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Find out how to grow and protect at Primex

As the region recovers from devastating flooding earlier in the year in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, landowners and visitors will be able to access a range of information at the North Coast Local Land Services stand at Primex.

The Primex Agricultural Field Days will be held at Casino from June 15 and 17.

North Coast Local Land Services event co-ordinator, Michelle Gapes, said they have double the space booked for this year’s event to cater for the additional services and information that will be on offer.

“Given the impact of the flood on the community we are having a strong focus on emergency response at Primex,” Michelle said.

“We will be hosting a range of services, including the Rural Financial Counselling Service, representatives from the Rural Resilience Program and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program to provide support and information for people who have been impacted by the flood.”

North Coast Local Land Services staff will also be on hand to discuss their role in emergency responses.

“Working along the Department of Primary Industries, the North Coast Local Land Services team dealt with more than 600 livestock assessments and distributed more than 800 bales of hay and overall the team dealt with over 400 case management situations,” Michelle said.

Following the successful introduction of SHED Talks last year, North Coast Local Land Services will continue the program at this year’s Primex Field Days.

Michelle continued, “We are working on the SHED Talks program now which will feature a range of talks on wild dog control, animal health and of course the emergency response.

“The Biosecurity team will be on hand to offer advice to landholders about how to control pest animal control including wild dogs, which require ongoing vigilance by landholders.”

Information will be available about how to get involved with or even form a local landholder group, the provision of baits and how to participate in vertebrate pest training and upcoming Wild Dog Information Days. Visitors to the stand will also hear about research in peri-urban areas that is using remote cameras to record wildlife and tracking movement of wild animals with satellite collars, dietary analysis of scats and DNA testing. This research will help plan for wild dog control in the fringes between peri-urban and rural land.

To round out services provided at the North Coast LLS stand, the District Vets will be on hand to help with a range of animal health issues like nutrition or disease and the natural resource management team will have a range of advice on how to grow and maintain healthy environments and protect our natural living wealth.

Media contact:

Michelle Gapes, Communications Unit, 0429 824 321

Photo captions:

North Coast Local Land Services will hold SHED Talks following last year’s successful launch.