July 2016
In this issue:
  • Resilience Planning Workshop
  • Fabulous Fungi
  • Congratulations to John Chester - 2016 NAIDOC Award winner
  • Governance workshops
  • Seeking the help of Landholders with a Heritage Agreement
  • Primary Producers and Big Data - have your say...
  • National Landcare Conference update
  • National Feral Cat Control Survey
  • Coming Events
  • From the Inbox
Resilience Planning Workshop
Paul Ryan, Director, Australian Resilience Centre, ran an excellent workshop at Clare on 4 July on the theory of Resilience Planning and the tools that can be used to help keep landcare groups functioning well. Paul drew on the on the experiences of the participants to make it a very interactive and enjoyable learning experience. The workshop, which was convened by LASA, was attended by representatives from ten landcare / farming systems groups from the NY, AMLR and SA MDB regions, as well as some regional DEWNR staff.

Paul Ryan was a keynote speaker at the 2015 State Community Landcare Conference held at Waikerie. To see his presentation at the Landcare Conference click here.

Fabulous Fungi
Congratulations to the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group for running an excellent public seminar and field workshops on all things fungi on 24 and 25 June.  Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, Fungimap Coordinator, was the guest speaker and workshop guide and is an inspirational presenter. Sapphire is an ecologist who is passionate about the conservation of macrofungi and mosses and is the Australasian representative on the International Society for Fungal Conservation.
Through the seminar and workshops participants discovered:
  - why fungi are critical for healthy     ecosystems;
  - how to restore habitat for fungi;
  - how to report local fungi with
Almost 100 people packed the Upper Sturt Hall on 24 June for the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group’s fabulous fungi seminar.

The Landcare Association of SA was pleased to support this terrific event in collaboration with the Regional Landcare Facilitator, Natural Resources AMLR.

Read more and see more pics on the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group Facebook page.

Sapphire McMullan Fisher leading one of the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group's fungi field workshops.

Congratulations to John Chester - 2016 NAIDOC Award winner
John Chester, Acting CEO of the Aboriginal Lands Trust and strong supporter of Landcare, was awarded the Community winner of the 2016 NAIDOC Awards
at a ceremony in the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide on 9 July 2016.

John’s award recognises his 22 years of dedication and service to the Aboriginal Lands Trust, which is a founding member of LASA. The Landcare Association of SA congratulates John on his recognition by the wider community.
Governance Workshops for Landcare Groups
In response to requests from our members, LASA is planning to hold some governance workshops for landcare groups during 2016/17.  The aim is to hold the workshops at regional locations rather than Adelaide.  If you are interested in attending a governance workshop please contact Glenn Gale, Executive Officer, LASA by email or on mobile 0428 812 902.
Seeking the help of Landholders with a Heritage Agreement This message is from Julie Groce at Monash University, undertaking research into private land conservation across Australia...

Last chance to respond to landholder survey!
....closes on the 27th July!
If you own or manage property with a Heritage Agreement on the title in SA, you are invited to contribute to an Australia-wide survey led by Julie Groce, PhD student, and Dr Carly Cook from Monash University.  We would like to learn about your experiences with your Heritage Agreement, including the sorts of management activities that you undertake on the property and how you find information about those activities. More information about the survey and our research is available at, or contact Julie Groce at

Primary Producers and Big Data - have your say...
Big Data in Agriculture - what is it? What is the potential and what are the pitfalls? This is your chance to have your say.  Gina Wood, a PhD researcher at the School of Law in the University of New England, is running a survey "Big Data in Primary Production - What Do Farmers Know and Not Know, Do and Not Do, Concerning Farm Data in Australia” to find out what farmers think about Big Data and related technologies.  Is it a powerful tool to help farmers or more empty promises and hyped-up words?  A means to improve productivity or a step towards dependency on suppliers?  A way to make better decisions on farm or a loss of control?
Make sure you participate in this anonymous online 15-minute questionnaire whether you are familiar with "Big Data" or know nothing about it. Your answers are vital in helping to determine how Big Data and its associated technologies can be best put to use for the benefit of primary producers in Australia.  Click here to start the survey

National Landcare Conference and Awards
Details on the conference field trips have now been confirmed and are available for you to  secure your booking.
The field trips provide you the opportunity to experience firsthand, a number of unique local natural resource management projects across 11 Victorian regions. To learn more about these innovative projects being showcased through the field trips, click here. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The conference program will take place between Thursday 22 – Friday 23 September 2016, with field trips on Wednesday 21 September 2016.  
The early bird registration for the Conference closes on
Friday 29 July 2016 so

National Landcare Awards finalists
There are 69 outstanding Landcare champions that make up this year’s National Landcare Awards finalists. To acknowledge their achievements and have your say on who you feel best demonstrates innovation and champions the Landcare cause, read their stories and learn how each finalist has made a significant difference through their projects. Make your vote count and select your winner of the People’s Choice Awards today. VOTE NOW

National Feral Cat Control Survey
As part of the Threatened Species Strategy, RMIT University in partnership with the Australian Government is conducting a National Feral Cat Management Survey with funding from the National Landcare Programme.  
You are invited to participate in a survey about feral cat control in Australia. The information provided in this survey will help generate a better understanding of feral cat management in Australia, including how to make improvements.    Read more
Coming Events
Barossa Improved Grazing Group
Pasture Sticky Beak & Direct Seeding
Friday 22nd July 2016,  2 pm-4.30 pm    
Gruenberg Road, Moculta,
Check out the cost effective techniques for establishing native plants and discuss how to make the most of a wet winter.  Guest speakers include Farmer Johns Agronomist, David Hein from Trees for Life and Jamie Pook, Natural Resources District Officer for the local area. 
RSVP & Map: Georgie Keynes / 0409 287 261
Upper North Farming Systems
2016 Members Expo
Productive Soils and Solutions
for a Profitable Season

Thursday 4 August, Booleroo Centre Institute Hall,
9.00 am to 5.00 pm
For further details and RSVP contact 
Ruth Sommerville 0401 042 223

Upper North Farming Systems
Ladies on the Land Workshop 2
Tuesday 16 August, 2016, 9 am – 2 pm   
Booleroo Centre
Ladies on the Land invites all women of the Upper North to be part of a series of workshops aimed at connecting and up skilling women of the region. Workshop 2 will cover Crop Rotations and will be delivered by Lameroo Agronomist, Lou Flohr.
For further details and RSVP – Jess Koch 0419 982 125 or
Ruth Sommerville 0401 042 223
EP Blue Gums Workshop
26 July 2016, 9 am for 9.30 am start – 12.30pm
Interactive workshop and discussion on EP Blue Gums. All welcome!
Sims Farm House, Rehn Rd – 500m south of Birdseye Hwy (near Cleve).
Speaker: Dr Greg Kerr, Landscape Biologist
For more details click here or call 0428 282 077
From the Inbox
Rabbit website update – Latest Rabbit News
The Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia is pleased to announce a revamp of its website with:
•    The latest news on rabbit control research,
•    Reference material on the impact of rabbits on biodiversity and primary production, and,
•    Links to control guidelines.
Mallee Sustainable Farming Website
Mallee Sustainable Farming has launched their new web site. The site is has a lot of great information including current research, projects, news and publications for download. The site is a valuable resource for mallee farmers, take a look here.
For more information on any item in this newsletter or if you have a story or a project you would like to share with the Landcare Community please contact Glenn Gale, LASA Executive Officer, at
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