Great opportunity for professional and personal growth through scholarship

The Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship represents a wonderful opportunity for a motivated student that is approaching their final year of study and has a strong personal, community and educational commitment to rural and regional areas. 

The scholarship offers:
  • $5,000 scholarship (paid over two instalments)
  • four weeks of paid work
  • one year guaranteed field officer position (approx. $55,864 p/a)
  • the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment and be a part of a great team. 
Some of the relevant courses include but are not limited to Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Natural Resource Management and Emergency Response Management. 

The application form and further information is currently on our website. 

Applications for the scholarship are due by 26 October 2018 and for further information contact Operations Manager, Andrew Hull on (03) 5021 9449. 

Senior Land Services Officer, Mitch Plumbe chats with David Langford from 'K-Tank Station'. Mitch was one of the last to graduate from the program and refers positively to the opportunities it provided. 

A coordinated approach leads to best results in pest animal control 

We have just completed our spring wild dog baiting program during which we worked with 16 pest animal control groups and Landcare groups. 

Working with these groups in a coordinated approach provides the best opportunity to manage pest animals.  

President of the Barrier Area Rangecare Group (BARG), Luke O'Connor, who runs 'Flood Creek Station' near Broken Hill, is a strong spokesperson for the value of being in a group. 

"We’ve got a really good community group which helps us control our pest animals in a coordinated fashion, discuss what issues we are each experiencing and get important updates out," Luke said.

“We’ve also got some infrastructure like poly welders and a seeding trailer that are owned by the BARG so there are those benefits as well. 

"If we think something needs changing we can raise those issues as a group as opposed to an individual and that gives your voice more weight.”

Landholders and community members that are not in a pest animal control group or Landcare group and wish to join one or establish one in their area, should contact:
  • Local Landcare Coordinator, Henry Gregory (03) 5021 9425
  • Local Landcare Coordinator, Martha Gouniai (08) 8082 5201 
  • A Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer on 1300 795 299. 

Senior Biosecurity Officer, Grant Davis and Luke O'Connor pack meat baits into bags on Luke's property in late September. Luke has been involved with the BARG for over 10 years. 

Stock welfare during dry times and other relevant information 

Animal welfare considerations are critical when managing stock during dry times when feed and water resources are under pressure. 

Stock owners across NSW need to make decisions to effectively manage their stock - by being proactive, you will help ensure good animal welfare outcomes and compliance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA)

To assist landholders, the DroughtHub website has a range of information to assist landholders. 
DroughtHub also provides a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions.  

It is regularly updated and includes a detailed breakdown of the recent drought relief package announcement including FAQs on all aspects of what is available. 

The NSW Government is committed to working closely with farmers, stakeholders and other organisations to ensure NSW is better prepared for drought conditions. Image: Jessica Payton.

Lessons from Japan to be used to assist landholders in the Western region  

One of our District Veterinarians, Felicity Wills recently travelled to Sapporo, Japan to attend the 30th World Buiatrics Congress which is a meeting of cattle veterinarians from around the world. 

The Congress has many streams and covers a wide range of topics relating to cattle health, welfare and management. 

Felicity presented at the Congress on a new and more accurate technique for diagnosing internal parasites (worms) in cattle and found the event to be very beneficial. 

“I attended a lot of the sessions on epidemiology which were based on new tools and approaches for problem solving at the herd, regional, national and international level," Felicity said. 

“The big take home that I got from attending a lot of these sessions was the importance of strategic programs for disease management at the herd and local level, with a high level of producer engagement as being the best way of starting to manage or control endemic diseases in an area. 

“The exampled used was foot and mouth disease, however I feel that these same principles could be utilised in the Western Division to tackle some endemic diseases that cause a problem for producers out here such as Ovine Brucellosis.”

Landholders looking for animal health advice should contact:
  • Dr Felicity Wills, Broken Hill, 0409 858 901
  • Dr Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021. 

Felicity will look to utilise the skills and experiences she gained from attending the Congress in Sapporo, Japan. 

Monitoring month reports due at the end of November

If you have a project with us that involves yearly monitoring, September is generally the month to submit your photo and project report.

Due to the seasonal conditions, the time frame for submitting monitoring for 2018 has been extended, with monitoring due by 30 November 2018. 

If you prefer to complete the monitoring digitally, you can now submit it via the LLS Monitoring Database which can be accessed via your home computer and via the App store on smart phone or tablet. 
You may submit your monitoring in the following ways:
  • Click here and follow the instructions as attached.
  • Downloading the LLS Monitoring Mobile App to complete the assessment.
You will receive an email which includes your log on details and password to enable you to complete your monitoring digitally. 

If you wish to post your monitoring you can send to PO Box 307 Cobar NSW 2835. 

For more information contact our MERI Officer, Silvana Keating on (03) 5021 9404.

Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt and landholder Dennis Stewart, at a monitoring point on "Booberoi Station" where the Stewart family has carried out some weed management and riparian fence work. 

Take 10 minutes to help improve biological control for weeds 

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) are working to improve biological control for weeds in the Western region and they need your help. 

Landholders and community members can play their part by completing a 10 minute survey which is part of the NSW DPI Managing Established Pest Animals and Weeds Project. 

The survey is now open and closes on 12 November. For further information contact Wendy Gibney.  

This project is supported by the Established Pest Animals and Weeds initiative, part of the Australian Government's Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper. 

Dates for the diary

Cockies and Miners flocking together (White Cliffs)
What: All landholders and community members are invited to attend this event which will feature workshops, presentations, recreational activities and be attended by a number of support services and agencies. Along with LLS, Western Landcare NSW, the Rural Resilience Program, the Royal Flying Doctor Services, Vinnies and Lifeline will all be represented. 
Where and when: White Cliffs Sporting Club from 12.30 pm on Saturday, 20 October.
More information: contact Randel Greene on 0457 478 759 or click here

Carbon farming - information sessions (Bourke and Cobar)

What: GreenCollar will be holding free information sessions on the changes that will affect carbon project with human induced regeneration and native forest from managed regrowth. The information sessions are open to the public and GreenCollar staff will be on hand to answer any questions. 
Where and when:
Diggers on the Darling, Bourke from 1 pm - 4 pm on Wednesday, 24 October
Bowling and Golf Club, Cobar from 9 am - 12 pm on Thursday, 25 October. 
Remember to keep Western LLS updated with your changes

If you have changed your address, phone number, e-mail address or recently sold your property then we want to hear from you. 

Please advise us of any change to your details via email or by calling one of our friendly Customer Service Officers:
  • Lauren Standen (Balranald/Hillston regions) on (03) 5020 1691
  • Mandy McKay (Broken Hill/Wilcannia/Tibooburra region) on (08) 8087 3378
  • Rhoda Betts (Brewarrina/Bourke/Wanaaring regions) on (02) 6839 2047
  • Meredith Brands (Cobar region) on (02) 6836 2081 
  • Kristie Scott (Buronga/Wentworth regions) on (03) 5021 9400.
We can also assist you with:
  • information about property transfers
  • applying for new Property Identification Codes (PICs)
  • changing PIC managership 
  • applying for brands marks and routine stock movement permits 
  • assisting with Annual Land and Stock Returns.
Further information can also be found on our website by clicking here.
Until next time...

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