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Ag sector reference meetings

Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) is holding Agriculture Sector Reference meetings across the region. The first of these meeting will be held in Mudgee on Monday 28July, with further meetings coming up in Lithgow/Oberon, Bathurst and Canowindra.

Various industry representatives from the Agriculture sector will be involved.  Attendees will include farmers from the sheep, cattle, horticulture, viticulture and mining industries, as well as reps from NSW Farmers, rural merchant, Irrigators and local Wild Dog Association.

"Central Tablelands Local Land Services wants to work closely with the various Agricultural Industries across our region.  We want to listen to the needs of the industries across our region", said Peter Sparkes, General Manager, Central Tablelands LLS.

Central Tablelands LLS is a relatively new organisation, having replaced the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, Catchment Management Authorities and the Advisory services provided by NSW Department of Primary Services in January.  

 "These meetings will provide the opportunity for us to gain valuable and practical input from members of our community, across a broad range of issues associated with the services provided by the Central Tablelands LLS", said Mr Sparkes.

A primary reason for these meetings is for Central Tablelands LLS to identify the key issues faced by the agriculture sector in this region.  By listening to farmers and industry reps the LLS hopes to better understand the services that are beneficial to landholders and communities across the Central Tablelands.

"We want to ensure that we understand our local communities and add value to the various agricultural industries across the Central Tablelands. These workshops will build on the already established relationships our staff have built over the past months within the sector", said Mr Sparkes.

In the coming months, and following on from these meetings, the Central Tablelands LLS will form an Agriculture Sector Advisory Group.  Members of the Advisory Group will consist of representatives of communities and producers involved in Ag industries across the Central Tablelands. The group will provide a connection to the agriculture community and help to advise the Central Tablelands LLS Board on an ongoing basis.

"The Central Tablelands Board of Directors wants to ensure we are providing services across the region, which are valuable to the Agricultural sectors that our communities survive on", commented Mr Sparkes.

Upcoming Ag Sector Reference meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Bathurst – Thursday, 21 August
  • Canowindra – Friday, 22 August
  • Lithgow/Oberon – Wednesday, 27 August

If you would like more information please call or email Martin Prestidge on 63637874, martin.prestidge@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Kylie Krause 0439 608370 | kylie.krause@lls.nsw.gov.au