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Issue 5 - October 2015


In this issue:

New structure and new staff


We’d like to inform you about some exciting changes that have taken place at Local Land Services Western Region.

We have recently restructured the way we operate and have divided our service area into three zones to better reflect the diversity of the region. We have appointed a Local Community Manager to oversee each zone as well as several new, highly experienced staff with expertise in agricultural, natural resource and pest and disease management.

This means that we will have more staff on the ground to provide you with any advice and assistance you need to keep your business profitable and sustainable.

Below is a map of the zones and the Local Community Manager for each.


$5000 for small land management grants


If you have an idea to help improve and maintain the condition of our natural resources in our region, then you should apply for the new Western Region Small Land Management Grants Program.

The Program provides grants of up to $5000 for projects that can be completed in six months and fit within one of the following Funding Categories:
  1. Pest animals and community activities – for pest animal control activities at a property or site level
  2. Weeds and community activities – for weed control activities at a property or site level
  3. Training and community activities – for training or community events that relate to natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, biosecurity or Aboriginal cultural heritage.
  4. Education and community activities – for training and knowledge related activities for schools
  5. Site protection and community activities – for protection of sites of particular significance and/or cultural value
  6. Conservation farming and community activities – for small-scale conservation farming activities, awareness and training.
The program is continually open for applications, provided that the annual allocation of funds for each Funding Category has not been exhausted. We will publish an alert on our website if funding has been exhausted in any category.

Find out more at our website.

 

Climate outlook  October to December 2015


The Bureau of Meteorology recently released its climate outlook for the period October to December.

It indicates a wetter-than-average spring is more likely in western and central Australia, while in the east and north there is an equal chance of above or below average rainfall. Warmer nights are likely for most of Australia, with warmer days likely along the east coast and far southwest WA.


The current outlook reflects the record warm sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean, and the El Niño in the Pacific.

You can find out more at the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

 
 

Help shape our future programs and projects

 
Help us develop programs and projects that meet your needs by providing feedback on our Draft Western Local Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

The plan outlines what we want to achieve over the next five years (our vision and goals) and what we will do to achieve it (our strategies and actions). If you don’t have time to read the entire plan, please read the fact sheets as they provide a short, simple explanation of our goals, strategies and actions.

We’d like to know whether you think the strategies and priorities outlined in the Plan are relevant at the regional and/or property level and in the right order of priority. You can do this by visiting our online forum and answering each of the five discussion questions and a short survey.

We are using an online forum as it allows us to capture your feedback in the easiest way. It also has the advantage of allowing you to see other peoples’ responses to the five discussion questions, which may help you with preparing your own response.

The online forum is open until midnight 22 November 2015, so you have plenty of time to consider our ideas and share your thoughts on them.

Visit the online forum today to download the Plan and fact sheets and to provide feedback.

Photo: Local Land Services Western Region's Acting General Manager, Erlina Compton, and Western Local Board Chair, Tom Hynes, launching the Draft Western Local Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

 

Last chance to register for the Rangelands Carbon Conference


Time is running out for you to register for the Rangelands Carbon Conference, which is being held on 28-29 October in Cobar.

The conference aims to provide land managers in the Western region with up-to-date and unbiased information about all aspects of the carbon economy.

There will be presentations on how the Emissions Reduction Fund operates, the scientific basis of carbon production and storage, as well as land holders’ experiences with implementing carbon projects.

Anyone who is thinking about getting involved in carbon farming should not miss this unique opportunity.

For more information or to register, visit our website.



 

Servicing the Western Region


We understand that land managers in the Western Region don’t work a 9 to 5 day.

That’s why we’ve extended the hours our Facebook page is being monitored so you can ask us a question when it’s convenient for you and get a speedy reply.

Many of you probably use Facebook to catch up with friends and share photos of your family. But the Local Land Services Western Region Facebook page is much more. It provides you with up-to-the-minute information about funding opportunities, workshops or pest control programs. It will also be an important channel for sharing information during emergency situations – such as biosecurity outbreaks or severe weather conditions.

We have someone monitoring the page between 8am and 10pm Monday to Friday and between 10am and 2pm on weekends – so help and advice is never far away.

Find and ‘like’ our page at www.facebook.com/LLSWestern

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Local Land Services Western Region
Web: www.western.lls.nsw.gov.au
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