Our region has diverse landscapes including rainforests and wetlands. Agricultural activities include dryland and irrigated cropping, fodder, vineyards, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, alpacas and goats, horse breeding, poultry and aquaculture.
Are you a farmer, producer or small rural business operator who has been impacted by the storm and flooding in the Lower Hunter? Watch this short, informative video to find out about the support and assistance available to help you recover.
Read the latest issue of our Animal Health Newsletter for useful information on livestock health issues that can occur following a flood.
LLS is the consent authority for the Native Vegetation Act, which governs clearing of native vegetation on rural land in NSW. We can provide advice on what clearing is allowable without consent and undertake assessments to determine if consent can be granted when it is required.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 NSW Landcare Awards, and Hunter LLS is offering assistance to local Landcare groups to complete nominations. Those requiring assistance should phone 02 4930 1030 by 18 May to arrange a meeting with Hunter LLS Regional Landcare Facilitator Nev Reis. Entries close 31 May.
Flood affected farmers, producers and small business operators may be eligible for a range of financial assistance options - including low interest loans and transport subsidies - as part of the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) Natural Disaster Relief Scheme. For information about what support is available, contact the RAA on 1800 678 593 or visit the RAA page.
Flood AssistanceRates deferment
Ratepayers in natural disaster declared areas will be able to defer payment of their rates by three months. Ratepayers in flood-affected areas have until 27 August 2015 to pay and can disregard any overdue payment notices. Payment plans are also available for all ratepayers. For more information, please contact us on 1300 795 299.
Flood AssistanceLandholder Resource Pack
A Landholder Resource Pack is now available to assist flood affected landholders. The pack includes information on the assistance available, plus key contacts and useful information on animal health and pasture options.
Download: Landholder Resource Pack
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Local Strategic Plan
We are currently in the process of developing a five year Regional Strategic Plan for the Hunter.
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