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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 Land Services - Natural Resource Management (NRM) team which is headed up by Team Leader, Jennifer Azevedo. 

For those that don't know Jen 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. 
Jennifer Azevedo (Team Leader): Jen is based in Bourke and began with Western LLS in January 2014. Prior to this, Jen worked for the Western Catchment Management Authority. Jen was raised on a family owned property north of Broken Hill, and on completing her university degree in Adelaide, returned to the Western region to take up a role in Cobar as part of the Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship. 

In Jen's words:

I enjoy the work that Western LLS are able to do to achieve dual outcomes on ground that see the best for our unique Western environment and production in our region. It is also incredibly satisfying to hear stories from landholders where they describe the positive outcomes of projects on their properties. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors, and I also enjoy sport and overseas travel. 



Brian Dohnt (Senior Land Services Officer - pictured with Erlina Compton): Brian is based in the Cobar office and has been with Wester LLS since September 2014. Prior to this, Brian worked in numbers roles in fire management in NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory. 

In Brian's words:

In my role I do a lot of travel and get to meet lots of great people, this has also helped me gain a greater understanding of the landscapes and the environment we live in. I've worked in what some might say are remote areas but I think I get to see some of the best scenery and landscapes outback Australia has to offer.
 
Outside work I enjoy spending time with my six grandkids. I also have a keen interest in pacers (horses) and have had some great horses over the time participating in major races like the Inter-dominion and The Miracle Mile. Fishing and camping use to be also on the list but there’s not much water around Cobar.



Kyra Roach (Senior Land Services Officer): Kyra is based in Bourke and has been with Western LLS since March, 2016 having previously worked with Central West LLS and Catchment Management Authority since 2009. Kyra is from Nyngan where her family run a mixed farming aggregation with a focus on grain and legume production. 

In Kyra's words:

I have a passion for working with producers to improve production outcomes whilst maintaining sustainable land use. What I enjoy most about my role is working with producers across a diverse range of agricultural industries - I love the people, the small communities and uniqueness of the Western region.

Outside of work, I love spending time on the family farm catching up with family and friends, travelling and cooking.



Paul Theakston (Senior Land Services Officer): Paul is based in Cobar and has been with Western LLS since January 2014, having performed a variety of roles which focus on the delivery of on-ground natural resource management projects with various departments since 1999. Since 2010, Paul's role has been the Rangeland Rehabilitation Officer, focusing on soil erosion issues. 

In Paul's words:

I work in a diversity of degraded landscapes and enjoy coming up with a solution with the landholder that improves the productivity of the enterprise while improving environmental outcomes. The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing degraded areas being improved to a productive, non-eroding landscape. Working with motivated landholders to achieve a common goal is also very satisfying.
 
Outside of work, my wife and I have six kids and live on 100 acres near Cobar. My life mainly revolves around family activities like playing Lego, Nerf gun wars, digging “gold mines” with the boys, having ninja fights, riding motorbikes, fixing old cars, mustering feral goats and playing soccer.


Andrea Cashmere (Land Services Officer): Andrea is based in the Hillston office and has been with Western LLS since July this year. Prior to working for Western LLS, Andrea worked in natural resource management for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, but was most recently employed as a teacher's aid. 

In Andrea's words:

I love the diversity of the Western region, so many different landscapes and the fact that you can get into some pretty natural bush without too much effort. The resilience of the people and the environment is also something that holds me here.   

The thing I love about my job is the sharing of knowledge, if we can keep sharing our experiences we will all become better managers and that can only be good for our environment, our future.

Outside of work, I have a slight addiction to plants and gardening and trying to restore her river block back to a native state. I also enjoy hiking and being in the bush. 




Else Foster (Land Services Officer): Else is based in our Buronga office and joined Western LLS in July this year. Currently as a Land Services Officer, Else is working on revegetating flight corridors for the Regent Parrot, a project delivered in partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Prior to working for Western LLS Else has held a number of positions with Government agencies, including National Parkes and Wildlife Service, the Office of Environment and Heritage, and both NSW and Victorian Catchment Management Authorities. Else has also worked as a consultant in Alice Springs and in 2018 completed her PhD studies. 

Outside work, Else takes advantage of the clear skies of the Far West to follow her interest in astronomy.

  

Courtney Ellery (Land Services Officer): Courtney is based in Bourke and has been employed with Western LLS since January 2014, migrating across from the Western Catchment Management Authority. Over the years Courtney has been employed in a number of different roles such as Landcare Coordinator, Community Support Officer, Lands Service Officer and a short stint as the Goat and Total Grazing Pressure Project Manager.

Courtney has three young children and has just returned from maternity leave. She lives on a sheep station on the Queensland border.

In Courtney's words:

I have always enjoyed engaging with our local community and supporting them to develop plans to better manage their grazing enterprises. Having been around for so long I have the opportunity to revisit many of the projects I have worked on and have seen how they have responded to improved practices and management with the financial support and advice we have been able to provide them with.

Outside of work I have been on a zero waste journey which I am quite passionate about. I have been working towards reducing my household waste and minimalising my home. I enjoy spending time in the garden, growing my own vegetables and exploring nature with my children.
Ongoing work by the NRM team

The NRM team is key to the delivery of state and commonwealth funded priorities in the Western region. The NRM team directly engage with landholders and contractors to deliver on-ground projects, including fencing, weed control and soil erosion works, as well as delivering capacity building projects and targeted protection of environmental assets and threatened species.

In the coming months the NRM team will be delivering a range of projects funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the NSW Government funded Catchment Action NSW. These projects will include:
  • small grants for landholders to manage priority weed infestations
  • small grants for landholders to carry out rangeland rehabilitation works within the priority Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community
  • works to improve the habitat condition for the Thick-Billed Grasswren
  • workshops on soil erosion, grazing management and mapping
  • a trial of water point exclusion for total grazing pressure management
  • best practice guide for the management of the Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community. 
We look forward to working with landholders and local communities to carry out these projects.
Western LLS NRM 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: 
  • Jen - (02) 6870 8622 or email
  • Brian - (02) 6836 1575 or email
  • Kyra - (02) 6870 8626 or email
  • Paul - (02) 6836 1575 or email
  • Andrea - (02) 6967 2507 or email
  • Else - (03) 5021 9430 or email
  • Courtney - (02) 6870 8629 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. 

*From left: Jen, Kyra, Else, Paul (kneeling), Brian and Andrea. (Courtney not in picture).
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