The NSW Landcare Program, with its signature Landcare coordinators has been running for a year now. Keep yourself up to date with who they are and what they do by visiting HERE.
As always the health of our catchments and waterways is front of mind, if you are based in, work out of or live in the Hawkesbury Nepean catchment area, you may be interested in attending this online forum on Friday 25 September 10am - 12noon. The forum will cover issues for the Hawkesbury Nepean River system and will also discuss plans for a revitalised Riverkeeper. Register HERE to attend this forum.
Streamwatch is celebrating 30 years of its citizen science program monitoring water quality across Sydney. Subscribe to the Streamwatch newsletter HERE and follow the Facebook page HERE for updates.
Weed of the month - Tiger pear
Tiger pear Opuntia aurantiaca is a native of South America and is believed to have been introduced as an ornamental garden plant during the early 1800’s. Tiger pear is arguably the worst variety of cactus – prickly pear – brought into Australia, and one of the most difficult to control. Tiger pear has been found in several locations in north west and south western Sydney and is extremely hardy and can thrive in a range of habitats. Large infestations can be controlled with the help of a biological control, while small isolated infestations can be controlled chemically.
Visit HERE for more photos and more details including how to control this weed. Contact your local council Weeds Officer or call the NSW DPI Biosecurity helpline on 1800 680 244 if you see this weed.
Breaking news: evidence of platypus found in Cattai!
The latest eDNA platypus results are in. Visit the Cattai Hills Environment Network (CHEN) website HERE for the latest results in the Cattai Creek Catchment Listen to a recent ABC interview with Chen and Dr Ryan HERE. Image: Dr Michelle Ryan from Western Sydney University
NSW dams at an all time high
Check out this amazing footage of the spillway opening at Warragamba Dam HERE. Visit the Water NSW website HERE for details about current dam levels.
Why has Citizen Science been vital to bushfire recovery efforts?
Visit HERE to explore how citizen scientists have participated in important data collection after the bushfires.
Turn off your lights! New research shows that street and garden lighting is preventing magpies from much needed sleep. Read HERE for more details.
High threat weed list - survey
NSW Department of Environment, Energy and Sciences is calling on weed experts to review the feasibility of controlling different weeds HERE.
Survey closes 4 September 2020.
Environmental Trust survey
Help guide the NSW Environmental Trust’s million dollar investment in NSW's environment by completing this HERE .
Survey closes on 6 September 2020.
First ONLINE plant sale
Coordinated by the Central Coast group of the Australian Plants Society. Plants need to be collected from Kariong on 4 or 18 October.
Operation Crayweed video Learn about about the restoration of underwater Craywood forests in Cabbage Tree Bay, a well managed and biodiverse marine sanctuary located in Manly. Watch the video HERE.
Biosecurity bite - exotic plant species We all play a role in looking out for new exotic pests arriving in Australia. Explore how we deal with exotic pests that may arrive in Australia. Visit HERE to check out this video. Call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 to report a suspected exotic plant pest of disease. Visit HERE for more details.
Watch the live 'eaglecam' Check out the White-bellied Sea Eagle hatchlings live streamed from Sydney Olympic Park. Visit HERE for the sea eagle cam.
How lockdown birdwatching is helping bushfire recovery Birdlife Australia and the BirdData app have been featured on the BBC news talking about how bird watching is helping in Australia's bushfire recovery efforts. Watch HERE to check out the cast of colourful 'Aussie birds'
Hawkesbury Bushcare - video Check out how some fantastic volunteers are working together to preserve plants and wildlife in the Hawkesbury City Council area.
Webinar: Brilliant birds: discover the birds that love our farms 4 September - 12.00pm 1pm Coordinated by Birdlife Australia and Sustainable Farms Register and more information HERE
Online: Small Farms and Climate Change Forum 5 September 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. What are the issues small farmers need to adapt to climate change?Coordinated by the Small Farms Network Capital. Registration and more information HERE.
Webinar: Spot a Swiftie. Report a Regent 7 September 12.30 - 1.00 pm Learn how to identify these critically endangered bird species. Coordinated by Central Coast Council. Register and more information HERE
Webinar: Climate Change, Fire, and Biodiversity series 7 & 22 September & 6 October Coordinated by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. Register and more information HERE.
Webinar: Keeping chickens Lecture: 7 September Tutorial: 9 September Part of the Grow Our Own Food GOOF series coordinated by Permaculture Sydney West. Register and more information HERE
Webinar: Gain a better understanding of the Draft Cumberland Conservation Plan - 10 September 12 - 1pm. Register HERE.
Face to face: Yarramundi Bat Habitat Restoration 10 September, 10am Includes a full day of bush regeneration Bookings essential RSVP to [email protected] by 3 September. Visit HERE for full details
Face to face: Waterwatch Training - Central Coast
Sessions in September
Are you based on the Central Coast and want to help the environment but don’t know where to start? Come along to a free Waterwatch training workshop and learn how you can protect your local waterway.
Coordinated by Central Coast Waterwatch. Email [email protected] or phone 02 4349 4757 for more details.
Face to face: Australian Native Food Gardens 26 September, 10am Workshop by Pocket City Farms. Cost $85. Click HERE for more information.
Stay informed about upcoming events If you would like to stay informed with Landcare events that are happening around NSW please visit the Landcare NSW Gateway
For upcoming Local Land Services events visit the LLS Events page and filter by region.
Grants, Funding and Awards
Top tips for writing grants The Grants Hub have developed some basic grant writing tips to help you with your next grant application. Click HERE for full details.
Foundation Rural Scholarships The Royal Agriculture Society of NSW is offering up to $6,000 for full time study or $3,000 for part-time study for those who demonstrate a passion for rural communities and a future career in rural regional NSW.. Applications close 7 September Click HERE for full details and to apply. Supplementary Volunteer Grants The Centre for Volunteering is offering grants of $1000 - $5000 to volunteer organisations to help support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering. Applications close 20 September Click HERE for full details and to apply.
Advancing Pest animal and weed control solutions The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is offering organisations including local councils, grants for the research and development of innovative solutions to improve the management of pest animals and plants. Applications close25 September. Click HERE for full details and to apply. Smart Farms Small Grants - Round 4 The National Landcare Program will support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities' awareness knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture. Applications close 9 October Click HERE for full details and to apply.
Bob Hawke Landcare Award - new closing date 12 October The Bob Hawke Landcare Award, administered by Landcare Australia is a prestigious, national award that publicly recognises an individual involved in championing Landcare and who inspires others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group. The Bob Hawke Landcare Award will be presented at the National Landcare Awards gala dinner on Thursday 5 August, 2021 in Sydney. For more information and to submit a nomination click HERE.
Environment Restoration Fund: Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment is offering funding to support wildlife rehabilitators, including community groups, vets and animals shelters to rescue, treat and rehabilitate wildlife impacted by bushfires. Applications close 29 November Click HERE for full details and to apply.
Special Disaster Grants - extended till December The NSW Rural Assistance Authority is continuing to support bushfire affected communities with the extension of the Special Disaster bushfire funding program for eligible primary producers to 15 December 2020. Click HERE for full details and to apply.
Supporting our neighbours - public land boundary fencing program The NSW Government is helping bushfire-affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands. Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred. Click HERE to apply or call 1300 778 080.
Macpac Fund for Good Up to $10,000 for Environmental Projects. If you are part of a not-for-profit organisation working on environmental or social causes related to the outdoors, you may be eligible for a Macpac Fund for Good grant. Your activities need to be based in New Zealand or Australia, or their territories. The current round is open from 1 August - 31 October. Click HERE for more information.
Wettenhall Environment Trust's Small Environmental Grant Scheme Providing support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. Supports grassroots organisations and individuals, and academics who are working with on-ground community groups.
Includes four rounds every year. Grants are usually $10,000 and focus on flora and fauna conservation, or threatened mammal conservation. The next round opens in October 2020. Click HERE for more information.
The Sunrise Project Small Grants program - up to $5,000. It is an open application process for small grants (up to $5,000) for community groups working to hasten the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy or to protect Australia’s ecosystems from the negative impacts of the coal and gas industries.
Click HERE for more information.
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal "Tackling the tough times together" grants are always open. These grants help communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of drought. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly. For more information click HERE.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.
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