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This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

We have completed the first year of activities with eight biodiversity assessments done looking at the role of dead wood for biodiversity. Over 23 people have been trained to undertake biodiversity assessments. Four landholders have incorporated their assessments into property plans for land management.

A supply chain for sustainable firewood has been set up for winter 2019 and the community now has a growing awareness and appreciation of the importance of using sustainable firewood, with benchmark values of awareness being established in 2018.

Nearly 30 homes have taken actions to improve the thermal performance of their homes. Z-NET has advised on sustainable design and building for three new home builds and eight renovations. Sixteen people have participated in thermal improvement workshops, installing completed projects for curtains and draft proofing, reducing the firewood energy requirement for heating. Two homes and one business has swapped from firewood to AC as their major heating source.

The project has reached out to both local and national communities with over 2600 people directly reached by project activities. Partnerships have been established with a range of research (e.g. CSIRO, UNE), government (e.g. Uralla and Armidale Regional Councils, NT LLS, Uralla and Bundarra Schools), community (e.g. SNELCC, Z-NET Hepburn, Community Power Agency) and business partners (e.g. UPC Renewables, Neil Howards Electrical) resulting in the project having input into the national science education platform run by Questacon, local school projects on sustainable energy and firewood use, and the design of community benefit initiatives for regional communities, where large scale renewable energy projects are going ahead.

We look forward to engaging with our community over the next 12 months to keep the momentum going! If you would more information please contact Trish at or call 0411 804 627.

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

We currently have one firewood supplier who has completed the free Z-NET training on sustainable collection and is collecting wood from land managed for enhanced biodiversity.

Shane Swilks can be contacted on 0422 676 299 to order sustainable firewood.

Z-NET Uralla encourages other firewood collectors to contact us to do the training. It is free and takes about 2 hours out in the paddock where wood is being collected. If you would more information please contact Trish at or call 0411 804 627.

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

Our project, "Elephant in the Woodlands" is raising awareness and encouraging sustainable practices amongst landholders, firewood collectors and firewood users to ensure firewood is a renewable resource for future generations. The project will run for three years, supported by a NSW Environmental Trust Education Grant, private donations and Z-NET Uralla volunteers.
Project partners are BackTrack AgLads, Uralla Shire Council, SNELC, NT LLS and scientists at UNE, plus three local landholders (Balala Station, Lana and Barrakee) who are demonstrating how biodiversity assessments can be done to identify low impact firewood sites.
Training programs are being provided to landholders and firewood collectors to enable them to tap into the market for sustainable firewood. The project is also supporting and extending existing community-based programs for improving home thermal efficiency, reducing energy demand in the first place and promoting effective firewood storage and use.
These goals are supported by an ongoing education campaign through media, at community events and in schools to raise awareness of the ecological value and importance of standing and fallen timber and promote the use of sustainable firewood.

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

The collection and use of firewood is a common practice in the Uralla Shire with over 75% of our homes using firewood for winter heating. Firewood is a valuable source of energy and is renewable, if harvested in a sustainable manner. Our goal is to enable Uralla Shire residents to source their firewood, in the knowledge that it is being collected in a way that has a low ecological impact.

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This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

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