1. Home

ARC supports rehydrating workshop for landowners

Landholders in the Armidale region who want to understand the water cycle and improve resilience of their rural landscape are encouraged to attend a three-day Rehydrating Your Farm Landscape bootcamp on 17-19 October 2023.

Armidale Regional Council is funding the bootcamp to assist the region to address water quality issues and retain more water in the landscape, an objective of Council’s Catchment Water Quality Strategic Plan 2022-2032.

Facilitated by Southern New England Landcare and presented by the Mulloon Institute the bootcamp will introduce landholders to a range of landscape hydration strategies through activities that blend scientific principles and practical skills.

Participants will learn the role of the water cycle and plants in the farming landscape, identify indicators of healthy and unhealthy water cycles and apply sound planning and design principles to give the landscape rehydration project the best chance of success.

Mayor Sam Coupland said water quality issues have a direct impact on the Guyra and Malpas Dam catchment areas.

“The three-day bootcamp will educate landowners about ways of retaining water and re-hydrating their landscape through plantings, creating structure in the creeks and gullies to slow and spread water across the catchment and isolate stock from creeks and gullies to reduce pollutants entering our dams,” said Mayor Coupland

“Council is committed to delivering water security to the Armidale region and has been working hard in partnership with the NSW Government to improve our resilience to future droughts. Council is in the process of purchasing Oaky River Dam and is now working through the initial design phase for the reconstruction of the dam and a pipeline from the Dam to the Armidale Water Treatment Plant.”

The three-day bootcamp is being held at Urandangie Pastoral, 238 Urandangie Road, Guyra from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 October. Price is $50 per person and includes catering. To book your spot contact Elizabeth Rosser on 0499 992881 or email Elizabeth.rosser@snelandcare.org.au

In conjunction with the Mulloon program, and in partnership with Southern New England Landcare there are a series of one day workshops Reboot your Grazing Landscape underway that complement the bootcamp.

Council is also installing Water Quality Monitors within the Armidale region catchments to get baseline data and monitor for improvements in water quality.


Latest stories


Council invites potential Local Government election candidates to Candidate Briefing Sessions
Council will be hosting 3 hour sessions (in Armidale and Guyra) which are essential for all potential candidates considering standing for election to understand what is entailed in being a councillor.
Council works with accommodation providers ahead of Cold Chisel event in Armidale
Armidale Regional Council has welcomed the news that iconic Australian rock group Cold Chisel will kick off its 50th anniversary tour in Armidale and is working with providers to ensure accommodation options for visitors.
Council seeks feedback on Brilliant Region Strategy
The future is looking bright for the Armidale Region, with residents now able to explore the Armidale Regional Council's Draft Brilliant Region Strategy 2024, currently available online for public exhibition.
Reconciliation Week gathers community across the region
Reconciliation Week activity across the region included the annual Armidale Reconciliation Bridge Walk and a beautiful morning tea hosted by Guyra Preschool and Long Day Care.
Applications open for Community Small Grants
Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, and individuals are invited to submit applications for Armidale Regional Council’s Community Small Grants.
Preparing All Communities Together (PACT) Network meeting confirms value of a network
Armidale PACT Network met for the second time and confirmed the value of having an established disaster preparedness and recovery network.
Council celebrates diverse contributions at volunteer awards
The National Volunteer Week theme, “Something for Everyone,” was brought to life in Armidale this week, where the diversity of the region’s volunteers was celebrated.
The Big Chill a big deal for local economy and music industry
The hugely successful Armidale Big Chill event - that attracted more than 4,000 festival goers over the weekend of May 18 and 19 - had a significant positive impact on the local economy generating $2.3 million in economic benefit for the community.
New mural outside council chambers a stroke of genius
Work on a public art mural - featuring native animals that are renowned for their resilience and reliance on water - will start this week in Armidale.
Residents urged to help clear the air this winter
Armidale Regional Council (ARC) is urging residents to help reduce air pollution by following nine simple steps to improve air quality this winter.