Hunter Local Land Services 
Landcare Links

Issue 2 - February 2016

Dear Landcarers,

Welcome to the second edition of Hunter Landcare Links, a monthly update from the Hunter Regional Landcare Facilitator.

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In this issue:  


Five Local Landcare Coordinators for the Hunter

Five new Local Landcare Coordinators will start in the Hunter region during March. There are five 0.5 EFT (equivalent full time) positions being appointed or recruited by the two successful Landcare Network Hosts.

Manning Landcare is the host for Mid Coast to Tops and has:
0.3 EFT with Karuah & Great Lakes Landcare;
0.2 EFT with Manning Coastcare Inc;
0.4 EFT with Manning Landcare Inc; and
0.1 EFT with Hastings Landcare Inc. 

Hunter Region Landcare Network is the host for Upper and Lower Hunter: 
0.5 EFT with Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia;
0.5 EFT with Singleton Shire Landcare Network Inc; and 
0.5 EFT with Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare/Muswellbrook Shire. Muswellbrook Shire have matched this position with another 0.5 EFT bringing the position in this area to one full EFT.

The new positions will be focused on building the capacity of Hunter Landcare networks to develop a Landcare Future Fund and invigorating a Landcare Community of Practice until June 2019.

The Local Landcare Coordinator positions are part of the NSW Government's Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.   

Hunter Farm Forestry Network Peer Group Mentoring Program

The Hunter Farm Forestry Network (HFFN) is a group of landholders that promotes the sustainable use of trees on farms in the Hunter Region and facilitates the exchange of information on agroforestry to the community. 
HFFN has recently secured funding from the Hunter Local Land Services to run a new and innovative Peer Group Mentoring Project in the region. This project will link up experienced farmers and tree-growers from the Hunter Farm Forestry Network with landholders who are interested in agroforestry and want to integrate trees into their farming systems for a whole variety of purposes. 

The group will use a peer mentoring model established by the Otway Agroforestry Network (OAN) which has also recently been trialled with great success in the New England Region.   
The group will kick off the program with a series of three agroforestry field days with the renowned guest speaker Rowan Reid from the Otway Agroforestry Network. These will be held across the Hunter region in March and April and will provide an opportunity for interested landholders to sign up to a site visit from a mentor.
For more information on the project contact Annabel Kater on 0437 399 511.

Landcare in Manning / Great Lakes

The three networks in this neck of the woods are excited at the prospect of working together on a new project. The four-year funded program, which is part of the NSW Government Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through a partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW, will enable us to build closer ties but also expand how we each support local groups and landholders.

Our project is called Mid Coast to Tops (MC2T). It will include a website providing an overview of landcare in our district, links, case studies and the projects and initiatives underway and planned.

Manning Landcare, which has a shopfront in Wingham, will be our hub, with soon to be appointed part-time Local Landcare Coordinators serving the Manning catchment, the Great Lakes & Karuah catchments, the Stewart’s River catchment and the Manning coast. 
We are looking forward to sharing more of our stories in the near future.

From Robyn Lamond (Great Lakes), Chris Scott (Manning), and Daintry Gerrand (Manning Coast)

Hunter Regional Landcare Scholarships 2016

There are currently four Hunter Regional Landcare scholarships available to students of natural resource management and agriculture.

Two of these are with Tocal College and aim to assist conservation and land management students in making a meaningful contribution to natural resource management and agricultural outcomes of the future. The scholarships are valued at $2,250 each and students must be enrolled at Tocal College to be eligible. Applications for these scholarship have opened and will close 18 March 2016.  

Two scholarships are also available with the University of Newcastle, Tom Farrell Institute. The scholarships are valued at $3,000 each and are for enrolled students undertaking post graduate studies at an Australian university. Applicants must display strong personal, community and educational commitment to natural resource management and agriculture, with particular relevance to the Hunter region of NSW. Research topics have been identified to assist Hunter Local Land Services in bridging current knowledge gaps.

Applications for these scholarships are now open and will close Monday 2 May 2016. Application details are available online at Contact Hunter Regional Landcare Facilitator, Nev Reis, for more information on 02 4938 4959 or  

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday 2 March - Fermenting Foods with Sammi Zajko - presentation for Dyers Crossing Landcare, 10-11.30 am, at Krambach. Please book with Laura 0409 997 309
  • Wednesday 2 March - Coastal Habitat Awareness Program information evening, 6.30 - 8 pm, Tomaree Library and Community Centre. For more info phone 4980 0251 or email  
  • Wednesday 8 March - Better moorings for a healthier Lake Macquarie - environmentally friendly mooring demonstration and information night, 11 am - 8.00 pm, Belmont Reserve (opposite Roberts Street) Belmont, call Brian Hughes, 02 6551 8994 (ext 222)
  • Tuesday 8 March - New Biological Controls, 9 am - 12 noon, Old Butter Factory, Telegraph Point; and Wednesday 9 March, 9 am - 12 noon, School of Arts Hall, Krambach.  Morning tea provided, RSVP by 7 March by calling 02 6586 4465 (Telegraph Point) or 0427 570 244 and 0427 530 681 (Krambach).
  • Monday 14 March - New Biological Controls for Giant Parramatta Grass and Crofton Weed with Terry Inkson and Jeremy Bradley 9.30 am – 2 pm, Stroud School of Arts Hall, 2 Cowper St (The Bucketts Way). RSVP please to Joel Dunn 0401 932 533 by 11th March.
  • Monday 14 March - Topi Topi Sustainable Farming Group - Edible Garden Tour 10 am - 12 noon, Garden To Table Permaculture at Charlotte Bay. More information can be found at  
  • Saturday 19 March - Coomba Sustainable Living Group Earth Hour,  7 – 9 pm, in the Gazebo at Coomba Aquatic Gardens, Coomba Rd. Bring your nibblies, drinks and candles in a jar to enjoy the friendship, the candlelight and the stars.   
  • Sunday 20 March, Kooragang Monthly Tree Planting Day, 8.30-10.30 am, Schoolmasters House, Schoolhouse Road, Ash Island. Free morning tea and Lunch. Ph 4964 9308 or email for more details.
  • Tuesday 22 March - Rural Resilience and Seasonal Conditions workshop, 9.30 am - 3.00 pm, Club Taree, 121 Wingham Road, RSVP to Albert Mullen 6551 8994 (ext 235) or Jen Haberecht 0400 160287 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 landcaring!

Nev Reis | Regional Landcare Facilitator
Hunter Local Land Services

Phone 02 4938 4959
Social media
Address 816 Tocal Road (Private Bag 2010) | Paterson | NSW 2421

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


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