Hunter Local Land Services free workshops at Bobin, Barrington and Stroud Road for farmers on managing waterways

Clean water benefits everyone, and improving management of our waterways leads to more productive farms, better estuaries and healthier local environments.

Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) is holding a series of free workshops in Bobin, Barrington and Stroud Road, on managing waterways on farms to help landholders improve productivity and the overall health of their properties.

The ongoing drought means livestock in some areas are moving across traditional natural waterway boundaries as they search out feed and sufficient drinking water.

This can impact on the health of local streams and waterways.

"These workshops will provide landholders information on installing off-stream watering points and grazing management practices in sensitive waterway areas," said HLLS natural resources advisory officer Reegan Walker.

"There will also be presentations about restoring waterways, remediating erosion and water licencing issues, such as installing waterway crossings."

The information will assist producers to improve their waterway management not only for agricultural purposes, but for drinking water quality and overall environmental health.

Staff and technical experts from Soil Conservation Service, HLLS, Water NSW, local bush regenerators and Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will be on hand to answer any questions during the workshops.

"We encourage any landholders with questions about waterway management to attend these workshops, as there will be a wide variety of government and non-government waterway specialists available," Mr Walker said.

The workshops are being held at:

  • Barrington: October 9
  • Bobin: October 14
  • Stroud Road: November 8

Landholders are asked to RSVP, for catering purposes, to the Hunter Local Land Services Wingham office on 02 6553 4233.