Managing Crown Land for the Community

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🌵Hudson Pear is everywhere, but things are happening!! We are on the ground doing our best to control it. So too are CMCC, LLS and landholders across the Shire.

🌵Spraying is one of the control methods we use on the Reserve.

🌵We operate our weed management plan with grant funding, which can only stretch so far.

🌵Look out for us in the field as we spray Hudson Pear near you!
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🌵Hudson Pear is everywhere, but things are happening!! We are on the ground doing our best to control it. So too are CMCC, LLS and landholders across the Shire.

🌵Spraying is one of the control methods we use on the Reserve.

🌵We operate our weed management plan with grant funding, which can only stretch so far.

🌵Look out for us in the field as we spray Hudson Pear near you!Image attachmentImage attachment

🌵🌵🌵The Reserve team have been out spraying Harrisia and Hudson Pear🌵🌵🌵

💰We have been able to use our equipment which was acquired through grant funding within Crown Lands, known as the Crown Reserve Improvement Fund or CRIF.

🛺The equipment includes an Ultra-light Utility Vehicle, Spray Reels and devices known as Ultra Flow Trackers or UFTs, made by Rapid Logix at Rapid Spray.

🗺All spray work is GPS logged, weather data is captured simultaneously, and quantities of chemical products discharged for the day are calculated.
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🐛The bio-control for Hudson Pear, known as the cochineal bug, has been showing good results recently in distribution and effectiveness.

🌵We are collecting from field nurseries that have critical mass cochineal to harvest and spread to areas heavily infested with Hudson Pear on the Reserve.

🐛The bio-control practice is used in conjunction with spraying, as both are necessary to assist in the control and spread of Husdon Pear.

🌵We have mapped out release site areas and will monitor its progress over the coming months as the cochineal breeding cycle increases.
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🔥Mitigation crews from RFS were out at Grawin clearing the area around the Club in the Scrub to make it suitable as a Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP).

🔥NSPs are used when all other options in your bushfire survival plan can't be put into action safely.

🔥This mitigation work is underway protecting the community at Grawin for the next bushfire season.
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👥The Reserve teamed up with Castlereagh Macquarie County Council for field inspections to see how the biocontrol was working to control Hudson Pear.

👍Great results were seen, with critical mass of the cochineal bug prevalent across large areas of infestations.

🐛These areas will be utilised as field nurseries to collect from and to then redistribute to heavily infested areas.

🌵This is a great result considering how serious the Hudson Pear threat for the North West is and we look forward to monitoring its progress.

👏Great work from Castlereagh Macquarie County Council, Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services and everyone else involved in the program.
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🔥The Opal Reserve had a visit from Crown Lands, Rural Fire Service and Soil Conservation Service to assess the bushfire risks and the mitigation plan for the next 5 years.

🔥This meeting was actioned after Lightning Ridge had been identified as a 'Focus Area' by the Bushfire Management Committee (BFMC) of the North West Region, which the Opal Reserve is a member of.

🔥This tour took us across the 20,000ha of land we manage from Lightning Ridge, Glengarry, Coocoran and Allawah, all of which had varying degrees of bushfire risk.

🔥Within the mitigation plan are hazard reductions, strategic fire trails and asset protection zones mapped for the entire community.

🔥These will all be reassessed frequently to determine the ongoing risk and if it is been managed effectively.
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📮The Opal Reserve sent off all the hard copy submissions they received on the 28th of March.📮

👏👏Thanks to the Lightning Ridge community for stepping up and letting their voice and perspective be heard for the Independent Review of the Statutory Framework of Small-scale Titles.

👍It was a massive feat for individuals to complete and we now eagerly await the next phase and response of the Review.

👏👏Thanks to the then Acting Reserve Manager, Victoria, for advocating to the community for responses and providing support in formulating submissions.

👍Victoria will now step down from her role, due to welcoming back David from his paternal leave.

👥The Opal Reserve team look forward to what the year ahead will bring for their Crown Land Management organisation and the Lightning Ridge community.
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📮The Opal Reserve sent off all the hard copy submissions they received on the 28th of March.📮

👏👏Thanks to the Lightning Ridge community for stepping up and letting their voice and perspective be heard for the Independent Review of the Statutory Framework of Small-scale Titles.

👍It was a massive feat for individuals to complete and we now eagerly await the next phase and response of the Review.

👏👏Thanks to the then Acting Reserve Manager, Victoria, for advocating to the community for responses and providing support in formulating submissions.

👍Victoria will now step down from her role, due to welcoming back David from his paternal leave.

👥The Opal Reserve team look forward to what the year ahead will bring for their Crown Land Management organisation and the Lightning Ridge community.Image attachmentImage attachment

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🌵Backpack sprayers available for loan from North West Local Land Services

🌵They have a limited number of backpack sprayers which can be loaned by landholders to treat Hudson Pear on their property.

🌵Backpack sprayers can be loaned for up to 1 month (4 weeks) to assist people who do not own a suitable sprayer.

🌵The backpack sprayer is perfect for small landholders with an area of less than 2 hectares.

🌵This goes hand in hand with the Landholder Chemical Program that was initiated under the $2.6million funding for Hudson Pear Control.

🌵For more information, give Todd or Rachael a call at the Local Land Services Walgett office.

🌵Todd Pallister - Cacti Coordinator - 0457939055
🌵Rachel Turner - Biosecurity Officer - 0417753170

🌵For more information on where the $2.6million funding is going, sign up to their newsletter comms.lls.nsw.gov.au/hudson-pear-control-updates?utm_source=Hudson_pear
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🌵Backpack sprayers available for loan from North West Local Land Services 

🌵They have a limited number of backpack sprayers which can be loaned by landholders to treat Hudson Pear on their property.

🌵Backpack sprayers can be loaned for up to 1 month (4 weeks) to assist people who do not own a suitable sprayer. 

🌵The backpack sprayer is perfect for small landholders with an area of less than 2 hectares. 

🌵This goes hand in hand with the Landholder Chemical Program that was initiated under the $2.6million funding for Hudson Pear Control. 

🌵For more information, give Todd or Rachael a call at the Local Land Services Walgett office. 

🌵Todd Pallister - Cacti Coordinator - 0457939055
🌵Rachel Turner - Biosecurity Officer - 0417753170

🌵For more information on where the $2.6million funding is going, sign up to their newsletter https://comms.lls.nsw.gov.au/hudson-pear-control-updates?utm_source=Hudson_pear
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