These two workshops were held in December at Ettrick and Mummulgum in early December. They were very well attended and generated much interest and awareness in the benefits of fostering dung beetle populations on pastures.
Bernard Doube shared his wealth of experience in dung beetles achieved as a result of near 40 years of focused research on dung beetles. As well as lots of knowledge shared, down on the ground dung pads were inspected, beetles collected and species determined.
Many landholders reporting that suring the summer months these little busy beetles will bury dung under ground within 2 days with winter being the only opportunity to collect manure of the garden. Yet just over the hill other landholders reported no sign of beetle activity at all.
If you are interested in tracking your dung beetle species diversity check out the sampling instructions on the NSW Landcare Gateway by clicking here.
Phil Kempsley, North Coast Local Land Services District Vet also emphasised the value of dung beetles in assisting with management of Buffalo fly and highlighted the importance of an integrated pest management approach.
The Kyogle Landcare office has a good deal of information on dung beetles in the library if you are interested in learning more. Also welcome to bring in your beetle samples if you would like some help identifying the species.
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 2pm.
On Friday December 2nd Richmond Valley Council invited other Councils from across NSW's North Coast and BRRVLN along to inspect their trials with a new Glyphosate free organic herbicide.
Richmond Valley Council has changed its approach to utilising poison with an interest to exclude glyphosate from use in general public areas including garden beds, parks and reserves, around playgrounds, around trees, skate parks, public eating facilities, dog off-leash enclosures and preferably across the board where possible. RVC are currently trialling the organic herbicide called Localsafe in order to achieve this.
More information about this product can be found at www.contactorganics.com.au
This legislation was passed by NSW Parliament on November 17th 2016. These Bills will be suported by regulation and NSW Government has committed to continuing consulation with community and staekholders through the process of consolidating these regualtions with the new scheme intended to commence in mid 2017.
Keep watch of this process at www.landmangement.nsw.gov.au
Dates are yet to be finalised but offering a bit of advanced notice for a couple of workshops to be held early in 2017.
In February 2017
Roseberry Creek Landcare will be the host to a workshop focused on enhancing habitat for wildlife including construction and installation of nestboxes for wildlife and
Lilifield Landcare will be host to a workshop on native bees
These workshops will be organised by the Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network with funding suport from the National Landcare Programme.This programme also supported the recent plant identification workshop hosted by Mulvena Road Landcare on Saturday Nov 12th.
Department of Social Services is inviting organisations and individuals representing volunteer based community groups to apply for their Volunteer Grants 2016 funding. These grants aim to support the efforts of Australia's volunteers. They provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers,
Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 will allow organisations to buy much needed equiment, such as computers, or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks.
For more information and to apply click here to be directed to the Volunteer Grants website.
Application are now open and will close on the 20th of December 2016