Western Division Council Members

Name Town
Frank Brown Cobar
Ian Edson Ivanhoe
Gerard Glover Brewarrina
Ben Mannix Bourke
Peter Maxwell Cobar
Wayne Newton
Jon Pocknell Finch
Callum Robinson Bourke
Greg Rogers (Chair) Oxley/Booligal
Helen Rogers Oxley/Booligal
Ray Scott Balranald
David Thompson Brewarrina 
Malcolm Whyte  Wentworth
John Vagg Ivanhoe
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Region 12

The Western Division of NSW is an economic powerhouse which generates in excess of $1 billion in earnings each year. It comprises some 32.5 million hectares, representing 42% of the land area in NSW, and is populated by 52,830 people.

The Western Division of NSW stretches from the Murray River at Balranald in the south, to the Barwon River at Mungindi in the north, and west to the South Australian Border. With an average annual rainfall of 200 mm in the west and 400 mm in the east, the Western Division is ideal pastoral country.
The Division is largely Crown Land held under perpetual leasehold, and administered by the Western Lands Commission, a division of the NSW Department of Natural Resources.

The major agricultural product is wool; however, improved production and land management practices have permitted the diversification of enterprises on properties, allowing pastoralists more flexibility. As a result the Western Division's 1,700 perpetual leaseholdings produce a surprising array of agricultural products including premium quality prime hard wheat, wool, cereals, oilseeds, cotton, lamb, mutton, beef, citrus, dairy products, rice, grapes, vegetables, goat and kangaroo meat and exotic breeds of sheep.

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Western Division Council 

 The committee identified their priority areas for 2015-16 to be:

  1. Better outcomes from water developmental schemes & future drought preparedness policy
  2. Increased focus on Vertebrate Animal Control (native & non-native)
    a. Wild dogs, Pigs & Foxes
    b. Invasive and noxious weeds& plant (Hudson pear)
    c. Total Grazing Pressure issues with Native animals eg: Certain Kangaroo species
    d. TGP control fencing
  3. Roads & Transport
    a. Road condition standard essential for community support (EG freight - health & safety - social & business networking)
    b. Transport operating issues (Farm machinery, Truck and machinery Licensing & operating Requirements)
  4. Ensuring good outcomes for farmers from the pending Crown Lands Reform
    a. Freeholding (TSR & PWP Issues)
    b. Change of Purpose issues
  5. Opal Mining Lightning Ridge
    a. Achieving strategic buy back by government of lands affected by opal mining in the Narran-Warrambool Opal Mining Reserve
    b. Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance of Opal Mining Activities by Government Authorities
  6. Maintain and increase Rural & Remote Support Services
    a. R&R Health (Mental, General Medical & Dentistry)
    b. Education & Communication
    c. Rural Financial Councillors
  7. Keep the LLS focus upon:
    a. Stock movement
    b. Biosecurity
    c. Noxious and invasive weed and pest animal Control

Latest News

Use Feral Scan To Track and Fight Pests

Coordination and information and key to combating the significant threat posed by wild dogs and other vertebrate pests. NSW Farmers encourages all farmers to post sightings of dogs and other pests, impacts, and control activities in your local area. Use Feral Scan (including Wild Dog Scan) to communicate the problem to other people, and identify priority areas for pest control. Go to http://www.feralscan.org.au/ to access Wild Dog Scan and tools for many other vertebrate pests. 

NSW Farmers opposes mandatory electronic NLIS tags

NSW Farmers is strongly opposed to individual electronic tagging because it is not an industry driven initiative, is an unnecessary financial impost upon industry and has no cost effective benefit to biosecurity traceability. As the voice for producers in this state, we will fight hard over the coming months to try to convince SCoPI to reject the findings of this report.

The Standing Council on Primary Industries has recently release a report into the feasibility of establishing a mandatory electronic tag system for sheep and goats. 

The report does not discuss the merits of individual electronic tagging but concluded:

“. . . there are no insurmountable barriers to commencing the phased implementation of an electronic NLIS (sheep and goats) system from 1 January 2014 in line with the recommended timetable, however for this to occur there will need to be a substantial investment of resources and funding.”

For further information please see the following links:

National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) – the facts

External Links

Regional Manager

Caron Chester
M 0400 116 207
E chesterc@nswfarmers.org.au
  • Balranald Branch
  • Bourke Branch
  • Brewarrina Branch
  • Cobar Branch
  • Enngonia Branch
  • Euabalong West Branch
  • Finch Branch
  • Ivanhoe Branch
  • Menindee Branch
  • Oxley/Booligal Branch
  • Wanaaring Branch
  • Wentworth Branch
  • Wilcannia/White Cliffs Branch
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