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Landholders reminded to complete Regional Landholder Survey

Western Local Land Services are calling on landholders that are yet to complete and return the Regional Landholder Survey to do so as it will help inform what issues are of highest importance in the Western region.

The questionnaire, which was posted out to all landholders in mid-June, will also inform Western Local Land Services of what trends are emerging in the Western region following a similar survey that was carried out in 2014.

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

With just over a week left for landholders, Local Land Services Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Officer, Isobel Colson is encouraging anyone that has been meaning to complete their questionnaire or get it in the post to do so as soon as possible.

“It has been pleasing to hear from many landholders that they’ve completed the survey either through hardcopy or online so it’s a big thank you to all landholders that have already taken the time to do that,” Ms Colson said.

“The more questionnaires that are completed and returned give Western Local Land Services a more accurate reflection of what landholders are experiencing and what issues are of most importance to them.

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

A similar survey that was conducted in 2014 helped to inform the way programs have been delivered by Local Land Services and the 2017 survey will have much the same result.

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.

Some of the interesting findings from the 2014 survey were:

  • 83 % of survey respondents that have a wild dog issue are actively managing it
  • 50 % of survey respondents had a succession plan in place for their property
  • 15 % of survey respondents undertake dryland cropping and 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.