NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, officially launched the Hovells Creek Landcare Action Plan for HabitatManagement at Reids Flat on Friday, May 16.
Ms Hodgkinson said the action plan was developed over the past six months with considerable input from regional landholders,the local community and wildlife, habitat, cultural heritage and weedand feral animal control experts.
"The delivery of this action plan promotes sustainable agriculture,protecting our natural resources, supporting agricultural productionand engaging community and stakeholders through the use of localknowledge and expertise," Ms Hodgkinson said.
"The action plan identifies key conservation issues such as weedsand feral animals and the need to conserve cultural heritage, manage habitat and revegetate and improve vegetation. The planalso sets out the vision of how these critical issues will be addressed.
"This will be achieved by bringing communities, organisations andstakeholders together across the district and landscape to implementconservation actions.
"The action plan demonstrates the power of communities workingtogether to motivate each other to achieve locally relevant outcomes."
Ms Hodgkinson said the project was funded by the NSW andAustralian Government with the support of the Great EasternRanges Initiative, Mid Lachlan Landcare, the former LachlanCatchment Management Authority, Upper Lachlan Landcare, theNSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Greening Australia.
"Local Land Services last month passed its first 100 days of operationand this organisation is looking to form partnerships with communitygroups to deliver sustainable agricultural and natural resourcemanagement outcomes," Ms Hodgkinson said.
"Local Land Services has brought together the expertise of theCatchment Management Authorities, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and some Department of Primary Industriesagricultural advisory services and is now working at a regional levelto identify priorities and develop strategies, and form partnerships, tomeet these priorities.
"I encourage Hovells Creek Landcare Group and other similar groupsto continue to work with the newly formed Local Land Services and wish the local community success in implementing the action plan."