New report highlights positive outcomes delivered for Riverina ag and environment

In 2021, Local Land Services worked with landholders and project partners across the Riverina to protect over 3.7 million hectares of land against pest animals.

This achievement was one of many positive outcomes the Riverina community delivered last year in partnership with Local Land Services.

These results are outlined in the newly released Riverina Local Land Services 2021 Annual Achievements Report, said Riverina Local Land Services Chair, Barney Hyams.

“2021 was a year of recovery for many Riverina producers, from both drought and bushfires,” Mr Hyams said.

“Of course, COVID-19 still posed many challenges to our day-to-day operations, but I am incredibly proud of the results delivered by our communities and staff to support our agricultural industries and environment.

“Particularly critical in the work of protecting the region from biosecurity threats, such as fall armyworm, lupins anthracnose, invasive weeds and pest animals.

“In 2021, we also worked with more than 200 landholders to deliver effective natural resource management projects, including revegetation, streambank stabilisation and protecting threatened species like the plains wanderer, malleefowl and Australasian bitterns.

“This report provides a great overview of these and many other achievements, and I would like to acknowledge and thank our customers, communities, staff and partners who have worked together to deliver these positive outcomes.”

Other results delivered by staff and landholders across the Riverina include:

  • 17,772 ha of land protected against regional priority weeds
  • 5,264 ha of significant species and endangered ecological communities enhanced, rehabilitated and protected
  • 148,269 ha of land managed for improved agricultural production
  • 22,662 ha of native vegetation protected through rehabilitation and enhancement
  • 11 km of rivers and streams protected through rehabilitation and enhancement
  • 315 on farm animal disease investigations
  • 553 on farm plant pest and disease investigations providing landholders best practice advice
  • connected with 2,134 participants through 93 community training, awareness raising and capacity building events
  • 28 Aboriginal cultural heritage or Traditional Ecological Knowledge awareness and capacity building events
  • 251 permits on TSRs.

The Riverina annual achievements report can be viewed at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/plans-and-publications/annual-reports.

Landholders interested in finding out about the services provided by Local Land Services can contact their closest office by calling 1300 795 299.

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