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$30,000 INVESTMENT SUPPORTING RURAL WOMEN’S GATHERING AT WALCHA

06th Dec 2018

A grant of $30,000 will put Walcha and district in the spotlight in November 2019 with the staging of the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering.   Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said he was proud to be involved in obtaining the grant and said ... more details

DEER HUNTING REGULATIONS LIFTED IN NORTHERN TABLELANDS

20th Nov 2018

DEER hunting regulations have been lifted across the Northern Tablelands to help licenced hunters assist farmers manage deer numbers, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today. Mr Marshall said this was a necessary step to manage growing ... more details

Making smart farming ideas a reality

20th Nov 2018

More than $9 million is available under Round two of Smart Farms Small Grants. Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 to assist farmers and groups to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable. Part of the National Landcare Program&rsqu... more details

Identifying and controlling Broom

22nd Oct 2018

Originally introduced fromEurope,most probably as a hedge plant, broom species prefer cooler climates and have established in many parts of the NorthernTablelands. Once established, brooms will form very dense thickets which will exclude desirable sp... more details

$99,330 ENVIRO GRANT TO PLANT 19,000 NATIVES AROUND GLEN INNES

04th Oct 2018

Submitted  NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall says a $99,330 NSW Government grant to a Glen Innes land conservation and management group will see some 19,000 native trees and shrubs planted across the district in the next 12 months. Mr Marsh... more details

OFF-FARM ASSET LIMIT LIFT LIGHTENS LOAD FOR FARMERS IN DROUGHT

04th Oct 2018

Submitted  NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today welcomed the NSW Government’s latest move to make it easier for farmers and their families to access drought assistance by relaxing the gross off-farm asset test. The MP said the curr... more details

GLEN INNES PRISON INMATES HELPING OUT LOCAL FARMERS IN DROUGHT

03rd Oct 2018

Submitted  GLEN Innes Correctional Centre staff and inmates are rolling up their sleeves and lending a helping hand to drought-affected farmers through an innovative Corrections program, the Community Project Team. Member for Northern Tablelan... more details

FREE HEAVY VEHICLE REGO AND FURTHER DISCOUNTS FOR FARMERS

25th Sep 2018

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed news that farmers across the region will get more cash back in their pockets with rebates and refunds on heavy vehicle registration after the NSW Government changed the way registration charge... more details

Low-interest loans for farmers in drought doubled

25th Sep 2018

Instrument tabled in Parliament extending low-interest loans for farmers from $1 million to $2 million Funding available for concessional loans doubled to $500 million each year Direct assistance and concessional loans to aid drought-stricken far... more details

TIME IS NOW TO ACT ON SERIOUS WEED THREAT

08th Sep 2018

Submitted by Nothern Tablelands Local Land Services   Serrated tussock is a weed of national significance.Highly adapted to a range of environments, it seeds prolifically and is difficult to control. The wind spreads large volumes of seed acro... more details

FARM GATE’ COUNSELLORS TO BOOST MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT IN DROUGHT

05th Sep 2018

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced that local farming communities facing pressure with severe drought conditions would have access to 20 new ‘farm gate’ counsellors and frontline mental health workers as part of ... more details

DPI releases drought guide in time for spring

27th Aug 2018

Source: NSW Department for Primary Industries  (DPI) The NSW Department for Primary Industries (DPI) has launched its ‘Managing and Preparing for Drought Guide’, just in time for spring to give the State’s primary produce... more details

Further assistance for farmers in drought

21st Aug 2018

Submitted The Coalition Government has announced a second round of drought measures to support farmers. Includes immediate depreciation of fodder storage assets over one year instead of three, increasing RIC low interest loans from $1m to $2m and... more details

Drought assistance extended for local councils

20th Aug 2018

Submitted Drought Communities Programme extended to provide immediate relief to communities $75 million going to eligible councils to address local needs The fund will target communities most seriously impacted by the drought   The C... more details

More than $90,000 for New England Landcare projects

16th Aug 2018

Submitted Communities in the New England will benefit from Landcare Smart Farms Small Grants funding to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable. Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said two organisations would receive more than $90... more details

OPTIMUM TIME FOR PEST CONTROL

14th Aug 2018

Controlling feral animal populations and pests is challenging at the best of times. The current drought conditions are providing the optimal time to act to control vertebrate pests competing with stock for water and feed.  While understanding t... more details

Weed risks during drought

14th Aug 2018

Submitted A local rural merchandiser was discussing the movement of stock feed with our Biosecurity Officers today. He mentioned that they have been sourcing feed from South Australia and Far North Queensland. Unfortunately these stocks are quickly ... more details

What does Sustainable Agriculture mean for our future?

08th Aug 2018

GLENRAC welcomes Dr. Jacqueline Williams to Glen Innes next Thursday 16th August 2018 to tackle the big questions for primary producers. What does sustainable agriculture mean? What international obligation have been signed by our government? Do you ... more details

Immediate Relief for Farming Families takes Drought Relief to $576 million

07th Aug 2018

Submitted: Barnaby Joyce MP, The Nationals More drought support is on the way from the Federal Government for farming families across the New England to help them and their rural communities during these incredibly dry times. The Coalition Gov... more details

R U Aware We Care campaign hits the road and heads out to the regions

03rd Aug 2018

A series of forums designed to assist farming families and small businesses affected by drought will be held at several locations across the region commencing next week. The 'Family Farming and Small Business Forums' are an initiative that aims to s... more details

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY PROVIDES LONG TERM NRM BENEFITS

30th Jul 2018

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is committed to working with landholders to invest in the long term sustainability of the region. Landholders looking at ways to improve management of natural resources on farm are encouraged to contact Northe... more details

Drought Relief Funds from CWA of NSW

06th Jul 2018

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW has announced $100,000 will be released from its Disaster Relief fund to help farm families in NSW struggling with worsening drought conditions. This is in addition to last month’s donation of... more details

Regional Investment Corporation open for business

05th Jul 2018

The Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) launched on 1 July and offers new low-interest farm loans directly to farm businesses.  These new loans will help farmers who want to access Australian and international markets. Loans are also availabl... more details

Controlling Nodding Thistle

29th Jun 2018

Submitted by New England Weeds Aurthority   Nodding thistle (Carduus nutans) was introduced into Australia through imported pasture seed back in the1940’s. Like most of the thistles, they are very spiny, establish in dense patches and ar... more details

Roughage is crucial – even though it’s hard to source right now

29th Jun 2018

Brett Littler (Central Tablelands LLS Livestock Officer), Jason Siddell (Northern Tablelands LLS Livestock Officer) and Andrew Biddle (Northern Tablelands LLS District Vet) Many experienced farmers have been reviewing their feed budgets in this real... more details

FIRST-HAND LOOK AT GLEN INNES RESEARCH STATION UPGRADE PLANS

28th Jun 2018

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has toured the Glen Innes Agricultural Research Station to see at first hand just how last week’s $2.1 million NSW Budget boost will help the centre extend glasshouse facilities for more advanced pasture res... more details

Farm Household Allowance extension passes Parliament

28th Jun 2018

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has welcomed the passage of the Farm Household Allowance extension through Parliament. The legislation passed the Senate this afternoon and means farmers in drought will soon be able to access a fourth year... more details

Economic value of Landcare estimated at $500 million pa

27th Jun 2018

A new landmark study released estimates the net benefits delivered by a supported NSW Landcare community to be $500 million a year, based on the data available. The report by Aurecon Infrastructure Advisory, commissioned by Landcare NSW with support... more details

Improving drought support for Australian farmers

19th Jun 2018

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2018 introduced to Parliament The Bill will increase cumulative period farmers qualify for Farm Household allowance from three to four years Minister Littleproud will to hold drought roundtable with key farm... more details

$2.1 MILLION BUDGET BOOST FOR GLEN INNES AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

19th Jun 2018

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has welcomed today’s 2018-19 NSW Budget boost of $2.1 million for the Glen Innes Agricultural Research Station to extend glasshouse facilities for more advanced pasture research to help the region’s fa... more details

MORE THAN $584 MILLION TO HELP DROUGHT-AFFECTED FARMERS

13th Jun 2018

Submitted: NSW Government Support for farmers and their families facing drought has been boosted by $284 million in the NSW Budget 2018, bringing the NSW Government’s drought relief package to well over half a billion dollars. Almost all of N... more details

NSW Firearm Amnesty Announced

06th Jun 2018

The NSW Government announced a statewide firearm amnesty from 1 July to 30 September 2018 in a bid to register or remove illegal firearms from the community. During the National Firearms Amnesty in 2017, the NSW Police Force netted nearly 25,000 fir... more details

NO NEED FOR GUMBOOTS’ – ANIMAL NUTRITION SESSIONS COMING UP

06th Jun 2018

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and Riverina Stockfeeds are running a series of animal nutrition sessions to help landholders manage livestock in dry conditions. Dates and venues:  Tenterfield: Wednesday 13 June 2018 from 8:00 &ndash... more details

Got Your Ducks in a Row?

18th May 2018

Got Your Ducks in a Row? GLENRAC and Gwymac Landcare ask the question to local farmers as a prompt to consider attending upcoming workshops in Glen Innes, 30th May 2018 and Inverell, 31st May 2018 respectively. Landcare Coordinator at GLENRAC, Kyli... more details

NSW RESIDENTS GIVEN THE POWER TO SAVE

27th Apr 2018

Families will be able to slash their power bills by more than $200 a year under a NSW Government initiative, Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Energy and Utilities Minister Don Harwin announced today.Small businesses will also save up to $2300... more details

LOCAL GROUPS INVITED TO APPLY FOR COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

26th Apr 2018

Submitted by Adam MArshall MP   COMMUNITY organisations and sporting groups across the Northern Tablelands will soon be able to apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants progr... more details

FUNDS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR GREEN LEARNING IN LOCAL SCHOOLS

20th Apr 2018

SCHOOLS across the region will have an opportunity to secure funding from the NSW Government to enable new types of hands-on and environmentally conscious learning, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.   Mr Marshall sa... more details

CHANGES FOR PRIVATE NATIVE FORESTRY (NSW)

13th Apr 2018

Submitted Local Land Services (LLS) will be responsible for managing approvals and providing advice to landholders on private native forestry opportunities from late April, Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said today. “The NSW Gover... more details

$30 MILLION SKILLS BOOST FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE REGION: New free courses delivered across state from Armidale

09th Apr 2018

Submitted: Adam Marshall, MP MEMBER for Northern Tablelands and Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall today announced local small businesses and their staff now have access to free business skills training thanks to a new $30 million NSW G... more details

Aspiring female leaders with an ag-focus urged to grasp mentoring opportunity

06th Apr 2018

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President Fiona Simson is urging aspiring female leaders to apply for the chance to take part in a one-on-one mentoring program, tailored to individual career needs. “If you are over 25 years of age, ha... more details

Blackberry in the New England

26th Mar 2018

It is the responsibility of all land owners and managers to control weeds on their lands (Biosecurity Act 2015 – General Biosecurity Duty). With the recent enactment of the Biosecurity legislation in NSW it is also the responsibility of landhol... more details

The Bold and the Beautiful coming to the New England

22nd Mar 2018

Submitted - Barnaby Joyce, MP Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Glen Innes community would benefit from a local project that has received Federal Government funding to target disadvantage and encourage a stronger community. Glen Innes... more details

$37 MILLION IN CONSERVATION FUNDING FOR LANDHOLDERS

20th Mar 2018

Submitted: Gabrielle Upton, Minister for the Environment The NSW Government has committed $37 million for the opening programs from the new NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. “The ... more details

Free forums for collaborative farming know-how

16th Mar 2018

The national Farmer Exchange online platform will be blitzing rural and regional Australia from late March. Organiser Airlie Trescowthick (pictured) and her team will be travelling the country, meeting farmers, introducing them to the Farmer Exchange... more details

YOUR CHANCE TO GUIDE STATE’S POLICY ON PEST

13th Mar 2018

Submitted by Adam MArshall MP   PEST animals can have a devastating impact upon farms, productivity and the local environment and now is the community’s chance to help guide efforts to manage the region’s most damaging pests, North... more details

More communities take the bait and commit to long term pest control

13th Mar 2018

Submitted by National Wild Dog Action Plan   Aerial baiting programs, targeting wild dogs, are being launched across NSW during the next few months in a community-wide, co-ordinated bid to reduce attacks on livestock and protect native fa... more details

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MANAGEMENT OF PEST ANIMALS IN THE NORTHERN TABLELANDS

06th Mar 2018

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Northern Tablelands Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan. The economic impact of invasive species including wild ... more details

Farmer Exchange Roadshow – Glen Innes

01st Mar 2018

SUBMITTED - Farm Table Come along to a The Club Hotel in Glen Innes to connect with other farmers, learn about the Farmer Exchange, the Farm Table and be one of the first to test this industry-changing service system. We welcome all farmers, farm s... more details

ENVIRONMENT RESTORATION AND REHABILITATION GRANTS NOW OPEN

01st Feb 2018

Submitted by Adam Marshall MP   NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is urging community groups and local councils to apply for a share of the NSW Government’s 2018 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program. “These grants deliv... more details

Tertiary Scholarships on offer from NSW Farmers

23rd Jan 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 NSW Farmers Tertiary Scholarship, an initiative aimed at supporting students who plan to further contribute to the growth and prosperity of rural and regional Australia.  The NSW Farmers Association suppor... more details

MARSHALL URGING APPLICATIONS FOR $17 MILLION PUBLIC RESERVE FUNDING

23rd Jan 2018

Submitted by Adam Marshall MP   LOCAL MP Adam Marshall is encouraging crown reserve managers across the Northern Tablelands to apply for a share of the $17 million available under the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund Prog... more details

Scholarship applications open for university students interested in Agriculture

23rd Jan 2018

Applications for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship are now open. First year students studying an agriculture-related degree, and senior students studying financial services with an interest in agriculture are encouraged to apply. The AgriFu... more details

Help stop the spread of pest fish Tilapia

23rd Jan 2018

Submitted by Local Land Services   The Murray Darling Basin is under threat from invasion by the pest fish Tilapia.Landholders, fishers and river users are encouraged to be on the lookout for Tilapia in the Northern Tablelands region. Tilapia ... more details