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Contact FSCLA:

Jess Bettanin
Local Landcare Coordinator
Far South Coast Landcare Association 

Ph: 02 6494 7856
Mob: 0477 063 920
Old Plumb Motors Office
69-71 Auckland St Bega

(I work Wed, Thurs and Fri)
Hi Landcarers, 
My name is Jess Bettanin and I've recently taken the reins as the Local Landcare Coordinator at the Far South Coast Landcare Association. I would like to firstly acknowledge the fantastic work that Chris Post achieved in this role and to wish him all the best in his future endeavors. In my first month on the job I have been busy learning the ropes and helping groups to apply for the Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants.

Winter has brought some beautiful sunny days and only a handful of frosts so far. Soil moistures are still really high following above average rainfall through autumn and it has been a great year for native grasses, such as kangaroo grass and weeping grass. The wet ground makes it a terrific time get stuck into some planting. On the flipside, all of this rain has meant that many weed species are taking off again too. What have you been noticing in your patch?

In this newsletter, I have linked to a few different resources and articles and I hope you find something of interest. I would love your feedback so please let me know any suggestions for future issues. We are currently in NAIDOC week (4-11 July) and this year's theme 'Heal Country!' will be of interest to our Landcare community. For more info and to find out about a NAIDOC week event near you head to

As I write this, NSW is heading into its third week of lockdown and I hope you are all getting through this period ok. I look forward to catching up with each group in the coming months but please feel free to call or drop by the Bega office if you're in town.

All the best, Jess

The Wellbeing Benefits of Participating in Landcare
While Landcarers typically prefer grass and greenery to finance and figures, a new report published by KMPG in partnership with Landcare Australia, indicates there is a $1,347 per person, per year economic benefit from participation in Landcare.
The June edition of Landcare Australia’s Landlink explains, “For decades, those involved in Landcare have testified to a greater sense of self, both physically and mentally, resulting from an enhanced link with their local environment. This, in turn, has boosted community wellbeing and it has long been the desire of the Landcare network to quantify the significance of these benefits". Now, newly published findings by KPMG Australia in partnership with Landcare Australia, indicate Landcare volunteers enjoy substantial improvements to their mental and physical wellbeing – and a significant decrease to their healthcare costs. Surveying more than 1,000 Landcare volunteers and coordinators from Landcare groups, the findings in the report, titled Building resilience in local communities: The wellbeing benefits of participating in Landcare, suggest substantial improvements in wellbeing owing to involvement in Landcare lead to an approximate savings from avoided healthcare costs of $403 per individual per year."
Landcare Australia is urging Landcarers, groups, networks and government agencies to read and share the report throughout their networks, to help spead the word about the impactful findings.

Read the full report here: Wellbeing Report | KPMG | Landcare Australia 
Bushfire Resilience Webinar 6:30pm 8 July

Presented by the UNSW Bushfire Research Group in collaboration with UNSW Science, this event brings together experts at the intersection of industry, research, and philanthropy to discuss the ongoing need for research around extreme bushfires and how we can build resilience to protect our most vulnerable communities in the face of unprecedented natural disasters.

The event will be a livestreamed Q&A style panel and will also be recorded to watch at your leisure. Register to receive a link to the livestream.

NAIDOC Week 4-11 July 

Heal Country, heal our nation. The 2021 NAIDOC theme Heal Country calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.  ‘Country’ is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concept, technology and belief system that goes beyond Western definition of land to encompasses earth, water, air, under the earth, animals, plants, people, kin, every living thing no matter how big or small. ‘Country’ recognises that everything is connected, everything is related (Ellen van Neerven, 2021). Find more great resources on the ABC or SBS NAIDOC pages. 

Winter in Your Patch
What have you noticed in your neck of the woods during these colder months?
In the bush around Eden where I live I have been enjoying the honey-like smell of the beautiful, spiky Hakeas in flower. In my own garden I am enjoying the company and sounds of lots of nectivorous birds such as eastern spinebills and new holland honeyeaters. 
On my travels around the valley I have noticed that it has been a great season for native grasses this year and I have been heartened to see paddocks and roadsides with healthy patches of weeping grass (Microlaena stipoides) and kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra). All this rain, however, has also meant that some of our most insidious weeds, such as fireweed and african love grass are also pretty plentiful in some areas at the moment.
A great way to find out what others in our area have been seeing locally is to check out the recent observations on the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness iNaturalist page. 

On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme
The Australian Government has committed up to $50 million of funding to expand the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme to 30 June 2022. Due to the popularity of the scheme they have doubled the Australian Government funding to $100 million.  
This scheme helps Australian farmers to better prepare, respond to and recover from drought. Primary producers and horticulture farmers can apply for rebates to buy and install on-farm water infrastructure to water livestock and permanent plantings.  Eligible farmers can claim up to 25% of expenses for on-farm water infrastructure up to a maximum total rebate of $25,000. The scheme will close on 30 June 2022 or when the funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.
How to access rebates
Please refer to this link - NSW Rural Assistance Authority website 
Who can apply
You must be:
  • a primary producer or horticulture farmer
  • a property owner, share farmer or lease holder
  • in an area defined as drought affected (visit your state or territory’s website for details)
  • in the grazing or horticulture industries.
Eligible expenses
Your new infrastructure must be:
  • for your own grazing livestock or permanent plantings (rebates don't apply to agisted stock)
  • purchased and installed for an animal welfare or permanent planting need and to improve your drought resilience.
Rebates will be 25% for eligible expenses or up to a maximum total rebate of $25,000.
Primary producers
Eligible expenses for primary producers must relate to:
  • buying and installing
    • pipes
    • water storage devices such as tanks and troughs associated with stock watering
    • water pumps and associated electronic systems to manage water delivery
  • desilting dams
  • drilling new stock water bores and associated power supply such as generators.
Water infrastructure to support livestock watering must be purchased after 30 June 2018. More details here 
The Tsars, the lady-in-waiting and Potoroo Palace
Many locals will be familiar with the great work that local Alexandra Seddon has achieved over the years at Cowsnest Farm, the Potaroo Palace and Panboola Wetlands. 
Alexandra told her fascinating story to Richard Fiedler recently and it makes for very interesting listening. 
Check out Alexandra's chat on the Conversations program here.
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