Hunter Local Land Services 
Landcare Links

Issue 3 - March 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
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In this issue: 

Merriwa Tree Planting day a great show

Merriwa Landcare's Tree Planting Day on February 18 was a great success, enjoyed by 35 participants keen to learn all about site preparation, species selection and native tree planting in their local area. 

Landcarers enjoyed a tour of Robert and Maree Goodear's Cassilis property to view in the paddock their many successful tree plantings for every purpose from re-vegetation to windbreaks, pasture shelter, paddock trees and salinity reduction.

"I would go as far as to say we have turned this place around over the past 20 years of tree planting - we have gone from a critical situation where all our paddock trees were dying basically of old age to a sustainable farming operation with healthy stands of trees, paddocks fenced according to dominant grass species, and quadruple the carrying capacity," Mr Goodear explained during the property bus tour.

Landcarers saw first-hand the Goodear's successful teamwork approach in vegetation establishment and follow-up care, including the results of three-tyne ripping of tree-rows creating minimal disturbance and ideal soil penetration for seedling planting.

Hunter Local Land Services' Landholder Support Officer, Maria Cameron, assisted by Merriwa Landcare project coordinator, Jenny Lee, put the day together to take full advantage of The Great Eastern Ranges' Stepping Stones funding that Kirsten McKimmie is rolling out in projects across the region.

"It was encouraging to see Landcare active again in our Merriwa district with so many great projects in the pipeline in the next year to promote sustainable farming and invigorate our grassy woodlands for a productive farming future," Mrs Lee said.

Kirsten discussed the focus of the Stepping Stones project, tree delivery and planting planned for April and the assistance she has arranged through Conservation Volunteers Australia who will be hosted by Merriwa farmers, Col and Gay Bates, for the duration of the project planting.
Rob Goodear demonstrates his handiwork with the three-tyne ripper for participants at the planting day.

State Local Landcare Coordinators Induction and Training Stockton Beach

Landcarers from Landcare Networks, Local Land Services, Local Government, politicians and more, met at Stockton Beach this week for the Statewide Local Landcare Coordinator (LLC) induction and training. 
The event clarified the role of over 60 new LLCs across the state to invigorate Landcare.   
Five new Local Landcare Coordinators started in the Hunter region this March. There are five 0.5 EFT (equivalent full time) positions being appointed or recruited by the two successful Landcare Network Hosts as follows.

The coordinators being hosted by Manning Landcare are Joel Dunn, working with Karuah & Great Lakes Landcare (0419 800 896), Pieta Laing with Manning Coastcare (6556 5099), Lyn Booth with Manning Landcare (0427 530 681) and Daintry Gerrand with Hastings Landcare (6586 4465).

The coordinators being hosted by the Hunter Region Landcare Network for Upper and Lower Hunter, are Anna Glasby, working with Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia (4951 6466), Adam Dwyer with Singleton Shire Landcare Network (, and Pauline Sykes with Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare/Muswellbrook Shire (6547 3644).

The Local Landcare Coordinator positions are part of the NSW Government's Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative, supported through a partnership between Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.   
From left to right: Chris Scott with Joel Dunn and Robyn Lamond; and getting around the table for a good old fashioned brainstorm.

Environmental Education grants now open

The NSW Environmental Trust is now calling for expressions of interest to the Environmental Education grants program. Grants of $5,000 to $100,000 are available for community organisations, non-profit organisations and government authorities to support educational projects that develop or widen the community's knowledge of, skills in, and commitment to protecting the environment. 

Guidelines, application forms and a range of resources are available on the Trust's website. Expressions of Interest are due by 5pm Friday 8 April 2016. 

Further information: 

NSW Environmental Trust 
PO Box 644, Parramatta NSW 2124
(Level 6, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta NSW 2150) 
Phone 02 8837 6093 
Fax 02 9895 6548

Your Farm Your Trees

The Hunter Farm Forestry Network (HFFN) is a group of landholders which promotes the sustainable use of trees on farms in the Hunter Region and facilitates the exchange of information on agroforestry to the community. 
The HFFN are running a series of three workshops called ‘Your Farm Your Trees – How trees lift farm productivity’, over the next couple of months.  
Rowan Reid, leading tree grower and founder of the Australian Master Tree Grower (MTG) program, will share his experience of growing and managing trees for production and conservation.  Followed by a farm walk looking at farm forestry topics such as:
  • tree species selection and design
  • establishing and managing plantings
  • thinning and pruning
  • managing regrowth forests
Three similar field days will be held across the Hunter Local Land Services region: 

Wootton: Saturday 2 April
RSVP Robyn for this one on  -  0419800896 or email

Lower Hunter: Friday 13 May

Upper Hunter (Martindale): Saturday 14 May

RSVP Annabel for these last two on 0437399511 or email

Upcoming events

  • Saturday 26 March - Easter Fun Day, 9.30 am - 1 pm, Hunter Wetlands Centre, 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland, NSW. Entry: Under 3 Free, Children $2, Adults $5. Ph: 4951 6466
  • Friday 1 April – Tocal Graduation Ceremony, 816 Tocal Road Paterson. Commencing at 2pm.  Ph: 4939 8888 for more details.
  • Saturday 2 April - Community Weeds Event Day, 9.30 am, Elderslie Hall, Elderslie Road, Elderslie. Morning tea and Lunch provided free.  RSVP to Steve Clarkson ph: 6578 7346 or
  • Thursday 7 April - Mine Rehab Conference, 8.30 am - 5 pm, Singleton Civic Centre, Queen Street Singleton, Early Bird Concession closes 13 March. 
  • Friday 8 April - Wang Wauk / Wallamba Sustainable Farming Group, Garden and paddock visit Firefly, 9.30 am - 12 noon. Contact Ros 0412 793 446
  • Friday 8 April – Singleton Beef & Land Management Assoc. are holding a Beef Marketing Day, Singleton Showgrounds, Singleton, (all day).  Contact Neil Nelson 6571 1049 or Leonie Ball 6577 2536
  • Saturday 9 April – Creating Healthy Soil Workshop, Killabakh Hall, 1676 Comboyne Road, Killabakh, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Contact  Blanca - 0468 350 897 or Jo - 0401 601 162 or email
  • Saturday 9-10 April - Low Stress Stock Handling course, ‘Glenoris’ Wallarobba.  Contact Sonia & Tim Campbell Phone: 02 4995 6265 Email:
  • Saturday 16 April - Manning Landcare Farm gate tour. The farms include free range eggs, vegetable production, sustainable beef grazing, honey and showcasing the Landcare works at Alfred Reserve, Killabakh. For more information they can call Lyn Booth  0427 530 681.
  • Sunday 17 April – Estuary Festival, Kooragang Wetlands, Ash Island, 10 am to 3 pm.  For more information tel: 02 4964 9308
  • Friday 3 June - Crawford River Sustainable Farming Group - Wild dog control activities with Hunter LLS and NPWS, next campaign, 10 am. More info contact Julie 0416 242 945
  • Friday 10 June - Wang Wauk / Wallamba Sustainable Farming Group, Property visit, Wang Wauk, 9.30 am - 12 noon. Contact Ros 0412 793 446

Regular events

  • 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 Easter and 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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