested and will be up on the website as soon as we receive it. Joel also ran a workshop at Mulloon Creek last week as part of his Australian Tour organised by the Regen Agriculture group. Click on his picture to hear the abc’s Sarina Locke’s interview with Joel.

Don’t Forget the Xmas Party!!

The Landcare Perspective
The Summer Issue of USUD’s quarterly newsletter is now available online.  In this issue, Braidwood Urban Landcare Group (BULG) reports on their marvelous walking/biking pathway along Flood Creek, and Ian Moy discusses his experience at the Biofertile Farms course in Mudgee. Click here for the entire Newsletter..
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