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Unique opportunity for landholders to take part in peer to peer program

Applications are being sought from enthusiastic landholders to take part in a mentoring program aimed at providing support and guidance to fellow landholders who want to make a positive change on their property.

The Western Resilient Landscapes Program is a unique opportunity being offered by Western Local Land Services and Soils for Life with support from the Rotary Club of Sydney.

The program is seeking to appoint two mentors whose role is to develop a one-on-one partnership with an emerging innovative landholder and provide support for on-farm innovation, development and practice change. Mentors will receive a fee for services.

In addition to mentors, participant applications are also being called for from landholders that want to make a positive change on their property and may be seeking information from peers about the best way forward or minimising any associated risks.

Western Local Land Services manager of Land Services, Russell Grant, who launched this year’s program at the Western Landcare Forum in Broken Hill just over a week ago, believes this initiative is a great opportunity for both landholders who are considered leaders in the Western region and for those looking to advance their operation.

“This program has existed for several years and we’ve had some great outcomes from mentors and participants,” Mr Grant said.

“Mentors will need to have an interest in sharing knowledge and be recognised within their community as an innovator in land and property management.

“Mentors will use their skills and experience to provide guidance to participants, tailored to support on-farm innovation and practice change in property management leading to improved management of soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity.

“For participants, by taking part in the program, they will have access to one-on-one and group based support networks from innovative landholders that are recognised leaders in the Western region.”

Applications for both mentors and participants close Friday, 29 September 2017.

The guidelines for the program and both Expression of Interest forms can be found by clicking here.

For further information on the program, landholders should visit the above website or contact Western Local Land Services Team Leader, Gemma Turnbull on (02) 6872 2144.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.