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Joining forces at the Kempsey Shire Field Days

People visiting a field dayNorth Coast Local Land Services is joining forces with Kempsey Shire Council and Macleay Valley Landcare to educate landholders about a range of important land management issues at two Field Days at Willawarrin and Gladstone in March.

Hugo Marree, Land Services Officer has highlighted the importance of educating landholders because agriculture and residential development are both in a significant growth phase on the mid-North Coast.

“The region is continuing to realise prime potential with success stories in horticulture, niche livestock and seafood industries.

“The value of healthy ecosystem services to regional primary production, lifestyle and subsequent economic growth cannot be overstated.” Hugo said.

Commercial opportunities are available to progressive primary producers and service providers with access to improved technology, infrastructure, markets and farm specialisation.  Hugo continues, “We’re encouraging primary producers and service providers who are willing and able to capitalise on the region’s strong reputation of high quality, clean, green products.”

The Field Days are designed to provide farmers and local community members with support to address some of the bigger land management issues of the Macleay.

Staff from Kempsey Shire Council, Macleay Landcare Network and North Coast Local Land Services will be available for landholder enquiries and will offer presentations on a range of relevant issues faced by landholders.

Topics to be covered at the events include addressing priority weeds such as Giant Parramatta Grass and Crown Rot Fungi, dealing with pest animals including wild dogs, being flood prepared and the great work being undertaken by Landcare in the region.  There will also be opportunity for landholders to learn more about the sustainable agriculture program being offered by North Coast Local Land Services.

The Field Days are a great opportunity for the community to access information and find support for a broad range of issues such as improving soils, pasture and livestock health, farm planning, opportunities to access funding, presenting options and networks to improve your agricultural productivity and health of the natural resource base. Something for everyone!

The Field Days will be held on 11 March at Willawarrin Hall and on 18 March at Gladstone Hall.  Both Days will commence at 9.30 am and conclude at 2.30 pm.  Details of presentations and speakers are available in the Event Calendar at www.northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au.

A free BBQ lunch and refreshments will be provided.  To assist with catering, please register your attendance by contacting Hugo Marree at North Coast Local Land Services on 6563 6707 or by email to hugo.marree@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact:

Hugo Marree, Land Services Officer - Phone 6563 6707

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The community is invited to attend the Kempsey Shire Field Days in March.