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25 August 2015
In this edition of The Bulletin...

Welcome to the latest edition of The Bulletin. In this newsletter we share news, events and opportunities which we trust will be of interest to you and your networks.  This newsletter is intended for you, but we encourage you to forward this to your networks.

NSW Landcare Muster

Landcare NSW will host the 2015 Landcare Muster in Orange next week on Tuesday 1st September, at the start of the NSW Landcare & Local Land Services Conference.  The Muster is the opportunity for Landcarers to hear what Landcare NSW have been doing on your behalf since the 2013 Landcare Muster, and to have your say about the important issues for you in your region currently.
If you haven’t already you can register to attend the Muster via the NSW Landcare & LLS Conference website http://nswlandcareconference.com.au/

Accommodation for the Landcare Conference

Landcare NSW have a number of beds available in shared apartments in Orange for the NSW Landcare & LLS Conference next week.  If you are looking for accommodation, please contact Jennie Coldham on 0427 260258 or email jennie@landcarensw.org.au  as soon as possible.

Be prepared for Local Landcare Co-ordinator's Initiative!

After the close of the NSW Landcare & LLS Conference on Thursday 3rd September, a number of optional workshops are being offered.  Landcare NSW will be running a Hothouse Workshop from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.  As part of the NSW Landcare Support Program being developed from the $15 million commitment from the NSW Government it is likely that there will be an opportunity for Landcare & producer groups to bid to host a local Landcare Co-ordinator.  The Hothouse Workshop will assist groups to prepare for this by focusing on governance and employment.  Cost of the workshop is only $10 – you can register via the conference website at http://nswlandcareconference.com.au/

2015-16 Habitat Action Grants - Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2015-16 Habitat Action Grants program with more than half a million dollars up for grabs to improve fish habitats right across NSW.
Previous funded projects include:
· Removing invasive weeds and re-establishing native vegetation on our riverbanks;
· Opening floodgates or improving road crossings to remove barriers to fish movement;
· Restoring eroded river banks; 
· Re-snagging waterways; 
· Bank stabilisation works.
For more information about the program visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag email fish.habitat@dpi.nsw.gov.au or ring 02 6626 1107 or 02 4916 3817
Applications close at 5pm Friday, 16 October 2015.

20 Million Trees Programme Grant Round 2

Round Two of the 20 Million Trees Programme competitive grants was announced by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.  Round Two of the 20 Million Trees Programme invites applications from individuals, organisations and community groups such as schools, landholders and conservation groups to apply for funding of between $20,000 and $100,000 to plant trees in a range of urban, peri-urban and regional environments across Australia.
To assist applicants to plan their projects, the Guidelines and other key information will be available online at http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/20-million-trees/competitive-grants-round-two . Applications for Round 2 can be submitted from early August using the online form. Applications must be submitted by the closing time of 2.00pm AEST (Canberra time) 16 September 2015.

As part of your application you are required to map your sites using the mapping tool. Please note the mapping tool instructions can be found at http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/20-million-trees/competitive-grants-round-two.
For further information on this Programme, contact the Department of the Environment on 1800 552 008 or email 20milliontrees@environment.gov.au

To subscribe to the 20 Million Trees email updates, send an email to 20milliontrees@environment.gov.au with ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.

2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship - applications open

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation has announced entries are now open for the 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship, a grant designed for tertiary students who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry.

The RAS Foundation has partnered with the Sydney Royal Wine Show to offer $5,000 for full-time study or $2,500 for part-time study, with the successful recipient also having the opportunity to steward at the 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show.
RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said the scholarship aims to foster the development of Australia’s next generation of wine industry leaders, and encouraged students from a wide range of courses and educational pursuits to apply.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.rasnsw.com.au/Scholarships-Grants  to find out more about the scholarship and to complete the online application form.

Applications close 30 September, 2015 and the recipient will be announced in early 2016.

Donated by the Sydney Royal Wine Committee, the Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship was created in honour of the past Chairman Graham Thorp, who presided over the Wine Committee from 1984-1990.
For further information,
James Riordan – Public Relations Manager
M: 0419 483 407 | P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: jriordan@rasnsw.com.au
About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation:
The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.
Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation.

Travel reimbursement changes

IMPORTANT! - Change to ATO rates for reimbursement of per km travel expense.

Landcare Groups and Networks who pay staff or committee members a c/km travel reimbursement for the use of private vehicles need to be aware of changes that came into effect 1 July 2015. Previously the Australian Tax Office had a sliding scale based upon size of engine, and for payments based on this rate up to 5000km per annum, this was considered by the ATO as an allowance that was not subject to PAYG withholding.
The sliding scale has been replaced by a flat rate of 66c/km . ( NOTE: this is lower than the previous rate applied to large cars).   Thus any payments for rates higher than this will require PAYG withholding to be applied to the portion paid above the flat rate.
It is recommended that organisations review their current payments to employees and committee members to ensure that payment rates either reflect the new ATO rate or if a higher rate is paid, that an appropriate PAYG amount is withheld. 
For more information about the correct handling of allowances go to https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/PAYG-withholding/In-detail/Allowances,-leave-payments-and-repayments/Withholding-from-allowances/#approvedrate

Rural Women Invited to 'Gather in the Glen' in October

RURAL women are encouraged to invest some time in themselves, be inspired by keynote speakers and network with other women at the 2015 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering to be held at Glen Innes on 9 to 11 October this year.
Guest speakers include Mary ‘Effie’ Coustas, Jean Kittson, Georgina Dent and locals Gail and Roger Fletcher.
The weekend will feature a Gala Dinner with local produce and the entertainer Grant Newsome who will share highlights of his international musical and dance career.
The 2015 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll recognising rural women volunteers will also be launched at the event.
Interested participants are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird discount registration before Friday 28 August, and men are most welcome.
To register please go to http://tks.im/gather-in-the-glen or for more information on ‘Gather in the Glen’ contact Mary Hollingworth at Mh2cook@hotmail.com or 0429 345 255 or Anna Watt at Annawatt17@hotmail.com or 0429 779 755.
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