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South East Circular

Edition 25, December 2016 / January 2017

Chairman's Message 


David Mitchell
Chairman South East LLS
david.mitchell@lls.nsw.gov.au
The first of January marks the third year milestone since Local Land Services was created. It also marks the end of my first term as Chairman. I have been honoured to have been the inaugural Chairman and I thought it appropriate to reflect on the past three years as we head into the festive season.

The creation of the Local Land Services from the three legacy agencies, Livestock Health Pest Authorities, Catchment Management Authorities and the extension arm of Department of Primary Industry was a landmark decision that was aimed at streamlining service delivery and value adding to our rural communities. The integration of these agencies has been a demanding process due to the structural, cultural as well as systems based differences that existed. As an organisation we have been focused internally to address those integration issues. That said, while recognising our internal focus, our staff have still been able to deliver significant core functions, activities and projects.

One of the major integration processes we engaged in was a whole of business change management plan. This plan was to align our business to help us deliver on our strategic plan, to make us customer facing, locally focused, with the right people in the right jobs in the right locations. The change management plan is now complete with new teams headed up by six Local Managers based around the South East region.  We look forward to now turning our energies from being internally focused to be externally focused, delivering quality services and working with you to add value to our local landscapes, industries and communities.

As we enter the New Year we will profile our new teams so you are aware of who your key contacts are for your local area. Also please feel free to drop into one of our offices and introduce yourself. I am very proud of our staff in the South East, the way they have engaged in the ongoing evolution of our organisation, but more importantly how at all times they have aimed to support you the land manager, deliver quality service and contribute to our rural communities.

Finally I would like to thank you, the land managers of the South East, who have been patient as we have reshaped our business, the support you have provided and the constructive and thoughtful advice you offered. We have set the foundations and are now in a position to really make a positive difference in the South East.

I wish you an enjoyable Christmas and a safe New Year.

David Mitchell

Are you fire ready?


 
In last month’s newsletter Mark McGaw, Senior Biosecurity Officer – Goulburn, discussed fire planning and preparedness, especially animal care and management. The oncoming fire season is shaping up to be one of the worst in many years in large parts of the South East. How prepared are you?
If in the event there is fire in your district then the following information could be of value:
Check fire warnings regularly and use your local knowledge and observations to assess your level of risk. While the emergency services will do their best to provide official warnings, do not wait to receive a warning before activating your plan. Fires can threaten lives and farms within minutes. Just because you do not receive a warning does not mean there is no threat.
The NSW Rural Fire Service strongly advises saving the following numbers, links and apps now: Make sure all staff and family members are clear about the fire survival plan and who is doing what and when - you may not always be present. On Total Fire Ban days, the safest option is to relocate your family early in the morning or the night before. Possibly identify a nearby township as your place of relocation. Remember, if you are located in a high fire risk area and Total Fire Ban conditions are predicted, the safest option is to move livestock offsite or to a refuge paddock early.
If your farm is impacted by any type of fire, you will need to respond extremely quickly to prevent the fire spreading.



Farm Mud Map
Draw a ‘mud map’ of your farm to help you and your staff, neighbours and firefighters understand where important buildings, refuge spots and access points are located. It will also help emergency service teams better understand your property. Include the following information:
  • Main buildings and sheds including storage sites for machinery, feed and chemicals
  • Water sources
  • Refuge paddock(s)
  • Access points and gates wide enough for fire trucks
  • Total fencing including outer perimeter length
Great resources can be found on the NSW Rural Fire Services web site:
http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/   

Also NSW DPI has useful information relating to the care of livestock, pets and wildlife in an emergency situation at:
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/agriculture/emergency/management/bushfire

Developing a Property Weed Management Plan


Rebecca Bradley
Senior NRM Officer 
rebecca.bradley@lls.nsw.gov.au
South East LLS have prepared a new publication- “Preparing a whole of property weed management plan – a land manager’s guide”.

Working out how to prioritise your weed management activities can sometimes be a daunting task, with it often a difficult choice to be able to balance your legal obligations, available resources and property aspirations.

This new publication has been prepared to assist landholders develop a plan that will consider how weed management can fit in with their overall property management decisions.
An integrated approach to weed management and taking action early is the best way to minimise weed invasion and prevent the loss of desirable species.  Integrated weed management is the long term management of a weed using a combination of different management and control techniques that are appropriate to the circumstances of the landholder and the weed species.  The key to this management is to understand the behaviour of the weeds present on a property, the current density of weeds present and the land use in which the weed occurs. 

Importantly an integrated weed management approach can assist in addressing the underlying causes of weed infestations, such as lack of ground cover or pasture decline. An integrated approach may include targeting the different stages of a weed’s lifecycle, reducing weed reproduction, germination of seeds and the storage of seed in the soil and minimising weed establishment via the promotion of more desirable weed management.

This guide will assist landholders to put a plan in place that considers strategies to reduce further invasion of weeds, reduce the ability of weeds to establish, reduce their impact on their neighbour’s property and strategically address a reduction in weed density and distribution within their own property.
The land manager’s guide will take you through the steps required to consider the overall management of weeds on your property.  The companion guide – “Template for developing an integrated weed management plan for your property” will take you through the steps required to prepare a plan for your property.

You can request a printed copy of these documents from your local South East LLS office. Alternatively these documents can be downloaded on the South East LLS website:
http://southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/publications.

Beef Calendar of Operations New South Wales South Coast


Amanda Britton
Senior Agriculture Advisor
amanda.britton@lls.nsw.gov.au
The South Coast team is pleased to announce the availability of the perpetual ‘Beef Calendar of Operations, New South Wales South Coast’.

This calendar was produced as a result of South East Local Land Services customers’ and Small Farm Network members’ desire to learn and implement management practices which will improve the efficiency of their beef operations. It will also be used as an educational tool in the delivery of seasonal farm updates, workshops and field days.

The purpose of the calendar is to assist with forward planning activities which may occur during specific months, such as joining, sowing of pastures and weed control.  The calendar can be positioned in a prominent location and used to help identify management tasks early; lessening the impact of complications, issues or mishaps and most importantly ensuring communication amongst farm owners/managers is occurring via this management tool.

The calendar briefly introduces landholders’ to PROGRAZE principles of pasture and livestock management and describes benchmark production targets to achieve, which can assist the enterprise to become profitable.  Each calendar month is spread over two pages, listing specific tasks which may need attention during this management period, with ample room to write notes relevant to your own enterprise.

The calendar also includes a removable monthly reference guide for the different classes of livestock i.e. bulls, cows, calves and weaners.  There is space provided to add comments, allowing producers to make the quick reference guide relevant to their own operation. On the back is a handy rainfall chart to help record and monitor local rainfall data.

And lastly for a bit of fun check out the last page which has a ‘beefy’ word-o-find.  See how quick you can find all the words.

The calendar will be available at the Bega and Berry LLS Offices early 2017 or if you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy download it via our web site at:
http://southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/publications.

2017 South East Local Leaders Program - applications open


The South East Local Leaders Program has been delivering a high quality 8-day leadership development since 2015 and will be offering another subsidised course in early 2017.  This local leadership program, delivered by leadership facilitators Global Learning, is a partnership between Local Land Services and Landcare in the South East and is funded through the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

For more information about this program, please view and download:
2017 South East Local Leaders Program Flyer

If you are interested in applying, please access:
2017 South East Local Leaders Program Expression of Interest

Program contact:
Peter Pigott
Regional Landcare Facilitator
peter.pigott@lls.nsw.gov.au

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