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February 2017

Progress made in rangeland rehabilitation project


Local Land Services Western Region staff have been busy with a rangeland rehabilitation project at "Katalpa Station", 210km north-east of Broken Hill. 

The project is using earthworks to re-hydrate the landscape, with increased water infiltration ultimately helping to improve groundcover. 

Well done to all involved!



Landholders benefit from series of wild dog and fox workshops      



Local Land Services Western Region Biosecurity Support Officer, Johno McLean shows John McKeon from "Disalie" Trida, how to set a Canid Pest Ejector at the Hillston workshop. 

Around 65 landholders have increased their knowledge in managing pest animals and received important accreditation following five 1080 and Canid Pest Ejector (CPE) training and wild dog and fox control workshops.

The series of free workshops, which were held at Anabranch, Pooncarie, Ivanhoe, Hillston and Balranald, informed landholders on effective 1080 bait, CPE and foothold trap application, wild dog and fox monitoring and recording sightings and evidence in Feral Scan.

The training sessions had theory and practical components, with Mark Lamb from Mark Lamb Trapping giving a variety of demonstrations and providing hands-on training as part of his presentation.


To find out more about pest animal management, get in touch with your Local Land Services Western Region office today.

 

Carp exclusion screens help to develop a nursery habitat for native fish

Water quality and native fish species have benefited significantly from recent carp exclusion in two temporary wetlands within the Western region.

The installation of temporary carp exclusion screens on the inlets of the wetlands, organised by Local Land Services Western Region in partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), resulted in water quality improving as adult carp feeding behaviour damages water quality.



Same site after screening (above - no adult carp, clearer), and before screening (below - lots of carp).


Local Land Services Western Region and NSW DPI worked on another project, which was conducted on Tar-Ru Aboriginal Lands with support from landholders, and it also resulted in enhanced water quality, less turbidity and aquatic plant establishment and density.

Find out more about these projects by contacting Kade Small or Ronni O’Donnell at the Local Land Services Western Region Buronga office (03) 5021 9460 or contact NSW DPI Fisheries Manager Iain Ellis on (03) 5051 6217.

Time to check in with our vets


Local Land Services Western Region vets Dr Charlotte Cavanagh and Dr Sophie Hemley. 

Landholders need to be on the lookout for humpy back
 
In recent weeks, we've seen a number of suspected cases of humpy back throughout the Western region.

Humpy back describes a syndrome generally seen in extremely hot weather, typically in merino rams but there have been cases involving wethers and ewes.

Humpy back has been associated with the consumption of Solanum esuriale, commonly known as quena, potato bush or wild tomato, and Malvastrum americanum, commonly known as spiked mallow, which is generally found six to 10 weeks after good rainfall. 

Affected animals can recover if left to rest and with access to water and shelter, but death will likely occur if the sheep are driven or have no access to water in extreme heat. 

We encourage all landholders to keep us informed of other possible cases, and to remain on the lookout for humpy back or other staggers-type syndromes in their sheep. 

Producers should consider rescheduling mustering sheep or other management activities to the cooler times of the day. 


We hope you find this information useful and give us a call to discuss anything further. 

Dr Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021 or Dr Sophie Hemley, Broken Hill, 0417 248 135.

Have your say on weeds management in the Western region

Local Land Services Western Region is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Western Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan. 

The draft Western Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been developed collaboratively with the Western Regional Weed Committee and Local Land Services Western Region.

The plan contains established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation. 

The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State. 

The regional plans, factsheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website

Apply NOW for funding!

Landholders and community groups are being reminded grants of up to $5,000 are still available for training, education, community and weed management activities.

Through our Western region small land management grants, support of up to $5,000 is available for:
  • training, education and community activities
  • weed management activities.

It is worth noting that the following financial limits apply to the small land management grants program:

  •  Individuals may receive a maximum of $5,000 per financial year. If you have successfully completed a project you may reapply if you have not reached your individual limit.
  • Groups may receive a maximum of $5,000 per property involved per financial year. If a group has successfully completed a project and has not reached the limit they may reapply to the funding category. 
More information is available on the Local Land Services Western Region website.
 

Nominations open for Local Land Services elections
 

At the end of January, it was announced locally elected board member elections would be held at the end of May, with all ratepayers encouraged to nominate a candidate for election.

Four of the nine local board members in the Western region are elected by Local Land Services ratepayers with the remaining members and the Chair Ministerially-appointed. 


Ratepayers are also reminded they must enrol to be eligible to vote. 

One ratepayer from each holding is eligible to enrol to vote.


Enrolling and voting ensures strong local representation, which guarantees local boards are representing the needs of ratepayers.

Enrol to vote forms are available from any Local Land Services office or can be completed online.


Information about the election process and an enrolment form will be posted in late February.

Some key dates:

Enrolments - open now and close 5 pm 31 March 2017

Nominations - open now and close 12 pm 27 March 2017

Voting - Opens 8 May and closes 5 pm 31 May 2017

Announcement - Board members will be announced by the end of June 2017.

Strong turnout for wild dog baiting meeting in White Cliffs
 

Local Land Services Western Region staff and coordinators of pest management groups in the Western region came together at White Cliffs on Tuesday 14 February to discuss the upcoming wild dog baiting programs. 

Topics for discussion included aerial and ground baiting timelines, logistics, group management plans and infrastructure. 


Ground and aerial baiting will again be used in this year's wild dog baiting programs.

All but one of the active pest management groups were represented at the meeting which had nearly 30 participants, including representatives from two new pest management groups.  

It was great to see such a strong turnout for the meeting, as a whole-of-community effort is required to best manage wild dogs in the Western region.

Past experience shows optimal results are achieved when landholders operate collaboratively and in a coordinated manner. 

Contact Andrew Hull on (02) 6870 8623 for more information about the wild dog baiting program. 

Sale of ammunition to cease from Balranald, Brewarrina and Tibooburra offices 
 

Local Land Services Western Region will cease the sale of ammunition once stocks at Balranald, Brewarrina and Tibooburra offices are sold. 

The Western Local Board made the decision to avoid competition with resellers and as only a small number of staff are licensed to sell ammunition.

Local Land Services Western Region is the final of the 11 regions to cease the sale of ammunition.

Landholders seeking clarification regarding ammunition sales are directed to contact staff at the Balranald, Brewarrina and Tibooburra offices, or contact Charlie on 0428 679 974.

A full list of the services and products that are provided to landholders is available on the Local Land Services Western Region website. 

Nominations now open for Western Local Landcare Awards  
 

Now is the time for landholders and groups involved in land management and environmental initiatives in the Western region to enter the 2017 Western Local Landcare Awards. 

Nominations for the awards are open from now until 31 March, and recognise the work of individuals, groups and organisations that focus on projects which help manage or improve their patch of the Western region. 

Entrants will compete across eight categories for their share of $4,000 in prizemoney, with winners automatically entered into the 2017 NSW Landcare Awards. 

Application forms and more information can be found on the Local Land Services Western Region website. 

Weather Report 


Some fast facts about the weather in January. 



The January edition of the NSW Seasonal Conditions Summary is now available as is the latest NSW Climate Summary.
 

Dates for your diary

Farm business roadshow - Bourke

Principle Focus Directors Richard Groom and Peter Debus, who combined have over 60 years of experience working with farming families, will present strategies to improve farm business management and performance in terms of people, property, production, profit and pecuniary outcomes.

The "people matter most" presentation will be held at 4pm on 28 February at Bourke. Please RSVP to Principle Focus by 22 February on (02) 6885 5788.      

"Yield data to field data" - "Wampo Station" via Euston

A great opportunity for landholders in and around the Euston area to learn more about collecting and managing data, along with getting answers for any questions on yield variation.

The workshop is from 5pm on Tuesday 28 February and concludes with a BBQ dinner and drinks. Please RSVP to Society of Precision Agriculture by Monday 27 February on 0437 422 000 or nicole@spaa.com.au.  

Sheep nutrition and breeding workshop - Milparinka

Local Land Services Western Region in partnership with Meat and Livestock Australia are hosting a free sheep nutrition and breeding workshop at Milparinka on Thursday 9 March

The workshop will provide landholders with information on the influence of nutrition and genetics on their enterprise and how to best manage these factors to maximise production and profitability. 

Some of the topics included are:  

  • nutritional requirements of sheep 

  • achieving production goals within a rangeland environment

  • the role genetics play in animal production including the traits most important to enterprise, understanding Australian Sheep Breeding Values and establishing breeding objectives. 

Register or get further information by contacting Mitch Plumbe - (08) 8082 5204 or mitchell.plumbe@lls.nsw.gov.au


Western Landcare Forum - Broken Hill
4 - 5 August 2017  
 
The 2017 Western Landcare Forum will explore the relationship between healthy landscapes and healthy food, and celebrate the diverse range of produce from our region.
 
This is an opportunity for you to look at current trends involving food provenance and sustainability, how you can take advantage of these trends and put the produce of Western NSW on the map (where it belongs!).

For more information or to get involved, speak to your local Landcare Coordinator or contact Fiona Harris on (02) 6872 2144 or westernlandcareforum@gmail.com.

Until next time...

If you want more information about anything that has featured in the February newsletter, please contact your Local Land Services Western Region office. 

Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who would benefit or enjoy seeing what has been happening in the Western region.

You can also offer feedback and suggestions on what you'd like to see in future here. 

Thanks for reading and we'll be in touch next month. 

 
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