Survey to capture a snapshot of life on the land in the Western region

Western NSW landholders have the opportunity to outline their most important land management issues and how Western Local Land Services should be addressing them in the organisation’s triennial Regional Landholder Survey.

For the next two months, landholders have the opportunity to have their say in the questionnaire, designed to inform Western Local Land Services of the most important land management issues in the region.

Western NSW landholders will receive the questionnaire in the mail by mid-October and it will focus on a wide range of topics and issues relating to landholders. The questionnaire can be returned by the reply-paid envelope or completed online by 30 November 2020.

Similar surveys were conducted in 2014 and 2017; both helping inform how programs have been delivered by Western Local Land Services, as well as identify regional trends, said Western Local Land Services Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Improvement Officer, Silvana Keating.

“Comparing the results of the survey to those from 2017 and 2014 will give an insight into how the region is changing and what that means for our services,” Ms Keating said.

“The survey will provide valuable insight into the range of enterprises we have in the region and is the best tool for you to let us know your most pressing land management issues.

“The results of the survey will be used to give us a greater understanding of what landholders want from our services and programs.  Your personal information will remain confidential to Western Local Land Services.

“As an appreciation, we will be donating $20 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service on behalf of every landholder who completes and returns the survey. By completing the survey online, landholders will also go into the draw to win a cash prize.”

Questionnaires can be completed online.

Some of the interesting findings from the 2017 survey were:

  • Top land management issues were: pest and other animals (84 per cent), invasive native scrub (59 per cent) and low groundcover (50 per cent)
  • Average property size was 10,500 hectares
  • Top property uses were: wool (48 per cent), meat sheep (41 per cent) and cattle (36 per cent).

Landholders that have any questions can contact Ms Keating on 0427 661 264 or email.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.

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