Bungendore Farmers Market: Boots for Change

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore will be held every single Saturday throughout April and May! If it works well for the producers and the customers, we will continue!

If you have any shabby old boots lying around at home, bring them in for use at the Boots For Change market day. We’re hosting this very special day on Saturday April 9th, we ask that every WEARS BOOTS on the day, any kind. There will be boot throwing with prizes, planting in boots and other activities.

The First People – Aboriginal Pre-history in the Palerang Region

Who were the first settlers in Palerang and what do we know about them?  This presentation by Alister Bowen, a specialist in historical and pre-historical Australian archaeology,  will look at the Aboriginal occupation of the region and help us to interpret the survival tactics of Aboriginal people. Bookings close 4 April.  Part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Date: Tuesday 5 April
Venue: The Carrington Inn, 41 Malbon St, Bungendore
Start time: 4.30 pm
End time: 6.00 pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: 6230 0533
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/act


Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area

At its Ordinary Meeting to be held in Bungendore on Thu 24 March, Palerang Council will consider the ‘Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area, November 2015, prepared by Umwelt Australia’. The proposal is: Recommended that Council:
1.        Exhibit the draft revised Palerang native vegetation layer via Council’s Intramaps software from mid April 2016 to mid June 2016.
2.        Hold an information session in Braidwood and Bungendore to discuss the revised native vegetation layer.

For details, please visit http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/council/council-meetings/business-papers/business-papers-2016/meeting-no-7-ordinary-business-paper – this topic is agenda item 11.7.

Small Farms Network – Capital Region Field Day

Field Day – Fodder Trees and Shrubs in Grazing Systems

The Small Farms Network – Capital Region is hosting a free field day on “Fodder Trees and Shrubs in Grazing Systems”

Sunday 17 April 2016 from 8.30-3.30 pm.

Come along to a property in Bywong (address provided on Booking) to learn about the possibilities of incorporating native trees and shrubs into grazing systems.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Dean Revell, lead researcher in the Future Farm Industries CRC Enrich Perennial Forage Shrubs project and owner of Revell Science,
  • Matthew Lieschke, South East Local Land Services, and
  • Geoff Butler from Geary’s Gap Landcare.

Online Bookings Essential via Eventbrite

For further information please check out the Small Farms Network website OR email us at smallfarmscapital@gmail.com.

FuturePLANS Bird Nesting Box Project

One of the aims of FuturePLANS is to enhance and protect local wildlife habitat. We also deliver education and support for landholders wanting to provide habitat for wildlife on their properties. The nesting box project was developed to assist local landholders to provide suitable nesting sites for birds in the Palerang district which has seen large-scale habitat loss since European settlement. Other pressures on native flora and fauna include the loss of suitable nesting sites, predation by domestic animals, competition for food and nesting sites from introduced species.

The FuturePLANS Bird Nesting Box project is a collaboration with the Bungendore Men’s Shed to build bird boxes for two hollow-nesting birds in our district. The building of the bird boxes is now complete. FuturePLANS and Land for Wildlife Members in the Palerang District can order one bird box, we have 10 bird nesting boxes suitable for the Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)/spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) and 9 White Throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea). Further information on these species can be found at www.birdsinbackyards.net

An information sheet about the habitat requirements for these species and the plight of hollow nesting birds written by David McDonald from the Canberra Ornithologist Group can be downloaded here: “Hollow nesting birds and mammals”.

You can also download a copy of the nest box plans and installation diagrams from this link: Nest Box Plans. The website Nest Boxes for the Gippsland Region by Maffra and District Landcare Group has a comprehensive guide to the building and care of bird boxes.

A copy of the press release for the project is also available for down load here: FuturePLANS Bird Box Press Release.

If you would like to reserve your box contact the Land for Wildlife Assistant at landforwildlife@futureplans.org.au.

The bird boxes are given to Land for Wildlife and FuturePLANS members for free, however, a donation for the box would be appreciated so we can continue our work in this area. If you wish to make a donation using paypal, please use the “donate” button below:


For further Information: Please contact our Land for Wildlife Assistant: landforwildlife@futureplans.org.au

About the Lake George Men’s Shed

The Lake George Men’s Shed provides men with a supportive social meeting place to go to talk to others about health issues, share information, experiences, use the wood and metal working facilities, learn & teach others as well as creating opportunities to participate in the community.

The Lake George Men’s Shed operates from the 130 year old railway goods shed just along the track from Bungendore Railway Station.

Contact Gary 0435 255 464.

Bird box builder Steve

Bird box builder Steve from the Lake George Men’s Shed

FuturePlans workshop

J.P. Favre and David McDonald holding the bird boxes at the Bird Box Building Workshop in December 2015




Strong, independent regional journalism in Palerang and Queanbeyan: The District Bulletin’s reader and stakeholder survey. We would like your input and feedback.

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Instead of pulling back we, the editorial and production team at the Bulletin, believe that our regional communities and our democracy will continue to need the strong, independent, inquiring and solution-focused approach to journalism that we strive to provide. It is time to move ahead, including the possibility of expanding regionally and digitally with more resources.

We want to engage your thoughts and welcome your input to help shape the future of the publication. We urge you to do so by completing our brief online survey about how you use The District Bulletin, and your ideas for its future.

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Newsflash: Weekly Bungendore Farmers’ Market in April and May

Bungendore Farmers Market is trialling going weekly through April and May 2016!

Come along, our local market gardens are bursting with produce and we would love to get more local food on more local plates.

Join us every Saturday in April and May 2016 from 9AM to 1PM at the Bungendore Memorial Hall.

The market dates for March 2016 are: 12 March 2016 and 26 March 2016.

Local Sustainable Garden Design – Visit Roogulli Open Garden

Roogulli boasts a large kitchen garden including a poly tunnel fitted out with wicking beds for all year round vegetable production as well as conventional vegetable beds, berries and espalier heritage apples. The Silkie hens and roosters next door provide a composting and pest clean up service. The food forest, which had only just been planted when the garden was last open, now boasts established fruit trees, swales diverting water from the driveway, chop and drop mulch, ducks and the ‘Bath House’. The rock garden around the house is planted with native grassland plants.

The garden has been built using materials salvaged from the site, second hand materials collected from around Canberra and recycled products.

Roogulli is used to graze alpacas, llamas and miniature sheep. Brooks Creek runs along one boundary and the owners have done extensive clearing of weeds and replanting of native vegetation along its banks in a project with neighbours and Wamboin Gearys Gap Landcare.

Entry: Members of Open Gardens Canberra free, Non-members $8, Children under 18 free if accompanied by an adult.

More information at  http://www.opengardenscanberra.org.au/node/34


Managing Your Land for the Future – Resilience and Adaptation for Climate Change – a two-day forum Fri 18 & Sat 19 March

This two-day forum includes some terrific speakers, such as :

  • Dr Mark Stafford Smith, Science Director with CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship – will speak about some of the climate impacts already being observed on the Southern Tablelands and the Monaro, and five key elements in adapting to climate change.
  • Richard Taylor, Chair of Monaro Farming Systems group who will speak about they formed and how they are helping  farm businesses to be more profitable and resilient in the long term on the Monaro
  • Phil Graham from Yass Department of Primary Industries will speak on managing livestock under changing conditions
  • Agribusiness consultant Michelle Jacobs will speak about the business side of managing climate change risks.There are lots of other speakers including Alison Elvin from Natural Capital who will speak on managing native grasses, Donna Hazel from South East Local Land Services on managing wetlands and Professor David Freudenberger from ANU who will speak on biodiversity winners and losers as the climate changes.

    There will also be a  field trips to different parts of the catchment in the afternoon of both days to learn about ‘whole-of-paddock’ rehabilitation (Gunning) and looking after your River Paddocks (Sutton).

    When: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 March 2016, 9.00am – 4.00pm

    Where: Day 1 – Murrumbateman Recreation Hall, Barton Highway, NSW. Day 2 – Jerrabomberra Community Centre, Queanbeyan, NSW. Buses will be provided from there for field trips.

    Cost: $50 for two days, fully inclusive. ($30 for one day)

    For details go to: www.umccc.org.au

    Anna van Dugteren
    Anna van Dugteren | Natural Resource Management Facilitator
    Phone: +61 2 62052914 | Mobile: 0455299657 | Email: anna.vandugteren@act.gov.au
    NRM Programs|Environment and Planning |ACT Government
    Dame Pattie Menzies House, Challis Street Dickson | GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601

Breaking news: Retention of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

FuturePLANS commends the Commonwealth Government for listening to the not-for-profit sector and scrapping its previous plans which would have been disasterous for the sector, made no financial sense, and would have reduced the nation’s social capital.


The Hon Christian Porter MP
Minister for social Services

Retention of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
4 March 2016
Joint Media Release with:

The Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP
Minister for Small Business
Assistant Treasurer

The Government will provide certainty to the charitable sector and community organisations by today announcing the decision to retain the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the decision followed extensive consultation with the sector on the alternative option of repealing and replacing the ACNC.

“We have given this very careful consideration,” Minister Porter said. “The Government’s consulted with, and listened to, all interested stakeholders. While there are a variety of views, within the charitable sector there is sufficient support for the retention of the ACNC.”

“It is intended that the ACNC will have a renewed focus on working with charities to help them to become more effective, and helping them to improve their governance.

Ms O’Dwyer said eliminating uncertainty about the ACNC will allow it to further progress regulatory reform and improve the not-for-profit sector.

“Today’s announcement sees us striking the right balance between having effective public accountability and cutting red tape,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

“The Government will now work with the ACNC to remove duplication and increase accountability and transparency.

“The Government will continue to work with the ACNC, states and territories and the sector to identify areas where we can reduce the burden of red tape for charities and not-for-profit organisations.”