Hunter Local Land Services 
Landcare Links

Issue 10 - November 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 third Friday of the month.
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In this issue: 

Applications are now open for the 2017 Hunter Regional Landcare Scholarship

Hunter Local Land Services is encouraging postgraduate students with a strong commitment to natural resource management and agriculture to apply for the 2017 Hunter Regional Landcare Scholarship.

The scholarship exists to support students in conducting valuable research that aligns with the National Landcare Programme Objectives. This year we are also building stronger relationships between scholarship applicants and Local Land Services staff, who have suggested research topics this year.

It is a key goal of Hunter Local Land Services’ Strategic Plan to address knowledge gaps across the region through research that informs new and improved approaches to natural resource management and agriculture.

This is the fourth year Hunter Local Land Services has offered the scholarship, which is part of the Regional Landcare Facilitator program, an initiative of the Australian Government.

The scholarship is administered by The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle.

“This is a tremendous scholarship program which can make a significant contribution to a student’s research project and the environment,” said Director of The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, Professor Tim Roberts.

“The Tom Farrell Institute is proud to be administering this worthwhile scholarship program which helps students achieve their goals,” Professor Roberts said.

The scholarship, worth $3000, is open to students enrolled in post graduate studies at an Australian university. Applications close on Friday 27 January 2017.

Interested students can download the scholarship guidelines and application form from the Hunter Local Land Services website.

$14.9 million Farming Together Initiative

Farming Together is a federal government initiative, worth $14.9 m, which aims to build financial and societal sustainability across Australia’s smaller primary producers.

All farmers who register through the initiative receive a free one-on-one consultation to discuss their opportunities and create a successful collaborative group. This could be either as a structured co-operative, as a collective bargaining entity or as a less-formal collaborative group.

The most-promising groups will be offered assistance for product research and development. Areas covered include advice on marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics and exporting as well as non-ongoing consultancy appointments.

Farming Together comprises a highly experienced senior team drawn from a wide range of commodity groups from across Australia and backed by an industry advisory group representing experts from WA, NT, Queensland, Victoria, SA and NSW.

To register go to and complete the simple self-assessment – no extensive forms to fill in.

For more information phone Nick or Andrew on 1800 00 55 55 or email

Australian native bees

There's been an ever increasing interest in Australian native bees in recent years. However, there is still a lot to learn about the many different species of Australian native bees.

Dani Lloyd-Prichard has been a busy bee for some 18 months producing a comprehensive and beautiful ag-guide for the Department of Primary Industries about Australian native bees.

Pick up your copy in time for Australian Pollinator Week 20-27 November...and Christmas!  

Survey of the month: Farmers for Climate Action

Farmers for Climate Action launched a survey about farmers’ level of concern about damage to our climate, how they are responding to impacts, like changing rainfall patterns and more extreme weather, and views on solutions such as renewable energy. 

Farmers who do the survey go in the running to win a Beam Energy & Flex solar system and battery solar storage from Enphase worth $15,000. 

Farmers for Climate Action are asking primary producers to complete the survey and share it with others that might be interested. The survey can be accessed at:
Volunteers from Farmers for Climate Action prepare to survey farmers at Henty Field Days, NSW. (Source: Farmers for Climate Action)

Upcoming events

Friday 28 - 30 October, National Biological Farming Conference & Expo 2016. Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Queensland.

Friday 28 October, Soil Carbon Field Day 9.30 am to 2.30 pm, Mirannie Hall, Mirannie. For more information contact or phone: 0421 306 204.

Saturday 29 October 9 am, Turkey Rhubarb Challenge, Glenrock Scout Centre, Scout Camp Road off Burwood Road.  Bookings essential contact Tim M: 0407 249 630 Email: or 

Wednesday 2 - 3 November, Prograze abridged - PROfarm course, Scone TAFE 2 Flemington Drive Scone. Register with Adam Bush at the Hunter Local Land Services Scone office or 6540 2400 or 

Friday 4 November 9 am to 12.30 pm, Creek Restoration Techniques on Farms, meet at "Kurrajongs" 2181 Martindale Road, Martindale. Free workshop. Booking essential Eva Twarkowski, M: 0411 570 876 or Email: 

Saturday 5 November, 9 am to 2 pm, Throsby Creek Community Catchment Tour. Start and Finish at end of Worth Place, Newcastle. Lunch included. Bookings required RSVP Ph: 4974 2622 or Email: 

Saturday 5 November, 9 am to 11 am, Wetland Walkabout, meet at Jewells Crossing, Kalaroo Road, Belmont North. Bookings essential Ph: 4961 2358 or Email:

Saturday 5 November 9.30 am to 11.30 am, Save Money, Eat Well, Waste Less. Medowie Community Centre. Bookings essential email or ph: 4980 0251. 

Monday 7-8 November 9.30 am to 4 pm, Tune Up For Farmers (TUFF), a new pilot program which will help rural men. Peter Brown's place, 196 Tinonee Road Wingham. RSVP Caroline Hayes M: 0407 971 675 or email:

Tuesday 8 November, Singleton Shire Landcare Network ordinary meeting, Singleton.  For further information contact Adam Dwyer, Local Landcare Coordinator Ph: 6578 7534 M: 0437 692224 Email: 

Tuesday 8-9 November, 9am - 4 pm, Rural Resilence Program: Shaping Our Futures Together (SOFT), a two day course for rural women with modules on developing self-esteem, networking, goal setting, leadership and communications. To reserve a place contact Caroline Hayes ASAP M: 0407 971 675 or email:

Wednesday 9 November 10 am to 11 am, Waste Tour for National recycling week. Visit to Council's Advanced Resource Recovery Technology. Bookings essential email or ph: 4980 0251. 

Thursday 10 November 10 am, Making more from what I have - Gaining Nutrient Efficiencies, Peter Brown's family farm, 196 Tinonee Road The Bright via Wingham. RSVP Col Freeman Email: M: 0404 434 297.

Thursday 10 November 4 pm, Exiting the Anthropocene and Entering the Symbiocene seminar by Dr Glenn Albrecht, ATC210, Advanced Technology Centre, Callaghan Campus, UoN.  Refreshments ACT foyer, gold coin donation appreciated.

Sunday 13 November 9.30 am to 12 pm, Volunteer planting day and shorebird watching, Stockton Sandpit, Stockton. Fore details, directions and to RSVP call 4964 9308. 

Friday 18 November, Annual Hunter Great Eastern Ranges Stakeholder Forum, Singleton Civic Centre. 

Saturday 19 November, Hunter Region Landcare Network Annual General Meeting, Wollombi.  For catering reasons please RSVP by 16 November.  To RSVP and more information contact John Hughson Ph: 0478214498 or Email: 

Sunday 20 - 27 November, Australian Pollinator Week 

Tuesday 22 November 10 am to 2 pm, Mid-Coast Adaptable Farming Systems Project, Pat & Louise Neal, Oxley Island. RSVP Marguerite White M: 0447 500 415 E: 

Wednesday 23 November 6.30 pm, Marine Discovery Series Night. Tomaree Library and Community Centre, Town Centre Circuit, Salamander Bay. Bookings essential email or ph: 4980 0251. 

Wednesday 23-24 November, Feeding pastures for profit, Dairy Skills Centre Tocal Dairy, 815 Tocal Road, Tocal. To secure your place contact Peter Beale M: 0427 007 468. 

Saturday 26 November 9 am, Direct Seeding and end of year BBQ, Glenrock Scout Centre, Scout Camp Road off Burwood Road.  Bookings essential contact Tim M: 0407 249 630 Email: or 

Monday 28 November, Finance management and governance training, Singleton.  For further information contact Adam Dwyer, Local Landcare Coordinator Ph: 6578 7534 M: 0437 692224 Email: 

Tuesday 29 November, Dairy NSW McRae Focus Farm, Barrington Final Field Day. for more information contact Caroline Hayes ASAP M: 0407 971 675 or email:

Tuesday 29 November 10 am to 12 pm, Facebook for farmers, Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group 88 King Street Gloucester. Bookings essential, contact Stefanie Pillora 6558 2454. 

Tuesday 6 December, Singleton Shire Landcare Network ordinary meeting, Singleton.  For further information contact Adam Dwyer, Local Landcare Coordinator Ph: 6578 7534 M: 0437 692 224 Email: 

Sunday 5 - 9 February, Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate: a Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World. University of New England, Armidale, NSW.  

Monday 13 February, Online and social media tools, Singleton.  For further information contact Adam Dwyer, Local Landcare Coordinator Ph: 6578 7534 M: 0437 692224 Email: 

Wednesday 29-31 March, Mine Rehab Conference 2017, Muswellbrook RSL 113 Bridge Street Muswellbrook.

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. 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.
In Newcastle  
  • Aries Way Reserve, Elermore Vale - 3rd Sunday of each month, 1:30pm
  • Anna Place Reserve, Benjamin Drive Wallsend - various dates throughout the year. Email
  • Blackbutt Reserve, Addison Road, New Lambton - 3rd Sunday of each month, 1pm
  • Blackbutt Reserve Rainforest, Carnley Ave, Kotara - 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 8am
  • Central Rankin Park, Hasluck Drive or Rosedale Crescent, Rankin Park - every Tuesday 9:30am
  • Charlotte Street Reserve, Merewether Street, Merewether - 2nd Friday of each month, 1pm
  • Dixon Park Beach - 1st Tuesday of each month, 8:30am
  • George McGregor Reserve, Cambridge Drive, Rankin Park - 3rd Sunday of each month, 9am
  • Jacknorman Reserve, Waratah West - every Sunday 9am
  • Kotara Park, Station Street off Park Ave, Kotara - 1st Sunday of each month, 9am
  • Merewether Foreshore, end of Henderson Parade - every Tuesday 8am
  • Morgan Street Reserve, Woodward Street, Merewether -  month 7:30am
  • Myamblah Crescent Reserve, Perina Place, Merewether Heights - various dates throughout the year. Email
  • Nesca Park, Nesca Parade, The Hill - 2nd Saturday of each month, 8:30am
  • Nobbys Horseshoe Beach - 1st Sunday of each month 8:30am
  • Obelisk Hill and Arcadia Park, The Hill - 1st Friday of each month, 7:30am
  • Shortland to Wallsend Landcare, Northcott Park, Cobby Street or Lovell Parade - every Tuesday, 9am
  • Stockton Landcare, Corroba Oval Eames Ave or The Pines near Hereford Street Memorial - 2nd Monday of each month, 8am
  • Trig Shepards Hill, Memorial Drive, Bar Beach - 1st Tuesday of each month, 9am
  • Wallsend Brickworks Park, Victory Parade or Iranda Grove, Wallsend - 4th Sunday of each month, 8:30am
  • Wentworth Creek, Cottonwood Chase, Fletcher - various dates throughout the year. Email
  • Willow Close Reserve, Elermore Vale - 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am 

Other Landcare links and news

Funding and giving 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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