About Every Bit Counts

Small farms and lifestyle properties play an important role in managing the patchwork of natural environment across the landscape. As many large properties are divided into smaller farms and lifestyle holdings they remain a key piece in the puzzle to ensure large scale healthy environmental systems are maintained.

Many of these small properties have native vegetation, creeks and dams and other features which provide valuable habitat for native animals and important services to the natural environment.

From July 2018 to June 2021, the Every Bit Counts program connected hundreds of like-minded people trying to improve their land, production capacity and environment. The program provided access to the best available knowledge, advice and peer-to-peer support networks in a manner that recognised the wide range of priorities and land uses that exist on small farms and lifestyle properties.

Every Bit Counts ran across the North Coast, Hunter, Greater Sydney and South East Local Land Services regions to create real and long-lasting on-ground change:

  • foster improvements in the application of best management practices
  • improve access to and awareness of education opportunities
  • build peer-to-peer support networks and connect with existing groups including Landcare and local government.

Ongoing support for small landholders

Since the end of pilot program, Local Land Services has continued to engage with and offer tailored services, support and advice to small farm and lifestyle block owners in all 11 Local Land Services regions as part of its core business.

Resources and support for small landholders are available through our Small Farms networks.

NSW government waratahThis project was assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.