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Landcare NSW News December 2016

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In this edition of Landcare NSW’s Bulletin…
…we share news, events and opportunities which we trust will be of interest to you and your networks. This newsletter is intended for you, but we encourage you to forward this to your networks.
The Biodiversity Conservation Bill and the Local Land Services Act Amendment Bill were debated and passed the Parliament during the most recent sitting period. The reforms contained in the legislation will commence on 1 July 2017.

The Bills have been published on the parliamentary website. You can view the second reading speeches on the parliamentary website. For more information about the reforms you can visit the land management website.

Public consultation on the more detailed elements of the reform package will take place before the legislation commences, including:

  • exhibiting the supporting regulation
  • consulting on the Native Vegetation Regulatory Map
  • exhibiting a draft State Environmental Planning Policy for urban vegetation in early 2017
  • exhibiting draft instruments such as the Biodiversity Assessment Method, wildlife management codes of practice and the land management codes of practice from early 2017
  • engaging with wildlife rehabilitation providers to design a new accreditation program for wildlife rehabilitation and rescue services to start in early 2018.
NFP Law and NCOSS Training

Not-for-profit Law and the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) are presenting four training sessions in December on the roles and responsibilities of board members, and working with other organisations. The Confident Board Member session will be held in  Sydney.

The Working with Other Organisations session will be held inSydney.

Have you heard about Farming Together?

You can follow their updates on Facebook. And, check out theirwebsite.

Applications for Round Five of the Green Army Program is now closed.

Keep up to date on announcements by clicking button below.

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Landcare in Focus: Think you’ve got a Landcare tale to tell?

Landcare is seeking submissions of stories on successes and learning for the quarterly publication Landcare in Focus.

The February issue on biosecurity management: invasive species, pests, and disease has a deadline of January 6.

The March special publication on farming innovation and best practice land management has a deadline of February 3.

Article submissions must be between 150-600 words saved as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF; have at least one and no more than two or three high resolution images that clearly illustrate the accompanying article.

NOTE: Full captions for each attached image and permission to publish from any people in photos are required. More information click the button below.

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The Climate Council released a new report, “Super Charged Storms in Australia: The Influence of Climate Change.”

In light of recent events such as the South Australian storms, we hope this is a useful reference in addressing the question: does climate change influence storms in Australia?

To read the report click the button below.

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A Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World

A conference will be held 5 February to 9 February 2017, on the theme of Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate at the New England University in Armidale.

Click the button below for more information on the conference.

Are you a Landcare member attending the landholder symposium being held as part of the Restore Regenerate Revegetate symposium at UNE in February? If so, we are encouraging Landcare members to deliver a short talk,  or poster as part of the event. Landcare NSW will be delivering a session on “The role of Landcare in enabling communities to restore regenerate and rehabilitate” and it will be an opportunity to showcase and share the work of our Landcare  groups and members at the landholder symposium.  Follow the links in the Conference website to see how to submit an abstract.

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Quad Bike Safety Training

Tocal College in partnership with SafeWork NSW is offering subsidised quad bike training to eligible farmers and their workers at various locations across NSW.

It is a one day course to assist farmers and farm workers implement safety measures around the use of quad bikes on farms.
This course is mapped to the National Unit of Competency AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes and tailored to the experience level of attendees.
The cost is $100.

For more information click the button below.

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Norman Wettenhall Small Environmental Grants of up to $10,000

For groups or individuals undertaking projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education

Projects should involve any of:

  • monitoring, recording and sharing data
  • delivering community education
  • providing community capacity building (e.g. (skills training, organisation)
  • research and science.

Projects eligible for funding need to be part of a larger project with an ‘action’ component.

Applications open 20th December 2016, for 4-6weeks.

For more information click the button below.

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Mentor the Treasure Program

CPA Australia, in partnership with Pro Bono Australia, is now offering qualified CPA Australia members the opportunity to add value to the community through the Mentor the Treasurer program.

The primary goals of the Mentor the Treasurer Program are to help small, Not for Profit organisations better manage their funds, achieve financial independence and more easily find a suitable reviewer or auditor with a minimum of fuss. The Program aims to achieve this through the mentoring relationship, whereby the Mentor guides the volunteer Treasurer in the maintenance of sound financial records and the preparation of sound financial statements.

To apply or find out more information, click the button below.

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