February 2017

NEW TECHNOLOGIES MAKE SENSE FOR INNOVATIVE MULTI-CROP FARMER
Ben Poggioli is a multi-crop farmer of up to 250 hectares of peanuts, corn, pumpkin, hay and sugar cane in the Barron region of Queensland. The Poggiolis were able to access funding via the Australian Government’s Reef Programme, which has seen Ben at the forefront of implementing new methodologies in an attempt to minimise the application of pesticides to his productive area. Ben has observed a change in the industry and notes that there is more conversation about new technologies and improved practices. “It’s an economical decision in that it means less man hours, less fuel burn, and less machinery needing to be owned to get the same results, and it’s a sustainability decision in that there are benefits in things like nutrient and soil management and soil retention,” Ben said.  CONTINUE READING >
MESSAGE FROM TESSA
 
Welcome to the first issue of Landlink for 2017. Our new and improved eNewsletter has been expanded to include; feature stories, case studies, Landcare in the news, and updates on large projects. We’ve also added an events calendar to keep you up-to-date on national and international events of significance which many Landcare groups already celebrate.  As a community focused newsletter, we would like to invite you to share your stories and knowledge with other Landcarers.
If you have something you would like to contribute to future issues, please submit your article of 250 words or less to newsletters@landcareaustralia.com.au. We also welcome short story based videos of no more than two minutes in length. We welcome your feedback and hope you enjoy this issue.
IN THE NEWS: POLICE DONATE EQUIPMENT SEIZED IN RAID
Last week, Dubbo South Primary School and Wellington Community Garden were donated equipment that was seized in a raid by Dubbo police. The move was approved by Acting Superintendent Scott Tanner, of the Orana Local Area Command, and coordinated alongside Landcare. Quality equipment including growth lights, fans, transformers and an abundance of fertiliser were given to the school and community group. Teacher Patrice Kent said the donation will go toward the school’s development program that focuses strongly on gardening. “It will all help to get kids off the street and back into the classroom and contributing to the community.”
This story was first reported by Elouise Hawkey in the Daily Liberal, Dubbo NSW.
PARTNERING WITH TRANSURBAN TO CREATE HEALTHY LANDSCAPES

A major bush regeneration and water quality improvement project is taking place alongside the Hills M2 Motorway at Macquarie Park, Sydney. The five-hectare site, which runs alongside Lane Cove National Park, had a dense covering of more than 21 invasive weeds prior to clearing, which took place in October 2016.
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EVENTS CALENDAR

03 March - World Wildlife Day

08 March - International Women's Day

21 March - International Day of Forests

22 March - World Water Day

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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
This year, hundreds of community projects around Australia desperately need funding, and it’s only getting harder to raise money for these worthy projects. By supporting the Landcare Australia Summer Raffle you’ll help us continue building capacity for our dedicated Landcare communities to improve management of our land and water assets that sustain us. Just buying $20 worth of raffle tickets could win you and a friend a trip to the Sunshine Coast (with all expenses paid), as well as make a real difference to our Aussie environment.  FIND OUT MORE >

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