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Local Land Services

Local Land Services is a new approach to delivering services, information and advice to farmers and land managers across NSW.

Local Land Services will be managed by local people on local boards, working closely with farmers, land managers and communities to deliver services that are relevant to their local needs.

Local Land Services brings together a wealth of technical and advisory knowledge from parts of the Department of Primary Industries, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and Catchment Management Authorities into a new grass roots model for regional service delivery.

New South Wales is the only Australian State with a comprehensive network of local agriculture, biosecurity and natural resources management services integrated into one agency.

Local Land Services will have

  1. 11 regions
  2. 7-member local boards – four Government appointments and three ratepayer elected positions (Western Local Land Services will have a 5:4 ratio due to its size)
  3. 1 board of chairs with an independent chair

 

What will the new Local Land Services deliver?

  1. agricultural advice
  2. plant and animal pest control and biosecurity
  3. natural resource management
  4. emergency management

Local Land Services will be regionally-based, semi-autonomous organisations, governed by locally-elected and Government appointed skills-based board members. One central Local Land Services board of chairs will be made up of representatives from each local board and an independent chair.

Each Local Land Services region will develop operational management plans that will prioritise service delivery on a regional basis, reflecting regional priorities. Individual Local Land Services will be independently audited to ensure accountability and delivery against priorities.

Funding

Local Land Services will be funded via direct budget contributions from the NSW Government, ratepayer funds and a continuation of natural resource grant funding via the State and Australian Governments.

Local Land Services boards will also receive annual funding from the Local Land Services Future Fund, a consolidation of cash assets amounting to $35 million, from the Livestock Health and Pest Authority and Catchment Management Authorities.

 

Governance

Local boards will have primary responsibility for the day-to-day operations of service delivery, project administration and engagement with their local communities.

The NSW Government will appoint the inaugural chair of each local board for a period of three years.

Each chair will also sit on the Local Land Services board of chairs, an entity responsible for ensuring consistency, delivery of statewide priorities and annual performance and financial reporting.

The board of chairs will have an independent chair, a position appointed by the NSW Government.

Local community advisory groups will be established to represent community views and provide advice to local boards.

 

The facts

Regions

  1. Eleven Local Land Services regions
  2. In most cases boundaries align with Local Government Areas

 

Governance

  1. Eleven local boards across the State
  2. Local board composition: three elected members and four Government appointments (Western: four elected, five Government appointments)
  3. Government appoints interim chair
  4. Local Land Services board of chairs: independent chair and eleven regional chairs
  5. Each region has at least one community advisory group

 

Services

  1. Local presence across the region
  2. Services specific to local industries and needs
  3. Agricultural advice – agronomy, livestock, mixed farming, horticulture, irrigation
  4. Plant and animal biosecurity – veterinary and pest management
  5. Natural resource management
  6. Emergency management and preparedness – assessment, recovery and preparation
  7. Links with DPI research and industry development

 

Staffing

  1. Each region has a general manager who is responsible for operational performance
  2. Staff located at key sites and accessible to customers
  3. In-built flexibility to meet the priorities of clients and the local board

 

Funding

  1. Shared contributions from ratepayers, NSW Government and the Federal Government
  2. Funds allocated to specific purpose, e.g. biosecurity, NRM projects and advisory services
  3. Local boards accountable for performance of organisations

 

What Local Land Services means for you

Whether it’s cropping, livestock, horticulture, biosecurity or sustainable agriculture advice, Local Land Services will give farmers easy access to the latest information and services – all from one convenient local source.

  1. Providing answers – to improve your farm business, land management and catchment.
  2. Biosecurity smart – helping keep pests and diseases off your farm and out of NSW.
  3. Local and relevant – local boards, local decisions and tailored services for your area and for your industry.
  4. Independent and scientifically sound advice – services remain independent and transparent.
  5. Help that counts – identifying opportunities, risks and better ways of farming.
  6. Keeping up with the times – new ways of accessing information and advice through mobile phone and tablet apps, better internet presence and easy access to online resources.

Local Land Services are now operational across NSW, delivering functions previously provided by Catchment Management Authorities, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, and some agriculture advisory services of the Department of Primary Industries.

For more information, visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/

The Central Coast of NSW is now part of the Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GSLLS) region. The GSLLS region extends from some of the most intensely urbanised localities in NSW, through to vast World Heritage protected wilderness areas, and expansive coastal waterways.

The important natural resources of the region underpin significant economic activity. The Greater Sydney LLS region covers just 1.5 per cent of the land area of NSW, yet it accounts for seven per cent of the State’s agricultural output. 

Agricultural production involves intensive industries such as market gardens, poultry and turf. Preservation of high value precincts such as the Hawkesbury floodplain and the orchard areas on volcanic soil at Bilpin is important in ensuring food security for Sydney.

Foxes and rabbits are an issue in built‑up areas of the Greater Sydney LLS region.

Greater Sydney LLS works to encourage sustainable production and environmental stewardship.