The Land Services Program (the Program) offers a new approach to property planning and rural enterprise mentoring in the Western region.
The Program operates under a case officer approach, which pairs participants with a Western LLS staff member who will provide support and guidance.
In addition, a range of mentors have been identified to match the enterprises and landscapes of the participants.
Participants will receive access to training and services estimated to have a total value of $26,000 over the course of the program.
Included in this is $10,000 p.a. for the duration of the program to support capacity building activities that align with the goals and priorities of their business, as identified during the property planning process.
Mentors may be utilised as part of the training budget to provide daily advice, one on one support or to demonstrate enterprises and opportunities to participants. James Leigo speaks to landholders at a field day he hosted on his family property, "Dungarvan", Bourke in 2016.
Gaining a holistic and comprehensive appreciation of best practice
The Program runs over two years or eight 'quarters' with a structured four quarter program repeating annually and is enhanced by regular training, mentoring and capacity building.
Quarter 1 - Human factors: one-day group session. Goals, lifestyle, roles and succession.
Quarter 2 - Finances: financial benchmarking. Group workshops and one-on-one support focusing on areas of opportunity and improvement.
Quarter 3 - Stocktake: two-day facilitated session. Physical and digital mapping tools, physical and natural assets and future goals.
Quarter 4 - Action plan: one-day facilitated session. Holistic property plan, production systems and management plans. Bringing the three previous quarters together.
Quarters 5 to 7 - Support and guidance: case officer support and guidance from mentors. Identify and undertake training opportunities or learning experiences. Further development and implementation of property plan.
Quarter 8 - Program review: review to identify business improvements, knowledge gained and overall value of the program.
In the first quarter of the Program, participants focus on 'Human factors' which includes a one-day facilitated session which explores human and social factors relevant to participants businesses. This includes goal setting, lifestyle aspirations, skills audit, business roles and responsibilities and succession
Get your application in and take advantage of this game changing opportunity
We are now calling for the next intake of participants in the Program. The Program would be suitable for any landholders seeking to take the next step with their enterprise or gain knowledge in an area they are not familiar with.
It is a fantastic opportunity and one that should not be missed!
Expressions of interest for the next intake of participants closes on 31 May 2019.
Senior Land Services Officer, Mitch Plumbe on 0408 241 200 or via email
Land Services Officer, Tanisha Shields on 0447 642 131 or via email.
The Program is a joint initiative between Local Land Services and Soils for Life. In addition to the training and services estimated at $26,000 over the course of the Program, the potential longer term benefits to individuals and businesses are substantial.