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Stakeholders come together for demonstration day in the Willandra Lakes 

Landholders and a number of groups involved in the management of rabbits in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area have attended a demonstration day which showcased some of the techniques being used as part of the project. 

The demonstration day, which was held last month and was attended by 18 people, gave participants an insight into best practice techniques for the management of rabbits, which includes baiting and the ripping of warrens. 

This included a demonstration of the Rodenator device at Top Hut Station. The Rodenator is used to demolish warrens with minimal disturbance to the top soil which is best practice when working in areas that may have culturally sensitive materials, as is the case in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. 

Some of the stakeholders involved in the day were the NSW National Parks and Wildlife World Heritage team, the local Aboriginal community, Jensan Farm Services, Western Landcare NSW and local landholders. 

Landholders and community members looking for further information on the Willandra Lakes rabbit control project should contact Western LLS Team Leader, Ben Slingsby on (03) 5021 9408 or via email

A smoker in the foreground and the Rodenator where the warrens are being filled in. The Willandra Lakes rabbit control project is supported by Western LLS through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program. 

Aerial baiting for wild dogs underway with ground baiting around the corner

After a couple of weeks of drying and injecting meat baits, the spring baiting for wild dogs program commenced this week.

The aerial baiting component of the program is planned to occur between 14 and 26 October with 1080 poison baits to be used with the rate of application being 10 baits per kilometre. 

The area covered by the program is from Hungerford in the north-east, Broken Hill in the west and to Mt Hope in the south-east. 

Following aerial baiting, ground baiting will be carried out from early November. 

Landholders involved in the baiting program need to ensure they have the appropriate 1080 signs up on their property and have notified their neighbours. 

For more information contact Biosecurity Team Leader, Tim Wall on 0428 915 070 or via email

Senior Biosecurity Officer, Grant Davis and Biosecurity Support Officer, Kagen Pearce pictured drying meat baits earlier this year in Broken Hill.  

Landholders encouraged to vaccinate against anthrax 

Landholders across NSW are encouraged to vaccinate their cattle and sheep against anthrax - a serious disease that can kill stock of any age or class with no warning. 

Landholders can apply to use the vaccine through their LLS District Vet and once authorised, they can then place an order for the vaccine with their local rural supplier or veterinarian. 

Anthrax is listed as prohibited matter under the Biosecurity Act and is a notifiable disease in NSW. 

Anyone who suspects anthrax must report it immediately by calling the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888. 

For more information about preventing anthrax click here or call:
  • District Vet Trent McCarthy, Buronga, 0437 822 012
  • District Vet Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021 
  • Your nearest LLS office on 1300 795 299. 

Managing wild deer in the Western region

Wild deer are listed as a priority species in the Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan (2018-2023) with the objective of containing existing populations, thereby minimising spread to other parts of the region and NSW, and reducing their impacts on primary production and the natural environment.

Wild deer populations are rapidly increasing throughout NSW from approximately eight per cent of the state in 2009 to 17 per cent of the state in 2016.

While wild deer are less prevalent in the Western region, sightings have increased in recent years.

To assist landholders with the ongoing management of wild deer, LLS has developed a number of materials that are now available online: 
If you'd like a hard copy of one of these materials or wish to discuss wild deer further, contact our Regional Pest Animal Coordinator, Phil Baird on 0417 776 218 or on email

Pictured: Fallow male deer. Under the General Biosecurity Duty, landholders are required to control wild deer to the extent necessary to minimise the risk of any negative impacts on their lands or that of their neighbours. 

Opportunities for landholders with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) encourages and supports private landholders to participate in biodiversity conservation.

The NSW Government has committed more than $355 million over the next five years to the BCT to support, facilitate and encourage landholders to conserve biodiversity on their land, for the long term, providing private landholders with an opportunity to secure an additional revenue stream.

In just 18 months, over 150 landholders have signed or plan to sign a conservation agreement with the BCT, creating conservation areas across more than 35,000 hectares of NSW.

The BCT is investing more than $100 million to support these agreements.

Private land conservation in NSW has traditionally been carried out by the voluntary and dedicated efforts of landholders and community groups. The BCT, in its partnerships with landholders, farmers and other agencies, is continuing this important work.

The BCT is a sponsor of the 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference and looks forward to catching up with and meeting many landholders from across NSW. 

To find out more about the work of the BCT and how to get involved
click here

Priority western landscapes will be targeted to secure conservation agreements. Photo: Darren Chong. 

Dates for the diary

NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference (Broken Hill)
What: For the first time in its history, the conference is heading to the Far West. Over 300 delegates from all around the country will converge on Broken Hill for three days of informative and engaging presentations, workshops, field trips and of course, socialising. Registration is still open and can be made by clicking here

Conference highlights include:
  • 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner Charlie Arnott will give the keynote address. 
  • ARIA award and Golden Guitar winning artist Sara Storer will perform at Welcome Adventure Function.
  • Four unique field trips to take delegates into the far west landscapes and get their boots on the ground.
  • The Landcare NSW Awards gala dinner, featuring entertainment from Paul Costa. 
  • A Q&A style panel session involving landholders and experts involved in rangeland rehabilitation.
  • Optional dinner at the Palace Hotel involving Drag Queen Entertainment. 
More info: Visit the conference website or contact Conference Manager, Bradley Hayden on 0412 461 392.

Drought community one stop shop (Cobar)
What: We will be one of many support agencies and groups who will be at the upcoming drought community one stop shop in Cobar. Landholders and community members are encouraged to come along and see what drought support is currently available, along with other advice relating to business, work health safety and more. 

When and where:
  • Friday, 1 November at the Cobar Bowling and Golf Club, Bloxham st. 10 am - 2 pm.
More info: Contact nbn local manager, Kate Woodbridge on 0409 679 924 or via email

Malleefowl mound monitoring training (Buronga)
What: Western LLS is hosting a Malleefowl monitoring training event for those interested in helping preserve one of Australia's unique native species. See how on ground monitoring is carried out utilising the latest technology and techniques, and learn how you can support the national monitoring effort. 

When and where: 
  • Saturday, 9 November at 32 Enterprise Way, Buronga (Western LLS office). 10 am - 2:30 pm.
  • Sunday, 10 November at same location (will include field trip to Mallee Cliffs National Park). 8 am - 4 pm. 
More info: Please RSVP by 1 November for catering and transport purposes to Land Services Officer, Else Foster on (03) 5021 9407 or via email. The training is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program. 

Sheep classing workshop (Ivanhoe)
What: The aim of this workshop is to provide basic information for producers to develop a breeding objective and work towards it. Chris Bowman (sheep classer) will be guiding participants through a half-day practical session targeted at improving the profitability of sheep enterprises with visual and objective classing techniques, and how the latest technology can be used to help make on-farm decisions.

When and where: 
  • 9:30 am to 3 pm Friday, 15 November at 'Bellevue', Ivanhoe. 
More info: Visit the Western LLS website or contact Senior Land Services Officer, Tanisha Shields on
0447 642 131 or via email.
Until next time...

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