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!

Regional landholder and Aboriginal community survey

Thanks to all the landholders and Aboriginal community members that participated in our survey that was carried out in the second half of 2020. In total there were 317 completed landholder surveys and 178 completed Aboriginal community surveys.

Two reports have been developed on the survey findings:

To view other reports relevant to the 2020 surveys, see below:

Further communication materials and updates will be made available in due course. To receive the latest updates, click here to subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter

All information that was received through the surveys is confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, contact our Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Officer, Silvana Keating on 0427 661 264 or email.

This project is supported by Western Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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, has continued with intakes in 2019 and 2020.  

The 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.  

Participants receive access to training and services estimated to have a total value of $16,000 over the course of the Program.

Included in this is $10,000 for use in the second year of the Program to support capacity building activities, engaging expertise and information systems which align with the goals and properties of their business.

Mentors may be utilised as part of the training budget to provide daily advice, one on one support or to demonstrate enterprises and opportunities to participants.

For further information about the Program have a read of the following materials:

Or contact:

  • Team Leader-Agriculture, Gemma Turnbull on (02) 6870 8632
  • Senior Land Services Officer-Agriculture, Tanisha Shields on 0447 642 131
  • your nearest Western Local Land Services office.

The Program is a joint initiative between Local Land Services and Soils for Life.

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, with three still employed with Western Local Land Services.

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.