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Frogwatch Census 16-22 October

The annual Frogwatch Census is being held during National Water Week, 16-22 October, and training for new participants will be held at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands on 13 Oct.

For more information on the census, guides to identifying frogs by their calls, or information on how to register for the course, please visit http://www.ginninderralandcare.org.au/frogwatch/frogwatch-census .

A great project in which to be involved considering the importance of frogs as indicators of the health of our environment.

“NSW farmers stepping up tree felling even before land-clearing laws loosened”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June, reports on the the likely terrible impacts of the NSW Government’s proposed biodiversity legislation; the article is here.

The NSW Nature ConservationCouncil, of which FuturePLANS is a member, has initiated an advocacy campaign to protect native vegetation in NSW. This is the  Stand Up For Nature campaign.    You are invited to visit the campaign website to familiarise yourself with the issues and to consider engaging in advocacy to protect biodiversity in our region. Remember, submissions close on 28 June.

The SMH wrote: “The state’s farmers have lopped paddock trees at an accelerating rate in the past 18 months even before a new land-clearing law eases controls further, government data shows.

“The new figures, which reveal the rate of clearing of paddock trees has more than doubled since November 2014, come as the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists wrote to all MPs to call for a reversal of “retrograde changes” planned in the new Biodiversity Conservation act.

“NSW farmers used a new self-assessment code to remove 21,716 paddock trees – or more than 50 a day – over the past year and a half.

“The rate, at an average of about 50 per day, was 140 per cent more than the average over the previous seven years, data from the Office of Environment and Heritage showed. Paddock trees, judged to be single or small patches of trees, make up 40 per cent of remaining woodland cover, OEH says.”

See the full article for more details.

ABC News: Five Southern Highlands families win appeal against Hume Coal accessing their land

10 May 2016,  full story here

By Jean Kennedy and Philippa McDonald

In a landmark court victory, five families from the New South Wales Southern Highlands have won their appeal to stop mining company Hume Coal accessing their land for exploration drilling.

The landowners of five rural properties in Sutton Forrest appealed against a November decision by the court that allowed the Korean-owned firm prospecting rights over their properties.

Chief judge Brian Preston of the Land and Environment Court ruled in favour of the landowners and ordered Hume Coal to pay their legal costs.

What #Action4theLand will your local councillor take?

FromLandcare Australia:

With over 5,300 registered Landcare groups across the nation, even the smallest of actions from a single Landcare group can add together – across the Landcare movement – to make a large difference.

As part of our World Environment Day 2016 activities, Landcare Australia will be running a fundraising and environmental awareness initiative, where we ask every individual, business, government agency, politician and media outlet we engage with across the nation “What positive #Action4theLand will you take?”

It is our hope that the #Action4theLand campaign can create a groundswell of awareness, and accompanying activity – where every dollar collected through our fundraising efforts will make a difference, by supporting Landcare groups and projects across Australia.

We’re reaching out across our network to encourage each and every one of you to start a positive #Action4theLand conversation. Over the next few months, get out there and ask your friends, family, colleagues, and local representatives, “What #Action4theLand will you take?”

In particular, we encourage you to reach out to your local councillors, and state and federal elected representatives to invite them to join your Landcare group for a day to see the positive #Action4theLand you have taken in your local community.

LLS’ ‘South East Circular’, April 2016 issue

The April 2016 issue of the South East Local Land Service’s newsletter South East Circular has now been published. The topics covered are:

Improving worm control in sheep
Local disease watch
Autumn feeding guide
New wasps in the Bega Valley
Recognition for District Vet
Thinking of purchasing a property in the bush?
Grazing management courses start soon
Do you know the size of your paddocks?
From the garden to the plate
Landcare Australia field visit
Innovative partership tackles marine pest
Partnership protects endangered perch
LLS Seasonal Conditions Report
Feral Fighters 2016
Weather and Climate Risk Management
Local Annual Report 2015
The benefits of electronic identification in cattle
Narooma littoral rainforest field day
South Coast Industry Dinner 2016
Events
Feedback

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.

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

 

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

 

Bungendore Community Garden Membership

community garden brochure titleAre you interested in gardening? Would you like to learn more about permaculture, worm farming and food forests?
To find out more about what we are doing and meet other members of the community with interests in local food production and sustainability, download the Bungendore Community Garden brochure and come to our next meeting at the Bungendore Community Garden!

Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you soon.

Invasive Weed Survey: Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

We are looking for landholders and community members in South East NSW who are affected by the invasive weed gorse (Ulex europaeus).

If you have a gorse infestation growing in or near waterways and/or in your paddocks or pasture on your property or one that you manage or work on, we’d love to hear from you.

This project aims to identify influential behaviours to improve the management of gorse in South-East NSW. The information we collect will be used to design improved intervention strategies, which in turn will enhance the effectiveness of gorse control programs. The work is being undertaken in partnership between UNE, Palerang Council and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The survey will take less than 25 minutes to complete and information from this survey will be integrated with data from a gorse expert survey to develop a shortlist of “high impact” behaviours that will be targeted in a future behaviour change intervention.
Responses are greatly appreciated and will remain confidential – no individual person or council will be identified in the survey report.

Follow this link to the Survey:
http://unebcss.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4PmwvNS3vsItUgd

The survey closes on Friday 19th February 2016.

Responses are greatly appreciated and will remain confidential – no individual person or council will be identified in the survey report.
This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No HE15-259 Valid to 01/10/2016).
Please contact me on the details below if you would like or know anybody who would like to participate.

Sky Kidd
School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences
University of New England
0402 046 376
skidd6@myune.edu.au