Kangaroo management changes 

The NSW Government has cut red tape and given more power to farmers to help manage the damage caused by kangaroos during the drought. 

While landholders still need to apply for a licence to cull kangaroos, carcasses will no longer need to be tagged and left in the paddock and landholders will be able to use the carcass for a range of non-commercial purposes, such as bait meat. 

Local Land Services has established a register of licenced commercial harvesters, as well as professional and experienced volunteer shooters who are willing to assist landholders to manage kangaroos.
To obtain contact details of a shooter in your region, register your interest here. Once you have registered, a link will be emailed to you with details of registered shooters in your region. That link is automatically updated as new shooters are added.

There will also be changes to the number of kangaroos that may be culled, with limits now based on property size. 

Landholders can apply for a licence to cull kangaroos by submitting an application form to their nearest office of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) by email, post or in person. If they have previously been granted a licence to harm native animals in NSW within the past few years, they may also be able to apply by calling their nearest NPWS office and providing the required information over the phone.

For more information, visit our website.

All the changes will support landholders to better manage kangaroo numbers on their property. The changes only apply to licences to harm kangaroos. There are no changes to licences to harm other species. 

Monitoring month goes digital

If you have a project with us that involves yearly monitoring, September is the month to submit your photo and project report. This year, we're making it easier with an online form, available as an app for iPhone and Android phones and tablets.
How do I get access?
Landholders with Western Local Land Services projects will be emailed a link to the Monitoring Database at the beginning of September. This will replace lodging your details by email. 
Want to use the app?
Download the app for free from the app store so you can submit your annual report with the click of a button. It works offline, so you can take your photo in the paddock, then automatically submit the monitoring when you're connected to the internet. The database can also be accessed using your home computer, so you can still upload photos from your digital camera.
Not online?
If you don’t have access to a computer you can still post your monitoring to PO Box 342, Bourke NSW 2840.  
For more information or to update your email address please contact Isobel Colson, MERI Officer on 02 6870 8621

EMU program showing great results

The spectacular photo below was taken at Barry and Annette Turner's property, Polpah Station at White Cliffs. It captures the results of erosion control works as part of our Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) program, which provides a framework to understand landscape processes and how to strategically address natural resource management issues.

The Turners are among several landholders in the Western region who have taken on the EMU approach under the guidance of Hugh Pringle and they have been very pleased with the results so far.

If you would like to find out more about erosion control or the EMU program, contact Senior Land Services Officer, Paul Theakston on 0428 259 231.

A bird's eye view of some erosion control works at Polpah Station using the EMU approach.

Our staff lending an ear....

During the drought, our friendly staff are always here to lend an ear on matters relating to animal welfare, stock feeding advice, agricultural productivity and managing pests. Don’t hesitate to call for a chat or advice regarding livestock or other drought-related matters.
The specialists below can help you with a range of enquiries. 

Charlotte Cavanagh, District Vet: 0429 773 021
Gemma Turnbull, Team Leader - Agriculture: 02 6870 8632
Broken Hill
Fliss Wills, District Vet: 0409 858 901
Mitch Plumb, Senior Land Services Officer - Agribusiness: 0408 241 200
Greg Moulds, Senior Land Services Officer - Agribusiness: 0427 311445
Johno McLean, Ranger: 0428 362 073

NAIDOC Week celebrates the role of women

This year, NAIDOC Week celebrated the theme ‘because of her, we can!’ – recognising the important work of women as role models. 

We worked with other agencies to hold two events that attracted people of all agest and backgrounds. One event was at Brewarrina and the other at Mungo National Park, which attracted two busloads of people from Mildura.  Features of the events included a smoking ceremony, jewellery making, boomerang throwing, seed and ochre grinding and Johnny cake making.

NAIDOC Week celebrations at Mungo National Park included this smoking ceremony ast month.

Snapshot around the region

Current support for farmers provided by the NSW Government now totals more than $1 billion. Included in
 a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package announced this month to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought is:
- $190 million for drought transport subsidies
- $110 million to cut costs by waiving fees and charges  (including 2019 Local Land Services rates)
- $150 million to bolster the Farm Innovation Fund infrastructure program.
The package also includes funding for counselling and mental health; critical services in regional communities including transporting water and drought-related road upgrades and repairs; and animal welfare and stock disposal.
To find out more, visit 
DroughtHub. This website provides a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions. 

The rainfall outlook shows little shift towards a wetter or drier than average season for most of the country. Warmer than average temperatures are likely to continue but as winter approaches there's less chance of warmer than average temperatures. Large areas of southern Australia have had little rain since January with temperatures unusually high during autumn so far. Australia as a whole has had some of its hottest days and the biggest number of consecutive unseasonally warm autumn days on record this year. Click 
here to see the Bureau's Climate and Water Outlook for August-September 2018.

A big thanks to all landholders who have already lodged their annual land and stock returns. If you haven't done so, the deadline is 31 August 2018.  The easiest way to lodge your return is from
our websiteIf you have any issues, please contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299. Every landholder needs to lodge a return, even if you don't have any stock on your property.

We will have staff on hand to answer all your questions at Wentworth Show again this year. Visit our stand for information on: biosecurity, agricultural protection, funding and partnership opportunities and upcoming events - or just drop in to say hello. The show takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

Remember to let us know if your details change

If you have changed your address, phone number, e-mail address or recently sold your property, don't forget to update 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.
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