Looking At Landcare 18/3/2016

Hi Landcarers

Central West Lachlan Landcare will be applying for funding through the Central West Local Land Services Pest and Weed Drought funds.

If you live in an area where you have a significant issue with weeds or feral animals (no I don’t want to hear about your kids), we would like to hear from you.

Applications close on 4 April 2016, with the program funds being sourced through the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, which is the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.

The CWLLS are encouraging a collaborative approach to these applications to achieve the most effective results from the program.

The NSW Environmental Trust will release the next funding round for the Eco Schools Program in April 2016. Some of the projects that have previously been successful have encouraged sustainable management of resources within their school and the community and have included sensory gardens, permaculture gardens, bush tucker projects and aquaponics.

Grants of up to $3,500 are available in the 2015/16 round, with around a third of these grants available for projects that work primarily with students with special needs.

Schools need to show that through the project they will enable more efficient resource use and improve the quality of the local environment. The project needs to promote the development of knowledge, values and behaviour in students that supports environmental sustainability and assists teachers to integrate environmental management principles and practices into their curriculum delivery. Go to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools

Have you thought about heading to the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show)? The Show opened on Thursday, 17 March and is again showcasing Australia’s 134,000 farms that produce almost 93 per cent of the food we eat every day.

The Show provides an opportunity for people to learn all about how our food gets from paddock to plate.

Their website has heaps of information about activities and how to get there. So if you want to check out every imaginable item of produce and animal in one place or if you just can’t wait to get your next Frozen Elsa bag, head to their website at http://www.eastershow.com.au

For those of you who won’t be heading to the Easter Show and are looking for something to do on Saturday, 26 March, head down to PAC Park and enjoy a morning of planting with the Motley Crew. If you can’t plant, please feel free to bring your chair down and supervise. We will be working between 9am – 11am and will be finishing with a free morning tea at 11am. Please wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat and bring some water. We would love to see you there.

If you are interested in participating in the seed collection workshops on 28 and 29 April, please give me a call. We are thrilled to be welcoming Mikla Lewis to present this workshop over two days. This will be practical, hands on workshop covering: basic species identification; picking seasons – when is the best time to collect seed; equipment – the tools you will need; drying, cleaning and storage of seeds.

Flora and Fauna surveys can also be undertaken. Under the guidance of Mikla and Ryan, landholders will be able to explore their property and identify the wide array of plants and animals that have made it their home.

For these and other opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 6862 4914 or go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!