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Western Local Land Services - October newsletter

Final chance to get your application in for weeds funding 

Landholders and community groups have until this Friday, 13 October to apply for funding to undertake weed control works on land located within the Western Local Land Services region.

Through the Western Weed Management program, we are seeking to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region by implementing control measures for weeds.

It represents a great opportunity for people who are serious about bringing about positive change on their properties and local environments. 

The Western Weed Management program will complement the Western Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 with a listing of applicable weed threats to this funding program. 

Those interested in applying are encouraged to read over the guidelines prior to submitting an expression of interest.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 5 pm Friday, 13 October 2017.

For more information contact your nearest Western Local Land Services office.

Senior Land Services Officer, Mitch Plumbe and landholder David Langford inspect some cactus on David's property, K-Tank Station.

New requirements for biosecurity and animal welfare now in place 

Red meat producers that are yet to get a biosecurity plan in place for their property are urged to do so after the new biosecurity and animal welfare requirements came into effect on 1 October.

The changes, which are designed to enhance Australia's world leading red meat integrity system, have been rolled out by Animal Health Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). 

For red meat producers to meet the requirements of the MLA Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation system, they must have an on-farm biosecurity plan in place by 1 October 2017.

Western Local Land Services assisted landholders get this in place by staging 24 workshops across 24 locations in early to mid-September. 

The workshops were strongly supported with 493 landholders attending the sessions. 

Landholders that are yet to get a biosecurity plan in place should visit the
MLA LPA website, ring the hotline on 1800 683 111 or contact their nearest Western Local Land Services office. 

The new LPA program will ensure Australia maintains its global reputation as a world leader in red meat safety, integrity and traceability. 

Information sessions to explain important updates to native vegetation 

Two information sessions focusing on the new land management framework will be held in Hillston and Cobar next week. 

The information sessions are designed to help land owners understand and be able to utilise the new opportunities that are available regarding native vegetation. 

Members of a newly created team within Local Land Services, titled Sustainable Land Management (SLM), will run the information sessions and be able to answer any questions during and after the event. 

Details of the information sessions are:
  • Hillston, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Wednesday 18 October at 10 am
  • Cobar, Bowling Club, Thursday 19 October at 10 am.
Please RSVP by Monday 16 October to SLM Western Team Leader, Steve Hoare on 0417 854 350 or to find out more visit the SLM website

Outside of the information sessions, landholders can also arrange for an SLM staff member to visit you on farm or talk over the phone. 

The new framework, which was brought about by the Biodiviserity Conservation Act 2016, came into effect on 25 August.


The newly created SLM team at Local Land Services are available to help landholders with the new system.

New community advisory groups selected for the Western region

Landholders have another voice to use when it comes to identifying issues or opportunities after the selection of three new Local Community Advisory Groups in the Western region. 

The Local Community Advisory Groups, which are made up of landholders and community members from throughout the Western region, were endorsed by the Western Local Board at their August and September meetings.

In total, there are three Local Community Advisory Groups in the Western region based in geographical areas, loosely being Balranald, Wentworth and Hillston in the south, Broken Hill and unincorporated in the west and Bourke and Cobar in the north.

The new Local Community Advisory Groups are:
  • South – Gus Whyte (chair), Cosimo Cirillo, Clive Linnett, John McKeon, Marc O’Halloran and Chris Stanmore.
  • West – Louise Turner (chair), Anika Molesworth, Luke Reynolds, David Sandow while Luke O'Connor and Bodie Hill are ongoing members as their previous terms hadn't expired.
  • North – Stuart Mosely (chair), Michael Davis, Dannielle Ward and Greg Standfield.
Western Local Land Services, along with the Western Local Board, look forward to working with the new Local Community Advisory Groups in the future. 

Read more about our Community Advisory Groups

Keeping your Local Community Advisory Group members and Western Local Board members informed is pivotal to ensure Western Local Land Services is delivering the services you need most. 

Western LLS getting out and interacting with their local communities

In September, we were able to get along to two great community events in the Kilfera field day and Hillston Show.

Both events were again brilliantly run and gave us an opportunity to catch-up with landholders and community members while also getting to meet many for the first time.

Some of the topics up for discussion were:
  • funding and partnership opportunities
  • agricultural production
  • biosecurity management
  • natural resource management
  • Landcare.

We really enjoy supporting these local community events and catching-up with everyone at them.

(above) Landholders Ben Palmer and Terry Huntly caught up with our staff Jas Wells, Johno McLean and Henry Gregory at the Kilfera field day while (below) Danielle McKay (Riverina LLS), Andy McKinnon (Western LLS) and Henry Gregory (Western Landcare) were on hand at the Hillston Show. 

Western LLS staff and landholders have great time at conference

Nine staff and two landholders from the Western region attended the 19th biennial Australian Rangeland Conference that was held at Port Augusta, South Australia at the end of September. The conference focused on the challenges and opportunities facing our rangeland environments, industries and communities during a time of significant change.

The conference featured two days of presentations covering a range of topics including: 
  • coping with drought 
  • pastoral industry trends in the southern rangelands 
  • transitioning to new industries 
  • regional and community development
  • living with climate change 
  • the changing face of Indigenous managed lands. 
Attendees were also able to explore the Port Augusta region with field trips to the Arid Recovery Project at Roxby Downs, the Flinders Ranges on-board the historic Pichi Richi steam train and the beautiful Middleback Ranges as part of the Middleback Station tour.

The conference provided a great opportunity for attendees to meet and network with other Natural Resource Management rangeland professionals from right across Australia as well as international delegates.

Western Local Land Services staff (standing l-r) David Creeper, Mitch Plumbe, Jen Azevedo, Kyra Roach, Brian Dohnt, Fiona Garland, Russell Grant, Harvey Collerton and (front) Jas Wells with landholders Gus Whyte and Kevin Ingram had an enjoyable and informative time at the conference.

The 2017 NSW Landcare and LLS Conference only two weeks away

A strong gathering of landholders and stakeholders are expected to attend the 2017 NSW Landcare and Local land Services conference. 

The conference, which is being held on 25-27 October at the Albury Entertainment Centre, will have renowned science commentator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and respected journalist and commentator, Stan Grant as keynote speakers. 

The theme for the conference is 'Sharing our Stories' and registrations are still open

The conference is the premier event to showcase sustainability, Landcare and volunteering across NSW and includes the annual Landcare Muster and the NSW State Landcare Awards. 

Read more about the conference here. 

The conference will focus on agriculture, biodiversity, water and Aboriginal Landcare. 

Soil Conservation Service transferred to Local Land Services 

At the start of this month, the Soil Conservation Service transferred to Local Land Services in a move that will benefit both organisations. 

The decision came from Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair and follows a recommendation from a steering committee that considered whether the transfer would be viable and in the best interests of Soil Conservation Service staff. 

The steering committee found the transfer would be a natural fit for the services delivered by the two agencies and would likely lead to improved efficiencies and a shared focus on practical natural resource management projects that will benefit customers in regional NSW. 

Soil Conservation Service will continue to operate as a fully-commercial subsidiary entity and will maintain an independent profile but be aligned with, and report to, Local Land Services. 

Read more about the Soil Conservation Service.

Soil Conservation Service officially transferred to Local Land Services on 1 October 2017.

Free quad bike safety training for landholders 

Free quad bike training is still available under the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

While landholders previously received a rebate, training through an authorised Registered Training Organisations is now not only free, but landholders who complete it will also receive a free compliant helmet, worth around $120. 

More information regarding this can be found by clicking here. 

Local Land Services doing its part to advance reconciliation

We are committed to advancing reconciliation by fostering meaningful partnerships and relationships with Aboriginal communities across NSW. 
We are in the process of developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

A draft RAP has been developed in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia and with the support of funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

The document identified actions we can take across key areas, including:
  • enhancing respect
  • enriching relationships
  • preserving our past
  • creating opportunities.
We recognise the traditional owners of NSW and the primacy of their role in cultural heritage, cultural economy, cultural knowledge and connection to Country.
This will be Local Land Services' first Reconciliation Action Plan and we are seeking community input to ensure we build on the work already being undertaken in collaboration with communities to establish a solid foundation which supports our ongoing commitment to support local Aboriginal community, organisations, programs, events and the adoption of respectful protocols.
We are holding consultations across our region in December to gather input into our plan and to identify opportunities to work collaboratively towards reconciliation. 
To find out more and help us deliver services that support Aboriginal people to care for Country and share traditional land management knowledge click here

Senior Land Services Officer - Aboriginal Communities, Blackie Gordon leads a group demonstration about how Aboriginals used 'tools' such as rocks in their day-to-day lives. 

Weather report 

Some fast facts about the weather in September.

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

Dates for your diary

Reconciliation Action Plan - meeting in Hay

About: Consultation session to gather input into our first Reconciliation Action Plan and to identify opportunities to work collaboratively towards reconciliation. 

When and where:

1 pm Thursday, 12 October. 
RSL Room, Hay Library (205 Lachlan St, Hay). 

More information: Click here.


Sustainable Land Management workshop series

About: A series of workshops have been organised to take place in the Western region that will give landholders an opportunity to be informed on the new land management framework, which commenced on 25 August. Landholders will have the chance to ask questions or arrange for a staff member to visit their property.

When and where:

10 am Wed, 18 Oct - Hillston Ex-Services Club
10 am Thur, 19 Oct - Cobar Bowling Club.

More information: RSVP by 16 October to SLM Western Acting Team Leader, Steven Hoare on 0417 854 350. 

2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference

About: The NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference is on at the end of October with the biennial event the primary showcase of partnerships between Landcare, community-driven natural resource management and Local Land Services. The conference will feature field trips, keynote speakers and presentations from Landcare and Local Land Services' teams from across NSW.

When and where: 25 to 27 October, Albury NSW.

More information: Click here.

Until next time...

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

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