Hunter Local Land Services 
Landcare Links

Issue 8 - October 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: 

Congratulations Lake Macquarie Landcare! 

It was smiles all round when Lake Macquarie Landcare were called up by Costa Georgiadis at the National Landcare Awards gala dinner at the National Landcare Awards in Melbourne on Thursday 22 September.  

Lake Macquarie Landcare took out the 2016 award for Australian Government Partnership. 

Lake Macquarie Landcare is a community organisation built on a successful working partnership between dedicated local volunteers and the Lake Macquarie City Council. Since its formation in 2012, Lake Macquarie Landcare has become the largest network of Landcare groups in NSW, supporting almost 300 volunteer Landcare groups who protect and rehabilitate local environments and ecosystems in the area.

The continued support of Council has provided the Landcare Resource Centre, with support staff, resources and insurance to enable Landcare volunteers to carry out their work preserving unique biodiversity, increasing wildlife habitat, regenerating bushland, and reducing erosion and sedimentation. The organisation also engages the wider community promoting Landcare and the importance of sustainably managing natural resources.

To learn more about Lake Macquarie Landcare visit

Their outstanding achievements have been duly recognised through the awards. Congratulations Lake Macquarie Landcare!
(L-R) Lake Macquarie Landcarers Jason Harvey and Carmel Brown proudly excepting their award, with Hunter Regional Landcare Facilitator, Nev Reis.

Great turn out of Hunter Landcarers at the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards 

The 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards was well attended by nine delegates from the Hunter region, with first time delegates receiving support to attend the event through the Hunter Regional Landcare Facilitator program.

The conference is held every two years and gathers Landcarers from across Australia to recognise the collective achievements and substantial contribution of Landcare volunteers in protecting and enhancing our natural landscapes and ecosystems.

The first day celebrated the amazing landscapes and Landcare activities across 11 locations around Melbourne, while the second and third days brought delegates together at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  

Event activities were chaired by Costa Georgiadis, Host of ABC's Gardening Australia.  An inspiring opening plenary session was provided by Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery who spoke about Soils for Life, and the critical role of soils in the environment, economics, and peoples' lives around the world.  

The conference was filled with invigorating presentations from a variety of Landcarers, on topics such as climate impacts and responses, community engagement, landscape challenges and responses, and collaboration and innovation. Find out more at the National Landcare Conference website.
(L-R) Nev Reis, Hunter Regional Landcare Facilitator, Sophie Robertson, Hunter Intrepid Landcare, Jason Harvey and Carmel Brown, Lake Macquarie Landcare. Costa Georgiadis, (out the back) starting his conference welcoming speech.
(L-R) Sophie Robertson, Hunter Intrepid Landcare, Nicholas Alexander, Upper Hunter Local Landcare Coordinator, Carmel Brown, Lake Macquarie Landcare, Nev Reis, Hunter Regional Landcare Facilitator, Stephen Thatcher,  Muscle Creek Landcare Group, Pauline Sykes, Martidale Creek Catchment Landcare Network, Suzanne Pritchard, Coal Point Progress Landcare; and Jason Harvey, Lake Macquarie Landcare.

Hunter Intrepid Landcare sparks up  

Hunter Intrepid Landcare's first official event in September was a huge success with nearly 50 like minded young people coming together in Newcastle to roll up their sleeves and do some good for the local environment. 

The group had breakfast by the beach before teaming up with NSW National Parks and Wildlife service to tackle an infestation of Bitou Bush at Glenrock Lagoon. 

After a morning of doing and feeling good, the group tried their hands and some bush survival skills, making rope, weaving with lomandra leaves, and starting a fire with a couple of sticks.

The Hunter Intrepid Landcare group are all about Landcare and having fun across the Hunter. The next event (Wollemi Weeds and Wine Hunter Valley on 15-16 October) will be a weekend in the Upper Hunter, helping out Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare group with weed management, while learning about off grid housing, and enjoying a bonfire, a chat and a glass of wine. Find out more at the Intrepid Landcare website
Hunter Intrepid Landcare give themselves a clap, on a team effort to start a fire with two sticks in 15 minutes on a windy day! 

National Landcare Programme stakeholder survey: have your say!

The Australian Government welcomes your feedback on the National Landcare Programme. This survey is your opportunity to have your say and contribute to the review of the National Landcare Programme to ensure it is effective, efficient and continues to target natural resource management priorities.
This online survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete and your response will remain confidential. Your response is required by 14 October 2016 at which time the survey will close.

The survey has been designed to gather the views of all stakeholders including individuals and organisations. Please circulate the link below to any contacts who may be interested in participating. 

Further information regarding the ongoing review that the survey will inform can be found at the National Landcare Programme website.

The survey can be accessed at:

If you have any queries on the survey or would prefer a hard copy version, please send an email to or contact Ms Erum Rasheed from ARTD Consultants on 02 9373 9918.

Bring your Landcare group into the digital age with a free website

Would you like to build your Landcare group’s online presence to keep your local and volunteer community updated, achieve stronger engagement, and grow your group’s fundraising capability? MOBLE and Landcare Australia have partnered to present Landcare groups with an opportunity to design, build and create a free website, designed specifically for volunteer groups.
By taking up this free offer, you’ll have the opportunity to win a free 120-page website with lifetime hosting for your Landcare group, worth over $3,000. As the winner, you will also receive a half-day photoshoot to personalise the look and feel of your brand new website.
When you register, you’ll have access to easy to follow, online sessions that will teach you how to build your website in four easy steps. Using MOBLE’s intuitive drag-and-drop award winning platform, there are hundreds of pre-built templates to choose from to build your group’s unique and personalised website.
Everyone wins! Even with just your free two page MOBLE website, you’ll receive free lifetime hosting, giving your group a starting platform for building a presence in the ever-important online sphere. 
To go in the running to receive a 120-page website with free lifetime hosting, be sure to get creative and complete your two page MOBLE website by 11 November 2016. The winning entry will be judged on design, percentage of website completed, and the overall user experience.

Visit the MOBLE & Landcare websites page to start building your website today.

Upcoming events

Tuesday 11-12 October Prograze abridged - PROfarm course, Tocal College 815 Tocal Road, Paterson.  For more details Ph: 1800 025 520 or Email:

Tuesday 11 October 6.30 - 8.30 pm, Songbirds of Australia and the Hunter Valley, Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent Street, Cessnock. Contact Hunter Local Land Services 4930 1030. 

Saturday 15 October 10 am, Singleton Shire Landcare Network Inc. annual celebration, Singleton Infantry Museum Café, RSVP by Friday October 7.  For further information or to RSVP for the event contact Local Landcare Coordinator Adam Dwyer on 65787534 or email

Saturday 15 October 5 - 7 pm, Backyard Bushcare Weed, Wine & Dine evening, Stroud and District Country Club, 164 Bucketts Way Stroud.  Contact Helen Kemp Ph: 6591 7344 or Email: 

Saturday 22 October 9 - 11 am, Ironbark Creek Canoe Tour.  Meet in reception at Hunter Wetlands Centre, 1 Wetland Place, Shortland

Tuesday 25 - 27 October, NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium, Red Oak Function Centre, Turners Vineyard, Orange, NSW.  For more information visit

Friday 28 - 30 October, National Biological Farming Conference & Expo 2016.  Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Queensland. Go to for more information.

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. For more information visit    

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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