Schools take part in National Tree Day
Fiona Harris, Regional Landcare Facilitator and Alice Jarrett from Western Landcare, teamed up with local seed expert, Chris Ware, and community artist Kristi Smiles to take National Tree Planting Day to some of the local schools in the Northern community.
The team worked with schools at Louth, Brewarrina, Weilmoringle and Wanaaring, where kids learnt about the importance of trees and seed collection and helped plant native trees in their school yards.
Pictured: Aaliyah Boney-Coffey and Deaken Boney taking part in a National Tree Day planting at Brewarrina.
Dr Ben Allen shares wild dog expertise
Local Land Services hosted a series of wild dog workshops in July at Pooncarie, Ivanhoe, Hillston, and at the Anabranch Community Hall, featuring one of Australia’s leading wild dog expert, Dr Ben Allen.
"It is essential to remember that the situation in south western NSW now, was once the situation sheep graziers found themselves in across central Queensland. Complacency and a lack of proactive management played a large role in the eradication of sheep from central Queensland some 30 years ago and it would be unfortunate for history to repeat itself in western NSW." Dr Ben Allen, University of Southern Queensland.
Wild dog sightings have been increasing in the south west and land managers are urged to remain vigilant to ensure the ongoing viability of sheep and goat grazing industries.
For more information contact the Local Land Services Buronga office on 03 5021 9460. Fact sheets, case studies, wild dog management plans, and other useful information is available on the PestSmart Connect website.
Pest control workshop at Mt Hope
Nine landholders took part in a training session at Mt Hope Community Hall in the use of 1080 poison, Pindone poison, and Canid Pest Ejectors.
The training day was supported by Cobar Senior Biosecurity Officer, Robynne Wells-Budd, Hillston Biosecurity Officer, Andy Andy McKinnon, Alice Jarrett from Western Landcare, and Regional Landcare Facilitator,Fiona Harris.
The landholders were very interested in the canid pest ejectors, which can shoot a dose of 1080 into the mouths of target animals, and their potential for use as part of property pest management programs.
All participants completed the course and will now receive their 1080/Pindone/CPE card through Local Land Services Western, enabling them to use these chemicals for pest management on their properties.
"It's great to see landholders taking advantage of these opportunities to get their accreditation. We're always keen to help people develop new skills they can use on the property," said Andy McKinnon.
For more information contact: Andy McKinnon - Biosecurity Officer (Hillston)
Tel: 02 6967 2507 Email: email@example.com
Advanced Stock Movement Workshops
Advanced Livestock Movement and Management workshops were held at the Woollahra Goat Depot at Ivanhoe and at Yantabangee Station, Wilcannia in July.
The workshops were held to provide Western Region landowners with the opportunity to learn about safe livestock management and movement, particularly when implementing strategies for planning grazing management and controlling total grazing pressure. Additionally landholders were able to share their experience in managing stock to manage groundcover.
The workshops were presented by Neil McDonald and were attended by 23 Western Region land managers, including a large representation of female land managers, and a number of participants under the age of 18 that attended free of charge.
The course highlighted practical stock management strategies to overcome issues such as staff shortages, an aging workforce and a less skilled workforce. The techniques reduced stress on livestock and enabled less physical exertion by the landholder, allowing for increased productivity and better health and safety outcomes.
Heidi Wright from Yantabangee keeping a mob intact during the stock movement school
For further information about the advanced livestock management & movement schools contact Rob Dini at the Buronga Local Land Services office on Tel: 03 5021 9430 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pooncarie Outreach Enviro-Education
Local Land Services Western funded the Pooncarie Outreach Children’s Service to run six sessions of the EnviroEdu program from May through to July.
The Pooncarie School has been “in recess” since 2012 so the Pooncarie Outreach Children’s Service provides a fortnightly opportunity for the remote students to participate in classroom activities with other children.
The Enviro-Eudcation program funding was provided through the Education Training and Community Activities category of the Small Land Management Grants program.
The program presented fun, interactive and hands on environmental education to 175 students, play group members, parents, governesses and teachers over three visits, including a Broken Hill School of the Air mini school.
The program was enjoyed by all, event the slightly fearful! We have also used the same grants program to engage EnvrioEdu to run the Amazing Aussie Animals program for 10 schools across the Southern Community this year.
Kaye Gottschutzke, Senior Land Services Officer - Regional Landcare Facilitator & Partnerships
Tel: 03 5021 9409 Email: email@example.com