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We support local people to improve the health and productivity of their area.

Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship now open!

The Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a tertiary student who displays strong personal, community and educational commitment to rural or regional areas, with particular reference to the Western region of NSW.

The scholarship has run since 2006, and in that time, eight students have gained employment, with two of the eight still employed with Western Local Land Services.

The scholarship is awarded to assist the student to advance their educational qualifications and personal skills so that they can contribute to future biosecurity, agricultural and natural resource management outcomes and build upon the expertise within the community of the Western region.

The scholarship will provide:

  • A one-off amount of $5,000 which will be paid in two instalments
  • four weeks of paid work
  • one year guaranteed field officer position.

Eligible students will be approaching their final year of study. Relevant courses must be of a Bachelor level and may include, but are not limited to; Agriculture (Ag Science, Rural Science, Animal Science, Agribusiness, Ag Economics), Veterinary Science, Emergency Response and Management, Natural Resource Management, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and GIS and remote sensing.

People interested in applying are asked to read the guidelines prior to submitting their application.

Expressions of interest close Friday, 16 August 2019.

If you have any questions about the 2019 Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship, contact Senior Land Services Officer Kaye Gottschutzke on (03) 5021 9409 or email.

The Land Services Program - a new approach

The Land Services Program (the Program) offers a new approach to property planning and rural enterprise mentoring in the Western region.

The Program runs over two years or eight 'quarters' and operates under a case officer approach, which pairs participants with one of our staff members who will provide support and guidance through the program.   

In addition, a range of mentors have been identified to match the particular enterprise and landscapes of the participants.  

Participants will receive access to training and services estimated to have a total value of $26,000 over the course of the Program.

Included in this is $10,000 p.a. for the duration of the Program to support capacity building activities that align with the goals and priorities of their business, as identified during the property planning process.

Mentors may be utilised as part of the training budget to provide daily advice, one on one support or to demonstrate enterprises and opportunities to participants.

For further information about the Program have a read of the following materials:

Or contact:

  • Team Leader-Land Services (acting), Mitch Plumbe on 0408 241 200
  • Land Services Officer-Agribusiness, Tanisha Shields on 0447 642 131
  • your nearest Western Local Land Services office.

The Program is a joint initiative between Local Land Services and Soils for Life.

Key Investment Priorities

The key areas for investment, through on-ground works and training, are:

Productive industries and adaptable, connected communities
  • adaptable and resilient land managers
  • sustainable and productive agricultural industry
  • Aboriginal people connected to country, culture and heritage.
Healthy and resilient landscapes and aquatic systems
  • healthy and resilient landscapes
  • healthy and resilient aquatic systems.
Adaptive governance, decision making and management

Western Catchment Action Plan

The key investment priorities were developed with considerable input from local communities through the development of the 2013-2023 Western Catchment Action Plan (CAP). The CAP provides direction for natural resource management in the Western Local Land Services region.