NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference heading west in 2019

Landholders and community members in the Western region and throughout NSW have a great opportunity to experience the best of the outback with Broken Hill announced as the host city for the 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference. 

The conference, which will be held from 22 to 24 October 2019, will highlight some of the great work and achievements by the Landcare community and landholders in the Western region and across the state, while also offering informative speakers, workshops and field trips. 

The theme of the 2019 event is ‘Healthy Landcare – Healthy Landscapes’.

With accommodation in Broken Hill expected to be at capacity for the event, those planning to attend are encouraged to make bookings and travel arrangements at their earliest convenience. 

Head to the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference website for further information. 

Tickets for the conference will go on sale next year while announcements regarding speakers and field trips will be made in due course. 

Get the farm ready for Christmas and enjoy a stress free festive season

With Christmas just around the corner, it's not just trimming the tree and ordering the ham that farmers need to take into account. 

Stock agents will likely be taking a break over Christmas, and with meatworks and saleyards closing for their annual Christmas shut down period, landholders are advised to contact them as soon as possible if they want advice on meeting market specifications and negotiating the best price to get animals off their farm.  

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

If purchasing supplementary feeds, producers are reminded of keeping good records and ensuring that the appropriate paperwork accompanies these transactions.

There have been cases of varied feed quality and potential toxicities, so if you have any questions about your supplemental feed, please contact LLS with any questions - 1300 795 299.

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, as will your working dogs. Making sure stock also have access to shade and shelter from the heat is essential to meet basic animal welfare standards.

After what has been a stressful year for most landholders in the Western region due to the dry conditions, hopefully a bit of extra planning prior to Christmas will allow for a deserved rest and time with family and friends.  

Extensive knockdown of feral pigs carried out in the western Riverina

We've recently worked with landholders, community groups and stakeholders to successfully carry out an extensive knockdown of the feral pig population in the western Riverina, following a targeted aerial shoot. 

Through the program, which covered an area of 750,000 hectares across the Riverina, Murray and Western LLS regions, a total of 5,644 pests were eradicated including pigs (4,750 culled), deer, feral cats and foxes. 

The aerial shoot, which has resulted in up to 70 per cent of the feral pig population being culled, complements other control measures such as ground baiting and trapping that LLS, along with local landholders and community groups, have been undertaking.

To get involved in pest control activity in your local area, contact your nearest LLS office on 1300 795 299. 

This program also involved the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, local community groups and landholders. The program utilised funding from the 2018 Pest and Weed Drought Funding Program.
Funding available to help achieve a sustainable pastoral enterprise 

We are calling for expressions of interest from landholders that want to participate in an upcoming property planning program which will utilise the Ecosystem Management of Understanding (EMU) approach.

The program will introduce landholders to the ecological management of landscapes by learning to recognise and read landscape processes, conditions and trends.

Essentially, participants will be working towards on-ground solutions to achieve a sustainable pastoral enterprise.

Recently, a short film (2 mins 32 secs) featuring landholders Barry and Annette Turner, 'Polpah Station' at White Cliffs, was developed which details their experience in the EMU program. 
Previous participants in the EMU program, Barry and Annette Turner,
'Polpah Station' White Cliffs
The Guidelines and EOI form are available on our website. EOIs are due by Friday, 21 December

For further information contact Senior Land Services Officer, Paul Theakston on (02) 6836 1575 or via email. This program is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.  

End of year update from the Kangaroo Management Taskforce

The Kangaroo Management Taskforce is a broad group of landholders, agency, industry and welfare representatives collaborating to improve kangaroo management in NSW.

Since it was formed in 2016, members of the Taskforce have been working to raise the profile of kangaroo management issues through a number of channels including media, involvement in various committees and research reference groups, as well as lobbying through politicians, government agencies and organisations like NSW Farmers.

In 2018, Western LLS received 12 months of funding to employ a Project Officer to help build the capacity and profile of the Kangaroo Management Taskforce.

The project officer, Fiona Garland, works from the Bourke LLS office and, amongst other things, has set up a Taskforce
Facebook page so please check it out and share widely. 

If you have any suggestions or contributions to make regarding kangaroo management please contact Fiona on (02) 6870 8635 or via email.

Fiona Garland is working with the relevant agencies to influence the public narrative around kangaroos while trying to improve social licences for the sustainable utilisation of kangaroos as a resource.

Do you want to take part in our autumn 2019 aerial baiting program? 

In coordination with pest animal control groups and Landcare groups, we carry out two major baiting programs for wild dogs each year, firstly in autumn and again in spring.

We are in the process of organising the autumn 2019 program, and as such would invite landholders to submit an expression of interest if they are interested in aerial baiting. 

To view an EOI form click here. This form needs to be submitted by 31 December 2018 with aerial baiting planned to commence mid-March. 

The EOI form can be submitted via email or via post to - Mandy McKay, Western Local Land Services, PO Box 279, Broken Hill 2880. 

Contact Biosecurity Team Leader, Tim Wall on 0428 915 070 or via email for more information. 

Aerial baiting is just one of the forms of pest animal management that Western LLS recommend landholders use. Other techniques include ground baiting, trapping and surveillance monitoring.

Western Newsletter hot off the press for summer!

The summer 2018 edition of the Western Newsletter has been to the printers and is currently being distributed throughout the Western, Riverina and Murray LLS regions.

This publication provides informative stories and important updates to landholders from a range of experts across a number of industries. 

The online version of this publication is currently on our website and can be viewed by clicking here.

The summer 2018 edition of the Western Newsletter outlines the drought measures that are in place to support farmers and community members. 

Travelling Stock Reserves plan of management goes on public exhibition

Local Land Services is responsible for approximately 534,000 hectares of TSRs, which represents almost 30 per cent of the TSR network across the state.

To allow for consistent management of this TSR network, a single statewide plan has been developed which is currently on public exhibition (until 21 December 2018). 

The draft TSR plan of management was a key outcome of a review into the state's TSR network, which found TSRs have a range of economic, cultural, recreational and environmental uses and values, other than travelling stock use.

For more information regarding the plan view the below documents: Opportunity for feedback

Click here to provide comments on the Draft TSR Plan of Management prior to 21 December 2018.

The draft plan of management demonstrates a renewed commitment to working with the community and a focus on a quality assurance and control process that recognises the statewide significance of the TSR network.

Have your say in the Private Native Forestry review 

Private Native Forestry is the sustainable management of native forests on private property for timber production.

It is a key resource for the NSW Forest Industry and an important land management option for many landholders.

Local Land Services is leading the review of Private Native Forestry in collaboration with the Environment Protection Authority and Department of Primary Industries. 

We are interested in your views on what is currently working well in the management of Private Native Forestry and what can be improved, including:
  • the Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice
  • the rules and regulations that govern Private Native Forestry
  • the process of authorisation
  • Private Native Forestry training and advisory services.
Submissions can be lodged online by clicking here, by email by clicking here, by fax on (02) 6562 7693 or via post - Private Native Forestry Review, Locked Bag 6013, Orange NSW 2800.

Visit the LLS website for more information and submissions close on the 31 January 2019

The Private Native Forestry Review will look to balance the sustainable development of the Private Native Forestry and agricultural industries while recognising the environmental values of the private forest estate. 

Dates for the diary

Office shutdown
Our offices will be closed from Monday, 24 December and re-open on Monday, 7 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.
Keep Western LLS updated with your details

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 be found on our website by clicking here.
Until next time...

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