News from the Chair - May 2015
12 May 2015
News from the Chair - May 2015
Over the past month I have spent time visiting various areas across the Central Tablelands Local Land Services region. It has been good to see that we have had considerable rainfall to lift lifted moisture levels for this sowing season.
At Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) we have a range of skilled officers in; pastures, livestock, irrigation, horticulture, natural resource management and biosecurity that are out in field delivering a range of workshops, field days, training days and information sessions to help us all with our land management and enterprise profitability. I encourage you to contact any of our officers across the region at Bathurst, Cowra, Lithgow, Molong, Mudgee and Orange.
In September we will be hosting the next NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference. This three day event will showcase the best in NSW across a range of land management and community practices. In conjunction with NSW DPI and NSW Landcare the conference gives an opportunity for us to promote our region and the outstanding works that are done not only by communities but also individuals. The theme for the conference is "from the ground up", and will have a focus on soil health.
I am often asked; "Ian what am I getting from LLS for the rates I pay?", especially at this time of year when rate notices have been mailed out and fall due on the 25th May. In response to this, I say we offer services related to;
- the control of declared pest animals and insects (access to baits, traps and chemicals, advice on control methods and assistance in forming groups to tackle pests)
- the provision of animal health services (animal health and drought feeding advice, diagnosis of flock and herd issues and response to emergency disease outbreaks)
- the management of travelling stock reserves (TSRs) (issue of movement permits, permits to graze or walk stock on TSRs and roads, and advice about feed/water availability on TSRs)
- the administration of stock identification systems (property identification codes, brands and earmarks and compliance with National Livestock Identification System)
- and local administration of drought and other natural disaster relief.
We have now been operating as LLS for about 17 months and I am very pleased with our progress during that time. We have provided over 85,000 baits for pest control, ran more than 75 training events and field days for landholders and managed 310 Travelling Stock Reserves.
Through other sources of funding provided by the NSW Government and the Commonwealth Government we have set a goal of delivering programs and services that support and enable sustainable land, agricultural and natural resource management practices.
Over the past months the Central Tablelands LLS have been developing a draft strategic plan for consultation. This plan outlines the direct action that will deliver to the region our actions for the next three to five years. As always I encourage your feedback on the plan and our actions.
Chair, Central Tablelands Local Land Services
Ph: 02 6341 9300