Projects and programs

Illawarra Wild Deer Management Program

Wild deer were declared a pest by Wollongong City Council as part of their Vertebrate Pest Policy in 2010. Deer are classified as a non-indigenous game animal under the Game Animal Act and a license was required to hunt them on private and public land. In June 2017 the NSW Government suspended restrictions on hunting deer in nine local government areas, including Wollongong.

Feral Fighters

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.

Rural Landscape Program

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

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.

Save our scarlet robin

South East Local Land Services has received financial support from the NSW Government via the Environmental Trust, Saving Our Species and Catchment Action NSW Programs to implement a long term project with the vision of “Local Community Action towards the Recognition and Protection of the scarlet robin and its’ habitat”.

Over the next ten years, the project will provide opportunities for local landholders including attending a range of awareness raising events that will provide practical information on actions that individuals can take to improve habitat for and monitor local woodland bird populations. These events will be organised by our project partners including K2C, Molonglo Catchment Group and Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council.

Alternative fertilizers field research project

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.

Laggan grazing demonstration

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?

Merino weaner monitoring trial

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.

Innovation to support on-farm decision making

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.