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Local Land Services completes first year

Local Land Services has identified key achievements in its first year in a publication released last week.

Local Land Services commenced in January 2014 and was established to provide integrated and coordinated services to landholders and the community to improve biosecurity, agricultural production, emergency management and natural resource management.

Chair of the Local Land Services Board of Chairs, John Macarthur-Stanham says reasonable progress has been made towards building a strong platform for providing services.

"There is great strength in regional input and decision-making and having local people involved at the grass-roots has been vital to starting to deliver on-ground results," Mr Macarthur-Stanham said.

 "While there have been significant results delivered in 2014, in the future we will be focusing on improving the level of reporting being undertaken and assessing customer satisfaction with our performance," he said.

Statewide achievements include:

  • Community representatives elected onto Local Land Services boards
  • 812 staff available to assist local communities from offices in 94 towns throughout NSW
  • 2,389 general consultations with landholders by vets and biosecurity officers
  • 335 saleyard inspections conducted
  • 444 livestock export certificates issued
  • 1,884 properties involved in Wild Dog Spring Offensive
  • 240,000+ baits used via 765,000 hectares of ground baiting and 4,440km of aerial bait lines
  • 12,072 participants (in person days) at training events
  • 457,702 hectares of bushland protected through 621 voluntary conservation agreements
  • 1,785 hectares of riverbank vegetation protected by fencing
  • 27 organisations combined into 1.

In the Greater Sydney region significant achievements were made throughout 2014. Biosecurity staff were heavily involved in the large scale surveillance and extermination operation following the detection of Fire Ants at Port Botany in November, whilst continuing efforts to combat the impacts and spread of wild dogs and feral pigs across the region.

In the area of natural resource management projects such as the Sydney Harbour Catchment Water Quality Improvement Plan highlight the work and dedication of staff in improving environmental outcomes for the region.  Floating Landcare, a program in which volunteers are taken to boat-access-only sites to undertake bush regeneration and environmental repairs, has also seen key environmental outcomes in the Hawkesbury Estuary. 

Greater Sydney staff also worked closely with industry and landowners on improving land management and productivity, running a number of workshops, training events and field days attracting over 1,000 attendees.

General Manager of Greater Sydney Local Land Services, David Hogan said "Opportunities to work with customers in improving farm productivity, caring for the environment and funding for rehabilitation works are significant for the year. Of course, our work in reducing the risks of pest and animal disease is a priority for Greater Sydney Local Land Services, especially given our proximity to the Australia's major International gateway - Sydney."

Greater Sydney achievements include:

  • 641 Property Identification Codes (PICs) Issued
  • 23,052 Sheep, goat and cattle tags issued
  • 31 Export health certificates
  • 272 Pest animal inspections covering 12,714 ha
  • 5,154 Pest animal baits issued across 385 properties
  • 16,797 ha Native vegetation managed & revegetated
  • 51,500 Native plants used in revegetation
  • 35.5 ha of Riverbank fenced
  • 1,144 Attendees at training, workshops and/or field days
  • 45 Landcare Groups supported

The 2014 Local Land Services achievements publication is available online.

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Contact:  Sacha Perram Tel (02) 4725 3050