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October 2015

South East
Local Strategic Plan

 

Have your say

The South East Local Strategic Plan outlines the way that Local Land Services works with its customers and stakeholders in local communities to improve primary production in healthy landscapes now and into the future. This is a five-year plan and is an essential building block for South East Local Land Services.  It sets the future direction at both a state and local level.
 
This plan is now open for consultation. We are keen to hear from customers, stakeholders and community about the activities we propose to undertake at the property, community, landscape and industry scales.
 
Have your say on the future direction of South East Local Land Services. To find out more, download a copy of the plan and to submit feedback, visit LLS Open: open.southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au
 
Copies of the strategic plan are also available at your nearest South East Local Land Services office. You may also provide feedback in writing to us.
 
Consultation commences on Monday, 12 October and will conclude six weeks later at midnight on Sunday, 22 November 2015.

Wild Deer Management Program

Michael Knez
Biosecurity Officer
Berry
Wild Deer were declared a pest by Wollongong City Council as part of their Vertebrate Pest Policy in 2010 due to their socio-economic impacts on the community along with environmental impacts on ecologically endangered communities along the Illawarra escarpment. 

Wollongong City Council requested assistance from the former LHPA (now South East Local Land Services) to address the wild deer problem and the Northern Illawarra Wild Deer Management Program commenced in May 2011.

The program has operated for four years without any incident and has safely removed more than 1480 deer from this region. The program is a leading example of South East Local Land Services facilitating a landscape-wide, multiple-stakeholder solution to addressing an issue that has affected the Wollongong region. 

The program has been recognised as an industry leading program in NSW and is also recognised as one of the biggest wild deer control programs in the country. 

Full article: Wild Deer Management Program

Top photo: Wild deer in Keiraville with Wollongong Hospital in the foreground

Feeding pastures for profit

Amanda Britton
Senior Land Services Officer – Pastures
Berry
Dairy Australia, Dairy NSW and South East Local Land Services are working collaboratively to deliver ‘Feeding Pastures for Profit’, a program aimed at helping farmers gain skills and confidence in making major decisions impacting on farm profitability.

Two of the major issues addressed in this program are:

1. How much pasture do I allocate to the herd today?
2. What amount of supplements do I need to offer the herd to maximise my profit?

The program uses strategic concepts along with easy to use tools, and helps make the most of the available feed resources, rather than changing the resources.

Full article: Feeding pastures for profit

Looking after your new bull

Matthew Lieschke
Senior Land Services Officer – Livestock
Goulburn
The bull selling season is well underway and there has been lots of talk surrounding the prices being paid - something that’s not overly surprising given the strength of the cattle market at present! With record prices being set I’m sure that some producers are a bit nervous about their new genetic investment and are hoping that there won’t be any issues in the next couple of months.

There are some important things that you can do reduce the chance of problems occurring when the new boys arrive home.

Full article: Looking after your new bull

Oyster farmers rock solid on sustainability

Andy Myers
Ocean Watch Australia

Jillian Keating
Senior Land Services Officer (Coastal Partnerships)
South East Local Land Services is working with NSW south coast oyster producers and other stakeholders to build their capacity to be more profitable and sustainable.
 
One of the key mechanisms has been supporting farmers to join forces and develop formal Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for their estuaries. For an industry heavily reliant on good water quality, the EMS provides a framework to assess environmental risks to the industry and to identify what action might be taken to mitigate exposure.
 
Like any strategy, it’s what you do with it that counts. With funding support from the Australian and NSW governments, through South East Local Land Services, two part-time EMS Implementation officers have been employed to drive some of the improvements outlined in industry plans.
 
These officers work closely with oyster farmers, South East Local Land Services staff and other stakeholders such as Oceanwatch Australia, Australia’s Oyster Coast and Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters on a wide-range of activities. Some of the work undertaken in recent months includes:
 
  • writing submissions on DA applications,
  • drafting educational signage for boat ramps,
  • facilitating meetings with council, water boards, and other stakeholders,
  • linking farmers with sources of funding for on-farm improvements,
  • undertaking farm surveys to assess the proactive work of industry, and
  • developing river rehabilitation projects with catchment landholders    
 
To provide a central hub of information, a NSW south coast oyster industry website has also been launched recently. The site is easy to navigate and provides targeted information to industry and local communities and consumers. www.southcoastoysterindustry.com.au

Local disease watch

Bill Johnson
District Veterinarian
Goulburn
Disease surveillance undertaken by district veterinarians helps to support Australia’s claims of freedom from a number of exotic animal diseases. These on-farm investigations of flock and herd problems also help to improve the welfare and productivity of livestock. 

Among the issues investigated this month are worms and scouring in sheep and cattle, deaths of newborn calves, abortions in cattle, flystrike in lambs after marking, scabby mouth, and congenital defects in calves.
 
Full article: Local Disease Watch - October 2015

New Era for
Travelling Stock Reserves

Local Land Services has developed the first draft statewide planning framework for travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) to support the future management of this land. We are now keen to hear from the public with their opinions on how to manage TSRs in the future. We want to understand the values people hold important for TSRs, including biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage values.

The draft statewide framework allows for the development of TSR regional management plans to facilitate more consistent and transparent management, resourcing and reporting. 

Public comments on the NSW TSR State Planning Framework are welcome until Tuesday 3 November 2015. 

Public comments on the NSW TSR State Planning Framework are welcome until Tuesday 3 November 2015. Comments should be lodged by email to tsr.feedback@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Further information:

Funding

Tablelands Small Grants Program 2015/2016

 
South East Local Land Services is offering grants up to $10,000 for local land managers to deliver natural resource and sustainable agriculture initiatives. The program will support land managers in the Tablelands to:
  1. Protect and enhance remnant native vegetation, threatened species and habitats.
  2. Implement sustainable land management practices that support managing land within capability. This could include activities that improve ground cover and soil condition.
  3. Implement activities that protect and enhance wetlands and local waterways.
  4. Deliver activities that support local Aboriginal cultural heritage natural resource or land management projects. 
Tablelands land owners within the Local Government areas of Yass Valley, Boorowa, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn/Mulwaree, Palerang, Snowy River, Cooma/Monaro, Bombala and Queanbeyan are eligible to apply.
 
Further information: Grants and Funding

Events 

Soil for food, fibre and the environment day - Sutton
16 October
NSW Department of Primary Industries and the ACT Regional Landcare Facilitator are bringing together local soil scientists and researchers, farmers and others with a keen interest in soil to explore current research and on-farm practices.

Backyard Beekeeping Workshop
17-18 October 
A two day backyard beekeeping workshop to support new and experienced beekeepers in the Shoalhaven and promoting best management practices in biosecurity for pest and diseases.

Soils assessment workshops - Bredbo and Bungendore
23 October - 15 November

These workshops will provide you with practical tools and soil kits to measure key soil attributes. You will practice key skills in assessing paddocks using on-farm assessment techniques and through soil testing.The workshops will assist you to make informed farm management decisions to achieve positive outcomes for soil health and condition and farm profitability.

Seasonal Update - Southern Highlands
5 November
A FREE information session for sheep and cattle producers about seasonal issues and opportunities in Spring/early Summer, including a livestock health update from district vet Bill Johnson and a session on driving pasture production with pastures specialist Fiona Leech.

'Who's Living On My Land' - Wingecarribee  
14 November
Join our FREE workshop to learn about who's living on my land, an innovative citizens science wildlife survey for landholders whilst equipping yourself with the latest knowledge and tools on how to control pest species.

New Farm Walk'n'Talk - Rossi
21 November
This event will include  issues such as managing land to capability, property planning skills, pasture Identification skills, fire management issues and encouraging biodiversity.

Whole property planning - Moruya
25 November

Whole Property Planning gets landholders to consider important factors such as soil management, land degradation control, water resources, pasture management, climate and drought management, livestock management, property infrastructure and nature conservation.

Feedback

South East Circular is a monthly email newsletter containing information about our services, biosecurity alerts, technical articles and notices of upcoming events, training and funding opportunities. It also celebrates the innovations and achievements of the wide variety of land management partnerships, projects and programs across our region.
All comments can be sent to: enquiry.southeast@lls.nsw.gov.au.
The South East Local Strategic Plan is now open for consultation. Have your say on the future direction of South East Local Land Services.

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open.southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au
 
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