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LASA AGM – You're invited!

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Landcare Association of SA Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 30 August 2016, at 7.30 pm
Campbelltown Library Meeting Room
171 Montacute Road, Newton SA 5074
(Corner Montacute Road and Anderson Court)
– Supper provided –

Come along to our AGM to hear about the achievements of the Landcare Association over the last year and our plans for the future!

The coming year will be an exciting one as the Association will be convening the State Community Landcare Conference in September 2017.

This is your chance to become a committee member, enabling you to be directly involved in the decisions and directions of the Association as it reinvigorates Landcare in SA.
Teleconference facilities will be available if you can't attend in person.

Download the AGM agenda and forms
Please click here to download the Agenda (PDF)
Please click here to download the Nomination Form (PDF)
Please click here to download the Proxy Form (PDF)
Please click here to download the MINUTES LASA AGM 2014-15 (PDF)

Please RSVP by 23 August 2016 to
Glenn Gale, Executive Officer, LASA at

For more information on the AGM or the Association please contact:
Gerry Butler, Chair, LASA,  
Glenn Gale, Executive Officer, LASA,

National Landcare Conference and Awards

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Early bird registration for the National Landcare Conference and Awards is now open and will close on Friday 12 August 2016.
Click here to BOOK NOW!

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.  

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.
Click here to VOTE NOW!

Primary Producers and Big Data - have your say...

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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*

Community winner of the 2016 NAIDOC Awards

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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 Saturday night, 9th July 2016.

The Landcare Association of SA congratulates John on his recognition by the wider community.

NLN Funding Announcement

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We are pleased to hear that Minister Hunt has today approved the ongoing funding for the National Landcare Network (NLN) for another 2 years.

It's a continuation of the $1m annual funding until 2018.

Click here to read a short article about this on the NLN website.

Resilience Planning Workshop for Landcare Groups

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Would you like to know more about Resilience Planning and the tools that can help to keep your Landcare group functioning well?

The Landcare Association of SA is presenting a Resilience Planning Workshop for Landcare Groups, Monday 4 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm, at Clare.

It will be facilitated by Paul Ryan, the Director of the Australian Resilience Centre. (Pictured above).

This workshop will assist groups to plan and manage the up and down cycles that all groups go through.

The objective of the workshop is to give groups an understanding of the theory / science of Resilience Planning and the tools they can use to keep their group functioning as well as possible.

It will be an interactive workshop so that participants can leave with action plans for what they can do to help their group through the various stages that groups go through and to move their group forward towards their aspirations.

It is open to all landcare groups including: farming systems, Bushcare, Friends of Groups, Coastcare, biodiversity conservation, etc.

Paul Ryan was a keynote speaker at the State Community Landcare Conference at Waikerie in 2015 and was a big hit. Paul is an excellent presenter and a National Leader on this subject. He has also run many workshops like this for landcare and other community groups.

WHEN: Monday 4 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
VENUE: Clare, SA - Venue details provided on registration
COST: The workshop is FREE for LASA member groups, with a nominal fee of $50 for non-member groups
REGISTRATION: Register by 24 June by email or phone to Glenn Gale, Executive Officer, LASA: OR mobile 0428 812 902

Lunch and morning / afternoon tea will be provided. Please advise Glenn of any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you at this workshop.

Please click here to download a PDF about this workshop.

Invitation to residents of Tranmere and lovers of The Gums

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You are invited to the launch of the City of Campbelltown/Landcare Green Army partnership and The Gums Landcare Group

Venue: The Gums Shakespeare Avenue, Tranmere
When: Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 12 noon
Special guest: Hon Christopher Pyne, Member for Sturt

The Green Army project will be working during 2016-17 with the City of Campbelltown, and the local community, on environmental works in Wadmore Park (track upgrades), The Gums (3rd Creek management plan) and other priority parks where trees will be measured for the Carbon sequestered.

We look forward to your involvement in these projects and invite you to attend the launch.

Further information is available in this invitation
Please click here to download a PDF

Photo of The Gums reserve from the Campbelltown City Council Website.

NRM Science Conference 2016

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The NRM Science Conference was held in Adelaide during April 2016.

Podcasts of the 250 presentations are available to view at:

Building a Resilient Australia

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The National Landcare Network Chairman Mr Terry Hubbard launched the 'Building a Resilient Australia’ policy document outlining the community Landcare network’s policy for the future of landcare in Australia.

At the next election, the Australian Government has the opportunity to revitalise investment in a unique program that:
• provides significant social and environmental benefits for communities across our country,
• leverages substantial returns,
• reduces the need for future expenditure, and
• boosts the economy.

Enquiries to Gerry Butler, Chair of the Landcare Association of SA, which is a member of the National Landcare Network on or 0407972149 or Jim Adams, CEO National Landcare Network, 0427211406

Click here to view the document

Photo captions:
The National Landcare Network Board at the launch of the 'Building a Resilient Australia' policy document.
Back from L-R: Jonathan Miller, Keith Bradby, Rob Dulhunty and Terry Hubbard.
Front from L-R: Anthea Fergusson, Geoff Elliot, Sue McKinnon and Gerry Butler.

The National Landcare Network Chairman and CEO with the NLN's 'Building a Resilient Australia' policy document.
Terry Hubbard (pictured left) and Jim Adams (pictured right).

LASA meets with DEWNR CEO Ms Sandy Pitcher

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The Chairman of the Landcare Association of SA (LASA) Mr Gerry Butler and Executive Officer Mr Glenn Gale met with DEWNR CEO Ms Sandy Pitcher, Mr John Schutz and Ms Gill Peacey today (29th April 2016) to reinforce the partnership that LASA has with DEWNR and the 8 SA NRM Boards, through its Mutual Agreement and past and future programmes.

Discussion centred around:

  • Mutual Agreement between the Landcare Association and the NRM Boards;
  • The National Landcare Network (NLN) meeting in Adelaide on 23 and 24 May, with dinner on Monday 23 May;
  • National Landcare Conference and National Awards presentation, Melbourne 21-23 September 2016; and
  • State Community Landcare Conference and Landcare Awards in South Australia in 2017.

DEWNR will sponsor the 'Celebration of Landcare' NLN dinner and invitations will be extended to all Presiding Members and Regional Directors of the 8 SA NRM Boards.

Partnerships and collaborations are essential parts of the LASA Action Plan and we look forward to many more opportunities for sharing and engaging.

Pictured above are Mr Gerry Butler and Ms Sandy Pitcher.

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