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Continuing to offer support during dry times

Trent McCarthy and Hayden Cullinan from Nindethana Station
Trent McCarthy and Hayden Cullinan from Nindethana Station

Western Local Land Services is continuing to offer support to landholders and community members in drought affected areas, taking the opportunity to have a number of one-on-one conversations at recent drought drop-in sessions held throughout the Western region.

The drought roadshow events, which were held across NSW in January 2019, February 2019 and March 2019, were attended by a number of local, State and Federal drought support services including government agencies, rural and agricultural support organisations and charity groups.

Western Local Land Services attended the Bourke, Cobar, Wilcannia, Broken Hill and Wentworth sessions and had a number of important conversations around how people were managing the drought and its impact on their enterprise, animal health issues with supplementary feeding and the importance of water quality and landholder options in that space.

Western Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Trent McCarthy, who attended the session at Wentworth, believed the roadshow events were highly valuable and is pleased he had the opportunity to talk with a number of livestock producers.

“The drop-in session presented a great opportunity for those impacted by drought to see a number of different organisations over the course of a few hours,” Dr McCarthy said.

“I was kept busy answering questions and discussing different options with regards to livestock feeding so it was a very worthwhile exercise for myself and those landholders that were able to attend.

“It is evident we have a very resilient community who remain positive in very trying times and are adapting to conditions while planning ahead for when the drought breaks.”

In addition to the drought roadshow events, Western Local Land Services and its stakeholders have been providing advice and support to landholders and community members through a range of methods, including property visits, workshops, field days, face to face meetings, over the phone and via email.

Any landholders that were unable to attend the roadshow events and have an issue they’d like to discuss with Western Local Land Services should call 1300 795 299.

Source: Western Local Land Services

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