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Annual Reports highlight achievements in second year of operation

Two years after the formation of Local Land Services and the organisation continues to strengthen relationships with ratepayers, landholders and communities by delivering the services and projects that meet the diverse needs of its customers.

These activities have been highlighted in a recently published suite of annual activity reports, which detail the work undertaken by the organisation in the past 12 months.

“Local Land Services helps people make better decisions about the land they manage,” Executive Chair of Local Land Services Tim de Mestre said.

“Eleven local regions provide all front line services, each approaching their local priorities in different ways, which is why it is so important to be locally focused,” he said.

“These reports showcase some of the outcomes we have achieved in partnership with the community, and demonstrate the outputs delivered across the state.”

Statewide achievements include:

  • 5,170 property visits by vets and biosecurity officers
  • 8,160 general consultations by vets and biosecurity officers
  • 1,600 sale yard inspections
  • 1,850 livestock export certificates issued
  • 21,250 participants at training events
  • 396,000 hectares protected through voluntary conservation agreements
  • $61 million received in grant funding from Catchment Action NSW, Caring for our Country and the National Landcare Programme
  • 800 staff operating from 11 regions throughout the state.

While this is a great snapshot of the year, there have also been a number of regional highlights, including:

  • 645 properties were involved in wild dog spring baiting in the Western region
  • The Murray region supplied more than 75,000 baits for 1,200 fox baiting programs
  • More than 85,000 hectares of travelling stock reserves were managed in the Riverina
  • Nearly 70 training workshop days were held in the South East to help build land manager capacity to undertake invasive species management
  • Greater Sydney undertook a fire ant management program inspecting 2,300 residential premises
  • In the Hunter region more than 70,000 baits were issued to 1,360 properties
  • The Central Tablelands region awarded more than $80,000 for sustainable land use through small grants to the community
  • The Central West region implemented 3.3 million hectares of pest animal control
  • In the North West region 33 workshops and field days were hosted
  • Nearly $2 million was invested in community groups and on-farm activities in the Northern Tablelands region.
  • The North Coast region signed a major partnership agreement with North Coast Regional Landcare who represent 13 Landcare networks and 270 Landcare and community groups across the North Coast.

Mr de Mestre said many projects and programs would not be possible without the support of our funding partners - the National Landcare Program via the Australian Government and the Catchment Action NSW program, supported by the NSW Government.

"In 2016 we will continue to focus on tailoring our services to ensure they meet the needs of industry and primary producers across the state,” he said.

ENDS

Media contact: Donna Ambler, 0400 258 690

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