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Burning Issues: Fire, Poisonous Plants and the Native Vegetation Act

Fire management, poisonous plants and changes to the Native Vegetation Act will be the focus of a Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) workshop in Woolooma on 3 December.

Hunter LLS Vegetation Officer, Paul Melehan said the workshop will cover topics that LLS staff are often asked about. 'We aim to help landholders with their land management techniques by providing them additional knowledge.'

'Due to the prevailing dry conditions and shortage of feed in some areas, the risk of stock eating poisonous plants is relatively high. We'll be looking at some of the poisonous plants in the area, and how to identify and manage them,' added Mr Melehan.

An update on the Native Vegetation Act and its new codes of practice will also be covered. Online tools are now available on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) website to help landholders determine if they need permission to clear vegetation. LLS officers will run through these tools and clarify how to understand the requirements of the Act.

In addition, Bruce Hansen from the NSW Rural Fire Service will be presenting on the Hotspots Fire Project.

'This project was developed to give land managers skills and knowledge in fire management for both biodiversity and fire safety. I will talk about the project and discuss vegetation types, fuel loads and weather conditions in relation to fire,' said Mr Hansen.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, 3 December from 8.30 am – 2.30 pm at Woolooma Hall on Stewarts Brook Road.

Please register by Friday 28 November 2014 either online or by phoning Hunter Local Land Services Muswellbrook office on (02) 6542 4444.

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