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Cobar district field days showcase the innovate land practices

Nearly 40 landholders turned out to take part in two field days held in the Cobar district during November to showcase sustainable land management practices.

Tara Station played host to the first field day where erosion control was the focus before a series of short, sharp information sessions were presented.

Manager Land Services North, Russell Grant said the Tara Station field day was a great opportunity for landholders to learn practical tips and skills.

"Darryl Hill presented an excellent hands-on erosion control workshop where attendees used survey and earth moving equipment to plan and construct erosion banks with confidence and enthusiasm," Mr Grant said.

"The information sessions covered a range of relevant topics including pest animal management, innovative technology and fencing techniques."

A high point of the day at Tara Station was a heart-felt presentation by keynote speaker Alan Hannaford who spoke about mental toughness, life on the land and the need to look after your health - both physical and mental.

"Alan's presentation struck a chord with those in the audience and highlighted the importance of mental health in the bush and the need to speak up and out about issues affecting the farming community when times are tough."

On the other side of town, the McMurtie family at Gilgunnia Station showcased their property and innovative regeneration techniques, with landholders travelling from as far as Bourke and White Cliffs.

Gilgunnia Station is part of the Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project, which is supported by Soils for Life and the Rotary Club of Sydney to encourage the adoption of improved landscape management.

"Ashley McMurtie gave a fascinating overview of his enterprise and discussed the importance of planning and making use of the resources available," Mr Grant said.

"A tour of Gilgunnia Station demonstrated how Ashley has tactically transformed the landscape of his Cobar property by managing total grazing pressure and implementing other techniques like water spreading, invasive scrub control and strategic spell-graze regimes."

Mr Grant said a highlight of the day was the launch of the Western Division Mentoring Program with four landholders in the region deciding to participate in the program.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for landholders to learn from each other and apply techniques to remain viable in rangeland grazing enterprises," he said.

Landholders who are interested in participating in the Western Division Mentoring Program should contact Local Land Services Western Region or visit

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                                    Russell Grant  02 6836 1575 / 0419 970 213