Hunter Local Land Services 
Landcare Links

Issue 12 - March 2017
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:

Natural disaster recovery assistance for primary producers

The impact of fire, flood and other natural disasters can affect primary producers beyond their own resilience levels requiring assistance to recover personally and financially.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) coordinate and provide recovery assistance and advice, for those effected by the recent fires in the Hunter region.  Specifically, the Giro, Sir Ivan, and the 2016 Kurri Kurri fires.   

To learn more call Local Land Services on 1800 814 647.

Visit the emergency management page on the NSW DPI website for recovery information on a range of topics including feeding and health related issues in livestock, managing pastures and aquaculture issues. There is also information on the NSW DPI website on available financial assistance.

Rural Resilience Officers and Rural Support Workers also provide information on support available for farming families recovering from natural disasters and can connect them to relevant service providers. Contacts for the Hunter region are:
Mid to North Coast - Jen Haberecht - 0400 160 287
Hunter, New England & Gloucester - Caroline Hayes -0407 971 675
Coordinator based at Tocal - Liane Corocher - 0427 188 643

Landcare NSW Membership and Insurance Program open for business!  

For a number of years one of the key things Landcare groups have asked for is cost effective insurance that provides adequate protection for group members.  Landcare NSW are now able to deliver on that need with the new Membership & Insurance Program.

Also, for a number of years one of the key things governments at all levels, investors and partner organisations have asked for is accurate information about Landcare in NSW, the number of groups and volunteers involved – the army on the ground.  The new Membership and Insurance program is one of the ways that Landcare NSW can deliver on this need.

Membership of Landcare NSW is offered at two tiers depending on the income and employer status of your group.  The Insurance Program provides Public Liability and Volunteer Workers coverage PLUS Association Liability (if applicable) which covers a range of risks including Professional Indemnity, Officers & Directors Liability and more.

Visit the Landcare NSW Membership & Insurance portal to get an on-line quote for your insurance requirements, progress to pay for your membership and policy, and then be able to access your membership certificate and certificates of currency whenever you need them with your group log-in.

For more details visit or contact the Landcare NSW on 0400 405 898 or email

Hunter Regional Landcare Support Forum 

The Hunter Regional Landcare Support Forum is an opportunity for Landcare leaders to come together share ideas, plan, and strategise.  

The forum supports Landcare networks, Local Landcare Coordinators, Local Government, and Local Land Services staff.  

The forum was highlighted by the presence of Mr Stephen Bromhead, the NSW Member of Parliament for Myall Lakes; and Susan Hooke the Hunter Local Land Services Chair of the Board.  

It was an extra special day for Susan as it was her very last day in her Board position.  Susan resigned from her position as of 1 March 2017.  Susan still carries a passion for Landcare and indicated an ongoing interest to support Landcare in the Hunter. 

It was full day with six presenters all up, representing organisations such as Landcare NSW, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Complete Computing Gloucester, Manning Landcare, and LLS. 

A second forum for the year is planned to be held at Singleton during May.  

To learn more contact Nev Reis, Regional Landcare Facilitator by phone 02 4938 4959 or email 

Photos - Top to bottom: Landcare NSW update on Statewide Landcare Insurance; Lunch; and all Upper, Mid and Lower Hunter Local Landcare Coordinators make it to the Manning River. 

Hunter Districts' Landcare funding 

The Hunter Region is split into three districts, Manning Great Lakes (MGL), Upper Hunter (UH) and Lower Hunter (LH).  Each district has a Local Land Services Landcare Partnership, which provides funding to Landcare networks or groups, which is used to run events or devolved to other Landcarers to deliver activities. 

The LH district Landcare Partnership is with the Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN).  

Currently, HRLN has funding available for Landcare Groups in the Lower Hunter, which includes Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, lake Macquarie, Cessnock and Dungog Local Government Areas (LGA). The purpose of the funds is to undertake workshops and field days in natural resource management. This funding has been made available through a Landcare partnership with Hunter Local Land Services.
Grants of up to $2000 are available for groups to undertake workshops before the end of the 2016/17 financial year.
To express your interest, contact the Hunter Region Landcare Network via Local Landcare Coordinators:
  • LGAs Cessnock and Dungog - Adam Dwyer, (02) 6578 7534 (Mon/Tue/Wed) M 0437 692 224
  • LGAs Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, and Lake Macquarie - Stacy Mail, 0429 444 305
Adam and Stacy can assist you in filling in a simple one page Expression of Interest (EOI) form.  
EOIs will be assessed by the Hunter Region Landcare Network committee at their March meeting, after which the successful groups will be notified.

Happy 1st Birthday regenTV

The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) regenTV has been up and running for one year! This is a great resource for the scientific/technically minded bush regenerators.  

RegenTV is AABR’s growing online library of restoration videos from forums and field days, aligned to the National Restoration Standards.

Along with the videos there are learning resources for students and life-long learners. RegenTV allows for the sharing of current thinking, in a rapidly growing field, in a climate changing world.

The regenTV project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

To learn more, contact the Suzanne Pritchard, AABR Coordinator-Education Officer regenTV email: or m: 0438 596 741.

Have your say on the Draft Regional Weed Management Plans

The draft Hunter Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 is currently on public exhibition for community feedback feedback.
All eleven Local Land Services regions have developed their draft plans collaboratively with their Regional Weeds Committees. They set out the strategic direction in weed management and control for the next five years and will guide investment into weed control and compliance efforts across the regions. The plans focus on coordinated weed management and identifying the regional priorities to manage the risks associated with weeds entering, establishing and spreading within each region.

Managing weeds is a shared responsibility and government, industry and the NSW community must work together to protect our economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of weeds.
The draft plans and supporting documentation for each LLS region are available on the Local Land Services Open website and will be on public exhibition until 28 March 2017. 
If you have any questions please contact your nearest Local Land Services office.

Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare awarded

Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare (MCCL) group, have taken out the Environment Award at the Muswellbrook Shire Council (MSC) 2017 Australia Day awards.

MCCL President, Pauline Sykes, says, "MCCL members are very excited to have been awarded this honour. We thought to have been nominated was exciting, but to actually be the recipient ... It is a great thing to have your contribution to your local community recognised! And after such a short time since our inception, to have accomplished so much and to be seen to have done that is wonderful! 

As part of the award presentation, MCCL was gifted a tree by MSC, which they plan to plant in memory of a member who sadly recently passed away.

Into the future MCCL will begin their Jaramas Foundation funded project targeting Honey Locust in the catchment for Martindale Creek. This project will see a contractor treat existing Honey Locust trees, returning valuable agricultural land to its proper use by removing a serious infestation.

A trip to renowned Gulgong farmer Col Seis' property, "Winona" is also planned to follow up on their native grasses field day held last year. The group will be able to view Col's property and techniques in-situ and gain greater insight into the benefits of his methods. This will take place in March and is funded through Hunter Local Land Services.

With the same funding MCCL will purchase a set of game-trail cameras and undertake training in their use to allow MCCL members to monitor both native and feral wildlife in the area.

To contact MCCL please email: 

Upcoming events

Wednesday 8 March, 1 pm, Coolah Post-fire workshop, for landholders affected by the Sir Ivan fire. Coolah Central School (following the community meeting). Topics covered will include financial and other assistance, animal health and management advice, and pasture establishment. Contact Sarah Giblin on 6540 2400 for more information.

Thursday 9 March, 9 am, Dunedoo Post-fire workshop, for landholders affected by the Sir Ivan fire. Dunedoo Bowling Club. Topics covered will include financial and other assistance, animal health and management advice, and pasture establishment. Contact Sarah Giblin on 6540 2400 for more information.

Thursday 9 - 10 March, Whole farm planning workshop - Part 1
A workshop cost of approximately $50 will include learning resources and an A1 colour map of your property showing contour lines which will assist with your farm plan. The four day workshop will be delivered in two separate two-day blocks on 9-10 and 30-31 March 2017. The workshop will only run if there is sufficient landholder interest. To register your interest or for further details or please contact Mitchell McGrath or phone 0428 867 142.

Friday 10 March, 1- 4.30pm, Managing stock in dry times, Dungog RSL Club. District Veterinarians Digby Rayward and Jim Kerr, supported by Beef consultant Ian Blackwood and NSW DPI agronomist Neil Griffiths, are offering advice to producers to help with the forecasted extended dry conditions. Registrations essential. Lunch provided. To register, phone (02) 4939 8967.

Friday 10 March, 10.30 am, Official Opening of the Jubilee Park Fitness Equipment, Jubilee Park Brown Street Dungog. RSVP by 3 March by calling 02 4992 3348. 

Sunday 12 March, 9am - 3pm, Hunter Estuary Marine Debris Kayaking Challenge. Schoolmasters House Ash Island Hexham. You'll receive training in marine debris collection and recording, as part of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, meet like-minded people, and enjoy kayaking in a spectacular waterway. Kayaks, life jackets, and all other equipment will be provided as well as a free lunch. If you prefer you can collect litter on the island instead, please specify when registering for your ticket. This activity is for participants aged 15 years and over for kayaking, or all ages for land-based collection. Register online or contact Gavin Farley on 4964 9308 or email

Monday 13 March, 9am to 12.30pm, Karuah River Catchment Landcare Re-Launch, The Branch. Reconnecting existing members and welcoming new members. The re-launch event will focus on defining the group’s vision and goals as well as planning activities for the coming twelve months.
A paddock walk to see water conservation earthworks will be included, so please dress for the paddock. Morning tea and a barbeque lunch will be provided. For more information and bookings, contact Joël on 0401 932 533.

Tuesday 14 March, 10am-12pm, Topi Topi Sustainable Farming Group – Biological Soil Improvement Featuring guest Speaker Lee Fieldhouse – Vermiculturist, Industrial Ecologist and Chief Worm Wrangler! Contact Sue Williams 4997 6506. 

Wednesday 15 March, 8.30am - 4.30pm, Free PROfarm course - faecal egg counts for worms. Scone TAFE 2 Flemington Drive, Scone. To register your interest contact Adam Bush at the Hunter Local Land Services Scone office on 02 6540 2415 or email

Thursday 16 March, 1.30 - 3.30pm, Cattle weaning and disease management workshop.  Scone Saleyards Muffet Street, Scone.  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Jane Bennett via email: or phone 0427 322 311. Alternatively contact Hayley Taylor via email: or phone 0428 108 995.

Monday 20 March, 9.30am - 2.30pm, African Love and Coolatai Grass Management field day. Glendon Brook Hall, Glendon Brook. To register your interest please contact Sarah Giblin on 6540 2414 or email by Monday 13 March. 

Monday 20 March, 10.30am-12noon, Asian Export Opportunities for Food and Wine Growers. James Busby Room, The Sebel Kirkton Park, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320.  RSVP by: Friday 17th March. FREE but registrations are essential for catering purposes.  Registrations: or through .  For further information please contact 02-9261 8911 or    

Wednesday 22 March, 5 - 7pm, Floodplain farming evening, Millers forest hall 105 Scotch Creek Rd, Millers Forest. If you're interested in meeting the challenge of farming the floodplain sustainably and profitably, come along to this free information session. For more info contact, Karina Glover 02 4964 9308.

Saturday 25-26 March, Sustainable Futures Convention in Gloucester. The list of fascinating and inspirational speakers continues to grow, check out the website and buy your tickets now!

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

Thursday 30 - 31 March, Whole farm planning workshop - Part 2. A workshop cost of approximately $50 will include learning resources and an A1 colour map of your property showing contour lines which will assist with your farm plan. The four day workshop will be delivered in two separate two-day blocks on 9-10 and 30-31 March 2017. The workshop will only run if there is sufficient landholder interest. To register your interest or for further details or please contact Mitchell McGrath or phone 0428 867 142.

Thursday 30 March 9.30am - 3pm, Managing our creeks workshop.  Murrurundi RSL Mayne St, Murrurundi. Landholders who own or manage land with creek frontage in the Murrurundi area are invited to a free field day to get some practical advice on reducing erosion and improving their whole farm environment. To find out more and register your interest contact Fiona Marshall at the Hunter Local Land Services Scone office 0n 6540 2400 or email

Saturday 1 April 9am, Club to Club Rehabilitating Muscle Creek, Muswellbrook District Workers' Club. Lunch supplied. To register call John Kensey from Conservation Volunteers Australia, 0408 455 237.   

Sunday 2 April 9am, Club to Club Rehabilitating Muscle Creek, The Remington Motor Inn. Lunch supplied.  To register call John Kensey from Conservation Volunteers Australia, 0408 455 237.   

Monday 3 April 9am, Club to Club Rehabilitating Muscle Creek, Muswellbrook Golf Club. Lunch supplied. To register call John Kensey from Conservation Volunteers Australia, 0408 455 237.   

Saturday 15 April, Great Lakes Food Trail - Launching with a Farm Gate Tour.  An initiative of the Topi Topi Sustainable Farming Group, supported by MidCoast Council Tourism and Karuah & Great Lakes Landcare, If you would like information or are interested in participating in the Great Lakes Food Trail, please contact Sue Williams on 0438 433 063 or  

Friday 21 April 9am-3pm, Innovations & Innovators Field Day.  Singleton Show Ground, Free entry.  For more information phone 02 6577 2516 or email  

Regular events

  • Gloucester Environment Group Inc.; Rivercare working and walking group held early morning 4th Friday of the month, usually.  Contact Penny Drake-Brockman, phone 6558 1845 or  We welcome new volunteers.
  • Gresford District Landcare Group meets second 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 they 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.
  • Pages River Warriors Working Bee, 1st & 3rd Sunday mornings, monthly.  Email for more details.  
In Newcastle  
  • Aries Way Reserve, Elermore Vale - third Sunday of each month, 1:30pm.
  • Anna Place Reserve, Benjamin Drive Wallsend - various dates throughout the year. Email
  • Blackbutt Reserve, Addison Road, New Lambton - third Sunday of each month, 1pm
  • Blackbutt Reserve Rainforest, Carnley Ave, Kotara - second & fourth 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 - second Friday of each month, 1pm.
  • Dixon Park Beach - first Tuesday of each month, 8:30am.
  • George McGregor Reserve, Cambridge Drive, Rankin Park - third Sunday of each month, 9am.
  • Jacknorman Reserve, Waratah West - every Sunday 9am.
  • Kotara Park, Station Street off Park Ave, Kotara - first 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 - first Sunday of each month 8:30am.
  • Obelisk Hill and Arcadia Park, The Hill - first 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 - second Monday of each month, 8am.
  • Trig Shepards Hill, Memorial Drive, Bar Beach - first Tuesday of each month, 9am.
  • Wallsend Brickworks Park, Victory Parade or Iranda Grove, Wallsend - fourth Sunday of each month, 8:30am.
  • Wentworth Creek, Cottonwood Chase, Fletcher - various dates throughout the year. Email
  • Willow Close Reserve, Elermore Vale - second Saturday of each month, 10am.

Other Landcare links and news

Funding, giving and academic 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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