Compost Benefits for Soils on the Mid-North Coast

The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) are pleased to present Compost Benefits for Soils on the Mid-North Coast on Friday October 12th at the Coffs Harbour National Marine Science Centre. The forum brings together key players, and spot-lights best practice in both the production and application of compost on the Mid-North Coast region of NSW.
? Productivity and Sustainability Benefits – Hear from soil experts on successful strategies for applying compost and mulch. Visit farms to see the numerous benefits of compost, mulch and other recycled organic products.
? Circular Economy – Meet our Processing Members, learn about their products, visit a facility. Hear how organic waste streams are processed to make standardised quality products in high demand and meeting specific needs in agriculture.
? Innovation – We’ll explore the challenges faced by local growers such as safe and efficient compost application on sloping blocks and the role our products can play in managing erosion control and sediment run-off.
AORA are keen to attract primary producers to this event and have a limited number of pre-paid tickets available to primary producers through sponsorship by the NSW EPA/NSW DPI. To register interest in one of these tickets please  contact Uma Preston of AORA via the following email: sasecretary@aora.org.au Please include your business name, agricultural  sector and phone number.

Click Program Compost Benefits for Soils 12th October 2018 for the full program.

Wild Dog & Wildlife Research in the Coffs area

North Coast Local Land Services is holding a Community Information Meeting in Bucca on 28 April 2016 Wild Dog surveillance imageto update the community on wild dog research which is designed to guide management in the Coffs Harbour area, particularly those residents between the western areas of Coffs Harbour and Bucca to Sandy Beach.
The project adopts a range of techniques including the use of remote cameras to record wildlife, tracking movement of wild animals with satellite collars, dietary analysis of scats and DNA testing to ascertain the degree of hybridisation (crossbreeding) of dogs and Dingoes.
The Community Information meeting will be held at the Lower Bucca Community Preschool Building, 870-872 Bucca Road, Bucca on Thursday 28 April commencing at 6.00 pm.
To register your attendance, please contact Mark Robinson on 6659 9405 or by email mark.robinson@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Native Plant Propagation & Seed Collection 21/10/15

Date: Wednesday 21st October 2015 
Time: 9.00am-3.00pm
Location: CHRL Community Nursery, Newman St, Woolgoolga (entrance opposite no.12 Newman St)
Presenter: Colin Broadfoot
Cost: $10 (current nursery volunteers are free) 

Register for Workshop

Australian native plants are highly specialised to grow in Australian conditions and there is a local plant for every situation, be it a natural area, park or garden.  Growing your own is very rewarding and satisfying once we get it right and achieve good results. This 1st May 2014 022workshop will teach and demonstrate the basic propagation principles for a variety of native seeds, the correct growing media and containers to use as well as protocols for seed collection.

 

 

 

2015 CHRL Awards Day – Sunday 13th September

All Coffs Harbour Regional Landcarers and Supporters are invited to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding efforts of local Landcare volunteers at the 2015 Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Awards. The awards are being held on Sunday 13th September 2015 at Red Rock.

2015 CHRL Award Presentation Day Invitation

Included in the Awards day programme are some great activities organised by our Red Rock site contacts Rose and Vern Treilibs such as a kayaking tour of Red Rock estuary and a guided wildflower walk on the heath. These will give you the chance to explore the Red Rock area and its beautiful natural environment.

A reminder also to make your nominations for the Awards. Nominations close next Monday 24th August. Click on the links below for nomination forms

2015 CHRL Award Eileen Moody Nomination form

2015 CHRL Award Dee Wallace Nomination form

Green Bluff Community Day Sun 16th Aug

Green Bluff Landcare at Moonee Beach is holding another Community Headland Care Day on Sunday 16th August from 9.30am – 12noon. Interesting activities for the morning will include:

  • a tour showcasing the beautiful natural environment of the Headland and adjoining areas and the wonderful work that the Landcare group has been carrying out
  • a chance for everyone to help out with some light weeding if desired
  • a delicious morning tea
  • an opportunity to see some off the whales visiting our coastline

Please read this Greenbluff Community Day flyer for more information including where to meet, what to wear and contact details for the organisers so you can let them know you can make it (for catering purposes). 
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In Safe Hands – A safety management toolkit for community groups in practical conservation

– Do you want to find out how to meet your ‘duty of care’obligations to your volunteers?
– Is managing safety an area you find confusing and difficult?
– Do you want a user friendly approach to safety management?
If you answered YES to any of these questions then the ‘In Safe Hands Toolkit’ is for you.

The In Safe Hands 2013/14 Program delivers to organisations working in practical conservation activities.
Workshop Location: COFFS HARBOUR
Date & Time:             Tuesday 29th October 2013 9am-1pm
Venue:                        Cavanbah Hall, 191 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour
Cost:                            Free

The In Safe Hands Toolkit is an initiative of Conservation Volunteers and the Conservation Skills Centre, supported by the Australian Government – Department of Agriculture.  http://insafehands.org.au

2012 Landcare Training Calendar

These workshops are targeted at CHRL volunteers and members and are made possible through the support of the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Coffs Harbour City Council and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Workshop topics include:

28th March – Bush Regeneration Techniques

25th April – Coastal Plant ID

27th June – Worksite Health and Safety   (Postponed)

29th August – Bush Regeneration Techniques

31st October – Coastal Dune Management

Please RSVP as places are limited.  Please call the CHRL office on 02 66511308or email chrl@westnet.com.au to reserve your place.

Click here for a copy of the 2012 Landcare Training Calendar.

Community Indian Myna Control Workshops

Community Indian Myna Control Workshops

COFFS HARBOUR: Monday 29th August

Cavanbah Centre – 191 Harbour Dr

MACKSVILLE: Monday 05th September

CWA Hall – Princess St

COST: FREE with afternoon tea provided.

TIME:    All sessions 1.30pm to 4:00pm

The workshop will cover:

• Indian Myna Profile – biology and behaviour

• Impacts of Indian Mynas

• Indian Myna control – trapping and other strategies

• Establishing a native bird-friendly garden – plant selection and garden design principles

For bookings call Tien (Indian Myna Project Officer) on 0438 218 261

* You can also check out our information stall at the Bellingen Energy Festival (Bellingen showgrounds) on September 03

LandcareLearn 2011 3rd Sept 2011 @ the Bellingen Energy Festival

Sustainability and understanding are the key themes of LandcareLearn, which is a new and integral part of the Bellingen Energy Festival this year.  Energy and land management form a natural partnership in the world today and increasing sustainability in both areas will be a key challenge for humanity over the coming decades.

LandcareLearn will provide an opportunity for landholders to gain skills in sustainable land management through a series of practical and informative workshops.  The Landcare Learn event will run throughout the day and sessions will be grouped in three themes: soils, grazing management and biodiversity on your land. Individual sessions will provide information on soil health measurement and maintenance, planning and managing electric fencing systems, local birds, how to identify eucalypts, local weeds and their management and how to plan your property or farm for the best returns for you, and the environment.

Keynote speaker for the LandcareLearn event will be Dr Lukas Van Zwieten who is a world authority on Biochar, a substance produced from domestic and industrial waste which has been shown to significantly promote crop plant growth – a sustainable fertiliser!  Lukas’ presentation will link biochar with the hot topics of soil carbon and climate change.

LandcareLearn is a new direction for the Festival, but event organisers Craig Stehn and Colin Matthews (Landcare Coordinators for Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Dorrigo) anticipate that Festival goers who come along to a session or two will energise their interest in the local environment and learn new skills to help them manage their property (from backyard to farm) in a more sustainable way.

The festival will run from 8.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday 3rd September at the Bellingen Showground and will coincide with the start of Landcare Week. For more information, contact Craig Stehn (Coffs Harbour) on 6651 1308, or Colin Matthews (Bellingen) on 6655 0588.

Brooklana Riparian Weed Management Workshop 12th March 2011

Landholders on the Eastern Dorrigo will have an opportunity to gain skills in river management during a field day being run by Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare on the 12th of March.

Riparian zones, the often thin strip of vegetation occurring next to a stream, act as a buffer between aquatic systems and the surrounding land use. Well managed and resilient riparian vegetation can help stabilise stream banks and minimise erosion, improve water quality through filtering nutrient run-off and improve ecosystem health.

This half day workshop will cover the main methods of weed control used for controlling riparian or riverine weeds, including, cut and paint, scrap and paint and stem injection.
These techniques provide an effective way to control many of the common weeds that occur along the creeks and rivers of the Eastern Dorrigo, such as Small Leaf Privet, Large Leaf Privet and Japanese Honeysuckle. Participants will also gain an understanding of when weed control is appropriate, when the best time to undertake control is, and what can be done to maximise native regeneration at the site.

The workshop will be held at Brooklana on March the 12th between 9.30 and 12.30pm. Please bring a hat, appropriate footwear and a camping chair if you have one. Morning tea will be provided. RSVP to Craig Stehn on 6651 1308 by 11th of March 2011.

Blueberry Grower Workshop 16th March 2011

The final workshop targeted at improving soil health and nutrient management for blueberry growers on the North Coast will be run on the 16th of November at the Woolgoolga Bowls Club. Blueberry farmers who attend the workshop will have the opportunity to learn about blueberry nutrition, the use of liquid fertilisers and blueberry irrigation systems. Efficient fertigation and irrigation systems are essential for plant health and can increase productivity and reduce farm inputs. The afternoon will also include two farm visits where we will look at irrigation systems and methods of applying lime through a fertigation system.

These workshops are being delivered jointly by Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Inc. and NSW Industry and Investment through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country – Community Action Grants program. Presentations will be given by Phillip Wilk (NSW I&I, Blueberry Industry Development Officer), Chris Bortelli (consulting horticulturist Agrichem Australia) and Bob Duggan (Irrigation and Advanced Pumping).

The workshop will be held at the Woolgoolga Bowls Club on Boundary Street in the Boardroom between 10.00am and 3.00pm on March the 16th. The workshop is free and lunch and morning tea will be provided. Numbers are limited so please RSVP by then to Craig Stehn at Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare on 6651 1308 or chrl@westnet.com.au

2011 Northern Rivers Landcare Awards

Rolemodel farmers and the environmental volunteer community are being invited to step forward and be recognised for their contribution, and to inspire and motivate others when nominations for the Northern Rivers Awards open this week.

Held every two years, the Northern Rivers Landcare Awards recognise the achievements of the dedicated people who have committed their own time to care for our environment and contribute to sustainable production. Nominations for the Northern Rivers Landcare Awards will be opening in early January and close on Monday 21st February, 2011 and individuals or groups can nominate themselves or others for the awards.

Winners will be announced at the 2011Northern Rivers Landcare Awards Presentation and Celebration event to be held in Grafton, on Friday the 1th of April 2011. The 2011 winners of the Landcare awards in the region will be nominated for the 2011 New South Wales Landcare Awards (where categories align with State awards) and if successful they will represent New South Wales at the national awards. Nomination forms can be accessed by clicking on the category heading below. For general Nomination Guidelines click here.

Individual Landcarer Award
Urban Landcare Award
Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award
Indigenous Award
Local Landcare Facilitator/Coordinator Award
Young Landcare Leader Award
Coastcare Award
Local Government Landcare Partnership Award
Landcare Primary Producer Award
Northern Rivers Soil Carbon Award
Community Group Award
Schools Education Award

Please note that all except the; Northern Rivers Soil Carbon Award and the Northern Rivers Community Education Award, align with the National and New South Wales Landcare Awards

Those interested in nominating are asked to go to your local Landcare web pages or the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority web page in early January for information about the awards and for nomination forms. The Northern Rivers 2011 Landcare Awards are supported by the Landcare groups of the North Coast Regional Landcare Network and the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

For more information, please contact:NCRLN Regional Landcare Facilitator (coastal)
Jodie Gager, Email: rlf_NCRLandcare@hotmail.com, New England North West Landcare Regional Landcare Facilitator (tablelands & slopes), Jennie Coldham, Email: jennie@gblc.org.auor phone your local Landcare officer, contact numbers available on local Landcare and Northern Rivers CMA web sites.

Legumes and Herbs of the North Coast of NSW Field Day

Landholders from Coffs Harbour and Bellingen have an opportunity to gain the skills of identification and management during a Legume and Herbs field days being run by Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare and Industry & Investment NSW on Saturday the 20th March.

While grasses provide the bulk of the pasture yield and are visually obvious, there are a large number of non-grass species that are also present, such as ferns, sedges, rushes, legumes, daisies, orchids and pennyworts.  These non-grass species are often poorly recognised, yet usually outnumber the species of grasses and so significantly contribute to the biodiversity of pastures.  Many species provide out of season green feed and a different composition of energy, protein and minerals, helping to reduce or overcome some of the nutritional problems of north coast pastures.  On the other hand, not all non-grass species are desirable, as there are many invasive and/or toxic pasture species on the north coast, such as crofton weed, fireweed and mother-of-millions.

Kempsey-based district agronomist Carol Rose said many legumes and herbs could be difficult to recognise and urged landholders to take the time to attend the field day.

“Knowing what legumes and herbs you have, whether they are a valuable feed resource or poisonous and what influences their abundance is the first step in their management,” Ms Rose said. 

“This year presents an opportune time to inspect what you have in your pastures, as many plants are currently flowering and therefore are at their best in terms of identification.

“Seeing what you have is important in assessing management tactics in the future. Understanding your species also allows you to assess your potential production and any possible problems.”

“The composition of a pasture varies from year to year depending on climate, grazing and fertiliser, and other factors, giving landholders the scope to alter species composition to meet management and sustainability goals.  However, this is only possible if the individual species can be recognised.”

The Legumes and Herbs field day will highlight the recognition features of plants that are currently flowering and seeding in the pastures of the region, along with their strengths and weaknesses.  This field day is free.  However numbers are strictly limited and bookings are essential.   Bookings can be made by contacting Craig Stehn at Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare on 6651 1308.

The day runs from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, with morning tea supplied. However, participants will need to bring their own lunch, chair and sun protection. They can also bring along pasture plants (preferably flowering) from their own property for identification.  Copies of the book “Legumes and Herbs of the North Coast of NSW” will be provided on the day.