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January 2017

Landholders benefit from land and water management workshops       

Landholders at the Ivanhoe workshop during a practical surveying exercise. 

Landholders throughout the Ivanhoe and Cobar districts have gained valuable knowledge following land and water management workshops held in December. 

The free one-day workshops focused on land management surveying for farm water supply and erosion control, as well as advice on water infrastructure planning. 
Landholders also heard about land and water management issues, such as water requirements for stock and domestic, storage tanks and troughs.

A third workshop will be held 
before 30 June 2017 at a destination to be determined.

Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops and training opportunities on the
events page on the Local Land Services Western Region website. 

NSW malleefowl recovery group a step closer following workshops

An engaged group of around 40 landholders and community members have shown they are prepared to fight for the long-term sustainability of malleefowls after declaring their interest in a recovery group. 

The huge shift forward comes following two workshops organised by Local Land Services Western Region, held at Buronga and Hillston in December.

The malleefowl information sessions got a great response from landholders and community members.   

Senior Land Services Officer Ronni O’Donnell said these information sessions generated interest firstly in malleefowls and secondly in the formation of a recovery group.

She couldn’t be happier with the response thus far.

“This is the best possible outcome from these sessions, with great interest from landowners, the 
community and government agencies," Ms O'Donnell said.

“It was pleasing that everyone put the conservation and preservation of malleefowls and their habitat first.”

Get involved in the NSW malleefowl recovery group by contacting your
Local Land Services Western Region office today.


Landholders urged to be on the lookout for Australian plague locusts

Local Land Services Western Region staff are encouraging landholders to be on the lookout for and report any locust sightings across the region.  

Widespread rainfall in mid-December and further falls at the end of the month produced suitable conditions for locust breeding.

Local Land Services Western Region staff attended a training day in early December on the identification and control of locusts. 

Biosecurity Officer, Andy McKinnon, has asked landholders to keep Local Land Services Western Region staff informed.

“We are keeping an eye out all the time as we service the district, but reports from landholders are the best way of monitoring for plague locusts," he said.  

"The earlier we can detect locust bands, the quicker our response can be."

Report all locust activity to your local office, contact details can be found by
 clicking here.

Time to check in with our vets

Local Land Services Western Region vets Charlotte Cavanagh and Sophie Hemley. 

Why you should be carrying an emergency kit
What would you do if you had 50 head of sheep collapse when you were mustering?

This is not an uncommon scenario when sheep are under stress with a possible worm burden, are heavily pregnant or fly struck.

Have you thought about putting together an emergency kit?

An emergency kit doesn’t have to be big, nor expensive, however in the heat of the 
day it may be just what saves your valuable livestock.

What should you include in the kit?

  • 4-in-1 under the skin injection and spare large bore needles. This is the 'wonder' injection that contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucose and helps to treat metabolic conditions such as milk fever, grass tetany and low sugar levels. This injection is given under the skin, normally over the ribs. Give 70-100 mL/sheep at once.
  • Electrolytes for oral drench for ewes with pregnancy toxaemia (twin lamb disease, lambing sickness) usually within the last two months of gestation. Vytrate liquid concentrate, ketol or ceton are examples of oral electrolytes.
  • A disinfectant and hand scrubbing brush, such as a 10 per cent iodine scrub or Dettol, for decontamination of wounds, cuts, abrasions or foot abscesses.
  • Extinosad spray for immediate treatment of fly strike, mulesing and other wounds.
  • WormTest kit, available from Local Land Services Western Region vets. 
  • Keep your local veterinarian and our numbers in your phone!

We hope you find this information useful and if you wish to discuss anything further just give us a call. 

Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021 or Sophie Hemley, Broken Hill, 0417 248 135.

Funding still available!

Through our Western region small land management grants, support of up to $5,000 is available for:
  • training, education and community activities
  • weed management activities.

It is worth noting that the following financial limits apply to the small land management grants program:

  •  Individuals may receive a maximum of $5,000 per financial year. If you have successfully completed a project you may reapply if you have not reached your individual limit.
  • Groups may receive a maximum of $5,000 per property involved per financial year. If a group has successfully completed a project and has not reached the limit they may reapply to the funding category. 
More information is available on the Local Land Services Western Region website.

Submissions for biosecurity legislative framework about to close 

The opportunity to provide feedback before the new Biosecurity Act 2015 commences is about up, with submissions closing on Sunday 29 January. 

The new Biosecurity Act 2015 will provide an exciting opportunity to better manage biosecurity risks that impact on our economy, 
environment and community.

Make a submission or find out about the 
Act here.
What can we do to help you tackle pest animals?

If you’re having trouble with pest animals on your property, we want to hear from you.

We are running a survey 
to understand your needs, your access to services and any barriers you face.

The survey is part of a statewide program, funded by the Australian Government to increase the capacity of landholders to manage pest animals.

The survey will gauge landholder opinions on:
  • the current level of understanding of pest management
  • ease of access to services
  • the ability to obtain training courses
  • availability of up to date resources
  • any barriers for pest animal management.
The survey can be found by clicking here until Friday 17 February 2017.

Enrol to vote to elect your Local Land Services board members

Local Land Services is encouraging ratepayers to enrol for the 2017 local elections.

In mid-2017, Local Land Services will hold elections for locally elected board members.

One ratepayer from each holding is eligible to enrol to vote.

Enrolling and voting ensures strong local representation, which guarantees local boards are representing the needs of ratepayers.

Ratepayers must enrol before being able to vote in the elections.

Enrol to vote forms are available from any Local Land Services office or can be completed online.

Local elections will be held in mid-2017 via online or postal methods.

Enrolment forms will be delivered to all ratepayers with the 2017 annual rates notice along with information on how to vote.

Remember only ratepayers who have enrolled can vote for locally elected board members.

Open your farm gate and be part of an agritourism trial 

A new business idea titled Visit My Farm aims to connect landholders with visitors to those regions.

Today, a visitor to a rural area has no easy way to visit a farm unless they have a personal connection to the landholder.

Visit My Farm wants to change that and is looking for farms around Australia to sign up to participate in the trial. 

More information and registration details
can be found here.


Weather Report 

Some fast facts about the weather in December. 

The December edition of the NSW Seasonal Conditions Summary is now available as is the latest NSW Climate Summary.

Dates for your Diary

1080 and canid pest ejector training and wild dog control  workshops

Local Land Services Western Region, supported by Australian Wool Innovation, is offering a series of free 1080 canid pest ejector training and wild dog control workshops across the region.

Successful completion of the training will give you a five-year accreditation to use baited products including purchasing 1080 capsules for 
canid pest ejectors.
Workshops will be held at: 

  • Anabranch - Monday 30 January 2017

  • Pooncarie - Tuesday 31 January 2017

  • Ivanhoe - Wednesday 1 February 2017

  • Hillston - Thursday 2 February 2017

  • Balranald - Friday 3 February 2017

For more information contact:

Kade Small - 0447 325 418 or 

Shae Brennan - 0447 337 653 or

Western Landcare Forum - Broken Hill
4 - 5 August 2017  
The 2017 Western Landcare Forum will explore the relationship between healthy landscapes and healthy food, and celebrate the diverse range of produce from our region.
This is an opportunity for you to look at current trends involving food provenance and sustainability, how you can take advantage of these trends and put the produce of Western NSW on the map (where it belongs!).

For more information or to get involved, speak to your local Landcare Coordinator or contact Fiona Harris on (02) 6872 2144 or

Until next time...

If you want more information about anything that has featured in the January newsletter, please contact your Local Land Services Western Region office. 

Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who would benefit or enjoy seeing what has been happening in the Western region.

You can also offer feedback and suggestions on what you'd like to see in future here. 

Thanks for reading and we'll be in touch next month. 

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Local Land Services Western Region
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