Entries by wslc

Enhancing Box Gum Woodland

Prior to European settlement Box Gum Grassy Woodlands were widespread from Central Victoria through to Southern Queensland, occurring along the western slopes and tablelands of The Great Dividing Range including the Mid Western Regional Council region. Box Gum Grassy Woodland is the shortened name given to the endangered ecological community ‘White Box, Yellow Box, Blakely’s […]

New online tools for small scale growers and producers

On a per acre basis small farms can be some of the most productive agricultural holdings. But how do you make the most of your small farm and maximise the profit on what you produce? Through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, Greater Sydney Local Land Services have developed a series of online […]

Have you seen a blue Superb Fairy-wren lately?

The Superb Fairy-wren is one of Australia’s most recognisable and favourite birds. And who doesn’t enjoy watching the antics of these charismatic, active and social backyard visitors? But did you know that the males undergo a seasonal colour change? The striking iridescent blue with highly contrasting black and grey markings of the male Superb Fairy-wren […]

Buy local this Mother’s day

If drought and bushfires weren’t enough COVID-19 and the associated restrictions have certainly made operating a small business difficult. Social distancing has meant many businesses have had to significantly modify their operations. The hospitality and tourism sectors have been heavily impacted by having to reduce their hours or even close their doors completely for the […]

Grants for bushfire affected landholders and small business

A couple of funding packages providing additional support for businesses indirectly affected by bushfires and landholders who experienced damage to boundary fencing were announced this week. Businesses in our region indirectly affected by bushfires are now eligible for the $10,000 Small Business Bushfire Support Grant which has now been extended to cover the Mid-Western LGA. […]

Environmental health through community

Local landcare group, Watershed Landcare, remains focused on promoting and facilitating environmental sustainability and natural resource management in our region. Our mission: to engage, empower and support our community to achieve a resilient and sustainable environment within the Watershed Landcare district. And that’s no mean feat in a region of diverse land use and community […]

How much do you know about what happens in your own backyard?

Do you know which native bee, butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrip and ant species frequent your garden to pollinate flowers, fruit and vegetables? There are over two thousand of these insects in Australia but relatively little is known about their distribution, populations, interactions or their pollination habits. Filling the gaps in our understanding of […]

Do you know your harvestable rights?

Did you know that the size and location of your property dictates how much water you are permitted to hold in dams? In our region, rural landholders can capture and store 10% of the average rainfall run-off on their land without a licence. The total allowable capacity of your dams is called the Maximum Harvestable […]

Do you have a creek or river on your land?

Do you have a creek or river on your land? Did you know that you may require approval before carrying out certain activities within a riparian corridor? In NSW works or activities carried out on waterways or adjoining riparian land are governed under the Water Management Act 2000 and associated Regulations. This covers the bed […]

Organisms at the edge of life

Viruses are by far the most abundant biological entities on Earth and they outnumber all the others put together. But are they a form of life or an organic structure? Viruses contain genetic material, reproduce and evolve. However, they do not posses a true cellular structure, which is often regarded as the basic unit of […]