Upper Shoalhaven Landcare March Update

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2017 Landcare Insurance

Following on from the February e-update #2 – the Upper Shoalhaven LandcareCouncil’s current insurance policy with Austcover expires at 4pm on 1 April 2017. It is essential that everyone understands their insurance options for 2017, so we have written to each Landcare group in the network (i.e. those affiliated with Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council) asking each group to think about whether they want to remain on the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council’s master policy, or whether they’ll need their own policy. We included some background information about insurance that is now being offered by Landcare NSW and requested information about each group’s size and membership, incorporation status, income and activities etc to help us get an idea of what the requirements will be. This is due back by Sunday 19 March 2017.

If the secretary and/or chair of your Landcare group has not received this information please contact Simone Horn or Rebecca Klomp ASAP on (02) 4842 2594 or upper.shoalhaven@gmail.com to help us ensure that noone is left without insurance cover

Upcoming Events from USLC: 

WHEN: 21 March 2017, 9:30am — 12:30pm
WHERE: Warri Camping Reserve on the banks of the Shoalhaven River Kings Highway, between Bungendore and Braidwood.
WHO: Presented by Weeds Project officers from Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council
COST: FREE RSVP: 20 March 2017—for catering purposes

Come along to talk about weed management and find out more about how to identify and control weeds on your property and where to go for more information.

This field day aims to help you understand your responsibilities under legislation and give you the best information on how and where to focus your weed control efforts for the best results. There will also be time to ask the burning questions you have about weeds on your property — and you can bring along any weeds you need help to identify (in a plastic bag, kept in the fridge for preservation).

Then come along and find out more from our expert presenter — Nicki Taws — from Greening Australia.
Nicki will guide us on a short walk searching for native birds and help everyone learn the skills to identify by sight and call—as well as outlining the habitat requirements of key species under the Save our Scarlet Robin (SOS) project.
Participants will gain great insight into the birds of the area and you’ll leave knowing how to record observations that can contribute to the overall SOS project’s monitoring.
WHEN: Friday 5 May 2017, from 8:30am to 11:30am
WHERE: 69 Gilberts Lane, Braidwood (off Jinglemoney Lane, < 10 mins from Braidwood) RSVP: Thursday 4 May (for catering purposes)

Please contact Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council to rsvp and get directions. Bring a water bottle, enclosed shoes, a hat and sunscreen—and binoculars if you have them.

Local Landcare Group Events

Friends of Mongarlowe River Gathering

Windellama Landcare Group is looking for new members and is developing projects and activities for 2017 and 2018.

Are you new to the Windellama area and want support or advice in managing your land or improving your skills in caring for the local environment and wildlife?  

Do you want to learn what Landcare does or participate with others from the Windellama community and nearby areas in both individual and community land care projects?

A public meeting to answer your questions and to hear your suggestions and proposals is to be held from 10:00 – 2:30 on Saturday 29 April at the Windellama Hall, morning tea and a light lunch will be provided. As much of our project funding will be under the auspices of the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council we are hoping to also facilitate funding for projects from areas adjoining the Windellama area.  So residents of Tarago and Bungonia areas are also welcome to the meeting.

David Hilhorst of the Braidwood Local Land Services Office will facilitate the meeting. David is very familiar with the Windellama and adjoining areas.

Other community groups such as SES and RFS are also expected to have representatives available to discuss any concerns that you may have.

For more information please contact;
Secretary  – Graham Kinder – 0429892154 or kingslance@bigpond.com
President  – Kevin Stewart

Regional Events

 Southeast Harvest Festival

Friday, 31 March & Saturday, 1 April 2017

First Farmers to Future Harvests

The Southeast Harvest Festival is a key event on the SAGE calendar. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the harvest, our growers and our diverse and rich community.
We live in a region abundant with opportunity for high-quality produce. We also have a local tradition of tens of thousands of years of food procurement intelligence begging to be retained and passed down the generations through the generously shared knowledge of our local Walbunja community. All this sitting side by side with knowledge shared from local contemporary farmers.

Bring your family and help us to celebrate, both events are free. Please put the dates in your diary.

Southeast Harvest Festival consists of two major events

Chew the Fat

Friday 31 March @ SAGE Garden from 5pm

Southeast Harvest Festival

Saturday, 1 April @ Moruya Showgrounds
If you would like to contribute to the success of our next Southeast Harvest Festival and can volunteer some time, please contact SAGE Secretary Shirley at secretary@sageproject.org.au.
More information here

Join us for the next Bluegum Bush School in Braidwood!

Sunday 19th of March 2017

On the Bluegum Bush School day adventures we take this holistic approach into wild nature, asking –
‘How can we use nature-connection mentoring to support our kids to be at home in any environment?’

Please note: your child does not have to be a homeschooler to come. All kids/teens welcome.

The Bluegum Bush School program uses time-honoured mentoring practices used by nature-based cultures worldwide, such as:

– storytelling
– artful questioning
– rapport-based relating
– nature connection games
– awareness exercises
– bushcraft and survival skills

We inspire, activate and focus the internal wisdom of each child, meeting them where they are at to catalyse their journey of growth, discovery, and self-empowerment, helping them to be more at home in the world.

To register, or for more info, see the website –

Call Lee 0466 535 549 for more info
or email Natasha – longhouse@bluegumbushcraft.com.au

Rabbit bio-control update

If you missed USLC’s Rabbit bio-control information session in January – which provided information from Local Land Services and the Invasive Animal CRC – don’t worry.

A further release of RHDV – K5 is planned for May 2017, so if you’d like to get involved (or just find out more) you can contact the Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer – Phil McGrath on 02) 4842 2594.

Don’t forget, you can also record rabbit activity in RabbitScan. It’s a free resource for landholders and the community to record and map rabbit activity, warrens, damage, and control activities in their local area. RabbitScan can also be used to record rabbit numbers and evidence of disease. To find out more, go to:

Managing those Ferals: A Burra LandcareInformation Session

South East Local Land Services staff will be speaking at an information day, being organised by Burra Landcare, for landholders concerned with the management of feral species in their region.  Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer, Phil McGrath, with tackle two current concerns for Burra residents, feral pig control and weed management within travelling stock reserves.
Event details:
25 March 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Burra Community Hall
Afternoon refreshments will be provided
RSVP by 22 March email George Anna at upper.murrumbidgee@gmail.com of phone 0429 779 928

17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Canberra 1 – 4 May 2017

The need for innovative and evidence based approaches to vertebrate pest animal management is imperative for providing solutions for Australian farmers, landmanagers, industry and government. Innovative solutions come in many shapes and sizes. Since 2014 the first new wild dog and fox toxin bait in 50 years has been developed as well as new cuttingedge DNA detection tools to efficiently identify invasive predators and fish. Scientists and ecologists are also on track to release the first new rabbit biocontrol agent in 20 years and Australia’s first carp biocontrol agent. These innovative solutions are providing practical technologies to improve Australian agriculture, biodiversity and build our economy. With at least 81 introduced vertebrate species having established populations in Australia – now is the time for action. Click here for more information and to register

Funding and Useful Information

Funding for management of natural wetlands across the Southern Tablelands

Whilst farm dams are a common sight in the rural landscape, natural wetlands are less so and are a bit of a forgotten ecosystem. They do however have a lot to offer, natural wetlands play an important role in providing water security, water quality and landscape productivity. They are also great places for recreation.

There are a wide range of natural wetland types across the Southern Tablelands including freshwater lakes, chains of ponds, upland bogs and floodplain swamps. Open water is not always a feature of our Tablelands wetlands – to the casual observer they may just appear as a damp spot that’s home to plants not seen in other parts of the paddock.

The benefits of natural wetlands can be enhanced if particular management practices are adopted. Local Land Services are working in partnership with Greening Australia in calling for registrations of interest from landholders keen to participate in the management of natural wetlands. Funding is available to assist landholders in undertaking wetland management and restoration, including revegetation and fencing for grazing management.

Register your interest with Greening Australia on 6253 3035.

​ With a little bit of help wetland habitat can be restored

Farm Innovation Fund

A package to assist primary producers identify and address risks to their farming enterprise, improve permanent farm infrastructure and ensure long-term productivity and sustainable land use, aiding in meeting changes to seasonal conditions. No closing date. Applicants should contact the Authority prior to lodging an application. For more info: http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/farm-innovation-fund

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

As part of the NSW Government’s $300 million Drought Strategy, a $45 million Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been developed to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought. For more info:http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/professional-development-program

Are you planning a revegetation project on your property?

 Then take a look at our guide to revegetation in Braidwood:               http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Reveg-for-Braidwood-booklet.pdf

Whine about Swine

Picture from: http://www.public-domain-image.com/fauna-animals-public-domain-images-pictures/pigs-public-domain-images-pictures/wild-hogs-family.jpg.html

There’s an article in the Winter 2014 about the pig problem in the Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua area. We want to know whether pigs are worse now than previously, where they are, and what you’ve tried in order to stop them. Send any other comments too. You can also send us your thoughts confidentially at upper.shoalhaven@gmail.com.

We’ll collate the information and feed it into the South East Local Land Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service, and others who might be able to pool resources and implement strategies to tackle feral pigs.

Also let us know if there’s another issue you want discussed in this way.

Yours, for healthy and productive Landscapes,

The Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council

Seasonal Update, Braidwood

Seasonal Update – Braidwood


Friday, 17 October 2014

Join sheep and cattle producers for a FREE information session about seasonal issues and opportunities in spring/early summer in your local area, including:
Livestock and pest animal update – what issues do you need to keep an eye on?Seasonal outlook – where is the season going, and what does this mean in terms of pasture/ livestock management? 

Also, are your legumes fixing nitrogen effectively? The update will include a legume health check and plant identification session (optional).

Presenters will include:

  • Bob Templeton: District Veterinarian
  • Phil McGrath: Senior Biosecurity Officer
  • Luke Pope: Senior Land Services Officer, Pastures
  • Matthew Lieschke: Senior Land Services Officer, Livestock


When Friday, 17 October 2014
Time 9.00am – 10:30am (main discussion)10:45am – 12:15pm (optional legume health check/ plant ID session).
Where “Burrabaroo”, Monga Lane Reidsdale(directions and further information will be provided upon registration)
What to bring Pen, notepad and camping chair
Cost Free
Catering Morning tea provided
RSVP by15 Oct 2014 For further information, or to RSVP please contact Rebecca Bradley on 4842 2594 or rebecca.bradley@lls.nsw.gov.au

2014 AGM and proposed constitutional change

Dear Landcarers, 
This is a further notification of our upcoming Annual General Meeting, which has also been advertised in the Braidwood Times on 24/9/2014 and in the Winter-Autumn 2014 Landcare Perspective Newsletter. The details are as follows: 
Where: Windellama Hall
When: 6pm on Wednesday 22 October
What: AGM at 6pm, followed by dinner (catered) at 6:30, and a General Meeting at 7:30. 
RSVPs: to Su on 48422594, or upper.shoalhaven@gmail.com (thanks to those who have). 
Nominations for Executive Positions are welcome, and we can also accept proxies. 
Attached are: 
The proposed new constitution has been developed in line with legal advice and aims to provide the greatest possible certainty that our insurance policy fully covers all of our members, including all members of affiliate groups, as comprehensively, simply and cost effectively as possible. This new constitution also makes changes suggested by Landcare NSW relating to registers of conflicts of interest, and the ability to use technology (telephone or skype) to attend meetings.
Further details are available on request. 

Champions of the Catchment

Champions of the Catchment

Come to Braidwood and surrounds to celebrate some Landcare Champions of the Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Duea area

Friday 28 November—dinner and presentations

Saturday 29 November—Site visits

Champions of the Catchment celebrations recognise local leaders without the disadvantages of an awards program with winners and losers. Recognition as a Champion of the Catchment is more about sharing experiences and knowledge and less about competition. We will celebrate some wonderful achievements which have already inspired many in the local movement and learn about the motivations behind the actions.

USLC Annual General Meeting


Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council Annual General Meeting

Wednesday October 22

Windellama Hall,

AGM 6pm

Dinner 6:30

General meeting 7:30

RSVPs, carpooling, proxies etc phone

Su on 48422594, or

email upper.shoalhaven@gmail.com


Growing for Market


Landcare training event: Growing for the Market

 Date: Sunday 30 November

Time: 10am-2pm

Meet: Kindrachuk Farm

Led by: Conrad Kindrachuk

Cost: $10, contribution to catering

RSVP: for directions and catering to upper.shoalhaven@gmail.com, or Su on 48422594.

Numbers: Strictly limited to 30. Book early.

Topics will include soil management, climatic variability, growing cycles, weed management, water management, plant selection and more.

Mongarlowe River nature walk and plant identification morning

Image by Su Wild-River, used with permission

Monga Waratah


Flyer Mongarlowe R walk

Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council and Friends of Mongarlowe River invite you to walk along the Mongarlowe River and learn about the plants in this landscape. Also visit the Landcare Plot, planted 16 years ago with 20 individuals of 20 species, planted to see which thrive in this landscape and could be used for rehabilitation, food production and other purposes.  

Date:             Sunday 26th October

Time:            Start at 9am for an easy 2 hour walk, then morning tea. Finish about 11:30.

Led by:         Keith McDougall, Lyn Ellis, and Mary Appleby

Morning tea provided


Please RSVP for directions and catering to  upper.shoalhaven@gmail.com or phone 48422594.  

Brought to you by Friends of Mongarlowe River and Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council

Revegetation field days

The next Revegetation Field Day will be on Sunday 18 October, 10am-4:30pm at Bungonia Hall.

RSVP to Richard STone – 0427 456 718, or email richard.stone@clearmail.com.au

The session will be of interest to anyone wanting to plant trees and shrubs, and past participants interests have ranged from planting trees in rented yards, to revegetating large rural properties. Richard will share insights from more than two decades of revegetation work, tailored to the issues raised by the people there.

Two guide books will be distributed. One is a classic local text on Revegetation for Braidwoodby Mary Appleby, Judy Knowles and Rebecca Bradley among others. This is a useful guide to selecting and identifying appropriate native trees and shrubs. A comprehensive set of Revegetation workshop notes will also be distributed, giving reasons for revegetation, advice on farm planning, information about windbreaks and techniques for revegetation. It focuses on three options for regeneration – natural, tubestock planting and direct seeding.

The Field Day will also showcase revegetation equipment available for hire from Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council. This includes a tractor mounted ripper, mounder, tree planter as well as several hand tools.

The guides and equipment are available through the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council, located at the South East Local Land Services Braidwood Office at 42 Ryrie Street, or by phoning Su Wild-River on 48422594. Emailupper.shoalhaven@gmail.com.