30 July, 2014

Capertee Valley Landcare Group

Grazing management workshop – Lithgow 15th Aug 2014 10:00am-3:00pm
This workshop will cover the effects of grazing management on pasture dynamics including the quantity and quality of feed and different grazing systems used.
Seasonal pasture production in the Central Tablelands and the interaction between pasture diversity and the grazing animal will also be discussed during the day.
For details: http://tinyurl.com/o6xlsz9

Fodder/Silage/Conservation Seminar – Mudgee 13th Aug 2014 1:00pm-4:00pm

Considering conserving or using fodder this year?

Unsure if hay or silage is the best option?

Questioning the cost vs benefit of making fodder?

Want to make high-quality silage and reduce wastage?

And for the complete Central West LLS Newsletter from which I extracted this information http://tinyurl.com/ojdm74h

I have heard that I am sending out too many items so I’m trying to narrow down to just what concerns our area. And many are already subscribed to all these newsletter. Feedback will be appreciated.

Julie Gibson
Green Gully
97 The Gullies Road
Glen Davis NSW 2846
02 6379 7317
Mobile: 0412 699 674

Photos from the Community Information Day at Glen Alice

click here to see photos by Ian Wilson of the community information day.

Click here to view the original post from this event.

28 July, 2014

Capertee Valley Birds, Reptiles and Mammals Brochures

Three new brochures for your enjoyment. 
With thanks to Greater Sydney Local Land Services 

click here for Capertee Valley Birds 
and here  for reptiles and finally 
here for mammals


EDO NSW's eBulletin

The EDO NSW eBulletin is a free weekly bulletin that provides a listing of news, events, public notices and opportunities for public comment.
This eBulletin provides alerts for opportunities to comment on activities that may impact the environment listed since the last eBulletin. For a comprehensive list of current opportunities to have your say in a range of environmental matters, as well as information on how to effectively engage in decision-making processes, visit our new online resource Have Your Say Have Your Say is supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

click here to read the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) ebulletin.

Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater Survey

It’s that time again, for the winter Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater Survey!

We had an excellent response from volunteers in May for the late-autumn survey, with over 200 survey forms submitted for Victoria, NSW and Queensland. To check out all of the results from this survey, see: http://birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity

We are looking for volunteers to help survey Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters during winter across Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The winter 2014 survey will occur on the weekend of August 2nd – 3rd. If you cannot do a survey on those dates, we are happy for people to get out a week either side of that weekend. Incidental sightings are also welcomed.

Below is a survey form. These can be printed out, filled in, and faxed (03 9347 9323) or scanned and emailed (see email addresses below) back to us. You can also fill out the form electronically (the Word version). When filling out these forms, please provide as much information as you can for us to enter into our database, but the most important thing is to get out and look for the birds!

Any spot is fine for carrying out the survey (e.g. national parks, conservation reserves, along treed creeklines, farmland, or street trees), but both species do prefer areas which contain flowering eucalypts for foraging or areas of heavy lerp and insect loads. Also, Swift Parrots are nomadic and have a wide distribution on the mainland, so we need to cover as much ground as possible!

If you wish to participate in the upcoming winter survey or report sightings of either species, please contact one of the members of BirdLife Australia's Woodland Birds for Biodiversity team:
Caroline Wilson (Victoria, Swift Parrots) caroline.wilson@birdlife.org.au
Dean Ingwersen (Victoria, Regent Honeyeaters) dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au
Mick Roderick (NSW & QLD, Swift Parrots) mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au  
If you know the area where you’d like to carry out the survey, please let us know beforehand.
Thank-you for your time, your help is much appreciated!

Kind regards,

Caroline Wilson | Woodland Birds Project Officer
BirdLife AustraliaSuite 2-05, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton VIC 3053
03 9347 0757 | F 03 9347 9323caroline.wilson@birdlife.org.au | birdlife.org.au
ABN 75 149 124 774

Swift Parrot-Regent Honeyeater Record Sheet
Observer Name/s: .......................................................................................................
Postal Address: ...........................................................................................................
Mobile:.................................... Home or Work Ph: (…)....................... ......................... ............................

Site Details

Location (or distance and direction from nearest named landmark or town):  .......................................................
Date: .....................................  Time started: ..................................... Time finished:................................. ….  
Number of observers:………………………………..Altitude (if known):...........................................................

Map details (Map No, Name and Scale not required if GPS co-ords provided)

Map No: ……  Map Name & Scale: …………………………GPS used:  Yes/No         GPS Datum:………….
Easting: ……………...Northing: ………………..(e.g. East: 243560     North: 6027450)  Zone……….  (e.g. 55 or 56 )
Lat:........................................ …..Long:............................................ …(e.g. Lat: 33o40’15”  Long: 150o45’10”)

Swift Parrot (SP) / Regent Honeyeater (RH) observations

Swift Parrots seen / heard (including zero):……………………………………….
Regent Honeyeaters seen / heard (including zero):……………………………………….
Details of activity (e.g. foraging, aggression, perching, calling etc):......................................................................
Food/Habitat Resources Used: .........................................................................................................................

Other nectivorous bird species present (regardless of whether SP/RH recorded)

Other nectivorous species present (e.g. Honeyeaters, Lorikeets)
(estimate no. of birds)

Interaction with SP/RH
(e.g. aggression / competing for food resources)

Habitat / Site Description

Please describe any relevant details about the site such as topography, vegetation, presence / absence of mistletoe and if possible the species and size of trees being used by SP/RH: ………………………………………………….

Site Map/Additional Information

Please include any additional information (e.g. simple map, shrub species present, direction of flight, additional birds. etc) on the other side of this form.

26 July, 2014

Department fo Fair Trading E News

click here to view Department of Fair Trading newsletter

Mine's Aboriginal 'rock art' found to be authentic'

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 25 July 2014 7:36 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: ABC Rural: (Coalpac) 'Mine's Aboriginal 'rock art' found to be authentic'.

ABC Rural:  (Coalpac) 'Mine's Aboriginal 'rock art' found to be authentic'.

"Environmental groups say Aboriginal rock art at a site earmarked for a controversial coal mine, has been proven to be authentic.

A report commissioned by mining company Coalpac, questioned the age of the art, saying it's probably a replica of a traditional hand stencil, dating back just a few years.

Environmentalists have been battling the project to reopen two open cut coal mines, fearing it will damage a region called the Gardens of Stones near the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Lithgow Environment Group's president Dr Richard Stiles, says the finding poses questions about the original archaeological investigation at the unique Pagoda landscape in the Ben Bullen State Forest.

"There was a question of the authenticity of a white hand stencil, they found that hand stencil to be authentic, they found a number of other hand stencils in the cave, in the floor of the cave they found chert stone tools, which suggested previous Aboriginal habitation,

"I think it leads to questions about the due diligence of Coalpac's consultant's report and it really makes you question how an archaeological consultant could say those things, when there is so much evidence in this cave that there's been Aboriginal occupation and artwork in it," Dr Stiles says."

Read the full story and hear the audio at this link:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-25/coalpac-rock-art/5624222

Is anyone else thinking that the insolvent Group of Coalpac companies may have already known that their recent public claims in disputing the age of rock art near their Coal Mine at Cullen Bullen was possibly nothing more than a replica of a traditional hand stencil dating back just a few years were false, particularly given that there was mention at all of their (now) false claim in their recent Coalpac Community Newsletter?


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Kandos Community Hall

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Book 6379 4337, 0425 275 749 or call into Down The Track Cafe

24 July, 2014

The search for the clean coal holy grail

Sunday 20 July 2014 8:05AM

The Abbott government and a group of investors are pinning their environmental hopes on a clean coal technology that is still in the very early stages of development. Paddy Manning tracks the quest for the clean coal holy grail and investigates the men getting unspeakably rich from the search.

The federal government is pinning its hopes of cleaning up Australia’s electricity sector on a new clean coal technology that is still at the laboratory stage.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has made clear that a key plank of the government’s plan to tackle climate change is reducing emissions from existing black and brown coal-fired power stations.
It is lower emission than building an equivalent old brown coal station, but who is going to build that? Surely if there's a calculation of the emission abatement it's against modern equivalent alternatives, and alternatives exist at lower cost with no emissions, or much lower emissions, so I don't know in what sense it would qualify as an emission reduction.
As the minister told ABC’s 4 Corners last week: ‘The technology which is emerging now, and which I think will be available over the next three to five years, cleans up very significantly, not perfectly, but very significantly by up to 30 to 50 per cent the emissions from current generation.’
That technology is called DICE—or Direct Injection Carbon Engine, a modified diesel engine running on a mix of coal and water—and it has just received $9 million in funding for stage one trials, including $1 million from the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.  
Ignite Energy Resources, a member of the DICE network, recently recieved a $20 million grant to produce liquid fuel for DICE engines from brown coal, among other things.
‘Minister Greg Hunt and Minister Ian Macfarlane for energy are very interested in DICE, because it offers the opportunity of reducing CO2 emissions for electricity from brown coal by 50 per cent, and it offers the opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions from black coals by around 30 per cent,’ says John White, chairman of the DICE Network and co-founder of Ignite.
This article represents part of a larger Background Briefing investigation. Listen to Paddy Manning's full report on Sunday at 8.05 am or use the podcast links above after broadcast.
CSIRO energy theme leader Dr Jim Smitham says the government is not putting too much faith in DICE and that the technology has ‘high potential’.
‘The opportunity is for coal to be used in a new way and far more efficiently, to reduce emissions, and the diesel engine is a highly developed piece of technology that, provided the injection system can be modified to take a coal water slurry, will burn quite efficiently,’ he says.
Dr Smitham says the development of the DICE engine, while not yet commercially viable ‘is worthwhile.’
‘This option provides coal with a low emissions future that it [currently] doesn’t have.’
At present, however, DICE technology exists only as a prototype single-cylinder diesel 16kw, 3.9-litre engine in a lab at the CSIRO in Newcastle. It’s clear that the technology, which the government hopes will be rolling out in three to five years, is a long way from commercial viability.
Mr White hopes that ultimately the direct injection carbon engines will qualify for a share of the billions that will be made available through the Emissions Reduction Fund.
‘When these DICE engines are commercially available and energy electricity generators decide to install them incrementally into the grid, these projects, using this new technology, will reduce CO2 emissions dramatically and they will be able to make a bid into the Emissions Reduction Fund’s reverse options, and supply carbon credits and obtain some extra revenue,' he says.
According to Mr White, CSIRO modelling shows such funding could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars a year. However, energy consultant Bruce Mountain questions how the direct injection carbon engine technology can be considered as a genuine emissions reduction.
‘It is lower emission than building an equivalent old brown coal station, but who is going to build that? Surely if there's a calculation of the emission abatement it's against modern equivalent alternatives, and alternatives exist at lower cost with no emissions, or much lower emissions, so I don't know in what sense it would qualify as an emission reduction.’
Mr Mountain says rolling out large new coal-fired diesel engines for power makes no sense given there is already a surplus of generating capacity and—based on his analysis of forecast cost figures given to the government—the technology is neither cheap nor clean.
‘It doesn't appear to be cheaper than modern black coal. It may be cheaper than large scale gas if gas prices turn out to be higher but so what? Wind and solar and customer demand shifting is a lot less expensive than that.’

18 July, 2014

Capertee Valley Alliance Inc. Position:

In our view, the documents exhibited in support of the MOD 3, namely the EA and the Subsidence Assessment do not provide sufficient certainty for the community that the subsidence predictions will remain at the levels set out in the Subsidence Assessment. Accordingly, it is imperative that if the MOD 3 is approved conditions of consent such as those set out are imposed to make it clear that the maximums currently allowed under the 1993 Consent are no longer acceptable.

Whilst we do not concede that the modification should be granted on any condition, if it is to be, it should be conditional on subsidence not exceeding 125mm, and extraction not exceeding the previously limits, as referred to by Keith Muir.

Monitoring of water usage from surface and groundwater sources, and its return to the environment by an independent company nominated by the Office of Water and paid for by Centennial should be a condition of any company nominated by the Office of Water and paid for by Centennial should be a condition of any approval of the modification application. All monitoring results should be made public.

Issued by; Capertee Valley Alliance Inc.

17 July, 2014

Special Capertee Valley Community Information Session 13th July 2014.

Special Community Information Session Sunday 13 July 2014.
Communities across NSW and Australia including the Capertee Valley are under siege from Coal and Gas.
More than 75  people attended the Community Information Session, both residents and visitors from Capertee Valley Surrounds.  Thank you to all the chefs who provide the morning tea and lunch.
Our IT person Ian Watt who set up the equipment which went without a hitch.
Finally thank you to the people who attended the session.

Presenter: Nell Schofield, is the Sydney Campaign Coordinator with Lock The Gate, a national alliance that stands beside Australian communities in their fight against coal and gas.
Our Land Our Water Out Future

Presenter: EDO Outreach Solicitor, Emily Ryan
Have Your Say and Airly Mine Modification 3

Presenter: EDO  - Belinda Rayment holds a LLB (HONS) from University of New England and a Masters in International Environmental Law. Belinda previously worked in a private practice specialising in local government and planning law as Associate to Justice Talbot Legal Centre.
Belinda provides clients with advice on a wide range of environmental legal issues including planning, pollution, Administrative Law, Mining and Coal Seam Gas.

MC Donna Upton: Capertee Valley Alliance Inc. Secretary.

Presenter:Peter Green Observations of someone who has been in both camps and fears the future of our environment/biosphere and hence for the sort of life we are condemning today's children and future generations (not to mention the myriad of other species of flora & fauna) .Peter does the BLU radio show (Shirley 'Baglady' Lewis global TV Show Online). He belongs to various groups, Blue MTS Conservation Society, Sustainable Population Australia, Climate Action Blue Mtns * Stop CSG Blue Mts. Peter has experience in exploration mining but has a passion for conservation.
He believes that we must move to a post-carbon economy now, hence against coal & CSG. Peter is not against mining per se: it underpins our industrial society and as yet there is absolutely no plan B for a current society once the mines are depleted.

Audience: Capertee Valley residents listening intently.
Spot ,Mary Thirlwall,  CVA member of Management Committee and  Mining  sub-committee member who assisted with the event.

Presenter: Chris Pavich, is a geologist, explaining the maps in regard to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Capertee Valley.
Chris is  retired from National Parks.

Presenter: Ian Coleman SC Areas of Practice. Equity, Commercial, Insolvency, Agriculture, Environment and Mining Law, Family Law-appellate and financial, Sporting disciplinary tribunals Family, rural & commercial mediation.
Mining Legislation today, where to from here!

The most important person of the day, John Thirlwall  chef BBQ 

Special thanks to the community members who hand delivered the flyers to residents at Capertee and the localities Glen Davis, Glen Alice, Bogee and Mt Marsden, Alex, Mary, Lisa, Carol, Neil & Glenda, Bruce, Donna. Hope  we didn't miss anyone.

Lissanne for being in the kitchen. Thank you very much. Great community spirit by all concerned.

Bruce Upton photographer and Tony, Flyer Graphics..


"We need to act now before the coal & gas mining companies get a stranglehold on our country. Gas mining spreads out across whole landscapes and converts rural landscapes into gigantic industrial zones. Coal mining puts the health of rural communities at threat, reducing air quality and destroying unique rural landscapes.

Uncontrolled mining will change our rural communities forever and threaten our future viability. It will put our water resources at risk and damage our food security.

That is why it is urgent. We need to act now to put protections in place before this industry spreads any further". Phil Laird, Farmer, Maules Creek

It is time to be aware...
It is time to value those things which cannot be replaced i.e. water, biodiversity, landscapes, the air we breath...
It is time to value more than money...
It is time to live more sustainably...redesign the way we live....
It is time to act.....not only for our community but all communities everywhere...


16 July, 2014

Watershed Landcare Group - Activities

Spotlight on Landcare: Watershed Landcare Group
Watershed Landcare is a local community organisation based in the towns and surrounding villages of Rylstone, Mudgee and Gulgong. They have a diverse membership who share a common interest in repairing and improving our landscape. Members include established landholders, town and village residents, land managers, people with country retreats and local businesses. Watershed’s objective is to "provide a catalyst for the community through education, co-ordination and support towards the improvement of the socioeconomic and physical environment of our region".
Whats happening in Watershed Landcare? 
This Friday evening the group are hosting Dr Andrew Edwards from the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research for a Fire Ecology Seminar. Starting at 630pm and going to 830pm, the evening will be held at the Straw Bale Building in the AREC (Mudgee Small Farm Field Days) site. The group are also running two Advanced Soil Skills workshops in Mudgee on the 23-24th July with guest speaker David Hardwick.
Want to get involved in one of these or other Watershed Landcare activities? 
Contact: Agness Knapik 
Phone: 0435 055 493
For more information on how to get involved in Landcare in your local area contact Regional Landcare Facilitator Danielle Littlewood P: 6881 3403 M: 0418280 616 E: danielle.littlewood@lls.nsw.gov.au F: https://www.facebook.com/LandcareCentralWest

Farm Household Allowance. The Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides eligible farmers and their partners who are experiencing financial hardship with assistance and support to improve their long-term financial situation. The allowance will be paid fortnightly at a rate equivalent to Newstart Allowance (or Youth Allowance for those under 22 years). A Health Care Card will be provided to recipients. Support will also be provided through a dedicated case manager to help recipients assess their situation and develop a plan for the future. Eligible farmers and their partners will be able to access up to three years of payment. This is designed to give farm families time to get back on their feet and the opportunity to take steps to improve their circumstances. For more info: daff.gov.au/assistance

‪#‎SchoolsTreeDay competition for a chance to "get grubby" with dirtgirlworld coming to your school as well as a brand new garden! 5 lucky runner-up entries will also win free schoolyard gardens. To enter, simply follow this link -http://treeday.planetark.org/competitions/schools.cfm - sending us a photo from your Tree Day and a summary of what you did. 

ANZ Staff Foundation Closes 17th July. The ANZ Staff Foundation has distributed $3.7m in small grants to community organisations since July 1997. Grants of around $5,000 support a variety of projects from disadvantaged youth to the environment. A National Advisory Board and State Committees comprising ANZ employees decide the granting rounds each year. For more info:http://www.anz.com.au/about-us/corporate-responsibility/community/giving/staff-foundations/

Rural and Remote Diversity Scholarship Program. Closes 31st July. This program is aimed at providing governance educational opportunities for women residing in rural and remote regions of Australia. The Program will award 30 scholarships to suitably qualified experienced women to undertake our highly regarded Company Directors Course; Reimbursement of accommodation and travel costs up to A$2,000; 12 months’ membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors. To be eligible for this program an applicant must reside outside a main metropolitan city or urban area that has a population of more than 100,000 people. For more info: http://www.companydirectors.com.au/Director-Resource-Centre/Governance-and-Director-Issues/Board-Diversity/Diversity-Scholarship-Program/Rural-and-Remote-Diversity-Scholarships-2014

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) Closes 15th August. Rural, regional and remote areas have an ageing population, just like the rest of Australia. The difference however is that often there aren't the extensive facilities necessary to care for aged residents in their local communities. Fortunately this situation is changing over time, but greater investment is required to enhance, and in some cases create, these facilities. The Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program is a targeted small grant program, designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities. Grants of up to $10,000 are available and eligible projects and activities include those that: help redress disadvantage caused by remoteness; Enhance aged care services and facilities; Build community capacity for aged-friendly communities; Foster community development through opportunities and participation for older people; and / or Encourage positive and active ageing, community health and wellbeing, and education programs. For more info: http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/cara

Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards Closes 25th August. The REAPing Rewards small grant program is a national program targeting education. It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit children and youth (0-18 years) and their educators in rural and remote communities. Grants are up to $10,000. For more info: 

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Closes 26th August. For the last few years, the program has focused specifically on enhancing education and employment opportunities in rural, regional and remote areas, with preference given to projects that benefit communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 people. Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations for projects focused on these areas. Potentially suitable projects include: Providing certified training courses at local community centres, Developing facilities or equipment for educational purposes, Developing and implementing programs which address school attendance or expand the curriculum on offer, Supporting programs that help people to prepare for employment or return to education, Supporting programs which help people to learn new skills and knowledge & Developing micro-business or social enterprises which help to create employment. Applications are invited from not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate which contribute to the development of education and employment opportunities of communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer. For more info: http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/ANZ-seeds-of-renewal

Plastic-Free July Challenge During July shop with your reusable shopping bags at participating businesses in Forbes and you could win $500. For more info: http://www.parkeslandcare.org.au/news-and-events/diary-dates.html

Mount Rankin Landcare AGM 16th July, 7.30 @ “Torwin” 266 Willow Tree Lane. The meeting will be short and the venue warm. You will be welcome. For your information our group has the following equipment for people who are current members. For more info contact Terry Rath on P: 63315536 E: the.raths@bigpond.com

Paddock Plants Workshops 16 July, Eugowra, 17 July - Dunedoo, For more info: Phil Cranney on 0458 745 478.

Central West Lachlan Landcare Committee monthly meeting 16th July, 6pm. Landcare building, Kelly Reserve, Cnr Thomas Street and Newell Highway. Non-Committee members are asked to contact the office to advise attendance. Phone 6862 4914 or pdlsc@bigpond.com

Fire Ecology Seminar, Watershed Landcare 18th July, 630-830pm, AREC, Mudgee. Guest presenter: Dr Andrew Edwards, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research at Charles Darwin University. Andrew will explain: traditional indigenous fire management in Australia, the impact of changed fire regimes on wildfire and habitat, extrapolating traditional indigenous fire management methods to our own landscapes, using fire as a tool for land, biodiversity and bushfire management. For more info: E: info@watershedlandcare.com.auP: 0435 055 493 W: www.watershedlandcare.com.au

Dubbo Macquarie River Bushcare Group Working Bee 20th July, 10am-midday. Mick O'Neill's Turf Farm, Dubbo. Weed control activities- mostly willows and wild tobacco bush and planting a few trees. Please RSVP by Friday the 18th. Please bring a gold coin to cover the cost of lunch. Mary K will bring some soft drinks for $1 each with profits going to supporting WIRES. RSVP to Rodney Price 0428 891 969.

Bingman Catchment Landcare Group Inc AGM 20th July, 10am, LUE Public School. For more info: Mick Boller, BCLGI Secretary/Treasurer E: mick_boller@hotmail.com

Day in the Life of Landcare Campaign Where will you be and what will you be doing on 20th July? Hopefully celebrating 25 years of Landcare and showing us what a #DayintheLife is like with your photos! #landcare25 For more info: http://landcarelife.com/25years/

Get in Touch with your Roots: Soil Health and Why it Matters. 23rd July 930-330, "Taranah", Mudgee. Guest presenter: David Hardwick. Learn what soil is and why it is important, learn how to assess your soil health including soil structure, biology and chemistry. Free day. For more info: Beth Greenfield P: 6373 2114 or E: beth@watershedlandcare.com.au 

Bugaldie Livestock Workshop 23rd July, 9:30 – 2:30, Bugaldie Hall. Topics covered: Understanding the nutritional needs of sheep and cattle, To sell or finish stock? Issues for decision making, Supplementary feeding – What's the cheapest option?, Early weaning – What are the benefits?, Establishing Stock Management Areas (drought lots) and feeding management principles, Livestock health and disease issues now!, Update on State and Federal Government assistance, Short presentation on the Rural Support Program, The Warren-Barwon Feral Pig Control Program update - Where we're at now? Speakers: Geoff Duddy –Sheep Solutions, Livestock Consultant, Brett Littler – Central Tablelands LLS (Livestock), Dr Jillian Kelly – Central West LLS (District Vet), David Trengove – Central West LLS (Livestock), Sue Freebairn – Rural Support Worker, NSW DPI, Leah Bailey - Rural Financial Counselling Service (Northern Region). Free! Morning tea and lunch provided. For more info: David Trengove P: 0419 985 878 E: david.trengove@lls.nsw.gov.au or Danielle Bonnington (Landcare Support Coonamble) P: 0497 665 426 E: d.bonnington@coonambleshirecoonambleshire.nsw.gov.au

Grow better crops with less - Irrigation Workshop 24 July, Bathurst. Presentations will include: Increasing yields with less water - Brian Thompson, Porosity Ag, Energy efficient irrigation - Edward Joshua, NSW DPI, Retaining soil structure for yield - Ian Packer, Soilpak Services, RSVP 19 July to Casey Proctor - 0429 110 072

Watershed Landcare: Advanced Soils Skills Workshop. 24th July, 9-4, Royson Petrie Seeds, Mudgee. Guest presenter: David Hardwick. Build skills in assessing soil properties in the field, assess soil properties using a soil test, ID key limiting nutrients from soil tests. Free day. For more info: Beth Greenfield P: 6373 2114 or E: beth@watershedlandcare.com.au 

The Challenge of Climate 24th July, 730am-830am, Mezzanine Cafe, Forbes. Central West Lachlan Landcare invites agronomists and stock agents from the Parkes/Forbes region to attend a workshop to identify levels of knowledge and issues relating to land management and climate variability. Come and have breakfast with us whilst we workshop the topic The Challenge of Climate. For more info contact Christie on 6862 4914.

Carinda Livestock Workshop 24th July, 930-330, 'The Brigalows' Carinda, Directions: 28km south of Carinda on the Warren Rd. Free! Morning tea and lunch provided. Advice and assistance for your livestock enterprises in dry seasons. Topics covered: Understanding the nutritional needs of sheep and cattle, To sell or finish stock? Issues for decision making, Supplementary feeding – What's the cheapest option?, Early weaning – What are the benefits?, Establishing Stock Management Areas (drought lots) and feeding management principles, Livestock health and disease issues now!, Update on State and Federal Government assistance, Short presentation on the Rural Support Program, The Warren-Barwon Feral Pig Control Program update, Where we're at now? Speakers: Geoff Duddy –Sheep Solutions, Livestock Consultant, Brett Littler – Central Tablelands LLS (Livestock), Dr Jillian Kelly – Central West LLS (District Vet), David Trengove – Central West LLS (Livestock), Sue Freebairn – Rural Support Worker, NSW DPI, An update from- Rural Financial Counselling Service (Central West), Robynne Wells-Budd- Central West LLS (Biosecurity). Please bring a chair. For more info: David Trengove P: 0419 985 878 E:david.trengove@lls.nsw.gov.au or Danielle Bonnington (Landcare Support Coonamble) P: 0497 665 426

Grow Smart Irrigation Workshop 24th July, Bathurst with Casey Proctor. For more info: Phil Cranney on 0458 745 478.

DrumMUSTER Collection 25 July, 8.30am – 12pm @ Parkes Waste Depot. Local Landcare Groups in the Parkes area volunteer their time to collect clean, empty drums to be recycled. These collections save Parkes Shire Council from having to dispose of the drum in landfill or through other methods. The next Muster will be held on Friday, 25 July and bookings can be made by contacting Parkes Shire Council on 6861 2373. For further information on cleaning your drums in preparation for disposal, click here.

National Parks Association Medium Grade Walk Bumberry Ridge Trail. 26th July, 9am. Meet at Lions Park, Orange Road Parkes. Walkers are reminded to bring enough food and water for the day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. Binoculars and fold up chair recommended. A $2 donation is appreciated. Please contact leader, Merren Cannon for more info 6866 1225.

National Tree Day 27 July, 11am, Parkes. Central West Lachlan Landcare is once again hosting Tree Day. This year they will be planting trees at Bushman's Hill to further enhance the work that Parkes Shire Council has done in the area. For more info: Contact our office on 6862 4914 or email pdlsc@bigpond.com if you are interested in being involved.

National Tree Day 27th July, 10-1 Spring Street and McLachlan Street, Orange. Free barbecue lunch for participants. The day will focus on planting 1000 native plants with the aim to create a wildlife corridor through the area and generally enhance the local biodiversity. For more info: Maryanne Smith E: msmith@orange.nsw.gov.au P: 0427 586 080

Grains Research Updates 28th July (Wellington), 29th July (Spring Ridge), 30th July (Warialda), 31st July (Burren Junction), 26th August (Warra), 27th August (Condamine). Workshops to provide grain growers and/or their advisers with the latest research outcomes for their region. For more info: http://www.icanrural.com.au/updates.html

Paddock to Plate Bus Trip - Cooks Myalls 31 July, 10am - 1pm, Departing Kelly Reserve, Parkes. Hear direct from the farmer about commercial lamb marketing and sample Cooks Myalls lamb prepared by a local chef. For further information, click here. To book, contact Marg at the CWLL Office on 6862 4914 or pdlsc@bigpond.com 

NPA Medium Grade Walk: Black Range - the lower loop. 6 August, 9.30am  Meet at Bogan Gate at 9.30am. Walkers are reminded to bring enough food and water for the day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. Binoculars and fold up chair recommended. A $2 donation is appreciated. Contact Leader, Andy Tom (6862 2536)

Agribusiness Today Forum 7 August, 830-430, Blayney Shire Community Centre. The event will focus on profitable beef in a changing environment and is a joint event presented by Agribusiness Today, Regional Development, Charles Sturt University and The Graham Centre. Topics covered by a range of professional speakers during the forum will include: Australian Beef Production in a Global Market, Future of Australian Beef Markets, How to Produce more Beef from your Herd, Australian Beef production in a global market, Improving reproductive efficiency in females, Beef retailing in a competitive market, Animal welfare in beef production, Greenhouse gas emissions & beef production. For more info: http://www.rdacentralwest.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Final-flyer.-Beef-2014.pdf

Urabrible Landcare ordinary meeting and AGM 11th August, 730pm, "Lynwood" Coonabarabran. For more info: brmmpoole@gmail.com

Silage Seminars 12th August- Cowra (am) and Forbes (pm), 13th August - Narromine (am) and Mudgee (pm). For more info: Phil Cranney on 0458 745 478.

Introduction to Grazing Management workshops. 14th August- Oberon, 15th August- Lithgow, 19th August- Orange, 1st September- Bathurst. For more info: Phil Cranney on 0458 745 478.

Tree Planting & Bird Surveys in the Capertee Valley. 15-17th August. Why not join us in the beautiful Capertee Valley in August for a weekend of fresh air, spectacular scenery, and fun while making a positive contribution to the future of the Regent Honeyeater and other threatened and declining woodland birds. Tree Planting: The main planting is on Saturday 16th August 2014. However we are always looking for volunteers to help prepare the planting stock and guards on Friday 15th August and help with any possible follow up work on Sunday 17th August. Bird Surveys: On the Sunday we will be conducting our regular August Regent Honeyeater surveys and, as always, volunteers are needed to assist with these. If you are interested in taking part, please let us know. Where: Capertee Valley which is north-of Lithgow, NSW. The property on which we will be planting is on Crown Station Road, within an area in the southern part of the Valley containing important remnant White Box woodland. Food: BYO breakfasts and lunches, a Saturday evening meal is available at a cost of $31 for adults and $6 for children under 12. The evening meal, which is provided by the Glen Alice Community Association, is a great opportunity to socialise with your fellow planters, meet the locals, and support the community and is always a popular event. For more info: Pixie at Birdlife Southern NSW on 02 4376 1001 or southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

Dubbo Sustainable City Expo 23rd August, 9-2, Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens, For more info 6801 4000 or www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/expo

Topfodder workshop 2nd - 4th September, Bathurst. For more info: Phil Cranney on 0458 745 478

Plant Identification Workshop 6th September, 10-2, Adams Lead Reserve, Gulgong. Christine McRae will lead participants. Topics: Identifying the small native plants (Forbs) in Grassy Box Woodlands and in particular at Adams Lead Reserve, If you have any Forbs on your property you want to identify please bring a photo or drawing, We will learn why Forbs are in important in these endangered ecosystems. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Participants need to bring a chair, magnifying glass, pen, pencil, notepad, hat, water and sunscreen. Please wear covered in shoes and a hat. Bookings are being taken now! We have places for only 20 participants so make sure you don’t miss out. RSVP and more info: Phyllis Setchell Email prpatita500@gmail.com Phone 63723120 Mobile 0427920887.

National Landcare Conference 17-19th September, Melbourne. Registrations are now open with early bird ticket prices finishing up next week. Check out the full program here...http://nationallandcareconference.floktu.com/

Plant Identification Workshop 25th October, 10-2pm. Adams Lead Reserve, Gulgong. Christine McRae will lead participants. Topics: Identifying the small native plants (Forbs) in Grassy Box Woodlands and in particular at Adams Lead Reserve, If you have any Forbs on your property you want to identify please bring a photo or drawing, We will learn why Forbs are in important in these endangered ecosystems. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Participants need to bring a chair, magnifying glass, pen, pencil, notepad, hat, water and sunscreen. Please wear covered in shoes and a hat. Bookings are being taken now! We have places for only 20 participants so make sure you don’t miss out. RSVP and more info: Phyllis Setchell Email prpatita500@gmail.com Phone 63723120 Mobile 0427920887.

National Landcare Program submissions now open. The closing date for submissions is 8 August 2014. Inviting comment on: the history, effectiveness, performance and future of the National Landcare Program, including: the establishment and performance of the Natural Heritage Trust; the establishment and performance of the Caring for Our Country program; the outcomes to date and for the forward estimates period of Caring for Our Country; the implications of the 2014-15 Budget for land care programs, in particular, on contracts, scope, structure, outcomes of programs and long-term impact on natural resource management; the Government's policy rationale in relation to changes to land care programs; analysis of national, state and regional funding priorities for land care programs; how the Department of the Environment and the Department of Agriculture have, and can, work together to deliver a seamless land care program; the role of natural resource management bodies in past and future planning, delivery, reporting and outcomes; and any other related matters. Landcare NSW will be making a submission and be looking to secure a hearing. Landcare NSW encourages all Landcarers to discuss with their networks and make their own submissions and/or contribute to the LNSW submission. Please contact your Landcare NSW Council member if you have material to contribute, who will forward your information from your region to LNSW. E: swilliams@landcarensw.org.au or www.landcarensw.org.au. For direct submissions: Committee Secretary Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications PO Box 6100, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600, Phone: +61 2 6277 3526, E: ec.sen@aph.gov.au or W: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/landcare For more information please see the attached document.

Landcare in Focus Magazine, Submissions for the next edition of Landcare in Focus (circulation 160,000, readership 390,000, 7,000 hard copy run-ons) are due in this Friday 18th July for release on the 21st August. The latest (May) edition can be read online here: http://www.landcareonline.com.au/resources/landcare-in-focus/landcare-in-focus-magazine/

20 Million Trees Program submissions now open. Closes 31st July. The Federal Government is seeking information from the market on how large scale biodiverse native treeplantings could be implemented in a way that best utilises industry expertise, knowledge and capacity to achieve environmental outcomes, engagement with the community and carbon abatement. Interested organisations are invited to provide information in response to the following areas: Supply Issues, Availability of suitable land, Applicable industry standards,
Capacity for industry to deliver treeplanting Australia wide, Optimising environmental and carbon abatement outcomes, Identifying and managing other significant issues that may influence delivery, Cost effective delivery considerations having regard to the above points. Instructions for submission are found at the website. Landcare groups and Networks are encouraged to submit directly or provide information to Landcare NSW via their regional representatives, to be included in a submission from Landcare NSW.
Further detail is in the attached pdf or can be found atwww.environment.gov.au/land/20-million-trees

Landcare NSW Inc has some great resources available on their website. For example, check out their Insurance Toolkit for Landcare Groups (attached). This and many more resources to help your group are available on their website:  http://www.landcarensw.org.au/index.php

Release of draft Brigalow & Nandewar report The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has released a draft report outlining findings and recommendations to improve the management of the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas. The NRC is accepting submissions on the draft report until 1 August 2014. The report and information on how to make a submission can be found at: http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/Workwedo/ActiveAndAdaptiveManagementOfCypressForestsInTheBrigalowAndNandewarStateConservationAreas.aspx

Re: item in last months Grant/Info Update: Damian Giuliano Cheap Agricultural LimeOne of our Landcare Groups have made contact with these guys. They asked me to pass on this message: Please advise any other Landcare groups looking at this option to undertake their due diligence and look closely at the test results before making a decision to promote it to their farmers. Our Committee have decided to bin the offer as we believe their is some concern around the integrity product.

Danielle Littlewood | Regional Landcare Facilitator
Central West Local Land Services / Central West NRM Working Group
P: 02 6881 3403 M: 0418 280 616