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Passionate about the Western region? Nominate for the Western LLS Board

Positions on all 11 regional LLS boards will become available when the terms of 29 current board members and chairs end in March and April next year, with Western LLS looking to fill three vacancies.

Together, the regional boards focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, promoting the services offered, encouraging partnerships and building strong relationships with investors.

Acting-Chair of the Western LLS Board, Magnus Aitken, is encouraging anyone who believes they have something to offer to put their name forward for this opportunity.

“Our board members understand local needs and are the voice of the communities and landholders they represent. They play a key role in identifying and delivering services that are relevant to the regions they serve.

“Having people with varying backgrounds and experiences introduces new ideas and skill sets which is important when you’re providing strategic direction and looking for improvements in service delivery.

“We are experiencing challenge and hardship across the region and more broadly, the state and now, more than ever, we need board members committed to working on behalf of our stakeholders to deliver for their region.”

Applications close 5 pm, Friday 13 December 2019. 

The Board Recruitment Package and further information is available on the Western LLS website.

To chat with a current Board member about this opportunity, get in touch with Western LLS General Manager, Erlina Compton on 0458 944 614 and she will put you in touch with your local board member.

Local boards are comprised of a mix of Ministerially-appointed and elected board members who bring a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to the organisation. Pic: Maureen Duncan (Life and Light competition)

Time to get the farm ready for Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and a bit of pre-Christmas planning could take a number of stresses away for landholders this festive season.

Meatworks and saleyards will shortly be closing for their annual Christmas shut down period, and your stock and station agents may also be having a break. 

Without the option of selling stock during the closure, livestock producers need to check they have sufficient feed on hand, whether that's grass in the paddock, grain in the silo or hay in the shed.

Landholders should also think about their livestock numbers and if they'll have enough feed to maintain their animals in a healthy condition until markets reopen in the New Year.

Now might be a good time to bring stock into the yards, condition score them and draft off any animals suitable for sale either via the saleyards or direct to a processor before the abbattoirs close for the holidays. 

Water supplies are also an important issue to consider as the summer weather warms up. 

Make sure bores and troughs are working well and if dams are likely to dry up, start planning now on moving stock to paddocks where there is a safer water source. 

It's important to remember that livestock will increase water consumption significantly in warm weather. Making sure stock also have access to shade and shelter from the heat is also essential to meet basic animal welfare standards. 

*** Get your feed and water tested for free***

Landholders are also reminded that they have the opportunity to have their livestock feed, and water, tested at no cost by Western LLS. To arrange a test contact one of our District Vets (pictured below):
  • Charlotte Cavanagh (Bourke) on 0429 773 021 or email
  • Trent McCarthy (Buronga) on 0437 822 012 or email

By taking care of your land and livestock leading up to Christmas, hopefully landholders will be able to enjoy Christmas without any extra worries and get to enjoy some much deserved rest and family time.  

Landholders carry out large scale baiting program for wild dogs

Over the months of October and November, landholders who are a part of organised pest animal control groups and Landcare groups teamed up with our Biosecurity Officers to carry out aerial and ground baiting for wild dogs, foxes and cats. 

The fast facts of the program are:
  • 16 pest animal control and/or Western Landcare groups involved
  • 118 individual landholder properties involved in aerial baiting and 257 involved in ground baiting
  • an area of 7,898,287 hectares covered
  • 4,344.2 km flown
  • 43,442 baits used for aerial baiting
  • 115,162 baits used for ground baiting. 
Following the spring baiting program, landholders are being encouraged to continue with a number of management techniques with the aim of further reducing the impacts of pest animals. 

Landholders are encouraged to:
  • use motion sensor surveillance cameras
  • ensure information gets entered into the feral scan community website
  • undertake trapping on your property and throughout the local community
  • join a pest animal control group or Landcare group if you are not currently a member or invite your neighbors and/or friends to join a group.
For further information contact Regional Pest Animal Coordinator, Phil Baird on 0417 776 218.

Western LLS and the pest animal control and Landcare groups plan to undertake their autumn program in March next year. Pictured is Senior Biosecurity Officer, Grant Davis ready for another morning of aerial baiting.

Projects powering on in the Western region

Contracts signed and works underway to manage invasive species

Some great outcomes with regards to weed management are expected to be achieved over the coming months following 22 successful applications in the Western Weed Management Program. 

The Program will assist 22 landholders to improve and sustain the condition of close to 41,500 hectares of natural resources in the Western region through the control of invasive species, specifcally African Boxthorn, which threatens the condition of the Coolibah-Black Box Endangered Ecological Community.

The Program will complement works that were undertaken last financial year by landholders that were successful in receiving funding in a similar program which saw 15 landholders manage a combined area of over 23,000 hectares in Ivanhoe, along the Lachlan River (Euabalong to Hillston), Brewarrina and Broken Hill.  

Learning takes flight as kids teach community about Regent Parrot 

Students in Year 5 and 6 at Euston Public School have launched their very own book and short film on the Regent Parrot with an official launch event held at the school to celebrate the work of the students and all they have learnt. 

The students researched the regent parrot including its preferred habitat, feeding and breeding sites as background to their publications. 

The school also undertook a program of planting more habitat trees on the school grounds and around town. 

The regent parrot is listed as endangered under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Euston is the only town in NSW to have a breeding colony. While they do breed elsewhere in NSW outside built up areas, the town can make a big difference to the breeding success of the birds. 

The materials, which were developed by the students under the guidance of the Petaurus Education Group, are available below:

The Regent Parrot Project is part of the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species program while the weeds program is funded through the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW.

Just over a week left to get your project monitoring in

Landholders that have an incentives project with Western LLS and are yet to complete their monitoring have until Sunday, 15 December to submit their reports.

You can submit your monitoring in the following ways: 
  • complete the photo point data sheet and send a copy via email - click here for the form or refer to your letter for a hard copy
  • post the completed form to 'Monitoring Month' PO Box 307, Cobar NSW 2835
  • drop off in person to any Western LLS office
  • complete your form electronically - click here for the form
Please note that the LLS monitoring database and the app that was rolled out last year is not available this year. 

Please submit your reports as soon as practicable and thank you to those that have already done this. 

If you are unsure of your monitoring requirements, check your contact details or contract your case officer directly, or Silvana Keating, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, on 0427 661 264 or via email.

Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt with landholder Dennis Stewart at a monitoring point in 2018. Monitoring must be undertaken every year for a period of 10 years after the completion of the on-ground works portion of your project as specified in your contract. Some contracts also ask for project evaluations at the 5 year and 10 year mark. If your project is one of those you may also be asked to provide feedback on your experience with Western LLS. This is critical information so that we can improve services and projects and respond to the current and emerging challenges across the region. 
Office shutdown for Christmas and New Year period

Our offices will be closed from 4 pm on Friday, 20 December and re-open on Monday, 6 January. 

If there is an emergency or biosecurity issue during this close period please call: 
  • Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline: 1800 675 888
  • Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881. 
The team at Western LLS wish you and your families a wonderful festive season (hopefully rain for Christmas) and look forward to working with you again in 2020. 
Until next time...

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