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Smarter land management now at your fingertips

LANDHOLDERS can now access expert advice, resources and information on smart, sustainable property management at the tip of their fingertips following the launch of a new smartphone app.

Developed by Greater Sydney Local Land Services LandSmart is a free resource featuring the latest information about land management practices on rural properties across New South Wales.

“This is a very unique resource that has never been offered for rural property owners before,” Greater Sydney Land Services Officer Angela Maier said. “It is designed to help land managers, particularly city-based absentee landholders, look after their land sustainably and responsibly. For absentee landholders, managing a property remotely can be challenging and can often result in weed, pest and productivity issues, and can potentially affect neighbouring properties as well.

“This app provides useful information across a range of issues including soil, groundcover, pest animals, weeds, native vegetation, conservation, farm biosecurity and more. You can also find your nearest Local Land Services office as well as nearby Landcare groups.”

This app is a key part of Greater Sydney Local Land Services Sydney-based absentee landholder campaign which has delivered workshops to absentee landholders about land management practices on rural properties.

Landholders can attend a series of free informative evening workshops at convenient locations in Sydney on a variety of topics including pest animals, weeds, water, native vegetation, soil and groundcover, biosecurity and conservation. To date six workshops have been delivered with another two more scheduled for 2016.

Wendy Friezer runs a 28ha beef fattening property in Canowindra, she said the new app has already been a great benefit.

“Using the LandSmart app I’ve been able to quickly and easily identify plants that have appeared on our run down pastures to determine if they are native and it is excellent to be able to access information on upcoming events and resources so simply,” she said.

Features of the app include:

- View upcoming events and workshops and save them directly to your calendar

- Details on nearby Local Land Services offices and Landcare groups

- Access to the “Rural Living Handbook” – a guide for rural and rural residential landholders

- Information on topics such as soil, water, plants, animals and more

- Access to latest project news and upcoming events

- Available for Apple and Android devices

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Media contact: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755