Mildura Weekly : Friday April 29 Vol 10 No 25
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016 A man who is ‘here to help’ • From Page 10 All the while he contin- ued to hone his people, proj- ect and business manage- ment skills. Learning that has stood him in good stead in his latest role — that of Local Land Services Western Region Local Community Manager. It is a challenging role, and one that is keeping him on his toes. Being a relatively new en- tity, (see story Page 9) Local Land Services is still finding its feet, Steve says. But his number one aim is to “get out and about.” He doesn’t intend to be desk-bound at Buronga. “I want people in the re- gion to see a change in the way the Government engages with them,” Steve said. “I want people to know we are here to help – and see us out there helping.” The ‘we’ he refers to is his LLS team at Buronga. A group of people he describes as committed and dedicated. Steve believes in lead- ing from the front, and he is encouraging his staff ‘to get out and about too,’ meeting farmers, graziers and hor- ticulturalists, and helping them make decisions that have positives outcomes for their business and the land. “I want people on the land to realise that things have changed. That we are here to assist them make profitable and sustainable use of their land, for their good and that of the wider community.” He also wants farmers to see value in the rates they pay each year that help fund the LLS activities. “I believe we are account- able to the landholder,” Steve said. “I want them to feel that they are getting value for money. “In the end we are a busi- ness too, and we have to make it work. “We have budgets, and we have goals.” It may be a product of his sporting background, but Steve’s jobs, it seems, is en- suring the LLS kicks them. WESTERN Landcare NSW and Local Land Services Western Region have an- nounced the appointment of three new Landcare coordinators in Western NSW. The trio has been ap- pointed as part of the NSW Government’s $15million Local Landcare Coordina- tors Initiative, and will help build and support local Landcare and community networks. The three are: • Henry Gregory, based in Buronga, • Martha Gouniai, based in Broken Hill, and • Alice Jarret, based in Bourke. The Local Landcare Co- ordinators Initiative aims to support hard-working volunteers and landhold- ers in local communities to manage and restore the natural environment, im- prove the sustainability of agricultural production and build the resilience of communities. Western Landcare NSW chair, Rob Chambers, said Landcare is about local people doing work on the ground to provide local so- lutions to local problems. “These new Local Land- care Coordinators will help to move this work forward and encourage even more local community involve- ment,” he said. Acting General Manager, Local Land Service Western Region, Erlina Compton, said this initiative is a sign of a reinvigorated partner- ship between Landcare and Local Land Services. “This is a great oppor- tunity to work together to build trust at the local and regional scale,” Ms Comp- ton said. Three new Landcare co-ordinators appointed in western NSW The new coordina- tors recently attended an Induction and Training Workshop in Stockton that involved workshops to develop their skills in understanding people and community organisations, facilitation, planning, gov- ernance and communicat- ing the Landcare story to the broader community. “The event was de- signed to train the network of Local Coordinators and outline the role they will play in their communi- ties,” Mr Gregory said. For more information about Landcare visit west- ernlandcare.com.au. IT appears one of the Washingtonia Ro- busta palm trees at the Eighth Street and Madden Avenue roundabout has failed to live up to its ‘robust’ name. Mildura Rural City Council will this Sunday replace one of the three Washing- tonia Robusta, or Skyduster, palm trees, which has died. The palm trees were planted in April 2014 when the roundabout was construct- ed, and while two of the palms have sur- vived the hustle and bustle of the city’s central business district, it proved too much for one. Councillor for Environmental Sustain- ability Judi Harris said the palms were originally moved from other Council properties and chosen to complement the overall theme of the Mildura CBD. “All three palms looked quite sick when first transplanted and we are disap- pointed to see one has not survived,” Cr Harris said this week. “We will be removing the dead palm over the next weekend and will replace it with a palm of similar size later in the year.” The intersection will be closed for a short period on Sunday morning while the tree is removed. 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