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

What land management or production issues are most pressing in the Western region?

What services should Western Local Land Services provide to assist in these areas?

For the next month, landholders will have the opportunity to answer these questions through the Regional Landholder Survey, which is a questionnaire that is designed to inform Western Local Land Services of what issues are of most importance to landholders in the Western region.

All landholders should receive the questionnaire in the mail by mid-June.

The questionnaire will focus on a wide range of topics and issues that relate to landholders and can be returned by using the reply-paid envelope or completed online by 7 July.

A similar survey that was conducted in 2014 helped to inform the way programs have been delivered by Local Land Services.

Comparing the results of the 2017 survey to those from 2014 will give an insight into the way the region is changing and what that means for services required by landholders in a range of areas.

Local Land Services Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Officer, Isobel Colson is encouraging landholders to take the time to complete and return this important questionnaire.

“The survey will provide valuable insight into the range of enterprises we have in the region and is the best tool for landholders to inform us of what their most pressing issues are,” Ms Colson said.

“All information provided is confidential and will be used to give Local Land Services a greater understanding of what landholders want from our services and programs.

“We do understand that landholders’ time is valuable, so we are offering all those who complete the survey a $20 IGA voucher or the option that this amount is donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service on their behalf.”

Some of the interesting findings from the 2014 survey were:

  • 350 km is the average distance of survey respondents to the closest market for farm products
  • 66 % of survey respondents run sheep (68 % merinos for wool and meat, 31 % fleece-shedding breeds for meat)
  • 50 % of survey respondents run cattle, 55 % run goats
  • 28 % of survey respondents undertake dryland cropping, 8 % irrigated cropping.

Questionnaires can also be completed online by clicking here. 

Landholders that have any questions about the survey can contact Ms Colson in the Bourke office on (02) 6870 8621 or via email.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.