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Projects and programs

Mid-Coast Adaptable Dairy Farming Systems Project

The Mid-Coast Adaptable Dairy Farming Systems Project is an initiative of the Mid-Coast Dairy Advancement Group (MCDAG) and Hunter Local Land Services, supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

The project aims to challenge farmer decision making and practice change on the whole farm system, and explore the outcomes of these on the triple bottom line of the farm. It provides an opportunity for farmers and industry service providers to learn through discussion, debate and by challenging one another through the real life scenario of the local farm.

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Throsby Creek Litter Management Project

Newcastle City Council's Waste Management Team has embarked on the Throsby Creek Litter Management Project to help reduce the problem via regular clean-ups.

Hunter Local Land Services is supporting this project with an education campaign targeting local high schools in the Throsby catchment area.

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Environmentally Friendly Moorings Project

Hunter Local Land Service (LLS) has been successful in obtaining funding from the Department of Primary Industries Habitat Action Grants to Upgrade boat moorings to rehabilitate fish habituate in Lake Macquarie.

This project aims to improve the protection and condition of seagrass in Lake Macquarie by increasing seagrass awareness and improving the cooperation between stakeholders. This project will also introduce a rebate program for the upgrade of boat moorings to an environmentally friendly mooring (EFM) design.

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Hexham Swamp/Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Projects

Hunter Local Land Services manage two wetland rehabilitation projects in the lower Hunter - Hexham Swamp and Kooragang Wetlands. The projects are managed by a joint steering committee that provides advice and assistance to the LLS Board in relation to the two projects and acts as a conduit for the exchange of information between LLS and local communities.

Juncus acutus

Hunter Local Land Services and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are working together to eradicate Juncus acutus from the valuable saltmarsh habitat on Ash Island in the Hunter Wetlands national park.

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Hunter Region Marine Debris Monitoring Program

The Marine Debris Monitoring Program (MDMP) provides a framework to support the design and implementation of monitoring by individuals and community organisations in the Hunter region and has the following features:

  • Monitoring which facilitates prevention and early interception of litter
  • Monitoring opportunities which promote community initiative and ownership
  • The integration of removal, mitigation and prevention activities into the monitoring process
  • A model which enables the program to be replicated in other regions

The ultimate aim of the program is to reduce the impact of marine debris on our environment, especially the death and injury of vertebrate marine life. Individuals and organisations are very welcome to participate in the program.

Further information:

Brian Hughes
Estuary and Marine Officer
(02) 6551 8994 x222
brian.hughes@lls.nsw.gov.au