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Workshop for weekend farmers and landholders looking for expert advice

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is holding an information seminar targeting weekend farmers and landholders who aren’t able to attend weekday events.

“We know we have a lot of landholders in the Central Tablelands region who are new to farming and are juggling work and other commitments during the week,” said Senior Land Services Officer, Phil Cranney.

“Making a tree change west of the Blue Mountains can be a life-long dream for many city dwellers - whether they be retirees looking for a quieter life and clean air, or the parents of young kids wanting to spend more time with their families instead of caught in traffic, they are flocking to the Central Tablelands of NSW.

“We want to provide events and services that will work with their lifestyle so they can access good advice and information to ensure their weekend farming dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare,” said Mr Cranney.

The Peri-Urban and Weekend Farmers workshop has been designed to provide expert advice and useful tips and demonstrations on the basics of natural resource management, animal health and biosecurity for weekend farmers and new landholders.

“We’ll also have a good mix of practical demonstrations on the day, such as fencing, weed spraying, stock water and irrigation systems," Mr Cranney said.

WHAT: Peri-Urban and Weekend Farmers Information Session
WHEN: Saturday 11 November
WHERE: Orange Agricultural Institute Training Centre, 1447 Forest Road, Orange
TIME: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Biosecurity Officer Scott Sullivan and District Veterinarian Dr Lucienne Downs will deliver a key presentation on biosecurity basics at the weekend farmer event, advising on essential biosecurity requirements and regulations.

"We aim to provide part-time producers with the knowledge and tools to help them protect the export markets that are the backbone of many regional economies", said Dr Downs.

According to Scott Sullivan, most people want to be good neighbours and become part of the local community, but the rules and regulations can be confusing for newcomers.

"Often, people have bought a small holding on the outskirts of a regional centre are unsure about how to comply with livestock selling requirements,” explained Mr Sullivan.

“This event is an opportunity to ask questions about things they don’t understand so we can put them on the right track.”

Local Land Services aims to provide independent advice, support and assistance to all landholders, whether they are full-time primary producers or weekend farmers starting out.

For more information, contact Phil Cranney on 0458 745 478 or email

Media contact: Jane Hogan, Central Tablelands Local Land Services 0417 166 479 or 02 6333 2305