Landcare Australia is asking every Australia primary and secondary school to take a few simple steps during the first week of June to demonstrate #Action4theLand:
Step 1 – Go Green for a day! Hold a school mufti day and have the students wear something green, dress head to toe in green, or wear a green themed costume for a day. Encourage the students to be as creatively green as they can!
Step 2 – Fundraise. Once your students are decked out in green, ask them to donate a gold coins to raise funds.
Step 3 – Complete an #Action4theLand challenge. Plant some native trees or pull up weeds in school garden beds, have a school recycling drive, or maybe run a colouring in competition or an environmental trivia challenge.
Step 4 – Share some pictures. Take some pictures of what your school achieves on the day, and share them on social media using the hashtags #Action4theLand and #Kids4theLand.
Step 5 – Celebrate your achievement with a morning or afternoon tea treat. Lamingtons and Scones work a treat – or maybe ask parents to send in some green cupcakes.
Your photos will then be automatically captured and featured on our #Action4theLand Wall - where you can check out all the activities being done by individuals, companies and schools right around the nation.
Step 6 - Don’t stop there! There are hundreds ways your school can take #Action4theLand and demonstrate its commitment to protect the land and water that sustains us.
Every dollar you raise by taking part in the #Action4theLand campaign will make a real difference, by directly supporting Landcare groups and projects across Australia.
The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has announced that Lismore City Council’s application for a special rate variation to fund the Biodiversity Management Strategy has been successful. The variation will result in a 3.6% rate increase for ratepayers in the 2016/17 year, which includes 1.8% to fund Council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy and the 1.8% rate peg that is available to all NSW councils.
BIG SCRUB RAINFOREST DAY OCTOBER 16th 2016
Established in 1999 and held every year since, the Big Scrub Rainforest Day is recognised both regionally and nationally as one of Australia’s premier annual Landcare community engagement and education events. We celebrate community involvement in the ecological restoration of the Big Scrub Rainforest through a fascinating festival program focusing on ecology, science and the environment.
The 2016 Big Scrub Rainforest Day is going to be our most successful to date. Iconic Environmentalist Bob Brown will be our keynote speaker and as with previous years the program will see some of Australia’s leading ecologists, rainforest regenerators, naturalists, scientists and other professionals sharing their expertise through presentations, practical workshops and ecological walks and talks. The event will provide activities for the whole community including food, entertainment and a wide range of business festival stalls and family activities.
Presented by the Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group and Rous Water with the support of our sponsors within local and regional community organisations, Landcare groups, local government, local businesses and state government agencies.
For information on becoming an event Sponsor follow this link Sponsorship
To make a submission to be involved as a Presenter follow this link Presenter
To make a submission to be involved as a Stall Holder follow this link Stall Holder
To make a submission to be involved as a Volunteer follow this link Volunteer
SUEZ provide small grants of up to $15,000 to community groups to help create a more sustainable future. The program will partner with organisations that fit with the core philosophy of Suez as supporting local participation in social and environmental projects and build strong thriving communities.
2016 Applications opened until 16 May. Click here for more information.
When times are tough, financial counselling can make the difference between failure and survival for many farmers. The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) provides free rural financial counselling to farmers, fishing enterprises, forestry growers and harvesters, and small, related businesses who are suffering financial hardship. The aim is to support clients to make an informed decision during hard economic times by understanding their business and looking at a range of government assistance and other financial initiatives that are relevant to their needs.
The RFCS has two counsellors, Steve Sibley (left) and Ross Turvey (right) servicing clients in the Northern Rivers region.
Click here for more information on the RFCS and direct contact details for these counsellors.
The NSW Government has released a consultation package which proposes a new system aimed to improve both environmental outcomes and farmers’ productivity.
The reform package is intended to:
Drafts of the new Biodiversity Conservation Act and amended Local Land Services Act are on public exhibition and open for submissions for the next eight weeks.
The NSW Government is proposing reforms to land management and conservation that will benefit farmers and the environment.
Communities, farmers and environmental groups are invited to particpate in the consultation process.
The consultation material can be reviewed at: www.landmanagement.nsw.gov.au