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Frequently asked questions

A few organisations and government agencies deal in similar topics in our region. To help you find who can help you, we've put together the following information.

Land and water

Who is involved in managing water?

I want to sink a bore, build a ground water tank or pump water

Who manages floodwaters?

Who do I contact about blue green algae and weeds?

I want to report large numbers of fish dying

I want to report illegal water activities

Who do I contact about rubbish in the water and illegal dumping?

Who do I contact if the quality of water on my property appears to be affected by mining in the area?

I have an erosion problem who should I talk to?

I want to know what my rights are with mining. Who do I call?

I would like to find out more about the Aboriginal cultural heritage on my land. Who can help?

I would like a map of my property. Can LLS do that?

Native vegetation

I want to clear native vegetation. Where do I go?

How do I report illegal clearing?

Who do I contact about illegal dumping?

How can I report noxious weeds?

I want to collect firewood. Who do I talk to?

Education

Can I help out with our school's environmental education?

Biosecurity

Can you help me identify this insect, critter, plant?

I want to report animal cruelty. Where do I go?

Who can help me manage feral pests?

Animal health/ veterinary services

I have sick livestock

I need advice about livestock husbandry

I suspect my animals have an exotic disease

I am an export company and need a property clearance signed

I have a sick horse or dog

I have a cow that's calving

Emergency Management

Where to go to get information on the drought subsidies available?

Contact and Feedback

I want to contact my local Landcare Group

I want to keep up to date with Central Tablelands Local Land Services information and activities


Land and Water

Who is involved in managing water?

We, Central Tablelands Local Land Services, improve water quality in our region to encourage more sustainable land practices and support erosion control and river rehabilitation.

We also encourage community involvement in water sharing, groundwater and other natural resource management related plans are open for consultation.

The NSW Office of Water is responsible for managing NSW's surface water and groundwater resources. They develop natural resource management policy frameworks and work on water management, water quality, salinity, soils, vegetation and environmental sustainability.

They also prepare water sharing plans. These are the basic water resource policy document for catchments across the State.

State Water delivers water in accordance with these water sharing plans.

The Rural Assistance Authority's (RAA) natural disaster relief scheme helps primary producers and small business operators affected by flood/fire/storm damage or any other declared natural disaster.

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I want to sink a bore, build a ground water tank or pump water

These all sit with the NSW Office of Water (1800 353 1041800 353 104 or information@water.nsw.gov.au).

Who manages floodwaters?

The Office of Water provides the basic data for the management of flood flows through government-owned storages managed by the State Water Corporation and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

The NSW Office of Water's also manages water monitoring sites. This information is used by key decision makers such as Bureau of Meteorology and the State Emergency Services.

The Rural Assistance Authority's (RAA) Natural Disaster Relief Scheme helps primary producers and small business operators affected by flood/fire/storm damage or any other declared natural disaster.

We (Local Land Services) are not responsible for water flows (including floods).

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Who do I contact about blue green algae and weeds?

To report suspected algal blooms during business hours, phone your local central west Regional Algal Coordinating Committee Technical Co-ordinator. In the central west, the number is 8838 75178838 7517.

Outside business hours phone the Environment Hotline: 131 555.

I want to report large numbers of fish dying

Call the NSW Department of Primary Industries Fishers Watch 24 hour hotline 1800 043 5361800 043 536.

I want to report illegal water activities

To report any suspicious activities phone 1800 633 3621800 633 362 or email watercompliance@water.nsw.gov.au

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Who do I contact about rubbish in the water and illegal dumping?

Please report rubbish and illegal dumping to your local council promptly. Councils have the authority to issue large fines to those caught dumping illegally.

You can also call the Environment Protection Authority's environment line on 131 555.

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Who do I contact if the quality of water on my property appears to be affected by mining in the area?

Contact the Office of Water on 1800 353 1041800 353 104.

I have an erosion problem who should I talk to?

We, the Central Tablelands LLS, are able to provide general advice on erosion, and our staff can visit your property to assess your soil erosion problem.

If you would like more specific advice there are many businesses that provide surveying services and machinery to carry out earthworks. These businesses are located in the Yellow Pages under Excavating and Earth Moving Contractors.

The Department of Primary Industries Soil Conservation Service also provides a range of professional and technical services in:

  • conservation earthworks
  • project management, resource planning and assessment
  • erosion control and rehabilitation of degraded areas
  • water resource management
  • education and training
  • rural property planning
  • soil and water testing.

You can get in touch with them on 02 8836 535002 8836 5350 or visit their website

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I want to know what my rights are with mining. Who do I call?

Contact Trade and Investment Resources & Energy on 1300 736 1221300 736 122 (toll free) or miners.webcoordinator@dpi.nsw.gov.au

They also have a lot of information on their website (www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au).

The Environment Defenders Office NSW also has a lot of useful info for landholders. Contact them on 1800 626 2391800 626 239 oredonsw@edonsw.org.au

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I would like to find out more about the Aboriginal cultural heritage on my land. Who can help?

We can put you in touch with people who carry out cultural site surveys. Contact Mike Nolan - Land Service Officer, Aboriginal Communities (6881 3415 or mike.nolan@lls.nsw.gov.au) who can help direct you.

The Office of Environment & Heritage (www.environment.nsw.gov.au) can help out and there are consultants around who do this work.

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I would like a map of my property. Can LLS do that?

We can provide landholders with maps of their land under certain circumstances. This includes people with an LLS (or former CMA/ LHPA) project agreement on their land or with a Property Vegetation Plan (PVP).

If you don't fit this category, there are a number of other options available for landholders.

This includes google earth or contacting the Land and Property Information Agency (LPI) (1800 052 6371800 052 637).

LPI have also provide free access to the mapping six viewer.

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Native Vegetation

I want to clear native vegetation. Where do I go?

We can help with that one. There are a number of options available.

Routine agricultural management activities

Some routine clearing can be done under what is called a routine agriculture management activity (RAMA). These are things considered routine and a normal part of managing an agricultural enterprise.

There is information on RAMAs our website Also your nearest LLS Office can point you towards a LLS Property Vegetation Officer to explain how it works.

Property vegetation plans

If you want to do something more involved, you may need a property vegetation plan (PVP).

A PVP is a legally binding agreement between a landholder and Local Land Services that outlines how native vegetation will be managed on a property. A PVP gives a farmer certainty to manage native vegetation for up to 15 years.

Again contact your nearest Local Land Services office or visit our website for info on how to start this process.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is currently working on making PVPs simpler and more streamlined.

OEH administer the Native Vegetation Act 2003. Local Land Services work with landholders in the clearing approvals process.

Codes of practice

There are a number of codes of practice for native vegetation management, meaning you can clear without approval in some circumstances.

These include thinning native vegetation, clearing isolated paddock trees in a cultivated area, and clearing invasive native species. The codes of practice set out various clearing activities that can be done without approval as long as they are done under the guidelines set out.

More information is on our website.

How do I report illegal clearing?

Report any illegal clearing in NSW to Office of Environment and Heritage at any time (131 555 or info@environment.nsw.gov.au)

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Who do I contact about illegal dumping?

Please report rubbish and illegal dumping to your local council promptly. Councils have the authority to issue large fines to those caught dumping illegally.

You can also call the Environment Protection Authority's environment line on 131 555.

How can I report noxious weeds?

Report suspicious weeds to your local council weeds officer, phone the NSW Weeds Hotline (1800 680 2441800 680 244 or weeds@industry.nsw.gov.au)

I want to collect firewood. Who do I talk to?

Sorry, you can't collect firewood on travelling stock reserves (TSRs). It is illegal and fines apply.

However, you can contact the Forestry Corporation to get a firewood permit on state forests (1300 655 6871300 655 687 orwww.forestrycorporation.com.au).

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Education

Can I help out with our school's environmental education?

There are a couple of ways we can help kids learn about the environment and natural resources.

Central West LLS is involved in the Kids Teach Kids program, which helps kids and teachers learn about sustainable agriculture. More info is on our website or contact Liz Daviz (02 6363 787202 6363 7872 or liz.davis@lls.nsw.gov.au)

We also work with schools on the EnviroStories program. This sees students research and write their own books on natural resource management themes. This program opens in around April. Again visit the Envirostories website, our website or contact Cate Guise.

We may also be able to support schools through the Waterwatch program. This program sees students sample on the river and learn about aquatic health and biodiversity. To find out more contact Shona Whitfield on 02 6847 850002 6847 8500 or shona.whitfield@lls.nsw.gov.au

We also work closely with Riversmart, who run a raft of educational programs such as the outdoor floating classroom. More information is on their website.

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Biosecurity

Can you help me identify this insect, critter, plant?

We have staff across Central Tablelands Local Land Services who may help you identify the various things you come across. If we can't help, you can also try the Office of Environment and Heritage or the DPI Plant health diagnostic service

If your critter is still alive and needing help though, you are better talking to WIRES rescue line (1300 094 7371300 094 737 or www.wires.org.au) or the RSPCA (02 9770 755502 9770 7555 or www.rspcansw.org.au).

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I want to report animal cruelty. Where do I go?

Animal cruelty can be reported to the RSPCA on 02 9770 755502 9770 7555 or www.rspcansw.org.au

Who can help me manage feral pests?

Our biosecurity officers can help landholders manage pests through:

  • advice and training on managing declared pest species
  • coordinate management plans to control vertebrate pests
  • inspect properties for declared pests and help you to develop a plan to control pest populations
  • provide advice on controlling nuisance animals – either through group baiting programs (organised with your neighbours) or individual control methods
  • help you obtain suitable control options through targeted baits.

Statewide, we also work with other agencies to develop vertebrate pest management plans.

Other agencies such as the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) also carry out research and develop national strategies and tools to manage pest species.

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Animal Health/Veterinary Services

I have sick livestock

District vets are available to investigate herd and flock problems such as ill-thrift, mortalities or poor reproductive rates.

If you see symptoms or deaths in animals that may be due to a notifiable disease, or an emergency animal disease, contact your Local Land Services local district veterinarian on 1300 795 2991300 795 299.

District Veterinarians are not involved in diagnosis and treatment for individual animals, unless a landholder suspects a notifiable disease. You should contact your local private veterinary practitioner for individual animal health problems, unless you suspect a notifiable disease.

For more information on notifiable diseases in NSW contact DPI.

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I need advice about livestock husbandry

District vets provide one on one advice on management practices such as drench use, vaccination programs, parasite treatments and nutrition issues. They do not provide treatment or pregnancy testing.

I suspect my animals have an exotic disease

The animal health team are trained and involved in exotic diseases prevention and eradication programs.

If you see symptoms or deaths in animals that may be due to a notifiable disease, or an emergency animal disease, contact your Local Land Services local district veterinarian on 1300 795 2991300 795 299.

More information on notifiable diseases in NSW (NSW DPI)

More informationabout how to identify emergency animal diseases and the best action to take.

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I am an export company and need a property clearance signed

Please contact your local District Veterinarian. They can be reached here...

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I have a sick horse or dog

District Veterinarians are not involved in diagnosis and treatment for individual animals, you should contact your local private veterinary practitioner for individual animal health problems, unless you suspect a notifiable disease.

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I have a cow that's calving

District Veterinarians are not involved in diagnosis and treatment for individual animals, you should contact your local private veterinary practitioner for individual animal health problems, unless you suspect a notifiable disease.

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Emergency Management

Where do I go to get information on the drought subsidies available?

Rural Assistance Authority is coordinating a range of drought assistance measures that are now available for eligible NSW farmers – Toll Free: 1800 678 5931800 678 593 or www.raa.nsw.gov.au

There is information also on our website about how Local Land Services and others can help you manage in hard times (http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/seasonal-conditions/droughts).

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Contact/Feedback

I want to contact my local Landcare Group

Our website has information on Landcare and similar groups in our region.

You can also contact our Regional Landcare Facilitator...

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