The Western Local Land Services (Western LLS) staff enjoy getting out in the region to carry out projects that benefit landholders, communities and the environment.  

Some of the staff that are responsible for this work are in our Agriculture team which is headed up by
Gemma Turnbull. 

For those that don't know Gemma or her team, take a moment to read this e-newsletter and get to know the person, the work they are doing and how they can assist you and your enterprise. 
Gemma Turnbull (Team Leader): Gemma is based in Bourke and began with Western LLS in January 2014. Prior to this, Gemma worked for the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) as a Sheep and Wool Officer for close to 10 years. Gemma grew up on a property south-west of Bourke and enjoys being a part of the local community. 

In Gemma's words:

I enjoy the variety within my work as it is never the same year after year. It is very rewarding being able to work closely with landholders as new challenges arise and trying to examine new and innovative ways to address these challenges. I also have the opportunity to work with and learn from some very experienced and knowledgeable people such as advisors, researchers as well as landholders themselves. 

Away from work, I live on a property with my husband David and our two children Olivia (7) and Finlay (6) just out of Bourke where we run sheep and goats. I enjoy fishing, camping, team sport and spending time outdoors. 

Mitch Plumbe (Senior Land Services Officer): Mitch is based in Broken Hill and started work with Western LLS in January 2015. Prior to this he was a recipient of the Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship with Western CMA. Recently, Mitch's focus areas have been the development and launch of the Land Services Program and providing extension and advisory services across the north-west corner of the region.

In Mitch's words:

I'm passionate about regenerative agriculture and enjoy being able to work directly with producers who are keen to achieve outcomes in this space. The way production, business and environmental outcomes are so clearly and closely aligned in this region makes it a really interesting place to work. I feel pretty privileged in that my day job allows me to get an insider’s view of such a unique part of the country and get to know the people that manage it.

Outside of work, my partner Sally and I like to get out and enjoy this part of the world that we’re still relatively new to, so a bit of camping and bush walking. I also spend a fair bit of time working towards my own farming aspirations.

Gregory Moulds (Senior Land Services Officer): Gregory, or Mouldsie as he is more widely known, is based in Buronga and has been with Western LLS since January 2014 having moved from NSW DPI at Dareton. Mouldsie has been servicing Sunraysia and the Western region for over 20 years and has worked to support growers to adopt new and improved technology, new varieties and best practice agriculture.  

In Mouldie's words:

Through my work with Western LLS, I endeavour to share my knowledge and experiences in citrus and other horticulture crops. 

Outside of work, I am married to April, a local high school teacher, and between us we have four children and seven grandchildren spread across Australia.

I love to watch the cricket and football at Adelaide Oval which feeds my interest in travel, photography and sports.  

Tanisha Shields (Land Services Officer): Tanisha is based in Balranald and began working with Western LLS in November 2018. Prior to this, Tanisha worked as an Elders trainee after completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University. Tanisha grew up on a family owned property near Narrandera, NSW.  

In Tanisha's words:

I am passionate about working with farmers to achieve their production goals, whilst also increasing the sustainability of management practices to ensure longevity of production into the future.

The most rewarding part of my role is working across a range of agricultural production systems and having the opportunity to learn from the experiences of producers in the region. 

Outside of work, I enjoy working with my kelpies, riding horses and water skiing in summer. 
Ongoing work by the Ag team

The Ag team coordinates specialist agricultural services and advice to landholders in the Western region with a strong focus on improving production outcomes. Some of the work the Ag team will be undertaking in the next 12 months will include:
  • the Land Services Program
  • capacity building activities for landholders
  • a partnership with Mallee Sustainable Farming to set up cropping demonstration sites examining farming methods that reduce the effects of wind erosion
  • involvement in the NSW DPI led Goat Data Collation and Tracking Project
  • fruit fly monitoring and surveillance
  • advisory services for landholders including drought advice.

The Land Services Program

The Land Services Program (the Program) offers a new approach to property planning and rural enterprise mentoring in the Western region. 

The Program runs over two years or eight 'quarters' with an annual intake of participants. The Program operates under a case officer approach, which pairs participants with a Local Land Services staff member who will provide support and guidance through the program.  

Participants will have access to regular training, mentoring and capacity building opportunities. 

For more information have a read of the plan on a page or contact Mitch or one of the team on the below details. 

Western LLS Ag team signing off...

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the landholders, stakeholders and community members we work with. 

Please take the time to save our details in your phones and always contact us with any questions you have around the work Western LLS is doing in your local area: 
  • Gemma - (02) 6870 8632 or email
  • Mitch - (08) 8082 5204 or email
  • Gregory - (03) 5021 9444 or email
  • Tanisha - (03) 5020 1464 or email
While the Western LLS region covers around 40% of the state, we are committed to offering as much support, advice and hands-on expertise to landholders, community members and stakeholders as possible. 
Western Local Land Services
Freecall: 1300 795 299

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