Who Is TRLA?

The Tamworth Regional Landcare Association (TRLA) is the peak Landcare association in our region, and includes the Peel River and adjacent catchment areas. We work to support local Landcare groups with on-the-ground works for biodiversity restoration and conservation as well as promoting education, communication and sustainability.

Our Members, groups and volunteers are our most important resource.

TRLA Committee

The TRLA Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month (between February and November) to oversee and coordinate Landcare activities in the region. The TRLA Committee consists of up to 8 non-executive committee members elected annually at the AGM in October.

Contact Paul Moxon for further information or to become involved: info@trla.org.au

Committee Members

President – Paul Moxon

Vice President – Hamish Campbell

Secretary – Narelle Chaffey

Treasurer – Stephanie Cameron

Public Officer – Stephanie Cameron

Ordinary members – Pam Oliver, Leiza Hofman, John Tucker, Julie Clancy, Wayne Chaffey, Jean Coady

Staff

Lana Andrews is the RALF – Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator.
Penne Fraser is the LLC – Local Landcare Coordinator Tamworth.
Ali Chaffey is the LLC – Local Landcare Coordinator Liverpool Plains.
Project Officer – Anne Michie
Nursery Supervisor – Tim Duncan

Bush Regeneration and Environmental Services (BRES)

TRLA offers professional Bush Regeneration and Environmental Services to government, Industry & the wider community. The types of services that BRES provide are:

  • Bush regeneration
  • Target weed control
  • Seed collection
  • Propagation of nursery stock
  • Tree planting
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Restoration planning
  • Tree maintenance
  • Riparion and aquatic revegetation
  • Soft erosion control works
  • Consultation

List of Achievements

Box Gum Competition 2017, 2018

Showcasing the Beauty of our Community and Environment

The Issue
Tamworth Regional Landcare Association (TRLA) is always seeking to undertake projects that diversify our membership, promote environmental outcomes and engage our community in authentic ways.
In 2017 TRLA sought to combine multiple objectives into a singular project. The primary goals included the promotion Box Gum Woodlands to the wider community, build our Landcare membership, partner with our local council, and build content for our website and promotional materials.

The Solution
TRLA launched its first photography competition with the aim to raise awareness of the significance of the native Box-Gum woodlands, as well as the flora and fauna that exists within it.
The Box Gum Woodland Photography Competition was just one project within an important six year in partnership with NSW Environmental Trust to protect, restore and promote Grassy White Box Woodlands. TRLA invited the local community to engage with Box Gum Woodlands across the region through a photography competition and brought the photos to the public as a beautiful and engaging exhibition.

The Impact
The resulting competition and exhibition resulted in over 100 entries from across the region, three community working bees and walking tours on Grassy White Box Woodland sites in the Tamworth area and a wonderful exhibition opening attracting over 60 attendees. The exhibition was hung for over 2 months in the Ray Walsh House Foyer, with hundreds of people passing through and seeing the exhibition daily.
The competition was met with such enthusiasm and community support that it will run again in 2018 with generous funding from the National Landcare Program and the continued support of the NSW Environmental Trust.

The Learnings
After holding the photography competition, we saw there was opportunity to broaden the scope of the project to engage an even wider cross section of the community and the competition was evolved into an Arts Competition for 2018 allowing for entries of works on paper, sculpture, textiles, video and other digital entries.
We also chose to charge an entry fee for the 2018 competition that gives each entrant a 12 month membership to TRLA to help secure ongoing engagement with entrants and to further diversify our membership base.

Key Facts:
Promoted Critically Endangered Grassy White Box Woodland communities
Over 100 entries received
Over 60 in attendance for the official opening
Images used in promotional materials and on the newly developed TRLA website

2000 – 2016: Grassy White Box Woodland Large Scale Bush Regeneration Grant

$235,000 over 6 years, currently in the 5th year of delivery.

Fantastic regeneration results and weed control results. Allowed TRLA to develop the Bush Regeneration team and provide employment and training for passionate landcarers.

3 reserves – MCCC Winton Cemetery Currabubula Cemetery = 78 hectares

Target weeding plans to tackle weeds which pose the greatest threats to biodiversity.

Funds also provided for 4 activities per year for community engagement.

Native Plant identification card set – To ID plants in GWB.

2015: New England North West Landcare Adventure

The New England North West Landcare Adventure is a program which has been run for the past 17 years to bring together Landcarers and landholders from throughout the New England, North West and Northern Tablelands. Each year this event is hosted by a different Landcare Group. 2015 was the first year this event has been hosted in the North West by Tamworth Regional Landcare Association.

The 17th Annual New England North West Landcare Adventure ran in 2015 on May 27th & 28th, and consisted of a 2 days of speakers, activities, workshops, field trips and the New England North West Regional Landcare Awards.

2013: Sustainable Namoi Living Expo

The Sustainable Namoi Living Expo was awarded Grand Champion at the Tamworth Community Sustainability Awards (presented by the Tidy Towns Committee). This award was specifically created to recognise the enormous success of the program, and the hard work by the committee, the volunteers and the project management team.

Tamworth Regional Landcare Association were proud to be a founding partner of this Program, and we thank our members Stephanie Cameron and Jean Coady for their ongoing commitment to this work.

2009 – 2012: Sustainable Namoi Living Expo

TRLA was a founding partner of the Sustainable Namoi Living Program including coordinating the annual two-day Sustainable Namoi Living Expo with Namoi CMA. This project has met with unprecedented success, and in 2013:

  • 1000+ people attended one of the Regional Events held across the catchment
  • 4000+ people attended the Expo over the two days
  • There were almost 50 exhibition sites
  • More than 200 entries were received for the Schools Competition and almost 500 children attended the schools’ program
  • Almost 100 people attended the ‘100 Mile Food Night’
  • The project has more than 400 ‘friends’ on Facebook and more than 400 ‘followers’ on Twitter.

2012:

TRLA was awarded a NSW Environmental Trust Grant for education and restoration of Grassy White Box Woodlands in the Tamworth Region.

2011:

TRLA was engaged by State Water to revegetate an offset area as part of the Chaffey Dam Wall Upgrade Project.

Become a Member

Our members often say that when you become part of Landcare, you’re not just joining a group, you’re becoming part of a family. The concept is so compatible with Australian culture it’s hard not to get involved! By becoming a TRLA member, you’ll be supporting our work, learning new skills, becoming part of the solution, and helping to make a difference for the future.

By becoming a TRLA Member you will:

  • Support the Tamworth Regional Landcare activities and projects (such as Sustainable Namoi Living and the www.trla.org.au website);
  • Have the opportunity to learn new skills and receive Landcare training (such woodland restoration and OHS);
  • Be covered by insurance for all TRLA approved activities;
  • Have the opportunity to join any of our affiliated Landcare groups and sub-committees to plant trees and pull weeds; and
  • Stay up-to-date with Landcare news and events by receiving the TRLA Monthly E-Newsletter and Landcare Social Media Alerts.

Annual membership is just $15 per person (from 1 July to 30 June). Membership fees are used to cover insurance, produce this website and distribute our monthly E-Newsletter.

Click here and become a member now!