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South East Circular

A newsletter from South East Local Land Services
Edition 10, July 2015
Local leaders graduate
Technology drives pasture growth

Tackling roadside weeds
TSR grazing permits
New home for bats
Beware of American Foulbrood
The impact of El Nino in your area
Phalarus staggers

Local disease watch
Rural Landscapes Program
Funding for Sydney water catchment
Brogo River willow control works
Managing widespread weeds
Ecosystems restoration and recovery

Community Advisory Groups
Rural crime investigators
Braidwood on the move

Local rural leaders graduate

Sari Glover
Senior Land Services Officer (NRM), Yass

Thirty two of the region’s future rural leaders recently graduated from the South East Local Leaders Program at an event held at Braidwood, attended by friends, colleagues and program sponsors.

The program, coordinated by South East Local Land Services and South East Landcare with funding from the Australian and NSW Governments, aims to develop and build the leadership capacity of rural people who are involved in natural resource management, Landcare, community, biosecurity and agricultural sectors.

Read more about the graduation: Local rural leaders graduate

Photo: Kali Rajic receives her South East Local Leaders graduation certificate from South East Landcare representative John Carter

Technology drives pasture growth

Dave O'Donnell 
Senior Land Services Officer - Pastures/Irrigation 

It surprises people to hear that five to seven million litres of water are applied to each hectare of irrigated pasture over a typical NSW summer. The ongoing viability of the coastal dairy industry is extremely sensitive to the input costs of water, pumping energy and labour. Tools to maximise production from each megalitre of water pumped are key to keeping the coastal dairy irrigation industry profitable and sustainable.  

Eight irrigation focus sites have been developed on the South Coast as part of the Water Use Efficiency program supported by Bega Cheese and South East Local Land Services. 

Read more about this initiative: Water Use Efficiency Program

Photo: Angus Johnston and Tony Inskip at Johnston dairy make daily management decisions based on their soil moisture monitoring system.

New drive to tackle roadside weeds

Leon Miners
Senior Land Services Officer, Cooma

Over 300 kilometres of road verges in the Snowy River catchment have been treated for serrated tussock and African lovegrass in the past six months through the joint efforts of South East Local Land Services and Cooma-Monaro, Bombala and Snowy River Shire Councils. The project has seen a doubling of investment in weed control for priority roads across the three Shires during this period.

Read the full article: New drive to tackle roadside weeds

Photo: Buckley’s Weed Spraying contractors undertake work to control lovegrass and serrated tussock on the Beloko Church Travelling Stock Reserve

Grazing permits for Travelling Stock Reserves

South East Local Land Services is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for Travelling Stock Reserves grazing permits for use to 30 June 2016. The EOI process will close at 4.30 pm on Friday, 24 July 2015.  

Further details on our website: Travelling Stock Reserves

New housing for local bat population

Leesa Swan
Senior Land Services Officer (NRM), Wollongong

A threatened micro bat population near Albion Park has new housing thanks to a joint project involving local school students, community organisations, Holcim Australia Pty Limited and government agencies with support from the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative.

Fifteen wooden bat boxes have been installed in trees on Holcim land as part of the Filling the Gap project, that is establishing wildlife conservation corridors between Stockyard Mountain and Shellharbour Hills to protect endangered plant and animal species.

Read more about this project: New housing for local bat population

Photo: Lachlan Wilmott, Threatened Species Officer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, installs a micro bat box on Holcim land near Albion Park to help protect threatened bat populations.

Beware of American Foulbrood

Peter Pigott
Regional Landcare Facilitator, Berry

South East Local Land Services staff were on hand to give NSW DPI Apiary Inspector Liz Yeatman support with disposing of four bee hives infected with American Foulbrood (AFB), the most serious brood disease of honey bees in NSW. 
The disease was discovered by a local beekeeper inspecting abandoned hives along Bomaderry Creek near Nowra.

Read the full article: Beware of American Foulbrood

El Nino: what impact does it have on your area?

Matthew Lieschke
Senior Land Services Officer – Livestock, Goulburn

Last month’s article ‘El Nino – what does it mean?’ highlighted the need to look at the whole picture when making business decisions and not just focus on what’s happening in the Pacific Ocean. The Indian Ocean Dipole is the other major driver of rainfall in southern NSW and is just as important as the Pacific in terms of spring rainfall. This important point is often missing from what we hear and read in the news.

The other important thing to note is that not all regions or areas will be impacted to the same degree by an El Nino event. So, which areas are most susceptible to El Nino?

Download the factsheet: El Nino: what impact does it have on your area?

Cobalt in the prevention of Phalaris staggers

Alex Stephens
District Veterinarian, Yass

Phalaris toxicity can cause both a sudden death syndrome and a staggers syndrome. ‘Phalaris staggers’ is an in-coordination syndrome associated with the ingestion of some varieties of phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) at a time when it contains toxic alkaloids. The staggers syndrome can also cause death in severely affected animals through heart failure.

Full the full article: Cobalt in the prevention of Phalaris Staggers

Local disease watch

Bill Johnson
District Veterinarian, Goulburn

District vets in South East Local Land Services area have seen cattle affected by blackleg, liver fluke, grass tetany and ketosis this month. Sheep have been affected by liver fluke and barber’s pole worms, phalaris staggers,  pregnancy toxaemia and footrot. There is also a timely reminder about 
Hendra virus infection in horses.

Read the full update: Local Disease Watch for July

Rural Landscapes Program

Adam Hook
Senior Land Services Officer, Moss Vale

The Rural Landscape Program is a joint initiative between Water NSW (formerly the Sydney Catchment Authority) and South East Local Land Services to provide landholders with support to improve water quality on their properties. The program is available to landholders within Sydney drinking water catchments in the Braidwood and Goulburn areas, as well as the Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley.

Further information: Rural Landscapes Program

Photo: as part of the program South East Local Land Services staff designed and implemented this flume to take water safely down to the gully floor and stop erosion from working its way upstream.

Funding for Sydney water catchment

South East Local Land Services and Water NSW have funding available to support landholders in targeted Sydney drinking water catchment areas to control erosion, protect rivers and creeks, improve grazing management on their properties and manage and increase native vegetation.

Further information: Funding for landholders in Sydney water catchment

Widespread benefits from willow control works

Shannon Brennan
Senior Land Services Officer (Rivers), Bega

Willow control works have recently been completed along a 12 kilometre stretch of the Brogo River with the assistance of local landholders and funding from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust. The change in the river system has been considerable with improved flow and passage which benefits fish feeding and breeding while paddling the river is now a much safer and more enjoyable experience. 

Read the full article: Widespread benefits from willow control works

Ecosystems Restoration and Recovery Project 

Rebecca Widdows
Land Services Officer, Yass

Terry and Jill McGovern are delighted with the diversity of native flora that has re-established along their creek at Manton, near Yass, after participating in South East Local Land Services’ Ecosystems Restoration and Recovery Project (ERRP). 

Read more about the McGoverns and ERRP: Native flora is blooming

Community advisory groups

If you would like to be more involved in how South East Local Land Services can deliver better services to land managers and producers, and if you share our passion for improving land management practices, then you might be interested in joining one of our Community Advisory Groups (CAGs). 

Further information is available on our website: Community Advisory Groups

Rural crime investigators

The NSW Police Force needs the community's help to identify people involved in rural crime. Rural crime costs millions of dollars every year. Theft of livestock, produce and equipment, illegal shooting, trespassing and other crimes affect people's livelihood and well-being.

Further information is available on the NSW Police website:

Changes for our Braidwood office

Our Braidwood staff can now all be found in the one location:

42 Ryrie Street
Braidwood NSW 2622 
Phone: 02 4842 2594 
Fax: 02 4842 2655

A full staff listing is available on our website: Braidwood Local Land Services


PROGRAZE courses - Winter 2015

PROGRAZE® is designed to help producers develop skills in pasture and animal assessment, and use these skills to improve the productivity and sustainability of grazing systems. PROGRAZE® is presented to individual groups via a series of eight half-day workshops. Workshops are generally held 4 - 6 weeks apart. 

Full details on our website: Prograze courses - Winter 2015

Making pastures pay

This year’s NSW Grasslands Society Conference will be held at Goulburn from 14 to 16 July under the theme of “Making pastures pay”. South East Local Land Services is a premier sponsor of the event and is encouraging land managers, producers, agronomists and agribusiness specialists to attend.

Further information and registration:

National Soil Skills Competition

Starts July 2015

South East Local Land Services is supporting the National Soil Skills Competition, a community-based soils project that is open to all landholders right across Australia. The competition is based on a fundamental set of soil skills common to all land managers. 

Register your interest at:


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