Funding opportunities for landholders 

Landholders have a great opportunity to participate in a number of programs that offer funding to assist in achieving positive environmental outcomes and lead to a more productive farming enterprise.

Western Weed Management Program 

The funding seeks to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region through control measures for invasive species, specifically African Boxthorn, which threatens the condition of the Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community. 

African Boxthorn is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. It forms an impenetrable, spiny thicket that inhibits the movement of stock and provides a haven for feral animals.

Click here to access the program guidelines and application form which are due by Friday, 23 November 2018

Western Water Point Exclusion - Pilot Program 

This program will look to assess the viability of water point exclusion as a means of managing pest and native animals, which in turn will improve biosecurity and animal welfare while allowing landholders to more effectively rest native pastures for both long term production and landscape health.

Activities eligible for funding include fencing ground tanks with multi-species exclusion fencing and replacing troughs with fully enclosed concrete troughs. This allows access to open waters to be restricted and troughs to be turned off without risk of damage from animals. 

Click here to access the program guidelines and application form which are due by Friday, 7 December 2018

Small Grants for Rangeland Rehabilitation

The funding seeks to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region, with a specific focus on rehabilitating the Coolibah Black-Box Woodland which is an Endangered Ecological Community. 

Potential applicants should be aware that projects must be located within the priority investment area. This area roughly follows the northern rivers of the Western region, following the Darling river through to the Murray river.

Click here to access the program guidelines and application form which are due by Friday, 7 December 2018

These projects are supported by Western Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and/or NSW Catchment Action. 

Over 130,000 baits used during the spring wild dog baiting program

Western LLS is continuing to work with landholders and stakeholders to carry out wild dog baiting on an extremely large scale. 

The spring wild dog baiting program, which ran from mid-September to mid-October, used both ground and aerial baiting and resulted in: 
  • 16 pest animal control groups and Landcare groups participating 
  • 400 properties covering an area of 14 million hectares receiving baits
  • 135,000 baits being issued. 
Some of the activities landholders and community members should now be undertaking include: 
  • using motion sensor surveillance cameras
  • ensuring information gets entered into the feral scan community website
  • trapping on your property and throughout the local community
  • joining a Landcare or pest animal control group if not currently a member. 
Landholders and community members that  wish to join or establish a group in their area, should contact:
  • Local Landcare Coordinator, Henry Gregory (03) 5021 9425
  • Local Landcare Coordinator, Martha Gouniai (08) 8082 5201 
  • A Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer on 1300 795 299. 

Biosecurity Team Leader, Tim Wall (middle) assists with the loading of baits at the Emmdale Roadhouse. 

Be aware of the new label requirements on all 2,4-D products 

Over the last two summer spray seasons, incidents of spray drift damage attributed to 2,4-D have been reported.

This has led the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to work closely with grower groups, state and territory authorities, and other stakeholders to develop new label instructions to reduce the likelihood of off-target damage due to spray drift. 

These label changes, which came into effect on 3 October 2018, apply to all 2,4-D herbicides, including old stocks in farm storage sheds.

All landholders using any 2,4-D herbicides need to comply with the new requirements from now onwards.  

In brief, these new requirements include:
  • the condition to use nozzles producing droplets no smaller than 'very coarse' 
  • 2,4-D herbicides must not be sprayed when inversion conditions exist
  • an updated requirement for mandatory record keeping 
  • compulsory downwind ‘no spray’ zones.
For further information on the label changes:
A cotton crop damaged by 2,4-D spray drift. This can be significantly reduced through following the new label requirements.

To eat or not to eat, that is the question  

All pig owners in the Western region are reminded that offering meat, meat products or anything that has been in contact with meat to pigs, commonly known as swill feeding, is illegal in Australia. 

The reminder comes for all pig owners, whether they are running a commercial operation or simply own a single pig, as our Biosecurity Officers begin to make contact to carry out routine inspections.

Food products that are prohibited for feeding to pigs include:
  • pies, sausage rolls, bacon and cheese rolls, pizza, deli meats, table scraps
  • household, commercial or industrial waste including restaurant food and discarded cooking oils
  • anything that has been in contact with prohibited pig feed via collection, storage or transport in contaminated containers (such as meat trays and take-away food containers).
Household scraps or food that is permitted include:
  • non-meat bakery items
  • fruit and vegetables
  • cereals and eggs
  • milk, milk products and milk by-products of either Australian origin or legally imported into Australia.
Pig owners that are looking for more information are encouraged to contact their nearest Western LLS Biosecurity Officer on 1300 795 299 and landholders looking for animal health advice should contact:
  • Dr Felicity Wills, Broken Hill, 0409 858 901
  • Dr Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021. 

By definition, swill is a ‘prohibited pig feed’ and it is illegal because it can carry exotic diseases that could ultimately devastate the pig industry and close export markets.

Landholders encouraged to look out and report Parkinsonia 

Recently, our Western Regional Weeds Coordinator, Andy McKinnon and Senior Land Services Officer, Mitch Plumbe travelled to Tibooburra to assess the ongoing activity of the biocontrol agent cochineal (Dactilopius tomentosus) on the boxing glove cactus (Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillata) infestation. 

Pleasingly, positive results are being seen at the site, and a number of cacti that are infested with cochineal were spread to other sites so the cochineal can have the same impact. 

While in the area, a property inspection was carried out for Parkinsonia which is a spiny shrub/small tree. 

Parkinsonia has infested substantial parts of western Queensland along waterways and flood out areas, and it is a priority species in the Western region.

During the inspection, isolated plants were located on the property. Following this, the infestation was mapped, and a control plan organised with the landholder.

Landholders that suspect they have Parkinsonia on their property are encouraged to contact Andy McKinnon on 0428 671 370 or their local Shire Weeds Officer to assist with identification, removal and eradication. 

Parkinsonia is persistent during dry times, and with its ability to float seeds down waterways from Queensland, it is a priority species in the Western region. Pictured is Mitch Plumbe with a Parkinsonia.

Monitoring month reports due in two weeks

A big thank you to all the landholders that have already submitted their photo and project report. 

For those that are yet to, please ensure you do this by 30 November - generally, the reports are due in September but due to the seasonal conditions, the time frame was extended to the end of November. 
If you wish to submit your monitoring online:
  • Click here and follow the instructions as attached.
  • Downloading the LLS Monitoring Mobile App to complete the assessment.
You will receive an email which includes your log on details and password to enable you to complete your monitoring digitally. 

The other options for submitting your report are: 
For more information contact Senior Land Services Officer, Silvana Keating on (03) 5021 9404.

An example of the photo point monitoring that needs to be submitted by landholders who have incentive projects.

Final call for advisory group applications

All interested parties that wish to apply for the Aboriginal Community Advisory Group or Agricultural Services and Natural Resource Management Advisory Group need to do so by Friday, 16 November.

Click here to access the application forms, view the draft terms of reference of both groups and get a general overview on the advisory groups that provide input into Western LLS project and programs. 

For more information about our advisory groups, contact Operations Manager, Andrew Hull on (03) 5021 9449.

Interested landholders and community members with a background or knowledge in agricultural services and/or natural resource management, along with members of the Aboriginal community, are invited to submit an expression of interest to join their relevant group.

Update on events in the northern basin

A number of interesting updates on current flow events in the northern rivers are available. These were prepared by the Commonwealth Environment and Water Office and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. 

For further information contact the CEWO or OEH through the contact details on the above links. 

A satellite image with the reconnection of the Barwon at Geera, between Walgett and Brewarrina, just downstream of the Macquarie junction. Source: European Space Agency, sourced by the MDBA. 

Dates for the diary

Early weaning workshop (Tibooburra)
What: Livestock producers in the Western region will have a great opportunity to hear about the benefits and considerations associated with early weaning through this workshop. Presentations will be given by Scott Parry from North West Vets and Western LLS District Veterinarians and livestock staff. 
Where and when: 'Pindera Downs Station', Tibooburra from 10.30 am - 3.30 pm on Wed, 21 November.
More information: RSVP to Senior Land Services Officer Mitch Plumbe on 0408 241 200 or via

Mates at Mungo (community event)

What: Willandra Landholders Alliance with assistance from Red Cross, have organised a night out for the farming community. Bring the family and your friends along, dinner and entertainment is free with drinks for purchase over the bar.  
Where and when: Mungo Lodge Resort, Mungo National Park from 6 pm on Saturday, 24 November. 

More information: RSVP by 17 November to Bree Wakefield on (03) 5028 7282 or click here.
Remember to keep Western LLS updated with your changes

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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