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Biolinks – the need for trees-funding opportunities

Biolinks – the need for trees-funding opportunities

Press Release from Local Land Services North West

The Brigalow Nandewar Biolinks (BNB) program is an initiative of the North West and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and serves to protect, restore and manage existing vegetation to connect the plains with the tablelands.


"The program involves planting and protecting vegetation corridors, shelter belts, tree lines, wind breaks and clumps so that birds, insects, reptiles and mammals are able to move around the landscape. These corridors are essential if species are to survive and flourish in our agriculturally-altered environment," said Simon Turpin, Team Leader Land Services at North West LLS.

"These areas of native vegetation provide homes for many of our native fauna species which, in turn, assist our cropping and farming enterprises through the provision of ecosystem services. For example, birds, bugs and lizards that use the native vegetation for habitat eat insects and grubs that attack crops and pastures; it's a win-win situation both for landholders and native species.

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Auscott Limited Education Scholarship 2016

Auscott Limited Education Scholarship 2016

One of Auscott’s most valued community services is the provision of the Auscott Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. Commenced in 1969, the program provides for three new undergraduate scholarships each year – one in each of the company’s three rural operating areas. Final year high school scholars, residing within the geographical limits laid down in the conditions of the programme, are invited each year to apply for a scholarship. Numerous criteria are used to assess the applicants. The selection process includes an interview with the selection committee and representatives of the particular school involved. 

Since inception there have been well over one hundred rural students graduate at an Australian university or other accepted higher education institutions as a consequence of having been supported by the Auscott Undergraduate Scholarship scheme. The award includes coverage of or significant contribution to tuition, accommodation, travel and book fees.

More details of the Scholarship are supplied below or can be obtained by calling one of the regional Auscott offices or the Head Office in Sydney.


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Agquip the first Day

Agquip the first Day

Northern Daily Leader was their a Gallery of images

The sun shone brightly in a perfect opener for the massive farm field day AgQuip, with thousands pouring through the gates yesterday for the start of the three-day event.

Organised by Fairfax Rural Events, the 43rd Commonwealth Bank AgQuip covers 26 hectares on a site about 6km west of Gunnedah and features the involvement of more than 3000 companies and organisations.

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Property owner concerned after shooting

Property owner concerned after shooting

Police have warned of heavy penalties for shooters firing onto private property following an incident on the Bingara road on Friday night.

A pet goat, Billy, was allegedly shot on private land, about 100 metres from a property homestead.

The distressed owner, Mrs Kath Hamilton, said the goat was a family pet of 11 years.

“I heard three shots,” said Mrs Hamilton, who was in the homestead kitchen when the shots were fired.

“These were shots from a high powered rifle from the direction of the road and our house is in a direct line from where we found Billy dead.

“The house is only about 300 metres from the road and is clearly visible.

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Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015) and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.

Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program Round 6 funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015)
and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.

Eligible project areas for Round 6 include:

  • NSW Border Rivers: General security (Class B), high security and supplementary entitlement;
  • Namoi River catchment downstream of Keepit Dam: General security, high security and supplementary entitlement;
  • Barwon Darling: Unregulated (Class B and C) entitlement.
Applications for infrastructure funding for Round 6 close on Friday 30 October 2015.

Irrigators wishing to submit an application for funding must have a DPI verified Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency
Assessment (IFWUEA). Irrigators who need to prepare an IFWUEA must submit to DPI no later than Thursday 1 October 2015.

STBIFM is being delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The Australian Government is
providing up to $111M of funding from the 'Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure' program.
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