Welcome to the Winter edition of the Regional Outlook newsletter. As we prepare for NAIDOC week we take the opportunity to recognise the unique contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our region, our country and our society. Happy NAIDOC week!
Supporting Indigenous fire management
Hunter Local Land Services is supporting Local Aboriginal Land Councils and land managers to develop and combine firefighting skills and traditional burning techniques to manage their land and implement hazard reduction burns. 
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Five year plan unveiled
The 2016-21 Hunter Local Strategic Plan, which was released in mid June, addresses the unique issues and risks faced by the Hunter’s communities, industries and landscapes.
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Annual land and stock returns vital for market access
More than 19,000 land managers across the region have now received their Land and Stock Returns, which are due by 31 August 2016. 

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Pest and weed drought funding update
Local Land Services is currently assessing more than 200 applications for funding as part of the $3 million 2015-16 Pest and Weed Drought Funding program. 

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Dairy farmers helping to protect Hunter waterways
Thirteen dairy farmers in the Williams River catchment around Dungog are participating in a $1.1 million project to reduce dairy effluent risks to the Hunter’s drinking water supplies and improve farm productivity. 

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Illegal firewood collecting on travelling stock reserves
Hunter Local Land Services is closely monitoring travelling stock reserves in the region for illegal firewood collection, and is encouraging the public to help. 

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The costs of swill feeding
Swill feeding has been implicated in the catastrophic outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the United Kingdom in 2001. To avoid a similar outbreak in Australia, swill feeding is banned in all states and territories.
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Upcoming events 
Kooragang Planting Day - 17 July, Ash Island
New Landholders Day  - 19 August, Wingham
Community Planting Day - 21 August, Shortland
Check upcoming events on our website for a full list of field days, workshops and community events in your area.

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