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

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