Our major projects

Local Land Services is currently delivering a number of targeted major projects to protect and improve our natural resources, and to assist landholders to improve primary production and adopt sustainable land management practices. These major projects generally run for two to three years and have pre-determined activities and outcomes to deliver for landholders, stakeholders, communities and funding providers.

Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks

The Australian Government has committed $7.5 million in funding for the NSW northern Murray-Darling Basin communities and the environment with Local Land Services responsible for delivering the program.

Read more about the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program.

Riverbank Rehabilitation Project

Following severe storms and floods across the Hunter, Greater Sydney and North Coast regions in February and March 2021, the NSW and Australian governments have committed $18.46 million to support the long-term rehabilitation and futureproofing of flood damaged riverbanks.

Read more about the Riverbank Rehabilitation Project.

Early Needs Recovery Project

The $13 million Early Needs Recovery Project is part of the $150 million Primary Industry Support Package which is co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The program aims to support primary producers in the most flood-impacted regions and industries of NSW to regain productivity.

Read more about the Early Needs Recovery Project.

Reconnecting River Country

Local Land Services, in partnership with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Water Infrastructure NSW and Environment, Energy and Science will work with landholders and communities across the southern Basin to implement the Reconnecting River Country Program (the program).

Read more about the Reconnecting River Country Project.

Liverpool Plains Biodiversity Enhancement Project

Local Land Services is actively managing more than 6,000 hectares of high biodiversity land spread across sites at Breeza, Barraba, Mt Watermark and Tambar Springs. The land was formally acquired in January 2022 from China Shenhua Energy Company Limited, following a $100 million agreement with the NSW Government.

Read more about the Liverpool Plains Biodiversity Enhancement Project.

Major Programs

The major programs being delivered by Local Land Services generally involve a number of components or stages to be achieved and delivered against, all coordinated and delivered through a central program.

Farming Forward

As part of the Farming Forward program, Local Land Services agricultural services staff across NSW will deliver a series of workshops and extension services focussing drought preparedness and planning, soils intelligence, and livestock production.

Read more about Farming Forward.

Aboriginal Ranger Program

Through this program, Aboriginal Rangers will have access to culturally safe training, mentoring and support across all areas of the Local Land Services business, including conservation and ecosystem management, pest animal control and Aboriginal site identification and protection.

The program began in July 2022 and is being delivered across the Central West, Murray, Riverina and North West Local Land Services regions. It will run for a period of 18 months, which will see 22 new Aboriginal staff recruited, including 16 trainee rangers.

Read more about the Aboriginal Ranger Program.

Environmental Markets Leadership Program NSW

Are you a land manager or farmer who wants to be rewarded for your natural capital protection and environmental stewardship activities?

Do you plant trees, invest in your soil, rehabilitate your waterways, or provide habitat for wildlife on your property?

Do you want to learn from others who are making natural capital and environmental markets part of their farming business and property management?

Read more about the Environmental Markets Leadership Program.

Every Bit Counts - Engaging small landholdings

The Every Bit Counts program has been developed to give people with small landholdings access to the best available knowledge, advice and to peer-to-peer support networks for small farms and lifestyle properties.

The program works across the North Coast, Hunter, Greater Sydney and South East Local Land Services regions to create real and long lasting on-ground change.

Read more about Every Bit Counts.

Landcare Riparian Restoration Grants

The $3 million Landcare Riparian Restoration Grants program (formerly Landcare small grants program) will give Landcare and natural resource management groups across regional NSW the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to carry out riverbank restoration work.

Read more about the Landcare Riparian Restoration Grants.

Marine Estate Management Strategy

The NSW Government is committed to protecting the state’s coast and estuaries and support stronger coastal communities and industries through the Marine Estate Management Strategy.

Read more about the Marine Estate Management Strategy.

NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension program

The NSW Government has committed to extending the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence (commonly known as the dog fence) by 742 km. The commitment comes following a feasibility study (first published January 2019) that was commissioned by the Border Fence Maintenance Board and funded by Local Land Services.

The study determined there would be considerable benefits to be had by extending the fence by 420 km in the east adjacent to Mungindi and 322 km in the south to just short of the Murray River. The fence is currently approximately 583 km in length and erected along parts of the NSW/Queensland border and NSW/South Australian border.

Read more about the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension project.

Supporting Our Neighbours program

Applications for the Supporting our Neighbours public land boundary fencing program have closed.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, more than $40 million was provided to landholders to help fund the re-construction of nearly 8,500 kilometres of fencing bordering public lands that were damaged during the 2019/20 bushfire season.

Read more about the Supporting Our Neighbours public land boundary fencing program.

Western Tracks collaring program

The Western Tracks project has been driven by landholders and stakeholders who want to develop a better understanding of wild dog and feral pig movements in the Western region of NSW.

Read more about the Western Tracks project.

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