Projects and programs
Wild deer were declared a pest by Wollongong City Council as part of their Vertebrate Pest Policy in 2010. Wollongong City Council requested assistance from the former LHPA (now South East Local Land Services) to address the wild deer problem and the Northern Illawarra Wild Deer Management Program commenced in May 2011.
Invasive species have no place in our landscape. The ability and responsibility to manage feral animals rest with every land manager. Feral Fighters is an initiative to strategically target pest animals at a regional and state scale through strategic, coordinated group baiting control programs.
The Rural Landscape Program is a joint initiative between South East Local Land Services and WaterNSW (formerly Sydney Catchment Authority).The program is aimed at protecting and improving water quality within targeted Sydney drinking water catchment areas. This is achieved by providing funding assistance to landholders for a range of land and water management practices.
The Small Farms Network is a multi-award winning sustainable agricultural land manager network with a proven track record in Natural Resource Management project delivery, community engagement and workshop coordination.
Established in 2004 the Network was designed to capture the rapidly expanding small farm/peri-urban land manager demographic that was not being engaged by traditional community groups.
This producer-initiated field-research project was a collaboration between Binalong Landcare, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and South East Local Land Services. With the fluctuating cost of conventional fertilizers and concerns around environmental and long-term sustainability, producers were interested in comparing the performance of alternative fertilizers.
They were particularly interested in knowing whether alternative fertilisers could in fact boost production in a cost effective way. Many alternative fertilizer products are marketed using anecdotal claims around their effectiveness so this project set out to validate product performance using a scientific approach. All products trialled were compared to both a nil control and single superphosphate treatment.
This on-farm demonstration began in January 2015. Shannon Arnall had purchased a new block of ‘native’ country that hadn’t received fertiliser for over 13 years and was keen to increase profitability from the existing pasture in the most cost-effective way.
A simple nutrient trial showed that phosphorus (P) was the major nutrient limiting pasture growth. This was not surprising given the history of the paddock, however the question then became: does it still pay to put fertiliser out in a wool operation?
Weaner losses in both Merino and cross-bred flocks are highly variable and can cause significant financial loss. Management not only plays a critical role in minimising losses, but it also determines the financial return from young stock.
Weaner survival is a function of BOTH weaning weight and post weaning growth rate. Animals that fail to gain weight post-weaning become vulnerable and are prone to dying. Adequate nutrition is also needed to ensure weaners continue to grow and meet liveweight targets for joining.
A weaner monitoring project was established at 'Hillcrest', Gunning. The main purpose of the project was to benchmark weaner performance and provide a reference point for sheep producers across the Southern Tablelands.
A rural leadership development program building community, industry and government leadership capacity for resilience and sustainability.
South East Local Land Services in conjunction with Tablelands Farming Systems and Monaro Farming Systems has established a network of moisture probes across the Southern Tablelands and Monaro.