Community workshops

Community life - 21 February 2017

Local landholders and farmers will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into a range of environmental and agricultural topics at two upcoming workshops in Willawarrin and Gladstone.

Kempsey Shire Council, in partnership with Local Land Services (LLS), will be hosting the workshops at the Willawarrin Hall on Friday 10 March from 9:30am until 2pm and at the Gladstone Hall on Friday 17 March from 9:30am until 2pm. Topics to be covered at both sessions include tropical soda apple in the upper Macleay, weeds, pest animals, the best grazing methods, native vegetation rules, coastal projects and flood planning. Lunch and morning tea will be supplied at both sessions.

Council’s Weeds Officer, Greg Egan, said local residents wanting to be more proactive about agricultural management will benefit by coming along to the sessions.

“Workshops often raise new ideas and lead to good discussions between participants and presenters,” Mr Egan said.

“Having a range of experts in the one room allows local landholders to learn about different topics and ask questions. They can also network with other landholders who may have similar concerns as everyone has different levels of experience and ideas.”

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Greg Egan at or 6566 3200 or to Hugo Maree at Local Land Services on 6563 6707 or

Council recently undertook the Cockspur Coral Tree Control Project with some funding from the LLS, which saw weed contractors treat the tree between Aldavilla and Austral Eden.

Mr Egan said thanks to one resident, who called Council in December to advise of a large Cockspur Coral Tree at Aldavilla, Council were able to remove it and prevent it from spreading onto Council roadside and any neighbouring properties. Residents who see the tree growing, particularly in residential areas, should contact Council on 6566 3200

Cockspur Coral Tree, AldavillaThis Cockspur Coral Tree was removed from Cecil Tarrant Close, Aldavilla after a resident notified Council