Looking At Landcare – 1/9/2017

Hi Landcarers

We are in the thick of show fever in our region at the moment and it is great to see how many people are contributing to our local shows in their differing forms.

Today I want to have a look into the new Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Local Land Services Act 2016 that commenced in NSW on 25 August, but first, a reminder about the presentation from Lynette McLeod on Wednesday, 6 September.

The Lachlan Valley National Parks Association are pleased to welcome Lynette to Parkes to share with us some of her knowledge on invasive species and their control measures. Lynette will also be talking about community engagement in local projects and what motivates people to be involved.

She will be presenting some of the information from her PhD at the School of Behavioural Cognitive and Social Sciences at University of New England with support from the Invasive Animals CRC, investigating the links between human behaviour and participation in invasive animal management.

Previously, Lynette spent 20 years with NSW Department of Primary Industries working principally on fox ecological research and management projects, and completing a comprehensive review of pesticides used in Australia. Research interests include environmental psychology, design of communication and behaviour change strategies and invasive animal management.

The evening will be held at Parkes Neighbourhood Central from 7pm. I must warn you that at our last presentation evening the supper was mighty fantastic, so brace yourselves for supper afterwards. Please RSVP to me on 02 6862 4914 or email cwllpo@hotmail.com

If you are interested in any upcoming NPA walks or past walks, you will have a chance to talk with the walk leaders on the evening as well. Their next walk will be at Lynch’s Loop in the Weddin Mountains National Park. Walkers meet at the Forbes Railway Station from 9am on Saturday, 9 September. This is a medium 4km walk. Please contact walk leader, Peter Cannon on 02 6866 1225 to register your attendance the evening before the walk.

Please bring enough food and water for the day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A pair of good binoculars and a chair is helpful, but not essential.

As I already mentioned, the new framework for land management in NSW commenced on 25 August. It has been developed with the intent of minimising red tape and placing responsibility back in the hands of land owners with assistance from trained staff.

The intention of the reforms is to allow land owners to improve productivity while responding to environmental risks; assess and manage the biodiversity impacts of development; provide a policy for measuring impacts on native vegetation in urban areas; conserve high value vegetation on private land; regulate human and business interactions with native plants and animals; and provide streamlined approvals and dedicated resources to help reduce the regulatory burden.

Work is still continuing on additional tools and products to support implementation and ensure it delivers the best economic, social and environmental outcomes for NSW.

The Local Land Services are holding several information sessions on the land management reforms in several centres. Our closest workshop is being held at Condobolin on 18 October.

Some of these staff members will be on hand to discuss the framework, show how it can be applied in practice and discuss opportunities for your property.

A light lunch will be provided. For further information contact Jeff Boyd on 0409 735 097.

For more information about anything in this article, please contact Central West Lachlan Landcare on 02 6862 4914, cwllpo@hotmail.com, facebook or our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!