Projects and programs

We support local people to improve the health and productivity of their area.

Operations Plan for 2020-21

Western Local Land Services continues to work towards the goal of ‘strong communities, resilient landscapes and competitive agriculture’. This annual Operations Plan is an overview of the projects and activities that will be undertaken to contribute to this goal in the 2020-21 financial year.

For further information contact Operations Manager, Andrew Hull on 0427 919 964 or email.

Pastoral Poddy

The Pastoral Poddy is a podcast for landholders community members and industry on all things  pertinent to the rangelands of Western NSW. The Pastoral Poddy is free to listen to on all major podcast apps including Apple, Google and Spotify — please search for 'Pastoral Poddy' on your usual podcast platform.

Click here to access the first five episodes and please share them with a mate!

Wild dogs in the Western region

Wild dogs are a significant problem in Western NSW, causing significant losses to livestock enterprises, with consequent economic and social impacts. There can also be considerable impacts to the environment and cultural heritage values of the region, through predation on small to medium sized native fauna species, which may be endangered and important totems for Aboriginal communities.

In 2020, a number of new and innovative programs and projects, focussing on wild dogs, were rolled out across the Western region, following a successful funding application through the Australian Government’s ‘Communities Combatting Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought’ Program. These programs and projects have continued into 2021.

Click here for further information on the programs or projects, and for information on managing pest animals more generally, contact your nearest Biosecurity Officer, Local Landcare Coordinator or Regional Pest Animal Coordinator, Phil Baird on 0417 776 218 or email.

The Land Services Program

The Land Services Program offers a new approach to property planning and rural enterprise mentoring in the Western region, and is suitable for landholders interested in building their capacity, innovation and learning from their peers and industry experts.

The Program, which began in 2018 with three businesses in a pilot program, runs over two years or eight 'quarters' and operates under a case officer approach, which pairs participants with one of our staff members who will provide support and guidance through the program. In addition, a range of mentors have been identified to match the particular enterprise and landscapes of the participants.  

Click here for further information and resources on the program.

Monitoring pastures with drone technology

Landholders are invited to participate in our monitoring pastures with drone technology project (2021-23) which aims to increase landholder's capacity to adopt drone technology and apply it in agricultural and natural resource management applications currently available and emerging. 

This project will also assess current drone technologies abilities through completing seasonal drone maps and collating a case study to assess its use in monitoring in the Western NSW pasture setting. There are a number of opportunities to participate in the project, including:

  • drone pastures maps of your property taken seasonally for the next two years (limited spots available)
  • 4 x drone mapping courses being held across the region
  • 2 x field days demonstrating using drones in pasture mapping
  • free access to drone mapping software to June 2023.

To find out more about the project and opportunities to be involved, contact Claudia Bryant, Land Services Officer, on 0448 796 109 or This project is supported by Western Local Land Services and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

Regional landholder and Aboriginal community survey

Every three years, we coordinate separate surveys with the landholders and Aboriginal community members within our region. The surveys are designed to assist the Western Local Land Services Board and staff with identifying opportunities and trends, with the information to help us plan our activities and priorities for the years ahead.

Click here to view the reports on the surveys that were carried out in 2020, 2017 and 2014.

Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship

The Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a tertiary student who displays strong personal, community and educational commitment to rural or regional areas, with particular reference to the Western region of NSW. The scholarship has run since 2006, and in that time, 10 students have gained employment.

The scholarship is awarded to assist the student to advance their educational qualifications and personal skills so that they can contribute to future biosecurity, agricultural and natural resource management outcomes and build upon the expertise within the community of the Western region. Eligible students will be approaching their final year of study. Relevant courses must be of a Bachelor level and may include, but are not limited to; Agriculture (Ag Science, Rural Science, Animal Science, Agribusiness, Ag Economics), Veterinary Science, Emergency Response and Management, Natural Resource Management, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and GIS and remote sensing.

If you have any questions contact Operations Manager, Andrew Hull on 0427 919 964 or email.

Key Investment Priorities

The key areas for investment, through on-ground works and training, are:

Productive industries and adaptable, connected communities

  • adaptable and resilient land managers
  • sustainable and productive agricultural industry
  • Aboriginal people connected to country, culture and heritage.

Healthy and resilient landscapes and aquatic systems

  • healthy and resilient landscapes
  • healthy and resilient aquatic systems.

Adaptive governance, decision making and management

Western Catchment Action Plan

The key investment priorities were developed with considerable input from local communities through the development of the 2013-2023 Western Catchment Action Plan (CAP). The CAP provides direction for natural resource management in the Western Local Land Services region.

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