30 September 2014
25 September 2014
Survey supports drought-affected landholders and RFDS
Local Land Services Western Region is surveying landholders to better understand the issues, land management techniques and attitudes of people in the western region.
To compensate survey participants for their time, landholders are being offered the choice of receiving a $30 IGA Supermarket voucher or having a $30 donation made to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) on their behalf.
Manager, Strategic Land Services, Erlina Compton said the survey would help staff gain an insight to the issues facing people and their understanding of the work Local Land Services is doing in western NSW.
"Under the new Local Land Services model, it's important that we gather some baseline data and then continue to ensure we remain relevant," Ms Compton said
"The main objective of the survey is to help staff and the Western Local Board plan and develop future programs, through questions about how they deal with production and property management issues, their involvement in community groups and the challenges they are facing.
"We are also keen find out the community's level of awareness and attitudes towards Local Land Services Western Region."
Ms Compton said the supermarket vouchers and donation to the RFDS were a small acknowledgement of the time people would need to put into completing the survey.
"We estimate it will take about 20 minutes to complete the survey but recognise that there are a lot of competing demands on people's time, particularly when seasonal conditions are challenging.
"When we conducted a similar survey last year, more than 75% percent of landholders asked us to make a donation to the flying doctors and we are equally happy to make a small contribution to the grocery bill."
Landholders will receive a letter and the survey by mail and have the option to lodge their survey responses online.
Individual responses will remain confidential and a report on the results will be published on the Local Land Services Western Region website.
Media contact: Donna Ambler 0400 258 690
Erlina Compton 02 6841 2750 I 0458 944 614