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         MAY 2020

 

GRASSROOTS GAZETTE

 
Many hands working together for the Tweed environment
Greetings Landcarers!
May you enjoy this months edition of the Grassroots Gazette! Tweed Landcare have been busily working in the background preparing some exciting new projects and workshops for the time when the covid cloud lifts. We will keep you posted on further developments as they become more certain. Meanwhile enjoy the beautiful, bright cool days and happy reading...
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Tweed Landcare News
 
With our events and community engagement activities on limited, Tweed Landcare have been focusing on progressing projects and applying for funding and helping the Tweed community by:
  • increasing skills and knowledge through projects (Bush Skills), workshops and new course information (see below);
  • supporting local Care groups (Landcare, Dunecare, Rivercare, and Friends of... groups) that want to look after public bushland;
  • looking for innovative ways to improve farming practices for benefits to farm productivity, biodiversity and carbon sequestration;
  • collaborating with our regional partners for large scale solutions to weed and pest animal control
  • and much more...
Here are a few recent examples...

Battling coastal weeds

Community Weed Project
by Amalia Pahlow (Tweed Landcare Coordinator)
 
 
Last year Tweed Landcare secured $18,333 to help Cabarita Beach and Casuarina Dunecare volunteers tackle high priority coastal weeds at their sites through the Community Based Weeds Project. The focus of the Project is biosecurity, as opposed to bush regeneration, so funding was only available to target weeds, which are identified as a high priority in the North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022. At these sites the target weeds were Bitou bush, Glory lily, Ground asparagus and Broad-leaf pepper tree. The majority of the funding was used to contract professional bush regenerators to undertake control of these targeted weeds across 7.6 Hectares.
 
All the sites also had other environmental weeds. Fortunately, rather than the bush regenerators having to ‘step over’ these weeds we were able to secure additional funds from Tweed Shire Council to control the other environmental weeds within and adjoining the sites.
 
To further increase the impact of these efforts Tweed Landcare combined forces with Brunswick Valley Landcare and Richmond Landcare. So these weeds area also being controlled at Dunecare sites in Byron and Ballina Shires. Funds were also allocated for community engagement and education activities. Unfortunately the ‘Weeds Blitz Bus’, which was scheduled to tour project sites on 26 March, was cancelled due to COVID-19 but we will reschedule in the future.
 
We have been able to organise a Backyard Weed Blitz. Landholders, particularly those adjoining bushland are encouraged to get out into their back (or front) yards, identify the environmental weeds and remove them. There are lots of resources online to help you identify weeds and find out how to control them. Look out for posts on Facebook  /TweedLandcare throughout the month of May.
 
This Project is delivered as a part of the ‘Community Based Weeds’ Project. This $120,000 pilot program is delivered by North Coast Regional Landcare Network right across the North Coast, supported by funds granted by North Coast Local Land Services, Local Control Authorities and NSW Department of Primary Industries under the ‘Stakeholder partnerships for the delivery of the North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022’ project.  This program engages local Landcare networks to complete on-ground weed control works that complement the activities of Local Control Authorities and assist in the implementation of the North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022.  


FREE! Bush Regeneration course!

Some exciting news is a FREE bush regeneration online training opportunity, which is great for people new to bush regeneration or have recently moved to the area and want to look after their bushland or even as an opportunity to hone your skills and knowledge.
 
TAFE NSW have offered some fully funded places for their TAFE online course called Statement of Attainment in Bush Regeneration (usually $1,300).
 
The course is a significant time commitment (4 hours per week over 6 months).

Students complete the following units:
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
 
 
 
You can read more about the course or sign up here:
https://oten.tafensw.edu.au/course/bush-regeneration-statement-of-attainment/
 
To be fully funded you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • meet citizenship requirements
  • be 15 years or over
  • live or work in NSW  (if you live in Queensland there are similar opportunities through TAFE QLD).
  • no longer be at school or its equivalent.
Catch up for a Cuppa

(TLI Group of the Month)

Casuarina Dunecare


                                  Casuarina Beach             Photo: Domain.com.au
 
1. What is the group name? Casuarina Dunecare
2. Where is/are the site(s) located? Casuarina / Salt/ Seaside city on the Tweed Coast
3. Who is the group coordinator? Ross Pierce
4. What year did the group form?The group was formally set up as North Casuarina Landcare Dune Group in 2012. Around this time Casuarina Beach Coastcare was disbanded for not complying with Council rules. The group is now called Casuarina Dunecare.
5. How many were in the group when it formed? There was an initial group of around 10 willing and interested residents and the number stayed that way with residents coming and going for various reasons.
6. How many are in the group now? With most of the weeds and vines under control the group now consists of Ross and two others on call.
7. How often does it meet? As there is such a small number the group does not have formal meetings.
8. What has been the group’s single greatest achievement, to date? The groups’ single greatest achievement has been to restore the dunes from Seaside and Casuarina dunes to the point where weeds can be sprayed in 30 odd hours twice yearly.
9. What is the group’s single greatest challenge, at the moment? The groups’ single greatest challenge at the moment is the eradication of glory lily and to bring the creekside to the same standard and see the entire local population appreciate it’s preservation.

Bet you didn't know...

Group Coordinator

Ross Pierce

Casuarina Dunecare Coordinator- Ross Pierce
  1. Who/What inspired you to join Landcare/Dunecare? Being a retired farmer, I was inspired to join Dunecare as I hated to see the bushland devalued by the prolific weed growth.
  2. What takes up too much of your time? The chore that takes up too much of my time is picking up bottles, cans, dog poo bags and drug paraphernalia left in the dunal area. Also constantly on the lookout for people lighting fires on the dunes or the beach.
  3. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? My extra time would be taken up with more fishing and/or golf but I have time but I need more energy.
  4. What hobbies do you have outside dunecare? My other hobbies include bonsai (trees)and native bee keeping that keep me busy.
  5. What place would you most like to go? And why? I would like to see more of Australia, especially the National Parks because of my interest in different environments.
  6. What job would you be terrible at? I would be terrible in an office as a public servant.
  7. What skill would you like to master? I would like to master native bee husbandry.
  8. What is one small thing that always makes your day better?Facetiming the grandchildren in Brazil.
THANKS ROSS, FOR THE GREAT WORK YOU DO!
Remembering Claire

  
 
It’s almost a year since our Tweed Landcare community woke to the news that our dear friend, colleague and tireless advocate for the natural environment, Claire Masters, had suddenly passed away.
 
The following month those who knew her and wanted to honour her memory gathered at Chillingham Community Centre, where Claire spent a lot of time every Wednesday working in the gardens with our volunteers and with Chillingham Landcare controlling environmental weeds along the Rous River which runs through the village. A native garden was planted by her family and friends.
 
 
Virtually all the plants survived the drought conditions over last Spring and part of Summer due to regular watering every two to three weeks. Luckily the community centre has a bore or this would not have been possible.
 
 

Since then, the Community Association submitted a proposal to the Tweed Shire Council to rename the oval adjacent to Claire’s planting, which was the site last year of National Tree Day, in her honour. This was approved and the name will be “Claire Masters Recreation Reserve".
 
We were planning a gathering for the anniversary of the planting in June with the installation of a seat in the planting area and an unveiling of a sign naming the recreation reserve; however COVID 19 restrictions might prevent that. 
 
We will keep you informed.
 
Judy White 
for the Chillingham Community Association
Australian Livestock Price Forecast Webinar

If you are a livestock producer you may like to register for this webinar. Simon Quilty is a force to be reckoned with and we don't get him here on the North Coast very often (even if he's only here virtually!), so don't miss this opportunity if you're a North Coast livestock producer.

 
                                                                                                                        Simon Quilty Photo: The Australian

The North Coast and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services invite livestock producers to a FREE two-part webinar series with internationally recognised market analyst Simon Quilty. Simon will discuss a range of factors at play globally and outline how these will impact future Australian livestock prices and will include a forecast for the next three years. This information will be valuable to help you make decisions as you look to rebuild your business after unprecedented drought and fire events.

Register Here:

Wednesday 13 May 2020 7:30 pm Register at https://adobe.ly/3cpDPNv
Wednesday 20 May 2020 7:30 pm Register at https://adobe.ly/34zS13J

  Koalas and cattle interaction

Wildlife researchers based at the University of Queensland are investigating whether livestock, especially cattle, are a potential threat to koalas in areas where koala habitat overlaps with grazing.

The researchers are conducting a short survey to better understand how often livestock-inflicted injuries and mortalities to koalas occur.

Koala-livestock conflicts have been anecdotally reported and koalas with injuries from livestock are admitted to wildlife hospitals throughout the year.  The survey aims to investigate the extent and frequency of koalas suffering from livestock-inflicted injuries/deaths in Southeast Queensland and other locations in Australia.

The survey takes only two to 10 minutes and will provide valuable information that can be used to develop management strategies to help reduce koala mortalities caused by livestock. All responses are treated as anonymous and confidential. A participant information sheet is also provided for more details once you open the link to the survey here (and below).

References
https://survey.app.uq.edu.au/Survey-of-livestock-inflicted-injuries-or-deaths-to-koalas.aspx
Koala tree planting workshop


Native Animal of the Month

Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish
(Melanotaenia duboulayi)



Crimson-spotted rainbowfish (Melanotaenia duboulayi) Photo: spqrblake

 
Melanotaenia duboulayi, the crimson-spotted rainbowfish, is a species of freshwater rainbowfish endemic to eastern Australia. This fish has also been kept in aquariums since the early 20th century, and is the original Australian rainbowfish. It is native to the eastern coastal drainage systems of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland and is naturally present in the streams of the Tweed catchment.

Males reach maximum lengths of 12cm, but are usually less than 10cm, while the females are usually smaller. They have a slender and compressed body shape with two dorsal fins that are very close together, with the first much smaller than the second. The fin colours vary from clear to yellowish to red, with red flecks and dark margins which become intensely black in males during spawning activities. Larger males are distinguished from females by their brighter colours and can be identified from the elongation of posterior rays in the second dorsal and anal fins. Females have rounded dorsal and anal fins, which are smaller and lack the dark edges. A prominent spot of crimson red is seen on the operculum. Generally, the body is silvery-blue or green ranging through deep bluish or yellow tones. 

Rainbowfish are omnivorous. Their diet comprises all kinds of foods, especially invertebrates and algae, and in captivity they eat flake food. They like open water and may form small groups around submerged logs and subsurface vegetation. Spawning occurs prior to summer rains, and eggs adhere to filamentous subsurface vegetation and floating plant roots.

This awesome little fish was declared by the NSW-Qld Mosquito Research Committee as the best fish to use to control mosquitoes in domestic and rural freshwater environments. These hardy fish can go into ornamental ponds, cattle or horse water troughs and dams to control mosquito larvae. Bird baths are too hot and shallow. Rainbowfish will eat tadpoles so keep them out of your frog ponds and they also eat their own young so they need some sort of shelter for the young to hide.

Tweed Shire Council's Pest Unit are currently building up stocks and by summer should have rainbow fish to give away to Tweed residents. Council use local wild stock which prevents local variants of rainbowfish from being lost through genetic contamination from non-local forms, in case the fish escapeThe fish will most likely breed up over a few months and then can be caught and moved to other areas on your property. They may need occasional feeding with fish pellets, although they seem to survive well on their own. They are negatively affected by cane toads which is another reason to keep toads out of your water bodies.
 
Native Plant of the Month

Pandanus (Screw Palm)
(Pandanus tectorius)

Pandanus at Fingal Head

 
From the family Pandanaceae, the spectacular Pandanus tectorius is found on exposed coastal headlands and beaches from Port Macquarie to Cape York,  the Torres Strait islands and also Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. It is a small tree which can reach 5-6 metres in height. The species is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are borne on separate trees, with very different male and female flowers. The leaves are linear to about 1 metre in length by 5-8 cm wide with sheathing bases. They emerge from the branches in a screw-like arrangement which gives rise to the common name of screw palm. The leaves have short spines along the edges and on their midribs.

The plants are supported at the base by prop roots which help to anchor the plant in sandy soil. The flowers occur in clusters surrounded by large bracts and plants may flower throughout the year. Female plants produce large pineapple-like fruits comprised, when ripe, of yellow, red or orange segments containing the individual seeds.

Parts of the fruit of P. tectorius are edible. Indigenous Australians have many uses for Pandanus. The white growing bases of the leaves are edible and easy to access. It can be eaten raw or cooked. The ripe segments of the fruit and the seeds can be roasted and eaten. The fruit pulp can be eaten after cooking and is a key food source in parts of Micronesia. Aboriginal people bake the fruit in hot sand or ash, removing an irritant to the mouth if eaten raw. Northern Australian Aboriginal people were known to have made a mild alcoholic drink from Pandanus fruits. The leaves are used for strapping or string fibre to make baskets, mats, dilly bags, bracelets and various ceremonial objects. The dead stems or branches were used to make didgeridoos as the fibrous inside disintegrated to leave a hollow tube. The dead branches were also used as fire carriers – the fibrous inside would slowly smoulder away allowing fire to be transported from camp to camp. The 'cabbage' was also pounded into a paste and used as an antiseptic ointment for sores and wounds.

         
              Pandanus fruit                               Male pandanus flower                        
Pandanus plants in the Tweed are under local threat from dieback caused by an insect known as the pandanus planthopper (Jamella australiae). The pandanus planthopper is native to northern Queensland where it is naturally controlled by egg parasitic wasps. During the 1990s, the pandanus planthopper was found to be spreading and infesting pandanus trees through extensive areas of southeast Queensland, which led to dieback and the eventual death of thousands of pandanus trees. Even healthy pandanus trees regularly have large amounts of dead leaf around the base of the leaf heads. However, when pandanus planthoppers build up large populations in trees, the percentage of dead material is increased and leaf material in the centre of the head is likely to be affected. The pandanus Planthopper Working Group has developed the following suggestions for community members concerned about this disease:
  • Become familiar with the symptoms of affected plants and monitor them
  • Notify your local council of Dept of Environment and Conservation (for plants in National Parks or Nature Reserves) or the Dept of Lands (for Crown lands) if you believe a plant is affected.
  • When planting pandanus use locally grown stock and inspect plants carefully for any sign of infestation.
References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandanus_tectorius
http://anpsa.org.au/p-tec.html
https://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Item/927
https://outbackjoe.com/macho-divertissement/bush-tucker-plants-and-animals/pandanus/
https://yuraygirwalks.com.au/pandanus-a-yuraygir-favourite/?v=6cc98ba2045f
  Weeds of the Month 
 
As we have soooo many species of weeds in the Tweed we are continuing with our multiple weeds of the month. The weeds for this month were recently covered by Lismore Council in their Biodiversity news. Arrowhead vine and easter cassia are both garden escapees that are still sold in plant shops. Do the future owners of your property and the local bush a favour and don't plant these ones where you live.

Family: Araceae
Syngonium or Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)

 

Syngonium or Arrowhead Vine.  

Syngonium is native to central and tropical South America. It is a common backyard weed with leaves that vary in size, shape and colour, depending on their position on the plant.

The arrowhead-shaped leaves are either entirely green or with some silvery-white markings. It is a rampant creeper or climbing plant that grows over other vegetation, it reproduces vegetatively and is propagated and spread by fragments in dumped garden waste and woodchips. Stem segments can also be spread by mowers, slashers and floodwaters, often into bushland areas.

Control Syngonium by hand weeding isolated plants and small infestations, making sure all roots and stem fragments are bagged or disposed of safely. Spot spray with Glyphosate 360g/L where required.
 
Family: Fabaceae  Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Easter cassia (Cassia fistula)

 

Easter Cassia.  Photos: Sheldon Navie, Forest and Kim Starr
Easter cassia or golden shower tree is native to South America and is an erect or sprawling shrub usually growing into a medium sized tree. Its stems are multi-branched: the compound leaves have three to six pairs of leaflets with rounded tips, yellowish margins and bright yellow flowers (about 3cm across).

Its fruit are cylindrical pods (10-20cm long and 6-12mm wide) that hang downwards. Easter Cassia is a widely distributed ornamental species that has become naturalised in the coastal and sub-coastal regions of Southeast Queensland and New South Wales. 

Control Easter Cassia seedlings manually by hand-pulling or cutting, scraping and painting small trees. For larger trees, frill and inject with Glyphosate 360g/L diluted with 1.5 parts water.

Family: Poaceae Subfamily: Panicoideae
Setaria or South African pigeon grasses (Setaria sphacelata)
 
Setaria or South African pigeon grasses
This prolific grass is native to tropical and southern Africa. It is characterised by bristly, spike-like inflorescences. It flowers in summer. The leaf blades at the base at the plant are flat and purplish in colour. It was introduced to Northern NSW as a subtropical pasture grass and is now well established in many pastures across the Tweed where it often spreads out to roadsides, wetlands and native ecosystems.

Cattle can do well on it, but it is not suitable for horses due to the high oxalate content. Horses and donkeys may suffer from ill-thrift, lameness and swelling of the head bones ('big head') which usually takes 6–8 months after grazing on setaria. Mares and foals are the most susceptible. Do not allow horses and donkeys to graze setaria for periods longer than 1 month in any one summer. Encourage legume components in setaria pastures to help offset the effects of oxalate and to improve pasture quality. Oxalate is less of a problem with cattle. If given the opportunity, cattle can adjust to the high oxalate content of setaria by building up rumen micro-organisms which destroy oxalate. Dairy cows that have not grazed setaria for a few weeks should be gradually accustomed to lush, potentially hazardous, setaria pastures. Toxic levels of oxalate cause a sudden drop in blood calcium (acute hypocalcaemia), which can result in coma and death.

Setaria are densely-tufted and long-lived grasses which often grow up to two metres tall, the green or bluish-green leaves are elongated in shape (10-50cm long 3-17mm wide) and mostly hairless. Its spike-like seed-heads (7-50cm long) have densely clustered flower spikelets borne in small groups. Priority needs to be given to managing the edges of natural areas. Establishment of this grass can lead to greater soil run off as the tufts shade out other ground covers from growing underneath and areas of bare soil can be exposed between the tufts.

The removal of setaria can be staged to reduce the impact on native birds that eat the grass seeds or use the tussocks as habitat (e.g., red-browed firetail finches, pale-vented bush-hens). Control setaria by brush-cutting and shearing off roots at the base and mulch, establish trees to shade out, or spray out in exposed or difficult sites with Glyphosate 360g/L. 
 

Have your say on Council's
Draft Climate Change Policy
-Net Zero by 2030!


You are invited to have your say on Tweed Shire Council's draft Climate Change Policy – Net Zero by 2030 which will guide Council’s actions to manage the impacts of climate change into the future.
The draft policy provides information about the following:
  • Council has a role to play and will be a community leader in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), and will assist the community to do the same.
  • Council has set an aspirational target to reach net zero emissions from its operations by 2030.
  • Climate change will have an impact on the Tweed’s infrastructure, services, environment, and community.
  • Communication, cooperation, innovation, and partnerships will be essential for effective mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
To find out more and make a submission: TSC Draft Climate Change Policy
Tweed environment in the red

A major scorecard gives the health of Australia’s
environment in 2019 less than 1 out of 10


Article from 'The Conversation' March 30, 2020

Every year, we collate a vast number of measurements on the state of our environment: weather, oceans, fire, water, soils, vegetation, population pressure, and biodiversity. The data is collected in many different ways: by satellites, field stations, surveys and so on. We process this data into several indicators of environmental health at both national and regional levels.

The report for 2019 makes for grim reading. It reveals the worst environmental conditions in many decades, perhaps centuries, and confirms the devastating damage global warming and mismanagement are wreaking on our natural resources.

Immediate action is needed to put Australia’s environment on a course to recovery.

From the long list of environmental indicators we report on, we use seven to calculate an Environmental Condition Score (ECS) for each region, as well as nationally. These seven indicators,  high temperatures, river flows, wetlands, soil health, vegetation condition, growth conditions and tree cover, are chosen because they allow a comparison against previous years. In Australia’s dry environment, they tend to move up and down together, which gives the score more robustness. Tweed's score fell from 7.5 in 2018 to 2.3 in 2019 indicating that the environment is coming under great pressure.

Restocking farms after
drought or fire

The rapid transformation from dust to grass across the North Coast region is encouraging beef producers to get their enterprises and businesses back on track. There is a lot of hype around the rapidly rising cattle market at present, but be sure to do your numbers and consider how the expense of restocking stacks up in your situation.

Before rushing to the saleyards to fill those paddocks back up, take the time to consider:

  1. Pastures – What’s really growing?  What species have recovered and how well established are they?  How much pasture is really there? How fast is it growing and how long will it last? What weeds have taken the opportunity to establish? Weeds need to be managed not only for your animals but to give your pastures a chance to grow.
  2. Your situation - The right strategy for restocking depends on your circumstances: available feed, water & finances. Considering trading cattle? Making money in trading stock rests on animal growth.  Growth depends on the pastures you have; how long your growing season is and how much weight needs to be gained. Take the time to do a gross margin on each strategy you are considering, such as purchasing more cattle, agisting, leasing land, opportunity cropping or breeding back up. Gross margins are a great way to compare, on a per hectare basis, the best return. Templates are available from Local Land Services or NSW DPI.
  3. New genetics - Reconsider what type of cattle best suits your environment and your markets. You don’t have to go back and do the same thing. Redo your budget before you change genetics as this will influence your breeding herd for several years.
  4. New animals -  Consider disease and weed risks or those new animals that are unfamiliar with your environment and need time to adjust. Request an animal health statement and keep it along with the appropriate NVD or waybill in your LPA records.

If you need the advice to help you make restocking decisions please contact your nearest Local Land Services office https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/regions/north-coast/contact-us

References
North Coast Local Land Services Autumn newsletter https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/news/nc-news/2020/newsletters/autumn/what-to-consider-when-restocking-after-drought-or-fire

YELLOW CRAZY ANT RESPONSE WINS AUSTRALIAN BIOSECURITY AWARD

North Coast Local Land Services in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries was recognised recently at the Australian Biosecurity Awards for the eradication of Yellow Crazy Ants (YCA) in the North Coast.

The response plan was widely promoted, with significant local engagement undertaken by Local Land Services.  As a result, the aim to eradicate Yellow Crazy Ants gained excellent and broad support from the people of Lismore and Terania Creek.  The award is a credit to everyone involved, including many dedicated and determined community members.

YCA are highly destructive environmental pests that can impact on human amenity, agricultural production and the horticultural industry. When YCA were detected on the NSW north coast, a well-executed and coordinated response plan helped control and eradicate this significant invasive pest. Following a report from a member of the public, established infestations were identified at Lismore and Terania Creek. The detection was especially significant, given Terania Creek is the location of a rainforest protection campaign that helped shape the modern Australian environmental movement.

Various innovative approaches were used including experimental water crystal baits and the use of a retrained koala odour detection dog to detect YCA. The response plan was a success, with proof of freedom confirmed at both sites and statistical modelling indicating that it is highly unlikely that other infestations remain undetected nearby.

North Coast Local Land Services and NSW DPI were nominated by Andrew Cox, Invasive Species Council Chief Executive Officer.

ABARES Awards

References
https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/news/nc-news/2020/newsletters/autumn/yellow-crazy-ant-response-wins-australian-biosecurity-award

Vote for the new LLS board by this Friday!
 
  • Although landholders do not need to enrol to vote, they do need to identify how they will vote – Requests for postal packs closed at 5:00 pm Monday 30 March 2020 so the only remaining option is to choose an electronic vote
  • Anyone who is a Local Land Services ratepayer aged over 18 can vote (but need to request a voting pack now as time is running out)
  • Electronic voting packs can be requested up until 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 6 May 2020
  • Electronic voting packs can be requested at: https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/governance/board-election-2020 or by calling 1300 795 299
  • Voting closes at 5.00 pm on Friday 8 May2020
  • Information on candidates, the voting process and other information including a FAQ can be found at: https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/governance/board-election-2020


Latest update from the Farmer's Markets!

by Sue Beckinsale (Market Manager)

What’s Great and Seasonal in May
Right now  ….. we are excited that Tweed River Pecans new season nuts have arrived. They taste so creamy and delicious so early in the season. Tweed River Pecans is a small scale family run orchard that embraces regenerative agriculture and biological farming methods.  Located only 10 minutes from the market Kaye McNaught delivers these hand-sorted and hand packed pecans to Rob at Spice Palace each week.  So pop in grab a packet and while you are there pick up a jar of Spice Palace’s VERY special Tumeric & Nut Fermented Pate. Spice Palace is also very excited to be introducing another new product. It is their totally decadent Chocolate Dukkah.
 
Beans green and some yellow are fabulous and so are root vegies – beetroot plus carrots and a variety of radishes have appeared and the first two brassicas of the season. This week we had delicious farm fresh broccoli at several farm stalls and some had a few early cabbages too.
 
Custard apples have arrived, lots of limes, some lemons, finger limes and early oranges.
 
COMING SOON – each week sees additional new season choices
so we have fennel arriving and just maybe some caulis. More citrus will appear as the month progresses. 
   
STAY WELL EVERYONE
Change is a constant in our lives right now; new season and super fresh produce to keep us healthy and viruses to avoid. So safe and well. Sign up  for our weekly Newsletter that pops into you in-box every Monday afternoon or visit our
What’s New page at https://murwillumbahfarmersmarket.com.au/whats-new/
 
Have a wonderful month.
 
Sue (Manager Murwillumbah Farmers Market)
Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market
Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market Facebook
Funding Opportunities
InGrained Northern Rivers Large Grants Program          
Established by Stone & Wood, the inGrained Foundation supports grassroots environmental and social charities. In 2020, their Large Grants Program is focused on projects based in the Northern Rivers region, on the theme of ‘regeneration and social connection’. Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available. Applications close Thursday 21 May.
https://www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au/grants-program
Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program         Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program open competitive grant opportunity is now open. Up to $12 million is available under the program. The grant opportunity will be run in at least two tranches. If there are unallocated funds remaining at the end of Tranche 2, there may be a third tranche. To ensure organisations are given enough time to apply, grants will be staged over two tranches, with the first opening on 1 April, 2020 and closing on 22 April, 2020.Tranche 2 is anticipated to open on 23 April, 2020 and close on 28 May, 2020.
https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery/open-grant-program

Fencing Grants                                                                    
The NSW Government has committed $209 million to help bushfire affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands. Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences. Note that for the purposes of this grant, public lands includes: National parks, Forestry Corporation land, Traveling stock reserves, Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases, Roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or Local Government.
https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/our-major-projects/supporting-our-neighbours-public-land-boundary-fencing-program

Blue Sky Dreaming



Where & when you'll find our Tweed Care Groups


Bilambil Landcare

Contact: Gary Austin - 0427 269 486
Every Tuesday 9am
Meet at the junction of Bilambil Road and Biral Close, Bilambil

Byrrill Creek Landcare

Contact: Joanna Gardner - 02 6679 7039
Second Sunday 9am–1pm
Meet at Pretty Gully, 564 Byrrill Creek Rd, Byrrill Creek.

Cabarita Beach Dunecare

Contact: Faye Nash - 02 6676 2331
1st Saturday 8:30–11am, 2nd Wednesday 9–10:30am
Meet at shipping container just south of the Primary School.

Contact: Annie Pollard - 0415 896 949
3rd Tuesday 1–3pm
Meet at the Cabarita Sports and Bowls Club (nursery)

Casuarina Beach Dunecare

Contact: Ross Pierce - 02 6674 2788
Generally weekly but no specific day/time.
Working from track 1 south.

Chillingham Landcare

Contact: Judy White - 02 6679 1467 or 0488 693 852
4th Sunday 8.30am–10.30am

Fingal Head Coastcare

Contact: Kay Bolton - 0402 839 479
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8–11am, Saturday 9am–12 noon
Meet at Coastcare nursery off the lighthouse track.

Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve

Contact: Chris Core - 0407 762 108 or John McDonagh - 0421 657 960
Second Saturday 8–10am
Meet at Sliprails Rd or Clothiers Creek Rd

Friends of Travis on the Oxley

Contact: Kim Stephan - 0418 692 442 or Tanya Fountain - 02 6670 2587
Third Saturday 3-5pm
Meet at southern side of Travis Campbell Park, on the riverbank

Friends of Wollumbin

Contact: Roland - 0417 253 767 or Ian - 02 6679 5441
1st Saturday 8am–12 noon
Kyogle Road, Byangum, 3 km south of Byangum bridge, at the green container on Tweed River.

3rd Thursday 8am–12 noon
Kyogle Road, Byangum, 1 km south of Byangum bridge on the new planting site.

Hastings Point Dunecare

Contact: Arthur Good (Goody) - 02 6676 0880 or 0428 760 000
Every Tuesday and Thursday 7–9am
Meet at shipping container on Tweed Coast Road just north of North Star Holiday Park

Hospital Hill Landcare

Contact: Nola Firth - 0419 200 971
1st Saturday 8.30–10.30am.
Meet at parking area near old quarry, Karramul St, Murwillumbah.

Island Drive Landcare

Contact: Clare Alchin - 0438 559 049
1st Thursday 8.30–10.30am.
Meet at first carpark, Keith Curran Reserve, Island Drive,  Tweed Heads.

Kingscliff Community Dunecare

Contact: Peter Langley - 02 6674 5362 or Caz McDougall - 02 6674 2104
Tuesday and Thursday 8–10am
Currently meeting on south side of Cudgen Creek, near the Toilet Block. This changes as worksite moves.

Pottsville Community Dunecare

Contact: Bill Hoskins - 0431 712 726
Every Monday 7–9am (except April)
Mooball Beach dunes - exact location determined Wednesday before.

Smiths Creek Landcare

Contact: Justine Stratton - 02 6679 5019

Upper Duroby Landcare

Contact: Jan Sinclair - 07 5590 9826 or Lee Perkins 0410 430 923
2nd Sunday 2–4pm

Tweed Landcare Contacts

Tweed Landcare Coordinator
Amalia Pahlow
(Tuesday and Thursday)
(02) 6670 2199

landcarecoordinator@tweedlandcare.org.au

Tweed Landcare Project Officer
Kim Stephan
(Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
(02) 6670 2199

projects@tweedlandcare.org.au

Tweed Landcare Inc. acknowledges Australian Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islander People as the first inhabitants of the nation. We also acknowledge the elders, past and present, of the Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and volunteers work.
  

This newsletter is supported by Tweed Shire Council.
       
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