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Murrumbidgee Landcare e-news No.25 - December 2013

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Welcome to our bumper Christmas edition of the Murrumbidgee Landcare e-news.


The staff and committee at Murrumbidgee Landcare wish all Landcare members and friends a happy festive season and new year. With both ongoing and new projects, we are looking forward to a great 2014 continuing to strive for a balance;  caring for land, community and sustainable and prosperous business.

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National Landcare NetworkLandcare budget is quarantined

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The National Landcare Network has welcomed confirmation from Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce that Landcare funding is safe from budget cuts or reallocation.

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BBDLGA warm welcome to Bowning & Bookham Districts Landcare group

Bowning & Bookham District Landcare Group (BBDLG) is the Murrumbidgee region's newest Landcare group.  The area used to have a group known as “Burrinjuck Landcare” but it folded many years ago; the closest groups since then have been in Yass and Binalong.

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Review of weed management NSWOffice of Environment and Heritage

The NSW Government is undertaking a major review of weed management in NSW. There is now an opportunity for ALL groups involved in or affected by weed management to contribute.

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A letter of introductonWendy Minato

My name is Wendy Minato and I’m the new full-time Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF), hosted by Murrumbidgee Landcare (MLi).

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Role of the RLF

The RLF Program is an Australian Government initiative. Regional Landcare FacilitatorThe RLF is expected to engage with land managers, local and regional Landcare groups, farming systems or grower groups and related community organisations to support the community within their region to achieve sustainable agriculture outcomes.

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Productive agriculture and NRM – finding the synergy

Ted Wolfe, Chair of Murrumbidgee Landcare, was one of the presenters at this years Landcare and Catchment Forum held on 3-5 September 2013 in Newcastle. In this paper, three agricultural zones in southern NSW (the irrigation areas, the sheep-wheat belt and the high rainfall grazing zone) are considered in terms of five ecosystem properties (imperatives): agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability, economic performance, social well-being and political acceptability.

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Do not fear the animal savers are here!Ladysmith Public School

Congratulations to Ladysmith Public School who have been successful in their application for a grant through the NSW Environmental Trust's Eco Schools program.

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Gardening guru Costa at Wagga Wagga Public SchoolRecycled bottle greenhouse

Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis thrilled children in teacher Will Dorrell's Year 5/6 class at Wagga Wagga Public School when he paid them a visit to inspect their recycled bottle greenhouse.

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New Riverina LLS Board members announced

Congratulations to Ian Auldist, long term Chair of Hay Trees on Plains Landcare Group and Hay/Balranald Landcare Network, on his appointment as one of four recently announced Board members of the new Riverina Local Land Services.

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Society for Biodiversity PolicyA new Society for Biodiversity Policy - your input

We have an opportunity to have input into how a new Society for Biodiversity Policy, to be launched in 2014,  might suppport the work of the those involved with biodiversity issues.

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Landcare NSWLandcare NSW Advocate November 2013

2103 Landcare NSW Muster.

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Cross property planning project

  • A range of workshops are on offer for Junee district landholders in early 2014 including:
    • Summer crop and pasture weed control (late winter-early Spring topic)
    • Pastures and Grazing
    • (WOPR) Whole of Paddock and Woodland Rehabilitation
    • Beneficial insects

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Dung beetle eggDung beetle egg in brood ball
  • September project update, including:
    • Dung Beetles: The ultimate farm workers
    • Biological weed management
    • Spy (remote wildlife) cameras
    • Using native species to manage invasive weeds

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  • November project update, including:
    • on-ground works underway
    • flora and fauna survey reports

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Schools project Joining the dots

As part of the Murrumbidgee Landcare schools project - Joining the dots - we will be releasing an Environmental celebrations calendar in early 2014.

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Landcare mapLandcare Support Officer project

Two milestone report have been released:

  • Map the Landcare Groups (past, present and potential) in the catchment
  • Landcare communications assessment and support.

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Caring for Our CountryCommunity Landcare grant

Murrumbidgee Landcare has received funding for a series of field days that will focus on grazing native pasture and  using grazing management to suppress weed spread.

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Silverleaf NightshadeSummer weed - Silverleaf Nightshade project

Murrumbidgee Landcare and NSW Primary Industries have a new collaborative project funded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) which will target the perennial summer weed Silverleaf Nightshade. The project is being rolled out in Q’ld, Victoria, SA and WA as well as NSW.

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Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc (MLi) is a not-for-profit organisation representing community Landcare in the Murrumbidgee catchment. Our e-news is a project of MLi and the Murrumbidgee Regional Landcare Facilitator .

Regional Landcare Facilitator

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



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