Hunter Local Land Services 
Landcare Links

Issue 8 - September 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: 

2016 National Landcare Conference Vote for Lake Macquarie

There are 69 outstanding Landcare champions across nine categories that make up this year’s National Landcare Awards finalists.

All finalists are also in the running to win the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award winner will be presented to the finalist who receives the most votes from the general public in the lead-up to the 2016 National Landcare Awards, which take place in Melbourne on Thursday, 22 September.

Lake Macquarie Landcare is our one and only finalist from the Hunter Region so give them your vote and acknowledge the great work they have been doing.

Getting to know your Local Landcare Coordinators

In this month's Hunter Landcare Links we profile Local Landcare Coordinators, Pieta Laing and Joël Dunn.
Pieta Laing covers the Manning Coastcare area and is based in Upper Lansdowne.

Previous Landcare experience: 
Working for council I supported Shoalhaven Landcare as well as establishing and supporting Bushcare groups. I established Streamwatch for Sydney Water and managed the State's Waterwatch program and other community-based environmental programs.  

Landcare passion and aspirations:
Collectively we need to change the way we impact our environment and assist its rehabilitation. There will never be enough funds for government to do it and individual efforts alone are not enough. Landcare provides a great way for us to work together to achieve shared goals and to learn from each other. 

Preferred method of contact:
Thursday or Friday mornings are best on 0409 456 846 or
Joël Dunn covers the Karuah and Great Lakes area and is based in Nabiac.

Previous Landcare experience: G'day. My passion for the land started as a kid constantly “going bush”, and has grown through volunteering for Greening Australia while studying in Brisbane, an internship at the Seedsavers Network at Byron Bay, home food forest experiments, establishing Forster Community Garden, and a two year stint as Catchment Officer for Great Lakes Council in partnership with Karuah and Great Lakes Landcare (KGLL).

Landcare passion and aspirations: After a return to veterinary work and an overseas permaculture project, I’m excited to be back with KGLL, helping people help our beautiful landscapes here in the Great Lakes. This Local Land Services initiative gives an opportunity to re-energise the existing local network of Landcare and Sustainable Farming groups, support the formation of new interest groups, and empower more people to carry forward our vision of a healthy, bountiful, beautiful Great Lakes.

Preferred method of contact: Typical operating days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. KGLL office is at the Nabiac Neighbourhood Centre, 37 Nabiac St, Nabiac. Email: or Phone: 0401 932 533
Other Local Landcare Coordinators across the region:
$2.2 million Grants Program now open 

Applications are now open for Hunter Local Land Services 2016-17 Grants Programs. Eligible landholders, land managers, community groups and Aboriginal organisations are encouraged to apply for funds to deliver natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and community capacity building projects.

Grants are on offer to support eligible applicants to:
•    Enhance and protect native vegetation, biodiversity and habitat for threatened species 
•    Implement sustainable grazing and land management practices 
•    Revegetate and restore streambanks and riparian zones 
•    Build landholder and community capacity in natural resource management 
•    Implement on-ground land management for Aboriginal cultural outcomes or provide capacity building and/or employment of Aboriginal land management teams

The $2.2 million grants programs are delivered by Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, Catchment Action NSW, Hunter Catchment Contributions and other partners.

Eligibility criteria and guidelines apply. Applications close on 16 September 2016. Some grant applications require assistance from Hunter Local Land Services staff before submitting. Requests for assistance must be lodged by 2 September 2016.

Further information about the grants programs is available from the Hunter Local Land Services website  or by calling 1300 795 299. 

2016 Fish Habitat Action Grants now open

Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for grants.

Grants are available for small projects up to $2,000 and large projects up to $40,000. Applications close on September 30th at 5 pm. For more information on the Habitat Action Grants visit the Department of Primary Industries website.

For inquiries please contact Scott Nichols, Regional Officer, Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation, Fisheries NSW - NSW Department of Primary Industries, 1243 Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar, NSW 2477. T: 02 6626 1396, F: 02 6628 6051, M: 0429 300 489, E:
Members of the Hunter Native Fish fishing club planting and fencing a site on the Paterson River.

Restoration and Rehabilitation grants now open for applications

The NSW Environmental Trust is now inviting applications to the 2016/17 round of its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program. 

A total of $4 million is available to the following organisations for projects working to protect, conserve and restore our natural environment:
  • $2 million for projects by community organisations
  • $2 million for projects by government entities
  • Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available.
Applications close 3pm Monday 26 September 2016.

Application materials
Guidelines, application forms and a range of resources are available on the Trust's website:

Contact the Trust Administration on (02) 8837 6093 or email
To find out about other grants programs delivered by the Environmental Trust, please visit the Trust website:

NSW Environmental Trust 
PO Box 644, Parramatta NSW 2124
(Level 4, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta NSW 2150) 
Phone 02 8837 6093 
Fax 02 9895 6548

The NSW Environmental Trust is administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

The John Ralph Essay Competition is open for 2016

Farm environmental stewardship programs are just subsidies in disguise and should not be adopted in Australia.

Take your opportunity to support or oppose this statement by entering the John Ralph Essay Competition.

The Australian Farm Institute established the John Ralph Essay Competition to stimulate discussion and debate on topics relevant to the agriculture sector, and to encourage students and the wider community to engage in issues strategically important to the future of the sector.

Entrants are asked to clearly explain whether they support or oppose the above statement. The essays should include a broad analysis of the potential or actual impact of environmental stewardship programs, from both an environmental and a farm productivity perspective. Essays should include analysis of overseas examples in support of arguments, and can be between 1,500 and 4,500 words in length. 

There are two categories – Open or Novice (25 years of age or under)

There is a $5000 cash prize for the Open category and a $1000 cash prize for the Novice category.

  • Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2017 Edition of the Farm Policy Journal
  • One year’s membership of the Australian Farm Institute
  • Complimentary attendance at the Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference in November 
Professor or Lecturers are eligible for one year's free subscription to the Farm Policy Journal, upon encouraging students to participate. In the event that the essay topic is used for coursework, we encourage lecturers to only submit the top 3-4 entries from the class. To participate in this offer, please register with Nicole Day, Research Officer: to indicate your interest.  

Entries close 5pm on Monday, 5 September 2016. For entry details go to the Australian Farm Institute website.

Research into the experience of rural men

A research project into the lives of rural men is being conducted by student Luke Chesworth, as the main component of an honours degree in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of NSW.  

Luke has been a youth worker for almost 20 years, and has a great deal of experience working with all sorts of people in respectful and empowering relationships.

Luke is conducting research into the lived experiences of farming men as part of his degree. This research aims to present a rich account of the lived experience of men in rural and remote farming settings by researching and analysing their perspectives.

Luke is looking for men who own and operate farms in NSW to be part of this research project. Participants are asked to allow Luke to accompany them on their day to day tasks for an agreed period of time and to participate in informal interviews about their individual experiences.

To find out more, please contact Luke directly at

Upcoming events

Friday 2 September 10.30 am, Mid Coast Women in Dairy monthly tea, Eggert Dairy, Wauchope. For more information, email 

Saturday 3 September, 9.30am - 12.30pm, free Community Workshop Weed Identification and Control, Tocal College, Tocal Road, Tocal. Contact Eva Twarkowski Ph: 4978 4029 or Email: RSVP Friday 2 September.

Wednesday 7 September 9 am - 12.30 pm, Sheep and goat information session. Ruminant Animal Training Centre, Tocal Dairy, Tocal College.  If you would like to attend please contact the Hunter LLS office at Maitland Saleyards on Ph: 4932 8866.  

Wednesday 7 September 8.30 am, Dungog Walkers - Wang Wank historic railway walk (6 km Easy/Medium). Meet at Dungog Visitors information Centre to carpool. For more info call Tony 4992 3440.

Wednesday 7 September 9.30am - 3.30pm, MLA NSW Grasslands Update, Gloucester Anglican Church Hall, Gloucester.  For more information or to register please contact Peter Beale at Hunter Local Land Services on 02 6551 8994 ext 239 or email Alternatively, register online via the Hunter Local Land Services website.

Wednesday 21-23 September, National Landcare Conference and Awards, Melbourne.  Registrations are now open. Register via the National Landcare Conference website.

Tuesday 26-28 September, Beef Cattle Assessment Course, CB Alexander College, Tocal. Program details can be accessed via the Hunter Local Land Services website. For more information or bookings contact Leanne Stuart Ph: 0408 621784 or email

Thursday 29 September, Biodiversity Day at Blue Gum Hills, free lunch, prizes, plant give away, live animals, orienteering, tree planting, guided walks, bird observing, poetry, and wildlife boxes.  For more information email: or 

Thursday 29 September 8.30 am, Dungog Walkers - Dungog railway history walk (6 km easy).  Meet at Dungog Visitors information Centre. For more info call Esma 4992 1098.

Thursday 13 October 9.00 am, Dungog Walkers - Thalaba Flat Tops Loop (4-9 km Medium).  Meet at Dungog Visitors information Centre to carpool.  

Tuesday 25 - 27 October, 2016 NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium, Red Oak Function Centre, Turners Vineyard, Orange, NSW.  For more information visit

Wednesday 26 October 8.30 am, Dungog Walkers - Carawirry Rainforest Walk/Light lunch provided (5-10 km Medium). Meet at Dungog Visitors information Centre to carpool.  For more info call Vicki 4992 3359.

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

Thursday 24 November 9.30 am, Dungog Walkers - Lion Rock, Swim optional (6 km Easy/Medium).  Meet at Dungog Visitors information Centre to carpool.  For more info call Allen 4992 2091.

Wednesday 7 December 9.30 am, Dungog Walkers - Marion and Davids end of year party, bring a plate and swimmers (4-10 km Easy/Medium).  Meet at Dungog Visitors information Centre to carpool.  For more info call Marion 4992 1899.

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#
  • 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#
  • 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#
  • Willow Close Reserve, Elermore Vale - 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am 

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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