New President for the Grassland Society

After nine years at the helm Mick Duncan decided not to stand for another term as President of the Grassland Society of NSW at the recent AGM (September 25) in Orange. In the election for office bearers David Harbison was elected unopposed as the new President.

David is a Director of DR Agriculture Pty Ltd, Molong and would be well known to many of our members. David has been an active member of the Grassland Society of NSW management committee for a number of years and was the conference convenor at the 2011 conference at Bathurst. David is looking forward to the challenges ahead as President and would welcome input from all members on the future direction of the Grassland Society of NSW.

The management committee on behalf of the members would like to thank Mick Duncan for his commitment and dedication during his time as President over the past nine years and look forward to his continued contribution as a committee member.

The election of the remaining positions on the management committee were

  • Vice President – Lester McCormick
  • Treasurer – Frank McRae
  • Editor – Carol Harris
  • Committee – John Coughlan, Hugh Dove, Nathan Ferguson, Keith Garlick, John Ive, Hayley Pattison and Warwick Wheatly.
  • Janelle Witschi continues as Secretary.

Letter from President

11 June 2013


Dear Members

This note is to keep you up to date with several developments in the Society relating to the remainder of this year.

1.    The annual subscription will rise from $50.00 to $60.00 as from 1 July 2013. As many of you will know, our subscriptions have not altered for several years as we attempt to keep costs down. Costs however do trend up, rather than the other direction, and for this reason we have reluctantly made the decision to increase our annual sub. Our Society subscription is cheaper than comparable societies in Australia and overseas and I believe that at $60.00 per year, it represents excellent value. The sub covers four newsletters each year, a very informative members only internet site, the conference proceedings and the opportunity to attend local activities at a reduced cost compared with non-members.

2.    As we have advised in previous newsletters, there will be no annual Grassland Society conference this year. The reason for making this decision is to give the International Grassland Congress to be held in Sydney in September a clear run to attract sponsors and attendees. Details of this important event appeared in the previous newsletter (volume 28, number 1, 2013) with registration information available here.

In place of the conference, a series of pasture update meetings will take place across NSW, thanks to funds provided by MLA. Dates and venues are yet to be finalised as they are to some degree dependant on completion of the DPI restructure. At the time of writing this letter, we are unsure of the availability of relevant people, able to take part in these meetings.

On more general matters, I trust seasonal conditions are improved for all members, with recent welcome rain and the opportunity to sow crop and pasture.

We encourage letters to the editor on most topics, so if you have any thoughts you would like to air through this newsletter, I am sure our editor would like to hear from you.

With best wishes to all members


Mick Duncan

The Grassland Society of NSW

2011 Survey

We need your input – fill out the survey for a chance to WIN!

While membership of our Society has been steady over the past few years, a vital and active organisation relies on maintaining membership and recruitment of new members.  To improve our services to members and increase new membership, we need to hear from you.

We ask that you complete the attached survey in order to gain feedback on your perceptions of our organisation and your ideas and suggestions on where we could make improvements.

Your input to the Society is very valuable and important to us, but all information you provide in the survey is confidential.

Completed surveys received before 1st July 2011 will go into the draw for a free conference registration or free membership for a year.

Click the link below to download the Survey Form – simply return by email to

Download the 2011 Grassland Society of NSW Survey

Website Upgrade

You will have noticed some changes to the website as we go about upgrading and improving the site for members and visitors.   Some of the changes already implemented are cosmetic only while other ideas are more substantial and require some strategic planning by the committee.

So we’re looking for feedback from members as to how the website can be improved and what kind of information/features you are looking for here.  There is a comments form/button below so please feel free to contribute your ideas here or email them direct to

Basically we’re looking for the Grassland NSW website to:

  • have a fresh and modern look
  • provide services to Society members (membership/conference information, etc)
  • publish relevant information on grassland/pasture management
  • publicise upcoming events

We welcome your ideas on how to best achieve these objectives so look forward to hearing your comments.

Travel Grant Applications

The travel grant application form is now online for interested members to apply for this funding opportunity.

Travel grant applications should be submitted by November using the form provided.  Please see the Travel Grant page for more information and a link to download the form.


Good luck.


Since we had such a catastrophic website crash, I decided to take the opportunity to totally move over to the WordPress platform for the Grasslands website.  This has a number of advantages, not least being removing the confusion over what information is on the original part of the website and what is on the new blog part.

This new system will allow committee members to post messages and keep all information in one central place.  Most of the archived information has been backed up and will be restored over the next day or so and newsletters and conference proceedings will be available from then.

I apologise for this problem – we had some server problems which caused a larger crash than we had planned for.  However, since it has prompted me to tidy up some of the old loose end, I guess we can call it a blessing in disguise.  Thank you for your patience in this matter.

cheers Leah Lane (web admin).

Welcome Back

Sorry for the interruption – we had some major website issues and there is still some rebuilding to do but I’m working to get it back up as quickly as I can.

cheers admin