Northern Tablelands Local Land Services

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services work with land managers and the community to improve primary production within healthy landscapes.

They help people make better decisions about the land they manage and assist rural and regional communities to be profitable and sustainable into the future.

Northern Tablelands LLS connects people with groups, information, support and funding to improve agricultural productivity and better manage natural resources.

Local people, local services

Northern Tablelands LLS is one statewide organisation offering integrated services, delivered regionally and tailored for each community, industry and landscape. They work to develop:

  • resilient, self-reliant and prepared local communities
  • biosecure, profitable, productive and sustainable primary industries
  • healthy, diverse and connected natural environments

The region

The Northern Tablelands is a distinctive highland area of New South Wales with undulating hills, valleys, plateaus and mountains straddling the top of the Great Dividing Range. With an average elevation exceeding 1000 metres above sea level, the Northern Tablelands has a temperate climate with mild summers and cold winters with frosty mornings and occasional snowfalls. The major towns of Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Inverell, Guyra, Armidale, Uralla and Walcha all support productive rural communities predominantly producing beef, sheep and wool. Significant smaller industries include forestry, apples and stone fruit, potatoes, glasshouse tomatoes, dairy farms, alpacas and cool climate wineries.

The Northern Tablelands landscape is located either side of the watershed that runs along the top of the Great Dividing Range. Streams on the western side are the headwaters of the Murray-Darling Basin, while streams on the eastern side of the watershed flow down to the New South Wales North Coast.

The city of Armidale, located on the eastern side of the watershed, is a major centre for the Northern Tablelands. It provides a regional airport, medical services and educational facilities including the University of New England. The Northern Tablelands landscape is characterised by a mosaic of grazing lands and patches of remnant woodland, many of which support national and state significant threatened fauna and flora species and ecological communities.

The western boundary of the Northern Tablelands Local Land services region extends to between Warialda and Delungra at an elevation of 600 metres above sea level. The western side of the Northern Tablelands Local Land services region lays claim to diverse geology, soils and variable terrain which support a broad range of vegetation communities as well as a mix of livestock grazing and cropping enterprises including cereals, legumes and oil seeds.

The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services region is an Aboriginal landscape, and the Local land Services places a high value on Aboriginal involvement in landscape management. There are eight Aboriginal nations – Ngarabal, Dainggatti, Anaiwan, Kamilaroi, Banbai, Gumbainggir, Bigambul and Nganyaywana – incorporating various language dialects, which fall within the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

The Aboriginal Reference Advisory Group (ARAG) has been instrumental in progressing initiatives to advance Aboriginal people’s involvement in landscape health. The ARAG comprises Aboriginal community members who represent their Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALCs)

The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services recognises that Aboriginal people are respected members of the community and through their traditional ecological knowledge can contribute to maintaining and improving the natural environmental assets within the region.

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NRM North

NRM North is one of three formally recognised regional natural resource management bodies in Tasmania and one of 56 across Australia. NRM North was established in March 2003 through a community-driven process in response to the Tasmanian Government’s Natural Resource Management Framework and its enabling legislation, the Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Act 2002 (2009 Amendments).

NRM North is responsible for the planning, delivery and implementation of integrated natural resource management (NRM) in Northern Tasmania.

What this means is that we take a holistic approach to managing the environment through identifying regional priorities and develop integrated NRM plans that are based on sound scientific data.

NRM North’s vision is to “be the leading non-government organisation that produces results in natural resource management across northern Tasmania.”

We cannot achieve our vision alone and closely work in partnerships with stakeholders to develop the best ways to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources for future generations.

Our vision is supported by the following principles:

  • Whilst the government provides the majority of funding for the activities of the organisation, NRM North is independent in its decision making and actively seeks funding from non-government sources.
  • We aim to positively influence the way people view and manage the natural resources of the northern region and get relevant activities happening on the ground.
  • NRM North recognises that northern Tasmania is made up of the sub-regions of Break O’Day, Dorset, Furneaux, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and Tamar. (Defined by local government boundries) NRM North’s approach to community engagment reflects this sub-regional composition.

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Perth Region NRM Inc

Perth NRM is a sustainability organisation with a focus on environment, both within our agriculture sector and as a growing city.

Their vision is that the natural environment is protected and enhanced for the benefit of the community.

Their purpose is to:

  • Protect and enhance our natural resources
  • Promote and support sustainable agriculture
  • Promote and support environmentally sustainable living

As a non-profit organisation, Perth NRM works for the Perth community to lead a collaborative and integrated approach to natural resource management. Their work preserves and improves the natural surroundings with consideration to its interactive role in supporting quality of life for both present and future generations.

Perth NRM develops and manages projects, events, as well as building support through collaborative networks, corporate volunteering, grants, sponsorship and fundraising.

Through natural resource management, they contribute to the ongoing social, economic and environmental well-being of the Perth region – and work to promote long term outcomes in relation to the quality and quantity of  water resources, the health of the coastal environment, the value and abundance of their biodiversity, the preservation of cultural heritage and the sustainability of agricultural practices.

Perth NRM is part of a state wide network of NRM organisations that has worked together for more than ten years and managed funded programs at a regional level as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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Murray Local Land Services

The Murray Local Land Services (LLS) region spans a range of environments, from the steep alpine slopes in the east to the vast native grasslands and riverine floodplains in the west.

Land and water resources within the Murray LLS region support diverse agricultural enterprises including cropping, grazing of sheep and cattle and horticultural production.

Much of the region’s multi-billion dollar economy depends on its natural resources.

Approximately one-third of residents are directly involved in agriculture underscoring the importance Murray LLS places on working with the local community on sustainable agricultural production and natural resource management.

Major pests affecting the Murray LLS region include wild dogs, rabbits, foxes and mice. Pest control is on the top of the list for Murray LLS.

If you are a landholder in Albury, Berrigan, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Greater Hume, lower Jerilderie, Murray, Tumbarumba, Urana or Wakool local government areas, Murray LLS is the place to go for all your local land services.

The Murray Catchment, like many catchments, is being exposed to increasing variability and change.  This means that we must be pro-actively adapting to changing circumstances so that our businesses remain profitable, our environment is kept healthy and the local communities we live in remain strong and vibrant.  This video is one of several that showcase some of the wonderful initiatives local champions have implemented within their catchment:


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Greater Sydney Local Land Services

The Greater Sydney Local Land Services (LLS) region extends from some of the most intensely urbanised localities in NSW, through to vast World Heritage protected wilderness areas, and expansive coastal waterways.

The important natural resources of the region underpin significant economic activity. The Greater Sydney LLS region covers just 1.5 per cent of the land area of NSW, yet it accounts for seven per cent of the State’s agricultural output.

Agricultural production involves intensive industries such as market gardens, poultry and turf. Preservation of high value precincts such as the Hawkesbury floodplain and the orchard areas on volcanic soil at Bilpin is important in ensuring food security for Sydney.

Foxes and rabbits are an issue in built‑up areas of the Greater Sydney LLS region.

Greater Sydney LLS works to encourage sustainable production and environmental stewardship.

With plateaus, coastal and estuarine landscapes, river valleys and beaches, the Greater Sydney region is known for market gardens, poultry, fruit, mushrooms, flowers and turf.

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Mallee Catchment Management Authority

Goulburn – Broken Catchment Management Authority


The Goulburn Broken CMA works with communities and government agencies to manage activities to protect and improve the Catchment’s land, water and biodiversity.

This work is guided by the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS). The current RCS emphasises building resilience in our biodiversity, land, water and people. It recognises that the Catchment’s communities fall within six broad geographical areas or socio-ecological systems (see map), which share environmental, economic and social characteristics.

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