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Regional Landcare News | Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board

August 2021



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Last chance to register for free bushfire recovery course
Learn more about the role of native bees in agriculture
Deadline extended for Heritage Agreement Small Grants extended
2021 Tree Scheme closes soon – subsidies available
Are you bogged mate?
Nominate for a 2021 SA Landcare Award
Fox bounty program now open
Events and training opportunities

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 National Landcare Awards!

The Landcare Awards acknowledge and celebrate the individuals, groups and organisations working to protect local ecosystems that contribute to the sustainability and productivity of our land and water assets for the benefit of all Australians today, and for generations to come.

Join Landcare Australia in commending the winners for their outstanding accomplishments, and also recognising the great work being carried out by our Landcare champions – the 69 winners of the 2019 State and Territory Awards who were finalists in the 2021 National Landcare Awards.

See the winners.

Photo: The Kirkbys are the 2021 recipients of the Australian Government Landcare Farming Award.


Last chance to register for free bushfire recovery course

Were you impacted by the 2019 Cudlee Creek fire? A free course is being offered by PIRSA to help build resilience for landholders.

You’ll be helped to identify issues on your property, learn about bushfire preparation, insurance and land management and create your own Action Plan to give you more confidence for the future.

For info please contact Tarsha McGregor – PIRSA Recovery Facilitator on 0428 105 396.

Register now.

Registrations close August 9.

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Learn more about the role of native bees in agriculture

The news is out! Did you know that although introduced honeybees play a major role in crop pollination, there often aren’t enough of them to provide all the pollination that is required? Luckily, we have our native bees to fill the gap! A new report-Securing pollination for more productive agriculture-shows that the presence of native bees has big benefits to crop production, including increasing both quantity and quality of harvest.

Want to find out which species to plant, why insects love them, and how they’ll help improve crop quality and productivity? Read the full report, check out this short video on the project, and take a look at this online tool which shows you watch to plant to attract more pollinators to your property.

This project is supported by AgriFutures, though funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, as well as the Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia and the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board.

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Deadline extended for Heritage Agreement Small Grants extended

Grant Round 3 for current and aspiring Heritage Agreement landowners of up to $10,000 has been extended. Applications now close 23 August 2021!

This round, with a pool of up to $350,000, provides funding for vital conservation work for owners or managers of private land with native vegetation under Heritage Agreements. The grants are also available for aspiring Heritage Agreement owners.

Biodiversity outcomes, controlling plant and animal pest species and remnant vegetation protection are the focus of this round.

You can watch this recorded webinar to find out what you can apply for and how.

Applicants who have been successful in previous rounds are now eligible to apply for Round 3. The project that you apply for has to be different to the project that has been funded through the Revitalising program.

Apply now!

Closes August 23.

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2021 Tree Scheme closes soon – subsidies available

Want something to look forward to? Submitting a Tree Scheme order is simple to do and you’ll know you’ll the plants you need next year at a great price to continue your planting project.

Whether you want to regenerate productive land, create a beautiful place to live and work, or provide homes for local wildlife, revegetation is as important as ever and something we can all contribute to.

You can grow your own plants, or Trees for Life can assign one of our volunteer to grow your order.

Trees for Life are delighted to be able to offer several special offers in 2021 through the Tree Scheme thanks to the generous support of our partnering organisations.

  • A 50% bushfire subsidy* is available on the cost of seedlings and tree guards for all South Australian landholders affected by 2019-21 fires; with funding support provided by the Wildlife Recovery Fund.
  • Landholders with an ElectraNet easement can also access a 50% ElectraNet discount* for seedlings and tree guards and stakes.
  • Schools and small community groups can get a 50% community discount* when ordering native seedlings; in partnership with the Harvey Foundation.

*Conditions apply. Contact Trees For Life for more information.

If you have friends, neighbours or colleagues who would benefit from one of these discount offers please encourage them to contact us so they don’t miss out.

For more information on these discount offers please contact Trees For Life (08) 8406 0500 or email info@treesforlife.org.au.

Species lists for different South Australian regions can be found on the Trees for Life website at https://treesforlife.org.au/order-seedlings.

The opportunity to order is closing soon on August 31.

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Photo: Andrew Sargent, SA

Are you bogged mate?

Are you bogged mate? is all about helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush.

It all started with an article – ‘Are you bogged mate?’ written by Mary O’Brien. Mary has spent her life working in rural Australia around country men, and wrote this article after seeing firsthand the effects of men struggling silently with mental health. The article spread far and wide gaining international attention. This topic struck a chord, and highlighted that while there are services available for suicide prevention, there is a disconnect in the way depression is being communicated to country men.

Are you bogged mate? aims to boost awareness and start a conversation with the broader community about the rising issue of depression and suicide rates among men in rural areas, and is confronting the challenges that country men face on a daily basis when talking about mental health, and lighting the path to support. 

Check out the website now, watch a short video, and see the help and services that are available.

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Nominate for a 2021 SA Landcare Award

Landcare SA is inviting nominations for the 2021 SA Landcare Awards. These recognise individuals and groups in South Australia for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape.

Nominate now!

Nominations close August 16.

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Fox bounty program now open

The South Australian fox bounty program supports drought-affected primary producers by providing $10 per fox humanely killed on their land. It is a way to increase the productivity of the agricultural sector through enhanced fox control in production areas.

The program complements existing coordinated fox control programs run by regional landscape boards, such as 1080 baiting.

The fox bounty program will run until 1 August 2023 or until funding is exhausted. The fox bounty is funded by the Government’s Drought Support Program.

For more info, please contact PIRSA's invasive species unit on 8429 0823 or email PIRSA.fox.bounty@sa.gov.au.

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Events and training opportunities

Healthy soils webinar series – Limestone Coast Landscape Board
August 18-Improving productivity on Clay Soils presented by Dr Melissa Fraser @ 7:00pm

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board invites you to join in the last FREE webinar to assist landholders, primary producers, advisors and anyone wanting to improve their understanding of soils in the Limestone Coast. The final free Healthy Soil webinar will be presented by the highly respected speaker, Dr Melissa Fraser (Senior Soils Consultant - PIRSA Rural Solutions).
If you have already registered for the Healthy Soils Webinar series, you will automatically receive an invitation.

Regenerative Farming in your backyard - webinar
August 25-webinar

What is “Regenerative Farming” and how does it build soil, grow productive plants, and build our future? How can you support regenerative agriculture, and how can you do it in your own backyard? Join this webinar to learn the answers to these questions, as well as get hints and tips on growing your own food, how to compost successfully and much more

Australian Beef and Sheep Sustainability (Landcare Webinar Series)
September 2-webinar

In this discussion Phil Tickle, co-founder and Managing Director of Cibo Labs, Tess Herbert, Chair of SSG, and Professor Bruce Allworth, Chair of the Sheep Sustainability Framework will discuss Australian sustainability in the beef and sheep industries.

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If you have a story or event to promote, please email the Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator for the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board, Sophie Bass, at sophie.bass@sa.gov.au.

The Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator Program is funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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