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3 May 2019 - 4 May 2019 | The training will be held on Friday 3 May (full day) and Saturday 4 May (morning only) 2019.

Function Centre, Lions Youth Haven, Kambah Pool Road, Kambah

ACT Rural Landholders – do you need accreditation or re-accreditation in AQF3 Chemical Accreditation?

The ACT Government is supporting ACT landholders to undertake SMARTtrain farm chemical user training leading to AQF3 Chemical Accreditation. The training will be held on Friday 3 May (full day) and Saturday 4 May (morning only) 2019. The training covers the following national units of competency:

● AHCCHM303 Prepare and Apply Chemicals; ● AHCCHM304 Transport and Store Chemicals

This training is nationally recognised for five years and enables the holder of this accreditation to legally use restricted Ag/Vet chemicals unsupervised. This training is being offered to both landholders who do not have this accreditation and landholders who are seeking re-accreditation, because their accreditation has lapsed. This training is delivered by Craig Day from Spray Safe and Save Pty Ltd, who has been delivering chemical user training for over 20 years.

Please RSVP by Wed 24 April: ph: 62052914 or email: [email protected]
Catering and training materials provided (when RSVPing let us know your dietary needs).

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Greening Australia Nursery Volunteering

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9 February 2019 - 9 February 2019

Grenning Australia, Kubura Place, Aranda

Greening Australia’s Canberra nursery is looking great with thousands of young plants of all shapes, sizes and colours thriving under a full sun and regular watering. Lots of the pots require some thinning however to ensure that they continue to grow vigorously in time for planting season. Thinning is a fun and social activity, and a great opportunity to learn about native plants.

Volunteers propagate, weed and thin nearly all of the plants we use for our landscape restoration activities each year, so you will be playing a vital part in our revegetation work.

What to expect: No experience is necessary. All you need to bring is a water bottle, enclosed footwear, a hat and a smile.

RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday 7 February to [email protected] or by calling 02 6253 3035 for catering purposes.

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National Farmers Federation National Congress 2018

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17 October 2018 - 18 October 2018


The National Farmers Federation biennial National Congress returns this year under the theme Diversify.

An exciting lineup of global speakers will share their insights on how diverse thinking can shape the farm sector’s future in a range of areas, including: our people; our farms; and our global markets.

Visit the Congress website for full program details

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Healing the land – techniques for managing erosion

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13 October 2018 - 13 October 2018

Bungendore, NSW 2621

Erosion is a problem that many farmers face on their farms, this workshop is about empowering farmers and land managers to find solutions to erosion in your landscape. Participants will have the opportunity to learn techniques for managing erosion including practical low cost methods utilising materials from on site and tips for revegetating. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, you will be working alongside local professionals who will be demonstrating practical take home skills.

For more details or to RSVP follow this link 


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Calf Marking and Cattle Health Workshop

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22 September 2018 - 22 September 2018

Majors Creek, NSW

With Spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn about calf marking, weaning and care of cattle in general. Topics will include how to mark calves, vaccinations and routine health checks. We will also be discussing cattle health and the nutrition of cows and calves post weaning.  This workshop will focus on the critical operations performed in Spring.

Join Dr Lou Baskind and Helen Smith from South East Local Land Services and Brad Fleming, a local farmer. There will be practical and theory sessions and plenty of time for participants to talk to the presenters and meet other small farmers. Morning tea and lunch is provided. Tickets cost $15 plus booking fee. More information and bookings

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How to feed the world without costing the earth

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2 August 2018 - 2 August 2018

Fenner Seminar Room

Globally, agriculture is the greatest threat to biodiversity and a major contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. How we choose to deal with rising human food demand will to a large degree determine the state of biodiversity and the wider environment in the 21st century. This talk focuses on two contrasting supply-side approaches to this challenge: land sharing, in which farmland is made as friendly to wildlife as possible, albeit at the cost of lower yields; and land sparing, in which space for nature on unfarmed land is maximised by farming elsewhere at high yields.

For further details talk click here

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Results of  Legume (clover) and soil testing project

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25 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 | from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Tharwa Hall, North Street, Tharwa

Join Dr Susan Orgill and Dr Belinda Hackney from the Department of Primary Industry for a half day workshop on the ACT Legume (clover) and soil sampling project. Soil and clover samples were tested from 17 ACT farms in September-November 2017. Come and hear the results of the testing program.

Susan and Belinda will cover what was done and why (sampling protocols), pasture, soils and clover nodule results. They will also talk about why legumes in pastures are so important, and how to manage for persistence and nodulation in permanent pastures (so those clovers keep on pumping nitrogen into your soils!).

A BBQ lunch will be provided and workshop participants are encouraged to stick around and have a chat with Susan and Belinda about their individual test results. Whether you participated in the project or not, please feel free to come along and find out about the results of this project.

RSVP: to Sally, email: [email protected] or Ph: 62052913 by Monday 21 May.

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Cultural Burning: evolving with community and country

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10 May 2018 - 12 May 2018 | from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Ann Harding Centre, University of Canberra

What is the future of Aboriginal burning in south eastern Australia?

Hear from First Nations people and professionals speaking about their work in fire to care for Country. This three day event showcases speakers, panel discussions, a field trip and workshops to share and exchange knowledge of cultural ecological practices in different land tenures across south eastern Australia.

This event is a partnership between the Natural Resource Management ACT (ACT NRM) and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) along with the support of local Traditional Custodians to host an Aboriginal Fire Forum in the ACT for interested stakeholders in the region and First Nations people.

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Black Mountain Symposium

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Black Mountain Symposium

24 August 2018 - 25 August 2018 | from 9.30 am both days

Black Mountain Nature Reserve and CSIRO Discovery Centre

To be opened by Mick Gentleman MLA, ACT Minister for Environment and Heritage

Friday 24 August from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Themed talks at CSIRO Discovery Centre
  • Followed by wine and cheese

Saturday 25 August from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

  • Themed walks in Black Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Natural environment themes
  • Diversity and ecology of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and fire ecology.
  • Cultural environment themes
  • Colonial and national uses; a place of protest, recreation, education and scientific endeavour.


  • Symposium talks – $55 (fully catered)
  • Wine and cheese option – $10
  • Guided walk – $5


Registration online and program will be available at www.friendsofblackmountain.org.au/symposium

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ACT Woodlands Forum 2018

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ACT Woodlands Forum 2018

27 June 2018 - 28 June 2018 | from 6.30 pm and 4.30 pm

Ann Harding Centre, University of Canberra

The ACT Woodlands Forum will bring together, scientists, researchers, practitioners and community groups to share knowledge and learnings about woodlands and woodland species in our region. The forum will include invited speakers on a variety of topics and will also include speed talks and poster presentations, aimed at sharing knowledge from new researchers, community based science and outcomes from on-ground projects. This is a free event, however places are limited so registration is required. The forum consists of an evening session on 27 June and an all-day session on 28 June. You are welcome to attend both, to do so, just choose a ticket to each session when you register. Both sessions are catered, so please indicate any dietary requirements upon registration. …
Seeking posters and presenters
The forum will include invited speakers on a variety of topics and will also include a poster session and a “speed session” on Thursday 28 June, aimed at sharing knowledge from new researchers, community based science and outcomes from on-ground projects.

The ACT Government would like to invite you to register your interest for either a poster presentation or a five minute speed presentation (or both). Please RSVP to register your interest by Monday 30 April at [email protected]

Posters: If you are interested in participating in the poster session, please provide the following information

  • Title and brief description of the poster
  • Name of poster presenter and role (in project and currently)

Speed talks: We are looking for presentations that are five minutes long and focus on why you did what you did and what you learned from it. Please contact Amanda at [email protected] for abstract guidelines.

Please RSVP to register your interest by Monday 30 April at [email protected]


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