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Innovative land managers wanted for mentor program

Expressions of interest are being sought from innovative land managers in the Western Local Region who would like to take part in a mentoring program aimed at providing support and guidance to fellow landholders.

The Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project - Mentoring Program, will provide landholders in the Western Division of NSW with peer-to-peer mentoring for the management of their properties.

Team Leader - Ag Extension & Rangelands Grazing, Gemma Turnbull said the program was a jointinitiative between Local Land Services Western Region, the national Soils for Life Program, chaired by former Governor-General Michael Jeffery, and the Rotary Club of Sydney.

The program has been designed to lead innovative development and change in land management in the Western Division.

As part of the Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project, Soils for Life has already conducted two Western region case studies showcasing progressive farmers whose practices are adding resilience to their properties. 

"We are hoping to attract more enthusiastic and progressive land managers who are willing to mentor other landholders over a 12-month period," she said.

"The goal is to establish partnerships between experienced mentors and positive, forward-thinking landholders who will adopt and establish sustainable land management practices to build production and resilience to their landscapes and enterprises." 

Ms Turnbull said people who were interested in becoming a mentor for the program should obtain a copy of the Expressions of Interest and submit their application before 5pm on Monday 16 February.

"The role of the mentor will be to develop a one-on-one partnership with an emerging innovative land manager and provide an intensive program with them to support on-farm innovation, development and practice change," she said.

"Mentors will be expected to have an interest in sharing knowledge and experiences, be prepared tocommit time to the program and be recognised within their community as an innovative land manager."

Download an Expression of Interest form from our website, or phone 6872 2144 for more information.

To read the case studies and for further information on the project, visit Soils for Life.

Media contact: 
Donna Ambler 0400 258 690
Gemma Turnbull 02 6870 8632 (Mon-Wed)