Hunter Local Land Services 
Landcare Links

Issue 5 - June 2016
Dear Landcarers,

Welcome to this edition of Hunter Landcare Links, a monthly update from the Hunter Regional Landcare Facilitator. If you have anything that you'd like included in future editions, please email me at by the second Friday of the month.
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In this issue: 

Remote camera loans scheme operational in Great Lakes

In September 2015 Karuah Great Lakes Landcare, Great Lakes Council and Local Land Services delivered a remote sensing wildlife camera workshop at Bulahdelah.  

This workshop escalated into others being delivered across the Hunter such as the 'Who's living on my land camera trapping' workshop series, and a notable increase in the interest in using cameras to monitor wildlife and pests.

One of the initiatives from the workshop at Bulahdelah was to make remote sensing cameras accessible to the wider community. Subsequently Great Lakes Council is now offereing a remote camera loans scheme.

If you are interested in borrowing the motion-activated cameras, please contact Karen Bee on 02 6591 7305 or email or Mathew Bell on 02 6591 7243 or email at Great Lakes Council.  
Some images collected include the Brown Hare, which is common and widespread across Australia.

Call for Abstracts for the National Landcare Conference

Landcare Australia is seeking presentations for the upcoming National Landcare Conference from those involved in the Landcare movement including farmers, volunteers, Landcare groups, and natural resource management organisations, in addition to primary industry representatives, environmentalists and conservationists, academics and researchers.

If you feel you have something valuable to share with the Landcare community, which demonstrates a unique and beneficial approach to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, please submit your presentation idea by visiting .

The closing date for abstract submissions has been extended to 10 June 2016.

The National Landcare Conference and Awards, which is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between 21-23 September 2016, will this year focus on the conference theme ‘Collaborative Communities – Landcare in Action’.

Blue Star Sustainability Awards 2016  

The Blue Star Sustainability Awards are Keep NSW Beautiful's sustainability awards program. 

Being truly 'sustainable' means addressing the entire spectrum of environmental, social and economic factors. So the awards recognise civic pride, community spirit and future planning in establishing the best projects and programs to come out of NSW communities.

There are nine different award categories, each with a regional and a metropolitan winner.
  1. Hey Tosser! Litter Action Award –Litter reduction and awareness
  2. Waste Less, Recycle More Award –Waste and recycling solutions
  3. Going Green Education Award – Environmental education programs
  4. Habitat & Wildlife Guardianship Award – Conservation, preservation of natural life and land
  5. Sustainable Systems Award – Sustainable solutions and strategies throughout communities; energy, transport, utilities
  6. Cultural Heritage Award –Built and social heritage conservation
  7. Environmental Achievement Award – Individual/group environmental volunteer work
  8. Young Environmental Achievement Award – Young individual/group environmental volunteer work
  9. Community Environmental Achievement Award -Environmental projects that have fostered volunteer community action
Initial applications close 31st May, however entrants will have till 30th June to complete submission details.

For more details contact, Emma Sinclair, Program Manager, Keep NSW Beautiful, Level 1, 268 King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042 Ph: 02 8594 4000 Email or visit Website

The Tucker Patch   

The Tucker Patch is run by the Gloucester Food Hub Ltd, which aims to create a self-sustaining community. The Hub draws its strength from being a community-developed economic growth model with a focus on food production that:
  • demonstrates the conversion of under utilised land into valuable agricultural land;
  • provides local jobs;
  • offers support for existing local farmers;
  • encourages start-ups of entrepreneurial food producers;
  • helps stop the drain of young local workers to the cities;
  • offers opportunities to tree-changers escaping from those cities;
  • provides income-generating opportunities for rural residents of any age;
  • allows a connection point between rural food producers and urban dwellers to access nutritious fresh food with low food miles.
The Tucker Patch has been growing fresh chemical-free produce in Gloucester for more than eight years. With regular farm gate sales and informative workshops that have been a welcome presence to many people in the community during that time.

The Tucker Patch  are working hard to become self-sufficient and are on their way! The Tucker Patch is raising funds to build up sales capacity to enable them to be self-sustaining.

To support or learn more about the Gloucester Food Hub and Tucker Patch, visit or ph: 0484 001 390.

Mine rehab conference a success!   

The conference, now in its fifth year, was held over two days with presentations, panel sessions and posters on the first day and two bus trips to three mines to see first-hand the rehabilitation underway on the second day. Some 280 delegates were treated to the latest information in mined land rehabilitation by 17 speakers from industry, government, and research organisations, including international speakers. There were two enthralling panel sessions, 20 poster presentations and a supporting trade display.  

Complementing these presentations was the historic launch of the first National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia, prepared by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, by the Chair of SERA Prof Kingsley Dixon. It was heartening to hear that these standards have recently been endorsed internationally (go to to learn more).

The importance of consideration of soil microbial health during all phases of mining from planning to rehabilitation was a major theme of the day with excellent presentations from research student Kate Newman, the Australian Organics Recycling Association, and Andrew Claridge whose outline of the fundamentally important triumvirate of woody plants, their truffle-like fungi and the fungus-feeding mammals was a revelation to us all.

The question “Can rehabilitated mine land sustainably support productive and profitable livestock grazing” was answered in the affirmative by Neil Griffiths from Primary Industries who showed data on steers grazing trials. The mine tour to Hunter Valley Operations the following day allowed some 24 delegates to see the steers first hand and compare with the control animals.

For lots more information on this event visit The Tom Farrell Institute or contact Professor Tim Roberts on 02 4921 7037 or email:

Upcoming events

Thursday 2 June 9am-3pm, Get Down and Dirty with David Harwick of soil land food, Dyers Crossing. Morning tea and Lunch provided. RSVP 30 May to Joel Dunn 0401 932 533.  

Friday 3 June 9am-3pm, Get Down and Dirty with David Harwick of soil land food, Kundle Kundle.  Morning tea and Lunch provided.  RSVP 30 May to Lyn Booth 0427 530 681 or Alison Allan 0427 570 244.

Friday 3 June - Crawford River Sustainable Farming Group - Wild dog control activities with Hunter Local Land Services and NPWS, next campaign, 10 am. For more info contact Julie 0416 242 945.

Saturday 4 June, Bloom Markets, Scone Public School, Liverpool St, Scone. 

Saturday 4 June, 7-9 am, Birdwatching at Jewells Wetland, Guided walk with Jack Adams from Hunter Bird Observers Club and Wetland Care Australia. Meet at the Site Office, Jewells Crossing, Kalaroo Rd Belmont North. Free, but please, RSVP two days prior on 4961 2358 or email

Sunday 5 June, World Environment Day: Think Positive. Be Positive. Act Positive!, This World Environment Day, Landcare Australia is asking...What positive #Action4theLand will you take? Visit to find out more. 

Monday 6-8 June, 6th Biennial Naitonal NRM Knowledge Conference, Novotel Pacific Bay, Coffs Harbour NSW. The full conference program, including field trip options, is now available on the conference website

Tuesday 7 June, 7.30-9 pm, Belmont Wetlands Natural Wonders, presentation and light supper with Greg Wright, Chairman, BWSP Trust,  Belmont Neighbourhood Centre, 359 Pacific Highway Belemont North.   Free, but please, RSVP two days prior on 4961 2358 or email

Tuesday 7 June,  Requirements to 'Raising Claims' for beef producers workshop Glendarra Conference Room, 816 Tocal Road, Paterson. For more information contact Tony Blatch on 0427 788 984. 

Thursday 9 June 8.30am - 3 pm, Re-working Vines Workshop, Pokolbin Hall, great chance to see the next big varieties.  Cost $25 Lunch and Morning tea provided. RSVP by 3 June by emailing or    

Thursday 9 June 10.45 am - 1 pm, Free range egg farming information session, Denman Visitors Information Centre, 7 Ogilvie Street Denman. RSVP 6 June Ph: 4930 1030. 

Thursday 9 June 5 pm - 7 pm, Marine Discovery Series - Marine Debris, Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street Newcastle.  

Friday 10 June - Wang Wauk / Wallamba Sustainable Farming Group, Property visit, Wang Wauk, 9.30 am - 12 noon. Contact Ros on 0412 793 446.

Friday 10 June 9 am - 12.30 pm, Beef Information Session, Ruminant Animal Training Centre Tocal Dairy, Tocal College, Tocal. Please register for catering purposes by contacting Kyra on 4939 8967.  

Saturday 11 June 10 am - 3.30pm, Field Day: The First Landcarers, Murrook Cultural Centre 2163 Nelson Bay Road Williamtown, RSVP by 3 June by calling 4033 8802 or email

Saturday 11 June 8 am - 3 pm, Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces, Golden Highway, Merriwa. Merriwa Landcare will be there. 

Wednesday 15 June, The ' Get Ready' Community Resilience Forums, aimed at Non-Government Organisations, Small Businesses and Primary Producers, Mingara Recreation Club, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi, RSVP by 6 June, call 4921 2609 or email

Thursday 16 June, The ' Get Ready' Community Resilience Forums, aimed at Non-Government Organisations, Small Businesses and Primary Producers, Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre, Cnr New England Hwy and Dwyer Sts, Rutherford, RSVP by 6 June, call 4921 2609 or email

Friday 17 June, The ' Get Ready' Community Resilience Forums, aimed at Non-Government Organisations, Small Businesses and Primary Producers, Muswellbrook RSL Club 113 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook, RSVP by 6 June, call 4921 2609 or email

Saturday 18 June, An Endangered Fauna Workshop and BBQ is being coordinated by Hunter & Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy at Clarence Town Reserve, Langlands Rd, Glen Oak. Topics covered include: threatened and endangered animals in your back yard, maintaining Koala pathways, weed identification, preserving farmed landscapes for people and wildlife. Call Eva Twarkowski on 4978 4029 or email to RSVP by Thursday 9 June.

Saturday 25 - 26 June, Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat in the Hunter, So, you are under 30, live in the Hunter, pumped about the environment, keen to make a difference & have fun.  We want you! Now is your time to do stuff that matters. By the way, its free! Apply by Sun 12 June, visit

Wednesday 29 June, Compost Workshop, Pokolbin Hall, Tyrrell's Vineyard.  Presenters include David Forrest of Forrest Farms (over 30 yrs composting experience); Organic and Biodynamic winemakers David Lowe (Mudgee) and John Kalleske (Barossa Valley).  Also a tour of Tyrrell's vineyard composting process. Cost $25. For more information email or phone Liz on 0411 203 773.   

Wednesday 29 June, 9.45 am - 1 pm, Gaint Parramatta Grass Information Session, Dungog RSL, Dungog. Please note that places are limited. Please book through Kyra O'Brien at the Tocal LLS office on 4939 8967.

Wednesday 21-23 September National Landcare Conference, Melbourne

Thursday 22 September National Landcare Awards, Melbourne

Regular events

  • Gresford District Landcare Group meets 2nd Tuesday of the month (except January), at Hotel Beatty, East Gresford.  Ph: 4938 5112 for more information. 
  • The Newcastle Group of Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd meets the first Wednesday each month at 7.30 pm downstairs at the Shortland Wetlands Centre. 
  • Earthcare Park Landcare meet on the second Saturday of each month on site at Metford Road Tenambit beside Beryl Humble Oval. Contact Eric for details 0408 680 726
  • Kooragang Monthly Tree Planting Day is on the third Sunday of the month. Meet at the Schoolmasters House, Schoolhouse Road, Ash Island.  Free morning tea and Lunch. Ph 4964 9308 or email for more details.
  • Dyers Crossing Landcare meets every second month, usually at a property to tour it and discuss issues. Contact John 6559 1251
  • Coomba Sustainable Living Group meets on the last Friday of the month for a wide variety of workshops or visits, to promote sustainable living. Contact Carolyn 0439 513 119 / 6554 2001 /
  • Wang Wauk / Wallamba Sustainable Farming Group meets every second month at a property to discuss what we have each been working on and any issues. It is always an entertaining and informative session with delicious morning tea. 9.30 am - 12 noon.
    Contact Ros 0412 793 446 for more information
  • Topi Topi Sustainable Farming Group meets once a month to focus on a topic of interest to members. Contact Sue 0438 433 063.
  • Gloucester Environment Group have monthly walks, for more info contact Alison Lyon on 0409 718 795 or 
  • Dungog Walkers, including Dungog Common Landcarers, have fortnightly walks (Adults 18 yrs & over only). For more information phone Walking for Pleasure Co-ordinator on 4926 1633.    

Other Landcare links and news

Funding opportunities

Tools and resources

Happy landcaring!

Nev Reis
Regional Landcare Facilitator
Hunter Local Land Services

Phone 02 4938 4959

The Regional Landcare Facilitator Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.

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