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Free workshop for small holdings owners

Owners of lifestyle blocks, grazing enterprises and small hobby farms in the Quorrobolong area can learn about their weed and pest control responsibilities at a workshop on Saturday, 29 November.

The half-day event has been specifically designed to meet the needs of Lower Hunter landholders and provide an opportunity to engage with specialist local advisors in a social and informal setting.

It will feature presentations from LLS technical staff on clearing regulations, environmental conservation, and weed and pest animal control.

'There's a lot of information that owners of small holdings need to be aware of, for example understanding their responsibilities under the Native Vegetation Act, including the new 10/50 rule administered by the NSW Rural Fire Service,' said Local Land Services Natural Resource Management Officer, Mick Budden.

'It's also important for landholders to see how they can contribute to the health and productivity of the wider landscape by being good neighbours to both people and wildlife.'

'This often means controlling noxious weeds like lantana, and pest animals like foxes, rabbits and wild dogs.'

Pauline Dunne from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage's (OEH) will also explain how landholders can get involved in the Cessnock Biodiversity Management Plan.

Mr Budden said he and his colleagues looked forward to seeing new faces at the event and chatting to individuals about their future plans for their property.

'Local Land Services has a lot offer to Lower Hunter landholders, and people are encouraged to come along to find out about the services we can provide.'

The free workshop will run from 9.30am to 1pm in Quorrobolong.

Morning tea and a free BBQ lunch will be provided. Participants should bring a hat and sunscreen, and wear covered shoes.

For bookings and venue details click here or call Mick Budden on (02) 4938 4940 or email mick.budden@lls.nsw.gov.au

Contact Jillian Ayre (Mon, Tues, Wed) 02 4938 4932 or Maree Whelan (Thurs, Fri) 02 4938 4932 or Mobile: 0418 960 817.