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Local Land Services Completes Solid First year

Local Land Services has identified key achievements in its first year in a publication released yesterday.

Chair of the Local Land Services Board of Chairs, John Macarthur-Stanham says reasonable progress has been made towards building a strong platform for providing services.

"There is great strength in regional input and decision-making and having local people involved at the grassroots has been vital to starting to deliver on-ground results," Mr Macarthur-Stanham said.

Local Land Services was established to provide integrated and coordinated services to landholders and the community to improve biosecurity, agricultural production, emergency management and natural resource management.

"While there have been significant results delivered in 2014, in the future we will be focusing on improving the level of reporting being undertaken and assessing customer satisfaction with our performance," he said.

Statewide achievements include:

  • Community representatives elected onto Local Land Services boards
  • 812 staff available to assist local communities from offices in 94 towns throughout NSW
  • 2389 general consultations by vets and biosecurity officers
  • 335 saleyard inspections conducted
  • 444 livestock export certificates issued
  • 1884 properties involved in Wild Dog Spring Offensive
  • 240,000+ baits used via 765,000 ha of ground baiting and 4,440 km of aerial bait lines
  • 12,072 participants (in person days) at training events
  • 457,702 ha protected through 621 voluntary conservation agreements
  • 1785 ha of riverbank vegetation protected by fencing
  • 27 organisations combined into one.

In the Western Local Region, a team of more than 55 staff providing services from 12 locations throughout western NSW achieved outcomes that include:

  • 406,425 baits used over 21 million hectares to target pest animals
  • 9531 sheep tested for brucellosis
  • 50 ha tested for Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus
  • more than 40 properties in the Gol Gol North area inspected for damage after the November 2014 storm
  • 213,000 ha protected through voluntary conservation agreements
  • 6,700 ha of riverbank vegetation protected by fencing
  • 197,000 ha managed for sustainable grazing
  • 76 km of streambank protected from stock
  • 12 off-stream (alternative) watering sites installed
  • 201,000 ha of terrestrial native vegetation enhanced/rehabilitated.

Chair of the Western Local Board, Tom Hynes said staff had also delivered or presented at more than 20 training courses, workshops and field days across the region.

"We have helped address a wide range of issues for our customers, with topics covered at these sessions ranging from 1080 baiting and feral animal control to sustainable land management, animal nutrition, carbon farming, erosion control and mental health," Mr Hynes said.

"During the first half of 2015 our focus will be on the new organisation structure that has been designed to better deliver targeted, quality services that are valued by the community and to provide the leadership and strategic focus we need to meet the needs of our customers.

"This is a one-stop-shop model that will create three regional Community Service Delivery teams, with community headquarters in Broken Hill, Cobar and Balranald." 

Download the 2014 Local Land Services achievements publication (PDF).

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690