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2018 drought response

Approximately half the state is in drought or conditions fast approaching drought.

Some of the worst hit areas are the Hunter, Central Tablelands, Central West and in the Far West of the state.

We are continuing to help landholders manage their farming businesses during these challenging times.

Since the beginning of the year, over 2000 landholders have attended more than 100 Local Land Services workshops, information sessions, ‘smokos’ and ‘cuppas’ to get advice on animal nutrition, pasture management and livestock health.

These events have also meant we can connect landholders with information and support from other specialists.

Our staff remain on the ground to support you. This page is your starting point to:


Current support and networks available

Visit NSW DPI’s DroughtHub to see the range of services and support available from the NSW and Australian governments.

The NSW government recently announced a support package of more than $584 million to support drought-affected farmers.

Support is also available for pest and weed control in drought-affected areas through the Local Land Services 2018–19 weed and pest animal management drought funding program.


Upcoming events and local contacts

We will update this page regularly with the regional drought support events and resources. Contact your Local Land Services region or look up your regional event page the latest information

Central Tablelands

  • Drought Information Session (Bathurst) 31 May
  • Drought Information Session (Nashdale) 31 May
  • Drought Information Session (Mudgee) 1 Jun

Check for event updates on the Central Tablelands events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

Central West

Check for updates on the Central West events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

Greater Sydney

Check for updates on the Greater Sydney events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

Hunter

  • Drought drop in session (Moonan Flat) 6 Jun
  • Drought drop in session (Rouchel) 6 Jun
  • Drought drop in session (Cassilis) 7 Jun
  • Drought drop in session (Bunnan) 7 Jun
  • Bredwell Fedwell (Wherrol Flat) 12 Jun 2018
  • Bredwell Fedwell (Scone) 13 Jun 2018
  • Bredwell Fedwell (Singleton) 14 Jun
  • Regenerative Ag Farming Forum (Tocal) 22 Jun

Check for updates on the Hunter event page.

Contact your local extension staff.

Murray

  • It doesn't rain, it pours workshop (Urana) 28 May

Check for updates on the Murray events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

North Coast

Check for updates on the North Coast events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

North West

  • Drought info session (Lightning Ridge and Walgett) 21 May
  • Drought info session (Pilliga and Burren Junction) 22 May
  • Drought info sessions (Boggabri and Spring Ridge) 23 May
  • Drought info sessions (Bingara and Gravesend) 24 May
  • Drought info sessions (Nundle and Currabubula) 25 May
  • Drought info sessions (Goondiwindi) 20 June

Check for updates on the North West events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

Northern Tablelands

  • No need for gumboots (Tenterfield) 13 Jun
  • No need for gumboots (Guyra) 13 Jun
  • No need for gumboots (Inverell) 14 Jun
  • No need for gumboots (Walcha) 14 Jun

Check for updates on the Northern Tablelands events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

Riverina

Check for updates on the Riverina events page.

Contact your local extension staff.

South East

Check for updates on the South East event page.

Contact your local extension staff.

Western

Check for updates on the Western events page.

Contact your local extension staff.


Publications, factsheets and other information

Local Land Services Drought Handbook (Central Tablelands) PDF, 1191.96 KB

Drought factsheet (Hunter)

Drought support links (Hunter)

Weeds and drought (Hunter)

There are also a range of publications, factsheets and apps on the NSW DPI DroughtHub.


Videos and webinars

Funny feeds webinar recording - free but registration required

Animal nutrition (video)

Water quality (video)

Livestock care (video)

Pasture and groundcover care (video)

Animal health issues in drought conditions (video)

Managing stock in dry times (video)

Weighing up health and financial impacts when feeding in dry times (video)