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Bathurst trainee proves great fit

BATHURST LAND WORKS TRAINEE PROVES A GREAT FIT FOR THE CENTRAL TABLELANDS LOCAL LAND SERVICES TEAM

Conservation and Land Management Trainee, Tarren Carr-Smith, has kicked off his new career with Central Tablelands Local land Services with enthusiasm and hard work and has been highlighted as a finalist in the 2019 Skillset Land Works Awards.

Bathurst based Tarren became a finalist in the Aboriginal Trainee of the Year category in recognition of the dedication and achievement he has demonstrated in his first year working with Local Land Services.

Senior Land Services Officer, Allan Wray, says Tarren has shown great commitment and initiative in the various projects he has been involved in since joining the agency in 2018.

Tarren has recently been engaged in Purple Copper Butterfly habitat monitoring, and working with the Living on the Edge project focused on environmental management in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

“We’ve been trialling traditional Aboriginal fire management on Purple Copper Butterfly habitat, aimed at regenerating Native Blackthorn bush which is the Butterfly’s only food source, and Tarren has been assisting with post burn monitoring on the trial sites,” said Alan.

“We have been inspecting the condition of ground cover and vegetation pre and post burns, as well as monitoring the butterfly population’s response to traditional burning, and we did night time larvae counts during the breeding season last December,” explained Tarren.

Tarren has also been assisting with the Living on the Edge project, setting up and retrieving remote sensing cameras and analysing the images they have collected, and he has been working with Local Land Services’ programs engaged with Aboriginal cultural heritage working to protect and preserve Aboriginal cultural sites and building relationships with the local Aboriginal community.

Tarren says he first applied for a traineeship with Local Land Services because the role offered opportunities for a real career path.

“I’ve always been curious about environmental and land management work that happens around the region, but until I joined Local Land Services, I didn’t realise they did so much behind the scenes and working with landholders and groups like Landcare,” said Tarren.

“The team is a really good bunch to work with, and I enjoy getting outside to work in the bush looking after the country.”

“We’re always taking on interesting new jobs, like the latest project I’ve been working on where we’ve been trapping fruit flies to help develop a new remote fruit fly monitoring tool.”

Central Tablelands Local Land Services General Manager, Chris Cumming, has congratulated Tarren on his achievements and believes he has a bright career ahead.

“Tarren has proven to be a great asset to the Local Land Services team. He has embraced this opportunity with gusto and his rapidly developing skills and enthusiasm have been recognised as a finalist in the Skillset Awards,” said Ms Cumming.

Media contact: Cassie Jones - 0408 504 825   Email: cassie.jones@lls.nsw.gov.au