- loss of vegetation
- soil degradation
- the introduction of pest weeds and animals
- changes in water quality and flows and
- changes in fire regimes.
- Confident Dairy Decision via the Cloud to App- Optimising pasture growth efficiency across a variable farming landscape
- Connecting farmers and science- Beef Producer Community of Practice linking innovation research outcomes and experience for farmers producer networks service providers landcare government
- Connecting for improved practice-Small Scale Free range poultry egg producers Community Of Practice
- Hunter region estuary-dependent industries partnership - innovations for improving sustainability, habitats, production and adaptation
- Advancing floodplain grazing while progressing estuarine health and oyster production using precision positioning technology
Within the Hunter region, specific priorities have been identified by the Australian Government:
Threatened Species Strategy Species
% of distribution within Hunter Region (KL)
Endemic to Region (KL)
Threatened Ecological Community
% of distribution within Hunter (KL)
Endemic to unit (KL)
World Heritage Area
- Native vegetation and biodiversity
- Supporting agriculture systems to adapt to change
Hunter Local Land Services is working with key partners, stakeholders and community groups to develop project proposals that address priority objectives for the Regional Land Partnerships Program.
Outcome 1: By 2023, there is restoration of, and reduction in threats to, the ecological character of Ramsar Sites, through the implementation of priority actions.
Hunter Local Land Services are working with key partners to develop the following projects addressing priority wetlands and local catchment zones:
Myall Lakes Ramsar Wetlands: Working with local government, PWS, Landcare and Aboriginal Land Management Teams to implement activities that address weed issues (aquatic and terrestrial), protect and stabilise dunes, reduce nutrient flows from agricultural activities, and protect habitat and species within the wetlands catchment area and support pest control programs(fox/wild dogs).
Hunter Estuary Ramsar Wetlands: Working with PWS, Landcare, CVA, Crown Lands and Hunter Wetlands Centre to restore saltmarsh, protect shorebird and migratory bird habitat, reduce nutrient flows from agricultural activities, and pest control activities (fox/wild dogs)
Outcome 2: By 2023, the trajectory of species targeted under the Threatened Species Strategy, and other EPBC Act priority species, is stabilised or improved.
Hunter Local Land Services are working with key partners to develop the following projects addressing priority species on private and public lands:
Regent Honeyeater: Working with local government, Office of Environment and Heritage(OEH), landcare, BirdLife Australia, LALC's and Aboriginal Land Management Teams and other land managers to support activities that protect key breeding habitat on private and public land within the Cessnock Biodiversity Management Plan region and more broadly in priority Upper and Lower Hunter habitats to support restoration of significant vegetation and protect foraging trees within the Upper and Lower Hunter and support community monitoring programs and educational activities, including protection of significant TEC vegetation such as Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forests and Grassy Box Woodlands.
Swift Parrot: Working with local government, ANU, partner Local Land Services, OEH, BirdLife Australia and landcare in the Upper and Lower Hunter regions, to support ongoing restoration and enhancement of Swift Parrot foraging areas, and support a long term strategic schools education program, including protection of significant TEC vegetation such as Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forests and Grassy Box Woodlands.
Homoranthus darwiniodes: Working with local government, OEH, CVA, Landcare and other partners to raise awareness of this species in the Upper Hunter, improve knowledge of extent on private lands, and support habitat protection programs.
Eastern Curlew: Working with PWS, OEH, BirdLife Australia, community groups, Universities and Landcare to support a long term community monitoring program, pest control program in key roosting areas, raise awareness and improve or protect key habitats within wetlands in Ramsar and private lands, and supporting activities such as beach awareness, marine debris management and responsible pet ownership that will also protect and support other migratory species and local shorebird populations.
Australasian Bittern: Working with BirdLife Australia, OEH, local government, DPI Fisheries, community groups and PWS to improve knowledge of extent and location of this species through community monitoring, support landholders to improve practices to enhance priority habitat areas and support pest control programs (wild dog/fox) in priority habitat areas.
Magenta Lilly Pilly: Working with OEH, local government, Landcare and community groups in coastal areas to better understand distribution of species on private lands, support restoration/protection activities (including within key Littoral Rainforest and Lowland Rainforest remnants)
Outcome 3: By 2023, invasive species management has reduced threats to the natural heritage Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage properties through the implementation of priority actions.
Hunter Local Land Services are working with key partners to develop the following projects addressing priority World Heritage Areas with adjoining landholders:
Greater Blue Mountains WHA: Working within a strategic partnership with Central Tablelands, Greater Sydney and Riverina LLS, PWS and local government and weed authorities to deliver cross regional approach to managing invasive animals and weed threats within a nominal 10Km buffer of the WHA region, supporting education programs, knowledge sharing, priority weed and pest programs(fox) and complementing efforts by PWS within the WHA into adjoining land areas.
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia-Barrington and Chichester WHA: Working with local government, PWS and weeds authorities to deliver to managing invasive animals and weed threats within a nominal 10Km buffer of the WHA region, supporting education programs, priority weed and pest programs(pigs/Fox) and complementing efforts by PWS within the WHA into adjoining land areas.
Outcome 4: By 2023, the implementation of priority actions is leading to an improvement in the condition of EPBC Act listed Threatened Ecological Communities.
Hunter Local Land Services are working with key partners to develop the following projects addressing priority Threatened Ecological communities on private and public lands:
Grassy Box Woodland: Working with mining companies, OEH, Upper Hunter Weeds, Landcare and community groups, to enhance and regenerate box woodland on agricultural lands with education, grazing and revegetation planning, revegetation and protection activities to enhance remnants and build connectivity in the Merriwa Plateau.
Littoral Rainforest and Lowland Rainforests: Working with local government, OEH, PWS, Landcare and community groups, LALCs to deliver a program to support improved land holder management of remnants, and support activities that restore and protect vegetation such as fencing, grazing and revegetation/regeneration and weed management and improve monitoring the extent and condition of remnants on private lands, including protection of TSP species Magenta Lilly Pilly.
Subtropical Temperate Saltmarsh: Working with PWS, OEH, Landcare, DPI Fisheries and community groups to support protection and restoration of saltmarsh in estuaries on private and public lands through Juncus acutus and mangrove management, key education programs and marine debris/litter management and support landholders with grazing, fencing and other restoration efforts.
Poisidonia-Seagrass of the Manning-Hawkesbury: Working with DPI Fisheries, local government, oysters, aquaculture and fishery groups and land managers to protect seagrass through best management practices on infrastructure and fishery practices in the Manning, Lake Macquarie and Lower Hunter estuaries.
Outcome 5: By 2023, there will be increased awareness and adoption of land management practices that improve and protect the condition of soil, biodiversity and vegetation.
Outcome 6: By 2023, there is an increase in the capacity of agriculture systems to adapt to significant changes in climate and market demands for information on provenance and sustainable production.
Hunter Local Land Services are working with key partners to develop the following projects addressing priority agricultural issues, across multiple industries:
Soil Fertility Services: support agricultural land managers to improve fertiliser use, adopt new tools and monitoring tools and improve land manager skills and capacity, working with industry groups and FertCare
Developing Best Management Practices for pasture systems to improve sustainability and productivity: Support agricultural land managers with practices that improve management of lands on steep slopes, adopt best management practices and increase pasture cover and production across Dairy, Poultry and Beef industries.
Heat Stress and Dairy: Support dairy farmers to adapt to climate change and climate impacts, through monitoring and managing dairy systems.
Soil network and soil moisture probes: Working with beef and other industries to monitor and manage seasonal conditions, that improve pastures, assist enterprise selection and manage heat stress.
Hunter region estuary- industries partnership - innovations for improving sustainability, habitats, production and adaptation
Australian Government Tender for the Regional Land Partnerships closes on 28 February 2018.
We are working on detailed proposals for year 1 and more high level proposals for years 2-5 (as per Australian Government tender specifications).